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Disney Launches Online Movie Service Linked to iTunes (WSJ / Digits)
Tuesday, Disney debuted Disney Movies Anywhere, an app for purchasing movies and storing them in the cloud that is tightly integrated with Apple’s iTunes Store. EW / Inside Movies The multiplatform movie streaming service is available for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and the Web and lets people purchase and watch more than 400 titles from Disney, Pixar and Marvel. The launch coincided with the digital release of the company’s latest hit, Frozen, three weeks before its planned release on DVD and Blu-Ray. TechCrunch Parents can use MPAA ratings to control the movies that are accessible on a device level. The app also allows movies to be either streamed or downloaded, and users can use the app to find new movies and content. The Verge Disney is offering many incentives for customers to try the service: For a limited time, the company will give a free digital copy of The Incredibles to anyone who activates the app and links it with their iTunes account. Those who have special DVDs and Blu-Rays of Disney, Pixar and Marvel movies can also use a code on the packaging to get a digital copy of those films.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

David Perel Out at American Media

Florida gossip king Jose Lambiet has the exclusive on the end of an era at American Media Inc. Longtime employee David Perel is out.

The only question, since AMI wouldn’t comment to Lambiet for the item, is whether Perel was forced out or has left of his own volition:*

Perel’s contract is believed to run until April, but two sources at AMI tell Gossip Extra Perel was told not to bother showing up for work. The way Perel tells it, he’s pursuing other opportunities.

Regardless, the news should delight a few celebs, and their loved ones!

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National Enquirer Used Satellites, Psychology to Force Edwards Confession

Today on the Huffington Post, David Perel, former Editor-in-Chief for the National Enquirer, talks about how the paper finally forced John Edwards to confess to cheating on his wife with Rielle Hunter.

Perel says that when the story initially broke and nothing happened, the Enquirer was demoralized. He knew that the only way people would believe the story was if Edwards confessed, so Perel didn’t give up. He decided to have a psychologist analyze Edwards to gain any advantage possible, and the information from that report proved to be vital:

The message from the professional that changed everything was that while it would be nearly impossible to make Edwards confess, he would offer a limited version of the truth if that was the only way he could maintain control of the scandal.

From there Perel says the Enquirer set up a massive sting operation using satellites, live video feeds and even a board mapping out Hunter and Edwards’ movements. This is how Edwards was eventually caught in the act, which ulitmately lead to his confession.

So basically the Enquirer used some CSI/The Wire/NCIS tactics to bring Edwards down. Perel’s account reads like a script from any one of those shows. Okay, maybe not NCIS, though if you think Perel wouldn’t have involved the Navy if he thought it was necessary, you’re sadly mistaken.

Former National Enquirer Editor On How They Got That John Edwards Story

David Perel was Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer when the tabloid broke the story of presidential candidate John Edwards‘ extramarital affair. Today on The Huffington Post, Perel discusses what went in to breaking that story. Notably, he begins, “It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating.” In other words, Enquirer reporters had the time, financial backing, and editorial support often required to break big news. A reminder of what gets lost with all that cost-cutting.

Perel notes that two primary tools used by the tabloid in uncovering the story were technology and psychology. The Enquirer had satellite photos and a professional psychological profiler at their disposal. How many journos out there have to buy their own office supplies?

The full story can be read on the HuffPo website. Perel is currently Managing Editor of celebrity gossip site RadarOnline.com.

National Enquirer: John Edwards Proposes to Rielle Hunter

According to the latest issue of the National Enquirer, former presidential candidate John Edwards has asked Rielle Hunter to marry him. The Enquirer report is not yet online, and most confused media outlets are linking to a similar Enquirer story from February of 2010.

While the tablod gained some credibility by breaking the story of both the extramarital affair between Edwards and Hunter, and their resulting lovechild, the report of a proposal is understandably being greeting with skepticism by the mainstream media. True or not, it’s rather distasteful, given that Edward’s estranged wife Elizabeth died of cancer just last month.

The Hollywood Gossip has posted a shot of the National Enquirer‘s newest cover:

National Enquirer And Star Make Staff Cuts

Although the company is steadily climbing out of debt, not everything is sunshine and roses at American Media Inc. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that AMI’s National Enquirer and Star magazine have made cutbacks to their West coast teams and now both titles’ employees will work together under the guidance of New York-based editors.  Among the four total layoffs were three reporters – Star’s Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark and the Enquirer’s Phil Kim.  These reporters will now be able to serve as freelancers.

The two mags will now work together in what Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo has dubbed an “AMI news bureau.”  National Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost provided his rationale for the job cuts:

It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication.

An AMI spokesperson denied that the layoffs had any connection to the publisher’s bankruptcy filings from last November or declining circulation numbers.  No further cutbacks are expected.

Bankruptcy on the Horizon for National Enquirer Publisher

American Media Inc., publisher of several titles including National Enquirer, Shape, Star, and Radar Online announced today plans to file for bankruptcy in about two weeks. Last year AMI also took over certain publishing functions for Playboy. Pending approval from the requisite number of creditors, the company will initiate a prepackaged Chapter 11 plan that involves some kind of debt-for-equity deal.

Said CEO David Pecker of the bankruptcy:

The reorganization should not affect American Media’s operations. Publications will function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the reorganization and customers should not notice any difference during the 60 day process.

Yeah, this damn well better not affect my Playboy subscription, buster.

Winter Olympic Winners Icy With Press | National Enquirer Gets Legit | Toobin In Trouble | Buzzed to Death

• Olympic Gold Medal speedskater Sven Kramer get grumpy with reporters.

Huffington Post: Who would have seen this day coming? The National Enquirer is up for a Pulitzer Prize for its breaking of the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter sex scandal. Hey, when they’re right, they’re right.

FishbowlDC: Perhaps the Daily News will win a Pulitzer for its coverage of CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin‘s secret love child as well.

TVWeek: No one ever said Oprah shies away from her gimmicks: On March 3rd the queen of daytime TV will have past and future Academy Award nominees interviewing each other on her show. Too bad Katherine Bigelow won’t be there so she and James Cameron could quiz each other on their former relationship.

Mashable: Quick, everyone jump onto this class action lawsuit against Google Buzz!

CJR: The Daily Beast‘s list of Most Influential Journalists include very few actual, uh, journalists.

Scandalous NYT David Paterson Story Not Even About David Paterson

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One day we’ll all look back on the David Paterson/New York Times alleged expose and laugh about how desperate we all were for a juicy story in the middle of a long, cold February. For now though, we’re just trying to piece together how a story about a New York governor’s aide having a sordid history turned into a media spectacle about Governor Paterson having an affair. Here’s what we’ve come up with.

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Playboy Promotes Jellinek To Chief Content Officer

playboyhandler.jpgPlayboy Enterprises has promoted Playboy magazine’s editorial director Jimmy Jellinek to the newly created position of chief content officer.

In his new position, the former editor-in-chief of Maxim and Stuff will now oversee the content on all of Playboy Enterprises’ media platforms. This move expands Jellinek’s reach from oversight of Playboy‘s print and online content to all print, online, mobile, TV, film and radio content coming from the minds of Hugh Hefner and company.

Jellinek’s promotion comes less than a week after news broke about Playboy’s deal with American Media Inc., handing over certain aspects of the back-end of the business to the National Enquirer publisher.

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Previously: Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI

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