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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).

Reporter Reads About Himself in Alan Cumming’s New Book

AlanCummingBookCoverPresently, Tim Teeman writes for The Daily Beast. But back in 2010, his byline could be found in The London Times, and it was during that time that had a very large impact on actor Alan Cumming‘s life.

As Teeman discovered and recounted this week for The Daily Beast:

Journalists generally shouldn’t be part of the stories they cover. But today, sitting with Alan Cumming in the Union Square vegan restaurant Peacefood Café, it’s unavoidable. I am part of the story, a key one, it turns out; when I reached page 31 of The Good Wife star’s memoir, Not My Father’s Son, the color drained from my face when I discovered why.

“Isn’t it funny? You’re actually integral to this book,” Cumming says, taking off his lovely, fitted checkered coat and scarf and liberating a curtain of dark floppy hair from under a jaunty hat. “If it hadn’t been for us meeting and doing that interview my dad would never have told me — at that time anyway… and maybe not ever.”

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Ahead of Guardian Expose, Whisper Rewrites Terms of Service

Want to read a most acute spark for a corporate PR crisis?

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Here it is, from an investigative report shared today by Guardian reporters Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe:

Approached for comment last week, Whisper said it “does not follow or track users.” The company added that the suggestion it was monitoring people without their consent, in an apparent breach of its own terms of service, was “not true” and “false.”

But on Monday – four days after learning The Guardian intended to publish this story – Whisper rewrote its terms of service; they now explicitly permit the company to establish the broad location of people who have disabled the App’s geolocation feature.

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Derek Jeter Gets a Donald Sterling Scoop

PlayersTribuneLogoIf this any indication of the kind of content The Players’ Tribune will be publishing, folks at Grantland and such may want to start worrying.

Under the simple, stark headline “The Boss,” LA Clippers star Blake Griffin shares some candid thoughts about his team’s disgraced former owner. The All-Star begins by recalling his awkward first encounters with Sterling at one of the billionaire’s annual “White Party” dress-up celebrations in Malibu. Then, he tracks back to this:

When I knew the Clippers were drafting me, the first thing I did was type Donald Sterling’s name into Google. The first hit that came up was “Donald Sterling is a racist.” I read an article on how he didn’t want minorities to live in his apartment buildings. My first thought was, Wow this guy is really, really a racist… How is he an owner of an NBA team?

My second thought was, Wow, these articles are from 2003 and 2008. I guess everybody already knows about this stuff and just doesn’t care.

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Tony Bennett Lends His Q Factor to Staten Island

Many, many moons after performing at the opening of the RFK Triborough Bridge, Tony Bennett is gracing another local launch. The 88-year-old legend looks sharp, as usual, on the cover of Q magazine, a brand new quarterly events and entertainment guide unveiled this week by newspaper the Staten Island Advance.

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From editor Brian J. Laline‘s introductory note:

We’re here to tell you that there’s a lot happening on Staten Island. You don’t always have to go to “the city” or elsewhere to find fun things to do. The Q print publication will capsulize entertaining Staten Island happenings for you four times a year — fall, winter, spring and summer…

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AP Adds Another Film Writer

Lindsey BahrStarting next month, New York-based AP film writer Jake Coyle will have a new partner in cinematic crime.

Lindsey Bahr, who will be based in Los Angeles, is coming over to the wire service from Entertainment Weekly. From this morning’s announcement, tipped to ABC News:

Bahr, 30, has reported on all facets of the film business at EW, including the Oscars and other major award shows, film festivals, breaking news, trend stories, talent profiles and box office analysis. She also reviewed movies and contributed to EW‘s video, photo and Sirius XM radio formats.

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World Rejoices as Neil Patrick Harris Agrees to Host Oscars

Get ready for a truckload of celebrities-tweeted-this news stories. Because Neil Patrick Harris was just announced as host of next year’s Oscars.

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As The Hollywood Reporter reminds, this man’s golden statuette pedigree is unimpeachable:

He’s hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times, winning four Emmys for his Tony shows.

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Martha Stewart Partners with Meredith

Two big “M’s” of the media world are teaming up. And, if all goes well, for at least ten years starting November 1.

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Under the arrangement, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will continue to handle print and digital content creation, while Meredith Corporation will be responsible for North American ad sales, circulation and production of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings magazines. From this afternoon’s announcement:

“We are very excited to partner with a great company like Meredith,” said MSLO founder and non-executive chairman Martha Stewart. “Our editorial team can focus entirely on what we do best: the creation of inspirational, original, practical, useful and trusted content for our superb publications and digital properties – content that continually enhances and improves consumers’ lives.”

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The Long Lineage of Garry Marshall and The Medill School

When Garry Marshall recently guested on Late Night with Seth Meyers, he joked with the fellow Northwestern alum that his comedy writing days began when he was sports editor for the school’s newspaper. The football team was so bad, Marshall recalled, that it became a matter of article ledes like, ‘By the time “The Star Spangled Banner” was over, the team was 14 points behind.’

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Marshall has been busy talking up Billy & Ray, a play about the collaboration of Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler for the filmmaker’s 1946 classic Double Indemnity. Directed by Marshall and written by WABC-TV editor-producer Mike Bencivenga, it’s in previews through October 20 at the Vineyard Theatre in Union Square.

The Medill School also came up during Marshall’s conversation with American Theatre magazine editor Suzy Evans. This time, a little more formally:

“I went to the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern, which is a great school — I learned a lot, but mostly I learned how to meet a deadline. So I’m never late. My three kids went to Northwestern, and it was the highlight of my life just a month ago when my first grandchild, Charlotte, started at Northwestern. She’s in media studies. She’s a whiz on the Internet. I don’t even have a computer.”

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Shrimp and Grits Helped Seal Deal for Elmore Leonard Collection

UniversitySouthCarolinaLogoAll five of late novelist Elmore Leonard‘s children are in Columbia, South Carolina today together with Otto Penzler, owner of New York City’s Mysterious Book Shop and several other invited guests. The occasion? The announcement by the University of South Carolina that it has acquired a large collection of Leonard’s papers and personal items.

Detroit News reporter Susan Whitall has a colorful account of how and why the Detroit-indebted Leonard chose this Southern institution over the University of Michigan. The collection includes a number of items the university is referring to as “realia” (typewriters, desk, Hawaiian shirts, etc.) and will reside alongside another collection connecting to a formative Leonard influence:

At one point in May 2013 [during Leonard's one and only visit to the University of South Carolina], gingerly holding a Hemingway first edition, Elmore told son Peter how he used to rewrite Hemingway stories “the way I’d want to do it,” with more of the humor he felt was lacking in his hero’s prose.

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Bill Simmons Returns to ESPN

simmonsAs Bill Simmons returns today to ESPN after serving out his three-week suspension, a number of questions linger. All of which are solidly addressed by New York Times writers Jonathan Mahler and Richard Sandomir.

1) How much does Simmons have left on his current contract with ESPN?

One year.

2) Who are the role models for Simmons, should he choose to go the non-traditional route?

Howard Stern and Glenn Beck.

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