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Who Should Be TIME‘s Person of the Year?

From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer 
Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images 

TIME hosted its annual Person of the Year panel today, where a seemingly random assortment of notable people give their opinions on who should get the honor. Moderated by managing editor Rick Stengel, panelists included:

Bryan Cranston – best known for his chemical concoctions on Breaking Bad, star of Argo.

Newt Gingrich – The only panelist who actually held the honor of “Person of the Year,” as speaker of the house back in 1995. Dubious about climate change.

Matt Lauer – host of the Today show, not dubious about climate change.

Padma Lakshmi – Host of Top Chef, woman.

Michael Nutter – Mayor of Philadelphia.

Here’s a roundup of the contenders, and what the panelists thought. Read more

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Matt Lauer, Harold Ford Jr. & Neil Sedaka

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If the scene at Michael’s today is any indication, summer vacations are so 2010. The place was full of magazine honchos (the cafeteria at Hearst must have been empty), media mavens (Does Jason Binn ever sleep?) and bold face names who were all working the room like nobody’s business. I knew this group meant business when the chatter rose to such a decibel-splitting level that I could barely hear what my lunch dates were saying. So forget about playing hooky this week because the weather is so good, get to work on making that next big deal happen!

When I arrived a little before noon today I got a chance to catch up with Harold Ford Jr. I asked the former congressman, now MSNBC analyst, what he thought of the contentious negotiations between President Obama and the Republicans on raising the debt ceiling. Will the two sides reach an agreement before the August deadline? “They’ll strike an 11th hour deal,” Harold told me. “They have to.” Harold thinks the president is “acting responsibly” while the freshman Republicans are “playing with fire.” His solution: “If I were advising the president, I’d say get out on a ten-city tour and talk to people and explain (in his plan) there would be no new taxes until the end of 2012.” When it comes to raising taxes, Harold espouses raising the tax threshold for individuals and households. Eat your peas, indeed.

I was joined today by Redbook’s editor-in-chief Jill Herzig and Hearst PR director Alexandra Carlin and we had a lively conversation that ranged from raising kids to keeping up (literally) with the Kardashians. Jill just celebrated her first anniversary at Redbook in May and has made some savvy tweaks to Hearst’s magazine for smart, style-conscious women who juggle work and family. The biggest change? A shift in tone from “commiserating to celebrating” life in all its glorious, modern day chaos. “We love it when we hear about that from our cover celebrities. Brooke Burke was very honest about it recently. She said balance doesn’t exist. It’s just life.” In the new August issue, Jada Pinkett Smith gives some very frank — and emotional — answers about raising a family of budding superstars, her “excruciating” choices and how she wouldn’t have it any other way. Who wouldn’t want to go home to Will Smith?

Speaking of celebs, Jill gave me the rundown on which cover gals have scored on the newsstand this year. The big winners were the multiple covers featuring reality/competition show queens Bethenny Frankel, Allison Sweeney and Padma Lakshmi, and the issue featuring country star Miranda Lambert right before she married Blake Shelton. The top seller? The May issue which featured the women of the Kardashian clan clad all in white. Jill tells me ‘momager’ Kris earned her complete respect by rounding up her daughters and arriving early for a 6 am call to the set. “They were incredibly professional and all genuinely seemed to enjoy each other. They were just lovely.”

Here’s a rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Niche Media’s Jason Binn (Loved the seersucker suit!) presiding over a table of young bucks.

2. Producer Francine LeFrak and some well-heeled pals.

3. Cosmo‘s publisher Donna Lagani and Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller. A little birdie told me that Bonnie and Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne moved their monthly ‘Influencer’ luncheon from Tuesday to Wednesday this month because Jay Penske, whose company Mail.com Media owns Hollywoodlife.com, was in town and didn’t want to miss out on all the fun. Just in case you were wondering who joined the terrific trio here’s the list: social swan and Vanity Fair scribe Amy Fine Collins , designer Stacey Bendet, Ogilvy Entertainment president Doug Scott, Maybelline’s Deborah Marquardt, ION Media Networks’ CEO Brandon Burgess, Razorfish VP of media Julie Weitzner, Charlie Corwin, founder of Original Media,  publicist Matt Hiltzik and Aly Racer, president on PMC.

4. Producer Freddie Gershorn.

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Padma Lakshmi Gets Naked For Allure

Allure magazine may soon be getting some male readers. “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshmi is one of five celebrities posing nude in the May issue.

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More images from the nude issue of Allure here

NYWICI’s 2008 Matrix Awards — Diane Sawyer on Robin Roberts: ‘Made for Margaritas and Dancing’

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Today at New York Women In Communications’ annual Matrix Awards Luncheon (from left): Presenter and ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff; honoree and Disney Media Networks co-chair/Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; honoree and Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts; and presenter and co-anchor of Good Morning America Diane Sawyer

Emcee and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi (pictured below the jump), when complimented on her “amazing appetite,” gave away why “I’m uniquely qualified to do my job: I sit on my ass, I eat, and I talk”; honoree and playwright Anna Deavere Smith did her best Studs Terkel impression; Good Morning America co-host and ABC News co-anchor and presenter Diane Sawyer divulged that GMA co-anchor and honoree Robin Roberts is a friend “made for margaritas and dancing,” while Roberts confessed to the crowd that she calls Sawyer “Thelma,” as in half of the eponymous duo that drove the 80′s girls-gone-liberated buddy flick Thelma and Louise because “sometimes in the morning [hosting GMA], we feel like we’re about to go over that cliff holding hands.” More heartstring-pulling, hand-holding, hijinks and pictures from the event after the jump…

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Potty-Mouth Padma in Vanity Fair

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Nancy Jo Sales has the Padma Lakshmi story in VF, but overstates things a wee bit:

How amazing was it that she, the daughter of a single mother who fled India to escape the stigma of divorce, was poised to become the first Indian woman with an American brand—perhaps the first to self-brand. “I’m as American as anyone else,” she has said.

Susie Coehlo, who’s also Indian/American, has Padma beat by quite a few years.

And then there’s this:

the many contradictions in its author, such as: she’s an educated woman–with a B.A. in theater arts from Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts, 1992–who swears freely: “Finishing the fucking book was like being in labor for two years!”

What planet is Sales on–the nun planet? (And since when does a degree from Clark impress anyone at Vanity Fair?)

Oh, and Padma? You didn’t get death threats for your writing, so pipe down.

(Photograph by Alexi Lubomirski)

Weinstein Books’ Thin Fall Catalog

weinstein_books_052107.jpgLast year, Harvey Weinstein‘s book division at Miramax scored a mini-coup with the Spy magazine anthology. We just received the renamed Weinstein Books debut fall catalog, and … well, let’s put it this way: When the cornerstone of your catalog is a Chris Elliott spoof of Jon Krakauer called Into Hot Air, you’re not exactly sitting on a Da Vinci Code.

The inaugural list, in fact, includes just five books: Elliott’s Into Hot Air, Vincent Lam‘s Bloodletting & Miracle Cures, Tangy Tart Hot & Sweet recipes from Padma Lakshmi (Bravo’s Top Chef), Adrienne KressAlex and the Ironic Gentleman (a sort of Lemony Snicket meets Alice In Wonderland) and Jack Stalwart, an adventure series for nine-year-olds.

But that didn’t stop Rob Weisbach, president and CEO of Weinstein Books, from issuing a dramatic mission statement:

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FBLA 20 Questions: April Winchell

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April Winchell, writer, radio personality, and the funniest person we know, took time out from her busy day to answer the FBLA 20 Questions:

1. What newspapers do you read?
Whatever’s laying around at the Methadone clinic.

2. Which ones do you move your lips while reading?
My father taught me never to move my lips.

3. Which Web sites are on your favorites bookmark?
FBLA, etsy, Gawker, Defamer, YouTube, Goldenfiddle, Everlastingblort, WWTTD

Also this one:
I can’t believe they make this product in this scent, and I have to look at it almost every day. Seriously, am I washing it or marinating it? I bet this is what Padma Lakshmi uses.

4. Where do you get your car washed?
Oh that’s funny. Sometimes I scrape the bird shit off my windshield with a key, but that’s about it.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Doctor.

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