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New Line Cinema, Surprise!, Turns Out To Be Hottest Studio In Hollywood

fourxmas.jpgWith the rapidly skyrocketing performance of “Four Christmases,” New Line Cinema has rebounded big time after having essentially closed its doors, fired most employees and watched as Warner Bros. took over its distribution and marketing.

Los Angeles Times columnist Patrick Goldstein weighs in on the ironies implicit in the New Line dissolve.

McCain Losing Traction With Hollywood Conservatives

Republican nominee John McCain may be losing traction with the arch conservatives in Hollywood, all two of them, the L.A. Times saysmccain3.jpg.

Long a Democratic bastion, Hollywood still has its share of right-wingers (hence the statewide election of one Arnold Schwarzenegger).

Times columnnist Patrick Goldstein gives an alternative view to Hollywood’s peripatetic conservatives.

LAT In 90 Seconds

42265903-10094356.jpgFrom the X-Files: Patrick Kevin Day has five tips for Fringe, for of which we agree with (especially the admonition that the new show’s writers “Have a plan.” What we don’t abide is Day’s request that the show “Avoid the kissing stuff.” We love the kissing stuff. Pucker up, please!

aronofsky.jpgMickey Rourke Sounds Reasonable: We knew Patrick Goldstein‘s blog would yield delicious fruit: “Of course, Rourke remembers the encounter a bit differently. ‘I was sitting in a restaurant in the West Village that my friend Julian Schnabel turned me on to and this guy shows up, riding a bicycle, with this green helmet and an unbelievably dorky outfit. And I go, ‘That must be him. Darren Aronofsky–smart Jewish boy from Brooklyn.’ Rourke unleashes a derisive snort. ‘Darren has got to be the worst dresser on the planet. That outfit! He told me it was Prada, but all I could think was–he looks like a UPS delivery guy.’”

bzzolt.jpgThey’re Just Mad About Harry: With the delay of the latest Harry Potter release, “distributors have shifted several major fall releases — including the animated 3-D comedy ‘Bolt,’ the vampire thriller ‘Twilight,’ the James Bond adventure ‘Quantum of Solace,’ and the epic romance ‘Australia’ — to new dates in November, hoping to take advantage of the box-office void created by Harry’s departure.”

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

40870480.jpgNuts! Matea Gold has the goods on the Jesse Jackson/Barack Obama balls brawl. No, it doesn’t give us any pleasure to say “balls brawl.” OK. We’re lying. But it doesn’t give us a lot of pleasure.

40876200.jpgDaunt-ing Task: Tina Daunt, once again, goes behind the scene to get the great story you’d never think to write even if you knew about it, which you don’t because you’re not Tina Daunt. So there.

40319001-24192341.jpgThe Really Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein comes to the conclusion that big studio movies pretty much suck. Apparently, he missed the day in 5th grade that they went over this.

LAT In 90 Seconds — Blog Edition

violetblue.jpgWeb Scout: David Sarno gets Violet Blue‘s side of the weird BoingBoing controversy (the site scrubbed every post written about, by or containing Blue’s name.) Too bad he couldn’t get BoingBoing on the phone.

blog_photos_006.jpgThe Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein is new to blogging but has already learned the Golden Rule: Get other people to do work for you. To that end, he recruited film producer Avi Lerner to review a number of new releases. (To wit: “The Love Guru: ‘The worst movie I’ve seen in my life. It was so stupid I wanted to cry. Do I really have to say more?’”) If he’s smart, Goldstein will put this guy on retainer. (Might we recommend a MUCH smaller photo next time? The crop tool is your friend.)

joh.jpgCountdown to Crawford: In addition to having the best name of any of the LAT’s blogs, C2C wins us over with Johanna Neuman‘s analysis of Lou Dobbs‘ question: “Should Bush be impeached over tainted tomatoes?”

Why Is Nobody Calling Deadline Hollywood Daily on Its Mistake?

goldstein_jynssynlnc.jpgDeadline Hollywood Daily adores to point out other people’s errors — both real and perceived — so it surprised us at FBLA that nobody has called DHD out on the egregious error in its post about Patrick Goldstein‘s new blog, The Big Picture, at the LAT.

“I’m told that, despite heavy promotion by the paper and other media, Goldstein’s blog on Monday only received 1,102 page views, placing #35 out of 50 blogs at the LA Times.”

That’s so funny. We got an e-mail (with curiously identical wording) from an LAT staffer “telling” us the same thing. The thing is, we didn’t run with it because the information simply isn’t true.

The blog wasn’t “heavily promoted” on Monday (though we had it, thank you very much). It was moderately promoted on Tuesday — when the numbers jumped from 1,103 page views to 12,364 views. Wednesday saw the blog’s page views grow to 13,732.

True, this is nothing compared to DHD’s average daily page views of 48,449, but DHD is a few years and many, many Drudge links into its career. And newspaper blogs build audiences slowly (an inside source tells us that the paper’s most popular blogs — Top of the Ticket, Showtracker, Lakers — all sat at the bottom of the ranks for months before they slowly but surely found an audience).

In other words, Big Picture got — on its first day — 25 percent of the page views DHD now gets after two or so years in. With page views growing steadily every day.

Not too shabby.

Earlier: FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Goldstein ‘Blogging Is Journalism’

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Goldstein ‘Blogging Is Journalism’

goldstein_jynydnlnc.jpgWe announced Monday that Patrick Goldstein will be a full-time blogger for the LAT, shifting his “Big Picture” column to a by-the-minute blog on the L.A. Times web site.

The news floored us. We thought newspaper reporters still viewed bloggers as unkempt basement monkeys writing snarky hyperbole in their underwear. Turns out, we were wrong. (We totally have to buy a pair of pants.)

For more insight about what this shift means, we asked Patrick a few of our patented stupid questions. He was kind enough to answer:

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BREAKING: Patrick Goldstein Goes from Journo to Blogger

goldstein_jynynlnc.jpgSome little birds at the LAT tell us that venerated entertainment journalist Patrick Goldstein will expand his Big Picture column with
the launch of a new blog Tuesday morning.

The LAT hopes to put Goldstein’s knowledge and sources to work in a blog that brings responsible journalism to the faster-than-pulp pace of 24/7 online entertainment reporting.

The Big Picture is one of our favorite columns at the paper, and we’re excited to see what it evolves into as a longtime journo wades into the world of full-time blogger. No word yet on whether he’ll be reporting in his underwear (we highly recommend it).

Good luck, Patrick!

More as we get it…

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

38563905.jpgFavorite LAT paragraph of the Day: In a story about 75 students arrested in a San Diego State University undercover drug bust: “One alleged dealer was just a month away from receiving a master’s degree in homeland security and had worked with the campus police as a security officer, officials said. Another student, who was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine and two guns, was a criminal justice major, officials said.”

38536131.jpgDreamy-Works? We’re not entirely certain, but we think Patrick Goldstein just likened David Geffen to a thoroughbred.

38561208.jpgIs Britney-Mania Dying Down? The AP reports the scene surrounding Britney Spears’ courthouse arrival this morning as surprisingly subdued and sparsely attended.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37117651.jpgJohn Hughes Is Not Dead: But Patrick Goldstein’s column feels creepily like an obit.

37108751-24163511.jpgBeatles Former Road Manager Dies: Neil Aspinall dies at the age of 66. His was a short life, but clearly one lived large:

Aspinall also went down in Beatles history as the man who stayed with the group even after manager Brian Epstein fired Aspinall’s closest friend, drummer Pete Best, when Lennon, McCartney and Harrison decided they wanted crosstown rival Ringo Starr on the drums. It was a particularly trying time for Aspinall because he was renting a room at Best’s house and had become romantically involved with Best’s mother, Mona, who was 17 years older than Aspinall. Their long-term affair produced a child, Vincent Roag Best, who was about 3 weeks old when Pete Best was booted from the group.

37116381.jpgAnother L.A. Media Landmark In Peril: The city says the vandalized, abandoned former KFWB news-radio studios will be demolished if its not rehabilitated by April 3.

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