WBEZ | Joss Whedon http://www.wbez.org/tags/joss-whedon Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en TV writers, showrunners are the new Spielbergs http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/tv-writers-showrunners-are-new-spielbergs-108399 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Getty%20Images.jpg" style="width: 620px; height: 349px;" title="Jenji Kohan, co-creator/writer/producer of the hit Netflix series 'Orange is the New Black.' (File: Getty Images)" /></p><div>Steven Spielberg may be best known for directing Oscar-winning films such as &quot;Saving Private Ryan&quot; and &quot;Schindler&#39;s List,&quot; but he actually got his start in television&mdash;helming the pilot for a show called &quot;Night Gallery&quot; in 1969, when he was just 23 years old. The star of that show, Hollywood legend Joan Crawford, tried to get Spielberg&nbsp;<a href="http://variety.com/2013/biz/news/cover-story-steven-spielberg-tackling-tv-on-his-own-terms-1200498890/" target="_blank">fired</a>. She did not succeed.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Of course, Spielberg went on to an illustrious career in film, but never forgot his television roots. Under the TV division of DreamWorks (now Amblin TV), Spielberg produced the mini-series &quot;Band of Brothers&quot; and several other shows, including Showtime&#39;s &quot;The United States of Tara&quot; and the current&nbsp;CBS thriller&nbsp;&quot;Under the Dome<em>.&quot;&nbsp;</em>Another new series, the sci-fi space drama &quot;<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/cbs-orders-steven-spielberg-drama-601934" target="_blank">Extant</a>,&quot; will premiere on CBS in the summer of 2014.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But in this day and age, I wonder &mdash; would a 23-year-old Spielberg, full of promise, imagination and exciting new ideas&mdash; simply decide to stick with TV? Sure, innovation on the small screen is not a recent phenomenon (see Norman Lear&#39;s<em> &quot;</em>All in the Family&quot; and Susan Harris&#39; &quot;The Golden Girls&quot;), but with television becoming more high concept and high quality than ever, 2013 is a great time to be running your own show.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The following list is a sampling of the best TV writers and showrunners in the business today. While a few have acheived success outside the realm of television &mdash;&nbsp;&nbsp;like Fey&#39;s &quot;Mean Girls&quot; and Whedon&#39;s The Avengers&quot; &mdash; all have succeeded in bringing unique, compelling and often gorgeously cinematic stories right into our living rooms.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><strong>Vince Gilligan</strong></p><p>Gilligan is the creator and executive producer of the critically acclaimed AMC drama series&nbsp;&quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;&nbsp;He has also written and directed many episodes over the show&#39;s past eight seasons, receiving Emmy nominations for his direction of the pilot and the 2012 episode &quot;Face/Off.&quot; However, Gilligan got his first big break writing the screenplay for the Drew Barrymore film &quot;Home Fries&quot; while still a student at NYU,&nbsp;then by joining&nbsp;&quot;The X Files&quot;&nbsp;as a writer and later executive producer from 1995-2002.</p><p><strong>Jenji Kohan</strong></p><p>Before co-creating, writing and producing the hit Netflix series &quot;Orange is the New Black,&quot; Kohan was best known for creating the Showtime series&nbsp;&quot;Weeds,&quot; which ran from 2005-2012. Before that, Kohan honed her writing skills on shows like&nbsp;&quot;The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,&quot; &quot;Mad About You&quot;&nbsp;and&nbsp;&quot;Sex and the City.&quot; She also produced several episodes of &quot;Gilmore Girls&quot;&nbsp;and won an Emmy as supervising producer of the Tracey Ullman sketch comedy series&nbsp;&quot;Tracey Takes On...&quot;</p><p><strong>Tina Fey</strong></p><p>Fey has the distinct honor of being the first female head writer at&nbsp;Saturday Night Live,&nbsp;which segued nicely into her role as creator/writer/producer/star of the NBC comedy<em>&nbsp;&quot;</em>30 Rock.&quot; Now, Fey is gearing up for <a href="http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2013/08/tina-fey-just-sold-a-new-show.html" target="_blank">another show</a>&nbsp;that she recently sold to NBC &mdash; a yet-untitled comedy she will be executive producing with Robert Carlock, who also&nbsp;co-produced&nbsp;&quot;30 Rock.&quot; A highly-anticipated &quot;Mean Girls&quot;<a href="http://www.glamour.com/entertainment/blogs/obsessed/2013/01/mean-girls-musical.html">musical</a> is also in the works.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>David Simon</strong></p><p>As a former beat reporter in Baltimore, Simon&#39;s insider knowledge of city politics and corruption made his HBO drama series&nbsp;&quot;The Wire&quot;&nbsp;one of the best shows on television. Simon served as executive producer and head writer of &quot;The Wire&quot; for all five seasons. After the show&#39;s cancellation in 2008, Simon adapted the non-fiction book &quot;Generation Kill&quot; into an HBO mini-series. He also co-created the current HBO series&nbsp;&quot;Treme&quot;&nbsp;with Eric Overmyer,&nbsp;which will begin its fourth and final season in December.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Joss Whedon</strong></p><p>Whedon began his career as a<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joss_Whedon" target="_blank"> television wunderkind</a> by writing for shows like &quot;Roseanne&quot; and &quot;Parenthood,&quot; then swiftly transitioned into making his own. He is the creator of the iconic cult series&nbsp;&quot;Buffy the Vampire Slayer,&quot; &quot;Angel,&quot; &quot;Firefly&quot; and&nbsp;&quot;Dollhouse,&quot; all of which have earned him a devoted fan following of &quot;Whedonites.&quot; Whedon is also the&nbsp;co-writer of the first &quot;Toy Story&quot; film, writer/director&nbsp;of&nbsp;&quot;Serenity&quot; (a cinematic continuation of his short-lived TV series&nbsp;&quot;Firefly&quot;), co-writer and producer of the 2012 horror film&nbsp;&quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;&nbsp;and writer/director of the third-highest grossing film of all time, 2013&#39;s &quot;The Avengers.&quot; His new Marvel TV show, &quot;<a href="http://www.superherohype.com/news/articles/172437-joss-whedons-shield-comes-to-abc" target="_blank">Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D</a>,&quot; is set to premiere on ABC in September. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Mindy Kaling</strong></p><p>When Kaling first began as writing for the NBC&#39;s &quot;The&nbsp;Office&quot;&nbsp;at age 24, she was the only woman on a staff of eight. Eventually she stepped into the onscreen role of Kelly Kapoor, while continuing to write and direct episodes until the comedy series&#39; end in 2013. Now, Kaling serves as the co-writer, producer and star of her own show, &quot;The Mindy Project,&quot;&nbsp;which will return for a second season this fall. The popular Fox sitcom, which won the 2012&#39;s Critic&#39;s Choice Award for Most Exciting New Series, also makes Kaling the first South Asian-American woman to be the headliner of her own network television show.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Larry David</strong></p><p>David is best known as the head writer and executive producer of&nbsp;&quot;Seinfeld&quot;&nbsp;from 1989 to 1998, and as the co-creator alongside Jerry Seinfeld. But in 2000, David stepped out on his own with the HBO series &quot;Curb Your Enthusiam,&quot; a mostly-improvised comedy in which David played a fictionalized version of himself. The show lasted eight seasons, and won David the Golden Globe for Best Television Series &mdash; Musical or Comedy in 2003.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Amy Sherman Palladino</strong></p><p>After starting out as a staff writer for shows like &quot;Roseanne&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Veronica&#39;s Closet,&quot;&nbsp;Palladino created the beloved mother-daughter dramedy<em>&nbsp;&quot;</em>Gilmore Girls,&quot;&nbsp;which ran on&nbsp;The WB&nbsp;and later The CW<font color="#c2c2c2" size="1">.</font>&nbsp;from 2000-2007. She also created the delightful ABC Family series &quot;Bunheads<em>,&quot;&nbsp;</em>which was cancelled after only one season in 2013. What&#39;s next? Hopefully, more of Palladino&#39;s trademark snappy dialogue and master-shot filming style in a new arena.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Louis C.K.</strong></p><p>C.K. began his television career as a standup comic and comedy writer for late-night talk shows, but in 2009, he made a rather unorthodox deal to bring his semi-autobiographical comedy series &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;to television.&nbsp;He accepted the modest offer of $200,000 to a pilot with FX over prospective production deals with larger networks, because the FX execs allowed him full executive control of the show. &quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;is shot on a red camera setup, and C.K. edits many of the episodes on his personal laptop. In addition to starring, C.K. has served as the series&#39; sole writer and director for going on four seasons.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Shonda Rhimes</strong></p><p>Rhimes has come a long way since writing the screenplays for &quot;The Princess Diaries 2&quot; and the Britney Spears vehicle &quot;Crossroads.&quot; Now, Rhimes serves as the creator, head writer and executive producer of three ABC television series: the long-running medical drama &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot;&nbsp;(now gearing up for its 10th season), the &quot;Grey&#39;s Anatomy&quot; spinoff &quot;Private Practice&quot;&nbsp;(which ran from 2007 to 2013)&nbsp;and the current smash hit&nbsp;&quot;Scandal.&quot;&nbsp;On the horizon: a new ABC series in development called <a href="http://jezebel.com/new-shonda-rhimes-show-revolves-around-trucker-turned-l-883521160" target="_blank">Lawless</a>, revolving around&nbsp;the true story of a&nbsp;female truck driver-turned-lawyer.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lena Dunham</strong></p><p>At just 25, Dunham created the HBO juggernaut &quot;Girls.&quot; She also plays the lead role of Hannah Horvath, in addition to serving as the series&#39; head writer, co-executive producer and sometimes director for two wildly successful seasons (the third season of &quot;Girls&quot; is currently shooting in New York City). And although Dunham&#39;s first big break came as the auteur of the 2010 indie film &quot;Tiny Furniture,&quot; she has firmly cemented herself as a TV sensation, earning two Golden Globes and a showering of critical praise for &quot;Girls&quot;&nbsp;as the millennial answer to &quot;Sex and the City.&quot;</p><p><strong>Aaron Sorkin</strong></p><p>Sorkin may not be the most recognizable face to the average viewer, but his reputation as an Emmy Award-winning writer and TV series creator is well-renowned. His list of television credits includes&nbsp;&quot;Sports Night,&quot; &quot;The West Wing&quot;&nbsp;and&nbsp;&quot;Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,&quot; in addition to his current lightning-rod HBO drama,&nbsp;&quot;The Newsroom.&quot; Sorkin is also a celebrated screenwriter (&quot;The American President,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;A Few Good Men&quot;)&nbsp;and in 2011, his electrifying script for David Fincher&#39;s &quot;The Social Network&quot; earned him an Oscar&nbsp;for Best Adapted Screenplay. &nbsp;</p><p>Who are your favorite TV writers and showrunners?&nbsp;</p><p><em>Leah Pickett is a pop culture writer for WBEZ and co-host of <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-changing-channels/id669715774?mt=2">Changing Channels,</a> a podcast about the future of television. Follow Leah on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">Twitter</a> and<a href="http://hermionehall.tumblr.com" target="_blank"> Tumblr</a>.</em></p></p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-08/tv-writers-showrunners-are-new-spielbergs-108399 Afternoon Shift: Bloomingdale Trail's new identity, Kanye's new album, and screenwriter Joss Whedon http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-06-20/afternoon-shift-bloomingdale-trails-new-identity-kanyes-new <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/bloomingdale_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Bloomingdale Trail is being revamped into a public walkway called &#39;The 606.&#39; Jim DeRogatis reviews Kanye West&#39;s new album Yeezus. Screenwriter Joss Whedon&#39;s film adaptation of Shakespeare&#39;s &#39;Much Ado About Nothing&#39; opens Friday. WBEZ&#39;s education reporters look at the school year in review.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-the-bloomingdale-trail-s-new-ident.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-the-bloomingdale-trail-s-new-ident" target="_blank">View the story "Afternoon Shift: Bloomingdale Trail's new identity, Kanye's new album, and screenwriter Joss Whedon" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 13:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2013-06-20/afternoon-shift-bloomingdale-trails-new-identity-kanyes-new Kickstarter: the good, the bad and the downright infuriating http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/kickstarter-good-bad-and-downright-infuriating-106132 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Kickstarter%21.jpg" title="By Friday afternoon, the 'Veronica Mars' Kickstarter had already raised $3.3 million. As of this morning, the total amount of money raised for this project is over $3.6 million and counting. (ScreenRant)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The Internet rejoiced last week when the &quot;<a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/559914737/the-veronica-mars-movie-project" target="_blank">The Veronica Mars Movie Project</a>,&quot; helmed by the <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0412253/?ref_=sr_1" target="_blank">original series</a>&nbsp;creator Rob Thomas and enthusiastically supported&nbsp;by star <a href="http://hollywoodcrush.mtv.com/2013/03/15/kristen-bell-veronica-mars/" target="_blank">Kristen Bell</a>, broke a slew of records for the fundraising site <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics?ref=nav" target="_blank">Kickstarter</a>. After just 12 hours in existence, the project became the fastest Kickstarter to reach both $1 million and $2 million, as well as the highest goal to be met in the site&#39;s five year history.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Fans of the <em>Veronica Mars</em> TV show (a snappy <a href="http://joaodemancelos.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/detectiveswithpimples.pdf" target="_blank">teen detective noir</a> that premiered on UPN in 2004&nbsp;and became an instant&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veronica_mars" target="_blank">cult classic</a>&nbsp;even before its cancellation in 2007) petitioned Warner Bros for years to produce a film adaptation, but the studio wouldn&#39;t budge. Will those same big shot studio heads change their minds now that the undeniable power of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowd_funding" target="_blank">crowdfunding</a> as come into play? At the moment, all signs point to <a href="http://entertainment.time.com/2013/03/13/why-the-world-needs-a-kickstarter-veronica-mars-movie/" target="_blank">yes</a>.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">While the general reaction to&nbsp;<em>Veronica Mars&nbsp;</em>&quot;winning Kickstarter&quot;&nbsp;has been <a href="http://www.wired.com/underwire/2013/03/veronica-mars-kickstarter-record/" target="_blank">positive</a>, naysayers have been quick to point out that the site&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/03/15/veronica_mars_movie_project_kickstarter_campaign_did_it_ruin_crowd_funding.html" target="_blank">inevitable downslide</a>&nbsp;(a.k.a. studio takeover) is getting a big push from this project.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Does an established show runner, backed by one of the most lucrative film studios in the country,&nbsp;really&nbsp;need donations from strangers to raise $2 million? Clearly, Thomas was trying to make a point about fans supporting the idea (see, just because the show got <a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/03/15/the-veronica-mars-kickstarter-smash-5-burning-questions.html" target="_blank">cancelled</a> due to low ratings doesn&#39;t mean that my loyal fan base won&#39;t show up in theaters!) However, those who equate watching the numbers rise on the <em>Mars</em>&nbsp;Kickstarter to &quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/311941320702820353" target="_blank">the world changing</a>&quot; should take a step back and reevaluate themselves (I saw that tweet, <a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/culture/2012/10/amanda-palmers-kickstarter-scandal.html" target="_blank">Amanda Palmer</a>).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/photo-full.jpg" style="height: 240px; width: 320px; float: left; " title="Just three weeks into Kickstarter's existence, Allison Weiss blew past her $2000 goal in two days, ending with a total of $7,711. Her project instantly became the model for other aspiring musicians to follow. (Kickstarter.com)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Suddenly, the conversation has shifted from &quot;Kickstarter is changing the way movies are made&quot; to &quot;Kickstarter is ruining art for the <em>real </em>artists!&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Take for example, the hubbub over this&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5990801/guy-raises-7000-on-kickstarter-to-fund-insufferable-bonding-trip-with-each-of-his-facebook-friends" target="_blank">documentary project</a> that Gawker posted under the headline &quot;Guy Raises $7,000 on Kickstarter to Fund Insufferable Bonding Trip With Each of His Facebook Friends.&quot; Yep, Connecticut photographer Ty Morin wants you to give him money so that he can travel all over the country and take pictures of his friends. His video looks nice, but <em>seriously</em>? I believe in supporting the arts (I have a &quot;<a href="http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/most-useless-college-majors/" target="_blank">worthless</a>&quot; film degree, after all), but in this situation, my money would go to charity that actually needs it over some random dude asking for a paid vacation.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Unfortunately, Kickstarter is filled with projects that ask for large sums of money but offer very little in return. The site has dealt with quite a few <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickstarter" target="_blank">scams</a> over the years, including a man selling $15 watches for $100, disguising them as high-end pieces and raising over $9,000 before the plug was pulled (the project is currently suspended and pending an <a href="http://agbeat.com/finance/kickstarter-pledge-fatigue-scams-and-stalled-projects/" target="_blank">internal investigation</a>).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Legal issues aside, one could also argue that a documentarian who promises a good film about kayaking and proceeds to make something really boring has essentially scammed the benefactors into financing his kayaking trip. Perhaps patrons should be willing to shoulder at least some of the blame for how they&#39;ve chosen to give their money away, but nobody likes to feel like they&#39;ve been tricked into supporting an artistic endeavor that, in the end,&nbsp;doesn&#39;t ring true. &nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Firefly-tv-ff28.jpg" style="height: 398px; width: 320px; float: right; " title="Will Joss Whedon's 'Firefly' be the next prematurely cancelled TV series to get a lift from Kickstarter? (StarPulse)" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">So, has <em>The Veronica Mars Movie Project&nbsp;</em>effectively shaken off the &quot;<a href="http://colinmccomb.com/?p=151" target="_blank">Kickstarter fatigue</a>&quot; of dashed dreams and broken promises? Looks like it. If the film does get made as a result of this campaign, then Kickstarter will become a mecca for other fan-favorite shows (<em>Gilmore Girls, Freaks and Geeks, My So-Called Life</em>, etc.)&nbsp;to get the cinematic treatment as well.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Buzzfeed.com already approached legendary show runner&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joss_Whedon" target="_blank">Joss Whedon </a>to ask if he&#39;s planning a Kickstarter campaign for <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)" target="_blank"><em>Firefly</em></a>, the sci-fi television drama that garnered a huge cult following despite getting cancelled in 2002 after only eleven episodes.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Whedon was a big fan of <em>Veronica Mars</em> when the show was on the air, and continues to <a href="http://screenrant.com/joss-whedon-firefly-serenity-2-veronica-mars-kickstarter/" target="_blank">support</a> Thomas in his new endeavor: &quot;I thought it was an awesome and ballsy move...It feels like a real game-changer. Like, not since <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_ck" target="_blank">Louis C.K.</a> [selling his comedy directly online.]&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Still, audiences clamoring for more&nbsp;<em>Firefly</em><em>&nbsp;</em>will have to wait a little longer, as Whedon still has a full lineup scheduled under contract with Marvel. Also, Kickstarter <a href="http://screenrant.com/joss-whedon-firefly-serenity-2-veronica-mars-kickstarter/" target="_blank">might not be his thing</a>:</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&quot;Couple years from now, when Nathan [Fillon]&#39;s no longer on <em>Castle&nbsp;</em>and I&#39;m no longer the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe and making a giant movie, we might look and see where the market is then,&quot; Whedon said. &quot;But right now, it&#39;s a complete non-Kickstarter for me.&quot;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><em>What are your thoughts on the Kickstarter phenomenon? Leave a comment below, let me know via Twitter&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/leahkpickett" target="_blank">@leahkpickett</a>&nbsp;or join the conversation on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/leahkristinepickett" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp;</em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-03/kickstarter-good-bad-and-downright-infuriating-106132 Burger King twit-hacked; Wendy's: 'We have an alibi' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/burger-king-twit-hacked-wendys-we-have-alibi-105596 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-19%20at%2012.17.55%20AM.png" style="float: right; height: 56px; width: 294px; border-width: 3px; border-style: solid; margin-left: 6px; margin-right: 6px;" title="" /><strong>WENDY&#39;S: &#39;WE HAVE AN ALIBI.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>That was&nbsp;<a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/02/18/burger-kings-twitter-account-hacked/" target="_blank">just one rival&#39;s response</a>&nbsp;to the hacking of Burger King&#39;s Twitter account, beginning with a fake tweet that read&nbsp;&quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-burger-king-twitter-hack-0219-20130218,0,477071.story" target="_blank">We just got sold to McDonalds!</a>&quot;<br />* Bogus tweets deleted by day&#39;s end, followed by &quot;<a href="https://twitter.com/BurgerKing/status/303700327037816832" target="_blank">Interesting day here at BURGER KING ...</a>&quot;<br />* No prank:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-officemax-office-depot-said-to-be-close-to-merger-20130218,0,7359927.story" target="_blank">OfficeMax, Office Depot could merge</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;I&#39;VE HEARD ALL KINDS OF CRITICS SAYING THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS IS WHINING ABOUT A GOLF GAME AND VIOLATING THE PRESIDENT&#39;S PRIVACY.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>But the president of the White House Correspondents Association says &quot;nothing could be further from the truth&quot; in the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/ed-henry-this-isnt-about-a-golf-game-157258.html" target="_blank">complaints over reporters&#39; lack of access to the president during his golf outing with Tiger Woods</a>.<br />* Indication the president&nbsp;<a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/18/17004589-obamas-secret-round-with-tiger-woods-prompts-press-complaint?lite" target="_blank">just doesn&#39;t care so much about his image</a>&nbsp;in this second term?<br />* Big tobacco and anti-cancer activists agree:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/02/18/big-tobacco-and-anti-cancer-activists-agree-health-provision-goes-too-far/" target="_blank">One part of Obama&#39;s Affordable Health Care Act is not a good idea</a>.</p><p><img alt="Marco Rubio's rebuttal speech" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Screen%20shot%202013-02-13%20at%205.56.47%20AM.png" style="height: 202px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Marco Rubio's fateful sip of water" /><strong>BOTTLED LIGHTNING.&nbsp;</strong>Sen. Marco Rubio&#39;s capitalizing bigtime on <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/02/marco-rubio-state-union-response-drink-gifs/62084/"><strong>that awkward water break</strong></a> during his State of the Union response last week. <em>Slate</em> reports <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/18/marco_rubio_water_bottles_reclaim_america_pac_raises_100_000.html?wpisrc=newsletter_jcr:content" target="_blank">his political action committee has raised $100,000</a> by selling Rubio-branded water bottles.<br />* Hillary Clinton now available to speak at your next birthday party or bar mitzvah -- for &quot;<a href="http://www.politico.com/playbook/0213/playbook10052.html?hp=l6" target="_blank">fees well into the six figures</a>.&quot;<br />* <em>Chicago</em> magazine&#39;s Carol Felsenthal: Late jockeying could tilt race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/Felsenthal-Files/February-2013/Could-Alderman-Beale-Be-the-Last-Man-Standing-in-the-2nd-District-Race/" target="_blank">toward Ald. Anthony Beale</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18316806-761/halvorson-blasts-nyc-mayor-bloomberg-says-hes-trying-to-buy-this-district.html" target="_blank">Halvorsen accuses NYC Mayor Bloomberg</a> of trying to buy race.</p><p><strong>SURE, NOW.</strong> NASA and other organizations are <a href="http://www.rappler.com/science-nature/22083-nasa-scrambles-for-better-asteroid-detection" target="_blank">scrambling for better ways to detect incoming space-borne objects</a>&nbsp;like the meteorite that hit Russia last week -- reportedly <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/2/18/4003224/russian-meteor-was-biggest-in-100-years" target="_blank">the biggest to enter Earth&#39;s atmosphere in more than 100 years</a>.<br />* <em>Wall Street Journal:&nbsp;</em>Fireball unleashed <a href="http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323764804578312264130040432.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories&amp;mg=reno64-wsj" target="_blank">more than 30 times Hiroshima atomic bomb&#39;s energy</a>.</p><p><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="225" longdesc="&quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;: The elevator scene" name="&quot;Cabin in the Woods&quot;" scrolling="no" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/aOAmRxvPXLE?rel=0" width="300"></iframe></p><div><strong>IF YOU LOVED &#39;BUFFY,&#39; &#39;AVENGERS,&#39; &#39;FIREFLY&#39; ...&nbsp;</strong> Then be excited. Be very excited. <a href="http://tvline.com/2013/02/18/shield-tv-series-spoilers-joss-whedon-maria-hill/" target="_blank">Joss Whedon is bringing Marvel Comics&#39; super-spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D. to television</a>.<br />* Whedon previously explored <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOAmRxvPXLE">high-tech government agency milieu with &quot;<strong>Cabin in the Woods</strong>.&quot;</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>ON THE BRINK OF HISTORY.</strong> <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1533518-red-hot-chicago-blackhawks-on-the-brink-of-history-after-lasted-win-vs-kings" target="_blank">The Blackhawks could make the NHL record books tonight</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nfl-player-accused-having-gun-ny-airport" target="_blank">NFL player arrested</a>&nbsp;on charges of carrying a handgun in luggage at NYC airport.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>HOW ARE <em>YOU</em> WIRED?</strong><br />* <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324432004578304250252788528.html" target="_blank">To hate exercise</a>?<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/psychopaths-attachment-sex_b_2679411.html" target="_blank">To engage in sex with psychopaths</a>?</div><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/are-you-news-quiz-whiz-105548" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.<br />* And if you missed the on-air quiz experience during yesterday&#39;s &quot;Morning Shift&quot; on WBEZ, <a href="http://soundcloud.com/morningshiftwbez/130218-morning-shift-seg-e" target="_blank">here it is</a>. (Quiz fun begins around 2:55 in.)</em></p></p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/burger-king-twit-hacked-wendys-we-have-alibi-105596 Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia brawl with Joss Whedon, in the Internet way http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/ira-glass-and-mike-birbiglia-brawl-joss-whedon-internet-way-101818 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Whedon1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It all started with Joss Whedon, best known for many years as the man who brought you <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pj6_020FFXU" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Whedon&#39;s become more well-known for his blockbuster hit <em>The Avengers</em>, but seems is worried that <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em>, the new movie that comedian Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass wrote together, might take a run for his <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/16/the-avengers-sequel-coming-in-2015/">third-highest-grossing-film</a>-of-all-time-title.</p><p>Birbiglia and Glass then responded to Whedon&#39;s vitriol by laying out a complex plan to get their movie to make money than <em>The Avengers</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Cu6pG7kIQM" width="480"></iframe></p><p>In Chicago, <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em> <a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/sleepwalk-with-me-2012-08-31-700-pm">plays at the Music Box</a>. Don&#39;t live in Chicago? Find a way <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/07/our-movie-needs-you">to see the movie</a>.</p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/ira-glass-and-mike-birbiglia-brawl-joss-whedon-internet-way-101818