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Robbed At The Mirror Awards

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The first annual Mirror Awards were presented at a Meredith Vieira-hosted luncheon today at the W hotel in Midtown, and our mediabistro.com mothership — a finalist in the media information services category — lost to HealthNewsReview.org. In other words, we were robbed.

Still, we weren’t the only overwhelming favorite among the 23 finalists to go home empty-handed. New York Times media man David Carr won for best column, upsetting his former boss Kurt Andersen (“Kurt plucked me off a turnip truck when I got to New York”) and Washington Post media guy Howard Kurtz, who was 0-for-2. Kurtz’s CNN show, Reliable Sources, lost to the American Journalism Review for overall excellence.

The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, praised for his profile of CNN’s Lou Dobbs, watched the best article award go to New York magazine’s Phillip Weiss for his profile of Craig Newmark, craigslist’s lovable nerd.

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Peter Bart Not Getting Knocked Up Any Time Soon

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Peter Bart didn’t much care for Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up. And, it seems, he cares even less for other reviewers’ takes on the film. He spends so much of his sourpuss review skewering what other critics have said about the movie, that he sounds like … well, like us.

Earlier:

Knocked Up Ripped Off?

Anne Thompson, Cynthia Littleton Move to Variety

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Nikki Finke’s got the scoop on Anne Thompson’s move from The Hollywood Reporter to Variety, along with editor Cynthia Littleton. Littleton is the editor at THR but will be deputy editor for news development at Variety, and Thompson, FBLA has learned, will be deputy editor of Variety.com, working with Dana Harris.

Thompson’s blog won’t travel with her, but RiskyBusinessBlog.com will be launched.

Peter Bart announced the news, saying

Variety is delighted to welcome two important new voices to our organization.

In The Trades: Heads Roll, Queens Rule, Lawyers Drool

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Jim Samples has stepped down as head of the Cartoon Network, after the edgy if stupid Aqua Teen Hunger Force marketing effort blew up (or looked like it could) in Boston.

Sarah, the Dutchess of York, aka the other Fergie, gets a producer credit on a project about Queen Victoria that she brought to Graham King. King and Martin Scorese will produce.

Peter Bart admits what the rest of America knows: too many lawyers.

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As if the first one wasn’t bad enough: Disney will release Haunted High School Musical, the movie, in 2008. Then High School Musical on Mars in 2009. And then in 2010, High School Musical: Naked Study Hall. Don’t you wish.

Columbia is going to turn Metal Gear Solid into a movie, because all those other video game movies have been so awesome. At least Uwe Boll won’t direct.

In the Trades: Reality, Antiquity, Infamy

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ABC has a new reality project in the works called The Golden Cage, from EP John de Mol, creator of Fear Factor and Big Brother. Ten contestants live in a high end mansion with all the trappings of the filthy rich–servants, lavish parties, great food, etc. The thing is, they can’t leave. It’s The Discreet Charm Of The Bourgeoisie as a game show!

Roman Polanski will direct Pompeii, a dramatic thriller set against the backdrop of Mt. Vesuvius just before and during its eruption. Toga party!

Peter Bart weighs in on the producer credit dilemna, writing:

There always seem to be several writers on a movie–why not several producers?

The more, the merrier or safety in numbers?

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Mark Canton (you know–Wendy Finerman’s ex) is making a comeback, not that he ever really went away, and tells Anne Thompson all about it. He’s pinning his hopes on the big screen version of Frank Miller’s graphic novel about the Battle of Thermopylae. The movie is called 300, because no one in Hollywood can pronouce Thermopylae.

ABC’s Andrea Wong says reality tv has no rules, which is mighty big talk from the woman who killed the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire franchise. Still, ABC took a risk with Dancing With the Stars which paid off nicely. Asked what show she covets, Wong replied:

The steamroller of American Idol. I want to kill myself every time it’s on.

You and half the world, sister.

Variety to Provide On-Camera Talent for Reelz Channel

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Variety, the show-biz bible, has struck a deal with Reelz Channel–writers appear as correspondents and analysts on the Dailies show and Reelz puts a camera in the newsroom.

Rod Perth, head of the cable channel, said

The goal for this network is to become for movie fans what the Food Network is for foodies or ESPN is for sports fans.

Editor Peter Bart is slated to be a regular on-camera presence, but many of Variety’s writers are notoriously shy about appearing on TV, probably because no reporter in show biz can be as glamorous as the stars they cover. Trust us, after a while, they won’t even notice the camera–or so all reality cast members claim.

Reelz, currently in 28 million homes, is predicted to clear 45 million subscribers by the end of this year.

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