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AlJazeeralogoTVNewser: Al doesn’t think Al’s lawsuit is going to work. Just click the link, dammit.

FishbowlDC: The Newseum is going to display Pharrell Williams’ ridiculous hat. Arby’s is pleased.

AllTwitter: A good move by Twitter — it’ll remove pictures and videos of deceased individuals if an immediate family member makes the request.

Vanity Fair Scouting for New Oscar Party Location

ShutterstockSofiaVergaraVF2012Nice lede from E!’s Marc Malkin. He writes:

Perhaps throwing a party for Hollywood’s biggest stars in a parking lot wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Vanity Fair confirms to Malkin that indeed, after a year in the main parking lot of Sunset Plaza, publication event staff – per Graydon Carter‘s directive – are evaluating new locations for next year’s star-studded bash. However, a spokesperson was equally quick to clarify that despite what Malkin had heard, the embattled Beverly Hills Hotel has not been visited as part of this process.

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Kirk Douglas on the Kindness of Lauren Bacall

AmericanAcademyDramaticArtsLogoThe year was 1941. And as Kirk Douglas touchingly recalls in this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the simple gesture of fellow aspiring actor Lauren Bacall made a profound difference to his early Big Apple experiences:

I met Betty when she was 17 and I was 24. We were both studying at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. I was on my own in New York with meager funds. That winter, Betty saw me shivering in my thin overcoat. She didn’t say anything, but she talked her uncle into giving me one of his two thick coats.

I wore it for three years. That sort of unassuming kindness was one of her most endearing characteristics. When I had the honor of presenting Betty with her honorary Oscar in 2009, I told the audience: “People said Bacall was ‘tough.’ She’s a pussycat with a heart of gold.”

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NY Times Reporter Ordered to Leave Afghanistan

Mohammad Ishaq Aloko, the attorney general of Afghanistan, is not pleased with New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg. Aloko ordered Rosenberg out of Afghanistan and banned him from returning to country after Rosenberg’s article about its elections ran in yesterday’s Times.

Rosenberg’s piece made the case that high-ranking Afghan government officials were essentially considering forming a coup. That didn’t sit well with Aloko, who claimed Rosenberg’s work was an “article that is considered divisive and contrary to the national interest, security and stability of Afghanistan.”

“The Attorney General decided that Matthew Rosenberg should leave the country within the next 24 hours and he will not be allowed to re-enter the country,” continued the letter.

Despite Aloko’s demands, Rosenberg reamins unfazed:

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Retired New York Cop Banks on MegaBall$

The general consensus is that the median age of regular metropolitan daily newspaper readers is way up there. This Saturday, no doubt, each and every one of those Newsday demo-members will thoroughly enjoy deputy entertainment editor Daniel Bubbeo‘s article “Retired Cop, 82, Still on a Beat He Loves: Showbiz.”

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World Awaits Anna Wintour’s Ice Bucket Response

The ALS #icebucketchallenge may be about to hit a stylish new high. Thanks to Bee Shaffer.

Via Instagram, Shaffer accepted the challenge from Girls star Allison Williams and passed it forward to the “other AW in her life.” You know, the one who favors a Prada rain slicker.

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Matt Rice Named Style.com Publisher

Condé Nast has named Matt Rice publisher of Style.com and NowManifest, the curated blog portal. Rice has served as associate publisher of the brands since 2012.

Rice has been with Condé since 2007. He previously served as advertising director of Style.com and executive director, international fashion of Style.com, WWD and WWD.com.

“Matt has been very effective at building awareness of Style.com and NowManifest among advertisers looking to connect with deeply-engaged audiences of fashion influencers,” said Robert Sauerberg, Condé’s president, in a statement. “He will continue to expand these brands at Condé Nast as we look to increase their reach on all platforms.”

University Professor Recalls a ‘Fearless’ James Foley

JamesFoleyPicIn between Libya and Syria, journalist James Foley spoke in February 2012 at San Diego State University. His February 9 talk with students was part of the series “Understanding the Arab Spring.”

In the wake of Foley’s apparent, horrific execution at the hands of ISIS, SDSU economics professor Hisham Foad has shared with News 10 San Diego reporter Rachel Bianco some memories of this intrepid truth-seeker:

“The story he was telling was like a movie,” Foad recalled. “It was better than a movie almost, going out there, getting captured, his life in captivity.”

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Cleveland Cavs Owner Bids $60 Million for Robb Report

Robb Report, the magazine for the insanely rich and Curren$y, might have a new owner soon.

According to The New York Post, Dan Gilbert — owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans founder — has offered $60 million for CurtCo Robb Media, parent of Robb Report.

Current CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis has rebuffed other suitors — including DuJour Media’s Jason Binn — because he wants to stay involved in the company after its sale.

Should the deal go though, Curtis and the magazine’s staff would be retained by Gilbert.

Mo’ne Davis Covers Sports Illustrated

Mo’ne Davis, a 13-year-old pitcher for the Philadelphia Taney Dragons, has already made history with her arm. Using a mean 70 mph fastball, she became the first girl to throw a shutout in the Little League World Series. Now Davis has made magazine history as well. Davis is the first Little Leaguer to be featured on the cover of SI.

Chris Stone, SI’s managing editor, said Davis’ domination on the mound made it “the easiest type of story to identify as a cover story.”

For her part, Davis views her fame with proper perspective. “People were like, ‘Oh, there are going to be people running up to you taking pictures’ and I thought it was going to be a bunch of little kids,” she told SI. “But it’s grown-ups! And that’s, like, creepy.”

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