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The Esquire Cover That Changed Everything

The wonderful design podcast “99% Invisible” regularly gets its cross-posting due at Slate. The publication embeds each weekly episode together with a summary of the latest discussion.

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Episode #101 was a humdinger. Producer Avery Trufelman welcomed design legend George Lois, Esquire design director David Curcurito and former Rolling Stone art director Andy Cowles. At one point, the program revisited the early 1960s juncture during which Lois engineered a lightning-fast transition from the days when the magazine would feature on its cover mascot Esky, a mustachioed ladies man:

In 1962, Harold Hayes, the newly hired head editor of Esquire, asked [ad man] Lois to do a cover for him. As Lois tells it, Hayes was desperate and needed a cover in three days.

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David Frost Was Also a Swell Boyfriend

One of the best things Janice Min has brought to The Hollywood Reporter are high-profile guest essays. Both anonymous and bylined, these inside-the-velvet-rope POVs differentiate THR from the town’s other trades and align her content more closely to the east coast monthly glossy magazines.

A good example is this week’s mini-essay by Caroline Cushing Graham about what it was like, for five years in the 1970s, to be the girlfriend of David Frost. The late TV interviewer certainly had the benefit of access; still, it takes special flair to make use of these romantic opportunities the way Frost did:

Our first real date was an invitation to fly to Kinshasa, Zaire on my birthday, October 30, to the Muhammad Ali, George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” fight. For the eight extraordinary rounds of the most famous boxing match in history I took photographs at ringside and David was the TV host of the evening. It was a glamorous start to our five-year whirlwind affair.

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New Grauman’s Owners Busy Cementing Their Own Sidewalk Tradition

Purists will no doubt assail the new owners of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for allowing three guys in Chipmunk costumes and French DJ David Guetta to joint the handprint and footprint parade this year. But get used to it.

Although co-owner Donald Kushner is upfront in an an LA Times article by Amy Kaufman about the fact that the Alvin and another, similar Smurfs ceremony in 2011 was “mock,” with the cartoon star slabs slated to be housed in a secondary location, he and partner Elie Samaha are looking to add many more people to the cement:

Kushner revealed that Grauman’s is in preliminary talks with boxer Muhammad Ali and is also speaking with the family of Michael Jackson about a square that could use the imprints of a shoe and glove the pop star donned in some of his music videos.

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The Land of the Lost Panel

comiccon01.gif On the panel was director Brad Silberling, cast members Anna Friel, Jorma Taccone, Danny McBride and producers Sid Kroft and Marty Kroft.

“Is H.R. Pufnstuf next?” Asked a fan from the crowd.

“Looks like it,” said Marty Kroft, his brother Sid nodded. They both noted the coverage in Column One in the LAT by Geoff Boucher.

Will Ferrel made a cameo via pre-recorded video that was said to be a live feed with severe technical difficulties.
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Then we were shown a 30-second promo for the movie. It was basically Ferrell looking at the camera while a huge T-Rex is approaching. “Oh no, he’s right behind me isn’t he?” Asks Ferrell.

The film doesn’t look like a remake of a 1970′s kid’s show. It looks like a Will Ferrell movie. Like how Ali had little to do with Muhammad Ali – it was another Will Smith movie.

Land of the Lost looks like Step Brothers with dinosaurs.

Goin’ To Graceland?

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Dead celebrities never get to rest in peace. Elvis has been dead for 30 years and Elvis Presley Enterprises invites America to “Discover Your Inner Elvis” this summer by touring Graceland. Last year, half a million fans toured, and spent $13 million.

Graceland is worth a trip–once. You’ve seen one gilded baby grand, you’ve seen them all.

Tie-ins include:

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