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EW’s Josh Rottenberg Joins the LA Times

As of today, LA Times film editor Rich Nordwind has a talented new charge: Josh Rottenberg. The former EW staffer started today as senior film reporter, presumably to fill the void left by the departure of John Horn for KPCC.

LATimes-LogoRottenberg had been with EW for a long time before being let go this spring. From today’s LAT memo:

Josh also contributed frequently to EW.com. When big news broke and deadlines were short, Josh was someone to whom editors turned to deliver spot-on copy, including the cover story on Heath Ledger’s death, which was assigned to Josh just a few hours before the magazine was put to bed.

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Brooklyn Journo Revisits 2005 Heath Ledger Interview

Wonderful stuff.

Thanks to David Gerlach, founder of Brooklyn’s Blank on Blank, we can all listen to the voice of the late Heath Ledger anew. As reported by Lowenna Walters of London’s Daily Telegraph, the restored and animated five-minute conversation comes from a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly reporter Christine Spines to promote the release of Brokeback Mountain.

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Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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Nate Silver Predicts the Oscars

natesilvertinadupuy22.jpgThe Oracle of the 2008 Election, math genius, object of the Facebook group “There’s a 97.3 Percent Chance That Nate Silver Is Totally My Boyfriend”, FiveThirtyEight.com’s Nate Silver (seen to the left after we tracked him down at the HuffPo pre-inauguration party in DC) has turned his talents to the monumentally important role of Oscar forecasting.

NY Mag interviews him. He gives Best Supporting Actor to
Heath Ledger, Supporting Actress to Taraji P. Henson, Lead Actor
to Mickey Rourke, Lead Actress Kate Winslet, Best Director Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire and Best Picture to Slumdog Millionaire.

Oh yeah? We aren’t math geniuses. We have to show our work doing long division and we KNOW Slumdog and Taraji P. Hensen will mostly likely win. Heath Ledger? Lock.

Now predict the technical awards and we’ll be impressed…even more so.

After the jump is the video of Silver on Countdown.

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Golden Globes Inexplicably Sort Of Overlook ‘Batman’ and ‘Milk’

penninmilk2.jpgThe Golden Globes, which are decided by about 92 Hollywood Foreign Press Association members came out with a comprehensive list of their nominations for 2008, but a couple of relatively major films were downright overlooked.

Gus Van Sant‘s “Milk,” starring Sean Penn in a tour de force performance, is a critical darling and will likely win an Oscar for Penn and possibly for the film.

The Globes only nominated Penn for best actor, but they did it almost reluctantly. And Van Sant as well as producers and scripters for the political power play of a film were ignored.

ledgerinbatman2.jpgOn the same list, “Batman Forever,” which had one of the best DVD openings of any film yesterday, was nominated only for Heath Ledger as best supporting actor. Sadly, it helps that Ledger passed away from a drug overdose in January. He has already been given a best supporting award posthumously from the Los Angeles Critics Association.

And the Oscars will likely follow suit.

Film Threat Unveils 50 Most Frigid In Hollywood

heath.jpgFilm Threat, the snarky, biting answer to the film industry’s constant inhouse sniping, opens its 50 Most Frigid in Hollywood with Heath Ledger and the politically incorrect, bad taste query: “Why so deceased?”

Heath Ledger was an actor on the climb, albeit a rather subtle one, to the upper ranks of his profession. While “10 Things I Hate About You” and “A Knight’s Tale” weren’t necessarily Oscar-contenders, at least one of them was based on Shakespeare. And while playing second fiddle to Mel Gibson in “The Patriot” wasn’t a star-making turn, playing the skin flute with Jake Gyllenhaal in “Brokeback Mountain” and playing pseudo-Bob Dylan in “I’m Not There” were worthy of increased respect and recognition. Everything was pointing up and Ledger’s role as the Joker was the prize fruit he’d been climbing towards.

The pesky mag goes on to bemoan:

Carmen Electra: Mindless tits and ass have their place in society, but her body has been duping people into paying for shit cinema for far too long, and it’s not even as if folks are paying to see her naked! We’re not saying the only good Carmen Electra is a naked Carmen Electra (okay, maybe we are), but how bad is it when Pamela Anderson is making more informed, and memorable, career decisions?

Pacino and De Niro: “Everybody said how great it was that De Niro was getting together with Pacino again after teaming up in ‘Heat,’ conveniently forgetting that one of the things that made ‘Heat’ so effective was the fact they were only in one scene together…”

Katherine Heigl: “It’s so simple it’s cliche, but if she doesn’t have anything nice to say, and she wants to keep working, she might want to shut up…”

You said it, Film Threat…

Jack A. Weil: Where All The Cowboys Have Gone

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The oldest CEO in the world Jack A. Weil, inventor of the snap button cowboy shirt has died at age 107.

AP reports:

Weil’s shirts have been worn in movies by Elvis Presley, Clark Gable (in his last film, “The Misfits”) and Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain.”) Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Eric Clapton also have sported the shirts.

The price of a shirt has gone from about $2 in the 1940s to $60 and up today, mostly because the Weils kept manufacturing operations in the United States.

Jack Weil remained chief executive officer of Rockmount and went to work daily until a few days before his death, his grandson said.

We also like the quote from the NYTimes about why he still made his clothes in the US:

“I never wanted to be the richest man in the cemetery,” he said.

The weird thing is that the LAT doesn’t have an obit up for him as of this posting. Tough town.

How Will Batman’s Assault Hurt the Brand?

x40454508-22073906.jpgWithin seconds… seconds…of receiving the Batman news, we were flooded by e-mails from PR folks, therapists and life coaches about the implications of Christian Bale‘s assault arrest on the Bat brand. Surprisingly, nobody has written to speculate how the arrest will affect, say, Bale’s mom and sis.

Here’s one interesting missive:

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LAT In 90 Seconds

ffawc.jpgChoice Words: In an Op-Ed piece about the medical privacy scandal at UCLA, Farrah Fawcett‘s friend Craig J. Nevius takes some shots at tabloid reporters, particularly one from the Enquirer:

Three tabloid photographers who ambushed Farrah at LAX last Thanksgiving as she departed for Germany to receive alternative cancer treatments didn’t seem to think that this turnabout was fair play. They scuttled away like cockroaches under a bright light when I aimed my video camera at them.

Reporter Alan Smith, however, came across as more aggressive — like a rat going after whatever morsel it believes it can make into a meal. coverage.

39175990-23170955.jpgBumper to Bumper: The LAT continues its traffic series with a story about Aundraya Reliford, a commuter who travels from Rialto to Los Angeles. Wouldn’t it be great to read this story, say, on an efficient subway line?

39757744-08134614.jpgReally Dark Knights: Heath Ledger‘s family plans to attend the premiere of his last film in New York. They have a right to honor Heath any way they choose, but this creeps us out a little.

Kay Hanley–Life After Letters to Cleo

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Remember 10 Things I Hate About You? Our fave guilty pleasure teen movie. Not only did the movie have Heath Ledger, Larry Miller, and Julia Stiles, it had Letters to Cleo covering Nick Lowe’s Cruel to Be Kind.

And Letters to Cleo was fronted by cute blond chirp, Kay Hanley. Who blogs. And who also sings behind Hannah Montana and tells Babble all about it.

And get this–she lives in LA. Los Feliz to be exact.

What’s she doing these days?

Michael [Eisenstein, her husband and former guitarist for Letters To Cleo] and I wrote and produced music for the Care Bears: Oopsy Does It movie. I loved writing those songs! “Caring Changes the World” is one of the best songs I’ve written with Michael.

What’s cool is that she so easily could have dismissed her Care Bears oeuvre or snarked about it or trashed it, but didn’t.

Her MySpace Page has her rather more grownup music.

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