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InTouchWeekly.com Gets a New Look

If you go to the new In Touch Weekly website unveiled today by Bauer XCel Media, it appears at first as if there is only a single story posted. Something about Michael Sheen, Sarah Silverman and matrimonial handicapping.

But start scrolling down and the next story… and the next… and the next appear one after the other as if out of Web thin air, bannered in each case by large, full-width photos. Clicking on an image opens up the article text below, within the preserved infinite scroll.

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Muscle & Fitness Hers EIC Apologizes for Plagiarism

In lieu of a pair of recent posts credited to Mona Muresan, editor-in-chief of AMI’s Muscle & Fitness Hers, there is now only this:

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On Tuesday, Muresan took to the same website Community section where these items previously resided to offer an explanation and apology:

It has come to my attention that some of the Community posts shared under my name were taken from articles on other websites. While I’ve been traveling, I enlisted the help of a freelancer who assisted me with my social media and I didn’t know that these posts were plagiarized.

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This EIC’s Ambitions Are ‘Much Bigger Than Bikinis’

Joe Pompeo‘s piece in the August issue of Capital magazine about the National Enquirer is full of descriptive detail.

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Sourcing of Enquirer stories, the reporter writes, sometimes ‘looks thinner than a supermodel’s waistline.’ More flatteringly, he found editor-in-chief Dylan Howard to be ‘looking sharp in his tortoise-shell glasses and dark-blue linen Ludlow suit’ during a recent visit to the AMI publication’s consolidated NYC operations. To Pompeo, Howard appeared even a little… angelic:

The cherubic 32-year-old was installed in the Enquirer’s top masthead slot when American Media Inc. moved the title back to Manhattan from the company’s flagship Florida headquarters this May. His ambitions are much bigger than bikinis.

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Specter of Philip Seymour Hoffman Looms Over National Enquirer NYC Relocation

ShutterstockPhilipSeymourHoffman2009AcademyAwardsOn Tuesday, Keith J. Kelly broke the news that the National Enquirer was relocating its editorial operations to New York City from Boca Raton. And that, according to his sources, the decision to not include editor-in-chief Tony Frost in the migration was payback for a huge, recent mess:

Frost’s ouster comes months after an embarrassing February Enquirer story that falsely claimed the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman had a gay lover. Insiders claim the Hoffman story cost Frost his job, but the tabloid’s publisher, American Media Inc., denies there is a connection between the two.

Today, in a subsequent piece by New York Times staff reporter James Barron, the man taking over in Lower Manhattan for Frost – Dylan Howard – reiterates the company line:

Howard denied that the changes had to do with an Enquirer article published after the death of the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February…

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Bogus National Enquirer Story Begets $45,000 Writing Prize

NationalEnquirerLogoIn the space of three weeks, the National Enquirer has gone from being duped by a David Bar Katz impersonator, to withdrawing and apologizing for an erroneous story, to endowing a stage play writing initiative hatched by the real Mr. Katz.

It’s all laid out in the New York Times by “About New York” writer Jim Dwyer. Ahead of a full-page ad that will appear in Wednesday’s NYT print edition as part of Enquirer parent company American Media Incorporated’s quick settlement with Katz. From Dwyer’s piece:

The amount of money being paid by The Enquirer will not be disclosed, [Katz's attorney Judd] Burstein said, adding, “It’s enough for the [newly formed American Playwriting] Foundation to give out these grants for years to come.” He formally filed papers to dismiss the lawsuit on Tuesday.

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David Perel Out at American Media

Florida gossip king Jose Lambiet has the exclusive on the end of an era at American Media Inc. Longtime employee David Perel is out.

The only question, since AMI wouldn’t comment to Lambiet for the item, is whether Perel was forced out or has left of his own volition:*

Perel’s contract is believed to run until April, but two sources at AMI tell Gossip Extra Perel was told not to bother showing up for work. The way Perel tells it, he’s pursuing other opportunities.

Regardless, the news should delight a few celebs, and their loved ones!

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The Kardashians to Launch Magazine Dedicated to Themselves

New year, more Kardashian. Despite The Kim Kardashian Effect losing its power toward the end of 2011, 2012 is starting with rumors that the family has reached out to several media companies about launching a magazine dedicated to the family.

The New York Post reports that the Kardashians are close to a deal with American Media Inc., which makes sense, since the company already publishes Reality Weekly, a magazine that makes us hate America.

Details about the Kardashian magazine are few and far between, but sources say that the women will be intensely involved editorially and Kris Jenner won’t be the Editor-in-Chief. Of course she won’t. She’ll merely be the Overlord-Selling-Each-Part-of-Her-Family-Until-It-Withers-and-Dies-in-Chief.

Can’t wait for the debut issue! A couple quick cover story ideas: Kim’s “sexy revenge” on waffles, Kourtney can’t find her favorite socks and what Khloe really thinks about giraffes.

Reality Weekly Sets Bar Low

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a new low in the magazine industry. Reality Weekly, a magazine dedicated to reality TV and its “stars,” launched Wednesday. WWD reports that the magazine is $1.79 an issue and features the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian, on the debut cover.

What’s inside? A weekly column from Victoria Gotti, contributions from Simon Cowell and “exclusives” from West Coast Editor Omarosa. There’s also sections titled “Fights of The Week” and “Hottest Shots.” But that’s not all! There will surely be more crap.

We all have American Media Inc. to thank for blessing us with this new publication. However, if it does well, maybe we should all thank/blame ourselves.

OK! Makes Odd Change to Printing Schedule to Save Money

American Media Inc. (AMI) is taking an unusual step to save some cash on OK!, its celebrity gossip rag. According to WWD, the magazine will now close almost a week before it hits newsstands, a move that sources say has allowed the magazine to emerge from the red for the first time in years. The new schedule — it closes on Thursdays and hits newsstands the following Wednesday — might help the magazine for now, but that’s a huge gap, and celebrities tend to do a lot of stupid things during the weekend.

A Spokesperson for OK! denied that the title would be missing out on anything, insisting that the change was necessary and smart. The person also added that it didn’t matter if competitors like People, Us Weekly, Life & Style and In Touch went to print after the weekend, thus allowing them to stay on top of new stories. OK! doesn’t break news, the rep said, instead, “We take the biggest stories of the week and explore them further.”

Those of you anxious to see how OK! explores the “Teen Mom shocking makeover” blockbuster story further, you’re going to have to wait a lot longer. Or just read it somewhere else first.

AMI Purchases OK! Magazine

American Media Inc. (AMI) has purchased the United States version of OK! magazine, according to The Wall Street Journal. FishbowlNY recently reported on the rumor that Time Inc. was going to purchase it, but it looks like that deal fell through. As for structural changes at AMI, there will be a few:

The U.S. edition of OK!, which is based in New York, will relocate to AMI’s new headquarters in the city. Staffing decisions are still being evaluated. Executives said print-ad sales for OK! and Shape will be handled by a single team but that OK! would retain its distinct tone and celebrity-friendly approach.

Now all AMI has to figure out is how purchasing a money-losing title will help the company. If you have suggestions you should email them. We bet they’re open to any ideas.

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