Robert De Niro grew up near the Tisch School of the Arts. He has made eight feature films with Martin Scorsese, Class of 1964, who met editor Thelma Schoonmaker at Tisch.
On Friday, De Niro followed 2014 Tisch Commencement speaker Scorsese with a wonderful pep talk of his own. It’s De Niro’s best performance since Silver Linings Playbook, full of memorable passages like this one:
“On this day of triumphant graduation, a new day is opening to you. A door of lifetime rejection. It’s inevitable. It’s what graduates call the real world…”
“How do you cope with it? I hear that Valium and Vicodin work. Well, I don’t know… You can’t be too relaxed and do what we do. And you don’t want to block the pain too much. Without the pain, what would we talk about? Though I would make an exception for having a couple of drinks, if hypothetically you had to speak to a thousand graduates and their families at a Commencement ceremony.”
Rejection may sting, De Niro admitted, but he believes that it very rarely has anything to do with the person pitching, auditioning, pleading. He then went on to recall his extensive auditioning process for the 1973 sports drama Bang The Drum Slowly.
The actor also told graduates that as he looked out at the audience, he could students wearing custom Tisch T-shirts rather than the traditional cap and gown. On the back, it would read “Rejection, it isn’t personal,” and on the front, “Next!” And that’s how he ended his speech – with a “Next!”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
An Epic Film Collaboration That Began Five Decades Ago at NYU
The Great Recession did a number on Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities, which closed in the fall of 2008 after a total of 101 preview and regular performances. But the musical has found new life away from The Great White Way.
The Dickens adaptation has been staged three times in Seoul, South Korea and performed in Germany, England, Ireland and Japan. Another full-scale version has just begun this weekend in Wichita, Texas, with play author Jill Santoriello (pictured), an Ohio University journalism alum, telling the Wichita Falls Times-Record that she will be in the audience for this afternoon’s 2:00 p.m. matinee. Her musical is also popular with students, having been staged last month by a Pennsylvania high school and booked for Japan Youth Theatre run this summer run in Osaka.
If all goes well, we will be much more from the New York-based Santoriello. Her new musical project, It Happened in Key West, is based on the very strange 1930s true tale of Carl Tanzler (a.k.a. Count Carl Von Cosel), an X-ray technician at a military hospital who fell in love with 22-year-old Cuban patient Elena Hoyos and tried unsuccessfully to cure her. From weirdus.com:
Von Cosel became so obsessed with his morbid love affair that he secretly visited Elena’s tomb every night bringing gifts and flowers, and according to some accounts, he installed a telephone in her tomb so he could talk with her. He believed that she could communicate with him through voice and song.
After two years Von Cosel removed Elena’s remains from her tomb and took them to a make-shift laboratory he had built inside the wingless fuselage of an old airplane behind the Marine hospital. There he began work on Elena’s corpse by wiring it together and using wax, plaster of paris, and glass eyes to restore her to \"life.\" When he learned that the military planned to move the old airplane fuselage, he secretly moved Elena’s corpse to his house on Flagler Street. Here he dressed Elena in a wedding dress and often slept with her as his wife.
Some elements of the story are unverified, but as you can imagine, there was lots of sensational coverage when it happened, in the Miami Herald and beyond. For those interested, there is this 2003 book about the Von Cosel case, by Tom Swicegood.
[Photo by: Carol Rosegg]
Things can escalate very quickly when the \"P\" word is thrown down. What’s interesting in this case is that it was only after Florida Atlantic University student newspaper EIC Emily Bloch published her accusations that the Boca Raton Tribune took action. The community newspaper, published bi-weekly during the summer and weekly the rest of the year, had failed to properly respond to contact Monday from a representative for Bloch’s newspaper, the University Press, and a call from Bloch herself Thursday.
In her article, the FAU student editor accused Tribune contributor Fred Hamilton of plagiarizing portions of a story she wrote several weeks ago. After some additional digging, she documented two other instances of apparent plagiarism involving The Daily Beast and the South Florida Sun Sentinel. From an item by Rise Miami News:
Boca Raton Tribune publisher Douglas Heizer told Rise Miami News that the writer would not allowed to contribute to the paper moving forward and that an internal investigation has been launched. Depending on the findings of that investigation, all of Hamilton’s published stories could be taken down from the newspaper’s website…
\"She brought up very good points,\"Heizer said. \"We want to teach young people good journalism, and this not the right way.\"
TVNewser: Fox Business Network’s senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino says Fox News is good because it’s “less predictable.” This is true, because viewers never do know when they’ll make stuff up. It could happen at any moment! Fun!
FishbowlDC: Yes, that’s really Hillary Clinton on LinkedIn and no, she will not add you to her network.
AgencySpy: Leo Burnett has won the opportunity to convince consumers that shopping at Marshalls isn’t depressing.
This week, SiriusXM is hiring a senior analyst for its finance department, while Landor needs a senior experience designer. 401kWire is seeking a reporter, and DBOX is on the hunt for a production artist. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.Senior Analyst, Finance SiriusXM (New York, NY) Senior Experience Designer Landor (New York, NY) Reporter 401kWire (New York, NY) Production Artist DBOX (New York, NY) Staff Writer Samuel Christensen Law Firm (New York, NY)
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Think carefully before viewing Entertainment Weekly’s online content, like a slideshow of the “26 scariest pop culture clowns.” Is it worth paying for? Before answering, consider — you are (probably) not a child, so clowns are not scary. Also, EW has launched a paywall.
According to Politico, EW.com’s paywall is metered, like the New York Times’ paywall. Nonregistered readers can read up to 10 stories per month, while “registered nonsubscribers” can read up to 15 articles per month.
For complete digital access to EW.com, you’ll have to pay $1.99 per month or $20 per year. If you’re a EW fan, that’s really not much at all. So pay up. Or ask your parents to.
Thirty-six years after leaving California State University, Sacramento as an incomplete, the NBC Nightly News anchor will be back on campus Saturday evening to accept an Honorary Doctorate. He will also give the Commencement address to 813 students graduating from the College of Arts and Letters.
From Robert D’Avila’s report in the Sacramento Bee:
Lester Holt Sr. was concerned in 1979 when he learned that his son was planning to drop out of California State University, Sacramento, to work at a San Francisco radio station. But he wasn’t as worried as his wife, June. \"She predicted poverty and failure,\" he said with a laugh.
But the Rancho Cordova couple gave their blessing, firm in the belief that Lester Jr. would go far with hard work, talent and a likeable personality in his chosen field of broadcast journalism.
Holt interned while in high school for KCRA Channel 3. The radio station he went to work for in the Bay Area as a part-time DJ, KRAK 103.1 FM, is today an AM ESPN sports radio station.
[Photo courtersy: NBC]
The New York Daily News now has two bidders — John Catsimatidis and a group led by Jimmy Finkelstein.
If Finkelstein takes over, say goodbye to the Daily News as you know it. According to The New York Post, Finkelstein has plans to change the tabloid into a digital-only production in an effort to eventually turn a profit. That’s understandable, if not depressing. What is New York with only one tabloid? Chicago? Gross.
Catsimatidis—long considered the frontrunner to win (lose?) the Daily News—has no plans to shutter the print version. “I hope they sell it to someone who lets it survive,” Catsimatidis told the Post. By “someone” he means himself.
Here’s a look at the posts that made the most buzz the past seven days.Paul Ford Joins The New Republic as Contributing Editor Claudia Puig Takes the USA Today Buyout Nikke Finke Chooses Fiction Bill Cosby Confounds with Nightline Interview Answers USA Today Still Working on That ‘Stupid Pet Tricks’ Investigation
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Here’s a great way to get people to attend an exhibit. Make the companion book, in this case The Hirschfeld Century: The Art of Al Hirschfeld, available exclusively on site.
Opening today, the New-York Historical Society exhibit showcases more than 100 Hirschfeld illustrations. The institution interviewed curator David Leopold, also creative director of The Al Hirschfeld Foundation. At one point, Leopold was asked what his favorite drawing in the show is:
“One of my absolute favorites in the show is a mixed media work of the Marx Brothers, probably created to promote their first MGM film, A Night at the Opera. Against a background of collaged sheet music is a portrait of the Marx Brothers: Harpo’s hair is made from cotton balls, Chico’s hair from Brillo pads and Groucho’s moustache from a black piece of felt. His glasses are fastened from pipe cleaners.”
“After this piece was published, MGM encouraged the Marx Brothers to conform to the cartoon. In their second film, A Day at the Races, Groucho’s hair was styled in two triangles just like Hirschfeld had drawn. Through his art, Hirschfeld helped define some of Hollywood’s most iconic characters.”
Hirschfeld passed away in 2003. The exhibit runs through October 15.
Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM) has named Laura Kalehoff director, branded content studio. Kalehoff was most recently editor-in-chief of Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health.
At HMDM, Kalehoff will serve as the top editor, managing a team of editors working on Hearst’s sponsored content.
HMDM’s senior vice president Lee Sosin, to whom Kalehoff will report, described Kalehoff as “a world class editorial talent.”
Elle Australia’s latest issue features model Nicole Trunfio nursing her four-month-old son. This is great! We’re all for moms breastfeeding their kids. However, there are a couple problems with this cover.
If Elle really wants to normalize breastfeeding, maybe the photograph could be a little bit more… Normal. We’re not exactly sure, but we think nursing is rarely this glamorous.
Also, this cover is nice, but it’s only being sent to Elle Australia subscribers. The issue available on newsstands looks like this:
If Elle Australia was truly trying to be supportive of breastfeeding, why hide the original cover from the public eye?
It’s not just Elle Australia that is screwing up. It seems like magazines overall can’t seem to figure out how to represent breastfeeding. In 2008, W did a breastfeeding cover the correct way, with Angelina Jolie smiling during the intimate moment. There was nothing sensationalistic about the cover; it was just a (famous) mom nursing her child.
In an example of how not to do a breastfeeding cover, a 2012 issue of Time featured a mom nursing her 3 year old in a pose that basically screamed “How weird is this?”
Maybe the fact that we’re even writing this shows that breastfeeding is much more accepted than it once was, but it sure seems like magazines have a long way to go before getting it right.
Fusion, the TV network/news site for millennials, has just received a vote of confidence from its co-owners. According to The New York Post, Disney and Univision have promised Fusion $30 million in additional financing.
Launched in 2013, Fusion expanded rapidly last year. As it grew, the company added plenty of talent. Some of the more notable names that joined Fusion last year included Anna Holmes, a founder of Jezebel; Jane Spencer, from The Daily Beast; Dodai Stewart, from Jezebel; and Alexis Madrigal, from The Atlantic.
Fusion’s latest big news is that it will co-produce Vergaraland, a series about Sofia Vergara’s life that will debut on Snapchat. In other words, yes, you’re too old for Fusion.
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Forbes and The New York Times. Details are below.Forbes has named Peter Carbonara deputy editor, entrepreneurship. Carbonara has spent the past five years as a freelancer. He previously worked for Businessweek and Fortune. Poynter reports that The New York Times has hired Michael Gold and Tim Herrera. Both come to the Times from The Washington Post.
Towards the end of The Virginian-Pilot’s announcement that Steve Gunn will take over as the paper’s editor June 8, there is this tidbit:
Gunn also was once the country’s third-ranked Monopoly player.
Say what? Perhaps once Gunn steps into the job, he will consider carrying over to the newsroom some of the structure of the famous Parker Brothers board game. Select journalists for example might be given $1500 in cash and a mandate to create a newspaper-saving App. Or more modestly, Gunn can mock up a pair of deadline deck variations and give employees who merit their pick of the Community pile or the Chance pile.
On the newspaper front, Gunn, 59, has previously rolled the dice at Maryland’s Capital Gazzette, Newsday, the Dallas Times Herald, the Kansas City Star and the Kansas City Times. Congrats to him, and good luck.
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The Wall Street Journal is making serious cuts in order to bring the budget in line with expectations. Capital New York hears that it’s “the worst it’s ever been” and that a “serious realignment” is in the offing. This sounds like it goes beyond the typical yearly repositioning of staffers as the newsroom focuses on becoming more digital and mobile first. Voluntary buyouts, targeting older, highly paid staffers are the first option, but we could see layoffs, perhaps even more than the 20 to 40 positions lost last summer when the savings achieved by buyouts didn’t reach the desired monetary figure…
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