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Richard Horgan

[Email contact: rhorgan@gmail.com; personal Twitter account: @hollywoodspin] I have worked as a journalist and editor for several decades, beginning in Canada at age 17 with a full-time job at the Ottawa bureau of Associated Press Canada (Canadian Press).

Teachers, Watchdog Give Time Cover an ‘F’

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) wants Time to apologize for this November 3 issue cover, on newsstands Monday.

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From the AFT’s petition:

The cover is particularly disappointing because the articles inside the magazine present a much more balanced view of the issue. But for millions of Americans, all they’ll see is the cover and a misleading attack on teachers.

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Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throwback recollections on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesars pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, working alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. On Wednesday, it was Keanu Reeves‘ turn to remember how he and his nanny Renata, when he was around six or seven, witnessed a jacket floating mysteriously into the doorway of a New York City apartment bedroom.

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The Daily Mail wins for best Keanu headline: “He’s Seen Dead People…” And the New York Post gets our vote for savviest SEO redeployment, having dropped the John Wick star into the middle of today’s 36-photo slide show “The Creepiest Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

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All the Bible News That Was Fit to Print

NYTStreetscapesLogoThis weekend’s New York Times ”Streetscapes” article about an early Manhattan skyscraper built in 1892 and demolished in 1920 leads off with some wacky NYC newspaper history:

In 1888, when Cyrus Field sold the Mail and Express to Elliott F. Shepard, the newspaper was losing money, a failing amalgam of other papers. But Shepard didn’t care; he had other things in mind. In the same year, Shepard, a Presbyterian, bought control of the Fifth Avenue stage line to stop it from running on Sunday and violating the Sabbath.

Shepard altered the Mail and Express into a religious enterprise, unusual for a mass-market newspaper, with a biblical text on the front page every day, and what the Chicago Daily Tribune said were editorials that were “free from wickedness.”

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SNL Intern Lawsuit Ends with Resounding Lawyer Punchline

OuttenGoldenLogoOutten & Golden sounds like the name of Saturday Night Live skit law firm. But it is in fact a real outfit headed by Wayne N. Outten and Anne Golden, with offices in New York, LA and San Francisco.

This week, the news from the class-action front for this company is indeed golden. From Dominic Patten‘s Deadline report:

If everything is approved, the plaintiffs’ lawyers at labor-issues firm Outten & Golden will get $1.184 million from the settlement. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot more than the plaintiffs will see. “Class Counsel will move for Court approval of the Service Payments of $10,000 to Plaintiff Monet Eliastam, $5,000 to Plaintiffs Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak, and $2,000 to Opt-In Plaintiffs Samantha Kurlander, Nicole Klepper and Jamaal Brown,” the filing of October 22 states. The rest of the cash will go to thousands of others who interned at NBCU starting on July 3, 2007 in New York and on February 10, 2010 in California. Those interns should expect to get about $500 each if they accept the settlement.

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Another Week of Jennifer Aniston Lies

ShutterstockJenniferAnistonAugust2014OK! is not just the name of a magazine. In this case, it was also the exclamation we uttered as we moved on from Gossip Cop’s report about the publication’s non-existent current cover story:

According to the cover, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were “finally married” in a “secret wedding” at a farm in New York, with Aniston taking Theroux’s last name and declaring it “the best day of my life.”

The actual story inside the magazine’s pages is not surprisingly another bait-and-switch from the tabloid, which claims the two are actually just talking about supposed “Christmas nuptials,” and directly contradicting the cover. OK! claims Aniston and Theroux are planning a “small, exclusive gathering” somewhere in New York, although the outlet later forgets the whole “farm” thing and starts talking about Manhattan venues.

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Tom Bergeron Makes Up for Osama bin Laden Interruption

When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.

Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:

“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”

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Ed Asner Explains How He Changed Up Lou Grant

LouGrantThe publication is called Smashing Interviews magazine. And certainly, Melissa Parker‘s Q&A with Ed Asner for the Birmingham, Alabama-based outlet lives up to that lofty title.

The record holder for male actor Emmy Awards covers a lot of topics. One of the conversation highlights involves how Asner transitioned from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Lou Grant:

Asner: We continued to work on the [Lou Grant] first year, and finally I came to the realization that I was using my two older brothers as inspirations for the “Mary Tyler Moore Lou.” I realized in the different scripts that were being written, that same character would not work for me, and I began to plunge into myself to find that [less comedic] character of Lou in the hour show, and that’s what I came up with.

Parker: Very interesting.

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Honoring the First American Woman Correspondent Killed in Action

MilwaukeePressClubLogoAmong the journalists being inducted Friday into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame is the one and only Dickey Chapelle. The late photographer’s trailblazing run as a female war correspondent began during World War II in Iwo Jima, when she detoured away from a women’s magazine assignment, and ended with her death in Vietnam in 1965.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones put together a wonderful remembrance of Chapelle, born in Milwaukee as Georgette Meyer. Chapelle was very possibly the first female journalist to report from the Vietnam War front, and wanted no preferential treatment while doing it:

In 1962 an officer tried to deny her access to covering a field operation, arguing that there were no toilets for women in the jungle.

“According to my AP colleague Fred Waters,” recalled Peter Arnett, who met Chapelle, in an email interview, “Dickey, in her olive drab field gear, and her feet firmly planted on the ground, snarled at him, ‘Listen soldier don’t worry about me, and when I have to I can piss standing up straight just like you do!’ Of course, Dickey went on the patrol.”

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Rick Reilly Recalls His Encounter with ‘Broke’ Jack Nicklaus

RickReillyPicMiracles do happen. In some cases, to the same journalist – twice.

As part of Sports Illustrated‘s 60th anniversary celebration, associate editor Ted Keith sat down with ESPN’s Rick Reilly to revisit the latter’s career-launching coverage of the 1986 Masters golf tournament. Miracle #1 is that Reilly had the SI job in the first place. As he tells Keith, when he traveled from LA to New York for a big Time & Life building lunchtime job interview, he was forced to borrow a sports jacket several sizes too big and knocked a glass of water into the lap of managing editor Mark Mulvoy.

Miracle #2 is even more astounding. Picking up on a tip that Jack Nicklaus, who would go on to win the 1986 tournament in dramatic fashion, was broke, a nervous Reilly shanked it way right. From the Q&A:

“So now I’ve got to talk to Jack Nicklaus for the first time in my life, I’m 28-years-old and my knees are knocking. I go up to him and I say, “Jack, I’m Rick Reilly from Sports Illustrated. We hear you’re broke.””

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Nice Day for an Adam Perry Lang Table Setting

Please forgive the hackneyed headline-paraphrase of the chorus from Billy Idol‘s “White Wedding.” However, since privileged access to an outdoor performance by Idol in the heart of Hollywood was one of several experiences served up Tuesday by Tennessee whisky brand George Dickel to a lucky group of food and spirits journalists, FishbowlNY couldn’t resist.

The sweet October 21 mash-up began in the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room. In between Dickel reserve shots (for those who wanted) and a remote throw-to-commercial bit for which Bill Murray took over the bar area, invited journalists got to watch the live show taping and catch further glimpses of show guests Murray and Tenacious D. Then came Idol’s performance on the Kimmel outdoor stage.

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