Open Mic

CNN, Fox News and The Huffington Post, Among Others, Screwed Up in Initially Reporting the Supreme Court Decision About the Healthcare Law. Really? It’s Inexcusable. We Have Fun at CNN’s Expense

Yesterday, on Thursday, June 28, 2012, a number of journalists, including ones at CNN, Fox News and The Huffington Post, initially reported, incorrectly, that the U.S. Supreme Court had struck down a key provision of the healthcare law. This provision…

Jun 29, 2012

An Example of Smart Thinking in the TV Business — How the TV Station Summit Came to Be. Lessons for NATPE?

We’re on the eve of the second annual TV Station Summit in Las Vegas, which I think is one of the smarter events that have debuted in the TV industry in the past several years. It’s a first-rate example of…

Jun 25, 2012

Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Oscar Winner Scott Rudin Is a Risk-Taker. Why He — or Some Other Producer — Needs to Take a Risk on This American Masterwork. And That’s No Pipe Dream. Plus, One of the Greatest Performances Ever. And What Happened in 1946?

Not often produced by major theaters, a new production of “The Iceman Cometh” by Eugene O’Neill — a winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature — ended its extended run last weekend at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. As this…

Jun 21, 2012

Critics’ Choice Awards Prove They’re Ready for Prime Time

The Critics’ Choice Awards were an important bellwether of this past winter’s plethora of film awards, anointing early favorites like “The Help” and “The Artist” that went on to be big winners at guild awards and at the Oscars. So…

Jun 20, 2012

It Should’ve Been the Greatest Panel in Trade Show History. Its Title Was ‘Drinking Improves Creativity’ — The Sober Truth: This PromaxBDA Panel Was Somewhat Fun, But Fell Off the Wagon. Why It Was a Wasted Opportunity

It was easily the most anticipated panel at this week’s 57th annual PromaxBDA international conference here in Los Angeles. PromaxBDA is the trade group for, primarily, those who have marketing and design-related positions in the TV industry. The Thursday afternoon…

Jun 15, 2012

Viola Davis, Bonnie Hammer Among Top Honorees at Women in Film Event

When Meryl Streep is in the house, you know it’s going to be a night to remember. And so it was at the 2012 Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, presented June 12 at a packed gala held at…

Jun 15, 2012

We All Need a Little Inspiration to Start That Pet Project We’ve Been Meaning to Start, or Continue, or Finish. This Should Fit the Bill

Ray Bradbury spent a lifetime in touch with his imagination — and encouraging others to get in touch with theirs. The renowned writer of fantasy and science fiction, who died this week at age 91, lived most of his life…

Jun 7, 2012

Up-and-Comers Mix It Up With Hollywood Legends at MTV Movie Awards

It’s a tribute to the influence of the MTV Movie Awards that so many A-listers show up for the annual kudo-fest. The 2012 edition, the cable net’s 21st, aired live Sunday, June 3, 2012, from a packed Gibson Amphitheater in…

Jun 5, 2012

What the Rabbi Knew. A Radical Idea About Sports in L.A.

In the last few days I’ve been asking a bunch of folks here in Los Angeles if they know what the Kings are about to do. Out of the dozen or so of my fellow Angelenos that I spoke to,…

Jun 4, 2012