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Posts Tagged ‘Ed Driscoll’

Blogger Bashes Fuzzy Midnight Math

It’s always been a major bone of contention at FishbowlLA, so we’re glad to see someone else take up the battle cry against the routine practice of failing to adjust for box office inflation.

Ed Driscoll, San Jose editor and political producer for Pajamas Media, notes that the Hollywood Reporter, IFC, and Entertainment Weekly have all been guilty of parroting figures for Woody Allen‘s summer hit Midnight in Paris without placing the numbers in a proper historical context. Only a few journalists, he argues, are digging down to the real story, like the New York Post‘s Kyle Smith in a July 9 blog item:

Annie Hall grossed $38.3 million–in 1977. That’s the equivalent of $143 million today. Midnight in Paris is nowhere near being Woody Allen’s biggest hit. Why does Sony Pictures Classics care? Because they want to be able to run print and (later) DVD ads proclaiming that this is Woody Allen’s biggest hit ever.

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The Cathy Seipp-Geist

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Funeral rites in Blogistan take strange forms, as fans and friends of Cathy Seipp have discovered since her actual funeral on Friday.

Her own blog, Cathy’s World has become the online equivalent of open-mike night, and Lewis Fein is killing.

Luke Ford, never content to let sleeping feuds lie, enjoys stirring the pot, with predictable results.

Bloggers like funerals, except for the formal, boring parts.

The NY Times obituary seems edited for length. We told him so much more.

Cathy’s cousin Debbie gives an interesting perspective.

Ed Driscoll reminds us that Cathy usually said it first and best, with links to her piece on Hollywood screamers.

And Steve in West Virginia sums it all up:

If you believe in forever, and angels hover in the heights;
if there’s a blogging heaven, then you know they have a Hell of a site.