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LAT In 90 Seconds

simulsays.jpgCES Blog Item That Oddly Scares Us: We tend to embrace technology here at FBLA, but something in the BitPlayer post by Michelle Maltais made us a little uncomfortable. SimulScribe will make a transcript of your voicemail and e-mail it to you… This is either the end of the drunk-n-dial or the beginning of a whole new era of blackmail. Either way, we gotta get off the sauce.

34239638-13061447.jpg“News” Event To Replace Golden Globes: The LAT piece looks at this from the perspective of the WGA strike. But consider it another way: A press conference in which celebs might attend (maybe) to announce the winners of a glamor award feels sickeningly like the future of news to us. Can you imagine Sean Penn announcing the 2008 Presidential winner? We can.

seinfeldsb.jpegFood Fight: Cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine is suing Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, saying that Jessica plagiarized her ideas for a healthy kids’ foods book. Further, the lawsuit states, “Lapine was not a public figure, does not suffer mental infirmity, is not a celebrity stalker, is not violent or dangerous, and does not engage in extortion or lies.” Which is an awesome thing to have in a lawsuit.

Golden Globes: Show Will Go On?

16writers-60v0.jpgDeadline Hollywood Daily seems to think so, reporting that the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is in the process of making an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, not unlike the WGA’s agreement with David Letterman.

It’s hard to tell which way, strategically, WGA should go on this one.

WGA 07 Strike News

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The WGA won’t issue a waiver for the Golden Globes, causing much gnashing of crooked, stained teeth at the Hollywood Foreign Press offices. The Guild has also denied the Academy from using clips from films and past Oscars during this year’s shows, which should make the AMPTP tremble, because there’s no way a Debbie Allen dance number can replace the clip montage of the dead.

Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien will be back on their respective shows starting January 2, without writers or monologues. Luckily, Jay has enough money to hand out cash to audience members and Conan has been taking mime lessons.

Jimmy Kimmel is coming back, too.

Nickel Counting and Nickel Counting.

NBC will recycle two USA Network series, Monk and Psych. New episodes of both series will air first on USA in January then repeat on Sunday nights in March on NBC.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34261067.jpgUgly Is As Ugly Does: We’re guessing this is the second act of the WGA strike, wherein everything gets ugly and goes horribly wrong. The union filed a charge to the National Labor Relations Board, alleging studios had not bargained in good faith when they ended contract negotiations on Friday.

34256647-13171707.jpgWhat’s Wrong With This Picture? We like (finally) the Deborah Netburn picture-book thing this week. It’s a file of the best and worst movie trailers of 2007, but the LAT should have worked harder to, say, secure all the trailers for the site.

147163_ratio140x110_width140.jpegFunny Stuff: LAT newish site The Guide made us laugh today with its take on the Van Halen concert: “DLR returns for what will undoubtably be the most sought-after ticket among the dudes who play Eruption” in Guitar center all day.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

31866358-29180850.jpgWe Weren’t Wasting Time. We Were Doing Research: Need convincing that Deborah Netburn and Patrick Day have the easiest jobs at the paper? Read what they get paid to do.

33593006-15145426.jpgEnd In Sight? After four days of silence, the AMPTP put out a press release announcing it has offered new proposals for digital revenue. The WGA has asked for time to examine the proposals. Both sides agreed to meet again beginning Dec. 4.

34023484-29152723.jpgA Cheat-Sheet For Your Office Pool: Reporter Josh Friedman kicks off a new weekly feature that predicts weekend box office take. No word on how many shots Friedman has to take each time he’s wrong.

LAT In 90 Seconds

33884669.jpgThe Price Of Taking A Stand: If the WGA strike continues into next month, it will cost L.A.’s economy an estimated $21.3 million a day in direct production spending.

33887696.jpgGood Night And Good Luck: This obit caught out eye: “Milo Radulovich, an Air Force reservist caught in the net of 1950s communist hunters, whose case was championed by CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow in a historic television program that led to the collapse of the McCarthy era, died Monday in Vallejo, Calif. He was 81.”

33878091.jpgCan’t Get Much Wronger? Dr. Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who operated on Kanye West’s mother the day before she died, bolted from the set of CNN’s Larry King Live during an interview Tuesday, citing his “tremendous amount of love and respect” for the West family. So, um, why agree to go on in the first place? This story doesn’t say.

WGA 07 Strike Week 2 : Fans

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Fan Day! Get over to Universal by 11 and then dash to NBC Burbank to meet that friend of labor, John Edwards.

Lost showrunner crosses the picket lines to tinker with the 8 episodes already shot.

A husband of a WGA member blogs about the strike. Labor action heats up.

Jennifer Steinhauer shows readers what’s behind the curtain, as the strike goes on.

WGAE has a blog, Strike Notes, which is great, but why are writers so dull when writing about not writing?

Walk the Virtual Picket Line. So, where’s the Second Life line?

Scrubs will take a little break, and then, maybe things will be better. Or not.

Will anyone miss Bionic Woman? One suggestion: recycle Smallville scripts–no one will notice.

Blogs on Ellen: Yep, She’s Lame

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Despite news that Ellen DeGeneres canceled her NY tapings, everyone is mad at her for crossing the picket line. It’s a little more complicated for Ellen than for some of her daytime brethren, so we’re going to withhold judgment. But we’re in the minority.

Huffington Post: “Writers angry that Ellen DeGeneres crossed the picket line can find solace in the knowledge that she is struggling to fill time without them. (snip) Before the first commercial Ellen teased an upcoming segment as if it was new. (snip) Despite pretending the package was taped this past weekend, Ellen looked noticeably different as she kidded her way through a day as an NBC page. For starters, her hair was both longer and darker than it was either today or last week. The taped piece is old. More likely is Ellen and her producers going into the vaults to dust off bits of footage that have never aired and using them to fill time, now that her writers are out and her monologues aren’t so fun.”

E!: “Former WB star Keri Russell has canceled an upcoming appearance on the daytime chatfest, reportedly in protest of the decision to keep producing new episodes while its Writers Guild of America-bound employees are out on strike.”

Hollyrude: “Ellen Is A Mean Old Lesbian.”

24 Producer Surnow Backs Giuliani, Predicts Long Strike

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Producer 24 Joel Surnow spoke Saturday at the Young America’s Foundation’s (YAF) West Coast Leadership Conference, and according to the Washington Times, he, Dennie Miller and Adam Sandler will most likely support strong>Rudy Giuliani.

Surnow also said of the WGA strike:

Hollywood’s not being held hostage…I think [the studios] are going to break the Guild. Millionaires on the picket line. … They’re not going to get a lot of empathy.

(Photograph by Martin Schoeller)

Sundown on Sunset: Turn Out the Lights When You Leave

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The Redcoats Aren’t Coming
The British Writer’s Guild has stated that its membership will not write for American producers with a strike on, effectively not crossing the line from across the pond, and are also advising that UK produced programs not be used to fill the void of the American television networks.
Too late, they already are.

Early to Bed and Early to Rise

Glen Gordon Caron has been seen arriving at Paramount before nine and leaving after five to avoid crossing the picket lines. He’s still working on Medium. Or so we’re told.

Is This Thing On?
Break.com is offering $5000 for the highest rated video submitted by a striking writer, which shows a certain naivete about the technical abilities of WGA members.

Clean Out Your Desks

Innovative Artists–same agency that tried to yank the assistants’ benefits in June–fired all their Lit assistants in a strike-related cost move.

Virtual Video
How do you picket YouTube?

(photo from Erik)

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