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Rolling Stone Cover is Weird, Wrong

On the right is the cover of the latest Rolling Stone.

Two thoughts:

1) It is weird, sexist and sort of pathetic. Why is Julia Louis-Dreyfus naked? What does that have to do with her being “The First Lady of Comedy?” It’s so over-the-top for no reason that it comes across as desperate. Even Rolling Stone’s tweet about the issue — ”Julia Louis-Dreyfus is naked on our new cover” — was sad. Pay attention to us! Please??? We have a naked lady on our cover!

2) It is wrong. John Hancock did not sign the Constitution, he signed the Declaration of Independence.

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Media Wastes Little Time Catching Up to @SeinfeldToday

This may be a new record. Sunday afternoon, the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday was playfully launched to showcase the strands of nothingness that might preoccupy Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer if their Thursday night NBC show was still on the air.

This morning, members of the Jerry-loving media were rushing to get the scoop and this afternoon (ET time), Atlantic Wire blogger Esther Zuckerman was chronicling the whole thing. A mere 20 hours in:

The man behind the account, BuzzFeed’s sports editor Jack Moore, started tweeting out scenarios with his friend, comedian Josh Gondelman, and then decided that the joke merited its own account. Moore is a Seinfeld fanatic himself: “I’m pretty much constantly watching episodes in the background while I’m doing anything,” he told us in an email. “I have a thumb drive with the whole series on it that I keep in my bag pretty much all the time.”

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Teen Fashion Journo Tavi Gevinson Lands Starring Film Role

Groundbreaking style blogger and online teen magazine editor Tavi Gevinson can add a new credit to her burgeoning resume: Actress. The 16-year-old has signed on to star in writer-director Nicole Holofcener‘s new film, an as-yet-untitled project from Fox Searchlight. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Gevinson will play the character of Chloe, “an only child who never received much attention from her parents, forcing her to grow up faster than her peers.”

Gevinson’s co-stars in the film include Hollywood heavyweights Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, James Gandolfini, and Catherine Keener. This may represent a new career focus for Tavi: the Chicago native recently told Bust magazine she plans to move to Los Angeles once she graduates high school.

But the teen journalist isn’t neglecting her editorial duties. She recently wrapped the first print edition of her online teen magazine, titled Rookie Yearbook One. The roundup of the mag’s first year is being published by Drawn & Quarterly and is due out September 4.

Photo via The Style Rookie.

HBO’s Veep Picks Up Three Emmy Nominations

Congratulations are in order for New York mag’s Frank Rich and the crew at HBO’s Veep. The send-up of Washington politics just picked up Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series,  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

Rich is an executive producer for the show and by far one of the most likable Media Beat guests we’ve had. So, we couldn’t think of a better person to get such an honor. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for yourself.

Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times andNew York Magazine
Part 3: New York‘s Frank Rich Breaks Down 2012 Presidential Election, Talks Media Bias

HBO’s Veep Picks Up Three Emmy Nominations

Congratulations are in order for New York mag’s Frank Rich and the crew at HBO’s Veep. The send-up of Washington politics just picked up Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series,  Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

Rich is an executive producer for the show and by far one of the most likable Media Beat guests we’ve had. So, we couldn’t think of a better person to get such an honor. Don’t believe me? Check out the video for yourself.

Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times andNew York Magazine
Part 3: New York‘s Frank Rich Breaks Down 2012 Presidential Election, Talks Media Bias

Female Emmy Nominees Yack About Yap Island

For a whole bunch of rather obvious reasons, awards show broadcasts can never hope to be as entertaining as properly conducted pre-awards show roundtable discussions. So do yourself a favor and bookmark The Hollywood Reporter’s latest such Q&A with Julie Bowen, Jane Lynch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martha Plimpton, Christina Applegate, Laura Dern and Zooey Deschanel.

The whole thing is pretty uproarious, complete with embedded video clips. Towards the very end, the group segues – thanks to a question about possible alternate careers – to the Micronesian island nation of Yap:

Plimpton: I would move to that island – I think it’s called Yap – where the only form of currency is a giant round stone that gets moved from house to house. You want a cow? You give the giant round stone to the guy with a cow…

THR: I’m sorry. This is a real place?

Plimpton: Yes, it’s a real place. I would totally find that island and live there.

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Watch: New York Editor Frank Rich Discusses His Role in Making HBO’s ‘Veep’

Longtime political columnist Frank Rich, now an editor at New York, recently sat down for an interview with mediabistroTV and discussed his role in the making of the new HBO series “Veep.”

“Veep,” which stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the U.S.’s flustered second-in-command, includes a character whose “Beltway Butcher” nickname is an homage to Rich’s reputation as the “Butcher of Broadway” during his time as chief theater critic for The New York Times (video below).

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Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine
Part 3: New York‘s Frank Rich Breaks Down 2012 Presidential Election, Talks Media Bias

CNN Revisits Seinfeld-Worthy Walk of Fame Moment

It seems appropriate for Ana Martinez to recall a most embarrassing moment in her storied Hollywood Walk of Fame star-wrangling career via an article on CNN.com. It was after all a CNN TV producer who alerted the curator-in-chief, just hours before a May 4 2010 ceremony, that the name of recipient Julia Louis-Dreyfus was misspelled and missing the hyphen. (A hastily created masking tape correction was affixed to the star.)

So how does Martinez look back on the incident today?

“I was really upset. I pride myself on everything going perfect,” said Martinez. She now has the star installers text a picture of the lettering before they cement it into the star, she said.

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DC Mayor Pounds Hollywood Pavement

Understandably, the decision by HBO to shoot its new series Veep in Baltimore rather than Washington D.C. has put the latter city’s film office on alert. After all, in the program, Julia Louis-Dreyfus stars as the Vice President.

To bang the drum for D.C.’s contribution to Transformers: Dark Side of Moon and general availability as a location, Beltway mayor Vince Gray (pictured) took time out from this week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors to meet with representatives from several Hollywood studios. All this gave Washington City Paper reporter Benjamin R. Freed a platform for that rarest of journalistic utterances, an envious look from DC at LA:

Excuse us for sounding jealous, but Southern California can really seem to have it all. Today’s weather in downtown Los Angeles—if there is such a thing—is a balmy, low-humidity 75 degrees. (The weather here today is too depressing to print.) Last weekend’s “Carmageddon” came and went with not a bang but a whimper, while highway construction in the DMV seems to be an eternal struggle. And yesterday, they even got our mayor and film commissioner.

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