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Archives: October 2006

Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Idea: FishbowlNY Editor

WHO: FishbowlNY Editor
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Ill-fitting American Apparel polos
  • chocolate lab
  • weakness for Vermont ales; laid back, “perma-stoned” persona
  • mid-80s baseball references
  • rage

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Borat, Clinton, Musto, Huffington, Jeff Zucker & More
  • New Media People
  • Cable Newsers
  • Magazine Editors
  • Spooky Authors
  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
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    Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas: Borat, Clinton, Musto, Huffington, Jeff Zucker & More

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    WHO: Hillary Clinton, Senator, New York
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • short blond wig
  • unflatterring blue dress
  • little knowledge of husband’s whereabouts

    WHO: Michael Musto, Village Voice columnist
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • large, circular block glasses
  • shirt buttoned to top
  • barely functional Pee Wee Herman-style bike

    WHO: Jared Paul Stern, disgraced former Page Six reporter
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • seersucker suit
  • fedora
  • photographic memory of every Ron Burkle media mention ever

    WHO: Jeff Zucker, NBC chief executive
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • bald head
  • navy suit
  • 700 pink slips

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  • Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas: New Media

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    WHO: Laurel Touby, mediabistro.com founder/CEO
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • boa
  • red-framed glasses; funky, multicolored outfit
  • disturbingly thorough knowledge of mediabistro.com’s party database

    WHO: David Hauslaib, Jossip
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • fitted t-shirt
  • disturbingly soft hands
  • healthy disdain for Nick Denton

    WHO: Nick Denton, Gawker Media founder
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • jeans
  • tan
  • 3-day stubble
  • glass of wine, preferably red
  • ability to leave party within 17 minutes for better party

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Cable Newsers
  • Magazine Editors
  • Spooky Authors
  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
  • Last Minute Media Halloween Costumes Ideas: Cable Newsers

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    WHO: Steven Colbert, host, Colbert Report
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • conservative suit
  • extra-white face makeup, extra-white dance moves
  • “African-Amerifriend”

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    WHO: Jon Stewart, host, Daily Show
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • gray streaks hair dye
  • pencil
  • look of befuddlement after running Bush clip

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    WHO: Maria Bartiromo, CNBC host
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • lip gloss
  • women’s power business suit
  • “No, really, I’m a journalist” on-camera stare

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    WHO: Anderson Cooper, host, CNN’s 360
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • extra-blonde hair dye
  • flak jacket
  • steely, concerned gaze; friend

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Magazine Editors
  • Spooky Authors
  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
  • Morning Show Wars Fueled By Halloween Costumes

    Nothing says “It’s Halloween!” like morning show anchors going the awkwardly elaborate route in the name of candy.

    Good Day New York‘s Jodi Applegate, naturally. Her “Genie” …

    … easily beats Today‘s Cher, Bette Midler and Madonna

    … but not Matt Lauer‘s “Captain Jack.” Nothing ever beats that.

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Magazine Editors
  • Spooky Authors
  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
  • Pop! Banned | Absolute Revived | Martha Renewed | Oprah’s $1,000 Handouts | Thomas Friedman’s Millions | Jared Kushner

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  • Pop!: Chick lit banned by Borders. [Book Standard | FishbowlLA | B&C]

  • Absolute: Magazine’s revival. [WWD]
  • Martha: Renewed, but a producer is out. [B&C]
  • NYO‘s Jared Kushner: I “run a newspaper while trying to buy buildings and catching up on missed classes.” [Daily Intel]
  • Oprah: Hands out $1,000 to audience members; audience members lose their minds. [Washington Post]
  • NYT‘s Thomas Friedman: Makes millions — but does that influence his op-ed columns? [HuffPo]
  • Redstone, Nude, On Freston, Cruise … In 7,700 Words

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    Redstone in front of the fish tank where he metaphorically sent Freston and Cruise to sleep this summer

    Viacom chief Sumner Redstone is profiled in the December issue of Vanity Fair — a behemoth, 7,700-plus word profile mind you — in which Redstone talks candidly about his double Tom whacking — Freston and Cruise — the 83-year-old media icon carried out this sumner, er, summer.

    We’ve read it, so you don’t have to:

  • Redstone’s Beverly Hills home is tucked into a cul-de-sac next to Sylvester Stallone‘s. Eddie Murphy, Barry Bonds, Reba McEntire, Rod Stewart, Martin Lawrence and Denzel Washington also live in his gated community.

  • “He looks frail and has a senior moment or three, losing his train of thought, repeating stories, and asking that a question or two be repeated.”
  • Everyone in Beverly Hills seems to have a Redstone walking into a wall story.
  • Redstone swims in the nude. And shaves — also in the nude — in his hot tub.
  • Redstone monitors Viacom’s stock price on CNBC.
  • Redstone: “The fact is, nothing really important can happen at either [Viacom or CBS] without me clearing it.”
  • Redstone’s doubts about Freston started when he offered Freston the job: “When I offered the job to Tom that night, he said, ‘Sumner, I’m not comfortable being C.E.O. of Viacom. I’d rather just be C.E.O. of MTV Networks.’”
  • Freston turned down the job. Redstone offered it to Les Moonves, who accepted. Freston changed his mind the next morning. Redstone ended up doing what any 8-year-old kid does in that situation — splits the company.
  • Redstone on Freston’s inability to buy MySpace: “We lost that deal because Tom was too slow.”
  • Paula Redstone, Sumner’s wife, may have had something to do with the firing of Cruise: “Paula, like women everywhere, had come to hate him … The truth of the matter is, I did listen to her, but I make business decisions myself.”
  • When did Sumner decide to fire Cruise? “I don’t know. When he was on the Today show? When he was jumping on a couch at Oprah? He changed his handler, you know, to his sister — not a good idea. His behavior was entirely unacceptable to Paula, and to the rest of the world. He didn’t just turn one [woman] off. He turned off all women, and a lot of men. He was embarrassing the studio.”
  • Sleeping with the fishes [Vanity Fair]

    [photo: Don Flood]

  • Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas: Magazine Editors

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    WHO: Anna Wintour, editrix, Vogue
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • cropped blonde wig
  • blood-stained fur coat
  • Devil’s horns (optional)

    halloween_brandon_holley.jpgWHO: Brandon Holley, editor, Jane
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • blonde wig
  • vintage mid-80s rock t-shirt (Echo & The Bunnymen preferred)
  • drum sticks
  • pizza

    halloween_zinczenko.jpgWHO: Dave Zinczenko, editor, Men’s Health
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • abs
  • Nair chest-hair remover
  • carefully prepared Today Show soundbites: “Fit is the new rich,” etc.

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    WHO: David Remnick, editor, the New Yorker
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • glasses
  • DVD collection of entire New Yorker archive
  • armfuls of Ellies

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Spooky Authors
  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
  • Tabloid Wars Round 2: Daily News: ‘#1 Newspaper In The City!’

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    There’s nothing quite like a nasty, dirty war of words between a pair of New York’s finest tabloids. Especially when it involves … circulation.

    Yesterday, the New York Post fired the latest shot across the bow. Today, the Daily News fought back:

    The error-prone Post, which loses tens of millions of dollars annually, sells for a discounted 25 cents. … Martin Dunn, The News’ editor-in-chief and deputy publisher, took dead aim at his half-price competitor:

    “If you’d lost $300 million over the past five years, spent $200 million on new presses, carpet-bombed neighborhoods with free copies and lost fortunes to sell a few thousand papers in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, you’d be desperate to celebrate creeping a few copies ahead of us. The Daily News is STILL unequivocally the No. 1 newspaper in the place that counts — New York.”

    EARLIER:

  • History: Post Tops Daily News In Circ
  • Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas: Spooky Authors

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    WHO: Ann Coulter, controversial author
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • long blonde wig
  • short, black cocktail dress
  • 9/11 widows trailing you

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    WHO:JT Leroy,” outed author
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • blonde wig
  • sunglasses, black top hat
  • Winona Ryder

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    WHO: James Frey, disgraced author
    WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • stubble
  • general “beaten-down” look
  • Oprah

    FishbowlNY’s Last Minute Media Halloween Costume Ideas:

  • Network Anchors
  • Steve Irwin
  • Olbermann, O’Reilly, Letterman
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