Daily Archives : Jun 26, 2009

Jackson: Maybe Now He Can Rest in Peace

Can’t stop thinking about Michael Jackson today, like everybody else. Not much I can add, except for this. The second record album I ever owned was the Jackson Five’s ABC (the first was Alvin and the Chipmunks Sing the Beatles…

Weekend TV: Wall-to-Wall Coverage of Jackson, Fawcett Deaths Planned

If you’re not interested in Michael Jackson or Farrah Fawcett retrospectives, you might want to keep the TV turned off this weekend. Broadcast and cable networks are rushing to fill their schedules with various tributes to the fallen pop icons….

Let the Music Play: Why Songwriters are Hurting Their Own Cause

It’s a crime! Over the past 75 years or so, American culture has generated a breathless portfolio of extraordinary pop songs from Tin Pan Alley, to the Golden Age of Broadway, to Rock N’ Roll, Country, Rap, Jazz and on…

HBO’s Big Comedy Hope: ‘Hung’

With the economy tanking and pink slips becoming an ubiquitous confetti in cities across America, it’s no surprise that many creators are mining the potential death of the American dream for dramatic potential. Throughout his career, writer/executive producer Dmitry Lipkin…

Hot List: Mindy Kaling

Name: Mindy Kaling Title: Writer/Performer, “The Office” Age: 30 Big Break: Writing and starring in the 2002 off Broadway hit “Matt and Ben,” about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Who knew?: Ms. Kaling was born Vera Chokalingham. Mindy Kaling is…

Hot List: Rina Mimoun

Name: Rina Mimoun Title: Consulting producer, "Eastwick" Age: 34 Big Break: Working on “Dawson’s Creek.” Who knew? She once admitted on her Twitter feed that she’s “obsessed” with Entertainment Weekly’s “Ausiello Files” feature. In the past decade, Rina Mimoun has…

Shocker! Farrah Fawcett Outdraws Jackson In Battle of Quickie Specials

ABC’s Farrah Fawcett hour emerged as the most popular of the instant news specials broadcast Thursday night as networks rushed to deal with the stunning deaths of two pop culture icons. Primetime on much of broadcast TV took on the…

Hunt on for Jackson’s Doctor–Demerol Involved?; Family, Long Concerned About Drug Dependency, Tried Intervention

Los Angeles police are searching for Michael Jackson’s personal physician to question him after allegations that the singer received a potentially fatal dose of the painkiller Demerol before his death, London’s Times Online is reporting. People is reporting that Jackson’s family…

How Harvey Levin and TMZ Scooped the World on Jackson

TMZ.com chief Harvey Levin isn’t upset that many news organizations declined to credit his Time Warner-owned website with breaking the story of Michael Jackson’s death, the media maven tells the Los Angeles Times. "That’s typical," he told the Times, referring…

Jackson’s Death Spurs Conspiracy Theories, Speculation on Web

 The Internet was filled with conspiracy theories and speculation in the wake of Michael Jackson’s death while genuine questions about the cause remained, the Telegraph reports. The U.K. publication cites Hollywood blogger Perez Hilton’s initial post that he was "dubious" about Jackson fallling ill,…