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Lupita Nyong’o Named Glamour’s ‘Woman of The Year’

Glamour has named Lupita Nyong’o its “Woman of The Year.” The 31-year-old Academy Award winner graces the cover of the magazine’s December issue, looking f-ing amazing as always.

Inside the issue, Nyong’o discusses a wide variety of subjects. She explains that Oprah was a big influence on her; reveals that a teacher once asked her how she could possibly find a husband when her skin was so dark; says that she depends on her mother to keep her humble, and much more.

CNet Launches a Magazine

Fans of, the tech website, say hello to CNet, the magazine. The New York Times reports that the site sees this expansion as a necessary step in becoming a “multiplatform brand.” Also, as a way to remind people that LL Cool J is cheesy as hell.

CNet is a quarterly publication, available for $5.99 a pop. It offers original content, so visitors will have something new to check out. There have been 200,000 copies of CNet printed, and they’re on sale at newsstands and stores like Walmart and Target.

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Shondaland’s Betsy Beers Inspires During Marie Claire’s New Guard Lunch


From left: Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider, Jennifer Lee, Rashida Jones, Cindy Holland and Marie Claire publisher Nancy Cardone; Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty

On Thursday, Marie Claire held its second annual New Guard luncheon at the Hearst Tower, honoring 50 “badass innovators, mogulistas and shot callers.” This year’s theme was “Flipping the Script,” a nod to female writers and producers breaking through Hollywood’s glass ceiling. The afternoon began with a keynote speech from Betsy Beers, executive producer of ABC’s #TGIT lineup (Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away With Murder). Words so inspiring — and refreshingly blunt — that even one of the male wait staff in the room could be overheard saying, “Wow, just wow.”

Beers explained that she has worked with executive producer and head writer Shonda Rhimes since 2002, when the duo pitched a salacious hospital drama to a roomful of male network execs. After one of those men insisted viewers would never relate to the lead character, a female medical intern who could get drunk and have a one-night stand the night before her first day on the job, Beers proceeded to describe her own real-life experience doing just that. That show, Grey’s Anatomy, is now in its 11th season and a frequent contender on the awards circuit. These days, when asked how she and Rhimes manage to produce three different hit shows simultaneously, the first thought Beers has is no one ever asks that of Dick Wolf (producer of the Law & Order franchise). Read more

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise – Two Years Later

KatieHolmesPeopleOctober2014According to the New York Daily News, Katie Holmes placed some limits around this week’s big interview with People. At least two of which involved the cover:

“Tom’s name could not appear on the cover,” says our source… “The coverage had to be positive and there also couldn’t be a picture of Suri on the cover, because Katie wanted to protect her daughter.”

Meanwhile, Tom Cruise was in London this month and per an Instagram photo showing him standing alongside former Miss Venezuela World Ruddy Rodriguez, he could be seen wearing his Scientology Freedom Medal of Valor.

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Hillary Clinton Might Get Another Vogue Cover

hillary-clinton-vogue-1998Hillary Clinton — who is definitely maybe probably 100 percent running for president in 2016 — is rumored to be getting another Vogue cover. Clinton appeared on the cover once before, back in 1998.

According to The New York Daily News, Clinton and Vogue’s editor Anna Wintour were recently spotted studying clothes at Michael Kors’ studio.

“Anna certainly doesn’t go to every fitting for the magazine, but for a subject like Hillary, she’d be involved in every aspect of the story,” a “fashion insider” told the Daily News. “She’d definitely need to approve the look.”

Despite the mountain of evidence, a Vogue spokesperson denied that the shopping trip meant anything. ”Anna just went by to say hello to Hillary,” said the spokesperson. “We have no plans for a cover.”

Right. Just like Clinton has no plans on running for president! We’re on to you, sister!

Self Adds Fitness and Lifestyle Directors

Self has added a fitness and lifestyle director to its team. Details are below.

  • Liz Baker Plosser joins as fitness director. This is a homecoming for Plosser, who once served as an associate editor at Self. She most recently served as a senior editor at Cosmopolitan, focusing on the magazine’s health and fitness coverage. Plosser also served as editorial director of CosmoBody, Cosmo’s digital fitness channel. Plosser begins November 11.
  • Tatiana Boncompagni has been named lifestyle director. Boncompagni has contributed to The New York Times, The Financial TimesMarie Claire and Town & Country. She has written three novels, and previously worked at American Lawyer The Wall Street Journal Europe.

Tim Cook Comes Out as Gay in Businessweek Essay [Updated]

Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, just came out as gay in a moving essay he penned for Bloomberg Businessweek. Cook writes that while he has never publicly discussed his sexuality before, he felt now was the right time because he realized doing so could help others:

I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.

“I’ll admit that this wasn’t an easy choice,” adds Cook. “Privacy remains important to me, and I’d like to hold on to a small amount of it.”

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The Atlantic Partners with PBS NewsHour

The AtlanticThe Atlantic is partnering with PBS’ NewsHour to produce broadcast adaptation’s of the magazine’s work. The series begins tonight, with NewsHour co-anchor Judy Woodruff and The Atlantic’s Hanna Rosin discussing Rosin’s cover story on teens and sexting.

“We’re excited to see our stories brought to broadcast, and honored to be working with the NewsHour to make it happen,” said James BennetThe Atlantic’s president and editor-in-chief, in a statement. “No one in the business cares more about journalistic integrity and depth.”

The Atlantic and PBS deal will last for the next six months.

Freelancers Caught in the Middle of Sister2Sister Bankruptcy Filing

It’s a familiar scenario; but for anyone suddenly told by a newspaper or magazine that they cannot be paid for work dutifully submitted and published, it sucks.

Per Journal-isms’ Richard Prince, this tweet from Manny Otiko reflects the fact that Sister2Sister has been forced to file for bankruptcy protection as it abandons print and seeks to reorganize. From his report:

“The community does not want us to go away,” publisher Jamie Foster Brown said by telephone. She said she especially felt a responsibility to prisoners who “didn’t have a voice” and whom she published in the magazine. “We wanted to teach people through celebrities,” she said. “God comes through other people.”

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Cubes: Take a VIP Tour of New York Magazine

The folks at New York Magazine let MediabistroTV take a tour of their offices at 75 Varick.

Nestled next to the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, the writers, artists, photographers and digital types inhabiting the sunlit space sit surrounded by the vigilant ghosts of covers past. The whole scene gives the impression Bernie Madoff in Joker makeup, Alex Rodriguez staring straight ahead and a suspicious looking Joaquin Phoenix are there to remind everyone to do something memorable, like watch this episode of Cubes.