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Promotions All Around at TheAtlantic.com

TheAtlantic.com has three newly minted Senior Editors.

According to an announcement from Atlantic Digital Editor Bob CohnRebecca Rosen is now Senior Editor and Editor of the website’s Business channel. She had spent the past three years as a Tech writer and producer.

Eleanor Barkhorn, who launched the Education channel last September, is now Senior Editor as well as continuing her role as editor of the Education channel.

And Chris Heller is now Senior Associate Editor for the site. He had been Associate Editor, and was tasked with integrating social media into the newsroom.

Congrats from FishbowlDC, y’all!

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The Atlantic Shills for Scientology

On Monday afternoon, The Atlantic posted a piece titled, “David Miscavige Leads Scientology to Milestone Year.” At first glance, the assumption is that you’re going to read another scathing report on the shady dealings of the Church of Scientology and that this headline was sarcasm. But when you looked a little closer, there is a tag at the top of the piece that labeled it as “Sponsor Content.” The “story” is a glowing review of Scientology’s “ecclesiastical leader,” David Miscavige.

What the hell is going on?

Well, it appears that The Atlantic has gotten, shall we say, creative in trying to find new revenue.

UPDATE: Atlantic releases a statement of apology. See it after the jump…

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7 Things You Better Know Before Seeing (Or Not Seeing) ‘The Paperboy’

Members of Washington’s media were invited to a screening of The Paperboy ahead of its Friday release last night. FishbowlDC went but we think we’re now permanently scarred.

As we previewed last week, Paperboy is a modern film noir starring Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman and Matthew McConaughey. The story, if you could call it that, centers on two journalists and a prison groupie who attempt to clear the name of a death-row inmate played by John Cusack.

Sounds like a fun time, right?

Paperboy is the nastiest, crudest, most disturbing movie we’ve seen this year. In the event that you accidentally stumble into the wrong theater this weekend– the one showing Paperboy rather than, say, Frankenweenie — we’ve put together a comprehensive list of things you should know before seeing it.

1. Despite IMDb’s description of Paperboy as a film about “a reporter [who] returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate,” that’s not what this movie is about. McConaughey plays a reporter, yes, but his character is more accurately described the same way you’d describe his role in every other movie he’s in: A sweaty, greasy-haired slob with a thick southern accent who, you gather, is intended to be viewed as a sex symbol.

2. Paperboy contains possibly the most uncomfortable, disgusting sex scene ever filmed; and it doesn’t involve actual sex. In the scene, Kidman’s character sits across from Cusack, the prison inmate. Kidman, wearing a dress, spreads her legs, rips open the crotch of her pantyhose and touches herself while simulating oral sex. Meanwhile, Cusack, an ugly hillbilly mess, masturbates through his clothes, shouting “you bitch.” This happens in front of a trio of men, including McConaughey and Efron, who look on in horror.

3. In one scene, McConaghey is found lying on a plastic tarp in a hotel room, inexplicably chained, gagged and mutilated by two men.  Later on, viewers learn that McConaghey is a self-loathing gay man and that turns him on.

Yes, we have four more points…

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