Google Alerts informed me that TV Land was “fast-tracking” the series Younger by Darren Star, based on the book by Pamela Redmond Satran. I was floored, because not only was the show moving forward, but they actually mentioned me and my book!
My LA agent Dana Spector had just gotten married, my NY agent was on vacation, so all my initial news came from Page Six. The fall brought more news: Sutton Foster was set to star, an inspired choice for a role that demands freshness, combined with soul and serious acting chops. Then the adorable Hilary Duff was tapped for the role of the younger colleague, giving the show big-time Hollywood cred, with Debi Mazar as the main character’s best friend – perfect, as I’d always thought of Debi as my secret best friend.
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[The following is a transcript from the FishbowlNY play-by-play booth.]
“Now batting… Ronan Farrow, the handsome young son of Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. Check that… Our statistician has just informed us that contrary to information circulated earlier, Ronan is in fact the son of Farrow and Woody Allen. Our apologies.”
“Farrow is back in the box… for a called strike two! We’re not sure about that one; it looked a little outside. According the the Daily News, this unproven celebrity farm system prospect “doesn’t yet pop off the screen with the kind of distinctive personality that sets the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper apart.”"
By FishbowlNY’s calculations, the bread-and-butter courtship of a certain lucky guy by Page Six senior editor Stephanie Smith will be completed – assuming no holiday breaks – on January 29, 2014. Just in time for a logical, return Valentine’s Day gift.
By then, also, who knows how many media appearances Smith will have logged. Not quite 300, like the number of daily sandwiches she is famously making for her boyfriend. But certainly in the dozens, if she so chooses.
This week, Smith dropped by NPR’s NYC studios to connect with Tell Me More host Michel Martin. Responding to the Internet criticism aimed at her engagement-ring efforts, Smith urged critics to actually read her blog posts. If they do, she suggested, they’ll understand the spirit of it all:
“It’s not just a girl making all this food to earn a man’s love. This is a journey between the two of us as we continue on towards engagement. And I don’t think I’m less of a woman or a hard-charging career woman because I want to do something nice for my boyfriend.”
Richard Johnson, the veteran New York Post Page Six editor, is returning to New York to start a new gossip column. In a memo obtained by Daily Intelligencer, Jesse Angelo, the Post’s publisher and editor-in-chief, said Johnson’s column “will be a mix of gossip from both coasts, society news, business and politics in the legendary style of Neal Travis.”
Johnson left his spot at Page Six in 2010 to lead the now-shuttered The Daily’s gossip section. When The Daily shut down operations, Johnson stayed in Los Angeles and acted as a correspondent for Page Six.
Here at FishbowlNY, it’s sometimes all about the side notes.
The alleged gist of today’s Page Six item is that CBS ordered its news anchor Scott Pelley to travel to D.C. last week to smooth over some ruffled staffer feathers. But what caught our attention is the back-and-forth between the NYP, Pelley and the newsman’s PR flacks, sparked by a previous Page Six item about Pelley’s supposed anger over a John Miller scoop going to CBS This Morning:
“You wouldn’t last 10 seconds at CBS News,” said Pelley. “This is not how reporters do their job. You called my publicist but not me in my office?”
Mohr has worked in the past as Variety‘s box office reporter and The Hollywood Reporter‘s New York bureau chief. At Page Six, he will be working with current editor Emily Smith, as well as reporters Stephanie Smith and Tara Palmeri.
Is the New York Post‘s column about Governor David Paterson maybe, possibly having an affair becoming more believable the more it gets passed around? That would be the thesis of yesterday’s New York Observer column by John Koblin, who argues that the “fake news cycle” – that can only exist thanks to the wonders of the Internet and story forwarding – has allowed media to “enter a moment where even the process of journalismâ€”getting a storyâ€”is news in and of itself.” This is based on the fact that Paterson actually had to address the issues of his affair, and a timeline of all the blogs and news media that reported the news (Koblin first broke the rumor of the NYT story on Twitter).
But the truth is, politicians’ sexual scandals have always been ripe fodder for both tabloids and legitimate journalism outlets, and it’s not like Page Six suddenly started existing when Web 2.0 developed. It is not a new development that reporting on a story suddenly makes it true to a vast majority of readers, only that the Internet provides outlets allowing anyone to discuss and debate these salacious items, creating more “hype” for what may turn out to be a total non-story.
Be careful what you write about Rupert Murdoch or his various entities: not only will you inevitably suffer the full backlash from The New York Post or Fox News (as Michael Wolff found out last year, when his affair with Victoria Floethe was revealed in Page Six shortly after his book The Man Who Owns The News was released), but you’ll also have to contend with the litany of newspaper articles that crib the information from your book without giving you any credit (again Wolff, complaining that last Sunday’s profile of Fox New chief Roger Ailes in The New York Times was directly taken from his book).
Sarah Ellison is taking an obvious gamble with her new book, War at The Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire. Not only is the subject matter covering almost the exact same trajectory as Wolff’s book — the Bancroft family’s selling of The Wall Street Journal to Murdoch for $60-a-share — but, according to the David Carr review of the book on today’s Times Media Decoder blog, it’s a much more intimate portrait of the man than the “ethereal” presence we’re used to reading about.
We’ve been hearing for months now about how Bonnie Fuller, formerly of Star and Us Weekly, was planning a media comeback with her new gossip blog HollywoodLife.com, poaching Corrynne Steindler from Page Six and Laura Schreffler from New York Daily News along the way.
Now the day has finally arrived: the launch of the “female-focused” blog HollywoodLife.
Billed as a Web site that crosses traditional magazine coverage with “interactive conversation” for women — as well as “feminine bling” from Fuller herself — HollywoodLife has already drawn in huge advertisers (Sony, We television, Old Navy) for the big names it promises to deliver. Of course, their first (and largest) post up right now is about the New Moon premiere in L.A. last night with a streaming video of Taylor Lautner, Kristin Stewart and Robert Pattinson walking the red carpet.
Full press release after the jump (It’s a must-read, trust us)
Read More: HollywoodLife.com
Vice Magazine was once a staple of the New York late 90s/early millennial underground scene, featuring articles on shooting up heroin, interviews with up-and-comers Chloë Sevigny, and pics of naked people from Ryan McGinley. They also had the severely un-P.C. Do’s and Don’ts thanks to co-founder Gavin McInnes, who left the mag in 2007 when big corporate bought Vice away from its grime roots with VBS.TV (Vice‘s web station), and made it into a glossy product with lots of advertising.
And hey, that’s not entirely a bad thing. According to Page Six, Vice still has money to burn, thanks in no small part to the success of spin-off projects like their record label, clothing company, and naturally, VBS.
Now in a time when everyone is talking about frugality and cutbacks, the New York-based Vice headquarters is throwing a gigantic Halloween party in Brooklyn, which will either “be the final gentrification nail in the coffin of what was once Williamsburg, or it will just be an insane extravaganza of decadence and fun.” Which sort of sounds like two sides of the same bougie coin, and as far away from what Vice‘s original mission was as humanely possible. Expect tons of corporate sponsorship on everything from the beer (PBR?) to the costumes (Where the Wild Things Are?), and if not exactly reminiscent of the old Vice parties, than the old Si Newhouse-sponsored ones.
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