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Archives: June 2006

Animal Reimagines Brangelina As Several, Needles Radar

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Bucky Turco‘s Animal refuses to die. Err, “grovel like Radar.” Having “finally scraped enough money together” to print issue #7 — the “Wildlife” issue to be released this weekend — Animal depicts Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie on its cover as a bird and full-lipped rhino, respectively. Turco and co. also use the occasion to coin the term “celebimal,” with Paris Hilton, George Clooney and Lindsay Lohan reimagined as human-animal hybrids.

Turco, however, grovels in another way: “As part of what we hope to be a spin off gimmicky marketing angle, we are asking for a $1 donation via pay pal if people download the PDF version (and happen to like it).”

Turco’s e-mail announcement of the issue:

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Radar‘s New Sugar Daddy ‘Now Firmly In The Media’

yusef_jackson_radar.jpgYusef Jackson — the latest in the line Maer Roshan‘s starry-eyed backers for Radar, tells the Chicago Tribune today that not only does his backing of the twice-failed magazine place him “firmly in the media,” he’s still interested in buying the Sun-Times, the newspaper that he once tried to buy for reportedly $850 million:

“I have been interested in the media business for a long time … so I went after a big one first,” said Jackson, 35, a lawyer who is chief executive of River North Sales & Service, an Anheuser-Busch distributorship. “I learned a lot of lessons. I wish they had elected to sell it.”

Yusef Jackson Lands on Media Map with Radar [Chicago Tribune]

Video: Star Jones On Larry King

As Jossip notes, CNN is re-airing the interview at 11:00 AM today — opposite The View, which was previously recorded and features Star Jones.

EARLIER: Star On Barbara On Today: She’s Still In My Heart

New Haven Indie Media Guy: Right-Wing Media Monopolies Have Destroyed Our Cities

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Editor’s note: The lovely and talented Jemima Kiss is our eyes and ears at the Media Giraffe conference in Amherst, Mass. Here’s her first report:

The conference has nothing to do with zoology and is all about media visionaries. I was beginning to wonder if the relentless 14-hour conference day had turned off the receptors in my brain, but apparently not: Paul Bass of local indy news site New Haven Independent kicked up a ruckus last night. Bass was the last of, count ‘em, seven speakers, a visionary on a panel of suits.

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Covering Her Booty

jlopez.jpgJ. Lo’s first ex-husband (think he has that on his business card?), Ojani Noa wants to publish a tell-all about their sex life. Lopez hopes an L.A. Superior Court judge stops him. So do we.

The Devil Won’t See You Now

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The Devil Wears Prada catwalks into cineplexes today, and Diane Clehane weighs in over at LookOnline. The former Vogue underling-turned fashion freelancer also sheds new light on one of the magazine world’s most enduring urban myths—the dreaded Anna Wintour elevator encounter:

“On my second day, I found myself on the 12th floor waiting for an elevator with Anna. I have to laugh now at the memory. Feeling naively confident in my Loehmann’s-bought Armani, I stepped inside along with her when the doors opened, smiled brightly, and gave her the most enthusiastic, “Good morning!” I could muster. She didn’t flinch—she simply turned and faced the back corner and remained there for the long, silent ride to the lobby. By the time I got back to my desk, there was a message summoning me to my boss’ office.”

While it’s common media-world knowledge that one boards the same elevator as Wintour at her own peril, the fact that she went all Blair Witch on Clehane—literally turning to face a wall rather than simply ride in stony, forward-facing silence—is a new twist.

We recently heard this tale from Clehane in person, and can vouch for the fact that she’s not a walking hunk of stone, despite Wintour’s reverse Medusa. However, since their paths crossed back in the 80′s, we’d posit that Wintour had yet to reach the pinnacle of those peon-vaporizing powers she so deftly wields today.

Her Blue Materials

New Line Cinema is hoping to make a fortune on a 12-year-old British schoolgirl with a stripper’s name. Beating out 10,000 girls who auditioned across Britain, Dakota Blue Richards won the role of Lyra Belacqua, the heroine of best-selling children’s trilogy His Dark Materials, that the studio is hoping to turn into its very own Harry Potter. If the trilogy doesn’t make serious bank, we’re guessing the studio will hold on to Dakota for a Showgirls remake in six years.

Star On Barbara On Today: She’s Still In My Heart

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We caught the tail end of Al Roker‘s interview with Star Jones on Today today, and Jones — at least on the surface — appeared to be in hatchet-burying mode, saying she was grateful for the opportunity View co-host and executive producer Barbara Walters gave her, and that Walters would always be held close to “my heart.” Of course, this was not how she appeared yesterday.

Today producers — always suckers for synergy — followed up that segment with an expert on female relationships and backstabbing.

RELATED: Rosie On Star: She Thinks She’s Beyoncé [Jossip]
EARLIER: It’s Official: Star Jones To Leave View

LAT in 90 Seconds

Tell That To Jen: images-13.jpgIn defending CNN’s decision to air an interview last week with Angelina Jolie and call it “news,” network chief Jonathan Klein basically says he wouldn’t kick her out of bed for eating crackers. His actual quote: “I don’t know of any news organization that would not have talked to Angelina Jolie.”

We know, Jonathan. That’s the problem.

Good Review: bugs-bunny-and-a-monster.jpgThe Devil Wears Prada is getting good reviews pretty much everywhere. but none are as utterly charming as Carina Chocano’s.

To wit: “With her crested gray mane, laser glare and perfectly modulated stealth missile sarcasm, Miranda Priestly, the editor in chief of the fictional Vogue clone, Runway, is still a monster. But as the sage Bugs Bunny once noted, monsters are the most interesting people.”

Some of My Closest Advisors are Gay: He doesn’t like gay marriage, but he does like gay votes, so Arnold Schwarzenegger deigned to speak to the Log Cabin Republicans on Thursday. He told the crowd “everyone needs someone to love.”

True. But what people really need, is someone to represent them.

Glam CEO Says Traffic Will Surpass All Fashion Sites In July

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Glam.com CEO Samir Arora — whose network of women’s lifestyle and fashion blogs is backed by over $11 million in private equity — says the site will become number one in the fashion category on the Web next month. Glam.com is already bigger than Style.com, he says.

“We will be bigger than anyone in July,” Arora told FishbowlNY over coffee. The always impeccably dressed Arora has some experience in building big Internet ventures — he built Tickle.com, which he sold in 2004 to Monster.com for a pretty penny, after developing a similar money-maker with a company called NetObjects earlier. He says he got into this because he sensed a business opportunity that wasn’t being exploited on the Web. And because he loves fashion.

Glam.com, which Arora launched eight months ago, has already attracted some big advertisers, like Gucci, Target and — surprisingly — Cosmopolitan, which would seem to be a competitor. The site brings together “affiliate” fashion blogs — which accounts for much of Arora’s traffic claim — sells ads across them and shares in the content and revenue.

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