Around the town
The Daily News’ gossip page continues to hammer away at what it calls “the rapidly imploding down-market New York Post” over yesterday’s Post front page alleging that Eliot Spitzer sucked his topless girlfiriend’s toes in a hot tub at a Jamaican resort.
Last night Jimmy Fallon premiered the latest version of his much-loved segment, “Brian Williams Raps,” in which the editors supercut years worth of news footage to make seem like the NBC Nightly News anchor is covering hip hop classics. (Former segements have included Snoop Dogg’s “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” NWA’s “Straight Outta Compton” and Warren G’s “Regulate.”)
Yesterday, we were introduced to BriWi’s rendition of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch’s “Good Vibrations.” Check it out below.
It started with a harmless weekend in the country, when Girls producer Jenni Konner and her partner, director Richard Shepard, invited an intimate cadre of actors and screenwriters, including Wren Arthur and Danny Strong, to their lovely summer rental in East Marion.
“We should grill!” a member of the party proposed.
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“When someone comes into your house and throws shit around, you get pissed,” Anna Holmes told The Observer. She was speaking in metaphor: The house was the Gawker Media women’s interest blog Jezebel, of which she was the founding editor; the someone was the blog’s commenters, a famously undisciplined crowd.
“If you open your front door to people they just act like jerks,” agreed former Gizmodo editor Joel Johnson. Now the managing editor of Animal NY, he favors abolishing comments sections altogether.
Blog proprietor Nick Denton has a different plan—he’s giving them the run of the place. The commenters are creating content, after all, just like the writers. What’s the difference?
“I want to erase this toxic Internet class system,” he told The Observer in a gmail chat.
“Nick has always loved to subtly and not so subtly insult his employees,” said Gawker writer John Cook. “He thinks of us as glorified commenters.”
Nikki Finke’s Deadline has a so-called “speculative” schedule for NBC’s fall season, in the run-up to the network’s upfront presentation on Monday. Included are 30 Rock, which is said to be moving to Wednesday night along with Parks and Recreation, and Smash, moving to Thursdays. Missing? Rock Center, the Brian Williams newsmagazine. This Read More
On a recent post-NFL season Monday night, 7.3 million people watched a remake of Hawaii 5-0. Another 6.7 million watched Castle, a crime procedural that’s safely avoided buzz for four seasons. A crowd less than half that size, 3.2 million, watched an American furniture manufacturer tearfully repent for outsourcing the family business, met a real-life moon colonist, and saw a chimpanzee flip through a children’s book. “They like to look at the pictures,” the voiceover explained.
They had landed on the three-month-old newsmagazine Rock Center, NBC’s prime time bid to recapture an audience for TV news by offering a looser format in which to showcase Brian Williams’s formidable charisma. Mr. Williams’s sensibility is so deeply ingrained in the programming that Rock Center executive producer Rome Hartman likes to say that, when it’s working, it feels like “Brian’s playlist.”
Person of the year
In a private email between Brian Williams, the NBC News anchor always eager to prove quite how with-it he is, and Nick Denton, Gawker honcho, Mr. Williams asked just why Lana Del Rey’s outing on Saturday Night Live hadn’t gotten coverage on the site. As reported by Gawker editor AJ Daulerio himself, Mr. Read More
This afternoon, Time magazine held its annual lunch and panel for it’s prestigious person of the year issue. We went in with our money on Occupy Wall Street, but most of our other journo diners seemed to take it as a given that the honor would be bestowed on Steve Jobs.
It was an impressive panel led by Time‘s Rich Stengel: NBC’s Brian Williams, Anita Hill, Jesse Eisenberg, Mario Batali, Seth Meyers, and Grover Norquist, president of the advocacy group Americans for Tax Reform.
It’s the decade of Brooklyn, and while The New York Times may have only recently discovered the borough—according to Brian Williams, at least—it has lately become the leading exporter of artisanal eateries to Manhattan.
Zak Pelaccio’s Williamsburg hotspot Fatty ‘Cue opened its West Village outpost last month, and, now, Bedford Cheese Shop—probably Brooklyn’s most noted cheese monger—has signed a 15-year lease at 67 Irving Place.
NBC Nightly News anchor and regular cut-up Brian Williams is currently having lunch at the Gawker offices right now, when he’s not staring at their televisions (shout out to the early hominids). How’d he end up there?