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Two Seconds of Deafening Bill Simmons Silence

ShutterstockLarryDavidDumDumberToDuring a recent B.S. Report, Bill Simmons didn’t just curb his enthusiasm for a fellow ESPN-er. He brought that sentiment to a screeching halt.

Or so thinks Colin Cowherd, hilariously, commenting this morning to his viewers and listeners “how jealous” Simmons sounded when guest Larry David revealed that he likes to watch ESPN “studio shows” while working out. When Simmons asked which ones, the funnyman replied: “I love Colin…”

Once David confirmed he was talking about Cowherd, there were two full seconds of stunned silence at the Simmons end. Followed by a puzzled, “Interesting?!”

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The Gillian Anderson Truth is Out There

ShutterstockGillianAndersonTCA2014We know how devoted fans of Gillian Anderson and The X Files are. So if any of you noticed something strange about photos of the actress at last month’s London Evening Standard Theater Awards, where she won Best Actress for her turn as Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, Anderson has the explanation:

“My dress [by British couturier Nicholas Oakwell] was too big and I had to hold it up with my armpits all night. Hence all the pictures of me looking quite grumpy.”

This delightful quote is but one of many to be savored in a write-up by Evening Standard senior feature writer Nick Curtis. Anderson, having sat the night of the awards at a heavyweight table that also featured Benedict Cumberbatch, has since made plans to see The Imitation Game star’s forthcoming Hamlet.

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Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

ShutterstockBeverlyJohnsonLet’s see how Bill Cosby‘s high-priced lawyer Marty Singer tries to shield his client from this one.

The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Lily Tomlin on the 1975 Time Cover That Never Was

ShutterstockLilyTomlin2014Ahead of this Sunday’s Kennedy Center Honors broadcast, Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday has shared a wonderful celebration of 2014 honoree Lily Tomlin‘s many talents.

Tomlin explains to Hornaday that she “remembers life in anecdotes.” And so, there are several memorable ones here about the performer’s early days in New York City, shared in full or in snippets. There is also, at one point, a reminder of what would have been an earth-shaking media moment:

Although Tomlin had been pressured over the years to publicly acknowledge her sexual orientation — in 1975 Time magazine offered her the cover if she’d come out — Tomlin always demurred. “I never did not come out,” she explains now.

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Janice Dickinson Says First Draft of 2002 Autobiography Included Cosby Assault Details

ShutterstockJaniceDickinsonThe latest woman to publicly accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault is the most famous yet.

It started this week with a Vice article by Tracie Egan Morrissey, who excerpted passages about Cosby from former supermodel Janice Dickinson‘s 2002 autobiography No Lifeguard on Duty. It quickly escalated with Dickinson shockingly filling in the blanks in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight co-host Kevin Frazier.

While the additional, shared details were immediately dismissed by Cosby attorney Marty Singer as “a defamatory fabrication,” some earlier legal wrangling with Cosby apparently kept these allegations from surfacing well before 2004 accuser Andrea Constand:

Dickinson says she tried to write about the assault in her 2002 autobiography, but claims that when she submitted a draft with her full story to HarperCollins, Cosby and his lawyers pressured her and the publisher to remove the details.

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The Robert Redford Seal of Approval

ShutterstockRobertRedford2014Ha ha, we can imagine how surreal this must have been.

As the 2015 Sundance Film Festival approaches, there’s a bold graphic design look in the offing from NYC’s Mother Design. Per a recent It’s Nice That blog post, the cross-country collaboration has led to some notable mountain-man moments:

“It’s been funny seeing ‘Robert Redford to sign off’ on our work plans in recent months,” Mark Aver, Mother Design New York design director says, revealing the new identity for the 2015 edition of the Sundance Film Festival…

The designs are based around the idea of the eclipse, echoing the parent brand in the perhaps unavoidable reference to the sun, though the idea of the burning circle device will be exclusively used next year. “The eclipse is built from a sun and moon, which immediately brought the Institute logo into the core of the solution,” Aver explains. “We also liked that the eclipse is a visual metaphor for the convergence of filmmakers and audience that happens at Sundance.”

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Another Week of Jennifer Aniston Lies

ShutterstockJenniferAnistonAugust2014OK! is not just the name of a magazine. In this case, it was also the exclamation we uttered as we moved on from Gossip Cop’s report about the publication’s non-existent current cover story:

According to the cover, Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux were “finally married” in a “secret wedding” at a farm in New York, with Aniston taking Theroux’s last name and declaring it “the best day of my life.”

The actual story inside the magazine’s pages is not surprisingly another bait-and-switch from the tabloid, which claims the two are actually just talking about supposed “Christmas nuptials,” and directly contradicting the cover. OK! claims Aniston and Theroux are planning a “small, exclusive gathering” somewhere in New York, although the outlet later forgets the whole “farm” thing and starts talking about Manhattan venues.

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World Rejoices as Neil Patrick Harris Agrees to Host Oscars

Get ready for a truckload of celebrities-tweeted-this news stories. Because Neil Patrick Harris was just announced as host of next year’s Oscars.

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As The Hollywood Reporter reminds, this man’s golden statuette pedigree is unimpeachable:

He’s hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times, winning four Emmys for his Tony shows.

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Liam Neeson Goes the Extra Mile for NYC Cobbler

ShutterstockLiamNeesonFeb2014Many topics are addressed by Liam Neeson in this wonderful newspaper interview, conducted recently in Hollywood with The Independent‘s Gill Pringle.

There’s the 62-year-old actor’s view of the likely embarrassment our Founding Fathers would feel if they could see how the Second Amendment is being touted today. His fear of heights, recently confronted on a Utah mountainside with the help of one of his two sons. And this fascinating bit of civic-duty confessing from the New York resident, whose latest movie A Walk Among the Tombstones comes out September 19:

The problem, Neeson believes, stems from a generation that prefers to replace older items rather than repair them. “They just don’t fix things any more. It gives me cause for concern.”

“Where I live in New York, any time a bar closes down, suddenly there’s a Revlon make-up shop. There must be about 15 of them along Columbus Avenue. In the middle of it all there’s a little cobbler who operates from a tiny little space and I find myself sometimes breaking shoes in order to just bring them to him; just to keep it alive.”

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Carmelo Anthony Launches Startup Investment Fund

ShutterstockCarmeloAnthonyThe fund is called M7 Tech Partners, a nod to Melo’s number seven New York Knicks jersey, and partners the NBA All-Star with former NBC executive vice president Stuart Goldfarb. From Lora Kolodny‘s Wall Street Journal item:

Along with the announcement about their seed fund formation, M7 Tech Partners revealed that it has made an investment in Hullabalu Inc. The New York startup, founded by Suzanne Xie, creates kids’ story apps for the iPad, according to a press statement.

Other investors in Hullabalu include SV Angel, Gary Vaynerchuk, Gokul Rajaram and Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit.

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