TMZ claimed the exclusive this week on the news that Million Dollar Listing stars Josh and Matt Altman had sold the Hollywood Hills home of Wes Craven, who passed away last summer at age 76. In typical tmz.com website style, there were puns galore.
The best TMZ pun comes arguably at the end of the article below. The piece ends with ‘the hills have buys,’ a reference to Craven’s 1977 film These Hills Have Eyes. (Another fun possibility might have been The Last House on the Left, except that in this case, the property sold for $3.525 million is the second-to-last house on the right.)
Other outlets punning with their coverage of the home, which was also once owned by actor Steve McQueen, include U.K.’s The Sun, which also liked “horror-ably,” and The Real Deal L.A., which termed the sale amount a “scary-good deal. For what it’s worth, the L.A. Times “Hot Property” column opted for pun-free coverage.
Jake May never imagined his Michigan backyard would become a war zone. But today, as part of a special front-page package in The Flint Journal and Advance’s sister Michigan newspapers, he has shared an extensive portfolio titled “The Faces of Flint:”
Earlier this year, I visited several sites across Flint to take portraits of 100 people dealing with the water crisis. 100 portraits. 1/1000th of the community.
These are the stories of my neighbors. We are more than a sound byte. We are human beings who want a basic human right, who want clean water running through our taps.
Helping May tell the 100 stories is data specialist Scott Levin. It’s harrowing, no matter which stark black and white portrait is clicked. Here for example is part of what 48-year-old resident Deborah Clark shared:
Clark’s grandson was born six weeks premature.
Now Jackson Ellington is a 3-year-old, but still having problems, which Clark said could be due to Flint’s contaminated water.
“Every tooth in his head is rotted out,” she said.
In Flint this Mother’s Day, it’s no doubt difficult for Clark and other moms, grandmas to celebrate. The photos can be accessed and viewed here. There’s also a separate page with quotes from some of the participants graphically highlighted.
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The 50th episode of Scott Feinberg‘s Awards Chatter podcast for our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter is a good one. Comedian Louis C.K. walks through his youth as an “A/V kid,” contemplation of NYU film school, road-warrior stand-up comedian days and the importance of HBO’s Chris Albrecht having once worked as a doorman at The Comedy Store.
Towards the end of the conversation, C.K. also addresses the state of digital journalism. It’s not, in his experience, what it used to be:
“The last time I did a lot of press was for Season 5 of Louie. And it’s changed since then. Because every time I spoke on the radio, or anything, a kind of staggeringly false thing would get printed about it, on some website. And then picked up by every single news source, without checking. Nobody, nobody, it seems, goes and does their own reporting on these stories. They just pick. Whoever gets it first, that’s the word on it…”
“The reason people misunderstood [about Horace and Pete] is that a specific website, time.com – by the way, my mom grew up reading Time magazine – they wrote “cancels” the show. That is a big leap to take. And they they say, in big letters, now it’s finished.”
“They not only took it out of context. They created a context for it. And no one called me and asked, ‘Did you cancel Horace and Pete?’… Time prints that and everybody else prints it as a fact… It’s just more interesting. It’s a better click.
C.K. is not presently sure if there will be another season of Horace and Pete. He told Feinberg he might also wind up doing a similar type of show, but with a new premise and different cast members.
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The U.K. newspaper went big with this remark last fall, under a monumental permalink. And they have done so again this week, in a piece by U.S. correspondent Tom Leonard that sits below an equally monumental permalink.
And who can blame them? The quote is a doozy:
“I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed, on a bench in the middle of the [Studio 54] room,” Trump recalled breathlessly. “There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy.”
Less clear from this week’s Daily Mail coverage is the origin of the quote. It was sourced by the paper last fall from a book by Michael D’Antonio titled Never Enough: Donald Trump and the Art of Success. However, the remark was not directly gathered by that author. Rather, it was made by Trump to another writer, Timothy O’Brien, and first shared in O’Brien’s 2005 book Trump Nation: The Art of Being the Donald.
There is so much cleverness and creativity anchoring MONTH2MONTH, a month-long interactive art project kicking off tonight in New York, that it’s hard to know where to start. But since we are a media blog, the Monday May 9 event “Bubbles and Bubbles” featuring a certain senior editor is as good a place as any:
Join Fusion writer Felix Salmon for an evening of champagne and the economics of the the New York housing market at MONTH2MONTH’s ‘luxury’ apartment in Gramercy Park. Salmon, a well-known writer on the economies of nearly everything, will share his expertise in the connoisseurship of champagne and residences among New York’s high-priced society.
The bad news is that the free Salmon event only has a capacity of 30 guests and is sold out. The good news is that like all other MONTH2MONTH offerings, which are staggered across May at eight different New York apartments, will be live-streamed. Other potential highlights include “Gentrifiers Anonynous” (May 14), during which the duo Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine will encourage attendees to confess their “sins of gentrification,” and “The Rent Is Too Damn High” (May 21), where comedians will examine the economics of apartments shown in TV series like Friends.
The pair of artists responsible for the project, Jen Dalton and Bill Powhida, have done several other cool events like this before, but this is their first since 2012. MONTH2MONTH also includes a series of fully comped four-day stays at the host apartments, based on a lottery pick process that mimicked a New York affordable housing application process. From a recent item in Brooklyn Based:
“It was not easy by any stretch of the imagination,” said Powhida, who has made his own affordable home one of the project sites. “It’s been a really delicate negotiation to get anyone to open up their home and share their space with the public…”
About 60 people applied to be residents and eight were chosen in the lotteries, four residents for stays in “affordable” apartments and four for stays in “luxury” apartments. Applicants who claimed to make more than $150,000 per year were directed to a second, optional page prompting them to upload private financial documents, an invasive process that the hundreds of thousands of people who apply for affordable housing each year are more than familiar with.
“It got really in the weeds,” said Dalton of the second application page. “In really small type at the bottom it says that you didn’t actually have to do this, but we hoped that it would spark a feeling.”
The housewarming that kicks things off tonight, Salmon’s speech on Monday and all other Saturday-through-Tuesday event components during the month of May start at 6 p.m. At press time, the final ones are still being finalized.
It’s getting ugly at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which Sheldon Adelson purchased last year. The latest is that editor J. Keith Moyer is apparently looking to let go staffers who are disloyal to the publication. One casualty appears to be features editor Stephanie Grimes, who said her goodbyes a week after a meeting about “the importance of company loyalty.” In her words: “I’ve known this was coming from day one. A hyper-conservative middle-aged white man walks into a newsroom and finds a 26-year-old mixed-race woman in charge of an entire department? The humanity! Keith never made me feel welcome in his newsroom and made it clear in every conversation that he didn’t trust me. It was only a matter of time before he pulled the trigger.”…
Julia Ioffe lands at Politico Magazine as a contributing writer, news she announced with a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air gif. Additionally, Michael Vasquez joins Politico as education editor, moving from The Miami Herald… Colin Bodell will stay at Time Inc., telling Keith J. Kelly, “I am gainfully employed by Time Inc. and looking forward to a long and fruitful career with them,” despite rumors to the contrary. Keeping the former Amazon vp would be a boon for the publishing company as it looks to straighten out its digital presence… Real Simple hires BuzzFeed photo director Brian Madigan as director of video and installs Hannah Norling as assistant producer for RealSimple.com. She had been an editorial fellow at Southern Living… Read more…
Most recently the Orange County Register’s assistant managing editor of Sports, Todd Harmonson (pictured) has a new and impressive mandate at the Southern California daily, recently purchased out of bankruptcy by Digital First Media. He is taking over for managing editor Donna Wares, who is leaving the paper today to join an online travel startup.
From the announcement:
Harmonson has been named senior editor of the Register. In this role, he is responsible for the Register’s news gathering across all platforms including websites, mobile, apps, daily and community newspapers, and monthly magazines Coast, OC Family and Southland Golf.
Harmonson also joins the senior editorial management team within Southern California News Group (SCNG), where he will collaborate with other top editors to develop strategy and coordinate coverage of regional interest.
In a related move, Tom Moore is assuming the role of SCNG sports editor, moving over from the position of executive sports editor for the Los Angeles News Group (LANG). During the course of his career, Moore worked for a number of years in Seattle, covering the University of Washington football beat, the Seattle Mariners and professional golf.
There are 11 daily newspapers and associated websites in the Southern California News Group, encompassing a weekly total of some 8 million readers. In an interesting bit of coincidental timing, Harmonson joined the Register 18 years ago when the area was trying to bring the NFL back, and now ascends to a top position as the Rams prepare to make that return a reality.
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The New York Times has named Sydney Ember media reporter.
Ember most recently covered advertising for the Times. She joined the paper in 2014.
“Sydney has covered advertising since last spring, after moving to the media desk from her role writing the DealBook newsletter,” wrote Times business editor Dean Murphy and media editor Bill Brink, in a memo. “In just the past few weeks, her attention-grabbing pieces have included one on women advertising executives facing discrimination and the difficulties Madison Avenue has in attracting young talent.”
As news of Prince’s death enshrouded April 21 like a purple storm cloud, Justin Timberlake posted on Instagram that the artist is ‘somewhere within every song I’ve ever written.’ Today, that twain is in full force once again with the release of “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”
Forget “song of the summer,” as some outlets have already anointed the single. That’s nice and all, but “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is arguably much more: a Prince-worthy party anthem that gloriously keeps the Prince party going. Timberlake, who is voicing a character and serving as executive music producer for this fall’s Dreamworks Animation feature Trolls, wrote the song for the film with hitmakers Max Martin and Shellback.
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” is Timberlake’s first new track in three years. There’s no screaming guitar solo, but many other elements are there including syncopated synth beats and falsetto high notes to keep as all pertying like it’s April 20, 2016. The first, next and many next times you have a chance to dance to this one in 2016, bust a move of two for Prince Rogers Nelson.
In advance of the 142nd Kentucky Derby, ESPN 30 for 30 Shorts gifted us with Gonzo at the Derby, a look back at Hunter S. Thompson and illustrator Ralph Steadman&rsquyo;s epic coverage of the event in 1970.
For Vanity Fair, Jordan Hoffman dialed up Steadman via Skype, from Kent, England, to chat about those gonzo journalism days. Although Steadman’s visit with Thompson to Louisville was a one-and-done, he has managed to remain connected to the event in another cool way:
“I’ve never been back to Churchill Downs,” Steadman tells me, but he continues to lay a bet every year. “I’m [going in] with one called Tip Toe. I don’t know why. That’s a good name for a horse, though.”
Tip Toe does not appear to be competing in this year’s race, but I’m not going to be the one who tells him. This was the man who sketched deformed portraits of people in 1970 Kentucky and gave them as gifts, nearly causing a fight at a Louisville pool hall. “The bloke I was playing billiards with almost gave me a whack with his stick! He thought I insulted his wife!”
Interesting that Steadman is drawn to bet on that horse by the name. Sure enough, in a piece this week for the Kansas City Star about strange horse names, reporter Lisa Gutierrez reminded that this is how many folks place their big-race horse bets.
LinkedIn has acquired the content distribution company Run Hop in an effort to make LinkedIn’s feeds more interesting.
Founded by Pete Davies and Evan Solomon in 2014, Run Hop is a service that show readers content based on their preferences.
As a result of the deal, Davies will become a senior product manager for LinkedIn; Solomon a senior software engineer.
“We wanted the co-founders’ talent and expertise in content,” a LinkedIn spokesman told The Wall Street Journal. “It has long been a strategic priority for us, and we believe their knowledge and capabilities can help us accelerate the execution of our content road map.”
The New York Times is partnering with the startup Chef’d to deliver ingredients from recipes pulled from NYT Cooking.
The partnership will offer consumers two options: Choose and order meal kits at any time from a selection of NYT Cooking recipes, or sign up for a subscription to receive multiple meals per week. For the a la carte option, Chef’d will deliver the ingredients within 48 hours.
The meal delivery service is expected to launch this summer.
The NFL has hired Natalie Ravitz as its senior vp of communications. Ravitz previously worked for News Corp as Rupert Murdoch’s chief of staff and senior vp of strategy, from 2012 to 2015.
Prior to her time at News Corp, Ravitz worked as communications director for the New York City school system and deputy chief of staff and senior advisor for Senator Barbara Boxer.
According to Politico, Ravitz will report to the NFL’s executive vp of communications, Joe Lockhart.
Over the course of her career, Marilyn Snell (pictured) has served as executive editor of Utne Reader and as a senior writer for Sierra magazine. But it was while on vacation in Greece in 2012 that the USC graduate journalism alum, now 57 and a freelance environmental journalist, made her most important life decision.
Per another great New York Times “Vows” column, this one by Deborah Schoch, she reached out via Facebook to an old boyfriend. Snell and architect Gregory Williams had dated in the late 1980s and early 1990s, before going their separate ways. The two were married last month. From Schoch’s piece:
Snell’s earlier relationship with Mr. Williams, which spanned five years, began in 1984, while they were commuting from Berkeley on Bay Area Rapid Transit to downtown San Francisco. Mr. Williams, a newly minted architect, couldn’t help looking her way one night when the two found themselves the sole passengers on a train car rumbling under San Francisco Bay.
“I wasn’t going to just sit there,” recalled Mr. Williams, now also 57, who crossed the car to introduce himself. By the time he disembarked, they had exchanged phone numbers. Lunch followed, and then museum visits, reggae concerts and road trips. They shared a passion for the arts and nature.
All these years later, Snell confessed to Williams after they had reconnected that she always believed she’d wind up “living by myself in a shack in the desert.” Thankfully and gloriously, she is now headed for something more vibrant as the new couple plans to build a environmentally-friendly home in the mid-city Los Angeles neighborhood where Williams’ parents once lived.
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In an interview with CNBC, IAC and Expedia chairman Barry Diller didn’t mince words when he was asked about Donald Trump.
“There’s nobody that I’ve ever known, ever, that’s risen to the presidency that was actually of evil character,” said Diller. “Anybody who attacks people in the manner that he attacks people — that’s evil.”
Diller is a well-known Hillary Clinton supporter, but he’s hit the nail on the head here. In fact, describing Trump as evil is about the nicest thing you could say about him.
News Corp’s rough patch continues, as revenue was down at the company for the fifth straight quarter. Overall revenue was down seven percent for Q3 2016.
As for a net loss of $149 million, News Corp blamed “currency headwinds” and a one time charge of $280 million for its role in creating a retail marketing monopoly.
Revenue at News Corp’s news and information unit—which includes The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and more—was down nine percent for the quarter.
The lone bright spot in the company’s report was its digital real estate services, which saw revenue jump by 14 percent.
As Dave Itzkoff notes in this weekend’s New York Times profile of Chelsea Handler, the offices for the comedienne’s Netflix talk show debuting May 11 are in the David Lean Building on the Sony Pictures lot. If you’ll forgive the puns, through this Brief Encounter, the reporter dynamically reminds that Handler is a Blithe Spirit who seems ready to live up to our Great Expectations.
Another name from yore also pops up, to FishbowlNY’s great delight:
Handler said she wants to avoid inviting celebrities just to promote their projects, and would rather emulate hosts like Dick Cavett, “when he would put on Janis Joplin with Henry Kissinger,” she said. (Even so, Handler has also taped a dinner party with actors from the comic-book movie Captain America: Civil War.)
As we have previously noted, the only talk show host on American late night to proactively tamper with the set formula that Handler so hates is James Corden. Much of this, be it on his couch or in the front two seats of a Range Rover, relies on the same kind of kooky juxtaposition as Kissinger and Joplin. Although in Corden’s case, his muse was Graham Norton.
We can’t wait Handler’s arrival at 12:01 a.m. next Wednesday. To whet the Chelsea channels Cavett appetite, check out the clip above, from Joplin’s final interview on The Dick Cavett Show Aug. 3, 1970. The clip includes a hilarious moment of improvisation by the host when a throw-to commercial gets derailed by his confusion over a cue-card prompt to “hold up glasses.”
It’s a callous way to end a faithful employee’s decades-long radio run. But as reported by syracuse.com’s Geoff Herbert, that’s just what Y94 did earlier this week:
Central New York radio personality Kathy Rowe is “no longer with” Y94FM (WYYY-FM) after more than 30 years on the air, iHeartMedia Syracuse Market Manager Rick Yacobush confirmed Tuesday. Rowe appeared on the Y94 morning show earlier that day, but then listeners noticed when she was unceremoniously removed from the station website.
“30 years and you can’t even make an announcement? Slow Clap, ClearChannel (IHeartMedia will never be a thing),” Twitter user @TedConroy complained.
Rowe had been with Y94 since 1982, serving at one point as program director. Herbert also discovered that another central New York iHeartRadio personality, Jim Free, was let go the same day from 92.5 KGB in Binghamton. The parent company is dealing with a mountain of debt these days, so perhaps it’s part of broader cost-cutting measures. Stay tuned.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
WOR Rudely Shows ‘New York Radio’s First Lady’ the Door
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