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Archives: February 2014

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AppNewser: Someone made a selfie app for babies, just in case you needed another reason to hate everything.

AllTwitter: The most likely reason you’re losing Twitter followers? You won’t shut up.

TVSpy: A NY1 reporter says that Spike Lee shouldn’t rant about gentrification if he’s responsible for doing it himself. Lee also shouldn’t dress like a mental patient when he attends Knicks games, but that’s another story.

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A Gaggle of Oscar-Winning Producers

There are all sorts of fascinating group-snippets in the video below, shot by The Hollywood Reporter during a recent gathering of dozens of Academy Award-winning and nominated producers at the home of Robert Evans.

All these years later, Frank Marshall alongside Quincy Jones still can’t get over the fact that the Academy honored The Color Purple with 11 nominations but skipped director Steven Spielberg. Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. try to remember how they first met. And Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), with father Ivan next to him, details some unusual dynamics:

“I remember the first time I gave a screenplay to my dad – he was basically the first person to read it – he said, ‘Jason, this is a plotless screenplay.’ You can’t be so afraid of plot.’… It’s a very tricky line when your father is your producer and he has to find that moment of when is he being your father and when is he being a producer.”

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts of The Week

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinHere’s a look at the FishbowlNY posts that made the most buzz this week.

1) Here are all the Media People Alec Baldwin Bashed in New York Piece

2) Paula Deen: I’m Just Like ‘That Black Football Player’

3) Daryl Hall Racks up 65th House Episode

4) NBC Hired Anna Wintour’s Daughter

5) Jess Cagle’s First Big People Decision: No More Unsanctioned Celebrity Kids Pics

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A Partner Patch Could Have Used: Sonata

A graphic on the Sonata website lays it out very clearly. The goal is to sync up Smartphone users and local merchants for a seamless, digital-to-door symphony.

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Sonata, a mobile advertising company founded in Madrid, Spain, recently opened a second office in New York City. At the helm of the U.S. side, as COO, is Evan Krauss. From the announcement:

“Evan has extensive experience, market know-how and vision in growing, championing and developing successful digital businesses,” said Sonata founder and CEO Alvaro del Castillo, CEO and founder of Sonata. “We are thrilled to have him on our team, and are confident in his ability to lead Sonata’s launch and successful expansion in the U.S. market.”

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Barry Blitt Honors The Oscars

For the his latest New Yorker cover, Barry Blitt honors the upcoming Academy Awards with a nip-and-tucked Oscar. Blitt gave the award a slew of upgrades, including “chin work,” “neck work,” and something scary called a “freshened nape.”

Nice work by Blitt, but our favorite Academy Award New Yorker cover was one from Bruce McCall. In 2012, McCall drew giant Oscars getting blitzed to celebrate winning several tiny human statues. See it below.

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Bob Costas Co-Chairs The Dan Patrick Show

Post-Sochi, Bob Costas spent nearly two full hours this morning hanging out with Dan Patrick in the Man Cave. The NBC Sports colleagues began of course by revisiting the Winter Olympics eye mess, followed by a series of high-profile phone-in guests.

LupitaNyongo12YearsSlaveMatt Lauer reacted to Patrick’s joking revelation that DP had faked sickness in Sochi once it became obvious that Lauer and then Vieira were getting the prized opportunity to replace the sidelined Costas. Race car driver Jeff Gordon compared notes with Costas on some of the celebrities who live in their shared New York City high rise (Sting, Denzel Washington). And Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper jumped in to talk Oscars.

Although Patrick hasn’t seen most of this year’s nominated movies, he ran through some confident predictions for the major categories. While Roeper agreed that Lupita Nyong’o will likely take Best Supporting Actress from Jennifer Lawrence, he wasn’t so sure about Patrick’s Best Picture lock. Roeper thinks Gravity may well pull off the “upset” over 12 Years a Slave.

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Guggenheim Media Makes Changes

Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, continues to make moves. According to the New York Post, Min has named Mike Bruno Billboard.com’s VP of digital programming, and Will Lee THR.com’s VP of digital content and programming.

Bruno comes to Guggenheim Media from Entertainment Weekly, where he served as EW.com’s assistant managing editor. Lee joins from Penske Media, where he served as VP of strategy.

In other Guggenheim Media news, Shirley Halperin, The Hollywood Reporter’s music editor, is taking on the same role at Billboard.

Bill O’Reilly: Jay-Z and Kanye West are a ‘Disease’

Bill O’Reilly, the best journalist ever according to Bill O’Reilly, knows why America’s youth is struggling: The dreaded rap music. Speaking to Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor to President Obama, O’Reilly said that Jay-Z and Kanye West are a “disease” and simply need to “knock it off.”

“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it,” said O’Reilly. “You’re gonna have to get people like Jay-Z, Kanye West — all these gangsta rappers — to knock it off.”

Lord knows that everything Jay has made since the Black Album has been trash and West’s Yeezus was awful, but we don’t exactly want them to stop creating music.

Maybe that’s not what O’Reilly meant. The Fox News host was definitely confused, as both Jay and West hardly qualify as “gangsta rappers.” So maybe O’Reilly was just rambling and tossed out the first two black people he could think of to blame for our nation’s problems. Yeah, that’s probably it.

Chuck Townsend Endorses Cindi Leive

Chuck TownsendCEO of Condé Nast, is fan of Cindi LeiveGlamour’s editor-in-chief. Even if (maybe!) Anna Wintour isn’t. Ever since Wintour was named artistic director and immediately began lopping off Condé editors’ heads, rumors have been swirling that Leive was next to get axed.

However, Townsend — speaking to The New York Post — put his full support behind Glamour’s editor. “I’m just about to go down there [Glamour's offices] now to celebrate their 75th anniversary issue and the wonderful job Cindi’s done,” said Townsend. “I’m going to get down on one knee and thank her [Cindi] for the job she’s done on that brand. She’s my girl.”

Not much better than having the CEO refer to you as his “girl.” Though “woman” might have been better.

Australia Reacts to NYT ‘Hipster Heaven’ Designation

The most popular Yankee in Perth, Australia today is City University of New York associate professor Baz Dreisinger. And that popularity is only going to increase through the weekend as her NYT travel article, online under the headline “Catching Perth’s Wave in Western Australia,” winds its way to Sunday’s print editions beneath the alternate page TR6 moniker “Perth Finds a Place in the Sun.”

NYTPerthAUMapDreisinger’s piece is the kind that makes you want to surf to an airfare finder website right now. It’s also the kind of travel article that generates its own press, including a proud proclamation in The Australian newspaper that “New York Knows WA is ‘Hipster Heaven’“:

Writer Dreisinger waxes lyrical about the city’s assets, from the “futuristic” Perth Arena to its endless stretch of blue sky days in summer and “hipster” urban villages such as Northbridge and Mt Lawley.

Dreisinger declares the city to be “hipster heaven” – insisting Brooklyn’s trendy Williamsburg “pales beside Perth.”

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