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BuzzFeed’s Oldest Employee Remains Baffled

What’s it like being the 53-year-old elder statesman at a place like BuzzFeed?

Per Mark Duffy – a.k.a. Copyranter – it’s baffling:

I am old enough to be the father of nearly every other editorial employee.
And, these whiz-kids completely baffle me, daily.
I am in a constant state of bafflement at BF HQ.
In fact, I’ve never been more confused, day-in and day-out, in my life.
I am not being hyperbolic, for once.

After the heartfelt intro, this former advertising copywriter and 1980s-era print journalist rolls through the customary BuzzFeed list format. Number six for example is an old man illustration next to the proclamation that ‘Life Was Much Easier When Apple and Blackberry Were Just Fruits.’

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Reverse Discrimination? Mr. Golden Globe Getting a Lot Less Press Than Miss Golden Globe

If not for the Wall Street Journal, it would be almost impossible these past few days to realize that there will actually be two celebrity offspring officially helping out at Sunday’s Golden Globes.

Clint Eastwood‘s 19-year-old daughter Francesca (Miss Golden Globe) is all over the media map, confessing 25 things people don’t know about her to US magazine, five similar tidbits to ABC News and getting tons more ink from the likes of ET and The Daily Mail. Sam Fox on the other hand (Mr. Golden Globe, pictured), a 23-year-old chip off the old Michael J. block, must make MSM-do with some WSJ coverage. But at least in that article he’s properly accounted for:

Fox, who lives in the West Village, is the director of business development and strategy at Farmers Web, a startup platform for small and medium-size farms to sell goods to restaurants and other wholesale buyers. “I’ve always been interested in food,” said Fox, whose uncle Michael Pollan wrote The Omnivore’s Dilemma. “Right now I’m really into kale.”

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Daniel Day-Lewis Stars in Hilarious Clint Eastwood-Empty Chair Sequel

First of all, the sly way a disguised prop was brought up on stage at the Beverly Hilton last night after Steven Spielberg introduced his Lincoln star was genius. Secondly, Daniel Day-Lewis has just set the 2012 film awards acceptance speech bar insanely high with the good-natured take-down of Clint Eastwood’s RNC routine that said prop allowed for.

The official details for last night’s stellar moment read: the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Britannia Awards and the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Film. But all anyone will remember, rightly, is the recipient’s delightful furniture detour.

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David Denby Looks Back at the Future of Movies

At age 69, New Yorker film critic David Denby owns at least two marks of modern media distinction. He is not on Twitter, and he still gets to mete out erudite, long-form print media movie critiques. A collection of his magazine essays spanning 1999 to 2011 make up his latest book Do the Movies Have a Future?, out next week from Simon & Schuster.

At the New Yorker, Denby famously alternates on the cinematic beat with Cambridge, UK based professor Anthony Lane. Part Six of the book is also about “Two Critics” – iconic predecessors James Agee and Pauline Kael. In the piece about Kael (an amalgamation of 2001 and 2003 articles), Denby recalls how she delivered a death blow in the early 1970s via telephone, informing him that he was simply not cut out to be a film critic.

“I was a graduate student in California going nowhere fast,” Denby tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “And if Pauline Kael hadn’t taken an interest in me – and she took an interest in many, many people, particularly young people – I probably would have become a professor of film, which is of course not bad. But this has been a lot more fun.”

“When she said, ‘This is not really for you,’ of course it was a blow and I was very upset,” he continues. “But she wound up hurting my feelings and not my career. In fact, in some ways it was the best thing that ever happened to me. Because if I had stayed within that circle, I don’t think I would have ever grown up. She was so powerful that you wanted her approval. Internally, you conformed to her opinions… It was sort of like, ‘What would Pauline think?’ And I think that’s a bad habit for anyone to get into, particularly a critic. So in a way, by being kicked out, I was forced to be my own man.”

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Obama Tweets Response to Clint Eastwood

A good comeback, but the Obama team has always been adept at social media. Clint Eastwood, on the other hand, doesn’t even appear to have a Twitter account. But the empty chair he scolded last night does:

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What the Hell, Clint?

Clint Eastwood‘s surprise appearance last night at the Republican National Convention managed to upstage even Mitt Romney, but that wasn’t due to the iconic actor’s star power. Rather it was Eastwood’s long, rambling speech that stole the show, an episode so bizarre we’re almost reluctant to make fun of it.

For reasons unknown, Eastwood tossed aside a prepared speech and decided to ad-lib it. Bad idea. The veteran actor should know that improv is harder than it looks, and he isn’t exactly a graduate of The Groundlings. Though only scheduled for 5 minutes, Eastwood spoke for over 10, addressing an imaginary President Obama in an empty chair, whom he imagined to be hurling obscenities, and veering wildly from topic to topic without making much sense.

The Romney campaign responded to the disaster by saying, “You can’t look at him at through the same political lens that you would other politicians. He’s Clint Eastwood.”

Anyhow, watch and cringe.

Clint Eastwood’s Family Gets a Reality Show

Oh, lordy, say it ain’t so! Clint Eastwood, a reality star?

Thankfully, not yet. But, according to The Wrap, Dirty Harry’s wife Dina and his two daughters will have their own show on E! called Mrs. Eastwood & Company. Eastwood himself isn’t schedule to appear in the show–at least not yet. But Dina Eastwood will be front and center, and apparently plans on using her husband’s name to promote a six-piece South African vocal band called “Overtone” that she manages.

The show will make its premiere May 20th.

Another Stanley Kubrick Con Job

What is it about Stanley Kubrick and low-level British con men?

First there was Alan Conway, a travel agent turned impersonator, who went around in the 1990s pretending to be Kubrick and whose unlikely success was the basis of the 2005 movie Color Me Kubrick, starring John Malkovich. Now comes news, via UK’s Bury Free Press, of another eyes-wide-open scammer:

A Finningham man, who posed as a successful Hollywood filmmaker to con two aspiring screenwriters out of 121,000 pounds, has been jailed for three and a half years.

Richard Maskery, 42, claimed he was a protégé of legendary director Stanley Kubrick and was involved in producing Tom Cruise films, including Mission Impossible. He convinced the screenwriters he was negotiating with stars and leading Hollywood directors and extracted nearly 55,000 pounds of their savings to finance the project.

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CNN Revisits Seinfeld-Worthy Walk of Fame Moment

It seems appropriate for Ana Martinez to recall a most embarrassing moment in her storied Hollywood Walk of Fame star-wrangling career via an article on CNN.com. It was after all a CNN TV producer who alerted the curator-in-chief, just hours before a May 4 2010 ceremony, that the name of recipient Julia Louis-Dreyfus was misspelled and missing the hyphen. (A hastily created masking tape correction was affixed to the star.)

So how does Martinez look back on the incident today?

“I was really upset. I pride myself on everything going perfect,” said Martinez. She now has the star installers text a picture of the lettering before they cement it into the star, she said.

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Deliverance ‘Squeal Like a Pig’ Actor Bill McKinney Dies at 80

Actor Bill McKinney, who played one of the “Squeal like a pig” mountain men in Deliverance, died today in Los Angeles at the age of 80. According to a statement on his Facebook page, McKinney was “an avid smoker for 25 years of his younger life, [who] died of cancer of the esophagus. He was 80 and still strong enough to have filmed a Doritos commercial 2 weeks prior to his passing, and he continued to work on his biography with his writing partner.”

The post says the family is looking for a publisher to help put out the book in the wake of McKinney’s passing.

McKinney acted in several other films besides Deliverance, including Clint Eastwood‘s The Outlaw Josey Wales. But he always maintained a good sense of humor about his most famous part as a hillbilly rapist. His official website is called Squeallikeapig.com.

RIP.

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