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Time Inc. Gears Up for Third International Edition of People Magazine

PeopleMostBeautifulIssue2014Sometimes, timing is everything.

On the heels of Germany deposing the U.S. at the top of the Anholt-GfK Nations Brand Index, it was revealed that Time Inc. has pacted with Bauer to launch a German edition of People. From the announcement:

“Time Inc. is pleased to partner with Bauer Media Group in Germany, a weekly publisher with a strong heritage,“ said Norman Pearlstine, chief content officer, Time Inc. “We expect the People Germany team in Hamburg to launch the magazine with the same passion for the brand as we have in the U.S.”

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World Rejoices as Neil Patrick Harris Agrees to Host Oscars

Get ready for a truckload of celebrities-tweeted-this news stories. Because Neil Patrick Harris was just announced as host of next year’s Oscars.

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As The Hollywood Reporter reminds, this man’s golden statuette pedigree is unimpeachable:

He’s hosted the Emmy Awards twice and the Tony Awards four times, winning four Emmys for his Tony shows.

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Tracking Down That Norm Macdonald-Robin Williams Episode

Across the Internet, fans and reporters continue to rave about the Robin Williams recollection shared on Twitter by comedian Norm Macdonald.

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Reddit user ArrestedDevelopments handily combined Macdonald’s sequential Tuesday tweets into a single narrative stream:

It was my first stand-up appearance on Letterman and I had to follow the funniest man in the world. I was a punk kid from rural Ontario and I was in my dressing room, terrified. I was on the phone to a friend back home when the funniest man in the world ambled by. There was no one else on the floor. In shock, I told my friend who just walked by. Only the funniest man in the world. I guess he heard me say his name, cause in an instant he was at my side. He was a Jewish tailor, taking my measurements. He went down on his knees, asked which way I dressed.

I told my friend on the phone that the funniest man in the world was on his knees before me, measuring my inseam. My friend didn’t believe me so I said, “Could you talk to my friend, sir?” The funniest man in the world took the phone and for ten minutes took my friend’s Chinese food order. I laughed and laughed and it was like I was in a dream because no one else was there. No one.

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Fred Armisen Jangles NYC Payphone

As you might expect, when Late Night band leader Fred Armisen – on behalf of Heineken – started calling a New York City payphone and anonymously inviting those who answered to “come across the street,” only a few agreed.

Per E.J. Schultz‘s write-up in Ad Age, these brave souls as a reward got to join Armisen on stage at the Comedy Cellar comedy club. The teaser clip above precedes Tuesday’s full unveiling of Ringing Payphone at routineinterruptions.com.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Walters Signs Off | Abramson/NYT Fight Unfolds | FCC Approves Proposal

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Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final View (TVNewser)
Thursday afternoon, the legacy of Barbara Walters came to life in the finale of her final The View, taped at ABC’s Westside studios and set to air Friday. Mediaite All 11 current and former co-hosts of The View turned up to send off Walters. In an emotional segment, the hosts shared their fondest memories of the program’s founding member and some of the advice that they said guides them in their present careers. THR / The Live Feed Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton were among the surprise guests who showed up to say goodbye. After more than 50 years in TV news, Walters is officially retiring, leaving her co-hosting gig on The View, but she’ll continue to serve as the show’s executive producer and contribute to ABC News on an as-needed basis. The Associated Press Walters brought the hour to a close with a heartfelt statement looking back with amazement on her career, then signing off with a pledge to “take a deep breath and enjoy my View.” But a more telling moment took place during a break, as the throng of women she had paved the way for posed with her for a group portrait. TheWrap The cadre of A-List media stars who gathered for the photo included Winfrey, Katie Couric, Joan Lunden, Robin Roberts, Connie Chung, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Paula Zahn, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Elizabeth Vargas, Lara Spencer, Tamron Hall, Diane Sawyer, Cynthia McFadden, Natalie Morales, JuJu Chang, Amy Robach, Deborah Norville and Hoda Kotb, as well as Walters’ co-hosts, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Rosie O’Donnell, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Debbie Matenopoulos, Lisa Ling, Star Jones, Jenny McCarthy and Meredith Vieira.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Axes Abramson | Snowden Book Rights to Sony | CBS Touts Tradition

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The New York Times Replaces Abramson as Executive Editor (NYT)
Jill Abramson has been dismissed as executive editor of The New York Times and is being replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor, an abrupt change in leadership at one of the nation’s largest daily newspapers. FishbowlDC Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role. According to the Times‘ coverage of the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the publisher of the paper and the chairman of The New York Times Company, told a stunned newsroom that had been quickly assembled that he had made the decision because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Despite significant achievements, Abramson’s tenure was marred by tension with Sulzberger and disagreements with Times Co CEO Mark Thompson, who took an unprecedentedly hands-on approach to managing the paper’s editorial resources. Abramson also suffered from perceptions among staff that she was condescending and combative. Mashable Abramson previously served as the Times‘ Washington bureau chief and managing editor before taking the executive editor role. People with knowledge of the Times newsroom said some staffers questioned how much Abramson enjoyed running the paper. She was sometimes conspicuously absent from the newsroom; one notable occasion was the day after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the New York region. New York Post / AP Baquet, 57, who is the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the LA Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. Baquet rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news in Sept. 2011. FishbowlNY Former FishbowlNY editor Dylan Stableford was prophetic when he covered a breakfast event in 2008 and wrote: “Dean Baquet looked an awful lot like the next executive editor of The New York Times.” The New Yorker / Currency As with any such upheaval, there’s a history behind it. Several weeks ago, I’m told, Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. “She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.

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Neil Patrick Riddle | Earthquake TV | 50 Shades of Silly

ActuallyNPHAvatarLost Remote: Harvard Class of 2013 grad Tommy MacWilliam has shared how he very quickly and impressively solved a riddle tweeted by Neil Patrick Harris. Otherwise known as How I Met Your Cipher.

TV Spy: On the heels of Sam Rubin vs. Samuel L. Jackson, the KTLA Morning News today featured Chris Schauble and Megan Henderson vs. a 4.4 earthquake. The earthquake won.

Galley Cat: In this case, there are no casting controversies. Nonetheless, all indications are that 50 Shades of Grey: The Musical will continue to charm when it launches a U.S. tour next week in Culver City, CA.

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Magic Castle 50th Anniversary Celebrations Get the Daily Mail Treatment

Who better to write up coverage of the 50th anniversary plaque dedication and gala that took place Wednesday at Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle than a correspondent who goes by the Twitter handle @MagicScribe and describes himself as “a sub-par journalist who can do a few card tricks.”

Mike Larkin certainly knows all the Mail Online tricks that have made his outlet the most trafficked newspaper website in the world and a staple of The Drudge Report. The outlet’s local brand of Web hocus pocus, tapped out assembly-line style at several westside offices, often includes a top-heavy celebrity headline and as many gigantic photos of Hollywood boldface as possible. In other words, no Tom LaBonge here.

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Goldderby.com Generates Another Sparkling Awards Season Scoop

Here’s a vivid reminder of just how well Tom O’Neil and his group of goldderby.com editors know the Emmy Awards beat.

Thanks to a recent Skype discussion between O’Neil, Chris Beachum, Matt Noble and Daniel Montgomery about the Best Supporting Comedy Actor chances of New Girl’s Max Greenfield (pictured), the performer’s Hollywood agents realized the wrong episode had been submitted on the co-star’s behalf. Instead of “Control,” which Greenfield’s reps had selected, the DVD reproduction house somehow pressed copies of the episode “Bad in Bed.” Tipped by Gold Derby, the TV  Academy worked with the actor’s team to remedy the mistake and get new discs out to voters with special instructions in time for the September 17 deadline.

“It’s definitely one of Gold Derby’s top ten scoops,” O’Neil tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “But nothing will likely surpass our story about Katherine Heigl lashing out at her writers after having withdrawn from Emmy consideration for Grey’s Anatomy. She was ticked off at her writers, and then there was that whole backlash against her after the story broke.”

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FishbowlLA’s Oscar Host Suggestion: Nathan Lane

We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.

To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.

We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s  a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.

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