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Posts Tagged ‘Noah’

Paramount Denial Leads to Immaculate Re-Conception of Variety Headline

ShutterstockRussellCroweHWoF_FeaturedIt’s one of the oldest tricks in the digital journalism playbook. Adjust the headline without letting readers know that such an adjustment has been made.

At press time, there is no Editor’s Note or Correction to indicate that a March 17 item by Variety New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh was originally headlined “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE).” From a related report in The Hollywood Reporter:

Although Crowe had hoped to meet Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Paramount Pictures is denying a report that the Vatican canceled a planned meeting.

“A meeting was never scheduled,” a Paramount spokesman said. A story posted today by Variety ran under the headline: “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe.” The original headline did not include the word “Tentative,” which was added after the studio objected.

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Disney Interactive Lays Off Roughly 700 (THR)
The Walt Disney Company has laid off approximately 700 employees at Disney Interactive, a company spokesperson confirmed. Prior to the layoffs, roughly 2,800 employees worked at the division, representing a cut of approximately 26 percent of its total workforce. Variety Cuts were expected, but not on this scale. They were anticipated to mostly affect Disney’s Playdom group, which produces games for social media platforms. A Disney rep said the layoffs will occur across the board in the business unit. Re/code Last month, Disney Interactive reported its second consecutive quarter of profitability after a long string of losses, credited to the success of Disney’s console game Disney Infinity. However, in tandem with the layoffs, the company will cease in-house console game development beyond supporting Infinity and publishing the as-yet-unreleased game Fantasia: Music Evolved, developed by Harmonix. New Disney games will instead be licensed out and developed by other studios. NYT Disney Interactive makes up a tiny piece of the Disney empire. The entertainment conglomerate as a whole had $1.84 billion in profit and $12.31 billion in revenue in its most recent quarter; Disney Interactive had operating income of $55 million on revenue of $403 million, according to financial filings. Reuters Disney’s games and online division has for years been a persistent money loser and a small but significant drag on a corporate empire that spans movie-making and television to cable network ESPN, theme parks and cruise lines. Last year, Disney Interactive lost $87 million as revenues rose 26 percent from 2012; the division has lost a total in recent years of more than $1 billion.

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Mass Appeal Rapper Columnist Misses Deadline

mass_appeal_trick_fbny.jpgMass Appeal — the New York-based magazine whose founder, Patrick Elasik, was electrocuted in 2005 while attempting to cross subway tracks in New York — had been running a regular column by R.A. the Rugged Man, a Suffolk County-based rapper. He missed a deadline by two weeks and then stopped returning associate editor Jay Riggio‘s phone calls. Riggio eventually tracked R.A down on Thanksgiving Day at his family’s home. On the phone, things were a tad, uh, contentious between R.A. and his editor.

“Since R.A. declined to give us a column, we decided to transcribe the shitty conversation I had with him and publish it,” Riggio explained. The following should serve as a cautionary tale to you deadline-conscious magazine editors out there who are thinking about employing celebrity rappers as columnists:

R.A., we need your article now. The deadline was two weeks ago.

I told you I don’t have time for this shit. I’m making a movie right now and I’m getting ready to go into production and everything is a fucking mess. Plus it’s Thanksgiving, what the fuck are you calling me for? Who gave you this number? You got no respect, I should punch you in your fucking face. I’m here with my family. My father says I suck at writing and wants to know what you clowns want from me.

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