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Valerie Berrios

Valerie is the managing editor at Mediabistro. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in mass communications for magazine journalism. She has previously worked at Accord Media, Everyday Health, Bridal Guide, and is the author of The Bridesmaid's Companion, published by Sterling/Hearst Books.

Jenny McCarthy Hosts DailyMail.com Party, Dishes on The View: ‘Um, I’ve seen it… once’

dailymail_comThe drinks flowed and the gossip whirled during last night’s launch party at the Daily Mail‘s New York headquarters on Astor Place, celebrating the evolution of MailOnline to the U.S.-friendly DailyMail.com masthead and URL.

Party host Jenny McCarthy (never far from the side of new hubby, Donnie Wahlberg) was beaming. No doubt in part because of her new gig on SiriusXM, Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy, which the former co-host of The View described to FishbowlNY as “amazing!” McCarthy doesn’t mince words on her show and was similarly forthcoming about her thoughts on the recently revamped ABC talk show. “Um, I’ve seen it… once,” she told us before quickly adding, “I’m so happy to have my SiriusXM show.”

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First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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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.”

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Bad Weather Forces NBC to Cancel Its Annual Holiday Sing-Along

nbc-sing-alongJack Frost’s visit to New York on Tuesday was enough to scrub a long-held tradition for NBC’s TVNewsers. The winter storm that hit New York earlier this week forced the network to cancel its annual Sing-Along, during which WNBC anchors and crew gather to sing Christmas carols on the Rockefeller Center ice rink. Viewers are usually offered the chance to join in the Sing-Along and meet their favorite TV news personalities.

An NBC spokesperson gave FishbowlNY the following statement about the cancellation:

Due to necessary repair work on the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink on Dec. 10th (our scheduled back up date), there was no available time to reschedule it. We are still planning to air the Sing-Along. We will resurrect the perennial favorite, Deck the Halls, from a previous year. Air date is expected to be Saturday, December 13.

Until then, because you know you want to see it, here’s a snippet from last year’s Sing-Along:

A Grim Ending for The Colbert Report

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Credit: Scott Gries (PictureGroup)

The Colbert Report is inching closer to the end. The lineup leading up to Stephen Colbert‘s final show on Thursday, Dec. 18, starts with a guest appearance on Dec. 15 from Seth Rogen, plugging The Interview — which, given the recent Sony hacking drama, is sure to be an entertaining one. On Dec. 16, rapper Kendrick Lamar stops by for an interview and performance. Military veteran Phil Clay visits on Dec. 17 to discuss his book, Redeployment, which earned Clay the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. Last but not least, Grimmy, Colbert’s “colleague and lifelong friend” aka the Grim Reaper will cap off the show’s nine-year run.

The pundit we all love to love described the final days as only he could: “Our last week of shows are going to be really special, just like every other week.”

For those who just can’t get enough Colbert, Comedy Central plans to air classic episodes on Thursday from 10 a.m. up until the final show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Colbert takes over as host of the Late Show when David Letterman signs off on May 20, 2015.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Stephen Colbert Covers EW as Gandalf, Bilbo and Legolas

Dean Cain Responds to Brooke Shields’ Account of Being Deflowered by Him

brooke-shields and dean-cainIn her recently released memoir, There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, Brooke Shields detailed some very intimate details of her life — including losing her virginity to then-boyfriend Dean Cain aka Lois & Clark‘s Superman. Of that experience, Shields described streaking down a hallway buck-naked as if she had just stolen someone’s wallet, while Cain ran after her with a comforter to cover her up. Sounds, er, memorable.

People Now’s Jeremy Parsons interviewed Cain today to get his take on the night. Although the actor admitted he hadn’t read that portion of the Shields’ memoir (after all, “I know what happens”), he admitted he wasn’t embarrassed and actually got the head’s up on the reveal from his ex-girlfriend:

Brooke and I discussed it beforehand. She called me and she said she was writing this book and she would cover that part of her life, and did that bother me. Honest to goodness truth, it doesn’t bother me at all. And I said be as candid as you want to. I trust you implicitly.

When asked if he recalled having jitters that night, as did Shields, Cain said, “Nervous isn’t the word I would choose.”

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

As much as we’d love to bring you the usual media happenings today at Michael’s, Lunch columnist Diane Clehane was feeling under the weather, so you’ll have to hold tight for her next updates until after Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, here are some recent columns to chew on…

David Zaslav, Montel Williams and the Man Behind 25 Years of AFV

Special ‘Evening’ Edition: The Media Mob Turns Out for Michael’s 25th Anniversary

Judy Collins, Woody Allen’s Singing Writer and the Dish on the Definitive Bob Hope Biography

Rosanne Cash, Donald Trump’s Latest Nemesis & Lessons in PR From Tina Brown’s Landlord

Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Inspires During Marie Claire’s New Guard Lunch

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From left: Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, Jennifer Lee, Rashida Jones, Cindy Holland and Marie Claire publisher Nancy Cardone; Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty

On Thursday, Marie Claire held its second annual New Guard luncheon at the Hearst Tower, honoring 50 “badass innovators, mogulistas and shot callers.” This year’s theme was “Flipping the Script,” a nod to female writers and producers breaking through Hollywood’s glass ceiling. The afternoon began with a keynote speech from Betsy Beers, executive producer of ABC’s #TGIT lineup (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder). Words so inspiring — and refreshingly blunt — that even one of the male wait staff in the room could be overheard saying, “Wow, just wow.”

Beers explained that she has worked with executive producer and head writer Shonda Rhimes since 2002, when the duo pitched a salacious hospital drama to a roomful of male network execs. After one of those men insisted viewers would never relate to the lead character, a female medical intern who could get drunk and have a one-night stand the night before her first day on the job, Beers proceeded to describe her own real-life experience doing just that. That show, Grey’s Anatomy, is now in its 11th season and a frequent contender on the awards circuit. These days, when asked how she and Rhimes manage to produce three different hit shows simultaneously, the first thought Beers has is no one ever asks that of Dick Wolf (producer of the Law & Order franchise). Read more

FGI Night of Stars Honors Fashion’s Protagonists, Including Oscar de la Renta

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Katie Couric, Lisa Paulsen and Diane Clehane

Last night, a stylish group of entertainment and media personalities gathered at Cipriani Wall Street for The Fashion Group International’s 31st Annual Night of Stars event, honoring the creative contributions of about a dozen fashion designers and executives. This year’s theme was “The Protagonists: Those who play the leading roles in their own lives,” which could certainly describe the life of the late Oscar de la Renta. Among the evening’s highlights was a touching tribute to de la Renta by Superstar Award winner Diane von Furstenberg. Upon receiving her award, the designer recalled a tradition she had with her good friend:

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Taking a Lunch Break…

Lunch At Michaels

Our intrepid Lunch reporter Diane Clehane skipped her usual rounds at Michael’s today, as she’s in PR-planning mode for tomorrow’s 31st Annual Night of Stars gala, hosted by The Fashion Group International.

Rest assured, she’ll be back to dish on the city’s movers and shakers a week from today.

Until then here are some recent columns to chew on…

Barbara Walters, Willow Bay I Going to Great Lengths for Breast Cancer Awareness

Michael Caine and Doris Kearns Goodwin | All is Forgiven, Michael Wolff

Jon Steinberg on The MailOnline’s Plans for World Domination, New Hire Piers Morgan

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