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Ryan O’Neal Makes Wild Accusation on Piers Morgan Tonight

Is this the mother of all reality TV show PR stunts?

Tonight, a day after Ryan & Tatum: The O’Neals debuted on OWN, actor Ryan O’Neal will share on Piers Morgan Tonight one of the most callous bits of conjecture ever uttered by a celebrity. He thinks it’s “highly possible” that the turmoil between he and his daughter led to the cancer that claimed Farrah Fawcett:

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Oprah Scoops Hollywood – Again

Later today, Atlanta-based mogul Tyler Perry will share what he describes as the most “in-depth and revelatory interview” he has ever done, providing details of early childhood sexual abuse at the hands of several men and one woman. But the setting for this tearful conversation is not the pages of Vanity Fair, the light bulb map backdrop of Larry King Live or the punchy paragraph scroll of TMZ.com.

Rather, it is today’s episode of Oprah, where host Oprah Winfrey, in her 25th and final season, continues to lead the way with substantive film and TV industry related coverage. Even a recent episode with Love Story co-stars Ali McGraw and Ryan O’Neal, their first on-camera reunion in 20 years, was more revelatory and satisfying than most of what passes for west coast breaking entertainment news. Especially intriguing were repeat examinations by the pair of the seminal 1970 movie’s signature line, ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry.’ O’Neal, a regular target of the tabloids, also spoke movingly about his relationship with the late Farrah Fawcett.

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: In Memoriam

cronkite.jpgOur favorite part of any award show is the memorial montage commemorating the lives of all those who passed away in the past year. While this year’s headlines were populated by the tragic deaths of celebrities and other bold-faced names — from Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett to Patrick Swayze and Senator Ted Kennedy — our industry lost quite a few of its prominent members in 2009 as well. Here, a look back at some of the media’s brightest stars we said goodbye to this year:

Former anchorman Walter Cronkite was perhaps the biggest name in the media world to pass away in 2009, and he was honored by a star-studded memorial in September.

A number of famous columnists also left us without their prolific narratives about politics, celebrities and the English language in 2009. Conservative columnist Robert Novak died in August from a brain tumor, Vanity Fair‘s Dominick Dunne passed away later that month after a battle with bladder cancer. The New York Times‘ “On Language” columnist, William Safire, died in September from pancreatic cancer. Another columnist who we had the pleasure of working with last year, men’s wear expert Stan Gellers, died suddenly last winter, just a few months after the publication he had contributed to for more than 50 years, DNR, folded.

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Vanity Fair Columnist, Prolific Author Dominick Dunne Dies

dunne.jpgSadly, news that journalist and author Dominick Dunne had died last night has been eclipsed by the story of Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s passing.

However, having just learned of Dunne’s death, we thought it only right to pay tribute to him here. Dunne’s Vanity Fair column, which focused on the glamorous and seedy parts of celebrity, including the high profile trials of OJ Simpson, the Menendez brothers and Phil Spector, was always our favorite thing to read in the glossy society mag.

According to the Associated Press, Dunne, who was 83, had battled bladder cancer for some time. He had traveled to places like Germany, the Dominican Republic and Bavaria for different cancer treatments — even claiming that he was at the same clinic as Farrah Fawcett in Bavaria, although they did not cross paths.

Update: Mediabistro.com broke news of Dunne’s cancer in March 2008. “I’m undergoing treatments now,” Dunne said at the time. “I’ve got cancer of the bladder — urinary tract — not very attractive…I just knew there was something wrong. I came back and they found this. I’ve taken the first of six treatments and then I go in the hospital and they go in and see how much they got.”

Dunne started his career in television and film, and only started writing at age 50 after being run out of Hollywood. He started by writing novels, including “The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.” He started to write for Vanity Fair in the 1980′s after meeting Tina Brown at a dinner party. He started his gig by covering the trial of the former boyfriend accused of killing his daughter Dominique, John Sweeney.

His work for Vanity Fair and his many books are his legacy. He will be missed.

Related: So What Do You Do, Dominick Dunne, Author, Vanity Fair Special Correspondent?

via the AP

Vanity Fair’s Two September Covers

vf.pngTo commemorate the passing of two American icons on the same day last month, Vanity Fair is producing two covers for its September issue.

The Michael Jackson cover, with the title “Fallen King,” features a 1989 Annie Leibowitz photo, while Farrah Fawcett‘s “Fallen Angel” cover shows the model and actress in her prime — in a 1976 photo by Bruce McBroom.

The related tribute articles were written by Lisa Robinson, who interviewed Jackson many times throughout his life, while Leslie Bennetts writes about Fawcett — a story she was working on long before the star’s death, WWD reports.

AMC show “Mad Men” was originally scheduled to be on the September cover, but they are now relegated to a story inside with a photo spread by Leibowitz, WWD said.

via Memopad

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NYPost.com Editor Calls Shenanigans On Daily News’ Timestamping

DN.jpgThis afternoon, we got an email from NYPost.com News Editor Cassie Carothers pointing us to an alleged case of back timestamping by their rival NYDailyNews.com.

“Today at 1:15 p.m., our reporter was told by Sen. Pedro Espada — exclusively — that he was flipping back to the Dems, and he would be telling them at a 2 p.m. session,” Carothers told us. “We posted our story at 1:39 p.m. — about 20 minutes before the Daily News. Yet, their blog item, which actually went up at 2 p.m., is timestamped 1:21 p.m., and their story, which went up about 30 minutes after the blog, is timestamped 1:07 p.m.!” (The story now is timestamped with 3 p.m. but Carothers helpfully sent a screenshot with the 1:07 timestamp.)

We don’t know exactly when these stories were posted, but we put in a call to the Daily News seeking comment, and our call has not been returned yet.

Of course, this alleged mis-stamping follows not long after Gawker called out NYDailyNews.com last month for claiming that it had published its story about Farrah Fawcett‘s death before she actually died. In that case, the evidence makes it easy to point to mis-stamping, but how many other times has this kind of thing happened?

As Carothers said: “The Post is officially calling shenanigans!”

Magazines Remembering Michael Hit Newsstands

time.pngForget Jon & Kate, Michael Jackson‘s death may be the latest event to help resuscitate the faltering magazine industry. After news of his death broke on Thursday afternoon, magazines rushed to honor the pop star.

Today, Time magazine has a commemorative issue hitting newsstands. The issue features memories of Michael from a laundry list of his famous friends and admirers, including Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Nancy Reagan.

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Comic Captures Tragedy Plus Timing

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Comic Artist John Campbell gave us this one. Nice work. Especially on the day where two icons (Micheal Jackson and Farrah Fawcett) died within hours of each other.

The image in full is here.

Mourning The Loss Of An Icon

newsday6261.jpgThis morning, not surprisingly, the news is flooded with coverage of Michael Jackson‘s death yesterday. But there is also news about how the media has covered the King of Pop’s death, and life.

The Los Angeles Times has a report this morning on gossip outlet TMZ, which got the scoop about Jackson’s death less than half an hour after it occurred.

Across the Internet, Web sites crashed as fans around the world scrambled to find information about MJ. Even Google wasn’t immune from the flood of information-hungry mourners: the search site temporarily blocked users from searching for “Michael Jackson” after it’s computers misinterpreted the influx of searches as an attempt to crash the site.

And New York media outlets are doing some unique things with their coverage. For example, the New York Post has a retrospective of past covers featuring the pop star and Long Island newspaper Newsday has two special edition covers today, one celebrating Jackson (above) and the other a tribute to Farrah Fawcett, whose death yesterday from cancer has been overshadowed by the international superstar’s untimely passing.

The FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning Glance

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