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Kiehl’s Wines, Dines and Wows Visiting International Journalists

From a modest apothecary in New York’s East Village, Kiehl’s has grown to international brand-name status and a New Jersey factory where 10 new products are hatched each year. But there’s no rest for those toiling in the world of wicked complexions.

And so, the company recently flew in a gaggle of international journalists, put them up at the Mondrian in Soho and raced them through a vertiginous series of events. If the rest of the resulting coverage is anything like that of Amanda Linnell, a reporter for New Zealand Herald‘s Viva magazine, mission accomplished!:

After lunch we’re off to learn about a new men’s product, Facial Fuel Heavy Lifting Cream, which launches in New Zealand next week. Tucked away at 137 Perry St (just down the road from Carrie Bradshaw‘s apartment in Sex and the City) is the Cooper Classics Collection of vintage cars and here we meet guest speaker, Kiehl’s ambassador Doug Stoup. An extreme adventurer, he regularly goes on missions to the North Pole or paddle boarding in the Amazon, and is a hardcore tester of their products. He regales us with fascinating stories of derring-do.

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Personal Essay Writing: Master Class

Personal Essay Writing: Master ClassStarting October 21, work with the senior editor at Marie Claire magazine to polish and publish your essay! Whitney Joiner will help you to develop your voice, narrative, and identity, draft your pitch, and decide where to market your essay. Register now!

Alicia Keys, Rosanne Cash, R.E.M., and More Join Fight Against Backpage.com

The controversial adult services section of the classified ad site Backpage.com gained more high-profile critics this week. A number of musicians, including Alicia Keys, Rosanne Cash, Talib Kweli and members of the bands Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and The Roots have signed a petition against the adult ads, on the grounds that they are used by human traffickers to sell women and children sex slaves.

Backpage.com is owned by Village Voice Media, publishers of 13 alternative weeklies including the LA Weekly. The corporation has run articles in all 13 papers to downplay the frequency of child sex trafficking and attack critics, most famously Ashton Kutcher.

But this week the VVM papers have been uncharacteristically silent on the issue, despite both their new celebrity critics and a segment on Tuesday’s Nightline about the controversy. Is it possible the company has finally decided to stop compromising their journalistic integrity by using editorial pages to promote a corporate agenda? Let’s hope so.

Artists Sing the Praises of File Sharing While Entertainment Execs Seethe

The free file hosting service Megaupload is on the entertainment industry’s s**t list for making copyright infringement so easy-peasy. But several high-profile artists – the sort that create that copyrighted material in the first place – have recently expressed their unabashed support for the site in a new music video.

In the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Kim Kardashian, and more express their love for a service that lets you share their copyrighted material for free. I never thought I’d say this, but I have a newfound respect for Kim Kardashian.

The video was released over the weekend, and was quickly removed from YouTube, after Universal Music Group complained about – what else – copyright infringement.

Giant Magazine Suspends Publication, Moves To Web

giant cover.jpgMultimedia company Radio One announced today that it is suspending publication of its bi-monthly magazine Giant, while launching the Web site GIANTLife.com in order to “super-serve a highly underserved audience” of affluent African Americans ages 21 to 34. Radio One acquired Giant three years ago, the company said.

“Over the past three years, the print version of Giant magazine has grown in advertiser support and fostered a loyal following among readers both online and off,” said Tom Newman, president of Interactive One, Radio One’s digital arm, in an announcement today. “The economic downturn has had a tremendous impact on print media and we had to make the decision to suspend printing the publication.”

Newman added that the shift from the print to the online and interactive format will be able to better serve Giant‘s readers and advertisers.

Allhiphop.com reports that the last issue of Giant, featuring Alicia Keys on the cover, will hit newsstands on December 15. Meanwhile, a post on Giant‘s Web site announcing the launch of GIANTLife.com says the site will launch with an exclusive video series, “Cover Stories”, hosted by Interactive One’s chief content officer Smokey D. Fontaine. The debut episode will feature Giant magazine cover subject Keys.

“Giant Magazine is now…GIANTLIFE.COM,” the post said.

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Related: Another Magazine Death: Vibe Reportedly Closing

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Music, Music, Music/PBS Series, Blue Suede Shoes, Ol’ Blue Eyes and More

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PBS is developing an sure-fire pledge-break money spinning series–On Record: The Soundtrack of Our Lives, an eight-hour series tracing the history of recorded music and its impact on popular culture, (or at least on Baby Boomers, PBS’s target audience.) Series should air in 2010. Legendary Beatles producer George Martin hosts, and Kevin Spacey, who once played Bobby Darrin, is the narrator.

Fastlane Entertainment has signed a deal for the life story of Carl Perkins. Paul McCartney is on-board as well.

Frank Sinatra will be saluted in May via music, movies and the U.S. Postal Service in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of his death. Reprise Records releases Nothing But the Best, Turner Classics will air Sinatra’s films, and the Post Office issues a commemorative stamp.

And Sunday’s Grammys line-up includes a number of one of a kind duets and trios including the just announced Cornerstone of Rock performance by John Fogerty, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, as well as Alicia Keys and a holographic Frank Sinatra.

Yahoo Makes Deal with Sony BMG

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Yahoo’s made a deal with Sony BMG so consumers can add music and video content from the label and its artists to their home-made creations.

The deal expands the catalog of music videos on Yahoo Music from Sony BMG, whose artists include Alicia Keys, Daughtry, Bruce Springsteen and Jennifer Lopez. It also allows the distribution of videos through a media player that users can access on other Yahoo properties and embed on third-party sites.

Steven Bryant explains why this is no deterrent to pirates.

We think anyone who wants to add Dancing in the Dark to their wedding video is welcome to do so.

WGA 07 Strike Week 3: The Long March

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Novelist Nichelle Tramble had been working on Women’s Murder Club. Welcome to show biz.

World of Wonder staffers watched the big march and allegedly thanked their lucky stars for their non-union, no-benefits, prestige-deprived gigs.

Tom Corwine has lots of photos–check out the Teamsters and their trucks.

Dave Markland’s got a shot of Eric Garcetti.

Randy Bobbitt models striker fashion and takes a refreshingly cynical view of Alicia Key’s presence. More photos here.

Douglas McGrath’s Newsweek piece inspires some rabid commenters–America’s hearts and minds aren’t won, yet.

(photo courtesy of NB.)

Sundance Iconoclasts: About as Daring as Mayo on Pastrami

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Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Vodka are foisting a new season of Iconoclasts on the world. We love these pairings, largely because they’re so easy to mock.

Robert Lloyd loves this because it’s pretentious worthy high-production value television, unlike everything else he’s forced to review.

Maureen Ryan likes the longer format of celebrity chit-chat.

Tonight, professional edgy guy Sean Penn chats with author Jon Krakauer about Penn’s movie based on Krakauer’s book. Synergy.

Alicia Keys and Ruby Dee are fine, if only because their names rhyme.

Mike Myers, who’s working on a movie about a self-help expert and Surprise! self-help expert Deepak Chopra.

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Norman Lear and Howard Schultz–moguls.

Wynton Marsalis meets Iron Chef John Besh — wanna bet they talk about what it means to miss New Orleans?

And since this series is all about “the world’s most fascinating and controversial minds”, who better than:

Madeleine Albright and Ashley Judd. What’s the connection? They both color their hair? They both photograph taller than than they really are? We can only hope this will be as embarrassing as the Renee Zellweger and Christiane Amanpour session last season.

The SNL version with Bjork and Charles Barkley is priceless, but NBC, the spoilsports, have pulled their content from YouTube.

Leibovitz Explains Bono’s Vanity Fair Africa Covers

Annie explains the “monumental task” of pulling together 20 covers:

“The covers are a kind of visual chain letter, spreading the message from person to person to person. These are incredible people of our time who all have a passion for and a connection to Africa. It was important to me to really show the humanity in their faces. In a couple of cases people are actually together, like Condoleezza Rice and George W. Bush and Alicia Keys and Iman, but the reality is that with people’s schedules and availability it was not possible to shoot everyone together. So, these are more photo illustrations than photographs, but the point was to unite people for a common purpose.”

We were wondering how Condoleeza managed to block out Bono‘s death stare.

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