Friday, June 5, 2009


***Sacha Baron Cohen's new movie isn't in theaters yet, but it's already producing the same sort of buzz and legal backlash that his last hit, "Borat," created.

Richelle Olson sued the 37-year-old actor and NBC Universal on May 22, claiming an incident at a charity bingo tournament that was filmed for the upcoming "Bruno" left her disabled.

Olson claims she was severely injured after struggling with Cohen and his film crew at the event, held in Palmdale, Calif., two years ago.

The lawsuit states she now needs a wheelchair or cane to move around.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages of more than $25,000.


***For the first time in 15 years, James Cameron has agency representation.

Variety reports that the "Titanic" director has signed with CAA.
The move comes just as Cameron returns to dramatic filmmaking with Fox's upcoming "Avatar."


***The music industry publication Radio and Records shut down today, costing thirty jobs says The Wrap.
Visitors to the website are re-directed to
Also, The Hollywood Reporter eliminates another ten positions, including the one filled by associate publisher Rose Einstein.
***L.A Mayor Villaraigosa said today his relationship with TV reporter Lu Parker won't affect his decision on whether to run for governor.
***It's not entirely clear who's leaving who here, but this much I know.
Martin Berg, who was replaced abruptly last December as editor of the Los Angeles Daily Journal and redeployed as a columnist, has left the building.

His column job has been eliminated
***In a study on social networking trends, Nielsen said the amount of time people in the U.S. spend on social networking sites has increased by 83 percent over the past year.
According to the study, Facebook users in the United States collectively spent 13.9 billion minutes on Facebook in April 2009.
That's up 700 percent from the 1.7 billion minutes they were spending in April 2008.


***Emergency medical personnel recommend performing CPR chest compressions in time to Stayin Alive. Its 103-beats-a-minute rhythm is close to the ideal 100.

***The New York Times reports that 17% of inked Americans regret their tattoos.

***$200 an hours is the price for a drug-sniffing dog from the company Sniff Dogs.

The keen canines can detect pot, heroin, coke and meth- in case your roommate is holding out on you.


A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him.

-David Brinkley.


On June 4, 1989, Chinese army troops stormed Tiananmen Square in Beijing to crush the pro-democracy movement; hundreds - possibly thousands - of people died.

In the worst quarter in modern history for American newspapers, advertising sales fell by an unprecedented 28.3% in the first three months of 2009, plunging sales by more than $2.6 billion from the prior year.

Statistics posted without publicity on the website of the Newspaper Association of America show that print ad sales fell by a historic 29.7% to $5.9 billion in the first period of this year and that online sales fell a record 13.4% to $696.3 million.

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