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New York Loses Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

ShutterstockAdrianaLimaThere was a bit of a New York fashion bombshell dropped this morning across the pond at Victoria’s Secret’s Bond Street store in London. Model Adriana Lima, dressed according to The Cut contributor Hattie Criswell in “exactly what any of us would choose for a breakfast event: a jeweled cut-out dress with generous sideboob,” announced – together with Candice Swanepoel and company CMO Ed Razeck - that the chain’s next annual fashion show will be held at Earls Court in London.

During the press conference, Lima came up with one logical and one not-so-logical celebrity as possible UK first-row guests:

Lima seemed more interested in which Brits would be in the audience for the show. “There are a bunch that we’d like to invite,” she said, giggling. “I’d love to see Elton John because I’m a big fan — I really love him. Hopefully, also — I’d like to invite Prince Harry.”

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Time Inc. Vet Cyd Wilson Branches Out with Her Own Firm

It’s been a great run for Cyd Wilson at Time Inc. But after 17 years as west coast based director of creative development for the Style and Entertainment Group, the 54-year-old has decided it’s time to continue working her awards season and branding magic for a different boss – herself.

As a testament to how pleased Time Inc. has been with Wilson’s efforts, they will become a client of Cyd Wilson Entertainment Marketing. The CSUN graduate, who began her career far from the glamour of Hollywood working in psychiatric hospital administration, started on her current path when she volunteered for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. That led to the position of development director and her eventual recruitment by then People publisher Ann Moore.

From this morning’s announcement:

“As an ambassador for our brands in Los Angeles and in the entertainment industry, she has been nothing less than extraordinary, representing us with intelligence, integrity and creative flair,” stated Tim Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson.” She has advanced our name and our business and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her many efforts.”

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Elton John Ready to Rock Anaheim with High-Tech Piano Trick

The coolest aspect of Elton John‘s scheduled five-song performance for Yamaha dealers Friday night at California Adventure will unfold many miles from the Hyperion Theater stage. As the entertainer rocks out with a 70-piece orchestra to help celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary, his Disklavier keystrokes will be electronically transmitted to other pianos around the world and simultaneously auto-played. That’s right; Sir Elton has finally figured out how to be two places at once.

“Elton John is one of the most successful and influential music makers of our time, and Yamaha is thrilled to bring him to a global audience in this history-making manner,” said Chris Gero, vice president of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, which is producing the event. “This exciting event will also demonstrate how Yamaha DisklavierTV is forever changing the way in which a live piano concert can be enjoyed in real time around the world.”

Spectators in remote locations will get to watch the orchestra on TV monitors and a phantom-played centerpiece piano. John and the company go way back; Yamaha has built all of his touring pianos for the past few decades, including the Million Dollar one he uses for Caesars Palace shows.

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TIME Latest Outlet to Catch Up to ‘El Gringo Mariachi’

He looks a bit like Conan O’Brien, plays the acoustic guitar just like Coco, and is right around the same age as the TBS late night host (47). But in the case of this pale faced, red-headed entertainer, the audience is the much smaller, localized East LA constituency of Mariachi music consumers.

TIME writer Jens Erik Gould is the latest reporter to share the unlikely strumming success of one Matthew Stoneman (pictured), and really, it’s a story that never gets old. New Hampshire native Stoneman goes by the stage name of Mateo and is currently being filmed for an upcoming documentary about his life. His singing career tracks back to a most unlikely mid-1980s starting point:

State prison helped make Stoneman the
man he is today. A pianist, he had come to Los Angeles in 1983 and soon aimed for fame with music he composed in the style of Elton John. When that didn’t work out, he bought a studio that produced rap. He got behind on his payments, so he hooked up with a group of criminals from Sinaloa, Mexico to rob a music store…

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Religious Reporter Takes Issue with LA Times Slant

Terry Mattingly, editor of the website GetReligion.org, has a long and impressive resume. He is a published author, has worked for newspapers such as the Charlotte Observer and the Rocky Mountain News, and currently pens a weekly column for Scripps Howard newspapers.

On his site today, he questions the sub-headline that accompanied a June 25th LA Times article by Mitchell Landsberg about Franklin Graham‘s Latino-focused religious revival road show, which pulled into the Home Depot Center in Carson that same day. Not only does the plural use of “experts” in the sub-head give way to an article that sources only one, but that lone voice of analysis, suggests Mattingly, is highly questionable:

How to put this? Allowing a professor from Claremont to be the only expert quoted in a hard-news story covering Franklin Graham (pictured) is something like writing a story about Elton John and citing, as your only expert, a cultural critic from Focus on the Family or Regent University.

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Ross Mathews Finally Makes It Into an Oscar Night Party

All these years of doing bits for Jay Leno, and Sunday, February 27th turned out to be the first time Ross Mathews finally crossed over from the red carpet into a big-time LA Oscar party.

His report from Sir Elton John‘s fundraising bash at the Pacific Design Center aired Monday and features a range of celebs including Jamie Foxx, Glee‘s Jane Lynch, Paul Rudd, American Idol judge Steven Tyler, and Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet. A running gag had Mathews asking each famous interviewee to donate an item to Jay’s “gift bag.”

Things took an unexpected turn for the X-rated when The Tonight Show correspondent ran into Tori Spelling. The combination of her crotchless panties and the venue’s mirrored floor actually led to some brief NBC blurring:

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Us Weekly Cover With Elton John’s Baby Too Controversial for Arkansas

Ooohh boy. Apparently Us Weekly‘s most recent cover, featuring Elton John posed with husband and son, is too much for customers of the popular Arkansas chain store Harps. The store had to install a “family shield” in front of the cover to protect children from seeing THE GAYS!!!

In fairness, it doesn’t sound like the store took the initiative on this one. The website CoverAwards called the cashier at the Harps store in question, who said customers had been complaining about the cover, demanding something be done.

“We’re in a no win situation,” she said, adding she thought it was ridiculous that anyone would complain. “They’re going to have to know at some point [about gay families].”

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New Year, New Job: Profit From Your Passion 2011

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Being in the media biz doesn’t have to mean reporting on fires and homicides all day.

Each week in January, we’ll line up a creative interest with a path in media for the third installment of our Profit From Your Passion series. It’s packed with step-by-step features and insightful interviews from those who have successfully merged their personal and professional interests.

Like, how do you turn 60 seconds on the red carpet with Elton John into a winning story? Tip #3: Try to break the ice before asking about a recent scandal. Is it really possible to get paid for your addiction to, well, getting paid? Of course. Do any of the Time Out titles accept freelance pitches about art or architecture? Yes, they do — especially, the Chicago mag.

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Memo to Storage Unit Thief: You’ve Got Pete Sampras’ Stuff

Surely, once the illicit new owner(s) of this batch of stolen merchandise reads Bill Dwyre’s LA Times column, this blog mention or any of the other online media pick-ups, he-she-they will come to their senses and return what amounts to the bulk of tennis great Pete Sampras’ legacy.

The good news is that only one of Pete’s 14 Grand Slam title trophies was in the West Hollywood storage facility burglarized before Thanksgiving. The bad news is that almost everything else was.

“I was like, ‘What?’” Sampras said. “I thought there were security cameras. I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked.”

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Lunch: Charlie Rose, Dan Abrams & The Rain-Soaked Usual Suspects

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The biblical rain kept most of the moguls and media mavens away today. So, rather than people watch, I passed the time by flipping through the latest issue of Avenue featuring an ultra-glam Katie Couric on the cover. The glossy devotes eight (!) pages to the CBS Evening News anchor and photographed her dripping in diamonds and sporting gowns by red carpet favorites Alberta Ferretti and Monique Lhuiller. Interviewed by Law & Order SVU‘s Mariska Hargitay, Katie says, “Looking sexy is not my goal when I’m at work.” Obviously, it’s a different story when she’s not sitting behind the anchor desk.

I lunched today with my longtime pal Trica Jean-Baptiste, who is the principal of her own public relations firm specializing in the travel and tourism industries. We met years ago through New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) where she served on the board. Trica brought along another NYWICI member, Ross Ellis, who works on the organization’s tireless Matrix committee. We all agreed that Brian Williams will be a fabulous host for next year’s Matrix Awards. Remember Rosie O’Donnell‘s disastrous expletive-fueled turn at hosting a few years back? We’ll never forget it — and we’ve tried. Besides working on Matrix, Ross helms the not-for-profit group, Love Our Children USA, which works to end abuse and educate families about stopping violence against children. The organization has been going strong for eleven years and Ross, who was an abused child herself, has garnered the support of an impressive roster of celebrities including Bette Midler and Elton John. Both have donated great items for the group’s online auction going on right now at charityfolks.com. (Get your bids in soon, because it ends Friday.) These days, Ross is hard at work on next year’s National Love Our Children Day which is scheduled for April 10. Mark your calendars!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer

2. Nielsen’s Gerry Byrne and Fox5′s Greg Kelly

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and HarperCollins’ publisher Jonathan Burnham. I couldn’t wait to get some dish-y morsel about Sarah Palin‘s new book Going Rogue due November 17. “What was the most surprising thing about working with her?” I asked. Jon deferred with a wry smile saying, “My lips are sealed.” I guess we’re going to have to wait for her appearance on Oprah the day before the book is released for the scoop. Here’s hoping the former governor includes a Wednesday lunch at Michael’s on her itinerary for what’s sure to be a whirlwind media tour.

4. Dan Abrams (in jeans!) and John Josephson

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