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Bette Midler, Blythe Danner and Chris Noth’s Advice for President Obama

1003_mockup.gifIf you felt the tremors in midtown around noon, it’s because 55th and Fifth nearly buckled under the weight of all the star power at Michael’s today. Between the Hollywood A-listers (Bette Midler, Blythe Danner, Kate Capshaw),  Democratic dynamos (Kerry Kennedy, Betsy Gotbaum) and talking heads (Star Jones), I was getting a serious case of whiplash trying to keep track of it all.

Just when I thought the crowd had settled in, I spied Chris Noth sitting alone at the bar, and I just couldn’t resist going over for a quick chat. While Julianna Marguilies‘ errant TV husband on The Good Wife waited for his pal, producer Fred Zollo, to arrive, I got him to weigh in on the show’s headline-making sex scenes. “Network television can’t go where cable does, but I did do a scene where we showed just enough oral sex in a bathroom while cable news played in the background,” Chris told me. How could we forget? “That stuff gets people talking, I guess.” Yup.

This season, while his co-star Archie Panjabi steams up the screen, his character is trying for a shot at redemption and is running for governor. “I have no idea whether or not he wins,” says Chris. The ardent Democrat tells me he has no interest in running for office himself. “I’m not one of those actors. All my skeletons are out of the closet!” He does, however, have a keen interest in who wins this year’s presidential election. “A lady on the subway asked me to take a picture with me, and I told her I would as long she voted Democrat!” When I told Chris I was lunching with Robert Zimmerman,  a Democratic National Committee member from New York and one of the party’s top fundraisers, he perked up. “I have a line I want to give him for President Obama! Can you introduce me?” I was only too happy to oblige.

When I brought Chris over to my table to meet Robert and another smart, savvy Democratic booster, producer Joan Gelman, he told Robert, “I’ve got something for Obama: A half truth is the same as a complete lie, and we’re not even hearing half truths from Romney. You ought to pass this along for the Obama circle for  the debate.” Robert assured Chris he would get his comment to the president’s handlers.  When Chris went off to his own table, Robert said, “They ought to take his advice; he’s got a higher approval rating than both parties.”

Chris Noth and Diane Clehane

Chris Noth and Diane Clehane

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Dan Bova Promoted to Chief Content Officer at Maxim

Dan Bova has been promoted from editor-in-chief of Maxim to chief content officer. Bova was editor-in-chief since early this year, and executive editor prior to that. He was also formerly editor-in-chief of Stuff.

“Dan has the industry savvy necessary to evolve with the rapidly changing media landscape and understands the needs and media habits of our readers,” said Maxim President, Ben Madden. “He is the ideal person to continue to lead Maxim to new editorial heights, leveraging our compelling content across multiple platforms and across our readers’ various touchpoints.”

Bova’s new role is effective immediately.

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Despite all the recent reshuffling in its staff,  Maxim remains tethered to its initial man-minded mission, featuring pieces with the brashly irreverent yet surprisingly instructive tone of an enlightened frat brother.

“I’d say the level of humor and discourse has gotten a little sharper and smarter,” said editor-in-chief Dan Bova, “but the goal is still to be that plain-spoken, witty best friend guiding you through the guy universe.”

But don’t think you’re going to break in with a pitch about yet another celebrity. ”Somebody proposing we should interview Chris Rock is not being particularly helpful. We do most of the star-wrangling ourselves,” Bova explained.

So, what type of pitches are editors looking for? Get the details in How To Pitch: Maxim

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Join the Brotherhood of Maxim Writers

Despite all the recent reshuffling in its staff,  Maxim remains tethered to its initial man-minded mission, featuring pieces with the brashly irreverent yet surprisingly instructive tone of an enlightened frat brother.

“I’d say the level of humor and discourse has gotten a little sharper and smarter,” said editor-in-chief Dan Bova, “but the goal is still to be that plain-spoken, witty best friend guiding you through the guy universe.”

But don’t think you’re going to break in with a pitch about yet another celebrity. ”Somebody proposing we should interview Chris Rock is not being particularly helpful. We do most of the star-wrangling ourselves,” Bova explained.

So, what type of pitches are editors looking for? Get the details in How To Pitch: Maxim

ag_logo_medium.gifThis article is one of several mediabistro.com features exclusively available to AvantGuild subscribers. If you’re not a member yet, you can register for as little as $55 a year and get access to these articles, discounts on seminars and workshops, and more.

FishbowlNY Summer Music Preview: Who Was Your First?

With the 2007 summer concert season upon us — one marked by the heralded return of rock relics like the Police and Genesis — FishbowlNY (inspired by Concert.TV‘s tagline) asked selected media types to recount their first time … at a live show, that is. Drop us a line with your own boozy, hazy recollections, and we’ll post them here throughout the summer. And, uh, rock on.

“My first concert was Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation show in Calgary, Canada. It was so awesome! I went with my dad and for months after I wore keys on my hoop earrings just like her! I was like 10.”
— Kate Frank, US Weekly

“My first show was the Grateful Dead — ’81 I think — Nassau Coliseum. I was rather young and we went in expecting to hear “Casey Jones,” “Truckin’,” “Uncle John’s Band,” etc. Instead we got jam after jam. I didn’t know what was going on — but still loved it! This was quickly followed by Jethro Tull and The Who (on one of their many farewell tours). Was a great summer!
— Ed James, Cornerstone

“The Monkees reunion tour. Madison, Wisconsin. Seriously.”
— Jeff Bercovici, Radar

“The Ramones at SUNY Stony Brook. It scared the shit out of me.”
— Dan Bova, editor-in-chief, Stuff

“First club show was Black Uhuru at the New Ritz in NYC. First big stage show was Sinead O’Connor at Jones Beach.”
— Heather Tesoriero, Wall Street Journal

“Stephen Stills at the Spectrum in Philly. I wish I had a cooler one. My kids will be able to say Radiohead at MSG.”
— Devin Leonard, Fortune

“AC/DC, May 27, 1991, Charleston Civic Coliseum, Razor’s Edge Tour
— Michael Shimbo, founder, CONCERT.TV

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