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Posts Tagged ‘Joshua L. Weinstein’

A Picture Worth a Thousand Bylines

Since launch in 2009, TheWrap has proven to be a fertile training ground for entertainment journalists. Among the earliest examples of reporters who worked under Sharon Waxman before moving on to other outlets are Amy Kaufman (now with the LA Times), Josef Adalian (Vulture), Hunter Walker (New York Observer), Josh Dickey (Variety), Jeff Sneider (Variety) and Dominic Patten (Deadline).

Still, with the recent departure of Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan and Joshua L. Weinstein for Film Funds LLC, the following photo now stands as a rather graphic representation of the kind of turnover Waxman (and others in the space like The Hollywood Reporter and the LA Times) must sometimes deal with. Of the ten people flanking Waxman in this April 1, 2011 birthday celebration snapshot obtained by FishbowlLA, only one person remains employed with the start-up company today.

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High School Student’s Petition Fails to Sway MPAA

Katy Butler, a 17-year-old Michigan student who has experienced bullying first-hand, traveled from her home state to LA this week to deliver an online petition to the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The document contains an impressive 220,000+ signatures calling for the organization to revise down its “R” rating for upcoming Weinstein Co. documentary release Bully.

But according to Fox News columnist Hollie McKay, MPAA reps were less than forthcoming today:

“The MPAA told me they did not want to change the rating…” Butler said. “I felt very dismissed, like I was talked down to because I’m a high school student. They only wanted to talk ratings; I was hoping they would really listen to what I have to say.”

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Nothing Funny About This Joe Pesci-TMZ Trail

Early last Thursday, TMZ.com posted an item about a legal response filed by Fiore Films to a lawsuit from actor Joe Pesci over his participation in the upcoming movie Gotti: In the Shadow of My Father. The first paragraph amounts to something of a journalistic hit job, attributing to company president and CEO Marc Fiore a very damaging word in connection to any actor – “has-been.”

The rest of the September 22 TMZ item is more accurate, quoting directly from the Fiore Films legal response. But it’s that first paragraph that was seized upon by a hundred and one other outlets, so much so that Fiore and his publicist Steve Honig felt the need to put out a correction.

“Marc was reading all these stories online,” Honig tells FishbowlLA today via telephone. “He came to me saying, ‘This is harsh, this is not what I’m saying. I don’t feel this way, we’ve got to put something out. It makes me sound like I’m at war with Pesci.”

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