FishbowlDC: Attention Sally Field fans — the actress will be in DC tomorrow for a walk promoting International Women’s Day. Please note that Gidget paraphernalia will not be permitted.
Thanks to David Gerlach, founder of Brooklyn’s Blank on Blank, we can all listen to the voice of the late Heath Ledger anew. As reported by Lowenna Walters of London’s Daily Telegraph, the restored and animated five-minute conversation comes from a 2005 interview with Entertainment Weekly reporter Christine Spines to promote the release of Brokeback Mountain.
Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.
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“New Orleans is not cosmopolitan,” said the actress Tara Elders. “There’s no kale here.” Her husband, Michiel Huisman, the actor and musician who moved here with Ms. Elders in 2009 to shoot the HBO series Treme (he’s currently on the series Nashville), agreed. “The sign on a shop says that they’ll open at 10? You’re there at noon and it’s not open,” he said.
Goodman probably came close to not using the Elders remark. It’s the kind of throwaway comment that is often left behind in a reporter’s notes. Elders is most definitely wishing that had been the case. Instead, her “not cosmopolitan” slag has been chewed on by the Times-Picayune‘s Jarvis DeBerry, The Gambit blogger Alejandro de Los Rios and many more.
Eighteen years in Canada; eighteen years in New York City. Who knows how long in London?
For the Jewish Chronicle, former New York Family editor Meira Drazin has written an engaging account of her first months living in northwest London. The mother of three, with very mixed feelings, recently moved to the UK because of her husband’s exciting, faraway new job.
At various points, the UK GPS lady has been Drazin’s enemy and her kids’ reassuring friend. Drazin also makes a good point about how facile and uninformed all those “great adventure” well-wishers on Facebook and elsewhere have proven to be:
I felt like the people who said they were jealous failed to acknowledge the difficulties: the massive production of shifting a family of five across the ocean, finding somewhere to live and setting up a home, getting places for the children in schools, dealing with their emotional adjustment, even grocery shop. We are certainly not the first family to move a great distance, but I resented what I saw as a blindness to the fact that while my husband would go off to work every day, I would be left by myself to—literally—navigate my family’s new life.
Atlantic Media just announced four executive promotions. Below are the details.
- Tim Hartman has been promoted from president of the company’s Government Executive Media Group to CEO of Atlantic Media’s Washington divisions. Hartman will now lead the National Journal Group and the Government Executive Group. Hartman has been with Atlantic Media since 2001.
- Poppy McDonald has been upped to publisher and co-president of National Journal. McDonald came to Atlantic Media from Politico in 2011.
- Tim Grieve, editor of National Journal, is adding co-president to his title. Grieve also came to Atlantic Media from Politico. He has served as editor of National Journal for the past 10 months.
- Aretae Wyler has been promoted from deputy general counsel to general counsel of Atlantic Media. Wyler joined Atlantic Media last year.
The latest edition of Inside This Week’s Private Properties with Wall Street Journal real estate reporter Candace Taylor is chock-full of good stuff. Starting with the idea that William Randolph Hearst once had a need for a high-ceiling 100-foot long room to house his collection of suits of armor.
Hearst’s massive five-story apartment, overlooking the Hudson River, was broken up into smaller units in the 1930s. In the 1990s, a couple restored the remaining main space to its former glory and that chunk is now on the market for $38 million.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Brown was asked what would happen if Newsweek’s story was proven wrong. “That would be rough,” replied Brown. “All I can think of is I’m so glad I’m not the editor.”
Brown also commented on the challenges Newsweek faces, which have been echoed by many:
Anyone who has signed a check for an expense that has yet to be officially approved by their media company’s accounting department will be able to relate. The following is taken from Paige Cooperstein‘s very informative Business Insider look at what went into the making of Bloomberg Pursuits‘ Spring 2014 issue cover story:
“The paperwork literally wasn’t complete until Wednesday, January 8th at 3:45 p.m. and the photo crew started loading in at 6 p.m. that day,” said Brenda Milis, director of photography for Bloomberg Pursuits.
What really pushed the agreement to the wire was the UN’s $4,309 location fee. The business division of Bloomberg couldn’t okay the charge without a W-9 form, but the UN doesn’t have a W-9 because the international organization doesn’t pay taxes. [Bloomberg Pursuits editor Ted] Moncreiff cut the check himself for the location on the day of the shoot and crossed his fingers that he would get reimbursed later. (He was, thanks to a different document that satisfied the magazine.)
IBT Media’s Zombie Newsweek debuted only yesterday, and already there’s a problem. A big one. Newsweek’s cover story claimed that Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto, a 65 year old engineer, created Bitcoin. The media freaked out, with some proclaiming the piece “brilliant journalism.” The problem? Nakamoto has denied any involvement with the digital currency.
In a two hour interview with the AP, Nakamoto denied having any involvement in Bitcoin, and the only reason he had ever heard of it was because a Newsweek reporter contacted his son three weeks ago. Nakamoto also said that during during a brief interview at his home, the Newsweek reporter — Leah McGrath Goodman — misunderstood him (English isn’t Nakamoto’s first language).
Goodman claimed Nakamoto said ”I am no longer involved in that [Bitcoin] and I cannot discuss it.” However, Nakamoto insisted he meant he was no longer involved in engineering, and was referring to security protocol as it pertained to his former work with a defense contractor.
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