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Taking Another Look at That Bernard Weinraub Farewell Column

ShutterstockAmyPascal2013When Bernard Weinraub exited the New York Times in 2005, he of course composed a farewell column. That article contains what now seem like a number of very prophetic statements, given the criminal intrusion and Tinseltown reactions threatening his wife’s tenure as Sony Pictures co-chairman. Starting with this Weinraub observation about his 14 years covering Hollywood:

My marriage, and some of the events that tumbled out of it, taught me something about the ferocity of a culture in which the players can be best friends one day and savage you the next.

Maybe it was 24 hours then. But thanks to the solidified culture of texting, email and social media, it’s now nanoseconds. As some of Pascal’s emails have shown (and the press has failed to properly contextualize), one of the main jobs of a studio chief is to tell each fragile ego what they want and need to hear. Regardless of that studio chief’s personal, true beliefs.

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Talk to Recruiters at Mediabistro’s San Francisco Networking Party

Network-San-Fran-WPFor a chance to meet and chat about career opportunities with media company recruiters, head to Mediabistro’s networking party tomorrow, Dec. 16 at Harlot (46 Minna Street). From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. PT, you can discuss openings with recruiters from organizations such as XO Group, parent company of sites The Knot, The Nest and The Bump. With content that focuses on visually rich subject matter, it only makes sense the organization is on the lookout for photo researchers and a photo editor to join their team.

The event is hosted by Camille Schmidt of Camille Schmidt Public Relations.

To register for this free event and to check out the full listing of employers in attendance, go here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dave Itzkoff Moderates, Christoph Waltz Modulates

ChristophWaltz92ndYOn Twitter, Dave Itzkoff described his Friday night Q&A at the 92nd Street Y with Tim Burton, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz as “loopy.” As opposed to “awkward,” the term used by Ashley Lee, an editor with Mediabistro sister publication THR.

The beauty of this particular situation is that the entire live-stream is archived. So, when you have the extra hour, you can watch and decide for yourself, unfiltered, what adjective best fits the interaction between the New York Times culture writer and the two-time Oscar winner.

Waltz had to wait quite some time before the conversation reached his far-left chair perch, for which Itzkoff graciously apologized. But after a long day of promoting duties, Waltz seemed to be rubbed the wrong way by a question that referenced his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the idea that he might lie awake at night waiting for phone calls. In short order, Waltz steered this Y event to ”Why…?”

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David Denby Fades to New Yorker Black [Corrected]

David Denby‘s first article for The New Yorker, published in 1993, was titled “Does Homer Have Legs?” It was all about the journalist returning to his Alma Mater Columbia University for a pair of literature courses. Denby would go on to fashion a book out of those experiences.

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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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