An online petition is seeking signatures from people who do not want to see the Los Angeles Times fall into the hands of right-wing lunatics. That might not be the exact language of the CourageCampaign.org pitch, but it's pretty dang close as chatter has emerged the Koch Brothers of oil money and el ... More >>
BY ERIK THOMPSON
The 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many people were wishing they had just the record h ... More >>
UPDATE, JUNE 16, 9:22 A.M.: Now that merger talks with MediaNews have broken down, Irvine-based owner of the Orange County Register Freedom Communications has revived negotiations with that other Southern California newspaper publisher.No, not the Los Angeles investment company that bought ... More >>
A newspaper journalist-turned-Silicon Valley media mogul sets up the dominoes which, once tipped over, could lead "a single entity" to "publish all the dailies from the Tehachapi Mountains at the north end of metro L.A. to the Mexican border."At the middle of it all is the pending sale of the Ora ... More >>
Like vultures hovering over roadkill, media companies and private-equity firms are expected to pick at what remains of Irvine's Freedom Communications--parent company of The Orange County Register of Santa Ana--at auction Thursday.Among those likely placing bids will be Chicago-based Tribune, whi ... More >>
Professor Ronald Rotunda of Orange's Chapman University School of Law scored some publicity at the confirmation hearings for Elena Kagan when he showed up while wearing a natty bow tie and jacket. He may seem to be of another era, but he's definitely plugged into new technologies--so mu ... More >>
Couldn't outsmart Hermosa despite our costume.Face it, Orange County: You can't fool all of the people all of the time. At least not people in Hermosa Beach, where resident/activist Geoff Hirsch yesterday revealed a once top secret Orange County nefarious plot to takeover his city' ... More >>
When Clockwork was but a wee wind-up at a local daily, we used to bemoan a certain tactic the Los Angeles "By God" Times employed when we beat them. The Times would sit on the story a couple weeks and then publish their own version without acknowledging who originally broke the news--as if the pr ... More >>
Christopher Victorio / OC WeeklyThere was barely room for sombreros at Coachella.About 225,000 people attended the Coachella Arts & Music Festival over the course of its three days last month, Billboard reports. That represented a huge jump from the festival's previous record of 186,636 atend ... More >>
Knockout for Laguna BeachIn a profile published today, the Chicago Tribune reports that Laila Ali--the second youngest daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali's nine children--loves Orange County's premier oceanfront community, Laguna Beach."I live in Los Angeles, and one of my favorite getaways i ... More >>
You can understand ABC Family, Radio Disney and the Christian Science Monitor lopping off the second half of the title to Kevin Smith's new dramatic comedy or comedic drama Zack and Miri Make a Porno. It doesn't make it any more right, but you can understand it.
But for it to be done by Comedy Cent ... More >>
As merger mania sweeps through the ownership suites of the L.A. Times and Orange County Register, some may find it odd that the fierce competitors:
1) are even considering joining forces, and
B) would even be allowed to merge
After all, it was not that long ago that those U.S. Department of Just ... More >>
Sad news about a really good guy, Tony Dodero: the former editor-in-chief of the Newport Beach/Costa Mesa Daily Pilot is being let go as the director of news and online for L.A. Times Community News publications, which include the Pilot, Huntington Beach Independent and Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot ... More >>
The Los Angeles Times today on its editorial page gave Tribune Co. Grandmaster and indelicate asshole Sam Zell the finger when it criticized Prop. 98 and asked readers for a big No vote.
The Times sent out a press release mentioning how they weren't going to bend to the pressure. While noble, it r ... More >>
The Weekly has received reports and the Chicago Tribune has confirmed that Avalon Bar owner Mike Conley was found dead early Thursday in a hotel parking lot in Leyden Township, Illinois.
From the Tribune: Michael Conley, of Costa Mesa, Calif., was found unresponsive at 5:40 a.m. by a person stayi ... More >>
Joseph Pulitzer, famed newspaper magnate and founder of the Pulitzer Prize once said, "Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together." Sam Zell, billionaire and CEO of the Los Angeles Times parent Tribune Co. once said, "Everyone likes pussy. It’s un-American not to like pussy."
With such ... More >>
Today came the announcement of two major developments in the world of Southland journalism. One announcement is superbad and the other superfresh awesome. So which do you want first? Well, the good's so good, you'll probably forget the bad so long as you hear the good last, so here's the bad. Deep b ... More >>
Sniff, Sniff, ohh America, you smell like lilacs and tenderness.
Billionaire private equity mogul and, since last year, chairman and chief executive of Los Angeles Times parent company Tribune Co. is an unabashed patriot.
He loves America, mmm hmm, yes he does. He wants to stick his face right ... More >>
According to the Los Angeles Times, the Santa Ana Performing Arts and Event Center building may soon leave behind the things of this world, and take on the fight against the evil alien power from beyond the stars that's keeping you from fulfilling your potential and living like Tom Cruise. In other ... More >>
When it comes to the Bush administration, it's not so much that rules are made to be broken, it's that rules are made so laws can be broken. The administration issues rules on "interrogations" of "detainees" that violate international law and various treaty obligations. And rules on wiretapping that ... More >>