Designer/TV personality Todd Oldham turns 48 today. Director Spike Jonze is turning 40. Catherine Deneuve is 66. Composer Marc Shaiman is 50. Publicity-seeking doctor and author Deepak Chopra is turning 63. Famed venture capitalist Alan Patricof turns 75 today. Carlos Mencia is turning 42. Actor Christopher Lloyd is 71. Former child star Jonathan Lipnicki is turning 19. And Jeff Goldblum, who is very much still alive despite what you may have read on the Internet a couple months back, is celebrating his 57th birthday today.
Designer, author, and reality TV host Todd Oldham is 47 today. Director Spike Jonze is turning 39. Catherine Deneuve is officially a senior citizen (at least in the U.S.): the actress turns 65 today. Composer Marc Shaiman is 49. Legendary venture capitalist Alan Patricof is 74. Carlos Mencia is celebrating his 41st. Actor Christopher Lloyd is turning 70. New L&O castmember Jeff Goldblum is 56. The rapper Shaggy turns 40. And Jonathan Lipnicki, the little boy from Jerry Maguire, is 18.
Hypergenteel media investor Alan Patricof has graced portfolio company Huffington Post with an op-ed. He is archly polite in his open letter to new Yahoo board member Carl Icahn. But his message is as subtle as a hammer to the head: Icahn is in deep trouble. Hamstrung by Sarbanes-Oxley regulations and fiduciary duties to shareholders, the feisty corporate raider will have to behave impeccably, lest shareholders or regulators sue him. Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang laid a trap, and Icahn walked right in. Of course, Yang shouldn't laugh too hard — he's now trapped in a boardroom with Icahn. (Photo by Getty Images
The high rollers who raised millions for Hillary Clinton's campaign are getting (another) visit today from the man who helped dashed their dreams—Obama's campaign manager. And guess what? He's going to be asking them for millions more. David Plouffe, one of Obama's closest advisors, will be stopping off at a Midtown law firm today to meet with a group of HillRaisers who oiled and operated Hil's vaunted money machine.
The problem with tossing off a side note about media incest is that you can never go back enough generations to reveal the original sin. Regarding the $5 million shot in the arm coming to the Huffington Post, we mentioned that one of the investors would be venture capitalist Alan Patricof, who was in on the ground floor at New York magazine several decades back. We've since been reminded that Patricof and NYM's founding editor Clay Felker shared a legendary antipathy — one that caused or at least contributed to Patricof selling out and Felker getting fired — and that their enmity was recounted by media critic Michael Wolff for the magazine's 35th anniversary. Wolff bore no love for Patricof on his own account either, as noted in his 1998 book Burn Rate. A taste, after the jump.
Screw that Web 2.0 crap, it's time for Blog Bubble 19.0. According to the New York Post, the Huffington Post has scored a $5 million investment package from a group led by endearingly named venture capital firm SoftBank. Also in the mix is tech-media VC daddy Alan Patricof, shown at right while chillin' in the Hamptons in 2002 (no idea about that creepy guy behind him, but let's just say the least objectionable other person we cropped out was Inside the Actors' Studio lizard James Lipton). Patricof is on something of a blogspending spree, since his Greycroft Partners also threw money at PaidContent back in June. In addition to our standard IncestWatch note that Patricof was a founder and chairman at New York magazine, it's worth noting that Patricof is himself a HuffPo contributor of relatively recent vintage. Way to monetize the bloggers, Arianna. Now you just need to latch on to some of that sweet Bono money.