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Posts Tagged ‘Claudia Puig’

Longtime KABC 790 Talk Radio Host Ray Briem Passes Away

When Ray Briem retired from KABC in 1994 after 27 years working the AM graveyard shift (!), he told then-LA Times staff writer Claudia Puig he was looking froward to having more time to pursue his hobbies of flying, ham radio and listening to big band music:

“I’m 65 and my body says staying up all night ain’t the right thing to do,” said Briem, whose midnight-to-5 a.m. talk show on KABC is one of the longest-running in the market. “You never get used to it. Your biological clock, your circadian rhythms are always upset. There will be times when I will miss it, but being able to sleep at night – oh, how wonderful! That will more than compensate for the pangs of not having a forum.”

Briem was mentored early on in his career by another name from the halcyon days of LA radio, caustic talk show host Joe Pyne. At the time of his retirement, he was claiming 15.7% of local radio listeners. So he exited, much like Johnny Carson would on the TV side decades later, while still clearly on top.

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Twilight Finale Generates Usual Array of Critic Objections

Here’s one of our favorite ways to use Rotten Tomatoes:

1) Click into the main page for a new movie;
2) Sort the amalgamated reviews by “Rotten” first;
3) Scroll and read what the “Top Critic”-rated journalists on the stink-side are saying.

Just about all of the Team Rotten reviewers admit that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will greatly please the franchise’s hardcore fans. Still, critics in this group can’t help but also highlight some of the inherent problems:

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune:
“With so many scenes of well-dressed vampires sitting or standing, stiffly, while Taylor Lautner or Robert Pattinson or Kristen Stewart passes another micro-slab of dialogue like a kidney stone, Michael Sheen’s overacting’s greatly appreciated, thanks.”

Roger Ebert:
“The depiction of little Renesmee is rather curious… Her grandfather Charlie Swan (Billy Burke) observes, “My, how you’ve grown! You must be six inches taller!” And so she seems, although by my reckoning, it happened between Thanksgiving and Christmas. A human child like that, you take to see a specialist.”

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Actress Zooey Deschanel Slams LA Times Columnist Patt Morrison

Let this be a lesson to all journalists. Lazily quoting a professional colleague for the purposes of a weekend opinion piece can sometimes cause out-of-context remarks to be framed in an even more distant and confusing context.

Actress Zooey Deschanel (pictured) has taken issue today with a Sunday op ed piece in the LA Times by KPCC radio host Patt Morrison. It’s not so much the conjecture in the first paragraph that the actress might be a “snobby cow.” Rather, it’s that Morrison relied for her Royal Couple-downtown LA musings on remarks given by the actress to USA Today film critic Claudia Puig. Writes Deschanel:

I am completely and utterly shocked that a professional journalist, whom I have never met, would take a partial quote out of context and use it as the basis for a misguided personal attack…

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USA Today Adds Fourth Film Writer

When Anthony Breznican left USA Today for Entertainment Weekly, it was only a matter of time before someone stepped into his vacated slot. That person turns out to be Bryan Alexander.

“Bryan, formerly of Time magazine and currently the digital editor with The Hollywood Reporter, will join us at the end of the month as an entertainment writer covering movies,” confirms Susan Weiss, USA Today‘s Executive Editor of Content, via email to FishbowlLA.

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