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Press Has Field Day with 50 Cent Wild Pitch

The New York Daily News headlined it “Perhaps Worst First Pitch Ever…”

The Guardian deemed it “Spectacularly Bad…”

Deadspin went with “Horrendous…”

And the Washington Times offered up one of the best headline summaries of rapper 50 Cent‘s ceremonial pitch prior to last night’s game between the Mets and Pirates at Citi Field with “WATCH 50 Cent Throw Away His Street Cred.”

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Marc Kaufman Furs Proudly Attaches Its Name to Joe Namath Super Bowl Coat

Exhibit A is the photo below, the default home page slide-show pic at kaufmanfurs.com. Exhibit B is a press release put out this morning additionally reminding everyone that the 104-year-old New York operation provided the “show-stopping hooded coyote fur coat” worn at Super Bowl XLVIII by Joe Namath.

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This despite a firestorm on Twitter in some circles about Namath’s wardrobe choice. A firestorm that at one point had @PETA answering a tweet asking how many animals were killed for Broadway Joe’s outfit with: “Too many.”

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Meryl Streep Hangs with 50 Cent

Last night, Charlie Widdoes reminded that sometimes, the best option is to squelch the selfie. There is no CW pose, no CW locale and very few CW cohorts that could top the following tweeted photo from the New York Knicks digital media coordinator:

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If this were a movie, it might be called January: Knicks Country. A rap song: “In Da Oscar Club.” Per a report in the New York Daily News, add in – just for kicks – a five-time NBA champion superstar and it becomes ree-donk-ulous:

“Best ball KOBE, Best Rap 50, Best Actress Meryl Streep,” Fiddy captioned the [Instagram] pic. “TOP THAT.”

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Spike Lee Disseminates the Wrong Thing

Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket and staff at The Smoking Gun spent part of yesterday exposing the very objectionable actions of LA resident Marcus Davonne Higgins. Since the middle of last week, Higgins – who on Twitter goes by the handle of @MACCAPONE – has been tweeting out to celebrities a South Florida address he claimed belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Never mind the insensitivity (and possible criminal liability) of such an action. Greatly complicating matters is the fact that the information, which was re-tweeted by filmmaker Spike Lee last Friday, has now been shown to be completely incorrect. Per Picket and TSG, the address is that of a namesake man who has not lived at the tweeted address since 2005. This Zimmerman is the son of a senior citizen couple still at the residence. From the Smoking Gun report:

The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man… Higgins first began disseminating the address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday…

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Ben Lyons Jumps from E! to Extra

Big news from the Hollywood press junket and red carpet fronts. When Ben Lyons next walks into a Beverly Hills Four Seasons interview suite or corrals 50 Cent outside an event for the rapper’s additional two, he will be doing so for a new E-tastic outlet.

Lyons, a congenial staple at E! News for the past five years, moved over March 1 to the Burbank headquartered, Grove broadcast-anchored Extra. His new home was launched about seven years after the founding of E! and is currently hosted by Mario Lopez.

“I’ve had my eye on Ben for a long time,” said Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey, senior executive producer of Extra. “He’s an entertainment news wunderkind… Between his deep knowledge of entertainment and his close relationships in Hollywood, he will be a great addition.”

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50 Cent Launches Comedy Website

50 Cent, the Southside, Queens rapper, has never been one to shy away from trying something new. When people wondered if bullet proof vests could be worn in a fashionable way, 50 exclaimed “Yes!” and lead the way. When hip-hop fans had long forgotten about Ja Rule, 50 would not let Rule go peacefully into musical oblivion; instead starting beef with him and giving Rule more press than he had received in years. And when people thought there was no way 50 could make a worse album than Curtis, he proved everyone wrong with the release of Before I Self Destruct.

What’s next for 50? How about a comedy website? Popeater reports that Thisis50Comedy.com will launch tomorrow, starting with a comedy show in Times Square that will stream live on the site. The show will be hosted by Young Jack Thriller, who provides content to Thisis50, 50′s entertainment website. There’s not much on Thisis50Comedy right now, but we’re sure that will change soon.

FishbowlNY obviously enjoys poking fun at the rapper, but check this out: If you’re interested in being there for the launch show tomorrow you can get tickets for only $2.99, and the proceeds are going toward a relief fund for Japan. Nicely done Mr. Cent.

Keenan Cahill Gets Assist from ‘Cougar’ Chelsea Handler

On Monday, Chelsea Handler welcomed as her Chelsea Lately guest 15-year-old YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill. The Chicago teen, who suffers from Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome, has exploded with his lip-synched versions of various pop hits.

It certainly pays to have fans like Handler, whom Cahill hilariously referred to as a “cougar” during his E! appearance. As part of his LA visit, the head-bobbing cover artist got to work with rapper (and rumored CL boyfriend) 50 Cent, who drops in starting at the 1:20 mark to help with Cahill’s latest redo, “Down On Me.”

Check it out:

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HarperStudio: The 26th Story

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Back in April Harper Collins announced it was launching HarperStudio a new imprint to be headed by Bob Miller, which would forgo the continually escalating bidding wars and book advances that are threatening to sink the publishing world, in lieu of a profit-sharing model, i.e., the writer gets less upfront (Miller says deals won’t top $100, 000) and a larger percentage of the profits.

This means that we aren’t acquiring the same books that other publishers are trying to acquire. In the beginning, we missed the adrenaline rush and the thrill of outspending our competitors. But as anyone who has ever gone to an estate auction off some roadside in Vermont knows, this also means that we aren’t buying things in the heat of the moment, furniture that we start regretting before we’ve barely lifted the broken pieces into the back of the car.

Senior editor Julia Cheiffetz tells us “We are asking some of the larger questions: In our oversaturated media environment how can we make books exciting and relevant and cool? as well as trying to face the very practical issue of returns and skyrocketing production costs.” So what kinds of books are they acquiring? Hint: Isabella Rossellini, Mark Twain, and 50 Cent are all on the list.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

259541.jpg50 Cent: Not the rapper, the price tag. In the face of cuts and other awful things, Steve Lopez reminds readers what they’re getting for 50 cents: “Although that money doesn’t buy you the same-size staff that was in place when I arrived seven years ago, those two quarters still buy you the biggest, best, most ambitious news-gathering operation west of the Hudson River.”

40758074.jpgIn Demand: Want to know how to make money off of articles, images and videos? Richard Rosenblatt, a guy you’ve probably never heard of, figured it out. “With blinding speed and little notice, Rosenblatt’s 2-year-old Demand Media Inc. has become one of the largest buyers of articles and video clips for the Web. It expects revenue of nearly $200 million this year and, more surprisingly, a healthy profit.”

youtubde2.jpgYouTube, YouWin!: From Jessica Guynn: “Google said late Monday that it has reached a deal with Viacom to protect the privacy of tens of millions of YouTube viewers. A judge had ordered Google, YouTube’s corporate parent, to hand over user data as part of the $1-billion copyright infringement case brought by Viacom.”

‘This Is Why I’m Hot’ Surpasses 1,000,000 Ringtone Downloads

If you haven’t heard “This Is Why I’m Hot,” the lyrically-challenging smash hip-hop single from Washington Heights-born MIMS currently enjoying the number one song slot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, you will — most likely at an awkwardly quiet moment in a packed elevator as some pasty white guy’s ringtone.

Yep, “This Is Why I’m Hot” has surpassed 1,000,000 in ringtone sales — more than double the sales of the single itself — an impressive for any artist this side of 50 Cent, particularly one whose album isn’t even out yet. (Capital Records smartly signed MIMS and will release his debut, Music Is My Savior, April 3.)

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