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LAT In 90 Seconds

leno_lagasse.jpgLeno = Corny: Audience members at The Tonight Show described Jay Leno — the former stand-up comic who is currently back on air without his writers — as “90% as funny.”

34534154-02182614.jpgBand Camp: Reporter Liam Gowing writes the final (we think) chapter about his experiences at rock’n'roll fantasy camp. Unsurprisingly for an expensive enterprise dreamed up for men in mid-life crisis, the story ends with a mention of someone dying from liver cancer.

letterman1_2.jpgDaily Show And Colbert Report Writers Lend Some Funny: David Letterman culled together a Top 10 list with funny material from striking writers, some of our favorites among them. To wit: No. 5 From The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Steve Bodow: “I’d like a date with a woman.”

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L ATimes Expands Calendar Weekend

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The LA Times, in an effort to hold on to those younger readers, younger being anyone born after the Kennedy assassination, revamps the Thursday Calender section. From John Montorio’s memo:

Thursday, we’ll raise the curtain on an exciting double feature, when we replace Weekend with two new sections—a Calendar broadsheet devoted to the movies and a freshly imagined tabloid, The Guide, designed to help readers make the most of their recreational, cultural and entertainment choices.

Whee. We’re dizzy at the prospect. Betsey Sharkey gets two lieutenants in her campaign, who are cutely called a “power couple”:

Tim Swanson, Film Editor. Tim, a former editor at Premiere and writer at Portfolio, will directly oversee our movie coverage.

Gina McIntyre, Assistant Entertainment Editor. Gina, who most recently was an editor and writer at The Hollywood Reporter, joins us later this month. She’ll be helping to shape our TV, film and pop music coverage.

And the real reason for the two sections comes from Lynne Segall, LAT veep of entertainment and fashion advertising:

The Thursday broadsheet will now give the studios a broader canvas on which to market their films on the most crucial day to promote weekend movie-going

The Guide will also launch online in a beta version as early as mid-November. Ultimately replacing Calendar Live, the site will feature user-generated content, as well as content from an expanded staff, who’ll work more cheaply than those folks already in the building.

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