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Archives: August 2006

Rosie Learns Photoshop

2rosie.jpg Rosie O’Donnell, inanely trying to “expose” Hollywood’s “secret” penchant for airbrushing, has taken the Photoshop eraser to her own bod on her blog.

Per TMZ:

Katie Couric’s not the only high-profile female TV personality with airbrush issues — Rosie O’Donnell says she’s recently had the retouch treatment as well. In a new ABC promo photo for the new season of The View, Rosie appears with her co-hosts Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Barbara Walters, and though she seems to be in relatively normal proportion to the other “View”-ers, the gab queen says she’s been slimmed by the hand of Photoshop magic. “Look at the amount of white space/between my arm and body/barbara and elisabeth seem to vanish/there in my underarm,” writes Rosie, giving her best forensic analysis on her blog at

But TMZ left out the best part of Rosie’s freeform form-free riff:

“i did a movie called beautiful girls/an ensemble piece/by teddy demme
uma tim matt mira me/i saw the poster and said aloud/”i didn’t know courtney cox was in this film”/it wasn’t courtney–it was me/i called my agent–laughing/she called harvey w/i was on the phone listening
he said/so what- she should thank me–she looks a lot better/and that/my friends/is hollywood”

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Graydon’s Got A Gun: Vanity Fair Employs Armed Guards At Printer To Protect Suri Cruise Photos


Has Graydon Carter lost his well-heeled mind?

Jossip has a “pretty well placed source” who says the Vanity Fair editor has hired armed guards at the magazine’s printer to protect the first photos of Suri Cruise, due to be published this fall.

Given the Brangelina baby photo scandal of yore, this actually strikes us a pretty sane move for a magazine editor in 2006.

Graydon Carter Hires Armed Guards to Protect His Suri Cruise Cover [Jossip]

Media Minutiae: News Corp.’s Latest TV Net | Naguib Mahfouz | Trump | Google | UK Crackdown On ‘Violent’ Porn


  • Fox: Set to flip switch on MyNetworkTV. [WSJ]

  • Trump: Fires Apprentice co-star. [NYP]
  • Jennifer Aniston: To sign with Nike. [AdRants]
  • Egyptian Novelist Naguib Mahfouz: Dies at 94 [Slate]
  • Google: Unveils book downloads. [CIO]
  • British Government: To criminalize violent porn. [Reuters UK]
  • Breaking: Hachette’s For Me To Close

    for_me_mag_to_close.jpgJust in:

    Announcement from Jack Kliger, President & CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.

    I am sorry to announce that following the October 2006 issue, the company will discontinue the publication of For Me magazine, a monthly women’s lifestyle magazine which was launched in Spring 2005. It is always a very difficult decision to close a magazine.

    When we launched For Me a little over a year ago, we thought that there was a market for a young woman’s lifestyle magazine which was not focused on gossip. Because of the competitive environment at retail check out, the magazine has not received the visibility necessary to generate the level of sales that we need to support our business plan.

    I want to recognize the outstanding work of Editor-in-Chief Ellen Breslau, her talented team and the many people at Hachette who produced this publication which was — from the beginning — highly-valued by its passionate and responsive community of readers. Thank you for your hard work.

    Jack Kliger

    Village Voice Slashes 8 Including Christgau


    It appears soon-to-be Village Voice editor David Blum will have a significantly leaner staff to work with when he starts September 12.

    Gawker reports the following job cuts at the Voice: editorial staffers Darren Reidy, Ed Park, Jorge Morales, Elizabeth Zimmer and thought to be untouchable Robert Christgau and art department staffers Minh Uong, LD Beghtol and Tina Zimmer.

    The Dean is Dead [Gawker]


  • Sun TV Critic Blum Named Editor Of Village Voice
  • Life Cover Channels Paltrow I Am Africa Campaign

    Survivor: Escape from LA


    While advertisers are stumbling over themselves to leave the Survivor campfire, reality TV pros don’t see the issue. FBNY has been hearing from chickenhearted CBS staffers, but here in LA, where reality TV is a way of life, team division by racial lines isn’t such a big deal. We mean, they could have played dirty and split the teams by Soy/Dairy or Vegan/Carnivore or even Saline/Silicone. The LA Times had on op-ed by LAist editor Tony Pierce in which he argued:

    Any stupid game show that can get tens of millions of people to talk about serious issues that affect us all (especially if we’re uncomfortable bringing it up) should be praised, not scorned.

    But he also points out that most critics have no idea how the game is played. Hint: there’s no watermelon eating contest, not mochi-making contest, no burro race. Survivor‘s more integrated than the NBA.

    FBLA thinks that the teams should have been split into Pro and Non-Pro, like in Variety.

    Host Jeff Probst had said that this season’s ultra-diverse cast was a product of:

    casting associates going all over the country to find specific groups where we could find Asian-Americans, maybe a cultural center or a certain part of town where more Latinos live.

    And surprise! These intrepid traveling/casting folks ended up finding happiness, just like Dorothy, right in their own back yard–most of this season’s cast are from Southern California.

    Advertisers Escape Survivor, Say ‘Race-Based’ Format Not The Reason; CBS Staffers Have No Such Luxury


    General Motors says its decision to stop advertising on Survivor was unrelated to the season’s controversial race-based format. Coca-Cola, Home Depot, UPS and Campbell Soup, who have also dropped off the Survivor island.

    Via the New York Times:

    “It is my understanding that we did not know what the new format was when the decision was made,” Ryndee Carney, a manager of advertising and marketing communications for General Motors, said in an interview yesterday.

    Meanwhile, we have received a handful of e-mails from CBS staffers who are none-too-pleased with the Survivor stunt. One contained the subject line: “i’m so fucking proud to work here.”

    G.M. Drops ‘Survivor’ But Says Racial Format Isn’t the Reason [NYT]


    snoop.jpegWe’ve long contended that Snoop Dogg is the only person in the world who can slap hos and sing with Muppets all in the same afternoon.

    His latest adventure falls more into Column B: The second season of his youth football league for kids 7-13.

    Leslie Gornstein
    of TV Back Talk is now obsessed. She tells FBLA: “Oh, dude, there’s a Junior Midget division. Oh dude! Oh, dude, I am so rooting for the Watts Buccaneers it’s not funny.”

    We were going to explain to Leslie that she’s not exactly the target audience, but then we checked out the Long Beach Browns — and they’re so gonna kick the Buccaneers’ butts! You’re going down Buccaneers!

    Will Rodapova Make VMA Appearance?

    rodapova_vma.jpgThere’s plenty of obligatory buzz surrounding tonight’s return of the MTV Video Music Awards to New York. The lavishly-produced show always forces one to remember there was a time when MTV used to play actual music videos. And with the U.S. Open and tennis “just friends” Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova in Flushing, we’re hearing from a few sources that the paparazzi’s Rodapova wish may, in fact, be granted.

    Note: Sharapova’s 2nd round match is slated to begin “not before 4:00PM,” which — based on her 59-minute beating of Michaella Krajicek last night — would give her just enough time to scurry over to Radio City Music Hall. And, by the looks of her Nike cocktail dress, she wouldn’t even have to change.

    EARLIER: Rodapova Photo Would Be Big ‘Get,’ But Not As Big As Suri Cruise

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