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LAT In 90 Seconds — Election Edition

15404fdfsdfdsfd940.jpgRock the No-Vote: Joel Stein suggests people should stay home and not vote. FBLA suggests Joel Stein should stay home and not write.

frank_keatingapphoto.jpgFish In A Barrel: Patt Morrison points out that John McCain and his surrogates have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s funny stuff — until you realize that this man could become president.

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Bradley Effect Affect: We’re going to coin a new phrase, The Bradley Affect, which is a condition that causes political pundits to talk around race issues rather than get at the heart of what’s really going on in this country. But that’s just us.

LAT In 90 Seconds

Keys to the Magic Kingdom: Dawn C. Chmielewski showcases the internships you wish you had in a story today. But our favorite part of this piece, just might be the headline. It looks like something out of the Hogwarts Daily Herald: ‘Sorcerers’ apprentices concoct new adventures.’

42171694.jpgKatie and Sarah: James Rainey points out that while Sarah Palin‘s third nationally televised interview, with CBS anchor Katie Couric, “found Palin rambling, marginally responsive and even more adrift than during her network debut with ABC‘s Charles Gibson,” she lucked out in that no one was watching.

1540ddda4940.jpgJoel and Rosa: Joel Stein smacks Rosa Brooks with a verbal (and we’re guessing — though it’s so hard to tell with Stein) “joking” glove across the face, saying: “Did you buy a house with less than 20% down, or with an adjustable-rate mortgage, assuming that skyrocketing equity would let you refinance or flip it? Of course you didn’t, because you’re a super-intelligent reader of my column. But don’t you think every single Rosa Brooks reader did?” He lucked out, though, in that no one — not even Rosa — was reading it.

Time.com Relaunches: Podcasts, Archives, Video, Oh My

20080922_107.jpgFrequent visitors to Time.com may already have noticed that the page looks a bit different this morning. That’s because the magazine has officially relaunched their website today. FBNY stopped by the Time offices last week to get a quick preview of the site — did you know that Time‘s archives, dating all the way back to 1923, are available online?! Us either.

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BREAKING: FBLA Finds Something Good In A Joel Stein Column!

293884104_1788963472_time-palin-f3-120.jpgFinally! Something worth reading in a Joel Stein column — of course, that something is a link to somebody else’s work, but still, it’s a start!

HEEBs Take Over L.A.

StorytellingLABlast.jpg Go to this. You could always leave before Joel Stein goes up.

The critically acclaimed Jewish culture magazine, Heeb, heads to Los Angeles on September 23 for the latest installment of its national storytelling series. Comedian Brody Stevens (CHELSEA LATELY) hosts Heeb Storytelling at M Bar, with seven-minute Jewish stories by Adam Busch (musician and actor on Buffy the Vampire Slayer); Liz Feldman(writer, ELLEN); Emma Forest (author, Cherries in the Snow); Alessandra Rizzotti (Parking Lot Dance Club); Dave Nadelberg (founder, MORTIFIED); Nikki Glaser (Last Comic Standing) and Joel Stein (LOS ANGELES TIMES).

Heeb Storytelling, the traveling road show of Heeb Magazine, has been
performed in Manhattan since the summer of 2003, was the lead in Time Out’s “New Super Jews” cover story in November of that year and has been performed in virtually every major city in North America. In 2009, Grand Central Publishing will be releasing a Heeb Storytelling anthology edited by Heeb Arts Editor Shana Liebman, titled Sex, Drugs & Gefilte Fish.

When: Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Where: 
M Bar, 1253 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Cover:
 $10 (food and drink minimum)
Reservations: 323-856-0036

Covering Fashion Week: You’ve Got the Look, and the Blog, and the Twitter

fashion-week.jpgSo, we just remembered it’s Fashion Week here in New York. What a relief after all this “Palinating.” No need to go to the tents even, since it appears everyone seems to have everything covered from every angle possible. As per usual, NYMag’s got the Fug Girls on the case, along with videos by Jeremy Kost, Fashionista is blogging the tents, refinery29 is, as usual, giving Style.com a run for its money. And on the new, new media front not only is FBNY twittering from the tents, UnBeige is also stylin‘, so to speak, as is Racked.com is twittering.

Also, let us draw your attention to the trio Time.com has managed to dispatch to the shows: Joel Stein, fashion scribe Kate Betts, and renaissance man Isaac Mizrahi (anyone with even a shred of interest in fashion who hasn’t already done so should immediately netflix Unzipped). Per Stein:

Here’s what I learned: I should have become a fashion reporter. Other than Kevin Bacon (dude, it’s 2008, drop the fauxhawk) and David Schwimmer, there were no straight dudes there. And no women under 5’10″. And it looks easy to make conversation. Like, “Hey did you see the guy with tinkertoys on his head?

Petition to Take Back the Times

636993-1218498107-main.jpgTellZell has started an online petition urging everyone in Los Angeles who knows how to read and write (and Joel Stein) to sign a petition calling for Sam Zell to add two seats to the Tribune board of directors — “one to represent the workers and another to represent readers.”

For those with a vested interest in a quality local paper (and Joel Stein), here’s the petition site.

Notes From the Showroom Floor

comiccon01.gif We were wandering through the showroom floor at Comic Con 2008 and had some sightings.

We believe we saw what we think was Fred Savage. And we also think we saw about 20 guys that really looked like Fred Savage.

We also spotted Joel Stein wading through the crowd. Then we overheard someone say,”That’s that guy that writes all those unfunny op/eds for the LA Times and is sometimes on VH1.”

Bingo.

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John Brady and FBLA Are in Total Agreeance

84400026.jpg John Brady has a piece in Folio about Time magazine and Joel Stein. Brady writes:

Does anyone here remember that wonderful year 1996, when Time magazine did a redesign that caused a reader revolt? Well, I remember it well. One element in the failed repositioning of the newsweekly was a recent staffer, Joel Stein, who was the magazine’s novelty item just before the collapse. Stein specialized in news lite-hot dog eating contests, stuff like that.

When the magazine regrouped, Stein was missing in action.

Now, under the editorship of Richard Stengel (who signs his Editor’s welcome column “Rick”), Joel Stein is not only back; he is riding higher than ever as the magazine sinks to new lows.

Ouch. Then Brady attempts to be diplomatic:

Look, Stein is Stein. I’m not picking on him so much as I am wondering why Time turns over so much of its space and its reputation to someone so frivolous and unfunny…

Totally! We ask the same question of the LA Times when they publish him. We blame them. It’s not the kid’s fault for kicking the back of your seat the entire five hour flight – it’s the parents’ fault for giving him Starbucks and proximity.

LAT In 90 Seconds

s15404940.jpgHello Imma. Hello Abba: Joel Stein wants us to believe that the Jews who run Hollywood all got their gigs by going to the same Jewish summer camp together — and he offers as proof a long list of names of people you’ve never heard of.

39681200.jpgIf Us Weekly Ran The Show: No offense to Johanna Neuman, who did the best she could using – you know – ethics in reporting this piece about the private meeting between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama at Sen. Dianne Feinstein‘s house, but if an Us Weekly reporter had been on the story, we’d know a helluva lot more about that meeting than the fact that the two candidates drank water and shared a laugh.

39662431-06092427.jpgWriters’ Strike Cost California $2.1 billion: According to Richard Verrier, “effects of the three-month walkout continue to ripple across the state’s economy, causing a projected net loss this year of 37,700 jobs directly and indirectly tied to the entertainment industry, according a study released Thursday by the Milken Institute.” But, then, you already knew that.

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