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David Ritz Has Five Books Out This Year

Mere mortals are happy with one biography or ghostwriting effort making it on to Amazon in a given year. But David Ritz long ago ceased being merely mortal.

In 2014, Ritz is responsible as a ghostwriter for the autobiographies of Rick James (July 8), Aerosmith’s Joe Perry (October 7) and Andrew Dice Clay (November 11). Today, he’s also got a biography of Aretha Franklin out, which follows his 1999 collaborative effort with the singer on her autobiography.

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A Very Cute Taylor Swift Typo

Sometimes, a headline mistake isn’t simply a headline mistake. It’s also cause for lexicon celebration.

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Few people have more riding on their perceived cuteness than current pop sensation Taylor Swift. It’s at the very heart of her appeal.

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Westwood One News Unveils Correspondents

WestwoodOneNewsLogoEarlier this month, Westwood One announced it was launching its own news service:

Powered by CNN, Westwood One News will provide stations around-the-clock news updates from one to five minutes in length. Additional programming will include live two-ways with both Westwood One and CNN correspondents, special reports, live feeds of breaking news and sound bites for local news production.

Now comes the related staffing news. Per an announcement today, CNN’s Steve Kastenbaum has been tapped to head up the service’s New York City bureau as senior correspondent. Crossing over in D.C. meanwhile will be NBC News Radio’s Bob Costantini:

Kastenbaum, for the past year, has worked at CNN as as a producer, reporter and CNN Newsource correspondent. Recently, he reported from Ferguson, Missouri on violent clashes between protesters and police. His coverage of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and investigative work on the so-called “Bridgegate” scandal resulted in several exclusive reports.

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Keanu Reeves Makes Ghostly Headlines

It’s been quite the week of celebrity throwback recollections on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

On Tuesday’s program, Bill Murray recalled his days as a Little Caesars pizza slinger and impoverished raw-dough eater, working alongside another employee in Evanston, Illinois who would go on to become a celebrity chef. On Wednesday, it was Keanu Reeves‘ turn to remember how he and his nanny Renata, when he was around six or seven, witnessed a jacket floating mysteriously into the doorway of a New York City apartment bedroom.

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The Daily Mail wins for best Keanu headline: “He’s Seen Dead People…” And the New York Post gets our vote for savviest SEO redeployment, having dropped the John Wick star into the middle of today’s 36-photo slide show “The Creepiest Celebrity Ghost Stories.”

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SNL Intern Lawsuit Ends with Resounding Lawyer Punchline

OuttenGoldenLogoOutten & Golden sounds like the name of Saturday Night Live skit law firm. But it is in fact a real outfit headed by Wayne N. Outten and Anne Golden, with offices in New York, LA and San Francisco.

This week, the news from the class-action front for this company is indeed golden. From Dominic Patten‘s Deadline report:

If everything is approved, the plaintiffs’ lawyers at labor-issues firm Outten & Golden will get $1.184 million from the settlement. Unsurprisingly, that’s a lot more than the plaintiffs will see. “Class Counsel will move for Court approval of the Service Payments of $10,000 to Plaintiff Monet Eliastam, $5,000 to Plaintiffs Alexander Vainer and Rheanna Behuniak, and $2,000 to Opt-In Plaintiffs Samantha Kurlander, Nicole Klepper and Jamaal Brown,” the filing of October 22 states. The rest of the cash will go to thousands of others who interned at NBCU starting on July 3, 2007 in New York and on February 10, 2010 in California. Those interns should expect to get about $500 each if they accept the settlement.

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Another Week of Jennifer Aniston Lies

ShutterstockJenniferAnistonAugust2014OK! is not just the name of a magazine. In this case, it was also the exclamation we uttered as we moved on from Gossip Cop’s report about the publication’s non-existent current cover story:

According to the cover, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were “finally married” in a “secret wedding” at a farm in New York, with Aniston taking Theroux’s last name and declaring it “the best day of my life.”

The actual story inside the magazine’s pages is not surprisingly another bait-and-switch from the tabloid, which claims the two are actually just talking about supposed “Christmas nuptials,” and directly contradicting the cover. OK! claims Aniston and Theroux are planning a “small, exclusive gathering” somewhere in New York, although the outlet later forgets the whole “farm” thing and starts talking about Manhattan venues.

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Yahoo Parenting Launches

Yahoo is back with a new singularly-focused website — Yahoo Parenting. The site is overseen by editorial director Lindsay Powers. It will feature content from Yahoo News senior national correspondent Lisa Belkin and others.

Yahoo Parenting joins Yahoo’s growing roster of one-subject shops, which includes Yahoo DIY, Yahoo Beauty, Yahoo Style and Yahoo Health. Each has the same sort of annoying layout — illustrated blocks that readers can click through for content.

“When I became a mom, I was bombarded with information and wanted an authoritative voice to find out everything I needed to know,” wrote Powers in a note. “With Yahoo Parenting, we’ve created that place. My vision for Yahoo Parenting is to share stories about real families from all walks of life and answer the questions that keep you up at night — all in a supportive, judgment-free zone.”

A “parenting judgement-free zone” sounds like an oxymoron, but hey, have to admire Powers for trying.

Tom Bergeron Makes Up for Osama bin Laden Interruption

When Tom Bergeron sat down this week with HuffPost Live’s Nancy Redd, there was an immediate, obvious connection. Redd, as Miss Virginia, competed in 2003 in the Miss America pageant, the same year that Bergeron hosted.

Later on in the conversation, Bergeron was reunited via Skype from Redwood City, CA with Dave Bradley, whose son’s unusual readings of picture book words (toucan became crocodile, shark became dolphin) netted a $10,000 prize on America’s Funniest Home Videos. Explained dad:

“We had a big viewing party at our house for our episode. And just before you announced the winner, ABC News came one with news of Osama bin Laden’s death. So we never got to hear you announce us as the winners. So I have a request that you would tell my son Luke, in your best announcer voice, that he’s the big winner on America’s Funniest Videos.”

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Ed Asner Explains How He Changed Up Lou Grant

LouGrantThe publication is called Smashing Interviews magazine. And certainly, Melissa Parker‘s Q&A with Ed Asner for the Birmingham, Alabama-based outlet lives up to that lofty title.

The record holder for male actor Emmy Awards covers a lot of topics. One of the conversation highlights involves how Asner transitioned from The Mary Tyler Moore Show to Lou Grant:

Asner: We continued to work on the [Lou Grant] first year, and finally I came to the realization that I was using my two older brothers as inspirations for the “Mary Tyler Moore Lou.” I realized in the different scripts that were being written, that same character would not work for me, and I began to plunge into myself to find that [less comedic] character of Lou in the hour show, and that’s what I came up with.

Parker: Very interesting.

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Bill Simmons Pokes the Bear

ESPN’s suspension of Bill Simmons for ranting about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell ended Wednesday, October 15. Last night, he was back at it again, poking the bear. Simmons’ tweet correctly points out that if the NFL isn’t hiding something, why did Goodell have to be forced to testify in the Ray Rice hearing?

Simmons’ attack on Goodell was much more brutal the first time — he called Goodell a liar, described the situation as “f-ing bullshit,” and dared ESPN to suspend him. Nevertheless, it’s amazing that Simmons is back taking shots at the commissioner so soon.

Most of the replies to this tweet say something along the lines of “Don’t get fired Bill.” Perhaps it’s time to start wondering if that’s exactly what he wants.

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