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2014 Pulitzer Prizes Announced (FishbowlNY)
The Pulitzer Prizes celebrate the best of the best, and Monday we learned the latest recipients of journalism’s highest honor. TVNewser The Washington Post and the U.S. edition of The Guardian have won the award. They will share the Public Service award for their series of stories on NSA surveillance, as revealed by Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor who gave the top-secret information to the news organizations. The Pulitzer committee said the journalism was “marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.” Politico Snowden immediately declared the decision “a vindication.” The reporting on the former government contractor’s leaks was led by journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ewan McAskill at The Guardian, Barton Gellman at the Post, and Laura Poitras, who worked with both newspapers. NYT The Boston Globe won the breaking news prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three people and wounded at least 260. The Post won a second award, for explanatory journalism. Eli Saslow, 31, a staff writer, won for a series of articles on American families that rely on the federal food stamp program. GalleyCat Author Donna Tartt won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch. The novel about an orphan also won Amazon’s Best Books of the Month “Spotlight Pick” in October 2013 and was shortlisted for 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award.

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Could The Writers’ Strike Have Influenced The Presidential Election?

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Jossip seems to think so. Noting that journalist have “grown a pair” and started asking presidential nominee Barack Obama tougher questions in the last few days, the gossip site posits that it took two Saturday Night Live parodies to wake the press corp out of their love-fog.

Jossip takes journos to task for being woken up by SNL, of all things. We’re choosing to direct our ire at the movie studios. If they hadn’t been such asses and prolonged the WGA strike, those parodies woulda run months ago.

LAT In 90 Seconds

35512960.jpgThriller Turns 25: We’d make a joke here about how it’s now too old to hold any interest for Michael Jackson, but that’s sick and twisted and we wouldn’t do something like that. Instead, enjoy the LAT’s picture-book as well as a few fun facts about the groundbreaking album/video.

35516622.jpgHow Full Is Your Inbox Today, Patrick? We were happily reading Patrick Goldstein’s post-mort of the winners and losers of the WGA strike, when we got to an item about one particularly unhinged player who loves to fill e-mail inboxes with bat-shit insane vitriol, and we had to wonder… what was he thinking including this person on his list? Maybe he has a good spam filter.

35512556-11153546.jpgGoing After The One Ring: The London-based Tolkien Trust sued New Line Cinema Corp. on for allegedly cheating it out of at least $150 million from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

LAT In 90 Seconds

35355076-07144402.jpgRemember Brad Refro? In all the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over Heath Ledger, Brad Renfro’s death has been almost an afterthought (E! couldn’t even get his name right). But in this astute culture/profile piece, Rachel Abramowitz makes you remember that another actor suffered a tragic death recently — and that, likely, there are more to come.

35388813-08091821.jpgThere Goes The Neighborhood: In light of a legal tussle Leonardo DiCaprio is having with his neighbors over a backyard basketball court, the LAT Picture Book Team put together an amuse-bouche of celebs you don’t want to live next to. (They should ask a copy editor to move in next door, though. Their captions claim Paris Hilton is still in jail, and we think the Steven Spielberg item is missing a few words.)

34274838-08232106.jpgStuff You Already Knew About The Writers’ Strike: The WGA is meeting at The Shrine Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to brief the writers.

WGA Strike 08: So Near and Yet So Far

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Peter Chernin says the WGA strike is over, according to Finke. Of course, he allegedly told this to pals at the Super Bowl, so it may have been the jalapeno poppers talking.

More independent studios signed interim deals. GreeneStreet Films, Killer Films, Open City Films and This Is That Prods all negotiated settlements with the guild.

WGA leadership exhorts the troops to stay strong.

Picketing goes on for John August, but he’s also made a deal for an online production, a web pilot.

February offers up a bunch of newish shows, and as there’s yet another Pussycat Dolls series, be glad this is the shortest month.

(photo from BeastandBean)

WGA 08 Strike: Too Fat or Too Fit ?

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When (not if) the WGA strike is resolved, (as Ray Richmond sounds a note of cautious optimism) will there be a replay of the NBA strike, when players came back too fat and too lazy? We asked around:

Nina Bargiel

It’s not like the strike hit and I slapped my ass to the couch to start watching The Hills. Instead of working on a script but I’ve been working on other endeavors –blogging, vlogging, the Post-Apocalyptic Workout–so those creative muscles are still being flexed, just in a different way. Even when I’m not working, I’m writing. I always write. Of course, now one of my writing projects demands that I get in shape, so I’m doubly screwed!

Ken Levine:

I’m getting all of my projects ready to go so that when the strike is over I can begin procrastinating. My ass is just not fat enough yet to return to work.

John Aboud:

I wish it was that easy to turn off. Being a jackass comedy writer is a congenital condition.

Dale Launer:

You don’t have to keep in shape to write. In fact one could argue that some down time, if anything, gives you a break and you can start with a fresher outlook. Also, if you have any talent at all, it’s like riding a bike. All the good habits (and bad habits) come rushing back. It’s easy to get out of the groove as a writer, but that has little to do with the strike.

Hell, some of us have been diligently walking the picket line. Not that it burns up a lot of energy, but it burns more than sitting at a laptop.

And though we’re not supposed to be writing (which I never quite understood), but I’m sure everyone (at least feature writers) have been working on their specs.

How can you stop writing?

Eric Kaplan:

My mind and soul are in perfect fighting trim.The truth of the matter is that writers don’t need jobs to be ready to write.

Of course, the really enterprising writer would corner the market on Red Vines now.

CBS looks to the Great White North for writers, because Due South was such a success.

Avital notes the return of Deal or No Deal:

the story of a banker who must protect his money and family…of models holding briefcases…from random criminals who take advantage of his generousity


WGA Strike Changing Media Viewing Habits


TV WATCHING ABOUT THE SAME AS BEFORE WGA STRIKE, SURVEY SAYS


RESULTS: EW’s National Strike Survey

Conan defoliates.

(photo from Tobias Higbie)

WGA 08 Strike: Gale Force Majeure

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ABC went all force majeure on Joshua Sternin and Jeffrey Ventimilia, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, director Larry Charles, exec producer Jon Robin Baitz, writer Bill Callahan and actor/producer Taye Diggs, as well as others.

Warner Bros. Television cut loose less than six deals; CBS Paramount Network TV ditched around ten, including Hugh Jackman (after Viva Laughlin, where’s the surprise?), The Chronicles of Narnia producer Mark Johnson, the Emmy-winning Sopranos writing duo of Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green, Barry Schindel, John McNamara , Jennifer Levin, Liz Astrof, and the team of Aron Abrams and Greg Thompson. 20th Century Fox TV ended 15 agreements. Universal Media Studios also ended a handful of deals, including Alex Herschlag and Cheryl Holliday.

If the strike continues, producers may not have to hire these writers and producers back. On the other hand, talent can seek out richer deals, if the strike drags on and on.

The WGA made deals with Spyglass and Media Rights Capital similar to the Worldwide Pants and United Artists agreements.

(photo by PhotoJournal2008)

LAT In 90 Seconds

34721855.jpgOur Favorite Line About the Globes: Well, one of our favorite lines, comes from Ratatouille director Brad Bird who compared the recognition to dreaming “you go to Disneyland, but it doesn’t actually look like Disneyland. It was nice to win the award, but it was like I was out of the country.”

34720067-13164907.jpgBjork Attacks The One Pap Who Wants Her Picture: What’s curious about this story is that it’s so clear there was only one photographer trying to get Bjork’s picture. What was she worried about? Nobody wants a photo of Bjork … well, at least they didn’t until she started attacking paparazzi.

hb_isdfasdfmage.jpgBest Golden Globes Headline: And the award goes to Elizabeth Snead for the headline: “Mary Hart wore Valentino? PLEASE settle the WGA strike!”

Weinstein To Sign WGA Deal

The WGA is making side deals left and right. Biggie Harvey Weinstein says he’s getting a contract similiar to the one Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner wrangled for UA. And not a moment too soon:

One project that will immediately benefit from the independent deal is “Nine,” a planned film from Rob Marshall, who directed “Chicago.” Anthony Minghella, who has worked with Mr. Weinstein on films like “The English Patient” and “Cold Mountain,” is expected to begin working on revisions of a script that was written by Michael Tolkin, Mr. Weinstein said.

Who’s Nerdier, Uglier, Meaner–WGA or AMPTP?

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Who said this?

Sadly, it feels like the nerdiest, ugliest, meanest kids in the high school are trying to cancel the prom. But NBC wants to try to keep that prom alive.

Ben Silverman, head of NBC said that.

And he said it about the WGA’s refusal to grant a waiver for the booze-fest that is the Golden Globe Awards, resulting in a cancellation, and a loss of overwhelming prestige for his network.

He’s a genius.

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