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Archives: March 2014

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TVNewser:The estrogen is flowing” at Good Morning America. Just so you know.

GalleyCat: Because for some reason the world cannot get enough Harry Potter, Warner Bros. is creating three films based on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

AllFacebook: The Yankees dominate Facebook just like they dominate baseball.

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John Wayne Biography Gets Seal of Approval from Peter Bogdanovich

JohnWayneBioTopping the bestseller lists is nice; racking up hardcover sales in today’s digital age is always good. But chances are little will give author Scott Eyman more satisfaction than the following passage from Peter Bogdanovich‘s weekend review in the New York Times of April 1 release John Wayne: The Life and Legend:

The portrait Eyman paints very much resembles the Wayne I knew for nearly 15 years: extremely likable, guileless, exuberant, even strangely innocent.

Because ultimately, that’s all a writer is aiming for with a biography. To accurately and effortlessly capture the true nature of their subject.

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Johnny Depp Graces Cover of Interview

Johnny Depp is Interview’s latest cover star. It’s a nice get for Keith Pollock, the magazine’s relatively new editor-in-chief.

Inside the issue, Iggy Pop poses questions to the 50-year-old actor and we discover that both men enjoyed drinking Boone’s Farm back in the day. Somehow that makes us respect them a bit more.

Interview used Bruce Weber to shoot the cover, which features Depp holding a teddy bear. What are the odds the stuffed animal is Depp’s? We say fairly high.

Josh Wolk Departs Vulture for Yahoo

Yahoo logo GJosh Wolk is leaving New York’s Vulture for Yahoo. According to The Wrap, Wolk has been named executive editor of Yahoo Entertainment, a new role at the company. Wolk had been Vultute’s editorial director since 2010.

“I was considering signing off with a list of my favorite posts by all the Vulture writers, but it would be impossible to know where to stop,” wrote Wolk, in a post titled “Farewell from a Vulture.” “So just keep reading Vulture — I sure will — because every day that list of favorites gets longer.”

Wolk begins at Yahoo on April 7.

AM New York Pays Tribute to CBS Sitcom’s ‘Most NYC Moments’

HIMYM_JasonSegelWith the final hour of How I Met Your Mother fast approaching, do yourself a favor and peruse AM New York news editor Caroline Linton‘s wonderfully angled look-back. She runs down what have been, in her opinion over the course of nine seasons, the program’s “most NYC moments.”

Highlighted episodes encompass Woody Allen, public transit, Regis Philbin and the dangerous prism of late night:

How I Met Your Mother taught us an important lesson way back in Season One: Nothing good happens after 2 a.m. In the episode with that title, Robin drunkenly calls (kids, back in 2006, before there was Tinder, single people made their drunken mistakes via phone) Ted to come over at 2 a.m.

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Cosmopolitan EIC: We ‘Cannot Win’ the Photoshop Game

Adweek has posted video from its recent event “A Candid Conversation With Five Women Leaders of Advertising and Media.” Among the clips is this fascinating snippet from Cosmopolitan EIC Joanna Coles.

Coles recalls that when she was at Marie Claire, no one believed her when the magazine ran a cover and photo spread of Jessica Simpson with no make-up or retouching. “They accused us of lying,” she said. “The one time we did it [no retouching], no one believed us.”

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Daily News Polishes Off Mani-Pedi Puns

ShutterstockManicurePedicureThe original Web headline reads: “Manicurists Try to Nail Boss Over Low Wages, Abuse.” Crowning an in-kind first paragraph:

Manicurists are fighting back against a tough-as-nails businesswoman who runs her mani-pedi empire with an iron fist.

Oh, but that’s not all. Later on in Daniel Beekman‘s article, there’s mention of Envy Nails chain owner Anna Do squeezing employees “under her thumb” and reference to practices designed to keep an army of manicurists at dozens of NYC area locations “on their toes.”

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Sports Journalists Discuss Role of Race in Sports Media

Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated has put together one hell of a column regarding the role of race in sports media. It’s an email roundtable discussion, featuring the following journalists: Cari Champion, host of ESPN2′s First Take; Jemele Hill, co-host of ESPN2′s Numbers Never Lie; Gregory Lee Jr., executive sports editor, Florida Sun-Sentinel; Tim Kawakami, sports columnist for the San Jose Mercury News; Angel Rodriguez, the Cincinnati Enquirer’s sports editor; and Darren Sands, sports business reporter and multimedia journalist for BlackEnterprise.com.

Below are some highlights from the piece. You can (and should) read the entire piece here.

On the “n word” and its use in the sports and non-sports worlds:

Hill: The n-word has been around for a long time and many of the conversations being had about it now have been had for years. But we’re having the conversation in sports now because of two white guys, Riley Cooper and Richie Incognito. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, but it illustrates how when an issue moves into a certain space, it becomes something bigger. Anyway, I don’t think it should ever be used in professional settings, but how people use the word with their friends, in their home and in their personal lives is not for me to determine. I think it’s culturally arrogant for anyone to tell groups of people how they should relate to one another.

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Syracuse Radio Listeners Bemoan Cancellation of Terry Ettinger Call-In Show

TerryEttingerLinkedInOn Saturday, Terry Ettinger, longtime host of WSYR 570 AM program The Weeder’s Digest, said his on-air goodbyes. The news that the weekly 6-to-8 a.m. Syracuse gardening-focused call-in show had been canceled sprouted a stream of complimentary reader comments:

salinqmind: Terry Ettinger’s gone? Oh, what a shame! One more little bit of beauty and brightness gone from the world, listening to his show was often a high point of my Saturdays. I called a few times over the years and he was so kind and patient.

FourCurbed: Terry will be sorely missed. I am an arborist and in the 20 plus years I’ve listened to his show I’ve never once heard him ill-advise a caller with tree problems. His solutions to horticultural issues were always with an environmentally-friendly approach… On Terry’s show last week he dissed fracking by pointing out research on its poor energy return on investment. I can’t help but wonder if his fracking skepticism rankled those conservative-minded powers who control the “direction” of WSYR.

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Magazine Launches on Upswing

magazine stack GMagazines are alive and well, and the first few months of the year prove it. According to The New York Post, there were 45 magazines launched in the first quarter of this year, up from 27 a year ago.

Some of those debuts have been heavyweights — like Dr. Oz’s The Good Life, Capital New York and Branché, the popup title from Marie Claire — while some have been lightweights, such as the return of Sesame Street Magazine, which had folded in 2008.

“I was shocked when I put this together and saw the number [of launches],” MediaFinder’s president, Trish Hagood, told Crain’s New York. “So many of them are really solid publications.”

Newsweek also re-launched during the first quarter of this year, but uh, well… We think enough has been said about how that went.

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