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LAT In 90 Seconds

second_thought_220_2.jpgPissed Much, Ken? Within the first few grafs, film critic Kenneth Turan shows his disdain for his (admittedly stupid) task of having to answer whether critics ever second-guess themselves: “Let me explain why I feel that asking critics about what they got wrong, or for that matter what they got right, is to fundamentally misunderstand what it is we do and how we do it.”

40727141.jpgChilling Sentence Of The Day: In this story about a new Gits‘ docu, one of Mia Zapata‘s bandmates, Steve Moriarty says, “It can be pretty awful to have to describe what it was like to go out every night for three months looking for a murderer on your own with a knife and a baseball bat, which is what I did.”

40754044-07100117.jpgWelcome Sunday Rose: Nicole Kidman gave birth to a daughter this morning. Congratulations. Here’s hoping Nicole will be able to work off the remaining 3 ounces of baby weight.

LAT In 90 Seconds — The Jet-Lagged and Cranky Edition

rateblog.jpgDouble Dose of Justification: Not only is the LAT health section going to report the news that you (kinda) can use, it’s reporters are going to explain exactly why they wrote the story. Usually that info is self-evident in, you know, the story. But, um, thanks.

39035558-19102456.jpgJ-Hud Releases Debut Album: Jennifer Hudson’s first album is set to drop in September, which you knew if you read this story today. Or, like, any of the millions of publications that reported this facts months ago.

39035600-19101451.jpgSlow News Day: What does Kenneth Turan do after breathlessly watching Indiana Jones? By his own admission, not much of anything.

Blogging Cannes

cannesposter.jpgWish you were in France? (Us neither). But just in case you want to keep up, here’s a list of local pubs who have sent bloggers over for a vie en film:

The Hollywood Reporter: Steven Zeitchik is live blogging Cannes.

Los Angeles Times: Kenneth Turan brings his cranky old man schtick to France. We bet the French eat it up.

Los Angeles Times: And Sheigh Crabtree is there, too.

Perez Hilton: No, he’s not really there. But that’s never stopped him.

Variety: Anne Thompson gets all the good gigs.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34416814.jpgQuickie Movie Reviews: Kenneth Turan likes There Will Be Blood Kevin Crust turns his nose up at Bucket List (but thinks The Water Horse was well-executed. And Carina Chocano says Persepolis is worth seeing.

brithaircut.jpgAhmadinejad v. Spears: The LAT fills space with lists of its most-viewed stories of the year, categorized by sections. Maybe it’s not weird that LAT readers didn’t rush to the site to read the latest about Britney Spears … but the fact that she was edged off the entertainment list by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says a lot about the papaer’s industry coverage.

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Favorite LAT Graph Of The Day: “No one, it turns out, does Internet auction fraud like the Romanians. Bulgarians specialize in intellectual property theft; Ukraine is a leader in online credit card crime; the Russians have a profitable niche in Internet dating fraud.” And the rest of this Ian Wylie piece about EBay tracking down Internet defrauders all the way in Romania is just as unexpected.

The Envelope Returns, Now with Film Series

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The Envelope returns at the LA Times, and it’s all gussied up. As we all know but are reminded by Rob Barrett:

The Envelope has made the Los Angeles Times the frontrunner for unique coverage of the race from the inside.

Right you are, if you think so.

John T. O’Loughlin, the SVP/Marketing, Planning & Development, sends the memo:

Our interactive colleagues have completely redesigned The Envelope’s homepage to bring yet more entertainment industry leaders and avid entertainment enthusiasts to the site–offer better usability, increased news coverage, and upgraded news features, including the new Contender Countdown. In addition to these enhancements, there are also new online editorial voices, including Todd Martens and Pete Hammond. The site is live, so check it out.

You had us at “interactive colleagues”.

On Wednesday, we’ll begin producing The Envelope print series once again. Now in its sophomore year, there are plans for 11 issues this season and this week’s debut issue will be a 40-page Award Season Preview, followed by the Best Actor issue the following week.

New for 2008, we’re extending The Envelope brand a step further by creating an experiential event program called The Envelope Screening Series. We’ve also secured Mercedes-Benz as the series’ presenting sponsor ensuring this new addition to the Envelope family is again capturing alternative and incremental revenue. Starting Wednesday and running through mid-December, this exclusive invite-only event will showcase some of the top films from this year’s awards season and will feature Q&A sessions moderated by editorial staffers from The Times and The Envelope, including John Horn, Pete Hammond, Kenneth Turan, and Patrick Goldstein.

So who’ll be invited to these events? Academy voters? And why Q & As with people who write about the movies, as opposed to those who make them? Call us when Tom O’Neil is on deck.

LAT in 90 Seconds

springhp.jpgBest Headline In the Paper: Somewhere on the desk, a copy editor is channeling Mel Brooks.

hothil.jpgThe It Girl: According to Tina Daunt, Hollywood loves Hillary.

hoties.jpgHot And Fluffy: Well, Kenneth Turan might not care for Ocean’s Thirteen, but Kenneth Turan doesn’t have a uterus.

Slamdance, Sundance, Squaredance: The Buzz

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Slamdance

Religous sex cultists from the Children of God broke up a screening of Noah Thompson’s film about growing up in the cult.

From the folks who brought us Cops: The King Of Kong.

Sundance

Nick Nolte

I can’t even get an erection anymore.

All the noise about Hounddog can’t hide the fact that the movie’s a mutt. (Dakota Fanning might want to meet Jena Malone and talk about stage mothers.)

Squaredance
Aka the Oscars.
Kenneth Turan, in the LA Times, tries very hard to convince us and maybe himself that the nominations weren’t predictable. Quirky the Academy is not.

David Carr, blogging in the NY Times confesses that his readers know more than he does. Nikki Finke reminds him that Dreamgirls wasn’t all that fabulous.

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