Monthly Archives: December 2010

The Trend, RIP

In some local media news… the local Philadelphia newspaper The Trend, also known at various times as the Trend Leader, My Community Trend, Philly.com/Community and various other names, ceased to exist, at least in its editorial-containing form, earlier this month.
I worked there full time from October of 2005 until January of 2007, and continued as their freelance film critic until this month. I greatly appreciate my time there, as they actually hired me to do this writing thing for a living, and I had some great, great times. I got to run an edition of a weekly newspaper, essentially, myself, and I made several good friends there that I’ve retained to this day. And I never could’ve imagined, when I was offered the chance to stay on as film critic, that I’d still be doing it almost four years later.
Part of the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News family of newspapers- hence the Philly.com address for my reviews- the Trend, remarkably, had four different owners during the five years I wrote for it- first Knight Ridder, then McClatchy, followed by the Brian Tierney-led Philadelphia Media Holdings group and finally the Philadelphia Media Network, aka “the bankruptcy creditors.” It was the latest sale to the fifth owner, which split the Broad Street Community Newspapers division off from the dailies, that finally did the Trend in.
However, all is not lost. Several of my Trend friends have joined Patch.com, a recently launched nationwide network of local websites that is owned by AOL. Yes, AOL still has a function, and a very good one- they’re hiring journalists! And I’m along for the ride too- I’m going to be moving my weekly movie review (and sometimes more than one a week) over to Patch, and I’ll also be doing some local news stories as well.
North American Publishing Co. remains my full time job, I’m as busy as ever, and I’ll be off to CES in Las Vegas next week. But in the meantime, my first movie article for Patch, my Top Ten list for the year, will run later this week. You can still see my review archives at RottenTomatoes.

When the President Calls the Owner

News Item: President Obama calls Eagles owner Lurie, praises green stadium plans, second chance for Vick
First of all, I’m guessing Lurie is probably the only owner in the entire NFL who’s a Democrat, so chances are he and Barack have met before at fundraisers or some such. Second of all, I’m surprised no right-wing backlash has yet emerged to the Vick part. “Obama defends dog-killing!”

Ed Rendell vs. “Wusses”

Eh, I usually like Rendell, but he’s in the wrong here. There was a legitimate public health concern and therefore the league was perfectly justified in moving the game to Tuesday. He reminds me of those stupid ex-NFL stars who complain about concussion safety concerns because “they may as well put them in skirts!”
A fun thought experiment- think about how different this story would be if Rendell had used the p-word instead of the w-word.

There’s No Postponements in Football!

Unless it’s the Vikings in the last three weeks, that is… tonight’s Eagles-Vikings game, which I had tickets to, and which I’d looked forward to since the schedule was first announced ten months ago, was postponed until Tuesday due to the snowstorm hitting the East Coast.
This means the Twins in their first year outside suffered exactly one postponement, while the Vikings already have two, even though the Twins play outdoors and they play indoors, there’s ten times as many baseball as football games, and football almost never postpones games.
It just adds another wrinkle to the most surreal season in Vikings history and now- in what looks like a negotiating ploy- Zygi Wilf is asking for the Vikings to play their 2011 schedule outdoors.