Disney, Hearst and NBC strike cable merger deal for A & E to buy Lifetime. A & E will now comprise A&E, History Channel, Lifetime Television, and Biography. Ultimately NBC will own 15% of the entity, thus reducing its stake.
Meryl Streep confesses via The Onion that she's never starred in one classic movie.
Here's ShowbizSandbox's weekly discussion of the week's Hollywood news.
MovieCityNews editor David Poland and Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells detest each other. Here's a funny (if you read them) fantasy Super Film Pals meeting between them from someone who obviously tracks them both.
Pedro Almodovar talks Penelope Cruz and Broken Embraces:
In the Media:
26-year-old Australian Harvard grad Amelia Lester, a former New Yorker fact checker, ascends to managing editor of The New Yorker.
Deep Journalism Lives: The NYT Mag devotes 13,000 words and $400,000 to Sheri Fink's 4th anniversary examination of New Orleans’s Memorial Medical Center's performance during Hurricane Katrina distress. I heard Fink's compassionate interview on NPR; I hope to read the story.
Gawker posts this still-employed print writer's lament.
Around the Internet:
Time lists the top 50 websites. Nothing new on the movie sites, from Netflix to YouTube and Hulu.
Ten keys for leading creative people from Tony Morgan. How many of your bosses do these things?
This cool app shows you who the Internet thinks you are. (Unless you have a v. common name like Anne Thompson.)