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Lauren Bacall, by Way of the BBC

LaurenBacallDIDIn the spring of 1979, BBC Radio 4 gifted listeners with Lauren Bacall‘s Desert Island Discs. Along with some wonderful journalist memories of the late actress, this one gets FishbowlNY’s vote.

Let’s start with then-host Roy Plomley‘s voice. Although this program was recorded 35 years ago, it sounds like it could just as well have been bottled during the heyday of Bacall’s cinematic career. (Strangely enough, DID was launched in 1942, just two years ahead of Bacall’s breakout first film To Have and Have Not.)

The sing-song of Mr. Plomley and Ms. Bacall is mesmerizing, interrupted eight times by some glorious and often classical music. And oh, the memories.

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Deadline Gets a Makeover

In announcing Deadline’s first-ever website revamp, TV editor Nellie Andreeva says the move was largely motivated by the now-familiar refrain of a cresting base of mobile-device users.

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So naturally, the early reader comments we paid the most attention to involve those on-the-go movers and shakers:

Jay: Looks good on Mac, but awful to navigate on cell phone.

Burkiss: The site is horrible on my phone. I can’t tell what is a feature and what is recent news. Just awful.

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Yahoo Names EICs for Health and DIY Sites

Yahoo logo GYahoo has hired Michele Promaulayko and Katie Brown as editors of Yahoo Health and Yahoo DIY, respectively.

Promaulayko comes to Yahoo from Women’s Health, where she served as editor-in-chief for the past five years. Prior to that, she served as executive editor of Cosmo for nearly a decade. Promaulayko begins August 25.

Brown is the host of the Katie Brown Workshop on public television. She has more than 15 years of experience in “decorating, home renovations, and entertaining,” according to Yahoo. Brown starts August 18.

Tracking Down That Norm Macdonald-Robin Williams Episode

Across the Internet, fans and reporters continue to rave about the Robin Williams recollection shared on Twitter by comedian Norm Macdonald.

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Reddit user ArrestedDevelopments handily combined Macdonald’s sequential Tuesday tweets into a single narrative stream:

It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified. I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by. There was no one else on the floor. In shock, I told my friend who just walked by. Only the funniest man in the world. I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side. He was a Jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed.

I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. My friend didn’t believe me so I said, “Could you talk to my friend, sir?” The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend’s Chinese food order. I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one.

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Time Publishes Robin Williams Commemorative Issue

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Time has published a special issue dedicated entirely to Robin Williams. The issue — available Friday, August 15 — features tributes penned by Bill MaherDick Cavett, Alan Alda, Joan Rivers, Patch Adams, Jim Norton, Gilbert Gottfried, Margaret Cho, Lewis Black, Nathan Lane and more.

Time’s Richard Corliss and James Poniewozik have also contributed pieces honoring Williams.

“[On the USO tours], the amount of energy he brought when we would get off of a helicopter and walk towards the troops — the amount of energy he gave to them was unbelievable,” wrote Black. “It was really incredible to be in that kind of giving presence… It’s proof again that the good die young, and pricks live forever. He’s gonna be missed. There’s a hole, and it’s it’s gonna take a long time to be filled.”

Celebrity Interviewer Louise Gannon Notches Another

LouiseGannonTwitterPicWhen British freelance journalist Louise Gannon (pictured) was recently asked by the blog Fashion North how one becomes a master interviewer, she gave five solid tips. Her advice included:

Tip 4: “WHAT SELLS IS GETTING A LINE”

“…You have to think what do they want to know, what does that magazine [or newspaper] want, you have to really make it work for that magazine and that’s always got to be in your head because first and foremost it’s your job to produce something good out of the situation that you’re in… You have to turn it into something that can work and be entertaining and can sell.”

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Remembering Robin Williams

Robin Williams, who died yesterday at the age of 63, brought a lot of joy into the hearts of his fans. Throughout his 40 year career, he was featured on countless magazine covers. We thought showcasing a few of them would be a nice way to remember the actor (and Muppet magazine).

As you’ll notice, while Williams dealt with severe depression, substance abuse issues and anxiety, the one almost constant feature of each cover is Williams’ smile. Seems fitting.

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From LA Times Suitor to LA Times Publisher

AustinBeutnerPicWhen everyone and their brother was being mentioned as a possible bidder for Tribune newspapers in general and the Los Angeles Times in particular, Hillel Aron wrote a crackling summary article for LA Weekly. Today, an individual front-and-center in Aron’s piece – Austin Beutner - has been announced as the paper’s new publisher and CEO, taking over for Eddy Hartenstein:

In an interview Sunday, Beutner described himself as “a news junkie” who has read The Times regularly since he moved to Southern California in 2000.

“I start my morning with a bowl of cereal and the newspaper laid out on the table in front of me,” he said.

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BuzzFeed Has Big Plans

BuzzFeed just closed a $50 million investment from venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, so you know what that means — big plans! This is because you can’t get that much money from an investor and reply, “Right, well, thanks for this, but we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing.”

In an announcement, the site said it has its sights set on Hollywood. BuzzFeed Video is now BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. The video arm already produces Vines and short films, but will now seek to create full-length movies in conjunction with other major studios. Expect What Type of Sea Algae Are You?, starring Matt Damon, to premiere in 2018.

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Kevin Sessums: From Food Stamps to FourTwoNine

One great advantage of profiling a wordsmith like Kevin Sessums, formerly among Tina Brown‘s marquee writers at Vanity Fair, is that he can be counted on to deliver marquee quotes.

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Here for example is how he describes, to New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson, what he deems to be a signature Brown talent. Sampled after Sessums made an infamous remark about a Roseanne Barr VF cover in the post-Brown era:

He recalled being seated at a booth at the Royalton Hotel soon after when Ms. Brown stopped by. “‘I heard what you said about that cover!’” Mr. Sessums said she told him. “‘Oh! You are the Oscar Wilde of New York!’,” Mr. Sessums nodded at her. “That is her way of complimenting me and denigrating me at the same time,” he said. “She was really good at that.”

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