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Tionna Smalls Signs TV Deal

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Is that sound we hear Nick Denton gnashing his teeth?

Atlas Media Corp. signed programming deals with Discovery Communications and Beyond Distribution for several new series, including Tionna Smalls –exclusive talent and reality series development deal for a series based on Tionna’s life, times and career.

When Denton decided to play managing editor at Gawker, he fired Smalls.

Radar has her column.

Nearly Everyone’s a Winner with RADAR’s Charles Kaiser

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RADAR posts their Winners and Sinners list but Charles Kaiser sounds more like a gushing fanboy than any sharp media critic. He squashes some low-hanging fruit, like Deborah “Didn’t I Ask That?” Solomon, but practically wets himself in praising the unwatchable mess made by director Julie Taymor:

Winner: Julie Taymor for Across the Universe, a charming musical starring adorable newcomer Jim Sturgess. The movie uses more than 30 Beatles songs to propel us through a story that touches all the stations of the ’60s cross. One bad creative decision: Revolution Studios head Joe Roth tried to shorten the movie by 30 minutes. Taymor went berserk and got it all put back. At 133 minutes, the movie is exactly half an hour longer than it should have been.

Most of his praise is reserved for household names, like Carl Bernstein, Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, Lara Logan, Jeffrey Toobin, and most of the New York Times. Really, it’s like he’s superpoking his Facebook roster, should one exist.

Pro Publica: Innovative or Insane?

Steiger190.jpgWe’re intrigued by the idea of a nonprofit group dedicated to advancing investigative reporting. But what a sorry state of affairs the Fourth Estate is in that newspapers aren’t willing to fund this work with their 11-20 percent profit margins.

Here’s a small sampling of how the rest of the media world is responding to Pro Publica, which will be run by former WSJ editor Paul E. Steiger with two Californians’ (Herbert M. and Marion O. Sandler) money:

Robert Stein puts it succinctly: “In an implied rebuke to junk journalism, a rich California couple is underwriting investigative reporters to give away their work to mainstream media. It won’t work.”

Media Buyer Planner is a little more kind: “A challenge to the company will be the fact that, outside of news from wire services, the largest newspapers are generally loathe to publish investigative work from other organizations. Experts, however, say that that resistance is dissolving in the face of financial struggles.”

Radar is cheeky: “A crack team of investigative journalists will form the nonprofit group Pro Publica and, with the guidance of pre-Murdoch WSJ editor Paul E. Steiger, will tackle the big stories that waning newspaper and magazine budgets have had trouble funding. And will save the world.”

Brit Hume is just ugly about it: “But a closer look at the group suggests it is not a politically neutral operation prepared to let the chips fall where they may. The Pro Publica organization was created by Herbert and Marion Sandler — former owners of one of the country’s largest mortgage and banking companies. The Sandlers made about $2.5 billion when they sold it. They are major Democratic political donors, who gave all their campaign contributions to Democrats in 2006. They have also been longtime critics of President Bush.”

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Bad Sweater Guy Takes Issue With John McCain

sweater25.jpegRadar reported earlier this week that John McCain is attributing his unraveling presidential campaign, in part, to the “gay sweaters” that his staffers made him wear.

According to one insider, the knit-picking was the crescendo of a tirade by the Arizona senator, in which he blistered aides about the minutiae of the campaign. While many septuagenarians live in a perpetual state of sweater weather, McCain reportedly declared his frustration with being told to don the perceived homosexual outerwear in order to look younger and more approachable.

“He wasn’t happy being dictated to. The sweaters were part of that,” the source says.

mccain_sweater_071007_FRESH.jpgInternet sensation Bad Sweater Guy takes umbrage at McCain’s homo-purl-aphobic remark, telling FBLA, “From what I have read, many different threads are causing his campaign to unravel. Blaming it on ‘gay sweaters’ is rude to gays. But more importantly, it’s rude to sweaters.”

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Radar’s Night Out with Sons of Hollywood

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Radar sent Thomas Patterson out with the Sons of Hollywood, and has what seems to be an ok time.

David “Sammy Glick for the new millenium” Weintraub comes off as an operator, but at least he’s got something on the ball. He’s also the best looking. Something is wrong.

Sean Stewart should have been strangled at birth.

Randy Spelling needs to change his name and get a plan. Change ‘em both, stud. He whines:

Forty years ago, Hollywood and the industry was so glamorous that if you were the son of someone famous, you were actually treated like royalty. Now it’s, “You must be spoiled, you’re just a little rich kid.”

Which is crap. He’s 29. Jake Kasdan (32), Colin Hanks (30), Kate Hudson (28), Emma Roberts (16), Schuyler Fisk (25),all have better careers than Spelling does. Why doesn’t he go get an MBA? Or a BA? Why acting? Why not producing?

Patterson paints a more accurate picture than the LAT ever did, while not shooting flabby fish in a barrel. Ray Richmond votes for “unwatchable”. YMMV.

Reviewing Radar Like a Rock Record

fbny_radar_3.0.jpgIn media terms, the anticipation and hype-y buildup to Radar‘s latest incarnation (the third, if you’re scoring at home) has been like that of a rock album — albeit one whose lineup is as interchangeable as the studio it was recorded in. You could even say radaronline.com and the accompanying schadenfreude is like the rabid, forgive me, Radiohead or Coldplay (or, perhaps more accurately, Arctic Monkeys) fans who leak details and tracks of the album ahead of its street date. And then you have the magazine’s detractors oiling the hype machinery while purporting not to care.

And while we’re as weary as the next media blog about anything as consistently over-hyped — and sniped — as Maer Roshan‘s Radar, we’re compelled to give it a track-by-track review.

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FBLA Dares To Ask: Did Radar’ s Ethnicist Rip Off Phillip Milano?

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Fond as FBLA is of Radar, we know a rip-off when we see one. The Ethnicist, while clever, is certainly very, very close to Phillip Milano’s column, Dare to Ask. Considering that Milano’s been writing the column for a number of years for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville and won a Columbia J-School award, he’s hardly unknown. He’s also written a book about asking and answering those rude questions that pop into everyone’s head. We doubt that anyone at Radar came up with this idea all by themselves.

Milano told FBLA that his lawyer is interested in Radar’s “new” column. Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but it’s so
tacky.

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