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Closer to Home, American Psycho Musical Will Be Closer to the Film

PatrickBatemanStillIn one sense, New York’s Second Stage Theatre is the perfect place for the American-side debut of a musical based on the movie American Psycho. The company was founded in 1979, just ahead of the 1980s era during which Patrick Bateman commits a series of finely tailored “murders and executions.”

In separate emails to the New York Times, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who will write the modified American book for the musical, and Second Stage artistic director Carole Rothman promised this version will be gorier than the production staged last winter in London:

Aguirre-Sacasa: “We’re going to put a bit more ‘psycho’ in the text and production, a little more horror and suspense.”

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OC Weekly, SF Weekly Hit With Layoffs

A major series of layoffs hit the Village Voice Media chain today. California got hit especially hard. FishbowlLA has confirmed that OC Weekly lost staff writer Chasen Marshall, who was with the paper for the past year or so. That leaves the Weekly with only three staff writers.

Layoffs absolutely decimated the SF Weekly, which lost four editorial staffers: Web editor Jake Swearingen, SFoodie blog editor W. Blake Gray, reporter Matt Smith, and calendar editor and blogger Hiya Swanhuyser. Smith’s loss is especially brutal. He had been with the paper for more than a decade and was by far the paper’s most well-known and popular writer.

From what we’re told, the carnage isn’t over. LA Weekly may very well be hit with yet another round of layoffs before the end of the week. More on that as it comes in.

Former Seacrest Intern Gets National Radio Show

Tim Mihalsky, a native of Thousand Oaks, would schlep over that hill everyday to get coffee and answer phones for Ryan Seacrest. That was five years ago. “I used to watch Ryan and Ellen talk all morning long and thought, ‘I could do that’ and I now I am,” Mihalsky tells FishbowlLA.

The now 24-year-old built his radio show from the ground up, called advertisers and markets himself offering them his original daily content. And now FoxRock Syndication Services has Tim’s show on their roster.

The lesson here: Never give up and always be nice to your interns. They may have a national platform one day.

Congrats Tim! Here’s a link to his site.

Entire press release below:
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Fox Sports West Contributor Commits Foul Analogies

Ugly. That’s the word that came mind when FishbowlLA stumbled over paragraph two of Matt Smith‘s Fox Sports West column celebrating LA Laker Lamar Odom, ahead of the power forward’s expected anointment this afternoon as the NBA’s sixth man. Check it out for yourself:

Odom is like caulk or grout–admittedly not the most flattering of analogies–without either your house falls apart. Odom fills in the cracks… all of them.

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Dr. Who Producer Suffers Through Early LA Christmas

Steven Moffat (pictured), the newest producer of long-running BBC-TV series Dr. Who, is coming in with a bang on Christmas Day. Although the program has done a Yuletide-themed episode on present day since 2005, Saturday is the first time such an installment will be same-day premiered on BBC America.

Moffat, via the New York TimesArts Beat,” shares the very un-Christmas-like LA circumstances that led to the 2010 episode’s creation earlier this year, in April.

I’d flown to Los Angeles while we were going on interviews [for the United States season premiere of Doctor Who] and got stuck there by the volcano. LA is just the least Christmas-y place on earth.

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SF Weekly on the Downside of Super Cheap Newspaper Content

Matt Smith compares the SF Chronicle’s real estate section to a 4th graders book report. Spoiler alert: it’s content from Demand Media:

Smith writes:

Direct your browser to SFGate.com’s “Home Guide” section for the rare experience of news articles written as if for morons so ignorant they’ve never read an actual newspaper.

According to the lead sentence in a article about house prices, “Real estate is worth only what the highest bidder is willing to pay for it.”

The lead of a clip-art-illustrated piece on foreclosures explains: “If you can no longer afford your mortgage payments, you aren’t alone.”

Apparently super cheap content is good for…people who own newspapers. The LA Times is a horrible newspaper until you read the Chronicle. Then it’s an amazing newspaper. Best ever.

Read the whole piece about the lameness of prose er pros at the former home of Art Hoppe and Herb Caen here.

Hat tip Romenesko.

Checking Out The “Pecs And Personalities” At Cosmo‘s Hottest Bachelor Party

We spent last night with a group of single men eager to take their shirts off.

No, it wasn’t a Chippendales performance, but Cosmopolitan magazine’s party to celebrate the hottest bachelors in the U.S. — with one hottie representing each state.

“We look for pecs and personalities,” Cosmo editor Kate White told us about the magazine’s bachelor selection process, minutes after she had found herself surrounded by a parade of shirtless men. “It’s also a good way for us to get into men’s heads. It’s sort of a petri dish of American men.”

White spent the beginning of the evening standing on the end of a catwalk introducing the single men — many of which decided to remove their shirts to show off well-toned pecs and six-pack abs. “What happens at the Cosmo bachelor party, stays at the Cosmo bachelor party,” White said. Later, after forgetting to announce Illinois’ bachelor, White said, “I hope you know I’m going to be fired in the morning for that.”

In years past, the event has culminated with a selection of the hottest bachelor in the country, but White told us that due to the economy, all of the selected bachelors would be winners this year. From the buzz around the party (and our own opinions) Ohio bachelor Matt Smith would surely have won the crown had it been awarded this year. We also got a chance to talk to bachelors from Oregon, Wyoming, Massachusetts and Connecticut. Oklahoma representative Alain Le told us that while in New York he had tried to hit on Mary Louise Parker and Jane Krakowski at a bar, having no idea who they were. “They had to look themselves up on their iPhones to show me they were famous,” he told us. Aw, so cute.

Above, you can watch our video from the night, including White’s comments on the catwalk and the shirtless man parade. After the jump, more photos from the night.

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