The New York Times reports that, despite doubts expressed by those watchful of the WGA strike, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) assured guests at its Christmas gala that the Globes would be backed by star power. NBC plans to forge ahead with its telecast, and, if the Globes are produced and telecast by Dick Clark productions, strike coordinator Jeff Hermanson said members will picket the show. Publicity execs say that stars are fearful of the picketers.
Industry execs told the Times that the HFPA is considering replacing the telecast with a Webcast or a completely private event, but Hermanson said that an internet production would be picketed if associated with Dick Clark productions.
Alec Baldwin writes on the Huffington Post that he is “planning” a cozy “production” of the Globes at his west side apartment, followed by a quick Red Carpet at Tavern on the Green. On the “invitation”: “I have cleared all of this with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The HFPA makes only one simple request and that is that you pre-order your meal selection NO LATER than Friday, January 4th, 2008.”
NYMag.com highlights on its homepage a Q&A with recently assassinated Benazir Bhutto, from the October 1 issue, where Bhutto responds to questions regarding Hilary Clinton.
Wal-Mart has cancelled its online video download service, short of a year since its launch, mainly due to poor performance.
Dan Rather's anonymously auctioned Emmy has sold for $2500 on eBay.