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Variety Drops F-Bomb on Twitter

The first Wednesday tweet designed to promote editor-in-chief: digital Andrew Wallenstein‘s look at the forces behind some recent Hollywood studio exec shuffles was routine:

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But then… Who knows. Maybe the individual manning the trade’s Twitter account became frustrated at the lack of clicks. Or was ordered to get more eyeballs onto Wallenstein’s piece. Or there were drinks involved. Because five hours later, in the spirit of Nikki “I Should Be Running Variety” Finke, there was this:

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When a McSweeney’s Writer Meets Tired Rom-Com Cliches

This is the funniest send-up of Hollywood rom-com love scenes we’ve read in a long time. “I Want to Make Love to You Like In the Movies” is the latest offering on McSweeney’s from regular contributor Josh Gondelman and we have to thank THR.com editor Chris Krewson for bringing it to our attention via Twitter.

Gondelman’s piece adopts the format of a love letter to a girlfriend. Filtered through the love scene cliches and other rote formula of modern era studio rom-coms. Here’s just a taste:

I want to take you home to my apartment. Though my living space is unfeasibly large and furnished well beyond my means with Crate & Barrel accouterments, you’ll find it unacceptably messy because men, right? Once we get inside, I’m going to tear your clothes off. But, I’ll leave the bra on…

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Cory Monteith Tragedy Frames Hollywood Reporter Traffic Record

In terms of recent Hollywood Reporter website history, the Holy Grail is two million or more unique daily visitors. That mark was reached for the first time on Monday February 25 (after the Oscars) and again this past Sunday July 14.

Reps for the trade tell FishbowlNY that the massive outpouring of grief and public interest in the tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith led to a new all-time THR record of 2,080,000 unique daily visitors.

The three most viewed articles Sunday (east coast time) were all about the performer indelibly associated with the character of Finn Hudson. Starting with Lesley Goldberg’s exclusive confirmation of the terrible news, to which she was first tipped by THR website editor Chris Krewson:

1) “‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Dies at 31
[1,490,792 page views]

2) “Cory Monteith’s 13 Best ‘Glee’ Performances
[65,057 page views]

3) “Cory Monteith Death: ‘Glee’ Co-Stars, Hollywood Mourn the Actor
[82,134 page views]

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The Hollywood Reporter Poaches Hilary Lewis From The New York Post

The Hollywood Reporter has announced that Hilary Lewis will join the magazine as its New York staff editor of THR.com. Lewis, who comes to THR from the New York Post, where she has worked as a reporter and online producer since 2009, starts June 10 and reports to THR.com editor Chris Krewson.

“With her tremendous business reporting experience, Hilary will be a major asset to THR’s New York bureau, especially as our East Coast entertainment industry coverage continues to grow,” Krewson said in a statement. “We’re lucky to have her on board.”

“Anyone who’s had an eye on entertainment media knows firsthand what THR has accomplished in recent years,” said Lewis. “Joining the company marks a real milestone for my career. I’m looking forward to big things.”

In her new role, Lewis will be responsible for writing, reporting and editing entertainment stories that touch every sector of the industry. She will also be a presence for THR on the red carpet covering the city’s biggest film premieres and events.

Over the past four years at the Post, Lewis has broken exclusive stories and uncovered financing deals including previously unreported details about how Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z production house Skydance reached its co-financing deal with Paramount.  Her interviews have taken her from leading Hollywood talent like Rob Lowe to major executives Ron Meyer and Jeff Zucker.

Lewis joins THR.com at a time when the site has seen traffic soar to 11 million uniques and launched key editorial initiatives including, most recently, “Indie Icons,” a channel dedicated to independent film coverage.

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THR Prints Early Copies For NYC Upfronts

The Hollywood Reporter printed early copies of its magazine for New York’s upfronts this week.

The magazine will be available for the NBC and Fox upfronts on Monday, and a similar ABC event tomorrow.

Here’s an email from THR.com editor, Chris Krewson:

We’ll have 1,000 copies of the book at the upfronts for both NBC (Radio City Music Hall) and Fox (Beacon Theater) today, and 1,000 copies at ABC’s presentation tomorrow at Lincoln Center. Additional copies at these hotels: Mandarin, Four Seasons, The London, NoMad, The Mark Hotel, and the St. Regis.
You can also find the issue at Michael’s, the Peninsula, Gansevoort Park and Dream Downtown.
We worked to close the issue Friday (our usual close is Monday, so we pushed out two issues last week). The cover is Damon Lindelof and the Rise of the Power Writer — there’s a cool writer’s reunion package where we gathered the scribes from the X-Files (including Vince Gilligan / Breaking Bad), Buffy (Joss Whedon and co.), the Shield and Murphy Brown.

Meet THR.com’s New Style Editor

We can’t think of a more appropriate time for someone to start as style editor at a Hollywood publication than the week of the Oscars. Such is the case with Erin Weinger, who assumed her post this past Monday with the Web side of The Hollywood Reporter.

Weinger is reporting to culture editor Degen Pener and THR.com editor Chris Krewson. She comes to the trade from the firm of interior designer Kelly Wearstler, where she was the director of digital content for fashion. Prior to that, Weinger put together the kind of hybrid Web-print journalism resume that is “de rigueur” these days:

Following internships at Time Out Chicago and Angeleno magazine, her career in fashion writing began as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times “Image” section, where she had a weekly column highlighting retail happenings in Los Angeles.

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For Your Consideration: A Curiously Timed Pete Hammond-Deadline Item*

It’s been a while since there has been any real public skirmishing between The Hollywood Reporter and Nikki Finke‘s Deadline. But lo and behold, in this quietest of holiday weeks, another small chapter in the PMC-Prometheus rivalry is being written.

At issue is whether a 9:55 p.m. PST December 27 story by Deadline’s Pete Hammond about troubles with Academy member online voting had more than a little to do with a longer, more exhaustive 2:58 p.m. PST December 27 story about the same topic by THR‘s Scott Feinberg (headline displayed above). From our vantage point, it would certainly seem so.*

It looks as if, after the THR item hit, Hammond’s marching orders were to produce a version of his own, pronto. The shame of it is that an acknowledgment of the Feinberg piece in his post would have in no way denigrated the overall impact. In fact, it would have made for a more interesting Deadline item if Hammond had specifically bounced off the Hollywood Reporter article, challenging and contrasting what he has been hearing with what Feinberg reported.

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Shira Lazar’s What’s Trending Goes Daily

Hollywood Reporter website editor Chris Krewson goes the extra mile this morning to populate his Internet station, reporting about today’s revamping of Web talk show What’s Trending from a weekly one-hour Wednesday operation to a Monday-to-Friday noon PT 20-minute endeavor.

Host Shira Lazar and business partner Damon Berger have been busy since launching in May 2011. As far as the big question – how does the show make money? – here is Krewson’s answer:

What’s Trending garners about 150,000 views per week on all its platforms, including YouTube. Revenue is drawn from advertising – What’s Trending has worked with AT&T, Samsung, Virgin America and Vizio – as well as syndication.

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THR Grabs Variety.com Editor Chris Krewson

This one’s gotta hurt – big time – at the Variety end.

Ahead of the impending sale of Tinseltown’s second oldest trade, Web editor Chris Krewson has decided to head on up Wilshire Blvd. to perform the same duties for Variety’s revamped, slightly older competitor. He starts as THR.com editor tomorrow.

“Chris brings a strong news metabolism that will continue to drive growth at THR.com,” said editorial director Janice Min in this afternoon’s announcement. “As our digital footprint continues to grow, his contribution will be invaluable.”

Added Krewson: “I’m thrilled to be joining THR, especially at a time when the brand’s online presence is growing at an incredible pace as its digital properties expand each day.”

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Trade Wars: Fifty Shades of Grey Edition

Late Thursday afternoon, Variety’s film editor tweeted out a  biting pronouncement:

This was quickly followed by a tweet from his colleague at variety.com:

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