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BBC Gets This Week’s Big Martina Navratilova Story

The circumstances of Martina Navratilova‘s public coming out were messy. Despite a hold request from the tennis star, the New York Daily News jumped the gun with a July 30, 1981 article, prompting a follow-up piece in the Dallas Morning News by Skip Bayless and, eventually, Navratilova’s coming out as fully gay rather than, as then, bisexual.

This week, Navratilova’s courageous and trailblazing personal story came full circle right here in New York. On Monday, as reported by D.C.-based BBC anchor Katty Kay and seemingly overshadowed by all that Sony hack business, Navratilova, at age 58, married her partner Julia Lemagova. Our belated congratulations to the radiantly happy couple.

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Sony Pictures Demands News Agencies Delete ‘Stolen’ Data (NYT)
Sony Pictures Entertainment warned media outlets on Sunday against using the mountains of corporate data revealed by hackers who raided the studio’s computer systems in an attack that became public last month. THR Sony Pictures Entertainment lawyer David Boies sent a letter to news organizations Sunday, referring to leaked Sony documents as “stolen information” and demanded that the files be ignored, or destroyed if they had already been downloaded. “We are writing to ensure that you are aware that SPE does not consent to your possession, review, copying, dissemination, publication, uploading, downloading or making any use of the stolen information, and to request your cooperation in destroying the stolen information,” the letter reads. Variety The security breach and subsequent data dump has made public such internal financial documents as film budgets, earnings statements and emails from top Sony executives. It’s also resulted in a series of embarrassing revelations such as an email exchange between Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin in which the two made a series of racially charged jokes about President Barack Obama’s favorite movies. Both Rudin and Pascal have since apologized. Deadline The Sony information continues to be released in batches from unknown sources, including one Sunday in an email to news organizations that included a link to more information cached in online sites and promised an unspecified “Christmas gift” to come. Re/code A group claiming responsibility for the devastating hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment on Sunday offered to selectively hold back on releasing email correspondence of its employees, provided that they write in and ask. The offer, apparently from the Guardians of Peace, a group that says it has carried out the attacks, marks a new twist in its ongoing campaign of embarrassing leaks of data stolen from the studio’s computers, now entering its third week.

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LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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The Wolf of South Beach

The original Daily News item was posted this morning at 2.a.m. Since then, it’s been a long trail of slack-jawed media pick-up regarding the eyewitness report of Leonardo DiCaprio leaving a 1 Oak pop-up at South Beach’s Rec Room accompanied by 20 models.

Gawker went for the in-your-face rhetorical:

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Time Cover Story Interviewer is Nine Months Younger Than Taylor Swift

JackDickeyPicVery impressive.

At this week’s “Conversation Series” hosted by the New York Daily News Innovation Lab, time.com managing editor Edward Felsenthal reminded the audience about a second layer of precociousness framing the magazine’s current cover story. The bylined reporter, Jack Dickey (pictured), is nearly a full year younger than the highlighted celebrity, Taylor Swift. From a report by The Huffington Post’s Lily Karlin:

“Jack, who we hired right out of [New York's] Columbia [College], is younger than Taylor Swift,” Felsenthal explained. “First week he walked in with the idea, and said he refused to write it until he had access to her. With the perseverance of someone of more experience than he actually has, he got to her and broke news in his cover story and wrote a beautiful 2,000-word piece.”

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Joe Piscopo Now Regrets the Muscles Phase

JoePiscopoWNYMIs it saying much that Joel Siegel’s New York Daily News interview with radio host Joe Piscopo is more entertaining than anything on this fall’s run of SNL episodes not involving Jim Carrey and Matthew McConaughey? Maybe not; but you should be sure to read it nonetheless.

The 63-year-old Piscopo is rolling along these days as a morning show host on AM 970′s The Answer (a.k.a. WNYM). He’s a perfect fit for the job, and with this new media success comes an ability to look back very honestly at some of his personal missteps:

His “bad choices,” Piscopo said, include “silly things like running off with the babysitter” — that would be his son’s sitter, Kimberly Driscoll, 18, whom he eventually married and divorced — and bulking up so much, he once did a cover shoot for Muscle & Fitness magazine in 1990.

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Fashion Editor Showcases the Naked Subway Look

Although Instagram quickly took down a photo posted by Peter Davis, group executive editor of The Daily Front Row, the New York tabloids today are all over it. The picture of a naked, drunk man riding the subway wearing only shoes and socks is on the front of the Post and inside the Daily News.

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Report: Yahoo Beauty Duo Hate the Color Purple

Hmmm. We have a couple of problems with today’s New York Daily News item about Joe Zee and Bobbi Brown’s alleged objections to the Yahoo shade of purple.

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Firstly, there’s actually not that much of it at the Yahoo Beauty end. Secondly, while some sort of discussion about the color purple on Yahoo conjuring up the site’s tech origins seems reasonable enough, the hyperbole here does not:

“A particular sticking point for both of them is the overuse of purple on the site,” said our insider. “It looks so old-fashioned. They’ve been trying to get (Yahoo!) to change it and they’ve had huge fights about that and general aesthetic problems.”

A stripe of the color, along with the site’s famous logo (also in purple), follows readers as they move through the pages.

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A Daily News Lede That Was Anything But Championship Caliber

BillMadden1954CoverAs a reminder of how much times and sportswriting have changed, let’s telescope back – courtesy of Bill Madden‘s recent book 1954 – to this date 60 years ago. On September 30, 1954, New York Daily News readers were treated to the following World Series Game One summary lede by famed sportswriter Dick Young:

The story of the Giants 5-2 victory over Cleveland in yesterday’s World Series opener should be written vertically from top to bottom in Chinese hieroglyphics. It was won on a 10th inning homer that was not only sudden death but pure murder… right out of a Charlie Chan yarn.

Ming Toy Rhodes, sometimes called Dusty by his Occidental friends, was the honorable person who, as pinch hitter, delivered a miserable bundle of wet wash to the first row in right field in Polo Grounds some 258 1/2 feet down the block from the laundry.

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Daily News Reporter Goes Elmo Undercover

AdamEdelmanTwitterProfilePicBetter red than dead? Not in this case. For his recent Times Square efforts, New York Daily News political reporter Adam Edelman (pictured) earned a measly total of just one dollar in tips.

As Elmo, Edelman tried several different sidewalk locations. He encountered some well-organized Smurfs before being unwittingly exposed:

Suddenly a woman noticed the tiny camera propped up in my Elmo mouth (we were after all, documenting this experience) and began to warn nearby mascots about my presence. Without warning, a Batman and a Spider-Man were in my face.

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