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Kansas iHeart Contest Winner Not Flying Coach Anymore

ShutterstockPrivateJetWhen Wichita, Kansas radio host Elvis Duran ran through the gargantuan list of prizes with iHeartRadio Grand Prize winner Kelli Pankratz, he made two major observations.

The first was that she should not wear heels when introducing, alongside iHeartRadio Music Festival MC Ryan Seacrest, one of the many performers at the September 19-20 Las Vegas event. “He’s very short,” Duran joked.

The other was to prepare for the life-changing impact of flying round-trip from Kansas to Sin City (with three lucky friends) aboard the iHeartRadio private jet. “You’ll never want to get on a commercial jet ever again,” Duran warned.

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Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now! 

Leslie Bennetts Inks Deal for Joan Rivers Biography

LeslieBennettsPicThe Little, Brown tome won’t be out until 2016. But that’s a sign that the publisher and Vanity Fair contributor Leslie Bennetts (pictured) are serious about doing their subject justice.

From Alexandra Alter‘s New York Times item:

In a statement announcing the acquisition, Judy Clain, editor-in-chief of Little, Brown, called Ms. Rivers “an icon and a role model to millions.”

Ms. Bennetts, who met Ms. Rivers several times but never interviewed her, said in a statement that she was drawn to the biography because “Rivers’ career was also enormously significant in American cultural history, breaking down barriers for women in television and comedy and continually redefining the acceptable boundaries of truth-telling for women in public life.”

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Mark Ruffalo Embeds at the Boston Globe

ShutterstockMarkRuffaloHa ha. Check out the tail end of the first few sentences of this Boston Globe item written by the tandem of Mark Shanahan and Meredith Goldstein:

Actor Mark Ruffalo was at the Globe on Monday to do research for his new movie Spotlight, in which he’ll play Globe investigative reporter Michael Rezendes, a member of the Pulitzer-winning team that broke the Catholic sex abuse scandal. Ruffalo was seen in the newsroom, the cafeteria and the library — not that we were following him.

There’s also a nice shot of Ruffalo and Rezendes, powwowing in front of a computer.

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Denver Website Rallies Broncos Fans Against Phil Simms

The handiest way to get a sense of why Denver Broncos fans have so quickly signed a petition asking CBS Sports to stop assigning former Giants QB Phil Simms to their team’s televised contests is @philsimmsquotes. The Twitter account live-tweets color commentary made by Simms during NFL broadcasts, and among the snippets highlighted during the Broncos September 14 contest vs. the Kansas City Chiefs is: “When you’re in this air, you’re lighter, you’re faster.”

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Local website The Denver City Page, sensing an opportunity, threw up a change.org petition protesting Simms’ “biased drivel” and in a matter of just a few days, the petition is closing in on 30,000 signatures. Many of the signature comments espouse the same, basic theory:

Scott Feiler: I’m signing because Phil Simms doesn’t give insight to the viewers. Instead he indirectly attacks the Broncos organization and fans. Most likely because of personal matters possibly stemming from his son [Chris] not working out when he was on the team.

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New Monthly Print Magazine Pays Its Way to 400,000+ Circulation

CaliforniaSundayLogoOn Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will find something new within the bundle on their doorstep: The California Sunday Magazine, a startup devised by freelancer Douglas McGray and Federated Media co-founder Chas Ewards.

The monthly, print-side half of the pair’s business model is most intriguing. Not only does it give them instant traction at both the advertiser and circulation-base ends. But if successful, it could prove to be a model of revenue for other grouped regional newspapers. From a piece by Michael Learmonth, global tech editor of the International Business Times:

McGray and Edwards are paying the newspapers for distribution, much like Target would for an ad insert, and targeting 400,000 people who live in affluent neighborhoods. The rate card for the print edition is $40,000 a page; Edwards says the magazine will launch with 10 advertisers, including Google Play, Lexus, Converse, MailChimp and the Ace Hotel.

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Robin Thicke: ‘I Didn’t Do a Single Interview Last Year Without Being High’

ShutterstockRobinThickeJuly2013Hollywood Reporter legal eagle Eriq Gardner dubs it the “rock ‘n’ roll defense.” And certainly, the unsealed deposition obtained by the trade reporter backs up that great description.

Beating TMZ to the court docket punch, Gardner has pulled some wild quotes from Robin Thicke and “Blurred Lines” producer Pharrell Williams, as part of their ongoing legal dispute with the family of Marvin Gaye. The deposition of Thicke and Williams was taken in April:

Thicke states he hardly remembers his specific media comments [about "Blurred Lines"] because he “had a drug and alcohol problem for the year” and “didn’t do a sober interview.” In fact, when he appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s show with his young son and talked about how weird it was to be in the midst of a legal battle with the family of a legendary soul singer who “inspires almost half of my music,” Thicke admits he was drunk and taking Norco — “which is like two Vicodin in one pill,” he says.

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Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

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Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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Liam Neeson Goes the Extra Mile for NYC Cobbler

ShutterstockLiamNeesonFeb2014Many topics are addressed by Liam Neeson in this wonderful newspaper interview, conducted recently in Hollywood with The Independent‘s Gill Pringle.

There’s the 62-year-old actor’s view of the likely embarrassment our Founding Fathers would feel if they could see how the Second Amendment is being touted today. His fear of heights, recently confronted on a Utah mountainside with the help of one of his two sons. And this fascinating bit of civic-duty confessing from the New York resident, whose latest movie A Walk Among the Tombstones comes out September 19:

The problem, Neeson believes, stems from a generation that prefers to replace older items rather than repair them. “They just don’t fix things any more. It gives me cause for concern.”

“Where I live in New York, any time a bar closes down, suddenly there’s a Revlon make-up shop. There must be about 15 of them along Columbus Avenue. In the middle of it all there’s a little cobbler who operates from a tiny little space and I find myself sometimes breaking shoes in order to just bring them to him; just to keep it alive.”

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Radio Show Offers Forensic Analysis of Sam Kinison’s Soul

This week’s edition of The Outer Limits of Inner Truth kicks off with audio from one of comedian Sam Kinison‘s many hilarious bits. The one about the dichotomies of world hunger:

“You see a little [starving] kid out there [on TV] and you know, the film crew could give this kid a sandwich… You know there’s a director, five feet away, going, ‘Don’t feet him yet! Get that sandwich out of here!! It doesn’t work unless he looks hungry!’”

While the overall spiritual POV of this radio program is certainly not everybody’s cup of tea, it’s yet another reminder of just how far and wide the audience net has been cast thanks to the power of the Internet. Fans of the comedian will definitely want to bookmark and listen to the September 11 episode of this Star Com Radio Network offering, as it features a lengthy interview with the comedian’s brother Bill, who also co-authored the 1994 book Brother Sam. The portion of the conversation covering Sam’s interactions with Robin Williams is newly poignant. (Starts at 57:30 mark.)

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EW Editor Matt Bean Previews the ‘Fall TV Preview’ Issue

Chelsea Handler has not done many print interviews since ending her E! show. But one of them can be found in the “Streaming” section of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 “Fall TV Preview” double issue, on newsstands today.

Handler shares at least one scoop about her upcoming 2016 Netflix talk show as she answers “Five Questions” about her October 10 one-hour stand-up special for the website, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The “Streaming” section also highlights Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon show Transparent, Season Two of Amazon’s political drama Alpha House and the AOL series Making a Scene with James Franco.

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“Streaming is more important than it’s ever been,” EW editor Matt Bean tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “The quality and caliber of the programs on streaming outlets cannot be not ignored. Our readers, even more so than with TV, need a guide to that kind of content because it comes at you so quickly. And in many cases, at such a phenomenal volume.”

“I think James Franco is one of the most fascinating actors in the business right now,” he continues. “He just tries things. We’ll have to see how he does with this [AOL] project, but it’s certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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