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Posts Tagged ‘Grey’s Anatomy’

A Prescription for Vigorous Debate: Katherine Heigl vs. Duane Reade

ShutterstockKatherineHeiglOver at Yahoo Celebrity, there’s an exclamation point in the headline. On Twitter, folks like Piers Morgan are leading the incredulous charge.

Never mind that most of the coverage seems to not understand that in these sorts of legal matters, the plaintiff starts with a figure that is intentionally outrageous and eventually, usually settles from there. This particular Google News trail stems from Grey’s Anatomy star Katherine Heigl‘s Wednesday NYC court filing against pharmacy chain Duane Reade:

The actress is said to be livid that photographs of her leaving the New York store last month carrying several shopping bags were used by the company, which tweeted the snap along with the caption: ‘Love a quick #DuaneReade run? Even @KatieHeigl can’t resist shopping #NYC’s favorite drugstore.’

The complaint said she was photographed in March near a Duane Reade store in New York while filming a new television series.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Patrick Dempsey Graces Cover of Architectural Digest

Patrick Dempsey, better known to your mom as “McDreamy” from Grey’s Anatomy, is your latest Architectural Digest cover dude.

Dempsey’s Frank Gehry designed home sits on just over three acres of land and was purchased for $7 million in 2009. “We were looking for a little land and space, and a house with some architectural significance,” Dempsey explained to AD. “The exterior’s simplicity appealed to me, and the inside felt very expansive and calming. Everywhere you looked there was something visually pleasing.”

The 48-year-old actor shares his home with his wife, three kids, four donkeys, a turtle, several chickens, a dog and two goats. No word on if the animals snore at night, but we imagine they probably do.

Janice Min Heralds 12.327 Million Monthly Uniques, Eight Promotions and Six New Hires

The memo today from editorial director Janice Min starts with the news that August was The Hollywood Reporter‘s biggest Web traffic month yet. A total of 12.327 million unique visitors came to the site per comScore, putting the publication fourth in its category behind IMDb, EW and TV Guide.

From there, it’s on to the news of THR‘s latest wave of promotions and hires:

Kimberly Nordyke has been promoted to Deputy Editor, THR.com. In her new role beginning today, Kimberly will oversee our news operation in the morning hours, working with our New York and foreign reporters, as well as doing longer-term planning for the site and and the digital rollout of major print projects and packages. Kimberly, who most recently was senior editor, has been with The Hollywood Reporter since 2000. She joined the staff of the magazine as a copy editor before segueing into the position of TV reporter. She writes a mean headline without ever losing her cool, knows the industry inside-out, and I am thrilled she is bringing her 360-degree expertise to daytime.

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Debate Numbers Are In, ‘Must See TV’ Ratings Down

According to Nielsen 57 million people watched the presidential debate on Friday night between Barack Obama and John McCain, meaning about 1/3 of the television sets in major U.S. markets tuned in — also based on our unofficial research (i.e. Twitter) a whole lot of television sets in bars. That is just shy of the number of people who watched the first debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004 and well under the most-watched presidential debate back in 1980 — also known as the pre-HBO, Internet era — between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which drew more than 80 million viewers.

Of course 57 million doesn’t take into account the number of people who were watching the debate via a livestream on the Internet, or the ever-proliferating liveblog, or the jam-packed twitter highway. At some point someone is going to have to figure out how to measure these things and incorporate them — does the fact the Palin-Couric SNL opener vid on NBC.com has already had 1,202,068 view factor into the ratings at all? Here’s what we do know.

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In The Trades: Playas, Games, Stars

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ABC believes in the power of celebrity and cash to do good, having signed Ice Cube for Good in the Hood, a reality pilot, in which a reformed gang member, drug dealer or robber agrees to help someone in similar circumstances (a relative, friend or even a stranger) turn their lives around. Expect some not-quite-reformed folks to slip through casting.

ESPN will broadcast the USA Rock Paper Scissors League championship. Cuz it’s a sport, not a game.

CBS plans a summer of love for children, with Why Listen, an hourlong special in which six well-known entertainers visit disadvantaged children in China, India, Africa and other locales. However, the kids won’t be coming home with any stars. There’s also a 2 hour awareness and funds raiser, the Listen Charity Campaign.

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The success of 300 heartens those who’d make a movie from Who Watches the Watchmen, a 1986 miniseries based on a graphic novel. Zack Snyder has been developing the film, and a test image was snuck into a DVD trailer for 300.

Marti Noxon has been promoted to Executive Producer at Grey’s Anatomy.

ABC is supposed to be thisclose to picking up a new sitcom from Darren Star. Literary Superstar gives us Jenna Elfman as a book publicist who works tirelessly for her authors. Hi-jinks ensue.

Brian Williams Takes Anti-Britney-Anna Stance | Graydon’s Oscar Party | Obama In L.A.

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  • Obama: And moguls in L.A. [Pop Matters]
  • The Power of Anna: Transcends celebrity weeklies’ deadlines. [WWD]
  • Grey’s Anatomy Spin-off: Reportedly in works at ABC. [WSJ via ETP]
  • Libby Trial: Winds down, jury deliberates. [Bloomberg]
  • Condé Nast’s Photo-blographer Schuman: Heir to Bill Cunningham’s throne? [NYO]
  • New York ‘Internet Addict’: Sues over adult chat room firing. [AP]
  • Graydon Carter’s Oscar Party: 800-plus on guest list. [MIN]
  • Brian Williams: Sorry, no Britney, Anna Nicole tonight, kids. [Daily Nightly]