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Posts Tagged ‘Anne Frank’

Roger Friedman Suffers Through The Fault in Our Stars

FaultInOurStarsCoverThe early Rotten Tomatoes line on The Fault in Our Stars is pretty good – 90% from critics, 96% from the public.

Then there’s Roger Friedman‘s take. The Showbiz 411 columnist does not link his stuff through RT. If he did, and if RT was still allowing reader comments on individual reviews, the teen Multiplex crowd would be all over him for his slam of Hollywood’s adaptation of John Green‘s bestselling tearjerker:

Just as the Beebs hoped Anne Frank would have been a Belieber, Green picks the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam as the spot where his romantic (and cancer stricken) teen couple can make out. This is followed by slow clapping from the other tourists visiting the most famous spot in the world where Jews hid from the Nazis. Why not?…

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Entertainment Media Gang Tackle Justin Bieber Over Anne Frank House Guest Book Comments

TMZ has always had the best weekend PR pipeline into folks like Justin Bieber. Sure enough, the website has an update this morning at the bottom of a snarky take on the Anne Frank could-have-been-a-Belieber furor. It reads:

A source connected to Bieber contacted TMZ and said the Biebs spent a full hour in the museum learning about Anne Frank. One of the things he learned was that she was really into the pop culture of the time. The source says that is why he wrote his “Belieber” comment.

This is very true. This morning for example, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick reminded via Twitter that Frank had a picture of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin affixed on the attic wall.

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Daniel Pearl Posthumously Baptized by Mormons

Daniel Pearl, the Jewish-American Wall Street Journal reporter notoriously executed by terrorists in Pakistan in the months after 9/11, has been posthumously baptized by Mormons, reports the Boston Globe.

Helen Radkey, an excommunicated Mormon who combs through the church’s archives, said that records indicate Pearl, who was Jewish, was baptized by proxy on June 1, 2011 at a Mormon temple in Twin Falls, Idaho.

“It’s a lack of respect for Danny and a lack of respect for his parents,” Pearl’s widow Mariane told the Globe. “Danny would laugh…because it’s silly. It’s a bit surreal…But there is a more serious concern behind it, of respecting people’s identity and integrity.”

Mariane Pearl also called on Mitt Romney to use his sway with the Mormon church to publicly condemn the posthumous baptisms of Jews without the consent of their estates.

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Former Sportswriter is a Newshole Examiner

20080220_051015_Oberjuerge.jpgPaul Oberjuerge, former sportswriter for the San Bernardino Sun posted a piece about the LA Times layoffs on his site.

He writes:

Even though the Times was the main competition for most of my journalism career, and it’s a test to avoid the instinctive “what’s bad for them is good for me!” mind-set of days gone by.

SB Sun is competing with the LAT?! Really? We think in order for you to have a ‘competition’ the other paper has to have heard of you. Otherwise the Daily Trojan would be considered a LAT competitor. As would Fairfax High’s Colonial Gazette…And, uhm, FBLA.

His basic premise is that the LAT was over staffed anyway and they can do fine with less.

The newspaper I still subscribe to has gotten smaller and smaller. And with the newshole LAT currently has – you certainly don’t need 875 (or whatever) employees to put out that paper. Even taking into account the people who work on the Internet side.

We just think this is funny coming from a professional ‘Monday morning quarterback’.

He ends with:

Anyway…700 people? That is enough. The Light Brigade charged with 600. The Spartans defended Thermopylae with 300. Well, OK, those all were bloody disasters…But the point is, you can get a lot done with 700 newspaper people. A lot.

Yeah, and it only took one person to write Anne Frank‘s diary and that’s another horrible example of something that doesn’t quite fit.