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Chris Hemsworth is People’s Sexiest Man Alive

Chris Hemsworth, star of Thor and all those other movies featuring Thor, is People’s Sexiest Man Alive. Hemsworth beat out standouts such as Idris Elba, Chris Pratt, Chris O’Shea and Richard Horgan for the honor.

Hemsworth — like pretty much every other person who has received this meaningless award — jokingly told People that he had “made it now.”

The Australian-born actor added that being named Sexiest Man Alive meant he wouldn’t have to do any more chores around his house. Hahaha! We don’t think his wife will approve of that! He has another thing coming, doesn’t he?!

Meet the Journalist Who Landed That Jaden-Willow Smith Interview

ShutterstockJadenWillowSmithThis week’s T magazine Q&A with the son and daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith is the first recent joint published conversation the famous offspring has done. Nice scoop for article author Su Wu, whose piece is being picked up far and wide.

From 2008 until July of this year, Wu was director of research communications at USC. Thanks to her longstanding personal blogging efforts, she also earned during that time a 2012 USC/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship.

Wu is a regular contributor to the New York Times and artforum.com, as well as the online arts editor for n+1. Earlier this fall, digital magazine Sight Unseen put together a photo essay highlighting Wu’s downtown Los Angeles loft. Our favorite shot by Michael A. Muller has Wu playfully holding up a copy of Interview magazine in front of her face. The caption reads:

“One night at dinner, Nancy (who is one of the designers of Building Block) was scoping an eBay auction of this old Interview, from November 1991. I went home and got it for her. The package had just arrived on the day of this photo so it was sitting on the counter in the kitchen. I love people with really specific taste, who are disappointed mostly and then ecstatic once in a while, and who most deserve to be spoiled.”

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Time Inc. Gears Up for Third International Edition of People Magazine

PeopleMostBeautifulIssue2014Sometimes, timing is everything.

On the heels of Germany deposing the U.S. at the top of the Anholt-GfK Nations Brand Index, it was revealed that Time Inc. has pacted with Bauer to launch a German edition of People. From the announcement:

“Time Inc. is pleased to partner with Bauer Media Group in Germany, a weekly publisher with a strong heritage,“ said Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer, Time Inc. “We expect the People Germany team in Hamburg to launch the magazine with the same passion for the brand as we have in the U.S.”

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Barry Diller Makes Waves with Grandiose Park Plan

Curbed NY’s headline for today’s announcement that IAC chairman Barry Diller and his wife Diane von Furstenberg are endowing a proposed 2.7-acre offshore park and performance space in place of Pier 54 reads: “$130 Million ‘Pier 55′ Park Looks Like Something Out of Avatar. But for a majority of the New York City residents commenting in response to today’s front-page New York Times article, the tenor is more Titanic.

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If completed, the project will sit directly across the Hudson River from Hoboken’s Pier C (pictured). From the NYT comments:

WR: If this private island gets built, who will bear the cost when its piers start rotting – yes cement rots – earlier then expected? Diller did say 20 years, obviously that is when engineers have told him the thing should start falling apart.

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Colleagues React to the Passing of Charles Champlin

ShutterstockCharlesChamplinWOFOn Facebook, Los Angeles Times staff writer Susan King shared the impact made during her formative years by Charles Champlin, the retired editor, film and book critic who passed away Sunday at the age of 88. From her post:

Though I only talked to him twice on the phone, he had changed my life as a teenager. He hosted a series on PBS called Film Odyssey, which showed classic films from the Janus catalog.

One of the first films was Truffaut’s Jules & Jim. That film changed my life. The series changed my life and Champlin changed my life. There’s a big chance I would be doing something else if it wasn’t for that show.

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Dan Abrams Recalls O.J.’s Incriminating Shoes

Two striking photos by Nigel Parry framing two pages of revealing Dan Abrams quotes. That’s what lies behind the cover of the Holiday Issue of Hamptons magazine, on newsstands this week, showing the Nightline co-host and Good Morning America legal correspondent strolling with son Everett.

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Another Sad Newspaper Ads Story

DuaneDudekTwitterSad and Sadder. That essentially describes the scenery of TV and film critic Duane Dudek‘s exit from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Friday, his last day, Dudek posted a farewell newspaper blog note titled “Forget It, Jake. It’s Chinatown.“ Today, on his personal blog, Dudek goes a little deeper to frame the context of his departure and the idea that the position of local movie reviewer will not be filled. Moving forward, the paper where the writer started as a copy boy will no longer carry staffer or freelancer film reviews:

It is another service reduction for readers as newspapers struggle to survive. But with the demise of movie advertising in the paper, movie coverage failed to pay its way. The writing was on the wall when show time listings for Marcus Theaters and other exhibitors – which many readers believed to be a public service but were paid ads – moved online.

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The Glamour Beauty Editor Who Became a Dermatologist

DrGeraghtyHow does someone go from a career in east coast magazine publishing to a career in west coast dermatology? This was the obvious first question when Becky Bach, a media relations and digital strategist for the Stanford Medical School, recently spoke with Dr. Laurel Naversen Geraghty (pictured).

From 1999 to 2004, Geraghty worked on the editorial side of Hearst and Condé Nast, rising to the perch of senior beauty editor at Glamour magazine. She also was an editor with Allure, Harper’s Bazaar and Women Sports and Fitness:

“Once, after I wrote an article about skin cancer for Glamour, the magazine received over 50 reader letters saying, “You helped me find my skin cancer!” That is incredibly rewarding. Skin care was one of my beats, and the more I covered dermatology and medicine, the more I found myself missing science. And I decided to make a radical change to explore that interest.”

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Amy Adams Lands First Vogue Cover

Amy Adams is your newest Vogue cover girl. This is her first time gracing the title’s cover.

Adams was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and profiled by Jonathan Van Meter. The 40-year-old actress is wearing a Valentino dress that Vogue described as “Price upon request.” That means it’s like at least $100.

Mark Lisanti for the Awards Season Win

MatthewMcConaughey2013OscarsIf you read only one paragraph about 2014 film awards season this 2014 film awards season, let it be the following from Mark Lisanti‘s preview of tonight’s CBS-TV extravaganza:

The Hollywood Film Awards are not interested in filling four tiny onscreen boxes with the faces of disappointed losers mustering their acting skills to barely conceal their soul-crushing disappointment. The Hollywood Film Awards choose to go full-screen on that all-important fifth box, the one with the beaming winner in it, the one whose life has just been changed forever. Why trifle with a pointless list of also-rans when you can reallocate that precious time to celebrating the victorious? Nothing is more powerful than an idea, and the idea here is this: More winners.

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