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Sophia Loren Lends New Meaning to EW’s ‘Pop Watch’

EWPopWatchLogoThere will likely not be another item that fits into Entertainment Weekly‘s “PopWatch” tag as snuggly as Joe McGovern‘s recent Q&A via Switzerland with the one and only Sophia Loren.

The article burst to the top of Facebook’s trending topics and it’s easy to see why. In 1957, Loren was famously snapped staring down in horror at the chest of fellow actress Jayne Mansfield, not long after the latter took her seat next to Loren at an industry-sponsored function at Romanoff’s. In 2014, the Italian star insisted to McGovern that her captured stare was all about a personal pop-watch:

“I’m staring at her nipples because I am afraid they are about to come onto my plate. In my face you can see the fear. I’m so frightened that everything in her dress is going to blow—BOOM!—and spill all over the table.”

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AP Adds Another Film Writer

Lindsey BahrStarting next month, New York-based AP film writer Jake Coyle will have a new partner in cinematic crime.

Lindsey Bahr, who will be based in Los Angeles, is coming over to the wire service from Entertainment Weekly. From this morning’s announcement, tipped to ABC News:

Bahr, 30, has reported on all facets of the film business at EW, including the Oscars and other major award shows, film festivals, breaking news, trend stories, talent profiles and box office analysis. She also reviewed movies and contributed to EW‘s video, photo and Sirius XM radio formats.

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Entertainment Weekly Adds Three

Entertainment Weekly has added three staffers. Details are below.

  • Jason Sheeler joins EW as features editor. Sheeler comes to the magazine from Glamour, where he served as a senior editor. Prior to his time at Glamour, he was a contributing writer at Texas Monthly.
  • Stephanie Schomer has been named senior editor. She joins EW from Architectural Digest where she served as staff editor.
  • Molly Simms joins as a staff editor, music. She comes to the glossy from Bust, where she was a senior editor.

EW Editor Matt Bean Previews the ‘Fall TV Preview’ Issue

Chelsea Handler has not done many print interviews since ending her E! show. But one of them can be found in the “Streaming” section of Entertainment Weekly‘s 2014 “Fall TV Preview” double issue, on newsstands today.

Handler shares at least one scoop about her upcoming 2016 Netflix talk show as she answers “Five Questions” about her October 10 one-hour stand-up special for the website, Uganda Be Kidding Me. The “Streaming” section also highlights Jeffrey Tambor‘s Amazon show Transparent, Season Two of Amazon’s political drama Alpha House and the AOL series Making a Scene with James Franco.

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“Streaming is more important than it’s ever been,” EW editor Matt Bean tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “The quality and caliber of the programs on streaming outlets cannot be not ignored. Our readers, even more so than with TV, need a guide to that kind of content because it comes at you so quickly. And in many cases, at such a phenomenal volume.”

“I think James Franco is one of the most fascinating actors in the business right now,” he continues. “He just tries things. We’ll have to see how he does with this [AOL] project, but it’s certainly like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Entertainment Weekly taking on The New York Times Magazine.

The above is one of four EW covers honoring AMC’s The Walking Dead. We chose this one because it reminded us of how Glenn used to be tough, and now he’s just sad all the time. Perhaps having zombies constantly trying to eat you does that to a person, but still. We miss the old Glenn.

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Anna Paquin Gets Naked for Entertainment Weekly Cover

True Blood stars Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin grace the cover of the latest Entertainment Weekly, and only one of them is naked. Of course it’s Paquin, because men rule the universe. Kidding!

Moyer and Paquin, who met on the show, have been married since 2010. “Because it has lasted ­seven years and because of the relationships, not just between us but the way they all evolved as a family, it’s been extraordinary to have that experience that is completely life-changing in all of the best possible ways — and with the person you want to spend the rest of your life with,” Paquin told EW.

The final season of True Blood begins this Sunday on HBO. It will likely feature more naked Paquin.

EW’s Josh Rottenberg Joins the LA Times

As of today, LA Times film editor Rich Nordwind has a talented new charge: Josh Rottenberg. The former EW staffer started today as senior film reporter, presumably to fill the void left by the departure of John Horn for KPCC.

LATimes-LogoRottenberg had been with EW for a long time before being let go this spring. From today’s LAT memo:

Josh also contributed frequently to EW.com. When big news broke and deadlines were short, Josh was someone to whom editors turned to deliver spot-on copy, including the cover story on Heath Ledger’s death, which was assigned to Josh just a few hours before the magazine was put to bed.

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Former EW Employees Point to Three Cover Stories

JewelEWCoverStory1999Great #longread over at The Awl by Anne Helene Petersen. In retracing the rise and semi-fall of Entertainment Weekly, she discovered that three cover stories stood out in the minds of former employees as notable examples of victories from the battleground of editorial integrity.

The first of these, they say, was a 1999 Jewel profile:

The story significantly compromised Jewel’s image, and when Howard Stern read extensive sections of the profile aloud on the air, it only amplified the problem. Atlantic [Records] was so furious that it refused to provide advance product or answer fact-checking queries for reviews in the magazine. Forget synergy: the two realms of the Time Warner universe weren’t even speaking.

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Entertainment Weekly taking on New York. EW went with a cover featuring select members of Orange is The New Black’s cast. We chose this cover because OINTB is a fantastic show; much better than House of Cards. Sorry everyone who disagrees! Maybe you’ll be right about something else one day.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Netflix to Up Prices | NBC Evaluates Gregory | Slate Plus Launches

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Netflix Plans Price Raise as Streaming Subscribers Grow (Reuters)
Video streaming service Netflix Inc. said it intends to raise its subscription price for new customers by $1 or $2 a month to help the company buy more movies and TV shows and improve service for its 48 million global subscribers. WSJ Netflix said the price increase for the $7.99 a month service, the first since 2011, would help pay for its continued investment in original programs, including series such as House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black. Netflix has committed to spend billions of dollars in programming in the past few years as it has grown to become the biggest stand-alone subscription programming service in the U.S., passing some long-standing traditional TV outlets like HBO in terms of subscribers. Mashable Current subscribers would stay at the $7.99 price for a “generous time period,” the company wrote in a statement to investors. “Our current view is to do a one or two dollar increase, depending on the country, later this quarter for new members only,” the company wrote. The news came as Netflix announced that it added 4 million new members in the first quarter of 2014, as the company beat revenue and profit expectations. Variety In after-hours trading Monday, Netflix’s stock climbed as much as 7 percent to $372.05 per share, after closing up 0.8 percent for the day at $348.49. Netflix also said that in the second quarter of 2014, it will launch the first pay-TV integration of its service in the U.S. That’s after lining up deals with European providers including the U.K.’s Virgin Media to provide access to the unlimited streaming-video service through operator-supplied boxes. Deadline New York The company generated $53.1 million in net income in the first quarter of 2014, up from $2.7 million in the same period in 2013, on revenues of $1.27 billion, up 24 percent.

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