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Newsweek Editor Profiled In Advance Of Relaunch

newsweek.pngNext Monday, Newsweek will reveal a new, reformatted, slicker version of itself. If you want a little hint as to what the new Newsweek will be like, you can check out the New York Observer‘s profile of editor Jon Meacham.

Profiler John Koblin gets a peek into the world of the Tennessee-born, Pulitzer Prize winner (Meacham won for his biography of Andrew Jackson, “American Lion”) who can rub elbows with celebrities but “doesn’t crave being in the in-crowd.”

The article is also worth a read for its insight into Newsweek‘s new look (hint: they use a new, pretty font):

“The new magazine is loaded with style. The magazine will be consolidated into four sections: Scope (formerly periscope) for news squibs in the front-of-the-book; The Take will be its section for columnists; Features (which is tagged “the first rough draft of history”); and “The Culture.” The back page will be called “The Back Page.” It’s stripped down. Instead of a screaming banner running across the cover, now it’s condensed and tighter, and the banner floats at the top of the magazine in a red box. The palettes are softer and more elegant. New fonts are used in the magazine, including Archer, a signature font of the most un-Newsweek of all magazines: Martha Stewart Living. Cerebral and direct, unsnarky and anti-ironic, with cool hues and fonts to match.

What Koblin doesn’t address is whether the new Newsweek — which “will essentially be a monthly that publishes every week” — will increase revenues for the magazine and do its part to save the dying newsweekly genre. However, he does mention that the book is planning to cut its rate base and its has “fallen deep into the red.”

We tend to agree with Koblin: “An experimental reinvention — a Hail Mary pass — is what the magazine needs to save itself.” What do you think?

Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”

HuffPo: Stars Align for Democratic Candidates

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In case you’re a Philly transplant with a mail-in ballot and only three working brain cells, HuffPo helps you decide whom to vote for with this handy-dandy guide to which stars are endorsing which candidates.

Obama is supported by Jennifer Aniston, Sam Jackson and Chris Rock.

Clinton has Natalie Portman. And a lot of old people.

Natalie Portman Graces The Cover Of Scholastic Math

natalie-portman-scholastic.jpgThis month’s Scholastic Math Magazine features the always purdy Natalie Portman as its cover girl.

A refreshing antidote to all those Jessicas, Portman promotes the wonders of — get this, girls — thinking!

“Sure, you need to use math daily for knowing how much tip to leave at a restaurant or how much flour you need to make double the amount of cookies in a recipe, but it is the less obviously practical parts of math that are most fun for me — like considering the principles of infinity. It made me excited about life to consider the limitlessness of the mind and what we can do with it.”

Trade Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2007

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DreamWorks, Paramount Update
DreamWorks is working through tension with parent company Paramount Pictures with the latter reporting boxoffice receipts for DreamWorks under the newly-created DreamWorks-Paramount banner, Variety is reporting. The move, Var says, “could help pave the way for a scenario in which DreamWorks becomes more of an autonomous production company.” Read the rest of the story here.

‘Brothers’ Love Triangle Set
Natalie Portman will join Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers for director Jim Sheridan, Variety reports. It’s a love triangle based on the 2004 Danish pic by Susanne Bier starring Connie Nielsen.

Diesel, Walker Back in Drivers’ Seats
Universal is back on track with its Fast and the Furious installment with a reteaming of the first pic’s original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker back on board to star in a fourth film. You may remember that the pic helped boost their respective careers and in turn ditched they franchise. They’re back now but obviously THR has already forgotten who Diesel is: on the trade paper’s site, a pic of Chris Daughtry is identified as Diesel. Guess it was the bald head that got the editors confused.

- CHRIS GARDNER

In The Trades: He’s My Buddy

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Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller ARE The Hardy Boys, er, Men. Cruise and Stiller will star in a comedy based on the mystery series. Stiller will produce, Shawn Levy will direct and get this:

Cruise and Stiller have been friends for years–an alliance that grew out of Cruise’s admiration for Stiller’s penchant for doing Cruise impersonations.

“I love it when you do me.” Does that sound as Brokeback to you as it does to us?

Red Envelope, the production arm of Netflix, will produce a doc. about ancient but game Tony Bennett, EP’ed by Clint Eastwood, who’ll also show up in the film. Netflix plans a theatrical release, a tv airing, and a live event for the film. Why?

“Tony Bennett has been at the enter of the culture for more than 60 years,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “There are not that many people on the planet who can talk about Duke Ellington, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy in the first person.”

In fact, no one can talk about them in the first person, because (a) one can only refer to oneself in the first person and (b) they’re dead.

CBS hired former NBC drama excec. Chris Castalloas to oversee reality programming. Sounds nonsensical, but he’d worked with Glen Maynard, exec. vp of alternative programing before, and Hollywood is all about who you know.

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Second Life creator Philip Rosedale tells all. Five gigabytes of code!

Sony has acquired all media rights for Afterworld, a futuristic animated episodic drama. Right now it’s on Bud.TV, but soon it will be a game, a tv series, a web series, a cell phone series and a breakfast treat.

Goldwyn will distribute Goya’s Ghosts, Milos Forman’s
film about the Spanish artist. Natalie Portman stars as his muse.

ShoWest honors Bruce Joel Rubin as screenwriter of the year next month in Las Vegas. Rubin won an Oscar for Ghost.

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