Los Angeles Magazine asks, "Can the LA Times be saved?"
One suggestion is to hire Nikki Finke
, Hollywood's ultimate contrarian reporter
. Finke was canned in 2002 by the New York Post
over a series of articles critical of Disney. [1 2] She sued in response.
Shortly afterwards, she landed at the LA Weekly
, where she boasts an incredible archive of weekly columns
- recent entries include a quasi-defense of Mel Gibson
, coverage of Cruise versus Redstone
, and Michael Ovitz's gay problem
. On the side, she likes to bite people's heads off
, and reminisce about a New York that's now gone
. She now gets to let it all out on her own blog, Deadline Hollywood Daily
. [previously mentioned 1 2 3 4]
posted by phaedon
on Mar 20, 2007 -
Let’s face it; my powers of communication were a little bit below that of a knuckle-dragging, ooze-dwelling cretin from another galaxy. Actually, I haven’t progressed that much. I just lie better.
A 13 (so far)-part interview where Rocko/Ramby answers fans with oodles of extremely quotable, self-deprecating, sarcastic one-liners about the (few) ups and (many) downs of a Hollywood career. Tips on: how to get Sharon Stone naked, how to use the 3 seashells, how to direct dancers with a "crotch tartar" problem and how to bench press with owls. We also learn the final truth about some guy named Rocky - an inbred, druid outcast from Stonehenge whose specialty is weaving whistle chains and leaping face down onto pointed objects
- and another one named Rambo - a savage turned loose in Microsoft’s headquarters
posted by elgilito
on Dec 14, 2006 -
More Bad News For Mel
In the 24-hour news cycle, tomorrow's bad news for Mel Gibson hits today: according to tomorrow's Sunday Herald Sun
Mel Gibson once had ties to the Australian League of Rights, a right-wing group well-known in Australia for anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and Holocaust denial. Says the Herald Sun: "The league claims the world is run by a secret society of Jews." (Who, presumably, are responsible for all the wars in the world"
posted by Postroad
on Aug 6, 2006 -
"Not today, sir, probably not tomorrow":
Alternatively titled "Me and My Shadow, Part I
"; the long, touching, interesting, hilarious, disturbing story of how 'Jay' kicked his drug habit, written by 'Silent Bob', aka Kevin Smith.
posted by docgonzo
on Jul 20, 2006 -
Bollywood is remaking Fight Club. It seems there wasn't enough dancing and singing. Trailers here [Windows media]
. No mention of soap.
posted by tellurian
on Feb 11, 2006 -
Hollywood fights back
: is this the year Hollywood finally nails its political colours to the mast, or are we seeing just the latest salvo in a battle for the political heart of the industry?
[NYT registration required.]
In the red corner, "uninformed, misleading, money-hungry, two-faced, elitists"
making films about gays, feminists and commies
. In the blue corner, "towering intellectuals, hard-core conservatives, supermen and superwomen, and just good common people"
making films about god, democracy and family values
And if you wonder what difference it makes anyway, just ask eBay founder Jeff Skoll
. He thinks films have the power to shape public opinion, and has launched a website to galvanise support for social change
posted by londonmark
on Jan 20, 2006 -
Another salvo in the growing culture war.
PABAAH (Patriotic Americans Boycotting Anti-American Hollywood) takes on Skinny Puppy and college radio. College radio mostly yawns; Some fans resort to bad language and idle threats, a few others offer highly eloquent and reasoned replies.
posted by loquacious
on Nov 16, 2004 -
As matteo's thread
noted earlier this week, the Godzilla PR Monster is rampaging over the University of Kansas
, but that's just a stop on the way to his ultimate destination: The Hollywood Walk of Fame
, where the Big Green Guy will get his own star just in time for the premeire of his latest flick
, joining previous ficticious recipients
Big Bird, Bugs Bunny, Kermit the Frog, Pee-Wee Herman, Mickey Mouse, The Rugrats and Woody Woodpecker (and maybe Clayton Moore as The Lone Ranger), and ahead of Donald Duck
In other news, The Democratic Republic of Congo is comparing Belgium's foreign minister to Tintin (and not in a nice way).
And Daffy Duck is running for president
. (Throwing his beak into the ring?) The state of American politics must be pretty pathetic if Daffy gets the nod over Bugs Bunny...
posted by wendell
on Oct 22, 2004 -
The Manchurian Candidate remake
has all the makings of a cunning piece of republican political propaganda. The most obvious theme of the movie warns a politician war hero is a danger to the country.
The movie has all the makings of a good thriller. However, the script and screen play are so heavily slanted the movie comes across as a commercial just like other movies geared towards one political ideal.
posted by lightweight
on Aug 12, 2004 -
If you're a fan of the works of J. Michael Straczynski (especially Babylon 5, and let me take this moment to give massive props to The Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5
, the second website I ever visited (after searching Yahoo! for "Babylon 5")), then you probably already know that he has long been an advocate of online communication as a means of both promotion of his work and communication with the fans of said work. JMSnews.com
has an archive of all his postings going back eleven and a half years
, a neat accomplishment by ephemeral Internet standards, and it's fascinating reading that gives you a nice portrait of a guy with a story to tell, and his journey to get it told. If you're a geek for "the business" that is Hollywood, this is for you.
posted by WolfDaddy
on Jan 19, 2004 -
Hollywood? Old. Bollywood? That's soooo 2003. Make room for Nollywood
, Nigeria's own film industry which is growing by leaps and bounds every year, and is currently worth about $45 million dollars
. About 400 Nollywood films are produced every year many on a budget of around $15000 and are distributed almost entirely by VHS and VCD. The stories are very much simplistic
and pulpy (check out 419 Stalk Exchange. Yes, 419 as in the email scam) but are much preferred
by local residents and emigre's than the usual arthouse fair one often thinks of when talking about African cinema. Now if you'll excuse me there's a bucket of popcorn and a copy of GSM Connection
waiting for me in the living room.
posted by PenDevil
on Jan 19, 2004 -