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AP Writer Gets the Huge Brangelina Scoop

JakeCoylePicWhen AP welcomed Jake Coyle (pictured) as one of two new film writers last fall, it said it looked forward to both he and [since departed] Jessica Herndon breaking news. Boy, did the wire service get that right.

This morning, Coyle – ahead of People, TMZ, Paris Match and any other number of logical outlets we can think of – broke the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding in France this past weekend:

Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence’s Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

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AP Finds Its Next Film Writers

Jake Coyle was already with the Associated Press and will remain based in New York.
Jessica Herndon comes from People magazine and calls LA home.

It’s the perfect, practical way for AP to blanket the busy east coast/west coast Hollywood press junket churn. From today’s announcement:

“We are excited to have two dynamic writers and reporters covering the film industry to break news about the movies while providing useful, relevant film reviews,” said Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the AP’s entertainment and lifestyles editor.

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December Release Could Reduce Shame of NC-17 Rating

It seems like a stigma that should have been broken long ago, and yet, an NC-17 rating for a U.S. theatrical release remains a perceived kiss of commercial death. However, per a great look at this issue from AP writer Jake Coyle, the arrival stateside on December 2 of the critically acclaimed sex addict drama Shame could mark the beginning of an adult ratings marketplace shift.

National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian tells Coyle the idea that NC-17 films cannot be advertised in newspapers is something of a myth. As long as the materials are tasteful, it’s not really a problem he argues. (Online, there are no real restrictions.) Also, somewhat surprisingly, he suggests filmmakers are ultimately the ones feeding the stigma:

In surveying 100 theaters, the theater owners’ group found that 97 would play a NC-17 film… “What we currently have is a system that’s slightly flawed in the reluctance of filmmakers and distributors to use the NC-17,” Fithian says. “What they’ll do is cut and trim and try to cram a movie into the R rating category so that it escapes the NC-17, and that’s not a legitimate use of the system. We end up with a very broad R category.”

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Clippers’ Blake Griffin Interning at Funny Or Die

Faced with an NBA lockout that could last through next year, Clippers star Blake Griffin is doing what millions of other unemployed 22-year-olds around the country are forced to do: he’s taking an unpaid internship. The NBA’s Rookie of the Year just signed up for a week long internship at the offices of Funny Or Die. The AP reports he may even be getting people’s coffee.

“I don’t mind doing stuff like that,” he told reporter Jake Coyle. “It’s not a problem for me.”

We hope the folks at Funny Or Die have figured out something a little more productive for him to do. Perhaps stuff that involves him jumping over Will Ferrell. Or challenging the Landlady to some one-on-one.