“Take Back The LA Times”: Back To What?

By | Saturday July 26, 2008 @ 4:41pm PDT

This shows just how much the Los Angeles Times is at war with itself. This 3-story-high banner (below) showed up on the side of the LA Times building before it was quickly removed security guards. Here is the explanation for why people risked their careers, and arrest, … Read More »

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Yes, It’s True: Geffen “Over” LA Times

By | Thursday July 24, 2008 @ 3:25pm PDT

Now that others are hinting at this, I can confirm what I’ve known for two months: that David Geffen isn’t interested anymore in buying the Los Angeles Times.

David Geffen Goes After LA Times Again?

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UPDATE: Chuck Phillips Exiting LA Times

By | Monday July 14, 2008 @ 8:06pm PDT

There’s now official confirmation. I’m told tonight that, in today’s latest round of layoffs and firings at the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper has shown the door to Chuck Phillips, the paper’s most controversial writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his investigative journalism about a scandal in the music industry, but then he becameRead More »

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Who’s Sorry To See LA Times Publisher David Hiller Go? (Anyone? Anyone?)

By | Monday July 14, 2008 @ 1:39pm PDT

Probably Hollywood is because he was the most mogul-friendly of any Los Angeles Times publisher in a long time. But not me because of precisely that reason. I was out of the office when the news broke. But the Big Media moguls needn’t worry. It’s more than likely that Hiller’s successor will be … Read More »

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What A Waste Of A Tree…

By | Thursday July 3, 2008 @ 12:45pm PDT

UPDATE: I warned you that talent agency tally was going to be a waste of time, and it was. Especially regarding actors, directors, or writers who recently left their talent agencies. Because the old tenpercentery that booked the job, and therefore gets the money, should get the credit. Not the new agency … Read More »

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A Meaningless L.A. Times Film Survey…

UPDATE: I warned you the article was going to be a waste of time, and it was. Especially regarding actors, directors, or writers who recently left their talent agencies. Because the old tenpercentery that booked the job, and therefore gets the money, should get the credit. Not the new agency which doesn’t have … Read More »

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Los Angeles Press Club Awards…


Last year the Los Angeles Times‘ Patrick Goldstein graciously handed off the Los Angeles Press Club’s Entertainment Journalist Of The Year title for print, broadcast or online to me, and now I fittingly hand it off to the L.A. Times‘ John Horn after Saturday’s 2008 … Read More »

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Reason #257 Why L.A. Times Sucks…

By | Saturday June 14, 2008 @ 6:15pm PDT

Chalk up yet another instance of the Los Angeles Times losing its journalistic integrity and credibility. The latest example comes today when the newspaper changed a Letter To The Editor in order to edit out direct criticism of Calendar staff writer Rachel Abramowitz. Long considered yet … Read More »

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If You Liked the Los Angeles Times’ Awful WGA Strike Coverage, Then You’ll Love…

…The newspaper’s announcement today that Sallie Hofmeister is the new Business Editor. She’d overseen entertainment and technology stories, including the Los Angeles Times‘ embarrassingly weak coverage of the writers strike which new editor Russ Stanton effusively praises in this memo about her appointment. So let … Read More »

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Anatomy Of A Showbiz News Inaccuracy: How Reputable Reporters Screwed Up…

UPDATE: A Fox spokesperson issued a public denial tonight. ”The Defamer.com story about the Studio banning CAA from the Fox lot, is categorically untrue. The exchange, which took place well over a year ago, between a Fox executive and a CAA agent — that supposedly triggered the ‘ban’ — never at any point … Read More »

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AFTRA Having Difficulty On AMPTP Deal: Preparing Members For Clips Cave-In?

The message below went out from AFTRA’s leadership to its membership just now. In my opinion, it sure looks as if the union is preparing members for a major cave-in on the clips issue. But I must say that hiding behind … Read More »

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NYT Music Industry Reporter Laid Off

By | Friday May 9, 2008 @ 5:22pm PDT

I’ve just been told that Jeff Leeds, the Los Angeles-based music industry reporter who was poached by The New York Times from the Los Angeles Times back in 2004, newyorktimes_logo.pngis now a victim of the … Read More »

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David Geffen Goes After LA Times Again? Is He In “Serious Discussions” With Zell? Or Have They Not Spoken In Months?

I’ve written here again and again how much David Geffen wants to own the Los Angeles Times and put it back under local control as well as make it a real must-read. logo_latimes.gifBut the … Read More »

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Bert Fields Defends Brad Grey Against Garry Shandling’s Pellicano Testimony

Famed Century City entertainment litigator Bert Fields today issued this statement in response to some of the charges leveled by comedian Garry Shandling in his Pellicano trial testimony last week as well as the coverage of it by the Los Angeles Times. Fields defended Grey during Garry Shandling’s conflict of … Read More »

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LA Times Names Montorio Replacement

By | Friday March 7, 2008 @ 10:44am PST

wolinsky2.jpgIt’s unclear if this is a temporary appointment or a permanent one. (Well, as permanent as things get at the beleaguered Los Angeles Times where people are coming and going like it’s LAX…) From the new top editor Russ Stanton: … Read More »

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Three Film Writers Are Leaving LA Times

By | Wednesday March 5, 2008 @ 2:13pm PST

latpalm.jpgLongtime movie news staff writer Robert Welkos, film feature writer Gina Piccalo and second-string reviewer Kevin Crust won’t have bylines soon at the beleaguered newspaper which is offering some voluntary and some not-so-voluntary exit packages. Just in case you’re still reading Calendar, … Read More »

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TOLDJA! John Montorio Axed By LA Times

By | Saturday February 16, 2008 @ 12:09pm PST

MONDAY AM: Here’s the memo sent to his Los Angeles Times staff from Managing Editor for Features John Montorio who doesn’t hide the fact that he was fired.

These last seven years have been among the most rewarding of my life. Together, we have renewed and reshaped The Times’ Features report

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Finke To Goldstein: Do The Write Thing

By | Tuesday January 22, 2008 @ 4:47pm PST

Patrick, you and I are longtime pals. We like each other personally. But professionally we usually find ourselves on the opposite sides of the Hollywood spectrum. You rarely write about a mogul or exec you don’t like. I rarely write about a mogul or exec I like. You think the … Read More »

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John Ridley Weakly Defends Going Fi-Core

By | Tuesday January 8, 2008 @ 12:54pm PST

Oh, I can’t wait to see the comments reacting to this Op-Ed. Meanwhile, the clueless Los Angeles Times chalks up yet another anti-WGA screed in its opinion pages while the anti-AMPTP rants are very few and far between. Get this — an editorial pages editor there was under the … Read More »

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