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Posts Tagged ‘J.R. Moehringer’

Amy Wallace Revisits Her Iconic Peter Bart Profile

For geeky followers of the Hollywood trades, it doesn’t get much more Memorial fun than this. In Nieman Storyboard’s latest “Annotation Tuesday!”, The Awl’s Elon Green and reporter Amy Wallace line-item annotate her famous September 2001 Los Angeles magazine profile of then-Variety editor Peter Bart.

It says something about the wily Hollywood industry skills outlined by Wallace in her cover story that today, improbably, Bart has weathered a storm of change at Variety and cranks out a weekly column alongside three new editors-in-chief. Green asks at one point how the celebrated Los Angeles magazine piece feels to its author 12 years later. Wallace’s answer:

The main way that the piece has become utterly dated is that the trades are no longer as powerful as they were then. Variety is trying to reboot at the moment and The Hollywood Reporter is a glossy vehicle for luxury advertising (that actually caters brilliantly to this same insecurity I describe here, by celebrating power brokers and putting their pictures on high-quality paper).

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[Update: This post has been updated after talking to J.R. Moehringer, who talked to us on a dying cell phone from his backyard as movers shuttled stuff out of his house. Which is kinda cool.]

291876.jpgResurrecting the Telephone: Columnist Dana Parsons does an admirable job defending J.R. Moehringer, saying a film based on one of his stories doesn’t tell as rich a tale as the one Moehringer actually lived/wrote. But Parsons writes the whole column without ever once calling his former colleague to find out what he thought about it.

32198225.jpgNothing’s Sacred To The Trib: KTLA’s historic digs on Sunset Boulevard is for sale by Tribune Co. The building has been around since 1919, or the beginning of time in L.A. years, and used to house Warner Bros. Studio. Now — who knows? — it could become a Quiznos.

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Say “Hulu” to YouTube’s Rival: NBC and News Corp. finally named their YouTube rival, christening it “Hulu,” because “it is short, easy to spell and rhymes with itself.” Not unlike “poo-poo.”