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Chris O'Shea

Chris O'Shea is a freelance writer. His work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, New York's Vulture, The Awl, The Village Voice and more. He wishes Carmelo Anthony would pass the damn ball.

The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

Time Out New York logo GHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Time Out New York Wins Cover of The Year

2) South Carolina Comedienne Still Recovering from Horrific Subway Accident

3) Don Lemon Dominated 2014

4) Rolling Stone Asks Columbia to Investigate its Botched UVA Rape Story

5) Saveur, Bloomberg Add to Teams

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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.

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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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]

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Declawed | Failed Interview | Weird Connection

Stock Logos: The Toronto Raptors’ raptor is finally extinct. At least they still have Drake.

GalleyCat: Count the PEN American Center among those appalled at the events surrounding The Interview.

AgencySpy: Nothing reminds us more of Brita products than a weirdly muscular Santa Claus.

Hillman Foundation Now Accepting Entries

logoThe Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2015 Hillman Prizes, which celebrate the best in investigative reporting and commentary in the public interest.

The categories include non-fiction book; online or print newspaper reporting; online or print magazine reporting; video or radio broadcast journalism; online journalism (individual or group); and opinion and analysis journalism.

The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2015. Winners will be announced in April of next year.