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Ben Kingsley Expands Upon His Mother’s Profound Disapproval

ShutterstockBenKingsley2010In the spring of 2010, UK journalist Cole Moreton shared a rather startling interview with Sir Ben Kingsley. The actor, speaking in the pages of the Daily Mail not long after the death that year of his mother Anna Lyna Mary (nee Goodman) at age 96, candidly revealed her pathological inability to show affection for her children and give them any approval.

He pantomimed her dismissal of his British knighthood after it was awarded at Buckingham Palace in 2002. And this week, Kingsley went a little further, filling in the blanks of this unbelievable, ultimate slap. From the actor’s interview with Hollywood-based Filipino journalist Ruben Nepales:

Ben revealed a side story about becoming a knight. “Then [after the ceremony], my mother refused to acknowledge my knighthood, which I found bitterly hurtful. Life is all about balance, isn’t it? That wonderful woman (Queen Elizabeth II) had said, we accept you and love what you do, but my mother refused to acknowledge that it had taken place. She was embarrassed, bitter and jealous. That’s the whole story. I have never told it before.”

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Stony Brook Prof Stresses Value of Old-School Journalism

JonFriedmanStonyBrookPicJon Friedman‘s latest Marketwatch column is a good one. In framing what he thinks it still takes to be a good journalist, he laments the fact that many of his Stony Brook journalism students are fixated on the glittery sheen of the boob tube:

When I asked my students last semester what they hoped to do in their careers, the majority said they wanted to be on television. (The most honest of them declared they wanted to be TV stars, not so much for the big bucks but since it just seemed so darned cool to be on TV!) None of them said he or she hoped to be a link in the chain to the late, great Edward R. Murrow. (Who?)

It’s not my students’ fault that TV news today has taken on the mentality of the fabulous 1976 film Network (a movie most of them had never heard of, much less seen). It’s all about flash and pizzazz. News and entertainment are so blurred that it’s hard to tell them apart.

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The Most Popular FishbowlNY Posts for The Week

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

1) Hollywood Trade #IceBucketChallenge Devolves Into Twitter War

2) Tony Soprano Lives! [Updated]

3) ESPN Regrets Being Complete Garbage

4) Hunter Lewis Named Editor of Cooking Light

5) Anonymous Website Group Claims to Have Outed Nikki Finke

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Wondering About That Spike Jonze-Jonah Hill Collaboration

It’s that time of year when a lucky group of film journalists including the LA TimesRebecca Keegan jet off to Telluride, Colorado and Toronto, Canada to be wined, dined and awards-season appetized.

OpeningCeremonyNYStoreHere in NYC, in the shadow of TIFF, there will be an event of a different nature but one that involves a couple of very familiar festival marquee names. As first reported by WWD‘s Jessica Iredale, Spike Jonze and Jonah Hill have teamed to produce and write a one-act play for the fall New York Fashion Week presentation of Opening Ceremony’s Spring 2015 line:

Jonze, who has done fashion capsules with Opening Ceremony for his films Where The Wild Things Are and Her, will direct a cast of actors and models in his first project since winning the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for Her earlier this year. The storyline is still being finalized, according to OC co-founder Humberto Leon, who noted the play was Jonze’s idea, as was bringing on Hill, who is known primarily for acting though his writing credits include 21 Jump Street and its sequel 22 Jump Street.

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Jonathan Hunt Leaves Vice for Vox Media

Jonathan Hunt is leaving Vice after six years with the company to join Vox Media. Adweek reports that Hunt will serve as Vox’s global vice president for marketing and partnerships.

Hunt told Adweek that what drew him to Vox — which owns sites such as Eater, The Verge and SN Nation — was its dedication to creating new and unique products.

“Vox Media is synonymous with great content and marketing innovation,” said Hunt. “I haven’t see this in another media company. I saw a new opportunity that I thought I could bring a unique perspective to.”

Hunt had been with Vice since 2008. He most recently served as its director of global marketing.

On the Cover of Paper Magazine, Courtney Love Looks Great

Much credit for this goes to photographer Richard Phibbs and shoot fashion director Nicola Formichetti. Together, for the September issue of Paper, they have vividly captured Courtney Love to help celebrate the publication’s 30th anniversary.

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Love will no doubt be pleased by the cover, as well as by the ethical behavior of her interviewer, Alex Scordelis. When the reporter visited Love at her Hollywood home and was told by Love’s manager to wait as she wrapped up a call with David LaChapelle, he resisted temptation:

As I wait and fidget with my iPhone, I notice a bound manuscript, The Girl With the Most Cake, on the coffee table. It’s Love’s long-awaited memoir. I’m tempted to skim for a salacious passage, but resist. From the next room, I can hear Love on the phone with LaChapelle, dishing Internet-crashing quotes that I wish I could print, but shall remain off the record. Her hyperactive white Shih Tzu, Sugar, gnaws at my shoelaces and occasionally jumps on my lap. After 15 minutes, Love reemerges, pulls a cigarette from a pack of Marlboro Lights and lights up.

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Worst Celebrity Couple Short-Form Ever?

JarlosWall Street Journal reporter Mike Vilensky‘s piece about the dynamic twentysomething NYC male duo of John Tuite and Carlos Santolalla starts out with some impressive social media particulars. The two model-photographers-writers are constantly about-town and ready to Instagram, resulting in some notable flashpoints.

But then, for us, it went off the rails:

Inspired by it-couple forebears like “Kimye” and “Brangelina,” Messrs. Tuite and Santolalla also have a combo nickname: “Jarlos.”

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Miley Cyrus Covers V Magazine

Miley Cyrus is V Magazine’s latest cover star. This is her second time on the fashion glossy’s cover.

Cyrus is the featured artist for V Magazine‘s “Rebel Issue,” because nothing says rebel like a rich kid who makes terrible music.

Bauer Media Creates Digital Division

Bauer Media has announced a new branch of the company — Bauer Xcel Media – which will focus entirely on the digital side of Bauer’s brands, like In Touch Weekly and Life & Style.

Christian Baesler, who most recently served as VP of new media, has been tapped as president of Bauer Xcel Media. One of his first big tasks is the relaunch of InTouchWeekly.com. The new site is expected to debut next month.

“After a year of incredible achievements in the digital space, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Bauer Xcel Media – catapulting our online presence to the next level,” said Hubert Boehle, CEO of Bauer Media, in a statement. “Bauer is the market leader in print in many countries and the No. 1 seller of magazines at retail in the U.S. We are confident that Bauer Xcel Media will bring that same success to our online business as we continue to evolve and grow in all areas of media.”

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