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Posts Tagged ‘Amy Wallace’

Amy Wallace Revisits Her Iconic Peter Bart Profile

For geeky followers of the Hollywood trades, it doesn’t get much more Memorial fun than this. In Nieman Storyboard’s latest “Annotation Tuesday!”, The Awl’s Elon Green and reporter Amy Wallace line-item annotate her famous September 2001 Los Angeles magazine profile of then-Variety editor Peter Bart.

It says something about the wily Hollywood industry skills outlined by Wallace in her cover story that today, improbably, Bart has weathered a storm of change at Variety and cranks out a weekly column alongside three new editors-in-chief. Green asks at one point how the celebrated Los Angeles magazine piece feels to its author 12 years later. Wallace’s answer:

The main way that the piece has become utterly dated is that the trades are no longer as powerful as they were then. Variety is trying to reboot at the moment and The Hollywood Reporter is a glossy vehicle for luxury advertising (that actually caters brilliantly to this same insecurity I describe here, by celebrating power brokers and putting their pictures on high-quality paper).

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When American Film Magazine Ruled the LA Roost

For the latest installment of Los Angeles magazine’s bubbly regular feature “LA Story,” reporter Amy Wallace chatted with actress Laura Dern about growing up in Malibu, Santa Monica, Mar Vista and Beverly Hills.

It was a different time, of course, and arguably Dern is the better for it. Instead of her famous parents and godmother Shelley Winters having to deal with TMZ at LAX and X17 at Starbucks, she recalls that coverage of movie celebrities back in the 1970s was a much more straightforward enterprise:

No one was into glamour. There weren’t tabloids like today. Actors like my parents and my godmother didn’t really “do press” in the ’70s. If anything, if it was a big movie, maybe you’d do the cover of American Film magazine. But that was it.

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Here’s Hoping Jerry Lewis Donates Big to His Own Telethon

Heading into Labor Day weekend, there continues to be much written about the absence of Jerry Lewis from the MDA telethon. In an op ed today in the Las Vegas Sun for example, Robin Leach suggests that the lack of a Lewis mention in the last two MDA press releases is “not only downright rude and disgraceful, but also a tragedy.”

Hmmm, that may be overstating it a bit. But we get Leach’s overall point, as echoed by many others. What the heck happened between the MDA and its former celebrity champion to trigger such an ugly, public divorce?

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Former HBO Exec Chris Albrecth Recalls What Really Happened in Vegas

In the November GQ Magazine profile piece “Violence, Nudity, Adult Content”, Amy Wallace suggests that former HBO chairman and CEO Chris Albrecht, now the CEO of Starz, “understands storytelling better than perhaps any other Hollywood executive.” That’s quite a claim.

So how strange it is to read that after Albrecht was arrested and briefly jailed in Las Vegas on May 6, 2007 for choking his then-girlfriend in a hotel parking lot, he chose not to put those considerable storytelling skills to use. Rather, in speaking for the first time publicly about the events that led to his HBO demise, he tells Wallace that he allowed colleague Jeff Bewkes and a team of crisis PR specialists to concoct a yarn about him having fallen off the wagon.

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Portfolio Mag’s Madoff Breakfast

Kudos to Portfolio magazine for this morning’s thought-provoking panel about Bernie Madoff. Panelists: Elie Wiesel (pr. Eely Vee-zel), a prominent author and founder of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which lost money to Madoff; Harvey Pitt, ceo of Kalorama Partners and former Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and Jim Chanos, President and founder of Kynikos Associates, a well-known short-seller. Portfolio Editor in Chief Joanne Lipman moderated. The conversation ranged from heart-felt to thought-provoking to vengeful. I Twittered it at http://www.twitter.com/laureltouby

Some of the questions raised: What is Affinity fraud? Why was there such a lack of accountability on the part of the SEC? Did Madoff have accomplices? Will the high-stakes banker-types at Lehman and Merrill be accused of criminal behavior? How can we trust that it was a $50b fraud when that number was what Madoff himself reported?

The best answer was given when someone in the audience asked Wiesel (who lost tens of millions of dollars to Madoff): “Could you ever forgive him?”

Wiesel repeats the question: “Forgive?” as if to consider it. Then, after a looooong pause, retorts “No!….He’d have to ask for forgiveness and he wouldn’t do that.”

A bit later, I’ll post some video. In the meantime, hit the “continued” link to find out more about what was said (and what went noticeably unsaid) about the Madoff Fraud…

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Singer’s Screed-o-Matic in Portfolio

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Amy Wallace gets to lots of things at Portfolio that she never got to do at the LAT. Example:
The Screed-o-matic, featuring the prose stylings of Marty Singer, lawyer to the stars. Stars with issues and/or nude pix.

You get to chose the letter, the star, and the demand–cease and desist being a popular option.

Cleverly designed by Isabel Chang, this little feature ensures hours of on-line fun, and a quick education in legal posturing. You’re not wasting time–you’re researching.

And yes, this is the same Marty Singer who was one of the contributing writers to the ill-fated Brian Grazer Op-Ed section.

Portfolio–Here, There and Everywhere

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Portfolio, Conde Nast’s new business magazine, has officially launched.

Senior writer Amy Wallace (formerly with the LA Times) profiles Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh, a 32-year-old dealmaker, who gets Wall Street to invest in Hollywood.

Nancy Haas has a piece about Maroon 5′s big bucks backer.

Posh Spice is a fashion brand killer: she makes everything look bad, according to Fashion Inc.

The Culture and Lifestyle section doesn’t grab us, but then, we’re broke.

Job of the Week gives us a designer of doll clothes, and a video game artist.

The website offers the weakest drawings of the blog writers. Are they all really that ugly?

Jeff Jarvis weighs in. He also continues his appreciation of Amanda “Not a Journalist” Congdon.

FKC calls it an exciting new outlet.

Dealbreaker takes some credit.

Celebrity News sniffs at the lack of, well, celebrities.

Jossip is unimpressed, due to the lack of mention of same.

Tim Swanson: Blogger With Portfolio

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Portfolio, Conde Nast’s new business mag, has snared Tim Swanson as their blogger for all things entertainment. Swanson was at Variety before becoming West Coast bureau chief of Premiere. Swanson’s newest book, A Lifestyle Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, about HBO’s Entourage, comes out this fall.

Amy Wallace and Claire Hoffman were already snatched up as staffers.