It’s been awhile since we had a Newspaper reporter on TV

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Now on HBO: Sharp Objects, an 8-episode limited series, about a newspaper reporter!

Based on the book of the same name by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Amy Adams stars, along with co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Chris Messina, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins and Matt Craven.

Camille works at The St. Louis Chronicle, of course, is fictional, but it did exist back in history.

According to the Library of Congress, the St. Louis Chronicle began sometime in the 1880s and lasted until 1905. In fact, if you Google the St. Louis Chronicle, the top hit leads you to the Saint-Louis Post Dispatch.

Having watched episode one, I can say they’ve nailed the look of the newsroom. Loved the book and it’s looking like this will be a hit.

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Better check your Picassos

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How many newspapers have original Picassos displayed in their building? If you do, it pays to keep an eye on them.

The Los Angles Times just reported that they lost five lithographs, framed as one, which was mounted behind a drop-down projector screen in their community room.

Times tour guide Darrell Kunitomi noted their disappearance when he greeted visitors in the community room a few years ago.

 

“I would raise the AV screen, behind which there were five Picassos. People were impressed to see them,” he said. “One night I raised it, and there was a bare wall. I had no idea as to whether they were taken or stored — they were simply gone.”

Read the details here.

See something, do something stupid

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The location: Upper Arlington, Ohio.

The players: Brandie Sharp and her sons, 17-year-old Mycah and 11-year-old Uriah.

The scene: Delivering “The Bag” (Columbus Dispatch) full of newspaper ads, to porches because new ordinance in town that means papers have to be delivered directly to someone’s porch or into a mail slot, versus the driveway.

Act 1: Uriah delivers to the wrong house, so walks back to pick up the papers.

Act 2: Someone calls the local 911 because

“It looked like at first they were delivering newspapers or something, but I noticed they were walking up to the houses with nothing in hand and one of them came back with something,”

Act 3: Police respond.

“When our officer arrived on scene, he very quickly determined very quickly that these individuals were delivering the newspaper.”

Act 4: Que the internets

Read about it here.