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First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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Mediabistro Course

Copy Editing: Intro

Copy Editing: IntroStarting January 6, learn basic copy editing skills using the AP Stylebook! In this course, you'll learn how to use dictionaries and online reference tools to edit work, ask the right questions to clarify convoluted copy, prepare for a copy editing test, and tailor your resume to find more work as a copy editor. Register now!

Here’s an Example of How Comedians Are Joking About Cosby

The set-up, shared Monday night December 15 by veteran stand-up comic Dom Irrera from the stage of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I was raped by Bill.”

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And for those interested, here is the rest of the gag, courtesy of a tipster who was in attendance and showed us the Smartphone video.

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Britney Spears (We Think) Covers Women’s Health

Britney Spears — or at least someone we’re being told is Britney Spears — is Women’s Health’s latest cover star.

We’re not even talking about her body; it’s her face. Spears looks like a completely different person. That’s either a lot of makeup, bad Photoshop, or one hell of a nose job.

Purch Acquires Tech Blog AnandTech

AnandTechLogoIt’s getting harder out there for an independent blog. Even one that has been profitable since inception.

And so, following this summer’s move to Apple by founding EIC Anand Shimpi, the site has decided to join the Purch tech publishing family. The NYC-based acquirer’s numerous other brands include Laptopmag, LiveScience and SPACE. From a blog post by AnandTech EIC Ryan Smith:

Before his departure, Anand spent almost a year meeting with all of the big names in the publishing space, both traditional and new media players. The goal was to find AnandTech a home with a partner that had a sustainable business model (similar to AnandTech’s), but could add the investment and existing reach to allow the site to better realize its potential. That search led to a number of interesting potential partners; it was a refreshing experience to say the least knowing that there are groups in the world who really value good content. Ultimately that search brought AnandTech to Purch.

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AP Vet Linda Deutsch to Retire

Linda Deutsch, a 48 year veteran of the Associated Press, is retiring. During her tenure, the courts reporter covered countless iconic news stories, such as Charles Manson’s murder conviction, the trial of the Exxon Valdez captain, and O.J. Simpson’s acquittal.

Deutsch was not only a respected reporter, she was a pioneer. When she joined the AP’s Los Angeles bureau, she was its only female staffer.

“Linda leaves an incredible legacy,” said Traci Carl, the AP’s West editor. “For five decades, she bore witness to some of the most sensational trials in U.S. history. She cherished her role as the public’s eyes and ears at these events, and never wavered in her commitment to accurate and objective reporting.”

The 71-year-old Deutsch plans to write a memoir after retiring.

Two Seconds of Deafening Bill Simmons Silence

ShutterstockLarryDavidDumDumberToDuring a recent B.S. Report, Bill Simmons didn’t just curb his enthusiasm for a fellow ESPN-er. He brought that sentiment to a screeching halt.

Or so thinks Colin Cowherd, hilariously, commenting this morning to his viewers and listeners “how jealous” Simmons sounds when guest Larry David revealed that he likes to watch ESPN “studio shows” while working out. When Simmons asked which ones, the funnyman replied: “I love Colin…”

Once David confirmed he was talking about Cowherd, there were two full seconds of stunned silence at the Simmons end. Followed by a puzzled, “Interesting?!”

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The Gillian Anderson Truth is Out There

ShutterstockGillianAndersonTCA2014We know how devoted fans of Gillian Anderson and The X Files are. So if any of you noticed something strange about photos of the actress at last month’s London Evening Standard Theater Awards, where she won Best Actress for her turn as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Anderson has the explanation:

“My dress [by British couturier Nicholas Oakwell] was too big and I had to hold it up with my armpits all night. Hence all the pictures of me looking quite grumpy.”

This delightful quote is but one of many to be savored in a write-up by Evening Standard senior feature writer Nick Curtis. Anderson, having sat the night of the awards at a heavyweight table that also featured Benedict Cumberbatch, has since made plans to see The Imitation Game star’s forthcoming Hamlet.

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9/11 Threats From Sony Hackers Cause the Film Company to Drop The Interview

the-interviewIn light of the recent threats of violence from those responsible for the ongoing cyber attacks against Sony Pictures (aka the “Guardians of Peace”), the company has decided to pull the plug on Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest movie, The Interview. The film was scheduled to premiere nationwide on Christmas day.

In an anonymous email on Tuesday, the hackers warned that “We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001.”

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Stephen Collins Completes the TMZ News Cycle

tmz-logo-240It is by now a devastatingly familiar entertainment news progression. It starts with TMZ releasing some bombshell audio or video and ends with very serious comment or consequence.

Earlier this year, Donald Sterling lost an NBA team because of TMZ’s reporting. Today, 7th Heaven star Stephen Collins is commenting for the first time (to People magazine) about some horrible revelations contained in a leaked-to-TMZ therapy session audiotape:

“Forty years ago, I did something terribly wrong that I deeply regret. I have been working to atone for it ever since…”

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21st Century Fox Buys Digital Ad Company

21st Century Fox logo G21st Century Fox has purchased TrueX Media for $200 million. TrueX — founded in 2007 as SocialVibe — is a digital advertising company which licenses its products to advertisers and media companies.

Some of TrueX’s clients include Microsoft, Visa, Apple, Disney, Coca-Cola, Kia, Kraft, Macys, Nestle, and Procter & Gamble.

“The connections between brands and consumers have continued to evolve within digital video environments, and True[x] is at the center of this vital area of innovation,” said James Murdoch, co-COO of 21st Century Fox, in a statement. “We’re thrilled at the opportunity to have true[x]’s talented team work with us as we set out together to create new experiences in what we believe is a very exciting time in digital video.”

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