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Et Tu, Journalists Who Wrote That Bogus George Clooney Item?

As we reported Wednesday, George Clooney rarely calls out the media. But when he does, be it over a 2013 item about the delayed release of Monuments Men or a 2014 item about his future wife, it’s duly noted.

With criticism of the Daily Mail continuing for a piece that has since been deleted (a Slate op-ed by Will Oremus for example is headlined “George Clooney is Right About the Daily Mail“), we wondered about the reporters caught in the middle.

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The main source for the article is a “Lebanese friend of the [Alamuddin] family in London.” The byline lists as authors Hannah Roberts, a freelance journalist in Rome, and Sara Nathan, New York-geo-tagged showbiz editor-at-large for MailOnline US. Although there is no sign of an apology on either writer’s Twitter feed, Roberts has been silent there since this Clooney business broke. Nathan, at her end, has moved on to other topics like the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards nominations.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Plans Survival | Dish Makes Anti-Merger Case to FCC

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Aereo Signals Path to Survival if Classified as Cable System (WSJ)
Aereo Inc., the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing a high-stakes Supreme Court case in June, signaled Wednesday that it sees a path to survival if it is classified in legal terms as a cable system. Mashable Aereo lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court because a majority of the justices said its resemblance to a cable company meant it had violated copyright laws. Re/code The video streaming company told a U.S. district court in New York Wednesday it now thinks it’s entitled to be licensed as a cable system because of the Supreme Court’s decision. That would allow the company to stay alive although it would have to pay licensing fees in addition to costs to restart its stalled business. Aereo allowed consumers to watch local TV channels over the Internet for a monthly fee of up to $12 until shutting down its service a few weeks ago after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters. Capital New York The broadcasters responded with their own argument, calling Aereo’s decision “astonishing.” “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court,” lawyers for the broadcasters wrote. Deadline Hollywood At issue is whether the District Court will lift a stay that allowed Aereo to remain in business while the case made its way to the Supreme Court. Broadcasters want it lifted so they can collect damages from Aereo’s infringement of their copyrights — a two-year period during which they say they “suffered irreparable harm.” Aereo faces additional hurdles even if the District Court agrees with its view. The FCC also might have to agree to define Aereo as a cable operator for it to qualify for the compulsory license — and it would have to be granted by the U.S. Copyright Office.

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George Clooney Blasts Daily Mail

George Clooney has had it with The Daily Mail. In a letter posted by USA Today, the actor blasted the Daily Mail for publishing a story (which originally appear on its site) about him, his fiancee Amal Alamuddin, and her mother. The Daily Mail article said that Alamuddin’s mother was against the two getting married based on religious beliefs.

Clooney explained that the article was completely false, and called out the Daily Mail for being reckless. ”The irresponsibility, in this day and age, to exploit religious differences where none exist, is at the very least negligent and more appropriately dangerous,” wrote Clooney. “We have family members all over the world, and the idea that someone would inflame any part of that world for the sole reason of selling papers should be criminal.”

When the Great Clooney speaks, the world listens. Or at least, a paper that published an erroneous article listens. Not long after Clooney’s article was published, the Daily Mail issued a statement apologizing for the incident:

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Dear Media: Please Stop Calling Vitalii Sediuk a ‘Prankster’

As George Clooney, the very good friend of this bozo’s latest target, would be the first to remind: pranks require both cleverness and a certain, gentle charm.

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What Vitalii Sediuk tried to pull off at Wednesday’s Hollywood premiere of Maleficent had none of these qualities. Rather, it was a desperate bid for attention by a man toting a first name with two “i’s” and forever since, it seems, a desperate need to make it all about him.

Also, as was the case with Sediuk’s America Ferrara Cannes red carpet intrusion, the Brad Pitt offensive took place within the confines of a large, publicly attended street event. As such, it no doubt felt more dangerous and threatening to those in the middle of it.

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Bill Murray Tells Charlie Rose About the Oscar Speech He Would Have Given

BillMurrayCharlieRoseLast night’s full-hour conversation on Charlie Rose was as entertaining and memorable as we expected.

The first classic moment occurred about ten minutes in, when Rose observed that his guest’s trajectory seemed to have been “not a carefully thought out, well-planned life.” Murray was genuinely gassed by the observation, laughing heartily and deadpanning that no one has ever been quite this compassionate towards him.

A little later, the actor explained that because of his sons’ lives, he currently makes his home in South Carolina. Though he didn’t choose to relocate there, the actor explained, he now loves it. “The people are kind, the place is beautiful. It’s easier than being a parent in New York; being a parent there was quite a bit harder.”

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Kimmel, Damon Log Another Tense Late Night Chapter

As one early YouTube commenter so rightly notes, “OMG, this does not get old!” It also risks upstaging, not by accident, Jay Leno‘s NBC Tonight Show farewell with Billy Crystal and Garth Brooks. Kimmel, called out by Leno in several recent interviews, has not just Matt Damon tonight but also George Clooney, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, John Goodman and Bob Balaban!

Per the teaser clip above, Kimmel relegates his least favorite The Monuments Men star to a stage-left improvised seating arrangement. One that is brought out after the exasperated host tells Guillermo, “Will you get this baby his chair?”

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Cover Battle: W or Town & Country

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly cover battle. Today we have W versus Town & Country. For its art issue, W went with non-artist George Clooney. However, according to seven year old girls across the nation, polka dots are artsy, so we’re fine with it.

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What Will Ted Have to Say at the Oscars About Argo?

Given Argo‘s big weekend wins at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild celebrations, the lack of a Best Director Oscar nomination for Ben Affleck looms even larger.

Still, it could be tricky for show host Seth MacFarlane to slam the director’s branch of the Academy. Those voters will be scattered throughout the Dolby Theatre audience and it would also be unfair to have a camera trained on Affleck and-or Argo producer George Clooney as MacFarlane ridicules their peers for picking a German and a New Orleans indie filmmaker instead. But the foul-mouthed teddy bear also voiced by MacFarlane? That’s a different story.

As recently tipped on an episode of Anderson, Mark Wahlberg and his fellow (furry) king of the R-rated domestic comedy box office rolls will be making an appearance on the telecast. Under that guise, MacFarlane can and probably will let loose on the business of the Best Director category snubs and more.

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For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

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Kirk Douglas Pens Spartacus E-book

New York publishing firm Open Road Integrated Media is calling it Kirk Douglas’ “first E-riginal.” Even though the 242-page work will also be available in paperback.

At age 95, the three-time Oscar nominee and prolific author has conquered just about every other media realm. Come June, with forward help from George Clooney, he will have added material written primarily for the Kindle, Nook and so on, under the title I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist. From today’s announcement:

Open Road co-founder and CEO Jane Friedman says, “I have admired Kirk Douglas as an author ever since the publication of his first bestselling book, The Ragman’s Son, in which he touched on the complicated and career-threatening decisions he took in producing Spartacus, which resulted in the breaking of the decade-long Hollywood blacklist. I am thrilled that he finally decided— with the wisdom and clarity of his 95 years—to tell the definitive story of the making of this iconic film amid the shameful political climate of the time.”

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