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Andrew Beaujon Closes Down the Poynter Home Office

AndrewBeaujonPoynterToday was the media critic’s final day of remote service for Florida-based Poynter. On Monday, he starts at Washingtonian magazine as senior editor.

The move was announced several weeks ago. However, since the release went out right before Thanksgiving break, many never saw. When Beaujon tweeted out “Goodbye, Poynter…” this afternoon, it set off an immediate flurry of reaction and tweeted congratulations. From the original November 21 announcement:

At Washingtonian, he’ll work on the magazine’s digital strategy, he said, and still write about the media.

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Maureen Dowd Dismisses BuzzFeed Insinuation

AmyPascalThumbOur first reaction last night to Matthew Zeitlin‘s BuzzFeed item about some more of those Sony hack emails, in this case a brief March 2014 correspondence between studio co-chairman Amy Pascal (pictured) and her husband, former New York Times reporter Bernard Weinraub, was two-fold.

One, we quickly ascertained that there was no email in the shared string from Maureen Dowd; second, after reading, we surmised that if anyone had overstepped some bounds here – privately and carelessly – it was Pascal’s husband Weinraub. Today, in a statement provided to FishbowlNY and other outlets, Dowd has responded:

“I never showed Bernie the column in advance or promised to show it. Bernie is an old friend and the Times’ former Hollywood reporter, and he sometimes gives me ideas for entertainment columns.”

“In January, he suggested a column, inspired by a study cited in the LA Times, about the state of women in Hollywood. Amy is a friend and I reassured her before our interview that it wasn’t an antagonistic piece. She wasn’t the focus of the story, nor was Sony.”

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Barbara Walters Reveals Her Least Fascinating Interview

“And then there are the interviews you never want to do again.” So segued Barbara Walters last night on The Tonight Show, leading into a realm that sits at the opposite end of what she swears will be her very last Most Fascinating People TV special.

Walters gently revealed to Jimmy Fallon that actor Warren Beatty is the most boring interview she has done, adding that she has told him this and so can talk about it. The Hollywood crown prince, absent from the screen as an actor since Town & Country and still wading in rarefied waters far from social media, has not yet responded.

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Which New York Times Magazine Kissing Couple is Your Favorite?

Thanks to another well conceived, well shot and exceedingly well cast New York Times Magazine interactive feature, our headline is a question we imagine many more will be asking. This particular batch of bonbons, titled “9 Kisses,” features the publication’s A-list riff on those recent viral videos of strangers meeting and kissing.

The San Francisco Chronicle zeroes in on the fact that two of the nine celebrity couples chosen for the kissing vignettes are same-sex: Rosario Dawson-Jenny Slate and Timothy Spall-David Oyelowo. Here at FishbowlNY, much like Kevin Frazier at Entertainment Tonight, the one we can’t stop watching features Steve Carell and Laura Dern.

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A Grim Ending for The Colbert Report

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The Colbert Report is inching closer to the end. The lineup leading up to Stephen Colbert‘s final show on Thursday, Dec. 18, starts with a guest appearance on Dec. 15 from Seth Rogen, plugging The Interview — which, given the recent Sony hacking drama, is sure to be an entertaining one. On Dec. 16, rapper Kendrick Lamar stops by for an interview and performance. Military veteran Phil Clay visits on Dec. 17 to discuss his book, Redeployment, which earned Clay the 2014 National Book Award for fiction. Last but not least, Grimmy, Colbert’s “colleague and lifelong friend” aka the Grim Reaper will cap off the show’s nine-year run.

The pundit we all love to love described the final days as only he could: “Our last week of shows are going to be really special, just like every other week.”

For those who just can’t get enough Colbert, Comedy Central plans to air classic episodes on Thursday from 10 a.m. up until the final show airs at 11:30 p.m. ET.

Colbert takes over as host of the Late Show when David Letterman signs off on May 20, 2015.

Previously on FishbowlNY:
Stephen Colbert Covers EW as Gandalf, Bilbo and Legolas

Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

ShutterstockBeverlyJohnsonLet’s see how Bill Cosby‘s high-priced lawyer Marty Singer tries to shield his client from this one.

The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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The Dog-Eat-Cat World of Pet Magazine Publishing

Just the other day, we joked that Cat Fancy was planning a lewd Kardashian cat cover to keep up with the Paper‘s and DuJour‘s of the human world. In light of recent changes at the publication, they may seriously want to consider that idea.

CatFancyOctober2014In case you missed the recent announcement, Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy are being downscaled and replaced by Irvine, California-headquartered I-5 Publishing. In place of those two respective regular runs, there will now be alternating bi-monthly issues of Catster and Dogster. Even if you think cats are nothing more than man’s fickle friend, there’s plenty to enjoy in Abraham Rieseman‘s New York magazine autopsy. Including a couple of very unusual twists: staff is not being cut and I-5 plans to throw more money at these new issues in the form of better paper stock, higher-grade binding and so on:

Extensive interviews with writers and executives have suggested an answer [to why I-5 is shutting down the 49-year-old feline magazine]: Cat lovers killed Cat Fancy. In their defense, they had no idea they were doing it. But in recent years, the nature of cat adoration (and I must offer full disclosure here: I am the parent of two cats) has changed radically. Though Cat Fancy tried to adapt, it never totally broke free from its origins in a different era of cat enthusiasm.

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Time Inc. Sells Sunset’s Test Kitchen and Gardens

The sun has set on Sunset’s test kitchen and gardens in California. According to The New York Times, Time Inc. has sold sold the magazine’s seven-acre campus of gardens and buildings to Embarcadero Capital Partners.

Sunset had occupied the campus in Menlo Park since the 1950s. The space will no doubt be missed. The buildings were designed by Cliff May, who the Times described as “the father of the California ranch home.” The gardens were used by Sunset to celebrate the “farm-to-table” way of life long before it was so popular.

In a memo, Evelyn Webster — executive VP of Time Inc. — wrote that a new home was on the horizon. “We will be working together with the Sunset team on a thoughtful search for a new home for our operations after the New Year,” said Webster.

LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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The Carpetbagger Bows to the Majesty of Angelina Jolie

ShutterstockAngelinaJolieMaleficentIn our humble opinion, the New York Times should have changed the name of its awards column to coincide with the recent beat takeover by Cara Buckley. “The Carpetbagger” is semi-clever and kind of makes etymological sense. But phonetically, it’s harsh; almost, obscene.

In any event, a little over six months into the roll-up-the-red-carpet-and-go, Buckley got some one-on-one time with the director of Unbroken at New York’s Porter House. The reporter starts off by suggesting that she won’t often focus in the column on one person, which seems counterproductive (isn’t awards season ultimately all about one person’s?). Later, Buckley touches on the latest strand of the Sony hack scandal as detailed by Sam Biddle:

Universal had arranged for her to have some one-on-one time with the Bagger a few hours after Ms. Jolie appeared on The Daily Show, and right before she held court at the Porter House party, where she would chat with Barbara Walters, among many others.

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