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Jennifer Aniston Serves ‘Cake’ to Gayle King, Arianna Huffington and Marlo Thomas

LunchAtMichaelsIt was one for the books today at Michael’s. While the SRO crowd of mavens, moguls and machers was celebrating at full tilt, the joint got an extra jolt of adrenaline when word spread that Jennifer Aniston would be hosting an intimate lunch for twenty as she continues her unofficial Oscar campaign for her role in her latest film, Cake. In case you haven’t heard, Jen goes without makeup (gasp!) and does the whole ‘I can look like a real person’ thing as she portrays a widow and chronic pain sufferer in the film. Today, though, she was in full movie-star mode as she arrived with a bodyguard in tow who stood watch over her table in the corner of  The Garden Room to keep away the curious. This intrepid reporter tried to get a few words with the former Friends star, but when I introduced myself to her handler Stephen Huvane and asked him if I could ask her a few questions about the film, I got a big smile and a ”I don’t think so.”

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Too bad, because I also wanted to tell Jen I think her fiance Justin Theroux was unjustly snubbed by the Globes and SAG Awards for his outstanding work in The Leftovers. Oh well. Among those who were invited to the gathering: Gayle King, who stopped by our table to say hello, Marlo Thomas, Arianna Huffington and one of her daughters. I caught up with Deborah Roberts, who was also on the guest list who told me, “The whole thing was very low key. I kept waiting for someone to make a speech about the film, but there was none of that. Just a nice lunch with some great people.” We’re told Jennifer was gracious to the staff on the way out, but no one dared ask for a selfie or a quick chat. If you want to see some shots of all the big doings,  photographer Kevin Mazur was there to document this momentous occasion, which is sure to show up on the usual sites soon.

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Arianna Swaps Christmas Sweaters for PJs

Take a look at the following photo, taken this holiday season at The Huffington Post’s NYC offices. Notice anything different?

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That’s right; no one is wearing a Christmas sweater, breaking what had been a longstanding HuffPo tradition.

Explains Arianna Huffington to FishbowlNY: “After nine years of giving holiday sweaters, we decided it was time to disrupt our own tradition. Some of our employees had collected seven, eight or nine sweaters and it seemed like time to give them something else to wear.”

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Jill Abramson/Steve Brill Start-up Might Include HuffPost

The news startup from Jill Abramson and Steve Brill might have a Huffington Post connection.

According to The New York Times, Abramson and Brill have discussed a potential deal with Arianna Huffington and AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, in which HuffPost would “host” the new site.

The TBD site from Abramson and Brill will be subscription-based (likely about $3 per month) and will feature one longform story each month. Abramson has said they hope to pay writers up to $100,000 for each piece. If so, support from HuffPost would be helpful.

As of now, the talks are still going. Brill told the Times “The discussions are fairly serious and reaching a decision point.”

Jimmy Soni Joins The NY Observer

NY Observer logo GCapital New York reports that Jimmy Soni, the former Huffington Post managing editor, is joining The New York Observer as a social media consultant.

At AOL, Soni started out as chief of staff for Arianna Huffington, but rose quickly to managing editor. Things got dicey shortly after that. Soni, who was managing the HuffPost’s editorial fellow program, was investigated by the company for sexual harassing several fellows.

Soni stepped down from AOL in August, claiming he wanted to work on a book.

Arianna Huffington to Interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live

Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, is going to interview Jennifer Lopez on HuffPost Live. The interview will take place live at about 11:50 am.

Lopez is doing a press tour for her new memoir True Love. She and her sister — Lynda Lopez — will also be discussing The Lopez Family Foundation, their charity that seeks to empower young women.

You can submit questions for Lopez or just watch the interview by clicking here. A word of caution though, we’ve been informed the following topics are off-limits:

  • Bennifer
  • Lopez’s butt
  • Gigli
  • Huffington’s butt

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Journalists React to Dean Baquet Comments About Twitter

As always, Dean Baquet‘s expressed views about Twitter and his admission that he should probably be using the platform more is a great jumping-off point for discussion and debate. At press time, the New York Times executive editor hasn’t tweeted in four months.

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Among the most intriguing first-wave of responses to Baquet’s emailed comments shared at the Steve Buttry blog end are these thoughts from journalist Alexander Howard:

As it happens, the ["brotherhood"] metaphor Baquet chose is one I know well. Back in 2009, when I met Arianna Huffington for the first time, she asked me to write up our conversation for her site. So, I did. Its title? “Is Journalism Going Through Its Own Reformation?

Maybe I’ve misread the criticism of Baquet that I’ve seen elsewhere, but my view is exactly the opposite: the smartest young journalists coming up and the Generation X-ers (ahem) that preceded them, along with their wise elders, understand at a visceral level that social media, online video and Smartphones have shifted how news gathering works, democratizing publishing to all and enabling any connected person to report and commit acts of journalism.

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Huffington Post to Launch HuffPost Greece

Huffington Post Logo 1-18The Huffington Post Media Group is preparing a homecoming of sorts. Well, at least for Arianna Huffington. The company is launching a Greek-language edition of HuffPost in collaboration with 24Media, Greece’s largest digital publisher.

“For me personally, it’s the ultimate homecoming, not only because of my Greek heritage, but because HuffPost is, not coincidentally, very much rooted in a Greek tradition of bringing people together and facilitating interesting conversations,” Huffington said, in a statement.

HuffPost has had a busy couple of months. The company announced an Arabic-launguage site, followed by HuffPost India. Huffington also declared the collection of sites had passed 100 million unique views in August. All that and the company even suckered readers into paying one of its reporters salaries! Well done, HuffPost. Well done.

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The View Premieres With New Co-Hosts, Queen Barbara Walters (TVNewser)
A revamped The View premiered Monday morning with its original co-executive producer sitting in a Queen’s throne getting doused with affection. “Thank you my pals,” Barbara Walters said as co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace and Rosie Perez looked toward her throne. LostRemote On social media, fans were not really feeling the new View. The biggest complaints were about the new format. Many complained about the new hosts, although Perez was an all-around favorite. THR / The Live Feed Goldberg kicked off the premiere of its 18th season by introducing it as “the newer View,” filmed in an ABC Broadcast Center studio space and featuring a tweaked logo. “We’re gonna try a lot of new stuff — some of it will work and some of it won’t, but the thing that will never change is its great conversations with great women.” Mediaite O’Donnell caught the audience up with what’s been going on in her personal life since then. They then gave the floor over to Perez and Wallace to introduce themselves. Perez talked about a Broadway show she’s working on and her philanthropic efforts, while Wallace got to share her background in politics and the Bush administration. When Wallace mentioned she was a Republican, O’Donnell piped up, “I really like her, I swear to God!” Variety The audience is more prominent and appears more frequently during the program. A new producer, Bill Wolff, who once oversaw MSNBC’s flagship Rachel Maddow, will now run proceedings.

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Arianna Celebrates Major HuffPost Milestone

For Arianna Huffington, a comScore traffic report can sometimes be much more than a simple amalgamation of numbers. Per a memo circulated today to staff, it is also in some instances a flashpoint for a wave of prideful memories about how her company started and has grown.

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Huffington-Post-150x150Today I’m delighted to share the news of a major HuffPost milestone: in August we reached 115 million global unique visitors – the first time we’ve surpassed 100 million UVs on comScore – making us the #1 news site in the United States. (Our internal numbers, at 368 million UVs, are of course much higher) So much for the dog days of summer! August was also the fourth consecutive month HuffPost was recognized as the largest publisher on Facebook – with more than double the social actions of the second-largest publisher. In every significant growth area of the media business – social and mobile and video and native and global – HuffPost continues to lead the way.

I have to say, this news made me a lot more emotional than a comScore stat usually does. It’s the same feeling I get when I walk into our newsroom and see how a group of five has become a teeming team of hundreds – or when I visit one of our 11 flourishing international editions. It’s a lump-in-the-throat combination of gratitude and amazement; of satisfaction at what we’ve accomplished and surprise at how fast it all happened; of nostalgia for the early days when we celebrated every small spike in traffic and a delight in knowing that our best days, without question, still lie ahead.

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Arianna Huffington: ‘I’m 64-Years-Old and I’ve Never Had Plastic Surgery’

MilaMoursiTwitterProfilePicThere is a fountain of brand information in the latest installment of Harper’s Bazaar‘s “Beauty Diaries.” Here for example is what Arianna Huffington told the magazine’s senior beauty editor Jessica Prince about her approach to skin care:

“I’m 64-years-old and I’ve never had Botox, fillers or plastic surgery, but I do believe in great maintenance. I see aesthetician Mila Moursi for facials or microdermabrasion every three weeks. She specializes in women who don’t want to have plastic surgery.”

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