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Archives: June 2013

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AppNewser: BREAKING: Miranda July is doing something quirky again.

TVNewser: ABC News gave its website a makeover, so make you mention how pretty it is.

FishbowlDC: Being described as “The Pinterest of news” isn’t a good thing.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for The Week

Here’s a look at the FishbowlNY stories that made the most buzz this week.

1) Paula Deen Appears on Today, Doesn’t Know if Racist Word is Racist

2) Did Mark Sanchez Get Caught with His Pants Down?

3) Daily News and NY Post Put James Gandolfini’s ‘Last Photo’ on Cover

4) Will Sasso Brings His Vine Act to The Today Show

5) More Details on Hearst’s Dr. Oz Magazine

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Larry King Revisits CNN ‘Slap in the Face’

Larry King has done a lot of media since scooting over to Ora TV. Still, FishbowlNY is a little surprised at the relatively minimal coverage generated by this week’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

The broadcaster and bagel meister covered a number of topics including – in a blunter way than we typically recall – the Piers Morgan transition. From the interview, as transcribed by the good folks at classicallite.com:

“I always had four-year contracts. Well, three years ago, CNN came to me and said ‘Hey, we’re going into a new direction and we’re only gonna give you a one-year contract.’”

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Weird Al Yankovic Commandeers Yahoo Music Instagram

The man who paved the way for The Lonely Island and so many others is now showing Yahoo the social media way.

Per the following slide show, Weird Al Yankovic was given the keys to the Yahoo Music Instagram account Thursday as he traveled for his book tour to Cincinnati. In first class, Yankovic made sure to rest up:

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It’s News Corp. Split Day

Today News Corporation splits in two. On one side we have News Corp., which will oversee the publishing businesses, including The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post. The other side is 21st Century Fox, which will control the movie studio and TV properties, such as Fox Entertainment Group.

So, how are you celebrating the split? In the past, we’ve suggested a double ice luge shaped like Rupert Murdoch, but what about pin the tale on the new logos?

We’re excited to hear what you have in store. If nothing else, at least crack open a Zima and reminisce.

Scarlett Johansson is This Century’s Sexiest O/S

FishbowlNY was lucky enough to recently get a look at the first screened footage from Spike Jonze‘s upcoming feature drama Her. A pair of non-color corrected scenes were shown during the closing weekend of the Los Angeles Film Festival, as part of a Q&A hosted by Jonze’s very good friend David O. Russell.

Scarlett Johansson voices the near-future, artificially intelligent O/S installed by loner writer Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix). The first scene shown depicts their “meeting,” after he reads the manual and answers a few set-up questions; the second sequence showcases a chimeric beach conversation, via shirt-pocketed Smartphone.

Vanity Fair just chose “part-time Parisian” Johansson for the cover of their inaugural French edition. Get ready for a whole bunch more magazine cover ooh-la-la as the November Her release date gets closer.

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Stephen Hill on BET Experience Vs. Essence Festival

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The BET Awards are a pretty big deal. Not only is the annual ceremony honoring the best in music, sports and entertainment a ratings juggernaut, but the live broadcast also has a tendency to take over social media on the night it airs. And the network is stepping things up once again for this year’s event, which airs Sunday, June 30 at 8pm ET — the whole thing will be open to the public with special concerts, events and seminars dubbed the BET Experience.

Wait — isn’t that a lot like the Essence Festival?

For its latest So What Do You Do? interview, Mediabistro spoke with Stephen Hill, BET president of of programming and specials about the eerie similarities:

How much did Essence‘s success inspire yours, and are there any concerns that the two events might cannibalize each other?
The BET Experience is really built around the BET Awards, because the BET Awards has been airing on the last week of June for the last 10, 11, 12 years or so. People would come out to L.A. for the BET Awards without a ticket. They just wanted to be around the atmosphere, and it just became a magnet event, just the awards show. So, what we did was organize what was already organic. Take the energy that’s already coming here, add some stuff to it and invite more people and make it the BET Experience. I don’t think we would do this outside of the energy that’s already been generated around the BET Awards.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Stephen Hill, BET President of Programming and Specials?

WNBC’s Tom Llamas Shifts to Reporting

Tom Llamas, who joined WNBC New York from Miami’s NBC6 in 2009, is moving on from the noon news telecast to take on more reporting duties. Tuned In (edited by former FishbowlNY co-editor and all around good guy, Jerry Barmash) reports that Llamas had been in talks with WNBC for months about landing him a bigger role with I Team, the station’s investigative unit.

“I don’t know if any other television journalist on the planet has that type of opportunity,” Llamas told Tuned In. “So I’m really looking forward to it.”

Taking Llamas’ spot as a noon co-anchor will be Rob Schmitt, who joins WNBC from LA’s KCBS/KCAL.

Llamas will continue to co-anchor the 5 pm news telecast.

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Chicago Blackhawks Score with Classy Boston Globe Ad

The Bruins’ run at the 2013 Stanley Cup was book ended by a pair of historically improbably third periods: their Game 7 OT comeback against the Leafs, down 1-4; and their Game 6 finals regulation-time loss to the Blackhawks, after being up 2-1 with minutes to play.

Today, on page A9 of the Boston Globe, there is another hockey surprise. An open letter to the Bruins and city of Boston subtly connected to the recent Marathon bombings. An excerpt:

“From Boston’s political leadership to every member of the Bruins organization, from the players to the people on the streets, you demonstrated respect, good sportsmanship and a genuine love for the great game of hockey.”

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The New Yorker Celebrates DOMA’s End with Fantastic Cover

The latest New Yorker cover is yet another example of why magazines will never disappear. That illustration is almost too good.

“This is great for our kids, a moment we can all celebrate,” said Jack Hunter, the artist who created the image, of the Supreme Court’s decision to end DOMA. We completely agree.

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