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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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LAT In 90 Seconds

35868811-20133701.jpgJordin Sparks Fights Malaria: The American Idol winner goes to Africa. And she takes some old white guy with her.

35868439.jpgThe Latest In Celebrity Disguises? When giant sunglasses and fedoras just won’t do, why not try the trick Seal and Heidi Klum use: animal facepaint. Slap on an animal face and nobody will recognize you. Britney, may we suggest the Dodo?

35893228-21015304.jpgAnd Here We Thought All Valets In LA Were Brazilian: Omar Sharif was ordered to pay $318,190 to a Guatemalan valet attendant whom he punched in the face for refusing to accept a 20-euro note in 2005. Sharif allegedly also added insult to injury, calling the attendant a “stupid Mexican.” Who feels stupid now, Omar?

LAT In 90 Seconds

34095714.jpgBritney Spears, Detained For Drug-Testing: Oh dear. Well, to look at the bright side, at least the LAT didn’t re-post that Britney-Madonna kiss pic.

55383475---jay_leno_writers_stike.jpgJay Leno: Scab or Not? The WGA and The Tonight Show host are at odds over whether he’s really allowed to write his own jokes … never mind that he shouldn’t be allowed — strike or no.

15404940.jpgRunning Out Of Column Ideas? We know how hard it can be to come up with a column every week, but does Joel Stein think anybody will be fooled by his latest stunt: Speaking at the L.A. City Council’s public hearing period — to denounce public hearings. We call for this column to adjourn.

Sundown on Sunset: Words to the Wise

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Jeffrey Wells needs to keep it in his pants.

Cat Vasko needs to get out more, judging by the Gridskipper dining guide to downtown LA.

MTV needs to re-think the whole Britney thing–live, tape-delay or best, not at all.

Luke Ford needs to abandon J-Date.

And our anon. friend at 69.232.38.185 needs a new hobby.

(photo from Trained Monkey)

LAT in 90 Seconds

alecire.jpgWasn’t me: Actress Kim Basinger said she didn’t leak the ass-crazy message ex Alec Baldwin left on their daughter’s voicemail. It’s like watching the Britney/K-Fed proceedings in RealAge.

alanishumps.jpgHuh? We follow Patrick Goldstein when he trumpets the Alanis Morissette “My Humps” video (that lady is funny!), but he loses us when he proclaims this satire as proof that “the era of video activism is here to stay.”

payne.jpgYet Another Story About A Maverick Artist Skirting Hollywood: Is there going to even be a Hollywood in 20 years?

Sundown on Sunset

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Fire in the Hollywood Hills.

Quinceanera might become a series.

Mia Farrow doesn’t seem too worried about starring in E.T.: Back on Planet Earth or any other Spielburg opus.

John Travolta is ready to move back to the mothership, if global warming gets worse.

Courtney Love cares only that her self-esteem is limitless and intact.

The LA Times might think Donald Trump is a figure of fun, but wait til he’s the boss. Or some other rich guy takes over.

Britney and Kevin are finally split up.

Persecution of Christians goes on–Chris Sligh booted from American Idol.

The LA Times should get an online game–Be An Editor–just like Seventeen.

Miss America dumped by CMT. Second Life, anyone?

Gossip Jamboree: American Idols, Idle Americans

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Captain America is dead! We didn’t even know he’d been sick.

Madonna can’t manage to restrain her kids–first David’s not in a car seat, then Rocco’s not belted up. Wait til they learn to drive.

Antonella Barba’s thigh-high boots ain’t going to save her sorry ass.

Kevin Federline visited Britney in re-hab, probably asking for an advance on his allowance.

Tom Cruise and Katie, his baby-making-machine, were shopping for more baby crap.

Lindsay Lohan went blonde. We wish she’d get a Brazilian and then have the drapes match the carpet.

“Hi, I’m Britney and I’m a rehaboholic.” “Hello Britney!”

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Britney bounced out of rehab. Ray Richmond really lays down the law to the young lady.

Former boyfriend Justin Timberlake seems to have gotten his Brits confused at the Brit Awards, saying in his pre-recorded speech:

Stop drinking! You know who you are. I’m speaking to you! You are going to get sloppy! OK! Magazine is going to say something bad about you.

Was this some coded message? Or is he just programmed to say stuff like that whenever he hears the word Brit?

Brian Williams Takes Anti-Britney-Anna Stance | Graydon’s Oscar Party | Obama In L.A.

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  • Obama: And moguls in L.A. [Pop Matters]
  • The Power of Anna: Transcends celebrity weeklies’ deadlines. [WWD]
  • Grey’s Anatomy Spin-off: Reportedly in works at ABC. [WSJ via ETP]
  • Libby Trial: Winds down, jury deliberates. [Bloomberg]
  • Condé Nast’s Photo-blographer Schuman: Heir to Bill Cunningham’s throne? [NYO]
  • New York ‘Internet Addict’: Sues over adult chat room firing. [AP]
  • Graydon Carter’s Oscar Party: 800-plus on guest list. [MIN]
  • Brian Williams: Sorry, no Britney, Anna Nicole tonight, kids. [Daily Nightly]