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Should Tina, Amy Joke About the Sony Hack?

ShutterstockFeyPoehler2012As the inevitable class action suit arrives in reaction to the breach of Sony data, a small group of awards show writers and two extremely talented hosts are probably debating if and how it’s possible to joke at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes about this horrible hack, without deeply offending executives, actors and talent reps in the room.

If anyone can pull off this high-wire riff rope act, it’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, back for another dazzling tag-team effort as hosts on NBC January 15. But it’s not going to be easy.

Maybe a sly dig at George Clooney losing sleep over critics’ reviews, to go along with the pair’s classic Gravity plot deconstruction, is an acceptable gag way to go. And an Adam Sandler wink.

The Cleopatra maelstrom known as Scott Rudin and Angelina Jolie has probably already inspired much clearing of computer screens and ribald discussion. But if either one or both of those folks are in attendance, can it be broached?

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Google News Axed in Spain | Sony Execs Apologize for Emails

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Google News to Shut Down in Spain Over ‘Google Tax’ (Mashable)
Google said Thursday it will shut down its Google News service in Spain to prevent publishers’ content from appearing on it — ahead of a new law requiring the Internet search company to pay Spanish news organizations for linked content or snippets of news. NYT / Bits The website, which compiles headlines and summaries of news articles from various sources, will go dark in Spain on Dec. 16. Google plans to shut the site there in protest of the new law. The rules, which come into force in January, do not specify how much Google and others like Yahoo! News would have to pay per article. But they carry a potential one-time $750,000 fine if companies do not comply with the law. WSJ / Digits Google also is removing Spanish publishers from Google News world-wide. Those publications will still show up in general Google searches, but that’s less significant than it appears. That’s because the news “cluster” that appears with many general search results is fed by Google News. So if Spanish publishers are excluded from Google News, they won’t appear in the news cluster of ordinary search results — meaning much less traffic from Google. GigaOM Spain is not the first European country to pass a so-called ancillary copyright law — Germany did so in March 2013 — but Spain’s version is much more heavy-handed. Variety In Germany, the ancillary copyright law, introduced in July after lobbying by VG Media and backed by Axel Springer, obliged Google to pay publishers for news snippet texts on its search engine. After Google News removed the snippets from its search engine, traffic to publishers’ websites fell by 40 percent over two weeks. VG Media was forced to authorize the snippets. Demonstrating Google’s massive market power, Axel Springer CEO Mathias Dopfer dubbed its move to charge for snippets “the most successful failure in our history.”

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Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication

BanehamOscarWe joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling the deck at a most furious Twitter pace.

But then it hit us. While film criticism as a legitimate form of journalism has been flat-lining for years, the eleven-and-a-half-month annual rigamarole through which an increasing number of film journalists calibrate the chances of this actor and that studio for a BATFA, SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award is a phenomenon that would meet with the hearty approval of a character played by Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and others. It’s survival of the aisle-seat fittest.

If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone, Roger Friedman and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s not just an attempt to keep the ad dollars rolling in. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant.

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Rob Lowe Vacation Disaster Engenders Comical ‘Related’ Article Tag

It’s something every media watcher has noticed at one point or another, on their own site and-or elsewhere on the Web: an incongruous “Related Article” suggestion.

Here’s today’s headline for a Bustle post by Alanna Bennett:

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And here’s the suggestion, at the bottom of the article, for logical further reading:

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Golden Globes Awarded | NowThis News Expands | McCain Gets New Show

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Golden Globes 2014: 12 Years, Hustle, Blanchett Among Top Winners (LA Times / Movies Now)
12 Years A Slave went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. The film’s director, Steve McQueen, seemed surprised by the win. “Little bit in shock,” said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. “I wasn’t expecting it.” But the evening’s biggest victor was David O. Russell’s Abscam-inspired comedy, American Hustle. NYT The two female stars of American Hustle, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, both picked up acting awards. Lawrence beat out Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave, who was viewed as the leading contender, in the supporting actress category. USA Today Leonardo DiCaprio won for best actor in a musical/comedy for his hedonistic stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street. When accepting his award, DiCaprio took the time to honor the greats, including fellow nominee Bruce Dern of Nebraska. The Guardian / TV & Radio Blog One of the few genuinely shocking wins at the 2014 Golden Globes was the triumph of cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the best comedy series category. Having only last week aired its twelfth episode on Fox, the win — alongside a Globe for its lead actor, Andy Samberg — may have almost single-handedly saved the show from cancellation. Variety What might go down in history as the pregnant-pause, followed-by-being-played-off Golden Globe Awards proved a curiously awkward affair, even by the standards of an awards showcase with a reputation for looseness and unpredictability. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reprised their role as hosts, but the duo failed to produce more than sporadic moments of mirth, in a show where honorary-award recipient Woody Allen looked prescient, in hindsight, by staying home. NYT It was a gender-bending Golden Globes, or at least, the hosts made an effort to celebrate gender equality. Fey and Poehler tried hard, and sometimes too hard, to top their first hosting job last year. It didn’t work so well when they aimed to be like the guys and go blue — their jokes about prosthetic penises fell flat. Deadline Hollywood First Mia Farrow tweeted she was turning off the Golden Globes on NBC when they went to the Allen tribute. Then her son and upcoming MSNBC host Ronan Farrow lashed out against his mother’s former longtime companion, also on Twitter: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” THR / Golden Globes E!’s pre-Golden Globes show was under fire Sunday evening after the network put up a questionable “fun fact” for nominee Michael J. Fox as stars made their way down the red carpet. The “fun fact” that was displayed said: “Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.”

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Bulk of THR Questions Anything But Golden to Amy Poehler

Shutterstock_PoehlerFeyIt’s funny (and rare) to behold a Q&A during which one half of the group being interviewed expresses repeated and vocal dismay about the questions being asked. Such is the case with Marisa Guthrie‘s Hollywood Reporter conversation with returning Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The first sign of Poehler trouble follows a request from Guthrie to relay some of the worst awards show joke suggestions heard by this talented duo:

“You think I’m going to tell you a bad idea for a joke? You’re f—ing crazy. No! Honestly you’re just trying to figure out a fresh take on something…”

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Live, from Everywhere: It’s Lorne Michaels

TIMECover_SethMeyersIs it too early to consider Lorne Michaels for Time‘s 2014 “Person of the Year”? At the very least, he would seem to have New York’s “Person of the Winter” pretty much locked up.

Michaels is largely responsible for the ascension of Seth Meyers, on the cover of Time currently. And of course, he helped Jimmy Fallon wrangle The Tonight Show back to New York City for what will, if not ratings-wise, at least vibe-wise be a complete re-invigoration of the Burbank, CA talk staple.

And let’s not forget Sunday January 12, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler – stars of NBC sitcoms past and present – return to the Beverly Hilton to host another Golden Globes ceremony.

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At This Awards Show, Presenters Routinely Tell the Audience to ‘Shut the F— Up’

Here are a couple of early 2013 film awards season ways to highlight the differences between the two coasts.

The first is Nellie Andreeva‘s recent report that Woody Allen will not make the trek to the Beverly Hilton on January 12, 2014 to accept a Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award. As previous Oscar shows have demonstrated, the Woodman is never ready for a facile, self-congratulatory close-up. Be it AMPAS or HFPA.

Shutterstock_JaredLetoThen there’s last night’s Gotham Awards, held at Cipriani Wall Street. Hollywood Reporter awards columnist Scott Feinberg reminds that the group of voters who picked the major category winners is minuscule. He also touches on a room vibe that is more raucous than the TV-film-booze mix of the Golden Globes:

The thankless job of hosting the festivities was carried out with good cheer by The League‘s Nick Kroll, who, like many hosts before him, struggled to retain the attention of much of the audience in the huge room with the high ceilings, even though he was pretty funny.

While Kroll never chided the loud talkers, actor Jared Leto, while accepting on behalf of his Dallas Buyers Club co-star Matthew McConaughey (who was on a movie set but listening in via Leto’s cell phone), and director Lee Daniels, while presenting to his The Butler lead actor Forest Whitaker, both told them directly to “Shut the f–k up.”

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Ricky Gervais Says Goodbye to the Golden Globes

Comedian Ricky Gervais is calling it quits from the Golden Globes.

No, seriously. For real this time.

Gervais wrote on his blog that he wouldn’t be persuaded to host the award show for a fourth time:

“It was by far my favourite of the three hosting stints. I’ve told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again though. It’s like a parachute jump. You can only really enjoy it in retrospect when you realize you didn’t die and it was quite an amazing thing to do.

The crowd were great this year too. I think they finally worked out that my gags only seemed rude and nasty but were actually not too scary at all. Or they were just drunker. Either way, it was fun but I’m glad to say I’m off to New York to chill out a bit.”

Thanks for all the laughs and awkward moments, Ricky.

Ricky Gervais Returning as Golden Globes Host

Despite saying he shouldn’t do a second encore, English comedian Ricky Gervais will host the 69th Golden Globes Awards on Jan. 15, 2012.

Gervais was voted as host for a third consecutive year by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association after meeting with NBC senior vice president Doug Vaughn.

“Just told Billy Crystal he’d better not use any of my holocaust or pedophile material at The Oscars,” Gervais tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

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