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Photographer Recalls Pair of Very Different Ariel Sharon Shoots

NYTMagazineArielSharonCoverIn many cases, memories of a suddenly departed towering political figure are the most arresting when presented unconventionally, or at least in a format far removed from the straight obit. Such is the case with Henry Kissinger‘s WaPo tribute and photographer Gillian Laub‘s wonderful piece in Tablet magazine about her experiences with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Laub was given zero advance notice by the New York Times Magazine in 2004. Although the reporter, James Bennet, had been working on the piece for a year, permission to photograph the PM had come suddenly. Within hours of getting the call, Laub was on an overnight flight to the faraway destination, where things quickly ran afoul:

After blowing way too many fuses, I never like to be dependent on anybody’s electricity, so I only use portable lights, and each battery weighs about ten pounds and looks like a lead brick. When [security at Sharon's Jerusalem office] ran a background check on me, they saw I’d been in Ramallah and Nablus two months before. I was interrogated for an hour.

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Iranian American Artist Revisits Hedonistic D.C. HQ

Shuttered since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, this U.S. embassy sits vacant in Washington D.C. at 3005 Massachusetts Ave NW. But thanks to a new exhibit of photographs taken by New York-based Iranian American artist Eric Parnes, the building’s raucous, anything-goes heyday is being remembered.

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Parnes’ collection of photographs, shot during a rare, recent visit to the vacant embassy building, are being exhibited at the Ayyam Gallery in Dubai through January 14. The opening night party for the show was last night.

From 1959 to 1961 and again from 1973 through 1979, the man at the center of the embassy’s swirling social activities was Ardeshir Zahedi, now 85 and living in Montreux, Swtizerland. At one point, he dated WaPo columnist Sally Quinn. From a recent Washington Post article by Tahrah Bahrampour:

According to a biography of Elizabeth Taylor, one of many women linked romantically with Zahedi in the 1970s, embassy guests “were afforded their every desire, from champagne and caviar to sexual favors and recreational drugs.”

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The Young Turks Hit Indiegogo Home Stretch

Last week, just ahead of Thanksgiving, The Young Turks majestically hit their Indiegogo goal of $250,000. Helping greatly in that regard were Sean Mackinlay (Canada), Brian Weissman (Seattle) and Diana Francisco (Agoura Hills, CA), who each ponied up $5,000 to have a camera named after them; and New Jersey resident Stephen Perillo, who purchased $15,000 conference-room naming rights.

With the TYT gang, we knew there would be fireworks at the end of the crowd-funding run. Sure enough, Cenk Uygur and co. are planning to wrap up the campaign with a 26-hour continuous YouTube stream. The online broadcast will begin at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT Thursday, at the tail end of their regular daily show, and run through 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT Friday.

“We will be attempting to raise an additional $100,000 for a much demanded and much needed main show stage,” a TYT rep tells FishbowlNY. (At press time, the Indiegogo campaign is at $281,582.) “Ideally, the new facility will have two stages running simultaneously and allow other TYT Network programs to make use of the second stage.”

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Newsweek Celebrates The Year With Interview Issue

091219_COVER-thumb6.jpgThe last big story to come out of Newsweek was the Sarah Palin cover controversy, with a cover image that had been previously featured on an issue of Runner’s World. Not the most glorious way to end out the year.

So The Washington Post Co.-owned magazine decided to end December on a high note, combining its interviews with some of the world’s biggest names into several different segments. There’s Newsweek editor Jon Meacham talking to both Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger about the role of Secretary of State (or “Hey, we’re relevant too!”), Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough thinking they are witty while discussing what it is that makes someone a pompous pundit good talk show host (was Dennis Miller not available?), and director Peter Jackson talking with James Cameron about how to make billions of dollars without ever technically selling out.

It’s an interesting tactic to pit one interviewee off another, and one that’s certain to sell copies, even without all the other interviews in the issue, like Bill Clinton, Timothy Geithner and Gen. David Petraeus.

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Ron Silver, Dead at 62

16silver_190.jpgWe think it both fitting and tragic that both the NYTimes and LATimes used a picture of Ron Silver from the 2004 RNC. Sure, he did some stuff in his life, movies blah blah, theater blah blah – but he endorsed George W. Bush. We didn’t know Silver personally, but we think he’d be cool with that.

Bruce Weber at the NYT writes:

Ron Silver, a versatile actor and independent-minded political activist who played Henry Kissinger, Alan Dershowitz and Angelo Dundee on the screen and supported Bill Clinton, Rudolph W. Giuliani and George W. Bush on the stump, died at home in Manhattan on Sunday. He was 62.

Dennis McClellan at LAT writes:

As for those who mock celebrity participation in politics, Silver told the New York Times in 1993: “What do you want us to do? Have affairs? Become drug addicts? We have a certain visibility and power in the society. We’re a celebrity-driven society. Why not use that to try to do a little good?”

Photo by Brigitte Lacombe.

Better Late Than Never: Scenes From the RNC’s Google/VF Party

100_3228.jpgAlready the conventions are speeding away into the past as we hurtle toward this election and learn to speak Palin (we’re still trying to sort out how objective media translates into deferential).

However! The RNC only happens every four years (it’s going to take us at least that long to recover from last Wednesday night’s speech), and how often does one get to attend a party with Henry Kissinger, Charlie Rose, Meghan McCain, and Fred Thompson?

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Lunch: Politics As Usual

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Timing is everything. Just ask Hillary Clinton. If we’d come a day earlier we would have dined with Karl Rove. (Well, okay, we’d have been in the same room.) Our spy says the sight of ‘Bush’s brain’-turned-Fox commentator at table five had the joint buzzing (or was it hissing?). In any event, politics were still very much front and center today. My pal producer Beverly Camhe introduced me to Patricia Duff who had just yesterday hosted a lunch at the Friar’s Club with Paul Begala for her political think tank, The Common Good. According to Beverly, who says joining Patricia’s group has been “life-changing,” Paul told the crowd that he’s all but certain Barack Obama will win the Democratic nomination. Since Paul is a Hillary supporter his prediction carries some heft. Patricia, who has also hosted Henry Kissinger and economic advisor Robert Hormats, is sure to have more heavy hitters hold forth on all things presidential in the coming months. Check it out yourself. After all, you can’t spend all your free time watching Gossip Girl no matter what New York says

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Eduardo Verastegui, Sean Wolfington and his lovely wife Ana, Kathie Lee’s right-hand gal Christine Gardiner and my new pal Today show producer Brian Balthazar. Seems those new BFFs Kathie Lee and Hoda have a regular Wednesday date to take in a matinee and then talk about it on Today the next morning. Today the girls were off to see Crybaby. Tune in tomorrow to catch their review.

2. Nick Simunek

3. Ron Delsener and John Eastman

4. Stan Shuman with a fellow we didn’t recognize …

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LAT in 90 Seconds

hkoped.jpgHenry Kissinger: Says a unilateral withdrawal from Iraq wouldn’t work. And as proof, he summarizes his view of the entire Vietnam War.

notned.jpgHyper-active Hyperlinks: Newspapers are getting (slowly) more adept at embedding hyperlinks into online stories — but we can’t remember the last time we saw an LAT writer link to a story he wrote for another publication, as Michael McGough does today. Let’s just hope Ned Parker doesn’t follow this trend. His pieces for Narrative Magazine.com were long

caspil.jpgFox Goes Further Down the Rabbit Hole: Apparently unsated by its purchase of MySpace, News Corp. bought two young amateur video companies for a combined $270 million. Yep. Two hundred seventy million dollars so that Fox could own your home movies.

The Meteoric Rise Of Julia Allison Continues

Allison and this editor at Soho House last year

From mediabistro.com “learntern” to amNewYork dating columnist to media party crasher to professional media party crasher to Gawker pin-up and video vixen to ETP blogger to White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner reporter to photo ops with Henry Kissinger to … Time Out New York dating columnist, one who commands press releases before the magazine has even named the column. And one who commands press releases littered with stuff like this:

  • “firebrand relationship expert”
  • “a notorious figure with a notorious figure”
  • “dating doyenne to seduce TONY readers”
  • “edge and enthusiasm”
  • “renowned in her field”
  • The full release:

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    Inside The Time 100 Party

    America Ferrera and John Mayer

    It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)

    Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.

    But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.

    But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.

    Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.

    FishbowlNY’s Coverage Of Last Year’s Time 100:

  • Inside the Time 100 Party
  • Diddy’s Time 100 Posse Bigger Than Most Posses
  • Time 100: The Most Influential People in the Room

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