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Who Should Play Helen Gurley Brown?

It’s still a long way from a big-screen sure thing. But as reported by Deadline EIC Mike Fleming Jr., Fox2000 has optioned the 2015 HarperCollins book Enter Helen: The Rise And Reign Of The Original Cosmo Girl, by Brooke Hauser.

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The editors of Cosmopolitan reacted by noting some of the great quotes (like the one above) that are first-draft worthy. We’re more fixated on which star should-could play Gurley Brown.

The possibilities are almost endless. Reese Witherspoon, gathering awards momentum currently with Wild, could die her hair. Shannen Doherty might engineer a career renaissance by combining some facial resemblances with Oscar-worthy hair extensions. And Nicole Kidman could drop the accent.

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Now Boarding: A Michelin Three-Star Chef

AndreasCaminadaSwissAirlinesThe last few tweets from this airline account are all extremely convincing reasons to @FlySWISS.

Aboard a Swiss International Air Lines flight from Zurich to New York arriving at JFK around 12:30 p.m. today is Michelin three-star chef Andreas Caminada (pictured). He was recruited to personally oversee in-flight food and drink worthy of his establishment Schauenstein Schloss, set inside an 18th century castle 90 minutes outside of Zurich and rated one of the world’s Top 50 sit-down joints by Restaurant magazine. Sure beats a bag of peanuts and a can of “that will be one Euro, please” soda.

From a recent Q&A with Caminada:

The Financialist: What would you consider your most surprising dish?

Caminada: Sometimes our restaurant guests are wary of certain ingredients. We don’t force anyone to eat anything, but we do encourage them to be open-minded about foods they may only think they don’t like. For instance, we have a halibut with onions prepared five different ways on the menu that has converted some guests who were suspicious of onions. They realize that as long as you don’t eat them raw, onions are mild and very pleasant, whether sautéed in red wine, whole roasted, or fried to a crisp.

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NY Post Handles Obama’s Speech Well

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As you can see, The New York Post handled President Obama’s immigration speech quite well. We especially like how they provided an accurate summary of Obama’s powerful address right on the front. The Lady of Liberty photoshop job is a nice touch as well.

Quartz, Robb Report and BlackBook Make Moves

A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving Quartz, Robb Report and BlackBook. Details are below.

  • Melvin Backman has joined Quartz as a reporter covering markets and finance. He comes to the site from CNN Money, where he also covered financial news.
  • Arianne Nardo has been named executive editor of Robb Report spinoff Robb Report Home & Style. This is a new role at the magazine. Nardo most recently served as editor-in-chief of Interiors, a design title.
  • Anne Christensen joins BlackBook — which is relaunching its print edition as a biannual offering — as fashion director at large. Christensen previously worked as Glamour’s executive fashion director.

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Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Full Time to 60 Minutes (TVNewser)
Jeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to 60 Minutes. FishbowlDC Fager served as CBS News’ chairman for four years, and had worked as the executive producer of 60 Minutes for seven years before that. THR / The Live Feed Fager has also extended his current contract as executive producer through 2019. As for a replacement, president David Rhodes now assumes sole leadership of CBS News. Fager assumed the role of chairman at a pivotal time for CBS, on the eve of Katie Couric’s exit from the CBS Evening News. June of 2011 saw current anchor, and longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, Scott Pelley, assume the role of lead anchor for the nightly news telecast. NYT CBS cast the moves as an orderly transition that was set in motion four years ago when Leslie Moonves, the CBS chief executive, asked Fager to take over supervision of the news division while remaining as executive producer of 60 Minutes. In his own memo, Fager said of Rhodes, “I hired him almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations.” Capital New York Fager’s dual roles as chairman of CBS News and E.P. of 60 Minutes did lead to some controversy. Last year, a flawed report about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya led to an internal investigation and the suspension of Lara Logan, who has since returned to the network.

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Jay Leno’s Decision to Cancel on Newtown Group Sparks Further Outrage

ShutterstockJayLenoJuly2014Media Matters For America has a good summary of the social and Conservative media blowback sparked by Jay Leno‘s decision to cancel out of a commitment with the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF). The former Tonight Show host was set to MC a dinner in late January as part of the group’s annual SHOT convention in Las Vegas.

The NSSF stated that it looks forward to finding a replacement performer “that respects the contributions of our industry and the customers it supports.” Meanwhile, a spokesman for Leno insisted to the New York Daily News that it was a matter of clarification:

“Jay was asked to do what was positioned as a sportsman show, and when he found out it was a pro-gun lobby show, he cancelled,” Bruce Bobbins said. “There was no money involved at this point, and if there was any, he would return it.”

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Fire it Up | Gong Time | Wise Choice

amazon_jeff_bezosFishbowlDC: The Washington Post has a brand new Kindle app. See? We told you the paper would be fine.

AgencySpy: We would love to have a portable gong like the one in this new ad for Steak n Shake. Every time someone said something we didn’t like — bam! Silence!

TVNewser: Instead of broadcasting President Obama’s speech on immigration tonight, ABC will air Grey’s Anatomy. America!

Reporter Hangs Out in New York with ‘Jewish Scientologist’

Refinery29LogoAt the bottom of today’s item about a shaky National Enquirer Scientology exclusive, The Bunker disturber-in-chief Tony Ortega adds a P.S.:

As long as we’re taking a look at the way Scientology is being treated by other outlets, we have to draw your attention to an article we were discussing in the comments earlier. A “senior features writer” for fashion website Refinery29 has written a well-researched story that does its best to imagine the situation if Scientology’s public relations about itself were actually based in reality. It’s quite a feat of speculative non-fiction, and we think you’ll find it a real hoot.

High, reverse praise. We have since checked out Kelsey Miller‘s item “Scientology: The Story You Have Not Heard” and as Ortega hints, if the Church has any sense, it will be blasting this link across the digital universe right up to Thanksgiving. From the article:

Aside from requesting that we use a pseudonym, Elaine appears to be a typical millennial in most respects. A petite, excitable, 30-year-old woman living in midtown Manhattan, she runs an event-planning business, watches Sex and the City reruns and is dying to get a cat. Elaine is the kind of person you stick with at the cocktail party when you don’t know anyone else. She’s chatty, open and doesn’t scare easy. She swears a lot.

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Jack Shafer Talks About Being Let Go Like the Media Critic He Is

ShaferWhen columnist Jack Shafer announced last night via Twitter that he was leaving Reuters, the media world responded with a collective electronic gasp. Despite the surprise following his announcement, this is familiar territory for Shafer, who landed at Reuters after Slate shut down his “Press Box” column in 2011. Hours after his announcement, Shafer spoke to Capital New York’s Peter Sterne in an interview reflective of just how much of an industry vet Shafer is. Even in discussing the unfortunate loss of his own job he came at it like a critic:

I don’t fit their game anymore, and I’m completely understanding of that. They’re treating me well on the way out. So there’s no reason for tears. It’s our business, right?

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