THR Gets a New York Times Love Letter


By Richard Horgan Comment

The word of the day is “etiolated.” Put to excellent use by Brooks Barnes in his New York Times snapshot of the resurgent Hollywood Reporter:

As recently as 2010, The Reporter would have had a hard time persuading its own etiolated staff to gather for a party, much less marquee stars. The trade newspaper, founded in 1930, was bleeding from layoffs, vanishing advertisers and ferociously competitive entertainment industry blogs. It had become what moviedom dreads most: a has-been.

Indeed, there was no Spago mojo coursing through that sickly, weakened staff. It was a gang that Snoop Dogg, the DJ at the February 4 event from which Barnes leads, might have deemed distinctly lacking in  “shizzle.”

Another way Barnes paints the dramatic before-and-after-Janice-Min picture is by calibrating how many less parties the magazine’s staff used to have the inside office-track on. Nothing much more than an event celebrating the “Next Generation” issue and a “dull breakfast marking the publication of THR’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment.”

By the way, if we had chosen here to highlight a sentence of the day rather than just a word, the honors would probably still belong to Barnes for – “Picture potbellied agents with vodka-tonic breath pawing through a cashew bowl.” Read his full piece here.

[Photo of Snoop at Spago: Helga Esteb/]