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Posts Tagged ‘Frank Sinatra’

Remembering the Man Who Defended Hollywood’s First Tabloid

There’s a fantastic profile piece by Daniel Miller in the March 30th issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine about Arthur Crowley, an attorney who passed away last spring with barely a media mention. But in his heyday, Crowley was very much at the center of big-time Tinseltown divorces as well as a landmark battle between the studios and trailblazing bi-monthly gossip rag Confidential.

Miller retraces Crowley’s crafty tactics relating to the 1957 criminal libel trial of Confidential, an action brought by California Attorney General Pat Brown on behalf of the studios. With Hollywood charging that stories about Marlene Dietrich‘s lesbianism and many other scandalous accusations were false, the attorney decided to try and force famous actors to take the stand:

Crowley tasked famed private eye Fred Otash with delivering more than 100 subpoenas. Many actors successfully avoided Otash, including Frank Sinatra and Gregory Peck, who headed for Las Vegas…

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The NYT Tightens Its Belt, Adds Bono to the Masthead

NYT annual reportgg-1.jpgLots of New York Times news to discuss today! You may recall, way back in the early days of August before Sarah Palin was even a glimmer in John McCain‘s eye, that we told you how the NYT Co. was under increases pressure to cut its dividends (simply put: “it has to stop paying its shareholders so much money and use some of its finite cash to pay off its bonds”). Bloomberg is now reporting the company is considering doing just that, or perhaps even dropping dividends altogether(!) after “reporting a loss on severance costs and a steeper drop in advertising sales.” Keep in mind that the NYT Co. has a $1.1 billion debt and pays the controlling Ochs-Sulzberger family a $25.1 million a year dividend. Time for some belt-tightening we thinks!

But that is not all, by a long shot. Because if you were the national paper of record, as well as (by far), the best example of how a newspaper should go about transitioning to the online world, and you found yourself struggling, what would you do? Hire a celebrity for your op-ed pages, of course!

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Music, Music, Music/PBS Series, Blue Suede Shoes, Ol’ Blue Eyes and More

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PBS is developing an sure-fire pledge-break money spinning series–On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, an eight-hour series tracing the history of recorded music and its impact on popular culture, (or at least on Baby Boomers, PBS’s target audience.) Series should air in 2010. Legendary Beatles producer George Martin hosts, and Kevin Spacey, who once played Bobby Darrin, is the narrator.

Fastlane Entertainment has signed a deal for the life story of Carl Perkins. Paul McCartney is on-board as well.

Frank Sinatra will be saluted in May via music, movies and the U.S. Postal Service in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death. Reprise Records releases Nothing But the Best, Turner Classics will air Sinatra’s films, and the Post Office issues a commemorative stamp.

And Sunday’s Grammys line-up includes a number of one of a kind duets and trios including the just announced Cornerstone of Rock performance by John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, as well as Alicia Keys and a holographic Frank Sinatra.

Joey Bishop, Last of The Rat Pack, Dead at 89

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Joey Bishop, the comic who hung and swung with the legendary Rat Pack, died at his Newport Beach home. His death was announced by publicist Warren Cowan.

He was the group’s last surviving member. Peter Lawford died in 1984, Sammy Davis Jr. in 1990, Dean Martin in 1995, and Frank Sinatra in 1998.

Tabloid Baby has some cool pix.

And the Orange County Register has some final words — both from the man, and his rabbi.

Jann Wenner Wishes He Sold Rolling Stone To MTV When He Had The Chance

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Wenner [left] at the National Magazine Awards in May 2006

As Rolling Stone preps its New Yorker-style DVD archive project and 40th anniversary issue, founder Jann Wenner has had some time to reflect on his professional regrets.

AP [via Jossip]:

There are few professional regrets. A Frank Sinatra interview was dangled in front of the magazine but probably never would have happened anyway. And Wenner could have become one of the richest men on the planet if he had accepted an offer years ago to sell the magazine to MTV in return for a 25 percent stake in the fledgling music cable channel. “I would never have had the wisdom or foresight to hang onto it and own more of (MTV parent) Viacom than (Viacom’s billionaire chairman) Sumner Redstone,” he said.

That he counts John Mayer in the same class as Dylan and the Stones is even more shocking.

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  • Media Events 4.5.07

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    FRIDAY 04.06.07
    WHAT: Hollywood Walk of Fame star placement
    WHO: James Bacon
    WHEN: 11:30 a.m.
    WHERE: Right next to Frank Sinatra’s, 1637 N. Vine.
    WHY: The veteran Hollywood columnist will be feted by Robert Wagner and Tim Conway.

    FRIDAY 04.06.07
    WHAT: Film Screening, Money Talks: Profits Before Patient Safety
    WHO: Films 4 Change and producer Holly Mosher
    WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
    WHERE: Clothing of the American Mind
    WHY: Sure a film about how Big Pharma screws patients sounds infuriating, but at least it’s free!

    SATURDAY 04.07.07
    WHAT: Paramount Vantage promotion for Year of the Dog.
    WHO: Hollywood-types and their pets
    WHEN: 10 a.m.
    WHERE: Farmer’s Market
    WHY: Because you’ve always wanted to know what a “6-foot tall dog-friendly cake” tasted like.

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