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Star‘s James Heidenry: ‘Us Weekly is the biggest culprit of hypocrisy’

In Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, Star editor-in-chief James Heidenry tackles his newsstand nemeses head-on, calling People and Us Weekly “the mouthpiece of celebrity publicists” – and he didn’t mean that in a positive way.

Some of his other beefs with the mags? They pay celebrities for stories but don’t admit it, and they get most of their biggest “scoops” right from the pages of Star.

“Even Bonnie Fuller, who used to run Star magazine, doesn’t give us credit at HollywoodlLife.com. But Us Weekly, I think, is the biggest culprit of hypocrisy,” Heidenry said. “Us Weekly has Kim [Kardashian] on the cover saying ‘Don’t Call Me Fat,’ and when you open up the issue, it points out our cover and says ‘Look how these tabloids are making fun of her’ when they are doing it on the cover themselves — not making fun of her, but using Kim’s pregnancy to sell magazines and trying to take a holier-than-thou attitude. To me, it was just a lack of respect for their readers.”

For more of Heidenry’s thoughts on the competition plus what he looks for L.A. reporters, read So What Do You Do, James Heidenry, Editor-in-Chief of Star?

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EW‘s Kristen Baldwin on the Ryan Gosling Factor

How exactly did Ryan Gosling become the man this year? Sure, fans of The Notebook always loved him, but who else was really checking for him back in, oh, 2007?

According to Entertainment Weekly executive editor Kristen Baldwin, Gosling’s ascent is no accident. She says quality work + star presence = crazy buzz.

“He’s a star because he’s given three amazing performances this year,” said Baldwin in our Media Beat interview. He’s incredibly, ridiculously handsome — like, it’s almost offensive how handsome he is — and then he’s just kind of a character. He stopped a fight on the street, you know?”

Squashing a beatdown can indeed increase your Twitter mentions, but Baldwin says aspiring A-listers don’t have to resort to such tactics to land in the pages of EW. “We don’t really get into their personal lives… we wanna talk about their work.”

Part 1: Entertainment Weekly‘s Kristen Baldwin Talks ‘Entertainers of the Year’
Part 2: Kristen Baldwin on Bringing EW to Tablets: ‘We really wanted to wait until we got it right’

Portfolio–Here, There and Everywhere

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Portfolio, Conde Nast’s new business magazine, has officially launched.

Senior writer Amy Wallace (formerly with the LA Times) profiles Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh, a 32-year-old dealmaker, who gets Wall Street to invest in Hollywood.

Nancy Haas has a piece about Maroon 5′s big bucks backer.

Posh Spice is a fashion brand killer: she makes everything look bad, according to Fashion Inc.

The Culture and Lifestyle section doesn’t grab us, but then, we’re broke.

Job of the Week gives us a designer of doll clothes, and a video game artist.

The website offers the weakest drawings of the blog writers. Are they all really that ugly?

Jeff Jarvis weighs in. He also continues his appreciation of Amanda “Not a Journalist” Congdon.

FKC calls it an exciting new outlet.

Dealbreaker takes some credit.

Celebrity News sniffs at the lack of, well, celebrities.

Jossip is unimpressed, due to the lack of mention of same.