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Celebrities Who Sell The Most Magazines

If you want to sell magazines, we suggest you pray that a Demolition Man sequel gets made and Sandra Bullock needs to kick up some press, because when she’s on the cover, magazines fly off the shelves.

Bullock’s face helped sell 7.4 million magazines last year, the most of any celebrity. Dr. Oz just missed the top spot, coming in at number two by selling seven million.

Some of the other top-selling celebrities include Jake Pavelka from The Bachelor, Angelina Jolie and one of the teenage mothers from MTV’s show Teen Mom (Thanks for speeding up the downfall of society MTV!).

Evan Rachel Wood Employs the Bisexuality PR Strategy

She didn’t invent it, that was Angelina Jolie. And she didn’t base a career on it, that was Tila Tequila. But Evan Rachel Wood has made good use of the bisexuality strategy to gain a bit of media attention. The following remarks in an interview with Esquire were all it took to land her a mention in damn near every publication in the country:

She says she’s feeling free and genuinely happy these days. “I’m up for anything. Meet a nice guy, meet a nice girl…”

This is the third such hint in the conversation, after that androgyny comment and saying she’d “marry” her Mildred Pierce costar Kate Winslet if she could.

You date women?

“Yes,” she says proudly, as if she was waiting to be asked.

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Lady Gaga Moves Magazines

Score one for the bad girls. Women’s Wear Daily notes that the outrageous and overtly sexual Lady Gaga as cover girl made for great magazine sales in 2010, while decidedly vanilla country-pop starlet Taylor Swift stayed on the shelves. Numbers culled by the Audit Bureau of Circulations reveal that covers featuring the innovative pop icon were 2010 bestsellers for Rolling Stone and Cosmopolitan. Gaga’s Vanity Fair issue was the second highest selling of the year, beat out only by superstar Angelina Jolie.

In contrast, Taylor Swift was no friend to print. Reports WWD:

Her April Elle cover was its worst seller of the year through October, with sales running 60,000 less than the average on the newsstand; her November cover for Glamour was the second-worst-selling for the monthly, and her July Marie Claire cover was the third-worst-selling issue for that monthly through October.

To be fair, not all the sales numbers for 2010 are in. Swift graced the December covers of Allure and Entertainment Weekly, and we’ve yet to hear how well those issues sold.

Hat tip Romenesko.

Geena Davis Hosts Second ‘Gender in Media’ Symposium

Everyone is atwitter today about the accidental Tourist honors showered upon Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Tomorrow, at the Skirball Cultural Center, actress Geena Davis – an Oscar winner in 1988 for The Accidental Tourist – will host her second “Gender in Media” symposium.

The invitation-only affair is all part of Davis’ new role as head of her very own non-profit think tank, since 2004. In addition to her keynote address, other lunchtime speakers will include Geraldine Laybourne, Chairman of Alloy Media, and USC Annenberg Associate Professor Dr. Stacy Smith.

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A Bodaciously Bad Tourist

One of the Italian words for “rotten” is “andato.” And that’s pretty much where the great majority of the reviews for the new Johnny Depp-Angelina Jolie thriller The Tourist are stacking up this fine non-Italian morning.

But which film critics are rising most adeptly to the challenge of trashing two of Hollywood’s biggest stars and their comatose Venezia intrigue? Here are our five (early) picks for the Columbia Pictures pan parade honor roll:

Eric D. Snider, Cinematical: “I urge you to say the director’s name aloud. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Did you do it? There, you just had more fun than you would if you watched The Tourist.”

Nigel Andrews, Financial Times: “Do anything. Arrange an appointment in Sumatra. Go to the moon. At all costs stay away.”

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Murdoch’s Guardian News Of The World Slapped With Lawsuit By Brangelina

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Rupert Murdoch‘s British paper News Of The World is being hit by a lawsuit from Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s lawyers after the tabloid claimed the couple was headed toward splitsville.

Last month NOTW posted an item saying that the couple had visited a divorce lawyer and were looking into how to split up custody of their six children. Now the duo is going to the high court in London to take action against News Group Newspapers (part of News International) for their handling of the story, which the firm taking the celebrities’ case said “was false as well as intrusive.” News Of The World has refused to retract the story.

Read More: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sue the News of the World — The Guardian

Harper’s Brown Loves Making “A Fantastical Idea A Reality”

brown.png Harper’s Bazaar features and special projects director Laura Brown spoke with FishbowlNY contributor Diane Clehane for a “What Do You Do?” article on Mediabistro.com earlier this week.

The Australian editor and special judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway” spin-off “The Fashion Show” spoke about the challenges of her unique job including celebrity wrangling and conceptualizing the special features that get the magazine noticed, like last year’s photo feature with Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama.

Have favorite part of the job? “It’s basically being able to make what is seemingly an untenable idea or a fantastical idea a reality — to have a light bulb go on over your head like, ‘How about Tyra [Banks] as Michelle Obama?’ and then having that happen,” she said. “I feel like a little girl from Sydney when I do those things like, ‘Wow, look at that!’”

Getting into the details of how the Tyra/Michelle piece came about, Brown said:

“Obviously, the election was on everyone’s mind. I just said to [Tyra], ‘Why don’t we do this?’ We have one pop cultural icon who is paying homage to a woman who is about to become first lady and is clearly an icon herself.’ She got it straight away. She had no hesitation whatsoever. We shot this months before the election, and we imagined the White House with the family. If we get one point for prescience, we’ll take it…She was great. We got so much press. There were people who loved it — and then there were some people from Harvard who couldn’t believe we put a Harvard sweatshirt on Tyra and thought it was outrageous. I love doing that kind of stuff when you get a reaction from people. That’s the point — you don’t shoot stories to have them die.”

Read on for Brown’s take on which celebrities sell best today and some inspiring advice for magazine writers.

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A Fleshy Approach To Publishing

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Swedish tattoo magazine Tare Lugnt did something a little unusual for their third issue- they published it as a tattoo on a fellow’s leg. Refreshingly analog, and an excellent argument for the importance of copy editors. Who wants to go through life with a typo on their thigh?

The magazine’s website makes the issue available for reading- via large photos of the tattoos. We can’t read Swedish, but maybe they’ll come out with an English translation. We hear Angelina Jolie still has some real estate available…

Found via Neatorama.

Watch a video of the magazine being published after the jump-

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Forbes Has Four Way Tie For Number Two Spot in Top 20 Most Valuable Actors

Fist of Money.gifAngelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp are tied, according to Forbes Magazine in their worth currently. Really? Couldn’t figure out a way to rank the top five huh? Seriously?

If everyone is equal – it’s not a Top 20 list now is it?

Wil Smith is number one, according to the magazine. And in case you’re curious (we were) Tom Cruise wasn’t in the top 10. He ranked 13 down from number one a few years running. Alien conspiracy? Probably.

Soapblox Hacked — But Will Be Back…Ack!

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Soapblox, a publishing platform and community for a grip of progressive and liberal blogs, got hacked.

This was posted on the front page this morning:

SoapBlox is Dead
by: pacified
January 07, 2009 at 08:15:46 MST

It was a good ride, but it’s over.

Thanks for all the fish.

All these hackers messing with our stuff, and we here at SoapBlox have no clue what to do. We don’t have enough knowledge, time, money, or care to fix it.

So I hope the Hackers are happy.

Ben Smith on Politco wrote:

The attack is a reminder of how little redundancy there is in big portions of the rapidly-expanding Internet, and how fragile the systems that manage content can be.

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