The 11th Hour Dispatch — Friday, October 19, 2018


Netflix has acquired a Paris-Hilton produced documentary about social media influencers. The film, titled The American Meme, is written and directed by Bert Marcus and follows four influencers — Paris Hilton, Josh Ostrovsky (aka The Fat Jewish), Brittany Furlan, and Kirill Bichutsky — as they “rebrand the American dream.” The film, which made its debut at Tribeca earlier this year, will drop on the streaming service next year. That’s hot.


Lenny Letter, the newsletter founded by actress Lena Dunham and her former producing partner Jenni Konner, is no more. It racked up over 500K subscribers during its lifetime, but was reportedly having trouble pulling in any ad revenue (even though it had deals with Hearst Digital Media and Condé Nast). The announcement comes just months after Dunham and Konner, longtime friends and creative partners, ended their producing partnership. The company started as a newsletter in 2015 that went out twice a week and included contributions from several big names including Jennifer Lawrence and Alicia Keys, among others. Though it hit half a million subscribers, The Post says that Lenny Letter’s numbers fell drastically over the last year, thanks in part to former Lenny Letter contributor Zinzi Clemmons coming out in November 2017 after Dunham’s controversial response to sexual allegations against Girls writer Murray Miller and asking “women of color — black women in particular — to divest from Lena Dunham.”


Maya Rudolph revealed that she was once a plate of spaghetti for Halloween.


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