Daily Archives : Nov 13, 2012

NBCUniversal Laying Off Employees

NBCUniversal is cutting its workforce in a round of year-end cost cutting, the Los Angeles Times reports. The company is laying off about 500 employees, or about 1.5% of its employees, the story reports. The cuts will be spread throughout…

Cadillac Catfight: Outspoken TV Chef Trashes Cable Network on His Way Out the Door

The outspoken TV chef Anthony Bourdain, who recently wrapped up his run as host of Travel Channel’s "No Reservations,” is taking aim at the network after it aired television ads he claims created a false impression in using his image,…

‘Fighting Mad’ Anthony Bourdain Trashes Travel Channel Over Ad Integration — Says He Never Approved His Likeness in Cadillac Spot

By Jeanine PoggiAdvertising Age Anthony Bourdain, the outspoken chef and former host of Travel Channel’s "No Reservations," is lashing out against the network after it aired Cadillac spots that he claims were doctored. "It came as a shock and a…

Victoria’s Secret Pulls Costume From Broadcast After Receiving Complaints About Insensitivity

After several groups complained about cultural insensitivity over a costume in the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, the footage of the model wearing the outfit has been pulled from the broadcast, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The costume includes a Native…

ABC Orders Full Season of Freshman Drama

ABC has ordered a full season of a new drama series, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports. The program is "Nashville," starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere. The series’ October premiere ratings were soft compared with the buzz around…

‘CSI’ Producer Developing Project About Female Investigator

"CSI" executive producer Carol Mendelsohn is working on a project for the CW called "Jane Whitefield," about a female private investigator who is also in search of her biological parents, reports Deadline.com. The project, based on the "Vanishing Act" series…

Video: Barbara Walters Says She’s Disappointed With Lindsay Lohan’s Latest Moves

Barbara Walters said she was "disappointed" that Lindsay Lohan canceled an interview she had scheduled with Walters and then booked time with Jay Leno a few days later, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Walters talked about the canceled “20/20” interview…

E! Renews Reality Show

E! has renewed a reality show for a second season, the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports. The show is "Married to Jonas," whose first season debuted with 1.8 million viewers and held steady, the report notes. The show tracks…

Report: ‘Modern Family’ Producers Wanted Child Star’s Mom Banished From Set

The producers of ABC’s "Modern Family" reportedly wanted the mother of Ariel Winter, who plays Alex Dunphy on the show, banned from the set because of her behavior, reports TMZ.com. Winter’s mother, Chrystal Workman, was disliked by the sitcom’s crew,…

The Most Outrageous Experiment Ever Conducted in the Movie Industry. Do Those Working in the Movies Know the Difference Between John Ford and Henry Ford? Should They?

[Note: It was 30 years ago this month that Film Comment magazine published this article, after I had submitted it to the magazine, unsolicited. It had taken me more than six months to conduct this experiment, which I think remains the most outrageous "test"...