You guys are the absolute best. But you forgot the most important piece of advice: Get really, embarrassingly, sloppily drunk tonight. I'll see you at the bar in about an hour or so. » 2/19/10 4:51pm 2/19/10 4:51pm

The Secrets Numbers Behind the MGM Fiasco

Two weeks ago, author Edward Jay Epstein explained how the $5 billion deal in 2004 had cleaned out Wall St. hedge funds. Now he has obtained the dealbook that spells out exactly what went wrong. » 2/19/10 4:18pm 2/19/10 4:18pm

News Haiku (Beta)

Oh, right: news haiku. Jim Behrle's started you off. Now less talk, more poetry! And apologies for not getting yesterday's winner posted yesterday. The lucky victor is unclevanya and you can read his tribute to James Cameron after the jump. » 2/19/10 12:35pm 2/19/10 12:35pm

News Haiku (Beta)

It's haiku time again: News happens all the time, just waiting to be boiled down to 17 moras. Jim Behrle has started you off and later on he'll pick a winner. Let the finger-counting begin! » 2/18/10 11:00am 2/18/10 11:00am

News Haiku (Beta): The Winner

In the cutthroat world of Poetry there can only be one winner (each day). And today Jim Behrle has selected Kimberly Castro's effort because it's as inscrutable to people who watch Lost as those who don't. Congratulations! » 2/17/10 5:11pm 2/17/10 5:11pm

News Haiku (Beta)

We continue this revolutionary, groundbreaking, why-didn't-anyone-think-of-it-before feature that explores the news of the day through poetry. Jim Behrle has composed a haiku. Now you can submit your own, and later Jim will pick one of the efforts as "the winner." » 2/17/10 10:58am 2/17/10 10:58am

News Haiku (Beta)

It's time again to haiku the news. Jim Behrle has started you off. And beginning today, because poetry should be rooted in ruthless competition, he will be choosing a winner to appear on the front page later this afternoon. » 2/16/10 11:23am 2/16/10 11:23am

Gawker EIC Fired in CityFile Acquisition

Okay, this is weird. But here are two internal memos. One affecting me, the other by me. Nick has just announced that Gawker's acquiring CityFile. As part of that deal, I'm losing my job. Now that they are out there, may as well put them here. So that you have them: » 2/15/10 4:21pm 2/15/10 4:21pm

News Haiku (Beta)

Let's try this again. Often the only way to make sense of all the news that happens in a day is through 16th-century Japanese poetry. Jim Behrle has composed his ode to today's holiday. Now you play along. » 2/15/10 11:00am 2/15/10 11:00am

Why Netflix Won't Be the HBO of the 21st Century

For now, sure you might be thinking of canceling your cable service for a steady diet of Netflix. But Edward Jay Epstein explains why movie studio economics are crumpling the red envelope's dreams of being the next HBO. » 2/15/10 9:30am 2/15/10 9:30am

A Traffic Boast to End the Week

Gawker celebrated the end of 2009 setting a new record for pageviews. But Nick Denton anointed monthly uniques as the new king and I'm happy to report we crossed a milestone this week with an audience topping 4 million readers. » 2/12/10 6:23pm 2/12/10 6:23pm

Gawker Creative Services Is Hiring

The folks at Gawker Creative Services — the ones responsible for the little sponsored posts that run on the front page from time to time — is hiring. Read on if you're interested. » 2/12/10 5:31pm 2/12/10 5:31pm

News Haiku (Beta)

Sometimes the only way to get a handle on all the things happening in the news is through the five-seven-five-syllable form known as haiku. "Kreepie King" Jim Behrle has written his entry. Why not leave your own in comments? » 2/12/10 12:06pm 2/12/10 12:06pm

Pulitzer Prize-Winning LAT Car Critic's Farewell Memo: A Masterpiece of…

Dan Neil is the Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning automobiles columnist who recently took a job with the Wall Street Journal. The farewell memo he sent to his soon-to-be former colleagues, which was first printed in LA Observed, is as entertaining as his columns. Also, incredibly classy. » 2/12/10 9:47am 2/12/10 9:47am

New York Times' Bill Carter at Work on a Late Shift Sequel

Bill Carter, the New York Times' TV industry reporter who literally wrote the book on late night, is working on a new book for Viking that will focus on the recent drama between Conan O'Brien, Jay Leno and NBC. » 2/11/10 2:24pm 2/11/10 2:24pm

J.D. Salinger —

describing a 1951 dinner party with Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh in a private letter to E. Michael Mitchell, according to the New York Times. The correspondence has been unsealed by the Morgan Library following the novelist's death. » 2/11/10 2:09pm 2/11/10 2:09pm

Betty White's Breasts Are the Secret to Hollywood Success

In honor of Betty White's "moment," we bring you this story of how aspiring comedienne Julia Wolov used a night of imagined passion with the former Golden Girl to open the doors of Hollywood. » 2/11/10 1:11pm 2/11/10 1:11pm

@Nick Denton: Fair enough. No one's ever knocked Tina Brown an untalented editor. Just an unpleasant boss. But as a editorial entrepreneur, she's been too dependent on benefactors — some reliable, like Si Newhouse, and another less so, like Harvey Weinstein. The test for the Daily Beast is to find an equilibrium… » 2/11/10 11:23am 2/11/10 11:23am