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Year in Review

US Weekly in a Nutshell: One-Third Kardashian

Bobby Finger points it this afternoon via The Hairpin at a gallery of US Weekly’s 2013 magazine covers. And what a wonderful, acerbic finger it is.

At one point in his summary, Finger combines all 52 main cover headlines into one glorious, what-if article lede paragraph. The fact that the paragraph sort of still makes sense is arguably as damning an inculcation of today’s gossip media as anything coming down the year-end review pike.

Finger also makes use of the trusty one-two-THREE joke construction with his accompanying tabulations and graphs. After some head-spinning US Weekly cover crunching, he sums it up USA TODAY old-school style:

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In Praise of Susan, Siri, Scarlett and Samantha

There’s plenty of sibilance in the above headline. But fear not; both Susan C. Bennett (a.k.a Siri) and Scarlett I. Johansson (a.k.a Samantha in Her) can handle it.

It’s always nice to review the year with a category that requires only a Top Two. Such is the case with this pair of astounding female voices. One, from the past (endless recording sessions in 2005), was finally revealed this fall to be the ubiquitous voice of Siri. The other, enacting the near future in limited NY/LA theatrical release, has led journalists like Daily Beast culture writer Kevin Fallon to bang the drum for 2013 Best Actress Oscar consideration:

Scarlett Johansson has never been more alluring than she is in Her.

Her coy sexuality has never been so tantalizing. She’s as vivacious and gregarious as she is sensual and deep. She both gives her most nuanced performance yet and sears her status as one of the most desirable actresses working in Hollywood today.

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Norman Rockwell Illustration Squeaks on to Top Ten Art Auctions List

For the most part, the year’s top ten art auctions compiled by Bloomberg News reporters Katya Kazakina and Scott Reyburn conjure up visions of a world we keyboard-stained wretches can only dream of. A realm where for example London-based jeweler Laurence Graff, as a “birthday gift to himself,” purchased Roy Lichtenstein‘s 1963 work “Woman with Flowered Hat” from Christie’s New York… for $56.1 million. (Graff turned 75 in June.)

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But at the very end of the Bloomberg list, in a tenth-place $46.1 million tie, there is hope. In the form of “Saying Grace:”

Norman Rockwell’s 1951 painting set an auction record for the American figurative artist at Sotheby’s in New York on December 4. The price surpassed a high estimate of $20 million and almost tripled Rockwell’s previous auction record of $15.4 million set in 2006, also at Sotheby’s.

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FishbowlNY: Year in Review

As we get ready to usher in 2012, let’s take one more look at the biggest broadcasting stories that FishbowlNY covered in 2011.

In January, Scott Clark closes out a brilliant career at WABC, retiring after nearly a quarter-century at Channel 7.

Maurice DuBois makes his debut as WCBS/Channel 2 lead anchor when he is promoted to nights opposite Kristine Johnson. Chris Wragge shifts his energy to The Early Show, but that wasn’t the last we would hear from him.

Also as 2011 began, veteran radio talk host Curtis Sliwa adds an afternoon shift to his Apple/WNYM duties.

In February, among the notable events, WNBC/Channel 4 welcomes home Shiba Russell from Boston. She was named weekend anchor with David Ushery. Russell fueled speculation that she was Sue Simmons’ “heir apparent,” as the main (if not exclusive) fill-in for the legendary anchor, who started at Channel 4 in 1980.

On the radio, Craig Allen, a veteran in his own right, agrees to a three-year extension as WCBS 880’s chief meteorologist. Two months later, Allen marked 30 years at the station.

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Vote for Most Memorable Media Moment of Year

Thanks to the popularity of the “Reader’s Choice,” as part of the Barmash Awards, FishbowlNY will offer poll questions on the site regularly in 2012.

But first, a look back at 2011.

Next week, we’ll remember some of the stand-out local broadcasting stories in our Year-in-Review piece. You can join the post by participating in the poll below–The Most Memorable Media Moment of 2011. Five stories that we covered have been chosen, but feel free to “write-in” your choice. The voting will end Friday, December 23 at 10 p.m.