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Graham Norton on Tom Cruise, ‘Bad Boyfriend’ and More

GrahamNortonHeDevilCoverPolly Vernon‘s profile of Graham Norton for the New Zealand Herald is unlikely to leave a single reader “banjaxed.” As opposed to Norton himself, to whom Vernon at one point applies that descriptive to convey the talk show host’s reaction to a question about the perhaps-missed-opportunity of engaging a female sex surrogate.

Vernon and Norton are a match made in dazzling-wit heaven. The 51-year-old UK media star, who foresees exiting his BBC America talker in three years, says he is at peace with both not making it “big” in the U.S. and being less proactive than a certain year-older A-lister:

Tom Cruise is supernaturally good at [being nice]. Nothing will prepare you for it. He is like an alien. He’s like someone from a different planet! So like, on the way in here, he’ll have met that manager guy, who did introduce himself to me, but I don’t remember his name. Tom will know it! And on the way out, he’ll thank him for everything. And then that guy will love Tom Cruise forever. We can be pleasant to him, but already we’ve messed up, because we don’t remember his name. And the difference is that.”

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Time Cover Story Interviewer is Nine Months Younger Than Taylor Swift

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At this week’s “Conversation Series” hosted by the New York Daily News Innovation Lab, time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal reminded the audience about a second layer of precociousness framing the magazine’s current cover story. The bylined reporter, Jack Dickey (pictured), is nearly a full year younger than the highlighted celebrity, Taylor Swift. From a report by The Huffington Post entertainment fellow Lily Karlin:

“Jack, who we hired right out of Columbia, is younger than Taylor Swift,” Felsenthal explained. “First week he walked in with the idea, and said he refused to write it until he had access to her. With the perseverance of someone of more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke news in his cover story and wrote a beautiful 2,000-word piece.”

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NY Jobs: Amazon

This week, Amazon is hiring a vice president of programming, a fashion copywriter, a fashion merchandising manager, an associate publisher and a men’s marketing manager for East Dane. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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New Yorker Puts a Holiday Stamp on Redskins Fracas

The noun “kerfuffle” is one of those words that makes you want to look up the etymology. When FishbowlNY did just that, we came upon the following citation example: Don Imus has thrown the capital into a kerfuffle.

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Tweet Again | New and Old | Ellen, Ellen, Ellen

Twitter logo GAllTwitter: You can now share tweets via direct messaging. We suggest using this function when followers ignore your especially hilarious tweets. A subtle reminder!

PRNewser: MSNBC has hired a former White House staffer as its VP of communications. How very liberal of them.

GalleyCat: The Empire of Ellen continues to expand with a new book deal. You cannot escape Ellen. You will love Ellen.

Epic Recipe Battles: Gwyneth vs. Martha

We didn’t want to head into the weekend without touching on People magazine associate editor Michele Corriston‘s fun item posted Thursday night.

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She notes that in the realm of Thanksgiving double (recipe) entendres, the gang at Goop appears to have slyly fired back at Team Martha Stewart Living for that recent conscious uncoupling dig. In the form of instructions for “Jailbird Cake:”

“The folks at Goop know how to have some fun, too,” a source close to Paltrow tells People. “If Martha served up the appetizer, the Jailbird Cake is just desserts.”

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Reporter Remains ‘Livid’ About Spiking of 2005 Bill Cosby Expose

RobinMizrahiPicThe Bill Cosby news stream continues to unfurl at a furious pace. And from an inside-media perspective, one of  the biggest headlines remains the business explored by Mark Ebner and now, The Guardian.

New York-based Guardian reporter Ed Pilkington spoke to Robin Mizrahi (pictured), the journalist whose National Enquirer 2005 expose was spiked after pressure from Cosby attorneys. (Details of this pressure and editorial flip, which resulted in the piece being replaced with a more straightforward Cosby denial, were documented in the Andrea Constand civil lawsuit.) The original Enquirer story centered around the civil suit’s “Jane Doe No. 5:”

Mizrahi made contact with Beth Ferrier, who alleged that she too had been drugged and sexually molested by the entertainer. The Enquirer brought Ferrier to Los Angeles from her home in Denver, where she was then working as a model, and Mizrahi interviewed her and arranged for her to undergo a lie detector test.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Anna Wintour Admits KimYe Vogue Cover was Publicity Stunt

2) Turner to Remove TNT, TBS from Dish Lineup

3) T: The New York Times Style Magazine Names First Associate Publisher

4) More Thanksgiving Recipe Trouble for The New York Times

5) Airbnb Launches a Magazine

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Transplanted Photographer Fashions Unique Rogues’ Gallery

For many years, Tom LeGoff was based in New York City and making a large part of his living with celebrity portrait work. However, now that he’s an MFA student at the University of Louisville, he has pointed the camera at some famous folks there.

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Running through December 4 at Mo McKnight Howe‘s Revelry Boutique Gallery, “Louisville Noir” filters notable locals – including the mayor, Greg Fischer – through the prism of familiar film noir characters. From a recent report by WFPL 89.3 FM:

LeGoff started shooting portraits for this collection in October 2013 after he working on a darker project for a magazine. LeGoff said the magazine’s editors ultimately wanted him to change his vision to something more open and cheerful.

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A Long Way from Knoxville in a Nutshell

When Chris Whittle co-founded the magazine Knoxville in a Nutshell with Phillip Moffitt and several others, the Etowah, Tennessee native could only dream of The Hamptons. All these years later, Whittle, who went on to serve as publisher of Esquire, is responsible for what is being reported as the area’s dreamiest residential listing yet.

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Per the Wall Street Journal and The Real Deal, Whittle and his wife are selling the East Hampton property they have owned since 1989 for $140 million:

The 11.2-acre estate includes a 10,000-square-foot, six-bedroom Georgian Revival shingle-style house and more than 1,100 feet of water frontage.

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