May 5th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Julia, my BlackBerry, and my 15 minutes of fame

So yesterday, I noticed a mistake and tried to correct it.  That's what copy editors do.  Usually, it ends there.  Not this time.

After the hastily fixed Julia Louis-Dreyfus star was unveiled and published my little item, I turned back to my other daily tasks.  But then my inbox began filling up.  Friends and co-workers were spreading the story around the Web.  I heard back from a delighted Ana Martinez-Holler at the Walk of Fame: as it turns out, she mostly goes by Ana Martinez for professional purposes.  (Just a big day for bungling hyphenated Hollywood names, I suppose.)

And other websites wanted to run the story – and my exclusive photo of the misspelled star.  Some, properly, asked for permission; others (naughty, naughty!) just went ahead and reposted the pic, sometimes but not always including a photo credit.  I spent half of my afternoon calling and emailing various CNN executives, trying to make sure the responsible journalists could run their stories.  The less scrupulous ones, of course, already had. FULL POST

May 4th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

"Welcome to the Hollywood Walk of... oops!"

I'm a longtime copy editor, and I take the Metro to work.  As a result, I made one person laugh hysterically today, and another almost vomit.

Let me explain.

As I emerged from the Hollywood and Vine Metro station this morning and headed for the CNN Los Angeles bureau, I noticed two workmen cleaning off the newest star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the 11:30 a.m. unveiling ceremony.  It was for Julia Louis-Dreyfus, star of "The New Adventures of Old Christine" – and the first "Seinfeld" alum to receive a star on the Walk of Fame.  I glanced at it as I walked by... then stopped, and peered more closely:

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"Um, excuse me," I said to the workmen, "but I'm pretty sure that star is missing an O.  And a hyphen." FULL POST

March 26th, 2010
06:50 PM ET

'24' no more?

We're reaching out to Fox for comment/confirmation now, but "this just in" – a tweet from "24" executive producer Jon Cassar:

News from the 24 set,the crew has been told that 24 has come to an end. There will b no season 9. Its been a great run, thanx all 4 watching.

If it's true, will Jack, Chloe and the gang be hitting the silver screen before too long?

March 15th, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Celebs hope to STOMP out problems

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Torn between fashion and philanthropy?  Fret no longer!  Australia Luxe Collective, known for its upscale boots, has signed up some 45 celebrities for its STOMP campaign to raise money and awareness for charities dealing with global causes.  You can direct a percentage of the purchase price on a pair of Luxe boots to the charity of your choice, or bid on a signed pair in one of the online auctions taking place over the next few months. Celebs who've signed on include:

The campaign's goal is to issue $75,000 in funds across the celebrity-endorsed charities by July 4.  Hey – if you're going to walk the walk of charitable giving, why not do it in fancy footwear?

March 8th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Oscar's 'In Memoriam': Where was Farrah?

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The "In Memoriam" section has become an awards show staple: tasteful music played under images of the past year's notable dearly departed in that particular industry.

There will always be disagreements over the length of the piece, who rated highest on the "death-meter" with the most applause, the music (I'm a huge James Taylor fan, but I heard from people who thought his rendition of "In My Life" was inappropriate or otherwise off) ... and most of all, who is included and who is left out.

This year, the last strains of James' guitar were still lingering and the Oscar telecast had barely gone to commercial when I started hearing from friends: "Where was Farrah Fawcett?" FULL POST

March 5th, 2010
08:44 AM ET

Oscar's 'new math': How best picture will be picked

Oscar oddsmakers have "The Hurt Locker" and "Avatar" in a virtual dead heat for best picture.  So it's a sure bet that one of them will win on Sunday, right?

Not necessarily.

Voting for best picture – and tabulating those votes – isn't a simple case of majority rule.  For one thing, with 10 nominees this year, it's more likely than ever that no film will receive 50 percent-plus-one of the vote: If "Avatar" and "Hurt Locker" are as close as believed, even if the other eight nominees combined drew, say, just 15 percent of the votes, that likely would be enough to keep either of the favorites from reaching 50 percent.

In the past, that wouldn't have mattered: the top vote-getter would take the trophy, end of story.


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