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Posts Tagged ‘Claudia Lonow’

PMC vs. Prometheus, Part 34

As FishbowlLA reported earlier today, the gist of a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by Penske Media Corporation (PMC) against Prometheus Global Media involves the alleged web programming similarities between respective parent company properties TVLine.com and HollywoodReporter.com.

However, for many Hollywood watchers who take the time to read the full legal complaint, it is section 34 that will fascinate most. In this particular passage, attorneys for PMC detail 30 different instances of what they deem to be THR‘s illicit reproduction of Deadline.com original news reporting.

Some of the plagiarism accusations are highly questionable. For example, how can a September 1 Deadline.com news story by Nellie Andreeva about a Claudia Lonow ABC pilot have been absorbed, re-purposed and posted at HollywoodReporter.com within three minutes flat? Doesn’t this very short time lapse instead confirm the idea that both outlets were simultaneously but independently working on the same story?

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FBLA Exclusive: Former Child Star Central Is Our New Favorite Blog

joalryan_blog_logo.jpgFreelance entertainment journalist/author/funny woman Joal Ryan has started up a shiny new blog dedicated to a very niche media obsession that has served her well over the years: former child stars. Scoff if you want to, but her blog posts are more addictive than Doritos (and we’re going to guess, better for you, too). Ryan tells FBLA a bit about the philosophy behind Former Child Star Central.

1. What inspired this? The day Dana Plato got arrested for holding up a video store in Las Vegas. I don’t know, something changed. Honestly, this began as a goof, and ended up as my niche because people really care about what happens to the people they grew up with, whether the people be former classmates or former child stars.

I originally intended to have fun with the subject, and I still do. But since former child stars are far too easy to make fun of, I find it’s more interesting to actually think through the stories.

And, by the way, I’ve since visited the locale where Plato pulled her botched heist. Reality checks always spoil the fun because there’s nothing funny about imagining someone reaching the end of their rope in the desert. In a strip mall.

2. What do you do to research this stuff? I’m a very good Googler. Also, I’m very fortunate to have a readership that’s kind enough to pass along tidbits every now and then.

3. Who are your top three favorite former childhood stars?
The three quintessential former child stars are: Gary Coleman; Gary Coleman; and, Gary Coleman.

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