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Mel Gibson Catches a Typo-Break

The actor gets no love from the X17 blog item headline, which derisively reads: “Mel Gibson Runs His Sugar Tits Through The Scanner At LAX.”

However, in the first sentence of the third paragraph – to go along with missing mention of The Expendables - an extra “E” has been accidentally added to the word “sexist:”

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Daily News Source Reaffirms Rivers Biopsy Claim

ShutterstockJoanRivers2011On Tuesday, New York Daily News TV editor Don Kaplan dropped a bombshell. According to his unnamed source, an impromptu biopsy was performed at Yorkville Endoscopy on Joan Rivers by a physician who accompanied the comedienne, and it was that procedure that sent her into cardiac arrest.

Wednesday, via Reuters and CNN, the clinic fired back, insisting that such a procedure has never been performed at the clinic. On Rivers or any other patient. However, today, Kaplan informed TV Week that his source remains adamant:

“Yes, our source is standing by the story,” said Kaplan via email, “as are others who have come forward with the same information.”

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Lena Dunham Makes Like a Statue

The headlines rolling out of the online preview of this weekend’s New York Times Magazine “Culture Issue” cover story by Meghan Daum have been pun-tastic. Perez Hilton thinks the Girls star is “Totally STONED,” while Refinery29 contributor Lauren Le Vine notes that Dunham got “Busted.”

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The New York Times has a more civilized way of describing this weekend’s cover. Most of the credit for this one belongs to the publication’s design director:

Jake Silverstein, the magazine’s editor, wanted to evoke classical art. The magazine’s design director, Gail Bichler, suggested turning Dunham into a sculpture, and Joanna Milter, deputy photo editor, had an idea for the artist to take that on: Victoria Diehl, a Spanish photographer who creates haunting hybrids of flesh and stone by melding images of human models and classical marble statues.

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SpinMedia Cuts 19, Folds Vibe

The tumultuous times at SpinMedia continue. According to Capital New York, the company has laid off 19 staffers and has decided to fold Vibe.

Stephen Blackwell, SpinMedia’s CEO, said the cuts came mostly from the company’s video, photo, and sales divisions. On Monday, the company let go of Tom Morrissy, its chief revenue officer, after only five months.

The decision to fold Vibe comes almost exactly one year after SpinMedia’s previous CEO — Steve Hansen — announced he was resurrecting the title by printing four issues per year.

Blackwell said vibe.com will continue as a digital-only publication. ”When I look at what was going on here prior to my tenure, I think that some of the resources… if we’re directing resources toward print, that intrinsically means that we’re directing resources away from digital,” he told Capital New York. “I’m here to commit to directing all of our resources toward the digital side of Vibe.”

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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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