Departing 18-year L.A. Times staffer William Lobdell recounts a few things folks who still work at newspapers should keep in mind going forward:
3. But the business model for newspapers is broken.
4. No one has figured out how to fix it.
5. That’s probably because it can’t be fixed.
6. The smaller the newspaper, the longer its life span in print (four exceptions: the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post and USA Today).
7. Technology has run laps around the print media — giving readers instant news, open-source journalism, no barriers to become publishers, and an infinite news hole.
8. The idea that your daily news is collected, written, edited, paginated, printed on dead trees, put in a series of trucks and cars and delivered on your driveway — at least 12 hours stale — is anachronistic in 2008.
9. As a friend told me last week, “Bro, face it. You guys are the 8-track cassette of news.”
HarperCollins will publish Lobdell's memoir, Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America, in February.
Posted on: August 4th, 2008
Actress Eva Mendes stars in a new perfume ad for Calvin Klein that has been banned from American TV for exposing Eva’s nipple as she rolls around naked under a sheet according to Gawker.
“You must be kidding me.
“She is being a little sexy, but they are not provocative,” added Baron.
So it seems that creative director Fabien Baron might be a bit European wouldn’t you say.
In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger stars as The Joker in "The Dark Knight."
As of Monday, "The Dark Knight" had taken in $400.04 million domestically, according to distributor Warner Bros.
Jeff Goldstein, general sales manager for Warner, said the film hit that mark in less than half the time it took for the previous record-holder, "Shrek 2," which crossed the $400 million level on its 43rd day of release.
That put "The Dark Knight" at No. 8 on the all-time box-office charts.
Warner expects the film to pass the original "Star Wars" ($461 million) in about two weeks, making it No. 2 on the all-time domestic list behind "Titanic" ($600.8 million).
Even as "The Dark Knight" heads toward the $500 million mark, it will lag behind "Titanic" and "Star Wars" in terms of the number of tickets sold because admission prices are higher now.
"The Dark Knight" has earned wild acclaim from critics and fans, particularly for Heath Ledger's maniacal delivery as Batman enemy the Joker.
The movie had a record opening weekend of $158.4 million.
"There's no question Heath Ledger's performance has made cinematic history.
Scarlett Johansson "Embarrassed" About Obama Emails, Talks Lesbian Kiss
Scarlett Johansson, a cast member in "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," looks down the red carpet at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles, Monday, Aug. 4, 2008.
NEW YORK —
"It seemed to me to be like a product of extreme sexism, and I kept thinking to myself, 'God, if this was just, like, Kal Penn or George Clooney or any of the other (Obama) surrogates or supporters ... there wouldn't be (any) question about it.
Johansson, a vocal supporter of Obama, told the Web site Politico.com in June that she and the Democratic presidential hopeful had been trading e-mails.
"I was merely trying to express my delight at Obama's commitment to his campaign in every aspect and his interest and his support (in) his surrogates and his staff and his fellows, and how wonderful and refreshing that is.
The romantic comedy set against the bohemian backdrop of Barcelona, Spain, has its share of buzz over Johansson's much-hyped kiss with Penelope Cruz.
"It's just silly because ... the way people are talking about it you'd think it was ... a Bertolucci movie or something," Johansson said, laughing.
It was the actress' third time working with Allen, who directed her in "Match Point" and "Scoop."
Have they set a date?
"We're just enjoying our time," she said.
"I mean, I'm 23.
By Andre Paine, LondonSony Corporation has reached an agreement to acquire Bertelsmann AG's 50% stake in Sony BMG, four years after the joint venture was created.
By Associated Press