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South Carolina Comedienne Still Recovering from Horrific Subway Accident

LizaDyeHeadshotLet’s first telescope back to the days right before the February 13, 2014 accident that changed everything. At that time, South Carolina native Liza Dye (pictured) was just like so many others in New York City, doggedly pursuing her dreams.

“Despite being homeless, my career was going really well,” she tells FishbowlNY from Greenville, where she continues to recuperate. “I’d just come off a Saturday Night Live audition which landed me an amazing manager. I experienced my first pilot season and then I got hit by a train.”

“But one thing that I made sure of was to never stop writing,” she continues. “I kept a notebook in my [Bellevue] hospital bed and wrote every day. Some stuff was jokes and some wasn’t. I just made sure that I was writing. And I’m still writing. Now, I’m writing a pilot for a TV show about my life and I’m also writing a book. I should note that no money has come from either of those things [yet].”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Applaud Sony | Fox News, FBN Pulled From Dish

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Hackers to Sony: We’ll Stand Down if You Never Release Movie (CNN)
The hackers behind a devastating cyberattack at Sony Pictures have sent a new message to executives at the company, crediting them for a “very wise” decision to cancel the Christmas day release of The Interview, a source close to the company said. TVNewser The emails, sent Thursday night, included the message “you’ve done the right thing.” The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen. Re/code In an interview on NBC’s Meet The Press Sunday, David Boies, the studio’s lawyer, said The Interview will be released. “Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” he told NBC’s Chuck Todd, adding the studio is still trying to determine the best distribution outlet that would also ensure people’s safety. THR / AP North Korea on Saturday proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. into the hacking attack, warning of “serious” consequences if Washington rejects a probe that it believes would prove Pyongyang had nothing to do with the cyberattack. The proposal was seen by analysts as a typical ploy by the North to try to show that it is sincere, even though it knows the U.S. would never accept its offer for a joint investigation. U.S. officials blame North Korea for the hacking, citing the tools used in the Sony attack and previous hacks linked to the North, and have vowed to respond. TMZ According to sources connected with the studio, Judy Smith — the inspiration behind the Olivia Pope character on Scandal – has been quietly advising Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal.

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Diane von Furstenberg Revisits Infamous New York Magazine Interview

NewsweekMarch1976FurstenbergIn her new memoir The Woman I Wanted to Be, she writes about it. And in a piece in the current issue of Harper’s Bazaar to go along with a Fashion Icon of the Year award from the magazine presented in November, she talks about it.

Diane von Furstenberg‘s 1973 New York magazine interview with then-husband Prince Eduard Egon von Furstenberg today would set off a thousand and one Twitter storms. Although Ms. von Furstenberg famously never has any regrets, she admits this one still belongs on the runway of youthful indiscretions:

The story [of Egon and Diane] was a media dream. But like all dreams, not everything was based in reality. In 1973, Diane and Egon gave an interview to New York magazine in which they tried to talk with sophistication about their ‘open’ marriage. Their words read ludicrously – even to her.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Hackers Threaten Violence Over Interview | NYT Layoffs Begin

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Sony Hackers Threaten Violence Over The Interview (Re/code)
A new message from the hackers who have infiltrated Sony Pictures Entertainment appeared to threaten violence at or near movie theaters where the studio plans to show The Interview. The group mentioned the film for the first time by name and threatened to take unspecified actions against its premiere, set for Dec. 25, writing, “The world will be full of fear” and “Remember the 11th of September.” WSJ A Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday afternoon the agency was aware of the threat but added: “at this time there is no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States.” Variety “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment,” the message reads. There have been suspicions that the attack may have been launched by North Korea in retaliation for the Interview’s depiction of an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-un. The country has denied involvement but praised the attacks. THR The Sony hackers also made good on their promise to release a so-called Christmas gift by posting an eighth batch of documents to the Internet on Tuesday. The documents appear to be the entire email account of Sony Pictures Entertainment chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. Lynton’s email account contains 12,466 messages, which presumably contains deleted messages, dating from Nov. 12, 2008 to Nov. 21, 2014, three days before the hack was first noticed by the studio. A special screening of the film took place in Los Angeles last week without incident. Deadline Landmark Theatres said Tuesday night that the New York premiere of the film has been canceled. The event was set for Thursday night at the Sunshine Cinema on the Lower East Side. BuzzFeed The film’s stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have withdrawn from all media appearances in the lead-up to the release of the film.

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Thanks to $72 Million Blunder, Bloomberg Gets Way More Than They Bargained For

NYMagReasonsLogoDeck the halls with bows of expletive. That might well describe the mood at Bloomberg today, given that a journalist they just hired has been tarred with the latest MSM fact-check scandal.

Ultimately, it is Jessica Pressler who is responsible, as the bylined author of the New York magazine item, for this note at the top of a New York Post pick-up:

Mohammed Islam has since admitted he lied to New York magazine and did not make any money on the stock market, an Observer interview reveals.

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A Cosmopolitan Editor Who Has Paid Her Dues

EmmaBarkerCosmopolitanThumbEmma Barker‘s current job title is as yummy as Carrie Bradshaw‘s favorite cocktail. At age 27, Barker is the sex and relationships editor for Cosmopolitan.

That’s a long way from the Iowa payphone she once had to rely on to fact-check travel article details for Midwest Living. And, as Barker writes for this week’s edition of the magazine’s ongoing column “Get That Life,” it’s also a fair figurative distance from her second stint at New York magazine, during which she volunteered to cover parties and events for The Cut:

Party reporting is one of the hardest jobs you can have because you have to ask what they don’t want to answer. Their publicist is standing there frowning at you. Once there was a married, famous model who was rumored to be having a lesbian affair with another model. I had to ask her about it at her perfume launch party. She was not there to talk about her sex scandal, but I had to ask the question. Her publicist yelled at me, and I left and cried on the subway. I was so humiliated.

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The Dog-Eat-Cat World of Pet Magazine Publishing

Just the other day, we joked that Cat Fancy was planning a lewd Kardashian cat cover to keep up with the Paper‘s and DuJour‘s of the human world. In light of recent changes at the publication, they may seriously want to consider that idea.

CatFancyOctober2014In case you missed the recent announcement, Cat Fancy and Dog Fancy are being downscaled and replaced by Irvine, California-headquartered I-5 Publishing. In place of those two respective regular runs, there will now be alternating bi-monthly issues of Catster and Dogster. Even if you think cats are nothing more than man’s fickle friend, there’s plenty to enjoy in Abraham Rieseman‘s New York magazine autopsy. Including a couple of very unusual twists: staff is not being cut and I-5 plans to throw more money at these new issues in the form of better paper stock, higher-grade binding and so on:

Extensive interviews with writers and executives have suggested an answer [to why I-5 is shutting down the 49-year-old feline magazine]: Cat lovers killed Cat Fancy. In their defense, they had no idea they were doing it. But in recent years, the nature of cat adoration (and I must offer full disclosure here: I am the parent of two cats) has changed radically. Though Cat Fancy tried to adapt, it never totally broke free from its origins in a different era of cat enthusiasm.

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Cheater Nancy and Trader Joe’s

TraderJoesLogoThe newest item tagged on The Cut with “Both Sides of a Breakup” involves a pair of lawyers, Ian and Nancy. On the eve of the couple’s planned marriage, the whole thing came undone thanks to Nancy’s behavior at the home of two-buck Chuck with a two-timing Charles:

IAN: My best friend’s wife called me and said she was in a terrible position but she had to tell me something. She said, “Did you and Nancy break up?” And I said, “No! Why?” And she said, “I saw her with Charles… you need to ask her what’s going on.” She had seen Nancy and Charles making out at Trader Joe’s. Trader fucking Joe’s. It was like a scene from a movie. Suddenly, everything came together. It was literally like that last scene in The Usual Suspects.

And how do New York magazine readers feel about TJ’s role in all this? One suggests the grocery chain should be thought of as “Traitor Joe’s,” while another puts this aisle-mess on the level of Lisa Raye at a Turks and Caicos fish market.

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Jennifer Senior on What Makes for the ‘Worst Interview’

JenniferSeniorPicNew York magazine contributing editor Jennifer Senior picks and chooses her interviews. But when she publishes one, it’s always memorable.

Traveling from New York to Florida for this weekend’s Sanibel Island Writers Conference, she took a few moments to chat with Florida Weekly‘s Nancy Stetson. Senior proved to be a pretty good interview herself, quickly expounding when asked, ‘What makes a good interview?:’

“The worst interviews are the ones where you have two collisions of sensibility. Either the interviewer has an adversarial point of view, or they’re not empathetic, so what happens is that you don’t actually get to experience the world from the point of view of the subject.”

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Kevin Roose Frames Fusion with Impressive Vote of Confidence

KevinRooseTwitterProfilePicSpeaking with the kind of clarity and directness that informs his prose, departing New York magazine writer Kevin Roose explained to Re/code’s Edmund Lee what drew him to Fusion TV, his next professional home:

“Fusion is the most ambitious experiment happening in media right now, and I just wanted to be a part of it,” Roose said. “It was that simple.”

Roose will report to Fusion’s Silicon Valley bureau chief Alexis Madrigal, who recently came over from Atlantic Media. And continue to mine the fertile beat that he described in a recent interview with the Daily Californian:

“Technology has become this enormous gold rush filled with hucksters and charlatans and visionaries and geniuses, and I am interested in what is going to come from all of this. Are we just going to end up with 16 great social networks, or are we really going to make the world a lot better?”

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