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Cosmopolitan EIC: We ‘Cannot Win’ the Photoshop Game

Adweek has posted video from its recent event “A Candid Conversation With Five Women Leaders of Advertising and Media.” Among the clips is this fascinating snippet from Cosmopolitan EIC Joanna Coles.

Coles recalls that when she was at Marie Claire, no one believed her when the magazine ran a cover and photo spread of Jessica Simpson with no make-up or retouching. “They accused us of lying,” she said. “The one time we did it [no retouching], no one believed us.”

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Paparazzo Gets Into Presidential Trouble in Hawaii

Camped out December 21 on Kailua Beach in Hawaii in hopes of catching a glimpse of a pregnant Jessica Simpson, this unnamed celebrity photographer got something entirely different: the sight of Sasha and Malia Obama. When he decided to snap some photos, two sets of problems ensued.

Per an item on Celebuzz by Cliff Renfrew, some Secret Service agents came over, asked the photographer for identification and presumably gave him a warning. However, when the photographer later went ahead and put the pictures out through his agency, the White House Press Office stepped in:

“He received a letter, on White House Press Office letterhead, requesting that the images not be released,” a source told Celebuzz…

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The Highs and Shiloh’s of Brangelina Photo Economics

If and when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie sell their south-of-France wedding pictures to the highest bidder (and then presumably donate the proceeds to charity), it will likely fall short of the haul generated by their biological daughter Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt. That’s just one of the intriguing tidbits contained in today’s Daily piece by Michelle Ruiz about the celeb shots currently most coveted by Hollywood paparazzi.

The first photos of Shiloh were sold to People magazine for a staggering $6 million, while pictures taken in Africa that confirmed the couple-status of Jolie and Pitt went for around $1 million. Ruiz estimates that Brangelina wedding day pics will net approximately $2 million:

“That’s going to be the wedding of the century,” Gary Morgan, CEO of Splash photo agency, told Flash of the nuptials. He bets the shots will be closely guarded and sold to the highest bidders in the U.S. and abroad. “They’ll revive the industry — for that week, anyway.”

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Jessica Simpson Poses Nude for Elle, Hopes Someone Cares

Does anyone care about Jessica Simpson anymore? Is that still a thing? Elle is sure hoping it is, because they’ve plastered her naked and pregnant on its April cover.

Somewhere, Demi Moore is thinking, “I did it better.”

Former NBC Entertainment Boss Ben Silverman On ‘Fashion Star,’ His ‘killer New York show’

Former NBC entertainment President Ben Silverman is partnering once again with his old network, producing the upcoming reality series “Fashion Star” through his production company, Electus.

The program features wannabe fashion designers facing weekly style challenges. While it may sound like a familiar concept, the program aims to be broader, and has Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s on board to judge–and eventually sell–the wining styles.

FishbowlNY sat down with Silverman at the NATPE conference in Miami, where he argued that the series is the quintessential New York TV program:

“There are elements of the gossip pages here, the business section and the style section, all in one concept, which I think makes it a killer New York show,” Silverman said. “When you think of walking down fifth avenue on your way to 44th st, you are walking past the Saks flagship, the H&M flagship and into biggest department store in the world, Macy’s, and that is so impactful I think around this content. obviously New York is a media and fashion town, and I think it will be a show that really resonates.”

The program will be hosted by Elle MacPherson, with mentors including Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos.

“One of the things that is getting lost in this incredibly interesting business model dynamic about the show is how fun it is to watch Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Elle MacPherson and John [Varvatos] go at it, and tease each other and have rooting interesting these contestants and have emotional breakdowns, and unbelievable moments of wit and comedy,” Silverman said.

As for working with his old network?

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Lady Gaga: 2010′s Top Cover Girl

With five Grammy award nominations, a spot on Time’s 100 most influential people of the year list, and eight MTV Video Music Awards in the past 12 months, Lady Gaga had a wildly successful 2010.  One more accolade that the “Fame Monster” can add to her resume is an undisputed spot atop the 2010 print throne.  According to WWD, an Audit Bureau of Circulations report reveals that Gaga-centric issues sold better than any other celeb and the trend is not expected to slow down in 2011.

Lady Gaga’s July 8 Rolling Stone double issue sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times above the title’s January-September 2010 average.  Gaga’s April 2010 Cosmopolitan was a major hit as well, selling 1.7 million copies and making its mark as the magazine’s leading issue through October.  Lady Gaga was responsible for the year’s second most successful issue of Vanity Fair as her September cover sold 450,000 copies and trailed only Angelina Jolie’s cover.   She also opened 2010 with a bang by appearing in the January issue of Elle, one which held up as their third highest seller through October.

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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.

Will CAA Drop Every Client Over 35? Industry Nexus Has the Scoop

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Industry Nexus has a real treasure in Mali Perl. Pearl has somehow found out what other aging clients are getting the axe, ala Ed Limato and his stable of geriatrics. The juice:

From: Bryan Lourd and Rick Nicita
To: All CAA Staff
Re: New Direction

In light of the change that’s sweeping the industry, CAA, as always, takes the lead. We embrace the generational shift taking place and will be moving away from older clients to focus on a younger client base that reflects the tastes of today’s audience. We are amicably parting ways with several longtime clients including Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Anthony Hopkins, Sally Field, Annette Bening, Robin Williams, Robert Redford, Jane Fonda, and Robert De Niro. We are proud of the role CAA has played in helping these great stars of yesterday pave the way for great stars of tomorrow like Mischa Barton, Jessica Simpson, Rachel Bilson, Zach Braff, Zac Efron, and Sanjaya. We wish them all the best during their golden years and hope to visit them soon at the Motion Picture Home.

In Touch Va. Tech Cover Can’t Resist Brangelina, John Mayer Sidebar

intouch_heroes.jpgIn Touch made headlines last week for planning to put the Virginia Tech tragedy on its cover, offsetting it’s normal, celeb-u-tard-fused content. Well, they did — very noble of them — but specter of a Brangelina breakup (and, to a lesser extent, John Mayer and Jessica Simpson‘s unlikely love affair) proved too much to leave off the April 30th issue’s cover entirely.

The In Touch cover recalled a similar tragedy bet-hedging move by People, which devoted most of its Hurricane Katrina cover to the tragedy, but curiously included a top-right cover line to its annual “Best and Worst Dressed” list.

Pop culture, it seems, is just too enticing for magazine editors to forget.

Grammys Video: John Mayer Calls Ryan Seacrest ‘The Anderson Cooper Of E!’

He also answered the Jessica Simpson question in Japanese. Seriously:

Seacrest: I have to ask you—
Mayer: [interrupts] No you don’t.
Seacrest: Yes I do —
Mayer: — but whatever. No you don’t “have to,” say you “want to” ask me. Be a man, be a man!
Seacrest: I want to ask you about Jessica Simpson. I want to ask if the two of you are dating? And, if so, when will we officially see you out together?
Mayer: [Speaks in Japanese, roughly translated: "She is very beautiful and you are the last to know." UPDATED TRANSLATION: "She's a very gorgeous (or well put-together) woman and being together with her is the best."]
Seacrest: I think that’s fantastic. And I’m happy for you.
Mayer: Take it to the room. Find a Japanese person and decode it. Subtitle it. And then you’ll have your answer.
Seacrest: Are you happy?
Mayer: I’m very happy … with what I just did to you.
Seacrest: Yeah, exactly. Thanks, buddy. [Mayer leaves] Good to see you Johnny, take care, have fun! Bye!

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