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Fox News Gets the (Plastic) Skinny

Once upon a time, Tom Cruise told Renee Zellwegger: “You complete me.” But today, it’s all about Renee’s complete “new” me.

In the wake of Zellweger’s shocking new red carpet look, unveiled Monday at Elle magazine’s “Women in Hollywood” awards event in Los Angeles, Fox News did a little investigating. Our main takeaway? We’re a long way from Hollywood’s Golden Age:

“It looks like she had eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, botox, lip fillers and cheek fillers,” founder and partner of Fountain Medical Group Dr. Todd Schlifstein, who doesn’t treat Zellweger, told FOX 411. “It appears she changed the shape of eye and eyelid. She removed excess skin, tightened skin around the area.”

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CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online

AlanDukePhotoFor the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the number one desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. During that one month in question, Duke went on vacation for three weeks.

More specifically, for the first nine months of 2014, Duke’s byline attracted a staggering 300 million desktop page views. His most notable recent CNN item was a September 18 report, with Susan Candiotti, that Yorkville Endoscopy clinic workers told investigators they saw and heard Joan Rivers‘ personal doctor take a selfie with the unconscious entertainer.

Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist – who had been with CNN since 1989 – decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

“Last month, there was an event that really told me this was the time to leave,” Duke tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “We had an internal “huddle” [meeting] for CNN Digital, which was both a pep talk and an update on business affairs. In the executives’ statements and voices, I just picked up panic and chaos.”

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Rex Reed Questions Birdman’s Broadway Sense

As is Rex Reed‘s wont, the Observer film critic has dumped all over two of this fall’s most acclaimed movies – Gone Girl and Birdman. In the case of the Michael Keaton film, Reed noticed something rather surprising:

The result is a train wreck without a shred of continuity, a hashtag that doesn’t even get the geography right. The action takes place inside a real Broadway theater, the St. James, which is a musical house on West 44th St. But when they leave the stage door, the actors are next door to the Edison Hotel, which is actually on 47th St.

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So What Do You Do, Noah Rosenberg, Founder, CEO and EIC of Narratively?

Noah-Rosenberg-Article If there’s anything you should get from Noah Rosenberg‘s story, it’s that you should probably keep a notebook next to your bed — the brilliant thought that strikes you just before shut-eye could very well turn into a viable business. In Rosenberg’s case, his feverish, middle-of-the-night scribblings became Narratively, a multimedia platform dedicated to the human interest, slow-burn storytelling he’d always had a passion for and feared would disappear along with shrinking newsroom resources. He still has that notebook, by the way.

Narratively recently celebrated its two-year anniversary and so much has been accomplished since it first appeared on the Web. The site was placed on Time‘s “50 Best Websites of 2013″ within a year of its launch, its contributors have been approached for book deals, iconic pieces like “The Secret Life of a Manhattan Doorman” have attracted Hollywood’s attention, brands reach out to members of Narratively’s network of about 1,000 freelancers for high-quality content production, and people around the globe continue to flock to Narratively to read and watch its original content.

And of course Rosenberg is brimming with more and more ideas to tap into an even broader audience. Think spinoff sites like Narratively [Insert Name of Major City Here], Narratively Sports, Narratively Tech, or Narratively Food; iPhone and Android apps; Narratively Film Studios; a book; and more. “I think because of our ability to find these stories in unlikely places and to really tell these stories in a beautiful, meaningful way, we’re finding this wealth of opportunity, and we’re really excited about what the future will hold.” Rosenberg chats with Mediabistro about his on-the-job journalism training, Narratively’s beginnings and his plans for expansion.

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How to Spot the Banksy BS

BanksyArtIn light of a fake news article being widely shared on social media about the arrest of street artist Banksy, the International Business Times’ Ewan Palmer has some critical advice for Facebook and Twitter users:

All readers need to do is check: A) Does the article appear on National Report? and B) Is Paul Horner mentioned anywhere in it?

Actually, since Horner also likes to attach his Web journalism pranks to the byline Jimmy Rustling at Super Official News, folks need to double up on this front.

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Letterman Cue-Card Holder Details Sudden, Sorry Exit

On Thursday, October 9, long-time Late Show cue-card holder Tony Mendez grabbed writer Bill Scheft by the shirt collar at the beginning of the work day. He was immediately expelled from the premises and on Monday, October 13, informed by executive producer Rob Burnett that he had been terminated.

On Friday, October 17, Sheft returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater, telling co-workers he is suffering from PST, and today, thanks to the New York Post‘s Gary Buiso, everyone is talking about this. In an interview that is remarkably candid and perhaps a little foolish, given the fact that Mendez could face legal action from 57-year-old Scheft, the 69-year-old ex-employee talks about everything. How his relationship with Scheft was, for a long time, fractious. And how he had carved out a unique way of communicating with the boss:

On Wednesday, October 8, the three [Mendez, Scheft, Letterman] were rehearsing in Letterman’s backstage digs when Mendez said he reacted to one of Scheft’s interruptions, telling him, “I know what I’m doing. Get off my back.”

But suddenly Letterman growled, “Tony, your sour disposition isn’t helping,” Mendez recalled.

“‘You’re the one who has the sour disposition, motherf–ker,’” Mendez snapped back.

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Shawn Perine Bulks Up to AMI Chief Content Director

ShawnPerineShawn Perine (pictured) published his first bodybuilding article in 1982 for his high school newspaper. He started freelancing for Flex magazine many years later, moved to Los Angeles in 2004 when he was promoted to senior writer and eventually shifted back to New York where, since 2011, he has served as editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness.

This month, as part of the latest shuffling of editorial ranks at AMI, Perine has ascended further. He is now chief content director for the company’s enthusiast brands Muscle & Fitness, Muscle & Fitness Hers and Flex.

“Shawn is one of the few people who has the gravitas to fill the void in the sport and industry that has existed since the passing of Joe Weider,” said AMI chairman, CEO and president David J. Pecker via statement to FishbowlNY.

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NYT Ethicist Answers an Unusual Robin Williams Question

Well done. Reminding that sometimes 140 characters just doesn’t cut it, Chuck Klosterman in this weekend’s New York Times Magazine offers a thoughtful, intelligent and provocative response to a reader’s lament.

Rita Long, a reader in Oakland, thinks it was cruel and perhaps even immoral for the keepers of Koko the gorilla to inform the primate that Robin Williams, whom she met once, had passed away. From Klosterman’s reply:

Since an ape can’t comprehend the concept of “celebrity,” that [Williams] meeting should be no more intrinsically meaningful than any one-time interaction Koko shared with anyone else. It’s not as if Koko sits around constantly rewatching Moscow on the Hudson.

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Anatomy of a Daily Mail Article

dailymailonline200It’s not every day that we come across a journalist resume with the heading ‘Freelance Writer, Pastry Chef.’ Then again, when the resume belongs to the author of a mind-boggling Daily Mail puff piece, it makes perfect sense.

Jennifer Pearson is part of the army of MailOnline contributors tasked with tapping out content at the paper’s multiple LA offices. After taking a look at a photo of Katie Couric waiting for a plane at JFK, she came up with this:

The 57-year-old journalist cut a casual figure in faded, cuffed dungarees, plain white T-shirt and a black leather jacket as she pored over her handy iPhone, most likely reading messages, news and other pertinent information.

It must have been interesting reading because Katie’s attention was undivided and her face set in concentration.

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Ahead of Guardian Expose, Whisper Rewrites Terms of Service

Want to read a most acute spark for a corporate PR crisis?

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Here it is, from an investigative report shared today by Guardian reporters Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe:

Approached for comment last week, Whisper said it “does not follow or track users.” The company added that the suggestion it was monitoring people without their consent, in an apparent breach of its own terms of service, was “not true” and “false.”

But on Monday – four days after learning The Guardian intended to publish this story – Whisper rewrote its terms of service; they now explicitly permit the company to establish the broad location of people who have disabled the App’s geolocation feature.

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