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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 whiskey 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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TheWrap is in Full Expansion Mode

AdaGuerinPicTheWrap started in 2009 out of Sharon Waxman‘s guest house. Then came an office in Santa Monica, followed by a bigger space in West Los Angeles and an overflow annex a few minutes away for the sales and marketing team.

This weekend, TheWrap will move for a fourth time, to a consolidated Santa Monica space three times the size of its current headquarters. The company recently hired Jordan Chariton away from our sister blog TVNewser to work as a New York-based media reporter. And today, TheWrap announced that long-time Hollywood Reporter staffer Ada Guerin (pictured) has come aboard as creative director (effective immediately). Guerin was with THR for 14 years.

“There are a couple of other announcements that will be coming down the pike [in addition to Guerin] that will change around stuff,” Waxman tells FishbowlNY via telephone, taking a quick break from writing her next column. “On the editorial end, we’re growing both the movie team and the TV team. [Executive editor] Joseph Kapsch has been a really key person in recruiting and building the newsroom.”

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These Playboy Playmates Became Journalists

There’s an interesting wrinkle to this week’s New York magazine photo feature highlighting six Playmates from Playboy‘s vintage era. Two of them are now journalists while a third works in public relations.

Chicago society columnist CandaceJordanTagCandace Jordan writes that because the photos for the article were shot in New York way back in February, she had become convinced the piece would never run. But it’s finally out, spotlighting some unusual life trajectories and the work of a very qualified photographer. From Jordan’s column:

Nadav Kander was flown in from England for this feature. He’s a London-based photographer, artist and director, known for his portraiture and landscapes. His work is included in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum and others. He even shot President Obama for the cover of Time magazine as its “Person of the Year.” To say he’s talented is an understatement.

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Craig Silverman Finds Himself Knee-Deep in Fake News

At the end of a very good piece by The Verge reports editor Josh Dzieza about how Facebook is fanning the flame of viral fake news, Craig Silverman talks about an unanticipated priority.

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A month ago, Silverman launched watchdog site emergent.info with Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism to debunk items like the one above, concocted by current fake news headline-grabber National Report:

Silverman is interested in the dynamics of online rumors generally, but the fake news sites have become an unexpected focus. “I’m actively now thinking about ways to go after these fake news sites,” he says. “We need some way to crawl these sites and figure out which stories are starting to get velocity so we can counteract them, ruin their incentive, prevent them from getting the big hits. But I have no idea what the best way might be. There are so many.”

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Yahoo Expects $100 Million in Ad Sales from Tumblr

During a quarterly earnings call, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer revealed her vision for Tumblr — a $100 million vision. According to Mayer, the blogging platform will bring in $100 million in ad revenue next year. Mayer also said that Yahoo’s native advertising business will rake in $250 million.

That’s music to the ears of Yahoo investors, who were a bit concerned when Mayer decided to plunk down more than $1 billion for Tumblr last year.

The Wall Street Journal reports that since Yahoo acquired Tumblr, its audience has increased by 40 percent to 420 million users and registered blogs have doubled to 206 million.

What does this all mean for Tumblr users? More ads. A lot more.

No One Trusts BuzzFeed

sad-smiley-3Another interesting tidbit from that massive Pew Research Center study we mentioned this morning is that no one seems to trust BuzzFeeed [insert LOL and/or :( here].

The site was the only media outlet considered by Pew that received across the board distrust by liberals, conservatives and moderates. BuzzFeed did so poorly that people trust Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck more. If you’re a BuzzFeed staffer, that has got to be a little depressing.

The constant barrage of idiotic quizzes and lists is certainly one reason people do not trust BuzzFeed. However, we imagine the site’s battles with plagiarism and mysteriously deleted posts probably didn’t help its cause either. SMH.

You can see Pew’s chart featuring sad BuzzFeed below.

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Fox News Gets the Zellweger Skinny

Once upon a time, Tom Cruise told Renee Zellweger: “You complete me.” But today, it’s all about Renee’s complete “new” me.

In the wake of Zellweger’s shockingly unfamiliar red carpet face, presented Monday at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” awards event in Los Angeles, Fox News did a little investigating. Our main takeaway? We’re a long way from Hollywood’s Golden Age:

“It looks like she had eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, Botox, lip fillers and cheek fillers,” founder and partner of Fountain Medical Group Dr. Todd Schlifstein, who doesn’t treat Zellweger, told FOX 411. “It appears she changed the shape of eye and eyelid. She removed excess skin, tightened skin around the area.”

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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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Bill Simmons Gets NBA Show

Bill Simmons GLooks like things between Bill Simmons and ESPN are back to normal. At least for now. The company has announced that Simmons is hosting The Grantland Basketball Hour starting this Thursday at 7 pm ET. The weekly show will feature Simmons alongside Jalen Rose. It will also include special guests, like ESPN’s Michelle Beadle and Grantland’s Zach Lowe.

“We are delighted to bring the Grantland brand to television – it’s the natural evolution for our site and for everything Jalen and I have been doing on our video channel,” said Simmons, in a statement. “We want to be creative, we want to be unpredictable and we want to stand out.”

Not too much, of course.

Simmons has just returned from being suspended by ESPN for calling out NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Obviously the show has been in the works for awhile, but we imagine it won’t get that crazy, as there is little doubt ESPN execs will be watching closely.

Rex Reed Questions Birdman’s Broadway Sense

As is Rex Reed‘s wont, the Observer film critic has dumped all over two of this fall’s most acclaimed movies – Gone Girl and Birdman. In the case of the Michael Keaton film, Reed noticed something rather surprising:

The result is a train wreck without a shred of continuity, a hashtag that doesn’t even get the geography right. The action takes place inside a real Broadway theater, the St. James, which is a musical house on West 44th St. But when they leave the stage door, the actors are next door to the Edison Hotel, which is actually on 47th St.

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