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Roger Ailes, Barry Diller & The Squawk Box Super Heroes

1003_mockup.gifHail! Hail! The Wednesday gang is all here. The lunch scene at Michael’s was firing on all cylinders today as moguls (Barry Diller! Roger Ailes!), high-profile editors (David Zinczenko, Cindi Leive) and a heaping helping of talking heads (Kathie Lee Gifford, Ashleigh Banfield, Joe Kernen, Larry Kudlow and Andrew Ross Sorkin) made for a tasty media stew. There was actually gridlock in the dining room as the famous and fabulous stood in the aisles to intercept friends (and possible future employers?) on their way to their tables.

The biggest crowd was circling around Table One where Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller and Gerry Byrne (who is on parent company Penske Media Corp’s board) were hosting their monthly lunch where they bring together an interesting mix of folk to “cross-pollinate” says Bonnie, who leads the group as they chew over the latest trends in media (particularly in the digital space) and weigh in on how it affects their respective businesses. Gerry was the lone man among a table full of opinionated, highly successful women who weighed in on everything from reality stars — we learned Ashleigh Banfield is more than a little obsessed with the Kardashian sisters — to intellectual property. Designer Heather Thomson told the group that she spent $2.5 million in a lawsuit against lingerie giant Maidenform when she charged them with copying her patented three-panel tank top. She was awarded $6.57 million as settlement. Her takeaway: “Innovation needs to be protected.”

Leading the cheer for all that is digital, Bonnie said, “I’m so happy I crossed over from print” and is hooked by the immediacy of it all. “As a magazine editor, I felt like I was having a one-way conversation so much of the time,” she said of her stints as editor- in-chief at Glamour, Us Weekly and Cosmo. “At Hollywoodlife.com, we are intensely focused on our relationships with women with a need to know about the things they are about right now.”  Bonnie says the site is now getting 4.7 million monthly uniques who come to get their fix on everything concerning Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, Justin Bieber and the Kardashian sisters.

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The gang at Table One

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Gossip Cop Patrols Breaking Dawn Beat

It’s been a busy couple of Twilight-tracking days for Michael Lewittes, the former Access Hollywood and Us Weekly veteran who now runs GossipCop.com, a website determined to “Bust Bad Dish.”

First up was the Us Weekly-HollywoodLife.com report that an LA bar fight had almost broken out between Robert Pattinson and actor Jason Statham over the former’s onscreen and off screen love interest, Kristen Stewart. Not so, explained Gossip Cop over the weekend, pointing out that neither actor has been in L.A. for some time now.

Then came another R-Patz item to be debunked yesterday: a report by British tabloid The Daily Star that Pattinson and Stewart had gotten a little too romantic on a beach in Brazil, forcing authorities to intervene.

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Leno’s Back at Late Night Line-Up: American Heroes and Zeros

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NBC’s revival of their prime time line-up, er Jay Leno moving back to late night, starts next week. His guests include athletes who won gold at the Olympics like Apolo Ohno, Lindsay Vonn and Shaun White and others who are just famous for being trashy and on TV like the Jersey Shore kids, Kim Kardashian and Sarah Palin.

From NYT:

Monday, March 1 – Guests include Jamie Foxx, the Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn and a musical performance by Brad Paisley

Tuesday, March 2 – Guests include Sarah Palin, the Olympic snowboarder Shaun White

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Interview Turns 40, Announces New Look

interview.jpgIt’s been a rough couple of years for Brant Publications, which publishes Interview magazine. But that doesn’t seem to have affected the glossy Q&A magazine, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary with its October issue and — according to a report by WWD — launching a new look next year.

Reports WWD:

“Come spring, [new president Evanly Schindler] said new contributors and photographers will be on the masthead but he declined to provide more details, adding it’s too early to describe how the issue will unfold.”

Interview has seen its leadership change a couple times since longtime editor Ingrid Sichy departed last year. The magazine is now being run by editorial director Fabien Baron, editor-in-chief Stephen Mooallem and creative director Karl Templer, WWD said.

The title’s October issue, which commemorates its 40th birthday, features Twilight star Kristen Stewart on the cover.

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Earlier: The Drama At Brant

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