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Petra Nemcova Makes the Most of Her Miraculous Tsunami Survival

SINemcovaCoverOn this day ten years ago, it all came catastrophically crashing down for supermodel Petra Nemcova and her photographer fiance Simon Atlee.

Per an inspiring piece by Philip Sherwell, New York-based Americas correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, Nemcova on December 26, 2004 had just caught a glimpse at her Thailand resort of the family whose story would be made into the 2012 film The Impossible, when the tsunami hit. Across the span of a few terrifying seconds, she would see Atlee for the final time, cling desperately to the roof of her resort bungalow and meet, or so she thought, her maker:

The sea swept back out and then rushed ashore in a second colossal wave, dragging Nemcova underwater again. “This time, I couldn’t get back above the surface to breathe, there was so much debris above me. I started swallowing this toxic water and I thought, ‘This is it.’

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Santa Says | The End | Good Job

Screen-Shot-2014-12-24-at-10.29.14-AM-300x165TVNewser: Santa took time out of his busy schedule to do an interview with CNBC.

TVSpy: NY1′s Tom McDonald is retiring after 44 years.

FishbowlDC: If you’re in the mood to see people acting stupid, here is a collection of media and politics selfies.

Sticking a Fork in #Forkgate

Thanks to the quick thinking of Marc Cosentino, co-owner of Staten Island pizza joint Goodfella’s, #Forkgate wasn’t just the goofiest New York news story of the year. The outrage over Mayor de Blasio choosing to eat pizza with a knife and fork was also a trail that benefited a local charity. An anonymous bidder ponied up $2,500 for the scandalous main utensil, an amount that was then donated to the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation.

De Blasio brought with him another fork (and knife) when he appeared on The Daily Show post-Forkgate. But in the end, to a thunderous round of audience applause, he dug into a slice provided by Jon Stewart with just a pair of hands.

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Don Lemon Dominated 2014

No media personality conquered 2014 quite like CNN’s Don Lemon. The 48-year-old co-host of CNN Tonight kept popping up in the biggest news stories of the year for all the wrong reasons. He repeatedly said the most wrong/offensive/inane thing possible.

Lemon f*cked up with such persistence and perfection that it seemed like it was his super power. In honor of Lemon’s amazingness, below are some of his best moments. Needless to say, we’re looking forward to 2015.

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Here’s Where You Can Watch The Interview

the-interviewWell, Merry Christmas to everyone — from Gawker to our very own POTUS — who condemned Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of The Interview after the cyber hacks heard ’round the world (aka Sony’s public relations nightmare). The film company has pedaled back and decided to release the Seth Rogan and James Franco flick on Dec. 25 after all — in select independent theaters across the country. According to a statement from Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton on Tuesday, “While we hope this is only the first step of the film’s release, we are proud to make it available to the public and to have stood up to those who attempted to suppress free speech.” Feeling patriotic yet?

If so, do your duty as an American and make your way to Williamsburg Cinemas or the Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers if you’re staying local. Or if you’re away for the holidays, watch at one of these theaters, courtesy of our sister pub, The Hollywood Reporter.

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Eight Months Later, Princess Grace Flick is Still a Turkey

GraceofMonacoThe Daily Telegraph‘s Robbie Collin recently shared all you really need to know about Grace of Monaco, a biographical drama that died an instant death as this year’s Cannes Film Festival gala opener. In his “Five Worst Films of 2014” rundown, here’s how Collin summarizes the action:

Nicole Kidman stumbles through a Lynchian Ferrero Rocher advert, while Derek Jacobi stands on the sidelines with a parrot.

Polly wants a better Rotten Tomatoes rating. But alas, that isn’t going to happen, with the film still not theatrically released in the U.S. and likely to curtsy quietly to Netflix.

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87 Years of New Yorker Holiday Covers

Santa Claus — an obese, pathological liar who has only one outfit — first graced the cover of The New Yorker way back in 1927. The cover was illustrated by Andre De Schaub.

Since that iconic front page, there have been plenty of holiday themed covers from magazine. Why not peruse some of their best? Here’s a collection of the editors’ favorites.

Time Inc.’s Digital Audience Grows

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Time Inc.’s digital presence is on the upswing. Ad Age reports that for the first time, the publisher’s digital audience has exceeded its print audience.

According to ComScore, in November Time Inc.’s collection of sites (including desktop and mobile) had 107 million unique visits. Meanwhile, Time Inc.’s print audience for fall was 104 million.

As Ad Age notes, this is a good sign for a media company hoping to start the new year right:

This is an important mile marker for Time Inc., which is looking to its websites to help offset declining print revenue. A large digital audience could mean more attention from advertisers. At the same time, however, print advertising — even in decline — remains a more lucrative business for Time Inc., which can fetch higher ad rates in print than online.

Forbes Names Adam Sandler ‘Most Overpaid Actor’

Adam Sandler GForbes has released its annual Most Overpaid Actor list, and for the second consecutive year, Adam Sandler has earned the top spot. If you don’t agree with this, please watch any of his films (yes, including Happy Gilmore) and get back to us. Here is Forbes’ formula for creating the Overpaid list:

We use earnings estimates from our Celebrity 100 list. We look at the last three films each actor starred in before June 2014, since that was the end of our time frame for the Celeb 100. We don’t include animated films or movies where the actor appears in a cameo or a very small role, or movies that were released on fewer than 2,000 screens.

We then look at the budget and revenue for each film (using numbers from Box Office Mojo and other sources) to come up with operating income. We add together the total compensation for each star on the three movies and the operating income from each movie and then divide to come up with the final return on investment number.

One thing that stands out on Forbes’ list? It’s a dude fest. There is only one woman — sorry Sandra Bullock — in the top 10. In other words, shockingly enough, Hollywood pays men way too much for their shitty movies.

People Founding Editor to Depart Time Inc.

stolleyFor Richard Stolley, the end of a long, legendary Time Inc. career has arrived. According to The New York Post, Stolley’s contract is up at the end of this month and Time Inc. is not renewing it.

Stolley — the founding editor of People in 1974 — had been working as a senior editorial advisor since 1993. Despite having his hand in Time Inc.’s most profitable magazine ever, Stolley is most well known for his work at Life, where he served as a managing editor.

Stolley was editor of Life when JFK was assassinated. Stolley met with Abraham Zapruder and convinced him to sell Life the only known video of the assassination for $150,000. Life then ran stills of the tragic event.

Time Inc. eventually sold the film back to the Zapruder family for one dollar and the video is currently housed at the National Archives in Washington DC.

[Image: Al Freni/Northwestern University]