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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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Arianna Swaps Christmas Sweaters for PJs

Take a look at the following photo, taken this holiday season at The Huffington Post’s NYC offices. Notice anything different?

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That’s right; no one is wearing a Christmas sweater, breaking what had been a longstanding HuffPo tradition.

Explains Arianna Huffington to FishbowlNY: “After nine years of giving holiday sweaters, we decided it was time to disrupt our own tradition. Some of our employees had collected seven, eight or nine sweaters and it seemed like time to give them something else to wear.”

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9/11 Threats From Sony Hackers Cause the Film Company to Drop The Interview

the-interviewIn 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.

In an anonymous email on Tuesday, the hackers warned that “We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.”  Read more

New Yet Old | Thankfully Safe | Snap Away

Stock Logos: Southern Miss’ new eagle logo looks exactly like its old eagle logo. But uh, good job everyone!

TVNewser: Truly scary stuff — NBC News producer Mushtaq Yusufzai says his two boys were inside the Peshawar school that was attacked by the Taliban. Thankfully, both were unharmed.

AllTwitter: According to a new study, Snapchat was the fastest growing social media app. The same study found that yes, we are old.

Stephen Collins Completes the TMZ News Cycle

tmz-logo-240It is by now a devastatingly familiar entertainment news progression. It starts with TMZ releasing some bombshell audio or video and ends with very serious comment or consequence.

Earlier this year, Donald Sterling lost an NBA team because of TMZ’s reporting. Today, 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins is commenting for the first time (to People magazine) about some horrible revelations contained in a leaked-to-TMZ therapy session audiotape:

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since…”

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21st Century Fox Buys Digital Ad Company

21st Century Fox logo G21st Century Fox has purchased TrueX Media for $200 million. TrueX — founded in 2007 as SocialVibe — is a digital advertising company which licenses its products to advertisers and media companies.

Some of TrueX’s clients include Microsoft, Visa, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola, Kia, Kraft, Macys, Nestle, and Procter & Gamble.

“The connections between brands and consumers have continued to evolve within digital video environments, and True[x] is at the center of this vital area of innovation,” said James Murdoch, co-COO of 21st Century Fox, in a statement. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to have true[x]’s talented team work with us as we set out together to create new experiences in what we believe is a very exciting time in digital video.”

George Clooney Lookalike Still Searching For His Amal

This year’s “Most Fascinating Person” is also David Siegel‘s “Most Perplexing Professional Problem.”

The Englewood, New Jersey-based Siegel has been making a solid sideline living as a George Clooney impersonator. But since Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor decided to settle down, more and more of today’s potential Siegel clients are inquiring about booking him together with a Significant Other. Since Siegel does not have an Amal Alamuddin in his contacts, the search is on.

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Matrix Awards Winners Announced

New York Women in Communications has announced the 2015 Matrix Awards winners. The Matrix Awards honor women who excel in the communications industry.

The winners will be celebrated Monday, April 25, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria. Congrats to all the winners listed below.

Glimpses of New York City Subway Riders, Circa 1966

DannyLyonUnderground1966There’s no better place to exhibit a group of vintage photos of NYC subway riders than a New York City subway stop.

Per Fast Company staff writer Carey Dunne, the number of photos on display at the Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center stop is relatively small (eight). But oh, what photos they are:

In 1966, photographer Danny Lyon returned to his hometown of New York City after spending years documenting the Civil Rights Movement in the South and motorcycle gangs in Chicago. Once back in the city, Lyon took his mother’s advice: “If you’re bored, just talk to someone on the subway.” Using a Rolleiflex camera and Kodak color transparency film, he started taking photographs of New York’s commuters and its dingy, fluorescent-lit train stations.

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