● Starting tomorrow, Billboard’s Hot 100 will be taking into account plays on online streaming services like Rhapsody and Spotify along with the usual sales and radio play when ranking the Hot 100. Chart-heads might want to Google "Carly Rae Jepsen" sooner rather than later. [NYT]
● Jennifer Aniston spends $141,037 a year on maintaining her appearance, and so unless you also are worth some $120 million, it’s probably safe to start living for something other than her "Hottest Woman of All Time" title. [Page Six]
● A third horse has died during production, and so HBO has cancelled Luck. “While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen, and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future," they explain. [NYDN]
● Lindsay Lohan says that, really, though, she didn’t hit that man and that the accusations are "absurd." [Page Six]
● Buying from the bottom-shelf? The Awl suggests the Rittenhouse. Half the price, twice the flavor! Or something. [The Awl]
HBO’s Luck, a drama about the big bad horse racing scene, has been warmly received by most media critics, but lax production standards have roused critics less concerned with quality acting and believable narratives. According to the New York Observer, two horses used in filming were euthanized following on set injuries, prompting PETA to put the HBO show on blast. "Perhaps if producers had considered the proved safety protocols that we would have suggested, these horses would still be alive," the animal rights organization wrote in a blog post from a few weeks ago. PETA may be controversial, but considering the generally accepted moral standard for animal safety in media production, its disappointment doesn’t seem so histrionic.
The NYO notes that two Luck episodes carried a less emphatic disclaimer: "The American Humane Association monitored the animal action," rather than the typical "No Animals Were Harmed" certification that typically follows an episode in which a dog gets kicked, or something similar. In concordance, the AHA released a statement saying that euthanasia was the only option following the injuries, and that it’s since worked with HBO to make sure the same thing won’t happen again. PETA is understandably more upset, and wants more information regarding the deceased horses, information that HBO is reluctant to provide. It’s kind of a sad story in which no one really wins, but hopefully, safety standards on forthcoming episodes will be higher.