Golden Globes 2014: 12 Years, Hustle, Blanchett Among Top Winners (LA Times / Movies Now)
12 Years A Slave went into the 71st Golden Globe Awards on Sunday night with seven nominations but was passed over again and again. That is, until the last award of the evening, and arguably the best of them all. The harrowing portrayal of slavery in America took home the prize for best drama of 2013. The film’s director, Steve McQueen, seemed surprised by the win. “Little bit in shock,” said the British filmmaker, clutching the award. “I wasn’t expecting it.” But the evening’s biggest victor was David O. Russell’s Abscam-inspired comedy, American Hustle. NYT The two female stars of American Hustle, Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence, both picked up acting awards. Lawrence beat out Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years A Slave, who was viewed as the leading contender, in the supporting actress category. USA Today Leonardo DiCaprio won for best actor in a musical/comedy for his hedonistic stockbroker in The Wolf of Wall Street. When accepting his award, DiCaprio took the time to honor the greats, including fellow nominee Bruce Dern of Nebraska. The Guardian / TV & Radio Blog One of the few genuinely shocking wins at the 2014 Golden Globes was the triumph of cop sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine in the best comedy series category. Having only last week aired its twelfth episode on Fox, the win — alongside a Globe for its lead actor, Andy Samberg — may have almost single-handedly saved the show from cancellation. Variety What might go down in history as the pregnant-pause, followed-by-being-played-off Golden Globe Awards proved a curiously awkward affair, even by the standards of an awards showcase with a reputation for looseness and unpredictability. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler reprised their role as hosts, but the duo failed to produce more than sporadic moments of mirth, in a show where honorary-award recipient Woody Allen looked prescient, in hindsight, by staying home. NYT It was a gender-bending Golden Globes, or at least, the hosts made an effort to celebrate gender equality. Fey and Poehler tried hard, and sometimes too hard, to top their first hosting job last year. It didn’t work so well when they aimed to be like the guys and go blue — their jokes about prosthetic penises fell flat. Deadline Hollywood First Mia Farrow tweeted she was turning off the Golden Globes on NBC when they went to the Allen tribute. Then her son and upcoming MSNBC host Ronan Farrow lashed out against his mother’s former longtime companion, also on Twitter: “Missed the Woody Allen tribute — did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” THR / Golden Globes E!’s pre-Golden Globes show was under fire Sunday evening after the network put up a questionable “fun fact” for nominee Michael J. Fox as stars made their way down the red carpet. The “fun fact” that was displayed said: “Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991.”
NBC News Partners With NowThis News (TVNewser)
The NBCUniversal News Group is taking a minority stake in NowThis News, a short-form video news network built for mobile and social users. NowThis News and NBCU News Group producers will collaborate on projects based out of NowThis News’ New York studio. TheWrap “We know that news consumption among younger audiences continues to grow, but in order to reach that audience, we need to continue to create video for the platforms they use most,” Patricia Fili-Krushel, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, said in a statement. Adweek NBCU joins other high-profile investors in NowThis News, including Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman and noted venture capitalist Ken Lerer, whose helped launch The Huffington Post and BuzzFeed.
Meghan McCain to Host Weeknight News Talk Show (Politico)
Meghan McCain will co-host a late-night talk show after her television show Raising McCain was ended after one season on start-up television network Pivot. McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), will appear alongside Jacob Soboroff five nights a week on TakePart Live, a topical news show airing weekdays at midnight. Variety Cara Santa Maria co-hosted TakePart Live with Soboroff, but with McCain’s entry to the program, Santa Maria’s role on the show is now unclear. “We’re building our show around the talents of Meghan McCain and Jacob Soboroff,” Pivot president Evan Shapiro said in a statement. HuffPost Saturday’s announcement marks the latest chapter in McCain’s career as a media personality. Prior to joining Pivot, she was a contributor at MSNBC, a role she later said her father “did not love.”
People Editor Larry Hackett Out in Time Inc. Shakeup (Ad Age / Media News)
Time Inc. on Friday shook up the editorial leadership of its most lucrative brand, telling employees that longtime People magazine managing editor Larry Hackett is leaving the company and will be succeeded by Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle. Capital New York It is the first sign of major rumblings that are expected to rock Time Inc. this year as the company prepares to be spun off from Time Warner. Layoffs are planned at the magazine giant, which also publishes titles including Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. And the company’s journalists are still adjusting to a new reporting structure in which they answer to their respective business sides as opposed to a centralized editor-in-chief. FishbowlNY If you listen carefully, you can hear the rustling of resumes by journalists getting ready to lobby for the now vacant position of EW managing editor. NY Post People topped all consumer magazines in ad pages in 2013 for an unprecedented 11th year in a row. Just-released statistics show the magazine industry, drained of ad dollars since the Great Recession, seemed to be finally stabilizing. People racked up 3,183.46 ad pages last year, up 0.9 percent from the previous year.
Jeff Zucker Fires Back at Roger Ailes (TVNewser)
Two top generals in the cable news wars are going at it. Following Fox News chief Roger Ailes‘ comments in a Hollywood Reporter interview in which he said CNN “is out of the news business,” CNN Worldwide chief Jeff Zucker fired back Friday at the TCA: “[Ailes] doesn’t do an interview in a long time and then does it the week that the book comes out? He’s trying to deflect attention.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Zucker’s remark was a strong rebuttal to Ailes, who was quoted last week as saying that Zucker’s CNN had “thrown in the towel” on news in favor of more documentary and entertainment programming.
Hugo Lindgren Segues to The Hollywood Reporter (FishbowlNY)
On Friday, Janice Min shared some more, major first-work-week-of-January news. Hugo Lindgren, formerly with The New York Times Magazine, is headed west at the end of the month to oversee The Hollywood Reporter. THR The news follows the announcement of Min’s expanded duties, which include oversight of Billboard‘s editorial content in addition to The Hollywood Reporter. In her efforts at Billboard, she will be joined by the Hollywood Reporter‘s executive editor Matthew Belloni, creative director Shanti Marlar, and photo and video director Jennifer Laski. NY Post “Though the words ‘New York’ appear frequently in the titles of publications he has served, don’t worry,” wrote Min in her memo to staffers. “He knows his way around Hollywood.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper Battles Back on Twitter After Tense Lone Survivor Interview (TheWrap)
CNN’s Jake Tapper appeared to upset Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy SEAL who Mark Wahlberg plays in Lone Survivor, during an interview that aired Friday and Saturday. The Lead host began battling back on Twitter against viewers and media critics who were upset by his questions. FishbowlDC “We need to have open, honest, and yes uncomfortable conversations about this war,” Tapper wrote on Facebook. “We can’t do that if any time someone sees things differently they’re accused of hating the troops. Questions HONOR the troops. And our freedom to ask them is what they fight and die for.” We couldn’t agree more.
China Bloomberg Reporter Crosses Over to New York Times (FishbowlNY)
Michael Forsythe, a Hong-Kong based reporter who exited Bloomberg News in November after a controversial suspension and some article spiking, has moved over to the other major U.S. publication making recent headlines with matters pertaining to foreign-journalist visas in China.
Q&A With New York Times‘ Meredith Kopit Levien on Native Advertising Launch (RebeccaLieb.com)
All prognostications for 2014 (including my own) point to native advertising as A Big Thing to watch this year — and it is. The FTC’s December workshop thrust native into the spotlight, but nothing has amplified the fact that native advertising has arrived more than the New York Times‘ launch of Paid Posts, its native product that launched last week with Dell as the first advertiser.
Blogger’s Incarceration Raises First Amendment Questions (NYT)
For more than six years, Roger Shuler has hounded figures of the state legal and political establishment on his blog, Legal Schnauzer, a hothouse of furious but often fuzzily sourced allegations of deep corruption and wide-ranging conspiracy. Some of these allegations he has tested in court, having sued his neighbor, his neighbor’s lawyer, his former employer, the Police Department, the Sheriff’s Department, the Alabama State Bar and two county circuit judges, among others. Mostly, he has lost.
Christie Administration Is Latest Caught Using Private Email to Sidestep Public Records Laws (Yahoo! News / AP)
Personal emails at the center of the brewing scandal for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may have remained secret, had the public and press relied solely on the state’s open records law. Emails disclosed this past week show a top Christie aide asking the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to shut down three lanes on the busy George Washington Bridge, resulting in major backups for days last September. Those emails were leaked to reporters last week, even though one newspaper requested them nearly a month ago, only to be told they didn’t exist.
MTV’s 16 And Pregnant, Derided by Some, May Resonate as A Cautionary Tale (NYT)
Kailyn Lowry, at age 17, decided to let MTV film her pregnancy and the birth of her first child in the hope of persuading other young men and women to wait to start a family. “I did get two awesome blessings,” said Lowry, now 21 and married with a second child. “But I still haven’t gotten my bachelor’s degree, because, one, day care is so expensive and, two, how do you balance studying and having little ones at home?” Lowry’s cautionary tale seems to have made an impression on at least some viewers.
When The Little Gals Get Stepped On: How Huff Post Stole From Women And Hollywood (IndieWire / Women And Hollywood)
I got an email from a friend with a link to a Huffington Post piece he thought I would be interested in. I clicked on it and to my immediate alarm, I realized it was a piece that had been published several hours earlier on Women and Hollywood by our Oscar columnist. The Huffington Post stole the entire piece, word for word. They did not even change the title (though they did change the picture), and most egregiously, they did not mention that the post had been written for and published by another site.
From Tweet to Ad to Mini Modern Scandal (NYT Magazine)
When I put Inside Llewyn Davis at the top of my year-end 10-best list, I knew full well that I was providing fodder for an awards-season campaign. In some abstract, philosophical sense, it bothers me that my aesthetic agenda can be appropriated by someone else’s business strategy, but I console myself with the thought that this convergence of interests is both inevitable and benign. My reasons for wanting you to see the movie are not exactly the same as those of CBS Films, the U.S. distributor, or Scott Rudin, a producer of the movie — my profit on the deal is strictly karmic — but we all agree that you should see it. Still, I was more than a little surprised when, on the first Saturday of the new year, on my usual semicaffeinated stumble toward the crossword puzzle, I came across my name and my face on Page C7 of The New York Times.
What Exactly Is Going On at iCrossing? (Adweek)
These are boom times for digital agencies — particularly those that have stayed in stride with the latest hot trends. Where search was the discipline clients craved five years ago — thanks, Google — social and branded content have become the predominant forms of digital messaging over the last 18 months. Those shops that have successfully developed their full-service muscles while keeping their search functions strong for clients are winning — and continuing to hire and grow. But it’s no easy feat. Just ask iCrossing.
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