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  • Steve Harvey's Miss Universe 'Mistake' Almost Certainly Wasn't in MediaDailyNews on 12/23/2015

    It amazes me that anybody who works in media, advertising, marketing or PR could think the Steve Harvey Miss Universe "gaffe" was anything but a manufactured "error" to create buzz and social conversation. They know the underlying foundation of these television events points to hoax.

  • 'The Fifth Estate,' A Media Critique in MediaDailyNews on 10/21/2013

    The best reason to root for director Bill Condon's rapid-fire docudrama "The Fifth Estate" is that it reminds us how much valuable information the renegade website brought to light that the mainstream media simply missed.

  • 40 Reasons to Skip Out on Advertising Week in MAD on 10/01/2013

    Let's face it, you can only take so much Advertising Week. So last Wednesday afternoon, instead of heading to yet another panel or presentation, I hopped the A Train from the Port Authority and rode all the way to the northwest tip of Manhattan to The Cloisters. It's pretty much as far from Madison Avenue and Advertising Week, both figuratively and literally, as you can get and still be in Manhattan.

  • 007 Slums With Heineken in Marketing Daily on 11/09/2012

    As I figured and hoped, Heineken's $45 million product placement deal with the new James Bond franchise entry "Skyfall" doesn't undermine the 007 brand at all.

  • "The Dark Knight" - Bat-Spoiler Free in MediaDailyNews on 07/23/2012

    Can we please ask for mercy from some of the negligently reckless film critics who put up online or print reviews for 'The Dark Knight Rises' days before the film opened, giving away or hinting at critical plot twists?

  • A Dark Tale of Contemporary Cinema  in Marketing: Entertainment on 03/22/2012

    Originally, this column was going to be a fun, snarky piece about big-budget Hollywood boondoggles, like Heaven's Gate, Ishtar, Waterworld and, now, John Carter.

  • Nominated Movies Need Publicity, Marketing in Marketing: Entertainment on 01/26/2012

    The one thing that almost all the movies nominated for the top statues at this year's Academy Awards share is that they need the attendant shot of publicity and marketing that the nominations bring to be considered a popular success.

  • 'Tintin' And The Death Of Motion-capture Animation  in Marketing: Entertainment on 12/29/2011

    Hollywood has done a dynamite job p!ssing all over my beloved childhood heroes the past couple years. If Frank Miller's charmless, inept and gratuitously violent "Sin City"-ification of Will Eisner's seminal Sunday comic series "The Spirit" wasn't bad enough, AMC's despicable betrayal of Patrick McGoohan's presciently paranoid spy series "The Prisoner" actually left me feeling furious that such a precious and beloved cult property could have been so carelessly handed over to hacks who didn't even grasp the central point and message of its creators.

  • 'Hugo': Four Stars For 3D  in Marketing Daily on 12/05/2011

    It took a real filmmaker to make me believe again that 3D isn't just a gimmick and that it has a viable, creative place in cinema.

  • Honorary Reporter's Notebook: Comic-Con In The Tablet Age in MediaDailyNews on 07/25/2011

    SAN DIEGO - Comic-Con hasn't become what it's become because of comic books, at least as far as the military-industrial-entertainment-media complex is concerned. It's grown to the size it has through the promotion of movies and television, some of which use comics as their source material, some of which have tangential relationships to comics or animation, and some of which have absolutely nothing to do with comics at all.

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  • Anonymous Feed-ing Frenzy by J. Max Robins (TV Everywhere on 04/13/2016)

    It's like the old saying: "Once you've got a reputation as an early riser, you can start sleeping in." FT's got a ton more cred with the corporate media than Buzzfeed, so people will believe it. Is it true? Who knows. My guess is the numbers are off, but not by the amount FT cites. I used to subscribe to the FT, it was the paper I trusted the most, helped me stay ahead of the housing collapse in '08 and get out with cash in pocket. But I don't trust it much anymore and let my subscription lapse end of 2015.  

  • Trump Meets 'WaPo' Editors, Train Wreck Results by Erik Sass (The Daily Blog on 03/22/2016)

    Rarely agree w/ Mr. Ferguson, but he nailed it here. 

  • And Somewhere Men Are Laughing, And Somewhere Children Shout by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 02/29/2016)

    While I agree with pretty much everything written here, the thing that really gripes me is the loaded term "pro-abortion." Nobody is "pro-abortion," it's misleading by design, in the same way most use of "pro-life" is abused by self-righteous scolds who will gladly send criminals to lethal injection and our soldiers off to this decade's war. "Abortion rights" is an appropriate middle-of-the-road term, but of course that suits neither agenda, both of which need emotion to trump reason.Lost in the endless skirmishes of rage, indignation and boycott is the UPLIFTING FACT -- no matter where you come down on the issue, I would hope -- that abortions have fallen to their lowest rate since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.

  • Anger, Bitterness, And The Beyonce Bump by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 02/11/2016)

    The Black Panther thing is the lamest faux outrage in a while. I'm a guy who looks for potential subtext and subsersion under every media rock and I didn't see it for a second. I thought: Janet Jackson "Rhythm Nation" ripoff. The Red Lobster line must've been meant as a joke, right? Hilarious it's been a bump for their sales.

  • Randy Goes All Sarah Palin On Us by George Simpson (MediaDailyNews on 01/28/2016)

    Not sure attacking the messenger who tells a hard truth that people will avoid ads if they can, espeically in an environment where the advertising slows and impedes the user experience, is the right way to go with this. Found IAB CEO phrasing more articulate than Palin, but channeling the insulting anger of her endorsee is another questionable communiations strategy. 

  • We're Informed -- But Are We Thoughtful? by Gord Hotchkiss (Online Spin on 01/19/2016)

    Excellent piece with equally insighful comments. America has always had an anti-intellectual bent, but the capacity for distraction from what actually matters has never been as severe as it is now via social media and sensationalist 24/7 "news," which -- on top of a public education system that indoctrinates memorization over thinking -- have dulled the ability for critical analysis and blurred perceptions on the diffence between "fact" and "opinion." To sit quiety and think or contemplate or meditate is a blessing, but modern society has deigned it a curse, a boredom. "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" may prove a prescient title far different than its author Philip Dick originally imagined. Not sure how we turn back, particularly when the political capital is invested in rule by divisions, unless there is some kind of cosmic wake-up call. 

  • What 'Star Wars,' Adele And 'The Wiz' Can Teach You About Reaching Teens ... And Their Parents by Aaron Paquette (Engage:Teens on 01/14/2016)

    It's interesting that out of all the "serious, adult-oriented films" in the marketplace -- including Spotlight, The Big Short and Concussion, which tackle large and important issues facing all of society --  the author plugs both Carol and The Danish Girl, which address smaller, individual melodramas relating to sexual identity. Nothing against either motion picture or the subject matter, which opens conversation and awareness and should be encouraged. But there are many "serious, adult-oriented films" dealing with topics that have far broader and more immediate societal implications that should be attended by the American community as well. We are not a walled garden.  

  • El Chapo, The App! by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/11/2016)

    Chuck -- Have you read Dave McGowan's "Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon"? Highly recommended. It addresses Rolling Stone's dual loyalties -- so-called revolution and commerce -- among many other interesting things.

  • El Chapo, The App! by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/11/2016)

    Ha! Sometimes I like being wrong. Looks like Sean set him up.

  • El Chapo, The App! by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/11/2016)

    Soooo.....Sean Penn can find this dude but the combined forces of the world's intelligence services cannot? Uh-huh. Reminds me of the time Peter Arnett of CNN was able to track Usama bin Laden down in a cave a couple years before 9/11, yet nobody else could, just so UBL could declare Jihad on the USA for all Americans to see. We know how that turned out. Donald Trump, who Guzman has already threatened to kill, best keep those Craft bodyguards he's got -- with double-pay overtime. Otherwise, another great piece from the near-peerless BGarf. Not sure this is a laughing matter, though. 

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