Morning Media Newsfeed 02.28.11
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Academy Yanks Credentials After Nikki Finke Spoils Oscars (TheWrap.com / The Odds)
Nikki Finke's Deadline Web site had its Academy Awards credentials revoked after publishing a number of spoilers about the Oscar show, including the entire lineup of the telecast, complete with the names of the presenters and the order of awards and production numbers. Social Times: Oscar host James Franco Tweeted previews of Sunday night's events to come, updating fans with sneak-peek videos and pictures documenting his rehearsal for the already highly anticipated evening. THR: The actor, who just joined the social networking site earlier this month, unleashed a torrent of Tweets Sunday providing a unique behind-the-scenes look at the Academy Awards that may have not pleased Oscar producers, but thrilled fans. Gawker: After Franco's squinty, smirky I-can't-believe-I'm-saying-these-words Oscars hosting stint, you may have some questions. Such as: Was he stoned? And: How stoned was he? Luckily, we have prepared a brief FAQ to help guide you through this confusing moment. WaPo / Celebritology: Well, there may not be a best actress Oscar curse, but there is now officially a cursing best supporting actress. Melissa Leo, who won for her role in The Fighter, was so overcome by her win that she dropped the F bomb during her acceptance speech. paidContent: If you restricted your intake of the Academy Awards to the TV, that's a shame. Oscar.com offered a rocky, though highly promising, ride to the future of broadcasting that played opposite the telecast about as well as Geoffrey Rush did Colin Firth in Best Picture winner The King's Speech. FishbowlLA: Thanks to this year's nifty Oscars.com "All Access" app, it was possible to watch winners visit the backstage press room without actually having to be in the press room, suited up in journalist formal wear. ReadWriteWeb: For those of us tuning in via Twitter, I'd say the show was a great success. It provided plenty of material for running commentary, historical insights, quips, and quibbles. CNET: The Academy Awards aren't really the place for high technology; the subset of awards commemorating film-industry engineering are relegated to a separate ceremony and only briefly acknowledged, after all. Christopher Nolan's Inception, a film that managed the dual feat of being both technologically impressive and thematically brainy, took home the Visual Effects award. CNET: Its fortunes didn't fare quite so well as the company it was based on: The Social Network, a controversial recounting of the origins of Facebook, did not win the Oscar for Best Picture. TheWrap.com: With his win for Best Adapted Screenplay at Sunday's Oscars, it's Aaron Sorkin's moment to shine. But the West Wing creator was quick to give credit to someone else backstage after collecting his trophy for The Social Network: Mark Zuckerberg.
NBC News Gets Charlie Sheen Interview; Will Air Ahead Of ABC's 20/20 Special (TVNewser)
NBC scooped competitor ABC by getting an interview with troubled actor Charlie Sheen and airing it first -- or at least at about the same time. TMZ: Charlie Sheen believes in miracles, because he not only tells TMZ he'd gladly do another season of Two and a Half Men -- he'd also work with his boss, Chuck Lorre, again…you know, the guy he called a "piece of s___" and challenged to a fight. B&C: Sean Compton, Tribune's president of programming and entertainment, said on a panel at this year's NATPE that he just hoped Sheen would make it through 35 more episodes. Looks like his concerns now ring more true than ever. LA Times / Company Town: While Sheen figures out who he'll rant to next, the network and the studio behind Two and a Half Men are no doubt crunching numbers to determine what financial hit they will take if the show is indeed over.
Andrew Sullivan Moving To Newsweek And The Daily Beast: Daily Dish Leaves The Atlantic (HuffPost)
Andrew Sullivan is leaving The Atlantic and taking his blog, The Daily Dish, with him. The blog will find a new home on The Daily Beast in April, and Sullivan will also become a contributor to Newsweek. NY Post: Tina Brown said there had been informal talks with Sullivan stretching back 10 months, but it was only after the merger with Newsweek that she was able to persuade him to bring his blog, The Dish, and four employees on board. The Daily Beast: Brown: "I am thrilled to share the news that Andrew Sullivan is bringing his trailblazing journalism to The Daily Beast. Andrew almost single-handedly defined the political blog and has been refining it as a form of journalism in real-time nearly every day for the past decade."
New York magazine's Ian Adelman, one of the hottest hands in digital design, has been poached by The New York Times to oversee the look and feel of the newspaper's Web site.
The Story Behind The 'Roger Ailes Indictment' Story (Salon.com)
On Sunday morning, economics analyst and TV commentator Barry Ritholtz dropped a bombshell on his blog: Roger Ailes, the powerful president of Fox News, will be indicted in connection with allegedly telling a News Corp. executive to lie to federal investigators. As it turns out, Ritholtz's source for the post was a man he happened to meet and strike up a conversation with at a Barbados airport over the weekend. The Big Picture: Someone I spoke with claimed that Ailes was scheduled to speak at their event in March, but canceled. It appears that Roger's people, ostensibly using a clause in his contract, said he "cannot appear for legal reasons." I asked "What, precisely, does that mean?" The response: "Roger Ailes will be indicted -- probably this week, maybe even Monday."
Murdoch At 80 (Adweek)
Keith Rupert Murdoch turns 80 March 11. While he regularly makes fun of other old people -- particularly Sumner Redstone, the 84-year-old chairman of Viacom and CBS -- Murdoch's own age is something he almost never discusses. Adweek: Murdoch's News Corp. is suffering torture by a thousand cuts in Britain, where a phone-hacking scandal threatens his Sunday tabloid, News of the World, with an avalanche of litigation for damages, as well as possible criminal prosecutions of senior journalists and executives in the company.
There's been fallout big and small from the firing of Time Inc. CEO Jack Griffin, but the most significant was surely the loss of the company's digital head, Randall Rothenberg.
Tina Brown, Media Darling (Mediaweek)
Anyone outside of New York City's media fishbowl could be forgiven for waking up last Monday and wondering what the heck some lady named Tina Brown was doing on the front page of The New York Times.
What Anderson Will Look Like: 'We'll Use All The Tricks Of The Trade. We'll Shoot Stuff. We'll Go Places.' (TVNewser)
If Anderson Cooper were a car, he'd be a classic American convertible.
ABC's Christiane Amanpour is the latest Western journalist to make it in to the Libyan capital of Tripoli. NYT: A YouTube clip mocking Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi's megalomania is fast becoming a popular token of the Libya uprising across the Middle East. And in an added affront to Qaddafi, it was created by an Israeli living in Tel Aviv.
Fox News Reporter Gets Hit While Wis. Protesters Scream 'Fox News Lies' (Mediaite)
The Wisconsin protesters are getting restless and angrier as the chants of "Fox News lies" grew louder and louder around reporter Mike Tobin.
The New York Times Talks Twitter (eMedia Vitals / Ellie Behling's Blog)
Not having a draconian Twitter policy has helped The New York Times thrive, according to a panel of reporters speaking at an Online News Association event in New York.
Oprah Winfrey is finding out just how hard it is to build an out-of-the-way channel into a television destination.
Adult Swim Wins Key Demo -- And Advertisers (Adweek)
Put this in your bong and smoke it: Long dismissed as a cultish backwater for marijuana enthusiasts and shiftless geeks, Adult Swim is absolutely crushing it in that most universal of demos, viewers 18-49.
Did Sexism Fell Kathleen Parker? (HuffPost)
Let's face it, CNN has a women problem. Need proof? Do the math. Last year, seven major anchors left CNN. Of the seven, five were women! Mediaite: The primary reason why Parker Spitzer couldn't work is also the very reason Kathleen Parker got the gig in the first place. She was clearly hired because she was perceived as a "conservative" who was willing to vigorously attack Sarah Palin, while not holding any particularly strong conservative opinions that might offend the largely liberal CNN audience. TheWrap.com / WaxWord: Friends of Parker are furious at her being pushed out of the show and are saying that the conservative columnist was set up to fail. Allegations that Eliot Spitzer constantly bullied her, and that the executive producer on the show favored Spitzer over Parker, are among the reasons Parker's friends sensed a sexist slant to Friday's announcement.