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Archives: November 2012

Video Look | Cat Walk | Tweet The Change

SocialTimes: Vimeo has updated their iPhone app, but it still doesn’t include a function to automatically delete all cat videos.

TVSpy: Speaking of cat videos, here’s one of our furry friends walking through a weather broadcast. The forecast, fortunately, was “cloudy, with a 70 percent chance of cat butt,” so no one seemed to mind.

AllTwitter: If you’re willing to put some effort into it, you can use Twitter to save money on gifts. All lazy people feel free to keep wasting cash.

Hours Before Freeway Accident, KKLA-FM Host Frank Pastore Shared Prophetic Observation

A mind-boggling audio clip has been added to the KKLA-FM website information page for Frank Pastore, the weekday afternoon show host critically injured in a November 19 freeway accident. It was posted at the request of his wife Gina after she told a reporter for the Christian Post that he would want it that way.

Just hours before the 210 freeway accident in Duarte, here’s what Pastore said on his show as he addressed the issue of life after death and secular science’s research into whether humans have souls:

“You guys know I ride a motorcycle, right? At any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, without any blinkers – not that I’m angry about it – at any minute, I could be spread all over the 210. But that’s not me, that’s my body parts. And that key distinction undergirds the entire Judeo-Christian world view.”

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Harvey Weinstein, David Zinczenko and Peggy Siegal Throws Another Party

1003_mockup.gif‘Tis the season for power lunches disguised as holiday celebrations, and this afternoon at Michael’s it was SRO as the moguls (Harvey Weinstein, Tommy Mottola), a perennial party giver (Peggy Siegal and her indefatigable minions) and boldface names (Star Jones, Muffie Potter Aston) poured into the dining room for one head-spinning scene. While Bonnie Fuller and company shoe-horned 14 people comfortably into Table One, Peggy presided over a lunch for 34 in the Garden Room honoring “The Untouchables.” (Although I didn’t see them, I did spot — I think — Malcolm Gladwell and Stu Zakim in the crowd). The rest of the dining room was full of table hoppers and gladhanders — Harvey Weinstein works a room like nobody’s business — and I noticed there was plenty of glasses of red and white wine all around. Cheers!

I was joined today by Anne Fulenwider who has plenty to celebrate these days having  “come home” to Marie Claire in September. She was tapped for the top job after Joanna Coles departed for Cosmo when Kate White left to write her best sellers full-time. I know, you need a score card for all this, but do try to keep up. Anne’s extraordinary rise to the top of the masthead is a master class on how to succeed in publishing by being very smart, working hard and staying grounded amid all the glitz and glamour (yes, to civilians and the uninitiated this is a glamorous business). The Harvard graduate came to New York in the mid-nineties and landed her first job in magazines working for David Lauren at Swing. An internship at The Paris Review turned into a gig as research assistant to George Plimpton when he was working on his book on Truman Capote. Anne got quite an education diving into boxes of fascinating transcripts, fact checking scores of Plimpton’s interviews and, occasionally ”chopping carrots” at his home and pitching in whenever needed. All in a day’s work.

Diane Clehane and Anne Fulenwider

When the book was done, she went on to become senior editor, moved to Vanity Fair where she was editor of the magazine’s popular “Fanfare” section, and wound up editing the work of Leslie Bennetts, Buzz Bissinger and Dominick Dunne. Except for a brief sojourn to San Francisco, she spent a decade at the magazine where, she said, she “grew up” and was “inspired” by Vanity Fair’s great reporting and writing and learned that “maintaining quality” and upholding the highest journalistic standards (“There were armies of fact checkers and researchers!”) were critical to the vitality and relevance of a successful magazine.

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Best New Twitter Feed: Indie Romance Novel

Tweeting from “Echo Park Slope,” @IndieRomance is a literary spoof that is having fun with both trashy romance novels and the urban hipster. And we’re not ashamed to say, it made us swoon a little. Some highlights:

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Suicide Derails Annie Leibovitz Shoot

A photoshoot for Vanity Fair featuring Lena Dunham was delayed after a man jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge and plummeted to his death. The man, according to The New York Post, jumped after hanging onto one of the bridge’s towers for about 40 minutes. He landed on the River Cafe, which was closed due to damage from Hurricane Sandy.

Annie Leibovitz was scheduled to take photos of Dunham near the restaurant, but had to put the session on pause while police cleared the scene and completed their investigation.

Sources told the Post that Leibovitz and her team “respectfully waited” for the cops to finish, as if that was a surprising way to deal with the situation. The shoot was completed several hours later.

Runner’s World Names Managing Editor, Photo Director

Runner’s World has named Suzanne Perreault managing editor and Michele Ervin photo director.

Perreault comes to the magazine from C Lifestyle Productions, where she oversaw editorial and advertising production as its production director. She previously served as managing editor for titles such as Motor Trend, Bon Appétit, Sport Magazine AnnualsLive!, and Motorcyclist.

Ervin’s appointment marks a return to Runner’s World for her, as she began her career at the title as a photo editor. Previously Ervin spent several years as senior associate photo editor of Popular Mechanics. While there she earned several photography awards.

Terry McDonell to Depart Time Inc.

When Terry McDonell announced in October that he was stepping aside as editor of the Time Inc. Sports Group, the plan was for him to stay on as an advisor to the company. According to the New York Post, that plan has changed. McDonell is now set to leave the company altogether at the end of the year.

McDonell’s announcement means that Time Inc. will start 2013 without two of its biggest names. Earlier this month, John Huey said he was leaving the publishing powerhouse as well.

What’s next for McDonell? He plans on launching his own consulting company, where he will create “publishing, video and film joint ventures across multiple platforms,” according to the Post.

Write for Intelligent Optimists

Formerly known as Ode, The Intelligent Optimist just wants to make the world a better place. The San Francisco-based mag, which started as a Dutch publication, is wide open to freelancers with the right ideas.

“[The magazine] is about positive news, about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better,” said associate editor Elleke Bal.

Its reader base includes a community of people who are passionate about innovative technology, sustainability, health and spirituality, nutrition and personal growth. Bal explained, “We tell the stories that need to be heard, because they are improving our world.”

For more info, read How To Pitch: The Intelligent Optimist. [subscription required]

Quentin Tarantino Retirement Plans Hang Over THR Director Roundtable

It’s remarkable how much traction some early-retirement comments initially made by Quentin Tarantino in his Playboy interview with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming continue to receive. Hundreds of pick-ups later, those intentions are a topic of conversation once more in the latest Hollywood Reporter awards season roundtable discussion.

The funny thing is that Tarantino indirectly challenges his whole assertion of not wanting to become a diminishing-cinematic-returns old fart when he reminds that his favorite film of 2011 was made by a 76-year-old (now 77) Woody Allen. Fellow panelist David O. Russell for one would like QT to keep at it:

Russell: Back to Quentin, about his whole thing about the young man’s game. First of all, I’m gonna try to convince you to keep making movies ’cause I love watching your movies. Second of all, I remember saying to Diane Keaton about 10 years ago, “What is it with Woody Allen?” I felt like his work had gotten shaky. And she said: “I don’t know. I don’t know how many times he can go back to that well.” But the fact that Woody Allen, every year, gets up and makes a movie, I think that’s a good way to live, and he hits a good average sometimes. I really loved Midnight in Paris.

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Bogus TMZ Drone Mention Takes Flight in Major Media Outlets

This morning’s allegations on E! News and other outlets that the New York Daily News made up a story about Donald Trump’s kids staging a pre-election Twitter “Obama-vention” with dad is pretty good. But media misdirect honors of the week (so far) still have to go to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The paper’s story by Washington reporter Gary Martin and Center for Responsive Politics editorial director Viveca Novak got the benefit late Tuesday afternoon of the following update:

Editor’s note: This story has been changed to remove a reference to the celebrity web site TMZ applying for a permit to operate a drone. On Tuesday, TMZ denied that it has asked to operate a drone and the FAA issued the following statement: “TMZ does not have FAA authorization to fly an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), and we have no record that TMZ ever requested or inquired about an authorization. The FAA does not currently allow commercial UAS operations in the nation’s airspace, although UAS manufacturers may apply for an experimental certificate for research and development, flight and sales demonstrations, and crew training.”

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