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The Story Behind Celebuzz’s Great Brad Pitt-Jason Priestley Photo

Yesterday, celebuzz.com editor-in-chief Dylan Howard posted a fantastically fun picture of Brad Pitt and Jason Priestley. It was taken in January 1991, during a small apartment gathering for the Bills-Giants Super Bowl XXV. The photo captures both actors at their pre-superstardom, innocent best.

It’s incredibly refreshing in today’s day and age of celebrity journalism to come across a photo scoop that is neither salacious nor sensational. FishbowlLA liked the picture so much, we asked Howard to tell us more.

“Who even knew Pitt and Priestley were pals? Not me, at least,” he says. “The irony here is that they would go on to become two of the biggest stars of their generation, within just months of this photo being snapped. Priestley with Beverly Hills 90210, which first started rating in the summer of that year and Pitt in Thelma and Louise.”

Howard says he has known the provider of the photo personally for a long time. By sheer coincidence, the day before on Celebuzz, there were some early 1980s photos of Jennifer Aniston. All that was missing this week was a close-up of baby Angelina.

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EXCLUSIVE: Jess Cagle on the Launch of ‘The EW Interview’

It was somewhat unfortunate that all those media misinterpretations of comments made by Brad Pitt to Parade magazine about Jennifer Aniston hit the wire just a day before a September 16 announcement that the actor was the inaugural cover-story beneficiary of a new Entertainment Weekly feature called “The EW Interview.” However, FishbowlLA is pretty sure that in the long run, it is the latter conversation that will stand the test of time.

We got in touch with EW managing editor Jess Cagle via email to find out more about this intriguing new series. Although no one is yet set for a second installment, he says he hopes to share another before the year is out.

“A lot of celebrity profiles focus on a current project with a few personal details wedged in,” Cagle explains. “The EW Interview is really an in-depth discussion with a respected entertainer about his or her work–by a reporter who really knows their stuff. Along the way you get tremendous insight into the subject’s personality and life.”

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Dog Blogger Picks Up After Google Analytics

John Woestendiek writes today at Ohmidog.com that he was particularly proud of his three contributions to the site on Monday, which included a follow-up about a formerly homeless Los Angeles man and his three-legged pit bull Topaz. That is until he checked his website’s Google Analytics report for August 15.

Turns out the bulk of traffic to his site came via a celebrity keyword search that had nothing to do with any of his Monday items. And Woestendiek is none too thrilled about it all:

What drew most readers to Ohmidog! yesterday–676 of them–was a post, nearly 50 days old, about Jennifer Aniston getting her dog Norman’s name tatooed on her foot…

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Jon Peters Sexual Harassment Testimony Gets Scant Local Media Attention

It may just be the fact that this litigation is being argued in the heat of August, a notoriously vacation-happy media month. Still, it seems rather strange that at press time, only the Daily Breeze saw fit to summarize for SoCal readers the LA Superior Court testimony of a former personal assistant suing mega-producer Jon Peters for sexual harassment.

The August 12 allegations are a bigger deal beyond U.S. borders. Reuters Canada reported the story on Friday and today, the UK media is set to propagate the details thanks to a pick-up by the Daily Express and ContactMusic.com.

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How’s That Whole ‘Being Nice’ Thing Working Out, Perez?

As you may have heard, spurred on by “Savage Love” columnist Dan Savage‘s “It Gets Better” campaign–an effort to stem the tide of bullying against gay teens–gossip blogger Perez Hilton has made a very public vow to be nicer. Yes, this the same Perez Hilton who makes a living by calling celebrities bitchy names like “Maniston” (Jennifer Aniston) and posting pictures of celebs he doesn’t like with semen photoshopped on their chin.

So…how’s that whole nice working out?

So far the results seem mixed. The site’s been pretty bland today. But Hilton just couldn’t resist taking a dig at one of his favorite targets: Miley Cyrus.

The headline above is in reference to a video Hilton posted of the singer Ke$ha, entitled “Ke$ha getting served a buffet of dicks,” which shows the starlet drunk and asking a bunch of cameramen to whip out their respective junk for her inspection. Hmmm, comparing 17-year-old Cyrus with a drunk 23-year-old adult trying to get a peak at some wiener…

Just a hint Perez. If you’re really looking to become less of a bully, 17-year-old girls are probably the ones you should lay off of first.

T Magazine Flubs Golden Globe Coverage

t-logo-190.gifFar be it for us to take anyone to task for mistakes in their copy — especially on a micro-blogging system like Twitter where timeliness is almost more important than content — but when you write sloppily under a corporate account you run the risk of alienating not only your readers, but your employer as well.

Take this weekend’s Golden Globe coverage at T: The New York Times Style Magazine: an egregious error in the publication’s Twitter account for The Moment blog and a snarky opening remark to the wrap-up coverage was all it took for blogs to descend on T and tear it to shreds.

Horacio Silva is guilty only of not doing a preliminary Google search before Tweeting, “Is Michael C. Hall playing Bob Marley in an upcoming movie? Don’t get the hat or what he is hiding under it.” It was revealed last week that Hall was battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and ostensibly the hat was to cover his lack of hair from chemotherapy.

Silva apologized on Twitter, and released a statement on Tuesday to Women’s Wear Daily, saying:

“It was a question I posed entirely without malice…I know from the effect it had on my family, how devastating cancer can be and it’s not something that I take lightly. I apologize for any hurt that I may have caused.”

Criticism has also been pointed towards executive editor Andy Port for her comments about female celebrities’ bodies in an after-show wrap-up. Below pictures of Courtney Cox, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson, Port wrote, “Maybe it’s just me, but I could have sworn that some of the ladies who showed up at the Golden Globes on Sunday had put on a little weight.”

If this comment had come from a male columnist, it would have undoubtedly been called sexist, though considering Port’s ambiguous name (another issue we totally relate to!), we wonder how many T readers wrote in complaining anyway?

Read More: Memo Pad: Online Under FireWWD

Now Scrutinizing | A Rounder Golden Globes — T Magazine, All the Actresses at the Golden Globes Were So Fat, Weren’t They? –Gawker

Harper’s Brown Loves Making “A Fantastical Idea A Reality”

brown.png Harper’s Bazaar features and special projects director Laura Brown spoke with FishbowlNY contributor Diane Clehane for a “What Do You Do?” article on Mediabistro.com earlier this week.

The Australian editor and special judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway” spin-off “The Fashion Show” spoke about the challenges of her unique job including celebrity wrangling and conceptualizing the special features that get the magazine noticed, like last year’s photo feature with Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama.

Have favorite part of the job? “It’s basically being able to make what is seemingly an untenable idea or a fantastical idea a reality — to have a light bulb go on over your head like, ‘How about Tyra [Banks] as Michelle Obama?’ and then having that happen,” she said. “I feel like a little girl from Sydney when I do those things like, ‘Wow, look at that!’”

Getting into the details of how the Tyra/Michelle piece came about, Brown said:

“Obviously, the election was on everyone’s mind. I just said to [Tyra], ‘Why don’t we do this?’ We have one pop cultural icon who is paying homage to a woman who is about to become first lady and is clearly an icon herself.’ She got it straight away. She had no hesitation whatsoever. We shot this months before the election, and we imagined the White House with the family. If we get one point for prescience, we’ll take it…She was great. We got so much press. There were people who loved it — and then there were some people from Harvard who couldn’t believe we put a Harvard sweatshirt on Tyra and thought it was outrageous. I love doing that kind of stuff when you get a reaction from people. That’s the point — you don’t shoot stories to have them die.”

Read on for Brown’s take on which celebrities sell best today and some inspiring advice for magazine writers.

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People in the Tank for ‘Scary Smart’ Brangelina?

angegglina_jolie3.jpgAccording to the New York Times People — one of the few magazines still doing well in this economy, by the way — agreed to give Angelina Jolie and family positive coverage (no using the term Brangelina!) as part of a package deal that included photos of her newborn twins and an interview.

The stars were seeking more than the estimated $14 million they received from the deal. They also wanted a hefty slice of journalistic input — a promise that the winning magazine’s coverage would be positive, not merely in that instance but into the future.

People is categorically denying the charge, even though the Times say they have talked to “two people with knowledge of the bidding.” In the same article Bonnie Fuller says that Jolie, who does not employ a publicist or an agent, is “scary smart” about manipulating the media. The article goes on to disclose that Jolie herself has set up some paparazzi shots as a way to control her image and elicit sympathy in the aftermath of Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston‘s divorce. Color us shocked! Shocked!

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HuffPo: Stars Align for Democratic Candidates

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In case you’re a Philly transplant with a mail-in ballot and only three working brain cells, HuffPo helps you decide whom to vote for with this handy-dandy guide to which stars are endorsing which candidates.

Obama is supported by Jennifer Aniston, Sam Jackson and Chris Rock.

Clinton has Natalie Portman. And a lot of old people.

Correction: W Magazine Not Promoting A Cat Fight

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Our friends at Haute and Bothered alerted us to a little error in one of our earlier posts. Seems W Magazine’s November issue features nine covers, allowing readers to choose from Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan.

Our bad.

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