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Inveterate Hitchhiker John Waters Takes Another Shot at Manhattan

When your article begins with this:

Hitchhiking Through New York City With John Waters”

And then immediately follows, before any article text, with this:

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You’re well on your way to a Divine bit of feature-interview journalism. Freelance writer Mark Yarm hung out with the 68-year-old Waters last month as the Baltimore native, with two other signs besides the one shown above, did some signature promotion for new book Carsick. Out this week, Waters’ latest tome details a recent cross-country hitchhiking trip from San Francisco to his beloved hometown.

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Twitter Paved the Way for Three Seth Meyers Comedy Writers

Take my tweet, please! As today’s Vulture piece by Jennifer Rogers and Callie Wright vividly reminds, you never know who might be paying attention to a 140-character comedy showcase.

BryanNardvarkTwitterIn this case, two of the three hired tweeters – Alison Agosti and Michelle Wolff - had comedy backgrounds. But third Twitter gagster Bryan Donaldson, found through @TheNardvark by Late Night head writer Alex Baze, was a central Illinois IT guy. Seriously:

The Late Night interview lasted 15 minutes, and Donaldson assumed he’d blown it. “It was so short that I thought they’d decided they weren’t going to waste any more time,” he says. Then, a few weeks later, he got a call at work from Baze telling him he had the job…

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Josh Wolk Departs Vulture for Yahoo

Yahoo logo GJosh Wolk is leaving New York’s Vulture for Yahoo. According to The Wrap, Wolk has been named executive editor of Yahoo Entertainment, a new role at the company. Wolk had been Vultute’s editorial director since 2010.

“I was considering signing off with a list of my favorite posts by all the Vulture writers, but it would be impossible to know where to stop,” wrote Wolk, in a post titled “Farewell from a Vulture.” “So just keep reading Vulture — I sure will — because every day that list of favorites gets longer.”

Wolk begins at Yahoo on April 7.

HollywoodLife Aims Slingshot at New York Times, Vulture

ShutterstockPaulWalkerIt’s a  modest, unbylined attempt at Bonnie vs. media goliaths criticism. One that completely misses the mark.

HollywoodLife, four days later, is taking issue with a December 1 NYT article by Emma G. Fitzsimmons. The publication feels that no one should be chipping away, posthumously, at the Paul Walker film career.

The only problem is that neither New York Times excerpt highlighted by HL is anything close to “trashing.” The paper is simply and factually reporting on Walker’s professional trajectory, relying in part on an A.O. Scott film review.

HollywoodLife also mangles the meaning of a Vulture headline for Bilge Ebiri‘s article published Sunday. New York magazine is not reducing Walker to an “Everyman.” Rather, they were angling in on Walker’s charming and extremely rare post-Golden Age combination of an everyman’s personality with a Hollywood leading man’s good looks. They’re actually paying the late actor two separate compliments in that one, single headline.

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Nicholson, Dern Compare Cannes Ovations

Shutterstock_BruceDernIf Bruce Dern wins an Oscar next March, he might have to include in his acceptance speech a callback to this great exchange. As in, ‘Not bad for a kid from Winnetka…’

The details come to us courtesy Vulture contributor Mary Kaye Schilling. For Nebraska, she spoke to the actor recently in Pasadena:

After Nebraska screened at the [2013 Cannes Film] festival, “We had an enormous ovation for three minutes,” says Dern. As he was preparing to leave the theater, he noticed his face up on the screen. “And then the people started really clapping,” he says. “[Director] Alexander [Payne] said to me, ‘Where are you going? The other ovation was for all of us, but make no mistake, this one is for you.’

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Salon Nabs TV Critic from New York

Salon has named Willa Paskin its new TV Critic. Paskin comes to the site from New York, where she served as Deputy Entertainment Editor for Vulture. Kerry Lauerman, Salon’s Executive Editor, told The New York Observer that sometimes — just sometimes — internships pay off.

“Willa was actually a star intern for us in 2006-2007, and I’ve followed her writing ever since, especially her terrific work at Vulture,” Laureman said via email to the Observer. “When the position opened up, she was a natural person to approach, and I was thrilled when she accepted.”

Video: Editor Josh Wolk on How to Pitch Vulture

In the final installment of our three-part interview with Josh Wolk, the New York editor says that Vulture is always looking for freelancers and explains what he looks for in a pitch.


You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 1: New York Mag’s ‘Vulture’: ‘The Smartest Voice on Pop Culture’

Part 2: Vulture Editor Josh Wolk: ‘The Word ‘Exclusive’ Has Gotten Devalued’

Vulture Editor Josh Wolk: ‘The Word ‘Exclusive’ Has Gotten Devalued’

In part 2 of our “Media Beat” interview with New York magazine’s Josh Wolk, the veteran entertainment editor talks about scoops, original reporting, and so-called “exclusives.”


You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Part 1: New York Mag’s ‘Vulture’: ‘The Smartest Voice on Pop Culture’

Part 3: Wednesday, Wolk reveals the one skill every entertainment reporter should have.

New York’s Vulture Launches iPhone App

The editors at New York’s Vulture know their pop culture, so launching an iPhone app that sends their must see picks straight to your phone makes sense to us. The app, titled Clickables, makes use of one of Vulture’s most popular features: Quick links to the best videos, pictures or songs; basically whatever is buzzing on the Internet that day.

Some features of Clickables include a “favorites” screen, so you can keep track of the best clicks, and social media integration, so you can share the links with your electronic friends.

If you’re into things like pictures of 50 Cent shoveling snow — and who wouldn’t be? — you should check out this app. It’s free, so no excuses. Okay, not having an iPhone is a solid excuse, but that’s it.

New York’s Vulture Takes on History of TV

FishbowlNY is a big fan of Vulture and its Approval Matrix (not the TV version though). So we’re delighted to see that for Ad Age’s TV issue, the editors at Vulture created an Approval Matrix for the entire history of television.

What rated the best? Seinfeld, Season Four of The Wire, and the Frost/Nixon debates. The worst? Jay Leno stealing Conan O’Brien’s thunder and the blundering background checks of most reality shows.

Speaking of reality shows, there was no mention of The Real World, and that is a glaring weakness in this otherwise great Matrix. If it weren’t for MTV putting a camera on seven strangers picked to live in a house, TV as we know it would be a lot different.

Quite simply, a life without seeing a man named Puck pick his nose then use the same finger to scoop peanut butter out of a jar, is not a life we would like to know.

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