I started obsessing about Mick & Co. when I was 13. Everyone at my New Zealand boarding school was into the Rolling Stones. In a regimented system whose absurd rules and traditions dated back to the early years of Queen Victoria’s reign, we looked to the Stones as our rebellious role models.
They gave me hope that I too could break out of my dull suburban existence just as they did in the early ’60s. They were dangerous and dirty, as was their music…
Holy Silicon Valley!
Tiku, who recently relocated from New York to San Francisco, will be a west coast senior writer alongside Casey Newton.
“We want The Verge to be better at covering The Valley and we could not think of someone better than Nitasha,” The Verge’s editor-in-chief Nilay Patel told us. “We spent some time talking to her about the opportunity and how much more powerful her already-powerful voice could be on our huge platform.”
Usually, it goes in the other direction. A teenager starts out delivering newspapers and then, many years later, can point to having ascended through the ranks of the publication to EIC or publisher.
[Newly hired publisher Rich] Mirman arrived at the Register‘s printing plant his first weekend on the job at 2 a.m., folding papers alongside his wife. After stacking hundreds of papers into a car, he and another Register worker drove to Huntington Beach at 3:30, with Mirman tossing papers out of the passenger window.
Arienne Thompson‘s head is filled with golden pop-culture nuggets. But unlike most people who live and breathe all things celebrity, from Kimye’s fashion choices to Taylor Swift‘s relationship status, it’s her job to obsess over the minute details of celebrities’ lives. And there’s nothing she’d rather be doing. As an entertainment reporter at USA Today, Thompson knows who’s dating who, who wore what where and who’s got beef on everyone from Justin Beiber to Blake Lively to Beyoncé, so she can give pop-culture fiends their daily fix.
She spills the tea in the pages of the nation’s No. 1 newspaper in daily circulation, in USA Today‘s DailyDish vlog, and in the pages of USA Weekend, the paper’s weekend magazine. Sound cool? It is. But don’t get it twisted. Entertainment reporting is not for the faint of heart. You have to go hard. “You cannot be scared or shy or a wallflower. You can’t be psychotic — well, sometimes you have to be a little psychotic — but you have to be so aggressive,” Thompson explains.
Here, she serves up the scoop on how she went from being an extra in an America’s Most Wanted reenactment to being a sought-after pop-culture expert.
Earlier this year, Chery Glaser (pictured), the LA-embedded local host of NPR’s Morning Edition on KCRW, interviewed members of a local rock trio that named themselves after her. She began the conversation by throwing to a song from the band with: “I’m Chery Glaser, and believe it or not, this is also Cherry Glazerr…”
Creevy has been managing the band herself and says the group is self-sufficient enough that she can afford to move out when she turns 18, though she intends to live at home and save money.
The latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.
It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.
While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:
Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.
Anna Wintour has admitted that the infamous Vogue cover that featured Kanye West and Kim Kardashian was simply a way to get people talking about the magazine. Fashionista reports that while speaking at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Wintour gave the couple one hell of a backhanded compliment:
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?!
This 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.”
Sometimes, 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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