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Goodell2TVNewser: Roger Goodell continues to act like the NFL — a multi-billion dollar conglomerate with connections to powerful people everywhere — had no way of accessing the Ray Rice video. Seems legit.

FishbowlDC: Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator. No questions please.

AllTwitter: People really liked tweeting about Apple’s ugly watch.

Deathbed State of Film Criticism Plays Key Role in Endless Awards Prognostication

BanehamOscarWe joked the other day that perhaps they should just move the Oscars to the first weekend of the Toronto International Film Festival. So as to kill two North American birds with one statuette and get the whole damn awards season thing over with, at a time when pundits are shuffling the deck at a most furious Twitter pace.

But then it hit us. While film criticism as a legitimate form of journalism has been flat-lining for years, the eleven-and-a-half-month annual rigamarole through which an increasing number of film journalists calibrate the chances of this actor and that studio for a BATFA, SAG, Golden Globe and Academy Award is a phenomenon that would meet with the hearty approval of a character played by Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and others. It’s survival of the aisle-seat fittest.

If you filter the enterprising work of folks like Anne Thompson, David Poland, Jeffrey Wells, Sasha Stone, Roger Friedman and Anthony Breznican through the prism of changing-with-the-film-criticism-times, awards season journalism becomes suddenly a very different animal. It’s not just an attempt to keep the ad dollars rolling in. It’s also a clever and necessary way for film journalists to keep their opinions relevant.

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Jason Kontos Saunters Over to Promenade Magazine

JasonKontosPicHow’s this for a magazine audience pitch? According to the good folks at Davler Media, here’s who likes to peruse Promenade magazine:

Promenade reaches 3 million readers per issue, in four- and five-star hotel rooms, private clubs and upscale residential buildings. Readers who are highly educated, well-traveled and cultured.

Add in another half-million monthly uniques at sister website NYLuxury.com and you’ve got a choice editorial purview. One that is now going to be run by editorial director Jason Kontos (pictured), who is taking over for the departing Phyllis Singer.

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Macworld Folds, Most Staffers Laid Off

Well this is some unfortunate timing. One day after Apple announced two new iPhones and an incredibly ugly watch that no one needs, 9to5 Mac reports that Macworld magazine — which has covered Apple since 1984 — is folding.

Macworld.com will continue on, albeit with a smaller — and seemingly completely new — staff.

Many of Macworld’s veterans tweeted the sad news. Senior VP and editorial director Jason Snell announced he was out after 17 years. Dan Miller, editor of Macworld, said that he would be with the magazine for another month to “assist with the transition” to a digital-only product.

Dan Frakes, a senior editor who was also laid off, maybe put it best when he tweeted “If you’re looking for fantastic writers and editors, there are many available today. I’ve never worked with a more talented group of people.”

Anna Wintour Answers The Scene’s 73 Questions

Can you write down the one fashion word you wish everyone would stop using? How do you feel about Brooklyn?

These are two of the 73 rapid-fire queries Anna Wintour answers in the latest edition (Episode #5) of The Scene’s Web series 73 Questions. A number of her staff colleagues and Oscar de la Renta lend able support as Wintour walks and talks through the halls of a busy media and fashion empire.

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Westboro Baptist Church: ‘God Hates Gawker’

The zany, fun-loving members of the Westboro Baptist Church have had it with Gawker. They plan to stage a protest in front of the site’s headquarters on Elizabeth Street today, from 3:15 to 3:45 pm.

As Westboro explained in an announcement, everyone else might be fooled by Gawker Media, but not them! “They pretend to be the site that critiques mainstream media, trolling about trying to catch them with their pants down. What they really do is roll out scores of blogs daily full of mocking, irreverent, vulgar, base, worthless bilge.” That certainly sounds terrible.

Sadly for Gawker Media staffers, there is no hope for them. “These hideous haters and squalid sinners lack the sense to think about eternity, and have an awful end coming,” reads Westboro’s flier.

Obviously the Westboro congregation is completely insane, but you’ve got to give them credit for their creative propaganda. Everyone knows Jesus loved him some alliteration.

[h/t: Jim Romenesko]

Reporter Reads and Replies to Every Single PR Pitch

ZachSchonfeldGraphicIf the ONA handed out Purple Hearts, Newsweek‘s Zach Schonfeld would surely be in the running in that category for 2014.

Per a hilarious essay, Schonfeld shares the ten ground rules for his August 30-September 5 experiment of reading and replying to every single emailed PR pitch. He summarizes his subsequent experiences in the form of a diary, including where applicable a ‘Weirdest PR excerpt of the day.’ Here’s two of our favorites from that honor roll:

Weirdest PR excerpt of the day: “Tori [Spelling], Dean [McDermott] and the kids posed for photos with their favorite Snackeez colors, while Tori and Dean told everyone about their love of the product.”

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Critic Rolls His Eyes at Rosario Dawson’s NYT Character

ShutterstockRosarioDawsonThough relatively limited, the pantheon of New York Times reporters committed to film and TV has included such memorable characters as Sam Waterston‘s Sydney Schanberg in 1984′s The Killing Fields and Matt Borner‘s Felix Turner in this year’s HBO drama The Normal Heart.

Another NYT movie reporter is about to hit the big screen, via Chris Rock‘s Top Five. But according to Grantland’s Wesley Morris, this newsroom derivation is memorable for entirely different reasons:

Rock stars as Andre Allen, a recovering alcoholic and comedy star being trailed by the least-likely-ever culture reporter for the New York Times. It’s not that she’s played by Rosario Dawson. It’s that the plot twist around her character doesn’t make ethical sense. Together, they visit his New York universe and hers (she’s in recovery, too)…

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Matt Gross Named Editor of Boston.com

Matt Gross has been named the new editor of Boston.com. Gross comes to the site from Bon Appetit, where he served as editor of Bonappetit.com since 2012.

From 2006 to 2010 Gross penned the popular Frugal Traveler column for The New York Times. His has also worked as an editor for New York and FoxNews.com. His work has appeared in magazines such as Saveur and Afar.

“Matt’s experience gives him a unique perspective that will drive compelling content, leveraging multimedia and social channels to tell great stories on Boston.com, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary next October,” said Corey Gottlieb, Boston Global Media Partners’ executive director of digital strategy and operations, in a statement. “His vision will help to further define Boston.com’s identity.”

Gross begins his new role September 29.

Vogue Says it’s Okay to Like Big Butts Now

In what can only be described as an attempt to sound as out-of-touch as possible, Vogue has announced that “We’re officially in the era of the big booty.

The magazine claims that the era began with Kim Kardashian’s groundbreaking idiot tour, Keeping up With The Kardashians, in 2007. ”It made the entire clan famous, of course, but Kardashian’s behind was the real star, and was frequently employed as a plot device,” explained the glossy.

Vogue also insists that Instagram made booty a desirable trait, and even oddly highlights Miley Cyrus — a woman with zero, perhaps even negative booty — as someone pioneering this movement. It would be hilarious if it wasn’t so scarily wrong. Disrespecting the booty is not a laughing matter.

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