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Posts Tagged ‘Tom O’Neil’

LA Times Calendar Section Defends Itself

Yesterday we listed all the people who are no longer at the Calendar Section of the LA Times. We noted it makes the section look pretty dysfunctional. We don’t hear of en masse exits from say the Sports Section. But it’s been pretty consistent at the Calendar section.

The newspaper has sent us a statement saying we forgot to mention they’ve hired people too. Hear that obit writers? You should also talk about how people are being born. Otherwise it’s only half the story.

From Nancy Sullivan:

LA Times Calendar section: The Mass Influx

NEW HIRES (in the same frame):
Joy Press, Randall Roberts, Melissa Maerz, Gerrick Kennedy, Yvonne Villarreal, Nardine Saad, Nate Jackson, Rebecca Keegan, Nicole Sperling, Ben Fritz, Joe Flint, Steve Zeitchik, Julie Makinen, Deb Vankin, Jori Finkel, Amy Kaufman, David Ng

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Golden Globes Actually Interesting This Year…Kind Of…Thanks to Tina Fey

Okay, we’re going to admit that when the Golden Globes was canceled last year due to the strike – we didn’t notice. We’re that big of fans of awards shows. Last night there were the people watching the GGs and those watching 24. We were watching a rerun on Discovery Health about comedian Frank Payne‘s exploration of his morbid obesity. Because that how big a fan we are of 24.

Anyway, Tina Fey – a pioneer for female comedians – the Lucile Ball of nerds – the bane of Sarah Palin won for best actress in a TV comedy series and in her acceptance speech she called out commenters on Tom O’Neil‘s LA Times, The Envelope.

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Oscar Experts Are Abuzz

oscarimage.jpgOscar buzz is ripe with seven top Oscar seers presenting updated Oscars predix:

Pete Hammond (Notes on a Season, The Envelope), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Dave Karger (Entertainment Weekly), Lou Lumenick (New York Post), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby, TheEnvelope.com), Sasha Stone (AwardsDaily.com), Jeff Wells (Hollywood-Elsewhere.com).

Four pundits put “Benjamin Button” out front for best picture (Hammond, Howell, Karger, Stone), two say “Slumdog” (O’Neil, Wells), one bets on “Milk” (Lumenick).

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Golden Derby: Emmy “Shockeroos”

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We love the word “shockeroo.” (We also love zowie and zoinks, but that’s beside the point.) So, when Tom O’Neil told us the Top 10 contenders for best comedy and drama series Emmy awards include a few “shockeroos,” we just had to read on. You should, too.

Blammo!

LAT In 90 Seconds

37969950-17112407.jpgDiva SmackDown at the Tonys? Not even this titillating headline can get us to care about the Tonys. Sorry, Tom O’Neil.

kopelson_arnold.jpgAnother Person Younger Than Us Has Just Made A Killing: According to Jay A. Fernandez: 28-year-old screenwriter Barry Schwartz has sold his original script Parents Weekend to Arnold Kopelson, “Oscar-winning producer of Platoon, The Fugitive and Se7en, for low-six figures against mid-six figures. Schwartz describes his R-rated comedy as ‘a life-event milestone movie, like Meet the Parents or Knocked Up, that takes place during the 48 hours when ‘the kids and the parents get to see each other as independent people for the first time ever.’” If you need us, just tap on the oven door.

37969181-17105902.jpgIs George Stephanopoulos Sean Hannity’s Bitch? Probably not. But we can’t get enough of this story.

What Does Gary Busey Want From Ryan Seacrest?

We’re determined to find out what Gary Busey meant when he menacingly told Ryan Seacrest that he’d been looking for him for years. When Seacrest asked what he’d done, Busey said, “It’s what you haven’t done.”

What hadn’t he done? Our only guess is that he hadn’t asked the questions his researchers prepared for him — how else to explain so many celebrities’ perplexed faces? (George Clooney bought a house on a whim in Malibu?!)

Tom O’Neil thinks Busey was pissed because Seacrest didn’t recognize him on the Red Carpet.

Whatever Seacrest was guilty of, poor Jennifer Garner got in the middle of it like a 4-year-old girl outside the wrong house during a drive-by.

LAT In 90 Seconds — A Second Look

34652726.jpgFunniest Lede: Deborah Netburn wins the kiss with this lede about how depleted our TiVos have become during the writers’ strike: “Boop. Boop. Boop boop boop boop boop boop boop boop. BONK.” OK. It was funny to us.

34666713.jpgFin: Jill Grey has filed for divorce after 25 years of marriage to Paramount Pictures head Brad Grey.

accessdsfasdfds_1.jpgI’m Mad As Hell And … Whatever: Tom O’Neil is embarrassed by the Golden Globes fiasco. Again, we gotta ask, is it really a shock that the network would forgo “news” for fluff?

The Envelope Returns, Now with Film Series

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The Envelope returns at the LA Times, and it’s all gussied up. As we all know but are reminded by Rob Barrett:

The Envelope has made the Los Angeles Times the frontrunner for unique coverage of the race from the inside.

Right you are, if you think so.

John T. O’Loughlin, the SVP/Marketing, Planning & Development, sends the memo:

Our interactive colleagues have completely redesigned The Envelope’s homepage to bring yet more entertainment industry leaders and avid entertainment enthusiasts to the site–offer better usability, increased news coverage, and upgraded news features, including the new Contender Countdown. In addition to these enhancements, there are also new online editorial voices, including Todd Martens and Pete Hammond. The site is live, so check it out.

You had us at “interactive colleagues”.

On Wednesday, we’ll begin producing The Envelope print series once again. Now in its sophomore year, there are plans for 11 issues this season and this week’s debut issue will be a 40-page Award Season Preview, followed by the Best Actor issue the following week.

New for 2008, we’re extending The Envelope brand a step further by creating an experiential event program called The Envelope Screening Series. We’ve also secured Mercedes-Benz as the series’ presenting sponsor ensuring this new addition to the Envelope family is again capturing alternative and incremental revenue. Starting Wednesday and running through mid-December, this exclusive invite-only event will showcase some of the top films from this year’s awards season and will feature Q&A sessions moderated by editorial staffers from The Times and The Envelope, including John Horn, Pete Hammond, Kenneth Turan, and Patrick Goldstein.

So who’ll be invited to these events? Academy voters? And why Q & As with people who write about the movies, as opposed to those who make them? Call us when Tom O’Neil is on deck.

Tom O’Neil to Melisssa Rivers: Where’s the Love,Luv?

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Tom O’Neil clues us in on the backstory to Melissa Rivers’ comment on his LAT blog:

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What Melissa’s referring to in her gruff blog comment about “going to the mat” for me has to do with the battle among producers whether “that expert sh*t” belonged on Joan and Melissa’s Oscar show. Some producers just wanted the show to be about fashion and celeb fawning, but Joan and Melissa — much to their credit — wanted to have real awards dishing, too. When the gals moved to TVG from E! they asked me to go with them to keep that balance going. It was a tough choice to make for me. It meant I had to give up being the resident awards expert at a large cable channel for a smaller one (I couldn’t do both), but I did it because I loved working with them and the team of ace producers that went with them. Yeah, there were those Rivers’ diva antics behind the scenes, but, come on, that’s to be expected. They’re celebrated for being divas and they’re entitled. The main problem at TVG was Melissa’s manager, who she eventually ditched.

Jeeeeez, Melissa–I didn’t mean to ruffle your Vera Wang. I thought my report was fairly straightforward!

Earlier:
Melissa Rivers and Her Diva Antics Kept Tom O’Neil on Red Carpet

Emmy Essentials

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A Socialite’s Life is live blogging.

Ray Richmond’s in the press room, but not live blogging.


Tom O’Neil
is live blogging and has Ryan rehearsing. And here’s a little morsel that could be taken several ways:

There have been widespread reports that Ryan will sing, but that’s not quite true. While making his welcome remarks, he’ll threaten to launch into a rendition of There’s No Business Like Show Business, but will only get as far as the first word, then cut himself off.

Then, he comes back with a medley of I Enjoy Being a Girl, I Feel Pretty and As Long As He Needs Me.

O’Neil’s touching the hem of Debra Messing’s garment, too.

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