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Posts Tagged ‘Merle Ginsberg’

Fashion Designer Zac Posen Guest Edits Rebranded THR Style Section

The URL is very clever. Combining the fashion industry term pret-a-porter (French for “ready-to-wear“) with their outlet name, Janice Min and co. have come up with Pret-a-Reporter.

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Fashion designer Zac Posen is the first guest editor of the new digital Style section launched today. More broadly and permanently at the helm is Hollywood Reporter style editor Erin Weinger:

Weinger previously served as director of digital content for fashion and interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Her career in fashion journalism began as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times IMAGE section. After leaving the Times, she consulted on new media projects for LA-based fashion public relations firm SPR before co-founding the editorial website StyleSectionLA.com.

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Actor James Marsden in the Middle of More Barry Manilow Funny Business

Last month, singer Barry Manilow was famously inserted into a 2012 World Series telecast by analyst Tim McCarver, who blanked on a Joe Buck reference about old-day cheers for Barry Bonds and meandered into foul pop culture territory. Now comes an equally hilarious Copaca-doozy involving actor James Marsden.

During a panel discussion at the Napa Valley Film Festival, moderator Billy Bush (Access Hollywood) picked up on the actor’s IMDb bio-trivia page, which stated that Marsden is a huge Manilow fan. Wrong. Per The Hollywood Reporter magazine item by Merle Ginsberg and Gary Baum:

“I have a famous actor friend of mine – I won’t tell you who he is – but he likes to go into other people’s [IMDb] bios and add things,” Marsden explained.

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Nicole Kidman Shares Some Stanley Kubrick Memories

LACMA’s upcoming Stanley Kubrick film retrospective begins November 9 with Fear and Desire and ends December 15 with Eyes Wide Shut. There will also be a separate exhibit at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, preceded by a special November 7 celebration evening event hosted by Malcolm McDowell.

Today, via Hollywood Reporter reporter Merle Ginsberg, there is also a very intriguing oral history of Eyes Wide Shut from co-star Nicole Kidman. The actress tantalizingly reminds that some much more explicit footage she was comfortably coaxed into by the late filmmaker was cut from the movie. Kidman also confirms that Kubrick was no fan of spoilers:

People have asked me if Stanley ever told us what Eyes Wide Shut was about — and the answer is no. He didn’t believe in interpretation. He always said, “Never say no to an idea — you never know how that idea will ignite another idea.” He also said: “Never put me on a pedestal. When someone’s on a pedestal, there’s no creativity.” That’s how I approach every creative person now — it does not help to glorify them.

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The Hunt for Alec Baldwin’s Harvey Weinstein Insult

There’s no mention of a gossipy Hollywood Reporter item on Alec Baldwin’s Twitter feed, yet. But because the piece disparages the all-powerful Harvey Weinstein, perhaps there soon will be.

In the headline and first few paragraphs, reporter Merle Ginsberg suggests that at a May 17 IFP party in Cannes, the actor went around calling Weinstein the D-word because of the latter’s refusal to participate in a French Riviera-focused documentary Baldwin is making with James Toback. But further into the piece, it gets murky:

A source close to the actor parses that Baldwin actually said the mogul… “was an a-hole, not a d-bag.” Both Baldwin and Weinstein’s reps declined to comment.

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Journo Recalls Her Rumble in the Red Carpet Jungle

Merle Ginsberg takes a look back at her experiences covering film awards season in a fun Hollywood Reporter print magazine piece entitled “Red-Carpet War Stories: Two Decades of Battling Through Awards Season Mayhem.”

The article takes a while to live up to that “war stories” tease, but when it finally does, it does so with panache. Ginsberg’s most fractions moment occurred a year ago and involved one of the executive producers of the film that should have won the 2010 Best Picture Oscar:

In 2011, a cameraman for Extra tried to horn in on my arrivals interview with a star. That kind of hijacking goes on all the time. But then he grabbed my hand out of what he thought was his shot, and I slapped him in the face. Kevin Spacey, a producer on The Social Network and my interviewee, dropped his jaw and said: “I’ve never seen a girl hit anyone that hard. Buddy, if I were you, I’d back off.”

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Hollywood Reporter Trots Out New Fashion Blog

There’s no doubt that the very best thing about today’s announcement by the Hollywood Reporter of a new “FASHtrack” print and online fashion column is the accompanying headshot (pictured) of contributing editor Elizabeth Snead. Seriously, the late Stieg Larsson could not have drawn up a better tattoo than the one gracing the reporter’s left arm.

Together with blog editor Merle Ginsberg and THR style editor Carol McColgin on the print side, Snead will be keeping readers posted on the latest celebrity and industry-driven fashion trends. For Ginsberg, it’s a nice lateral move at a publication she has been a part of since 2o10:

“It’s so exciting for me to have this opportunity…” says Ginsberg. “I started writing about awards red carpet fashion for WWD in 1992, practically inventing the genre–I’m looking forward to putting all that knowledge and all those contacts in the perfect place, since it’s very hard to separate Hollywood and the fashion business anymore. They’ve come to depend on each other.”

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Craig’s Restaurant Racks Up Another Rave

It’s the kind of positive review cavalcade that Craig Susser‘s Hollywood restaurant clientele dreams of. Only in this case, it’s the restaurateur getting the raves.

Since opening his throwback “joint” Craig’s on Melrose Avenue in Beverly Hills a few months ago, Susser has been showered with praise by the New York Times, Jay Weston’s Restaurant Newsletter, and Zagat. Now he can add Merle Ginsberg of the Hollywood Reporter, who dubs Craig’s one of the film and TV industry’s three new “power restaurants”:

A typical night might see Jeffrey KatzenbergRyan PhillippeDick Wolf across the room and Patrick Whitesell with wife [and reporterLauren Sanchez. Craig’s has a long menu (veal chop, classic wedge salad, tuna tartar, chicken cacciatore) that can service the movie mogul, the trophy wife, and the picky teens.

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Ladies’ Home Journal Takes Contributing Editors, Writers Off Masthead

LHJ.jpgThe InVocus blog has noticed some changes on the masthead at Ladies’ Home Journal.

Reports the blog, under its “magazines” section:

Ladies’ Home Journal has cut ties with its contributing editors and writers, according to an editorial staff member…several big names have gone missing from the masthead since the beginning of the year, including former Washington Post Magazine columnist Jeanne Marie Laskas, fashion savant Merle Ginsberg and award-winning essayist Stephen Fried.”

An LHJ publicist confirmed that these contributors have been removed from the masthead, but said that doesn’t mean they won’t be working for the magazine in the future. The changes can be chalked up to new editorial management, which has been undergoing change since the departure of editor-in-chief Diane Salvatore last summer.

But never fear, we’ve been assured the magazine will continue to have relationships with contributing editors and writers in the future.

Earlier: Ladies’ Home Journal Names Entertainment Director