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Two Seconds of Deafening Bill Simmons Silence

ShutterstockLarryDavidDumDumberToDuring a recent B.S. Report, Bill Simmons didn’t just curb his enthusiasm for a fellow ESPN-er. He brought that sentiment to a screeching halt.

Or so thinks Colin Cowherd, hilariously, commenting this morning to his viewers and listeners “how jealous” Simmons sounds when guest Larry David revealed that he likes to watch ESPN “studio shows” while working out. When Simmons asked which ones, the funnyman replied: “I love Colin…”

Once David confirmed he was talking about Cowherd, there were two full seconds of stunned silence at the Simmons end. Followed by a puzzled, “Interesting?!”

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NPR Adds Tasneem Raja as Senior Digital Editor

NPR has hired Tasneem Raja as a senior digital editor in its Identity and Culture Unit. Raja comes to NPR from Mother Jones, where she served as a senior editor. Prior to that she was part of the Bay Citizen’s launch team.

“As a multi-skilled journalist, Tasneem is a knock-out,” wrote NPR’s Carline Watson and Lynette Clemetson, in a memo. “She’s a deft and insightful reporter, writer and editor. She loves storytelling and the dazzling array of forms it can take. She’s skilled at moving ideas to the right platforms in the right ways. She codes. She builds. She shares. She mentors.  And she has an intricate knowledge of – and passion for – the media space around race, ethnicity, culture and identity.”

Raja joins NPR at the end of January.

You can read Watson and Clemetson’s full note below.

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HuffPost Leads Way on Facebook

Huffington-Post-150x150NewsWhip has announced its first “Whippies,” because everyone needs some sort of “It’s the end of the year so here’s some stuff to look at while you wait for your holiday vacation to start” item. The site’s awards honor the publishers that had the most impact on Facebook and Twitter.

In the news category, HuffPost dominated Facebook:

The Huffington Post’s blogging platform looks to be a key pillar in their success on Facebook in particular. For instance, one of their most-shared stories of the year was titled ‘10 Things Your Mom Never Told You‘, had over 300,000 shares, and was written by a guest blogger, rather than a staff writer. The Huff Po is unique in being able to give content an unrivaled platform on social media, and they set new records for overall monthly engagement on Facebook during 2014.

Huh. An article titled “10 Things Your Mom Never Told You” was one of HuffPost’s best performing articles. That’s uh, really great.

Rounding out the top three publishers on Facebook were BuzzFeed and Fox News.

On Twitter, BBC won the top spot, followed by Mashable and The New York Times.

Cover Battle: Cover of The Year

Welcome to a special edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle. There have been plenty of amazing magazine covers published this year, but which one is the best of them all? Which cover inspired you to sing “You’re The Best” — while completely sober — for the very first time?

This is FishbowlNY’s official Cover of The Year poll. Below are some of our favorites. You select the winner. Voting closes December 22 and the winner will be named December 23.

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NY Times KimYe Butt Correction Named Correction of The Year

At Poynter, Craig Silverman has released his annual Year in Media Errors and Corrections list, and once again, it’s a good read. The New York Times earned the honor of Correction of The Year by publishing this gem:

A truly worthy correction. It’s not often one combines butts, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, and a writer getting fooled by a fake news site and radio station.

As for the Media Error of the year, we’ll give you one guess which magazine won.

Ian Bremmer Joins Time

Ian Bremmer GIan Bremmer is joining Time as a foreign affairs columnist and editor-at-large. Bremmer is the president and founder of Eurasia Group, a political risk research and consulting firm. He is also a Global Research Professor at NYU.

Bremmer is also a published author, and is regularly sought out for his views on political issues by a variety of publications.

Bremmer’s first piece for Time in online now. It will appear in Time’s December 29 issue, which hits newsstands Monday. He will write two weekly columns, one online and one in print. His focus will be the global economy, geopolitics and finance.

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9/11 Threats From Sony Hackers Cause Company to Drop The Interview (FishbowlNY)
In light of the recent threats of violence from those responsible for the ongoing cyber attacks against Sony Pictures (aka the “Guardians of Peace”), the company has decided to pull the plug on Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest movie, The Interview. The film was scheduled to premiere nationwide on Christmas day. PRNewser Tuesday, the hackers’ threats turned to violence, invoking 9/11 and implying that someone would attack theaters screening The Interview. The movie’s planned New York premiere was subsequently cancelled. Rogen and Franco also cancelled all further press dates. Time American officials have determined the government of North Korea is connected to the hack, a U.S. official confirmed Wednesday. Much remains unclear about the nature of North Korea’s involvement. The country, while lauding the hack against Sony, has denied being behind it. There were conflicting reports Wednesday evening, and officials are expected to unveil their findings Thursday. THR Sony decided to pull The Interview from all theaters Wednesday in response to the decision by the country’s major chains not to show the film. The country’s top five theater chains — Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Carmike Cinemas and Cineplex Entertainment — chose to pull The Interview from their theaters Wednesday. Variety Sony is weighing releasing the film on premium video-on-demand, according to an insider. That would allow the studio to recoup some of the film’s $42 million budget and tens of millions in promotion and advertising expenditures. It would also enable the studio to experiment with the potential of VOD, something it has been hesitant to do at the risk of angering major exhibitors. TheWrap Wednesday, New Regency pulled the plug on its Steve Carell movie Pyongyang, which Gore Verbinski had been prepping for a March start date. Based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle, Pyongyang is a paranoid thriller about a Westerner’s experiences working in North Korea for a year.

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The Gillian Anderson Truth is Out There

ShutterstockGillianAndersonTCA2014We know how devoted fans of Gillian Anderson and The X Files are. So if any of you noticed something strange about photos of the actress at last month’s London Evening Standard Theater Awards, where she won Best Actress for her turn as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Anderson has the explanation:

“My dress [by British couturier Nicholas Oakwell] was too big and I had to hold it up with my armpits all night. Hence all the pictures of me looking quite grumpy.”

This delightful quote is but one of many to be savored in a write-up by Evening Standard senior feature writer Nick Curtis. Anderson, having sat the night of the awards at a heavyweight table that also featured Benedict Cumberbatch, has since made plans to see The Imitation Game star’s forthcoming Hamlet.

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Jennifer Aniston Serves ‘Cake’ to Gayle King, Arianna Huffington and Marlo Thomas

LunchAtMichaelsIt was one for the books today at Michael’s. While the SRO crowd of mavens, moguls and machers was celebrating at full tilt, the joint got an extra jolt of adrenaline when word spread that Jennifer Aniston would be hosting an intimate lunch for twenty as she continues her unofficial Oscar campaign for her role in her latest film, Cake. In case you haven’t heard, Jen goes without makeup (gasp!) and does the whole ‘I can look like a real person’ thing as she portrays a widow and chronic pain sufferer in the film. Today, though, she was in full movie-star mode as she arrived with a bodyguard in tow who stood watch over her table in the corner of  The Garden Room to keep away the curious. This intrepid reporter tried to get a few words with the former Friends star, but when I introduced myself to her handler Stephen Huvane and asked him if I could ask her a few questions about the film, I got a big smile and a ”I don’t think so.”

Diane Clehane and Nancy Lee

Diane Clehane and Nancy Lee

Too bad, because I also wanted to tell Jen I think her fiance Justin Theroux was unjustly snubbed by the Globes and SAG Awards for his outstanding work in The Leftovers. Oh well. Among those who were invited to the gathering: Gayle King, who stopped by our table to say hello, Marlo Thomas, Arianna Huffington and one of her daughters. I caught up with Deborah Roberts, who was also on the guest list who told me, “The whole thing was very low key. I kept waiting for someone to make a speech about the film, but there was none of that. Just a nice lunch with some great people.” We’re told Jennifer was gracious to the staff on the way out, but no one dared ask for a selfie or a quick chat. If you want to see some shots of all the big doings,  photographer Kevin Mazur was there to document this momentous occasion, which is sure to show up on the usual sites soon.

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