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CBS LA’s Jackie Johnson Channels The Umbrellas of Cherbourg

In 1964, Catherine Deneuve announced herself to the film world via the French musical drama The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. This month, CBS LA meteorologist Jackie Johnson and photographer Cliff Lipson have teamed for a playful, 50th-year anniversary tribute to the movie for a feature in CBS’ Watch! magazine. Here’s an exclusive first look at one of the article’s seven photos.

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The issue and this piece (“Ain’t No Sunshine Until She’s On”) is on its way to magazine subscribers this week and will hit newsstands September 23. Johnson is a woman of many talents, often sharing via Twitter and Instagram her latest painting and artful photo efforts.

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Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication

BanehamOscarWe joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling the deck at a most furious Twitter pace.

But then it hit us. While film criticism as a legitimate form of journalism has been flat-lining for years, the eleven-and-a-half-month annual rigamarole through which an increasing number of film journalists calibrate the chances of this actor and that studio for a BATFA, SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award is a phenomenon that would meet with the hearty approval of a character played by Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and others. It’s survival of the aisle-seat fittest.

If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone, Roger Friedman and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s not just an attempt to keep the ad dollars rolling in. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant.

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Critic Rolls His Eyes at Rosario Dawson’s NYT Character

ShutterstockRosarioDawsonThough relatively limited, the pantheon of New York Times reporters committed to film and TV has included such memorable characters as Sam Waterston‘s Sydney Schanberg in 1984′s The Killing Fields and Matt Borner‘s Felix Turner in this year’s HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Another NYT movie reporter is about to hit the big screen, via Chris Rock‘s Top Five. But according to Grantland’s Wesley Morris, this newsroom derivation is memorable for entirely different reasons:

Rock stars as Andre Allen, a recovering alcoholic and comedy star being trailed by the least-likely-ever culture reporter for the New York Times. It’s not that she’s played by Rosario Dawson. It’s that the plot twist around her character doesn’t make ethical sense. Together, they visit his New York universe and hers (she’s in recovery, too)…

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THR and Billboard Tap Head of Video, Quartz Editor Expands Role

A couple Revolving Door items to note this afternoon, involving The Hollywood Reporter and Quartz. Details are below.

    • The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard have named Jeremy Colfer head of video. He comes to the glossies from Sundance TV, where he worked as a senior producer for branded content. Previously Colfer served as senior director/GM, Official Comedy Network at Bedrocket Media Ventures.
    • Zach Seward, a senior editor at Quartz, has added product director to his role. In a memo announcing the change, Quartz’s editor, Kevin Delaney, wrote, “This move reflects the vision and importance of Zach’s contributions to what Quartz is as a digital product. He’s played a constant lead role in discussions about how to improve and expand our site, and has originated countless ideas for how it should look, work, and be structured.” Seward has been with Quartz since it launched in 2012.

Fox’s Chase Carey on Time Warner: ‘We’ve Moved On’

Chase Carey GChase Carey, president and COO of 21st Century Fox, wants everyone to know that his company is already healing from the heartbreak of not acquiring Time Warner. “We’ve moved on,” Carey said, during a London TV industry conference. “We don’t want to be revisiting something that is in the past or implying that we are continuing to be engaged.”

Carey and 21st Century Fox had tried to purchase Time Warner for $80 billion last month, but the offer was rejected. At the time, Rupert Murdoch put the blame squarely on Time Warner’s shoulders. “Time Warner management and its Board refused to engage with us to explore an offer which was highly compelling,” he explained.

According to Variety, Carey added that for now, at least, there are no other companies worth pursuing. “We don’t have an acquisition list,” he said. “Time Warner was a unique opportunity for us.” Hey, buck up buddy. There’s other media companies in the sea.

Taylor Swift Worries About ‘The Janitor Who’s Being Paid by TMZ’

It’s only Monday. But in terms of quotable pop culture quotes, contributing editor Josh EellsRolling Stone cover story on Taylor Swift is going to be very hard this week to beat.

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There’s the bit about Swift getting 70 percent of her current date requests via “random email,” from hopeful dudes who’ve wrangled contact info from a publicist. (You’ve Got Male!) There’s the portion of the article about Swift’s new TriBeca double-digs. (Sir Ian McKellen FTW!) And there’s this media POV, uttered during the recent “Shake It Off” music video shoot in Van Nuys:

There are worries about spies and recording devices. “Don’t even get me started on wiretaps,” Swift says seriously. “It’s not a good thing for me to talk about socially. I freak out.”

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Barbra Streisand Town Hall Anchors Limited-Time SiriusXM Channel [Updated]

ShutterstockBarbraStreisandLaunching Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Friday October 10, SiriusXM’s Barbra Streisand Channel will allow fans to bask in a non-stop flow of the singer’s catalog. From her 1963 debut right through to her new album Partners, releasing September 16.

It’s a clever way to promote Streisand’s new LP and comes with the benefit of an exclusive interview on Sunday. From today’s announcement:

The Barbra Streisand Channel will feature an exclusive “Town Hall” special with Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

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SpinMedia Cuts Tom Morrissy After Just Five Months

SpinMediaLogoSpinMedia has cut its chief revenue officer, Tom Morrissy, after only five months on the job.

Morrissy, a former publisher of Entertainment Weekly and OK!, came to the company from Selectable Media, where he served as chief revenue officer as well.

The New York Post reports that Morrissy was let go in an effort to cut costs at the still unprofitable company.

SpinMedia is nothing if not well, spinning. The company named its fourth CEO in less than two years just a few weeks ago.

That Time Joan Rivers Did the Cover of Cosmoparody

For The Observer, Lisa DePaulo has compiled a life-affirming hit parade of memories from journalists, journalism students and others who crossed paths along the years with Joan Rivers. Among those sharing anecdotes is our very own Lunch columnist Diane Clehane.

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But the reminiscence we want to focus on here comes from Edward Shain, president of TSM Publishing. It harks back to the mid-1980s, when Rivers was at the peak of her live-performance powers:

In the spring of 1984, my partner Jerry Taylor and I were putting together a parody of Cosmopolitan magazine. We were struggling for a good cover idea and someone came up with trying to get Joan Rivers to do a cover shoot. We didn’t think it was possible but we were going to try, and so we called her agent. Next thing we know, we are sitting across from Joan and her husband Edgar in an elegant suite discussing in detail what the cover joke was going to be. She’s smart, funny, knowledgeable and straightforward. She has no entourage. It’s just the four of us. We come to an agreement on her fee and it’s done. We’re in a state of disbelief. We got Joan Rivers — THE Joan Rivers — for our Cosmoparody cover?!

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Chris Brown Gives Billboard Understatement of The Year

Maybe you were out of control when you beat Rihanna, Chris. Maybe.

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