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BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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Joel Lovell Departs New York Times

Joel Lovell is leaving The New York Times to join This American Life and digital media company Atavist. Lovell had served as deputy editor of The New York Times Magazine and most recently worked in the Times newsroom on special projects.

Lovell told The Huffington Post in an email that he is joining This American Life and the Atavist because they “happen to be the most inventive places I can think of, in terms of where they’re pushing their respective media. Anyway, for me, that’s a pretty exciting work life to imagine.”

Lovell was widely thought to be next in line to become editor of the Times Mag when Hugo Lindgren departed. He was instead shifted to special projects, and Jake Silverstein won the editor role.

People Names Kate Upton ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

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We have BREAKING NEWS: Kate Upton is an attractive woman. Most of America had been unsure about that until just last night, when People dubbed her the Sexiest Woman Alive.

“The national debate has finally ended,” said President Obama. “This is a truly great day for the nation. May god bless Ms. Upton, and may god bless America.”

Despite the official status, some remained skeptics. An Ohio man stated “Kate Upton? Never heard of her. Now, my girlfriend Julie, there’s a looker.”

FishbowlNY attempted to reach Julie for comment but were unable to verify that she actually existed.

Kate Lewis Talks the Future of Hearst Magazines

Kate Lewis, VP of content operations and editorial director of Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM), has a lot on her plate. She oversees editorial for all 18 of Hearst Magazines’ websites. With that much responsibility, Lewis has plenty of expert insight into the magazine world.

In an interview, Lewis spoke about her love of print and what the future holds for HMDM. Below are some highlights.

On how her love for print can help digital operations:

I care deeply about the way we present our content, that we think like features editors and don’t just pursue the ephemeral Internet news story. I also want to go after big packages and meaningful features, and figure out how to make the Internet listen to us.

On how teamwork is vital to her job:

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White House Approaching Sony Hack as ‘National Security Issue’ (THR)
During a press briefing in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said that the hacking of Sony’s internal computer system has become a “national security issue” involving federal law enforcement and diplomatic personnel. Earnest also confirmed revelations from the latest batch of internal Sony emails released by the hackers that two members of the administration had screened “a rough cut” of The Interview – the impending release of which may have prompted the attack — at Sony’s request, but Earnest said Thursday that they had made no recommendations about changes or how to proceed. Time Earnest said there have been a number of daily meetings at the White House about the hack, and that there are “a range of options that are under consideration right now” for a response. Earnest would not rule out a U.S. cyber counterattack on those behind the Sony hack, saying officials are mindful of the need for a “proportional response.” The Washington Post Public attribution of the attack could come as early as this week, one national security official said. U.S. intelligence officials have concluded that the government of Kim Jong Un is behind the attack. North Korea has publicly denied involvement. The attack came in apparent retaliation for Sony’s planned Christmas Day release of The Interview, a comedy built around the assassination of the North Korean leader. PRNewser The group (or country) behind the massive Sony hack sent out a warning that there would be repercussions for any theater that shows The Interview on its screens. Right away, the largest theater companies, from AMC Entertainment to Regal Entertainment and beyond, said they wouldn’t show the film. So Sony killed the whole thing. The outrage from Hollywood has been fast and furious on Twitter, with many expressing anger and disappointment that there wouldn’t be a bigger stand for freedom of expression. Deadline Sony has no plans to release the film anywhere for the foreseeable future. The news comes despite the lack — at least in public — of the same kind of terrorist threat against Sony’s international operations as was made against the studio’s U.S. release. The Interview had been set to open across all major European territories in January and February. Those plans are now off.

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NY Jobs: Rodale, MindBodyGreen.com, YP

This week, Rodale is hiring a senior associate editor for Women’s Health, while MindBodyGreen.com needs a branded content editor. YP is seeking editorial contributors and bloggers, and NYMetroParents is on the hunt for a directories editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Right Now | Good Luck | Nice Deal

AmazonLogo150x150GalleyCat: Amazon now delivers certain products within an hour to locations in Manhattan. Not fast enough!

AllTwitter: According to a new study, 64 percent of holiday shoppers have found inspiration on a social media site. This could be a really bad holiday.

GalleyCat: Diane Guerrero, know for her role on Orange is the New Black, has signed a book deal. We’re sold.

First-Ever People Magazine Awards to Air Tonight on NBC

people-magazine-awardsIn case you thought there were far too few awards shows on TV for the celeb-obsessed, People is debuting a new one. The People Magazine Awards, hosted by Nick Cannon, will celebrate the year in pop culture and feature appearances from stars like Jennifer Aniston, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Lopez. The two-hour event airs tonight on NBC at 9 p.m. ET.

“We are excited to launch our inaugural awards this year on the heels of People’s 40th birthday celebration,” Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly, told FishbowlNY.

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Here’s an Example of How Comedians Are Joking About Cosby

The set-up, shared Monday night December 15 by veteran stand-up comic Dom Irrera from the stage of The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles: “I was raped by Bill.”

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And for those interested, here is the rest of the gag, courtesy of a tipster who was in attendance and showed us the Smartphone video.

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