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The Hollywood Reporter Adds Two

the hollywood reporter logo GThe Hollywood Reporter has added two to its editorial staff: Jon Frosch and Bryan Bishop. Frosch will serve as reviews editor and Bishop will serve as news director, THR.com.

Frosch comes to THR from France 24, where he served as film editor and critic. He had been with France 24 since 2009. Bishop most recently served as The Verge’s film and TV editor.

“Bryan and Jon are proven impact players in their fields,” said THR’s executive editor, Matthew Belloni, in a statement. “We’re thrilled they are bringing their experience, strong relationships, and tireless work ethic to help The Hollywood Reporter build on its success.”

Botth Frosch and Bishop begin their new roles July 14.

Consumer Reports Hires Mark Rechtin, Bloomberg News Adds Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items for you today, involving Consumer Reports and Bloomberg News. Details are below.

  • Consumer Reports has named Mark Rechtin its cars content development team leader. Rechtin comes to the magazine from Automotive News, where he served as west coast editor and Los Angeles bureau chief for the past 20 years. He’ll report to Diane Salvatore, Consumer Reports’ senior director, content strategy and development.
  • Lucas Shaw is joining Bloomberg News as a TV and music industry reporter. He comes to the company from TheWrap.com.

Mets Farm Team Are Masters of Seinfeld Anniversary Domain

Bravo, Brooklyn Cyclones. Bravo.

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There was no shortage over the weekend of tributes to Seinfeld on the occasion of the beloved NBC sitcom’s 25th anniversary. But none did it with quite the flair as this group Saturday. From a Rolling Stone report:

Players took batting practice in puffy shirts; a guy named George Costanza (who drove down from Rhode Island) did radio commentary; the foul poles were re-named Festivus poles (and the stadium dubbed Vandelay Industries Park); and the Soup Nazi threw out the first pitch.

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Called Out by David Simon, HuffPo Amends, Corrects Post

DavidSimonBlogLogoFollowing a major Thursday assist from Capital New York associate media editor Jeremy Barr, The Wire co-creator David Simon has today updated his July 2 blog post. A post that began with this very eloquent recrimination:

The permanent churn of the Internet is such that if you allow a dishonesty to stand for more than a moment, it will be endlessly repeated as fact for as long as there are humans left to link to it.

In Simon’s case, the churn was a claim by Huffington Post blogger, author and UC Berkely prof Linda Williams that Simon was fired by the Baltimore Sun, where he worked as a crime reporter from 1982 through 1995 before taking a buyout. Simon’s noon-today blog addendum is titled UPDATED TWICE:

I am informed that the HuffPost piece has now removed the reference to my having been fired. Instead, apparently, my revenge was had upon editors who spiked one of my articles because my writing wasn’t “Dickensian” enough. They never said anything of the sort to me or anyone else, and that is not actually the reason that particular article was spiked.

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Joan Rivers Follows Gay Wedding with Transphobic Slur

On Monday, during a book signing event at the Union Square Barnes & Noble, Joan Rivers married a male couple. For those who don’t know, the performer is also an ordained minister.

All good, right? Not so fast. On Tuesday, the 81-year-old comedienne spoke briefly on the street with a video reporter and added a throwaway one-liner that has her in hot water this July 4 holiday weekend. She called Michelle Obama a “tranny” after suggesting the sitting President is gay:

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Birthday Boy Tom Cruise Doing Better Than Newsweek

ShutterstockTomCruiseNMUnintentionally, D.B. Hebbard over at Talking New Media may wind up with today’s most original Tom Cruise born-on-the-third-of-July reference. Leading off a piece about Newsweek, the journalist writes:

The newsweekly is like Tom Cruise in Interview with the Vampire, it may still be alive, but it is not looking very good. At least that is what users of the digital edition are telling the publisher.

Well done. But what of the more conventional coverage today of an A-lister who belies the fact that he is on the Edge of Early Bird Specials?

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Critic Expands on Blurred #AskThicke Lines

RobinThickePaulaCoverIn the summary view of New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica, when VH1 threw open the doors Monday to a Robin Thicke Twitter Q&A, the result was stored-up agita, frustration and discomfort.

But very cleverly, Caramanica does not dwell on the details of this Twitter “tsunami.” Instead, after a brief sampling of the waves, he remarks that very few people focused on the matter at hand – Thicke’s new album Paula – and remedies by asking about two dozen questions that coulda, shoulda been posed.

Here, from that list, are two of FishbowlNY’s favorites:

Have you considered, instead of touring this album, only performing it outside windows in acts of hostile serenade?

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Dick Cavett Revisits Alcohol-Soaked ‘Worst Show’

In the brand new book about The Tonight Show with Jay Leno by show producer David Berg, one of the many memorable guest anecdotes involves how Quentin Tarantino in 2003 hit “The Jay Bar” cart a little too hard and paid the incoherent, frenetic price.

Reading about that brought back memories of an even more epic artifact from the annals of late night slosh. Back in September 1970, Dick Cavett – on an ABC show shortened to 45 minutes from the usual hour and a half by Monday Night Football – welcomed Husbands director John Cassavetes together with the film’s co-stars Ben Gazzara and Peter Falk. From the get-go, it was a triple-shot challenge for Cavett, who handled it with amazing wit and grace.

The host was especially funny before and after the commercial breaks, at one point welcoming back “our friends on the Emmy Award committee” and pleading, at the end, that his guests “go do the same things to Griffin and Carson.” At another point in the program, Cavett walked off stage, with Falk taking over as interviewer and the host finally returning to the sounds of the audience chorus ‘We Want Dick!’

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How Arianna Sparked Journalist to a ‘HuffPost for Surfers’

If you’re a surfer, you’re most likely already familiar with The Inertia, a super-slick website covering all things big-wave. What you may not know is the critical role played in the genesis of the site by the long reach of NYC.

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The site is the brainchild of Zach Weisberg who, back in 2010 as editor-at-large of Surfer magazine, wrote a controversial blog post about racism in the sport. After refusing internal pressure to take it down, the post was nonetheless taken down by his publisher, leading Weisberg to quit and paddle out in search of his next venture.

Per a great little article by Honolulu-based Huffington Post fellow James Cave, Weisberg’s process at that time included a “soul-searching” trip to New York:

Weisberg happened upon a seminar given by Arianna Huffington, and was so inspired by her presentation that he was able to apply her vision for new media into the world he inhabited. “I listened to her talk and her vision at the moment; I felt that it could work perfectly in the world of surf and action sports. I decided to give it a shot, to try and build that.”

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AP Finds Its Next East Coast Lifestyles & Entertainment Editor

Acoca AppointmentShelley Acoca (pictured), most recently an editor for Fox News Magazine, has a killer new job. Starting in August, she will be AP’s east coast lifestyles & entertainment editor.

Acoca, whose career has also encompassed Newsday and the Miami Herald, will be based in New York City. From today’s announcement:

“Shelley is a highly creative, top-notch editor who has worked with award-winning writers,” said Nekesa Moody, AP global entertainment & lifestyles editor. “Shelley is the right person to help lead our team as it continues to excel in breaking news and features, and also inspire new journalism paths.”

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