Bill Doskoch: Media, BPS*, Film, Minutiae

Curated knowlege, trenchant insights & witty bon mots

Yo, T.O. film buffs

Passes and coupon books went on sale today for the Toronto International Film Festival. Don't screw around: They sold out extremely quickly last year. Because Visa is a big-bucks sponsor, you need a Visa card to buy online. And if you were wondering, no: You can't use mine. :)

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Mon, July 18 2005 » Film, Main Page, Minutiae » Comments Off

Dammit!

Ontario's provincial government has largely rejected the notion of selling beer and wine in grocery stores — and apparently, the notion of letting corner stores do it was just a fantasy among those of  us who think Quebec is our most civilized province. :)

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Mon, July 18 2005 » Main Page, Minutiae » 8 Comments

Press conferences of the stars

The Globe's Simon Houpt on the Hollywood trend of mini-press conferences (with select journalists) to promote films. Some excerpts: George W. Bush isn't the only one refusing to answer pointed questions from journalists these days. Hollywood actors seem to be taking their cues from the White House communications department, wrapping themselves in ever-increasing layers of protection. […]

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'When Writing an Irate Letter to the Editor Is Just Not Enough'

A prominent conservative political pollster wants to give an economic kick in the nuts to a New York-based Jewish newspaper he has a grievance with. An excerpt: Convention dictates that when newspaper readers question the accuracy of an article, they ask for a correction or write a letter to the editor. But when the conservative pollster […]

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‘Follow the uranium’

The NYT’s Frank Rich explains his own sage advice.

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Mon, July 18 2005 » * Big Picture Stuff, Main Page » Comments Off

Time journalist slags Time's top editor's decision to hand over information

Matthew Cooper says the decision of Time editor-in-chief Norman Pearlstein to hand over his notes and e-mails to a grand jury could come back and bite the news organization on the bum at some future point. An excerpt from the CNN story: “That's possible, as a fallout from this decision,” Time reporter Matthew Cooper told […]

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L'affaire Rove in a relative nutshell

If you're looking for one-stop shopping about Karl Rove and the Plame/Wilson case, this Toronto Star piece by Tim Harper will nicely meet your needs. Some excerpts: The Rove-CIA leak tempest could represent a tipping point in public perception of the second term Bush presidency, could blow away on a summer breeze or could end […]

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