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Archives: March 2013

Film Critic Michael Sragow Introduces Himself to Register Readers

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again. The idea that Michael Sragow was hired as Orange County Register film critic at age 60, shortly after taking a Tribune Co. buyout from the Baltimore Sun, is the kind of surprise-happy ending that usually only happens in the movies.

Sragow this week is finally getting down to the business of picking up where he left off at the Sun, until reviews from Chicago Tribune colleague Michael Phillips began more recently taking budget-precedence. He’s also shared a wonderful introductory essay, revealing that Skyfall was his favorite movie of 2012 and that his all-time number one dates back to the Bond year of On Her Majesty’s Secret Service:

A great movie, like my all-time favorite, Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch, quickens my whole system…

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Barbara Walters to Retire Next Year

The twilight of Barbara Walters’ career is finally upon us. According to fellow Mediabistro site TVNewser, Walters is retiring in May of 2014.

This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, after all, Walters is 83 years old. But she has occupied the TV landscape for so long — she got her start in 1961 — it will be surely odd to not have her around anymore. Well, she’s still be around. Just because she’s ending her career doesn’t mean— well, we’re going to stop right there. No need to jinx anything.

For more on this story, head over to TVNewser.

New York Takes ‘All in One’ Approach to New iPad App

New York’s new iPad app — complete with a subscription option — debuts on Monday. What is worth noting is its streaming integration of NYMag.com content, combined with the magazine’s pieces, all in one place.

At the top of the app is a regularly updated feed of digital content. That feed is refreshed with about 20 of the site’s best posts and breaking news each day. That content is free to anyone who downloads the app. If you want to access the print content, you simply swipe the app and they appear. New York calls this its “window pane” feature. Print subscribers can access the magazine pieces for free, while everyone else will be prompted to purchase a digital subscription.

While all of New York’s content can be found at the magazine’s web site, the app’s updating feed feature sitting alongside everything the magazine has to offer might tempt people to step away from the laptop, and pick up their iPad.

Fly Your Byline to a Global Audience

Tyler Brûlé, founder of Monocle, first got the idea for his global pub from observing consumers at airports. “It was frequently Wallpaper* and The Economist. I decided to merge elements of the two but refine the package,” the journo/entrepreneur/publisher told Mediabistro.

Although the pub’s staffers are likely to be seen reading The Financial Times and The International Herald Tribune, editor Andrew Tuck says Monocle has its own definition of what’s newsworthy. “We think that a lot of news organizations, especially [those committed to] daily or weekly news, tend to run around in a herd,” he said.

Monocle also strives to take care of its writers. “If a writer goes on a story for us, they will have a water-tight itinerary, they will travel with a reasonable airline, and they have my mobile number and know that if they want to give me a ring at midnight if anything has gone wrong, that’s what I’m here for,” said Tuck.

 Got an idea that’s perfect for the pub? Read more in How To Pitch: Monocle. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

Deadline Gets the Barbara Walters Scoop

Score one for Nikki Finke‘s tireless TV editor. It is Nellie Andreeva who arrived first this morning to the news of Barbara Walters‘ TV retirement plans, although she initially confused many with the suggestion it would be May of this year. From her updated item:

I’ve learned a plan has been put in place for Walters to announce her retirement, eyed for May 2014. Fitting for Walters’ status as the grand dame of TV journalism and a signature face of ABC News, I hear she would be given a big sendoff with retrospectives and other special content in the weeks leading to her retirement that would celebrate her 52-year broadcast career.

The breaking news on Deadline sent other outlets and media journalists into overdrive. Some, like The Daily Beast and the New York Daily News, were happy to give Deadline the link-back love, credit. Many others preferred instead to frame the developing story via the new-sources, we-separately-confirmed drill.

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Cover Battle: Rolling Stone or XXL

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have two music-centric magazines — Rolling Stone and XXL — duking it out. Rolling Stone went with a photo of Jon Hamm as his Mad Men character Don Draper, who is actually Dick Whitman. If that’s a spoiler you need to watch more TV.

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Fly Your Byline to a Global Audience at Monocle

Tyler Brûlé, founder of Monocle, first got the idea for his global pub from observing consumers at airports. “It was frequently Wallpaper* and The Economist. I decided to merge elements of the two but refine the package,” the journo/entrepreneur/publisher told Mediabistro.

Although the pub’s staffers are likely to be seen reading The Financial Times and The International Herald Tribune, editor Andrew Tuck says Monocle has its own definition of what’s newsworthy. “We think that a lot of news organizations, especially [those committed to] daily or weekly news, tend to run around in a herd,” he said.

Monocle also strives to take care of its writers. “If a writer goes on a story for us, they will have a water-tight itinerary, they will travel with a reasonable airline, and they have my mobile number and know that if they want to give me a ring at midnight if anything has gone wrong, that’s what I’m here for,” said Tuck.

Got an idea that’s perfect for the pub? Read more in How To Pitch: Monocle. [Mediabistro AvantGuild subscription required]

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Matt Kemp Travels to Sesame Street

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is the latest local athlete to pay a visit to Sesame Street, appearing on the iconic children’s show Thursday.

And since the kid inside of you is wondering, the word of the day was attach.

As in I hope the surgeon who performed offseason shoulder surgery on Kemp made sure to attach it back to his body.

[H/T Big League Stew]

Mitt Romney’s Chief Strategist Joins The Daily Beast

Stuart Stevens, Mitt Romney’s chief strategist, has joined The Daily Beast as a columnist. “Stuart’s eclectic background and prodigious writing talent make him a wonderful addition to our team,” said Tina Brown, in a memo to staffers.

This is the second big political hire for the site this month. Jon Favreau, President Obama’s speechwriter, recently came aboard.

The full note from Brown is below.

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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