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Leibovitz's Money Meltdown, HuffPo and Facebook Go Social, Media Hotspots

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2009 at 8:49AM

Annie Leibovitz is astonishingly successful for a journalist. Or an artist. I'd be happy scoring $2 million plus a year.
Thompson on Hollywood

Annie Leibovitz is astonishingly successful for a journalist. Or an artist. I'd be happy scoring $2 million plus a year.

But the danger of hanging with the beautiful people is you may want to function on the same level. That's what I got from this New York Mag story on the photographer's stunning financial meltdown, revealed in excruciating detail. I read every bloody word, fascinated by a train wreck far worse than any of my many financial misfires. Someone who had it really good let her life get totally out of control.

The Huffington Post is using Facebook Connect to expand its social networking, reports ATD's Kara Swisher:

In an unusually robust collaboration using Facebook Connect, the Huffington Post is launching a feature on Monday called “HuffPost Social News,” which lets readers create a personalized social networking-like news page on the Huffington Post itself.

While the Huffington Post had already been using Facebook Connect since January–which allows readers of the site to log in using their Facebook identity to interact, which is mostly used to leave comments–this use essentially takes Facebook Connect and puts it on steroids.

Not every media sector is in the doghouse, Ad Age reports: Five Lessons Learned From Five Media Bright Spots.

[Photo courtesy New York Magazine by John Keatley/Redux]

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.