Posts Tagged ‘phone’

Amazon Chops Price of Fire Phone to 99 Cents Ahead of iPhone Launch

September 8, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

After poor reviews and lackluster sales, Amazon is essentially giving away its recently launched Fire Phone for free to customers who commit to a two-year service contract — a move coming 24 hours before Apple is expected to bow next-generation iPhone models. The ecommerce giant in June launched the Fire Phone, touting whiz-bang features including a 3D-like display... Read more

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Jim Parsons Hits the Stratosphere

September 1, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Honestly, if this keeps up, they’re just going to have to rename the Emmy Award for Lead Actor in a Comedy the Jim Parsons Award. Last week, the 41-year-old won the prize for a fourth time for his role as Sheldon Cooper, main character on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory . It was a busy August for Parsons. Two weeks earlier, he and his cast mates Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting signed a three-year deal with the show for $1 million per episode each, and more than one observer suggested CBS should be happy to pay so little. (Big Bang returns for Season 8 on Sept. 22.) Jim Parsons was photographed Aug. 27 by Randall Slavin on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles. Parsons in particular is worth it. The sitcom is the most-watched show on broadcast, averaging a 6.2 rating in the dollar demo (the next-most popular show gets a 4.4). It’s also an incredibly valuable rerun, bringing in $2 million per episode for studio Warner Bros. Domestic TV. In many ways, it’s the swan song of the multicamera, laugh-track comedy era, with Parsons’ Sheldon at its center. Parsons, an accomplished stage actor, took time between seasons to play Tommy Boatwright in a revival of Larry Kramer’s groundbreaking autobiographical play about the AIDS crisis, The Normal Heart, in 2011, and then again in 2013 to reprise the role for Ryan Murphy’s adaptation for HBO . Over the phone, Parsons is warm and deferential, discussing his career successes the way you’d talk about finding a $50 bill on the ground. But it’s clear after a moment or two of conversation that he’s also a guy who takes nothing for granted. Adweek: You started your career on the stage, and you’ve come back to New York to work in The Normal Heart on Broadway in between seasons. Do you miss that part of your career? Parsons: Yes, without a doubt

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Jenny Slate’s Bedtime Routine Includes a Little Weed

July 30, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Jenny Slate Age 32 Accomplishments Star of Obvious Child (in theaters now); co-star of FX series Married (Thursdays at 10 p.m.); guest star on Kroll Show , Parks and Recreation, House of Lies and Bob’s Burgers Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Oftentimes I grab my phone by my bed and read my email, but sometimes I’ll go into the kitchen and I turn on KPCC in L.A. and listen to NPR’s Morning Edition. What are your go-to social media platforms? Twitter . I have an Instagram account, but I don’t use it that often. My Facebook is defunct; I haven’t used it in years. Who do you follow on Twitter? Gabe Liedman, Max Silvestri, Dean Fleischer-Camp (my husband), Chelsea Peretti, Noah Garfinkel and then, you know, like, Cher. How do you get your news? I get my news from NPR. I have it on in the car all day. We don’t have cable TV because I’m in a constant argument with my husband over whether we should have it. I want it, and he doesn’t

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‘Better Call Saul’ Billboard in Albuquerque Really Turns Back the Clock

July 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Breaking Bad fans, this time you'd better call James! Those dying for a taste of AMC's Breaking Bad spinoff series, Better Call Saul, got a nice little present this week, as this billboard popped up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The sign is actually a prop being used in the filming of the prequel series, set to debut next year. It seems Saul Goodman, in the days before he met meth king Walter White, went by the name of James M. McGill, attorney at law. The exclamatory "Better Call Saul!" billboards seen in episodes of Breaking Bad showed Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk, pointing at the viewer, Uncle Sam-style, against a hot orange/yellow background. On the deep-blue McGill board, the actor rocks a bad toupee and gangster-style pinstripe suit

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Chris Colfer Doesn’t Want to Know What the Internet Thinks of Him

July 17, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Chris Colfer Age 24 Accomplishments Star of Fox’s Glee; screenwriter; author of The Land of Stories book series (his latest, A Grimm Warning, was just released) Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I immediately turn to my cellphone and look to make sure that nothing awful has happened while I’ve been asleep [laughs]. If I’m lucky and I don’t find anything on my phone, I might sleep a little longer. Where do you get your news? I’m on the CNN app on my phone a lot. My fans keep me very much in the loop on anything regarding me, which I tend to try to not look at too much because that can get a little cuckoo. So you don’t have a Google alert set for your name

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News of the World Editor Sentenced to 18 Months in Phone Hacking Trial

July 4, 2014  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson has been sentenced to 18 months in jail after he was found guilty of plotting to hack phones. Last week the senior editor in Rupert Murdoch’s British news empire was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to intercept communications. Four former colleagues were also sentenced after... Read more

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Which TV Comedienne Is Looking for Love on Tinder?

June 24, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Whitney Cummings Age 31 Accomplishments Comedian and actress (her Comedy Central stand-up special, Whitney Cummings: I Love You , premieres June 28 at 11 p.m./10 c); co-creator of the CBS sitcom 2 Broke Girls Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? Digg and Huffington Post tend to be my first news sites. If I have some time, I’ll go to Salon and Slate, and then I’ll begrudgingly go to Deadline. If I’m going to be honest, I go straight to Gilt. It’s perfect; I’m groggy, I haven’t had my coffee yet, so I buy things I don’t need. What are your go-to social media platforms? I’m on Instagram , Twitter, and that’s really it. I didn’t get into Vine, and I’m not on Facebook. I did join Tinder, though. Please let everyone know that I’m available and on Tinder! Have you been on any Tinder dates? Not yet. I first joined because I went to a wedding and everyone was on it, and as a comedian, it’s my job to know how people are dating. Eventually I stopped hearing people say, “I went on a Tinder date” as a joke, and started hearing, “I met my fianc

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Whoopi Goldberg Has Limits on Where She Takes Her Smartphone Calls

April 4, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Whoopi Goldberg Age 58 Accomplishments Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony award-winning actress; co-host of ABC’s The View; star of the Lifetime original movie A Day Late and a Dollar Short (premieres Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.) Base New York What’s the first information you consume in the morning? The first information I consume in the morning is, “Who do I need to respond to?” and then the news. I turn everything off at 7 o’clock [p.m.], so I don’t answer any emails until the morning. People get really insane with the emails—if you really need me, call me, but don’t email me 50 times and then expect that I’m going to respond instantaneously. I don’t take my gadgets into the bathroom with me! You know how many people do that? And you’re talking to them and then you hear a flush in the background and it’s like, “Wow! I don’t think I needed to know that!” How do you get your news briefings for The View? We all bring stuff that we found or thought of, and [the producers] also give us a packet. The five of us sit together and whittle it down. We don’t talk about everything to death in the makeup room, but everybody has their point of view. And then we start taping, and it’s all ad-lib, baby! You’re on Twitter—what are your other go-to social media platforms?

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A Candid Conversation With 5 Women Leaders of Advertising and Media

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Two years ago, Anne-Marie Slaughter wrote a provocative essay in The Atlantic called “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” The piece, which sparked a national debate about the impossibilities of work-life balance, stressed that unless a profound change in mind-set occurred at the highest levels of business and government, professional women are basically screwed. The stats bear it out. Women account for just 5 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs, while 3 percent of executive creative directors at ad agencies are female. It’s a pretty sad state of affairs. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg stormed the zeitgeist with her rallying cry to “ lean in ,” producing a book on how to succeed in a high-powered job as well as a movement. While this drive is nothing new—think Gloria Steinem, Camille Paglia and Helen Gurley Brown—the hope is that as more women in positions of power speak out and create change, the door will swing open and a new generation of leaders will take their rightful seat at the table. Women in media, advertising and technology understand well the challenge of reaching the upper ranks of power

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Kourtney Kardashian Loves Instagram for Fashion Inspiration

March 31, 2014  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Kourtney Kardashian Age 34 Accomplishments Star of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians (Sundays at 9 p.m.); co-designer of The Kardashian Kollection at Sears and Kardashian Kids at Babies”R”Us Base Los Angeles What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I usually look at my phone and just kind of check my emails and text messages first to see if anything’s been happening overnight. And then I go to my Instagram . Do you get all the Google Alerts for yourself and your family? I used to. I actually just cancelled them because I’m trying to simplify my life. My sisters were so surprised that it took me this long to finally cancel them. It felt so good. What are your go-to social media platforms? I do Twitter and Instagram, but that’s probably it. I follow all my friends, but I feel bad because sometimes when I’m at a friend’s birthday breakfast or something and I Instagram a picture and I tag them, they get so many follower requests. They have to make their accounts public or go back and change their name. But I also think that Instagram is a great tool for inspiration—I follow different fashion and interior decor and design accounts. And the fan accounts are fun, too; they get photos of us from so long ago. I’m like, “How did you get these from our childhood?” Do you have to be selective about what you share on social media in order to maintain some element of surprise for the show? I don’t really think of it in that way. We kind of just share whatever we’re feeling. But I do notice that, most of the time, when you’re having the most fun, you’re too busy to take a photo. How do you get your news? I don’t [laughs].

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