TVNewser Show TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Paris’

Harper’s Brown Loves Making “A Fantastical Idea A Reality”

brown.png Harper’s Bazaar features and special projects director Laura Brown spoke with FishbowlNY contributor Diane Clehane for a “What Do You Do?” article on Mediabistro.com earlier this week.

The Australian editor and special judge on Bravo’s “Project Runway” spin-off “The Fashion Show” spoke about the challenges of her unique job including celebrity wrangling and conceptualizing the special features that get the magazine noticed, like last year’s photo feature with Tyra Banks as Michelle Obama.

Have favorite part of the job? “It’s basically being able to make what is seemingly an untenable idea or a fantastical idea a reality — to have a light bulb go on over your head like, ‘How about Tyra [Banks] as Michelle Obama?’ and then having that happen,” she said. “I feel like a little girl from Sydney when I do those things like, ‘Wow, look at that!’”

Getting into the details of how the Tyra/Michelle piece came about, Brown said:

“Obviously, the election was on everyone’s mind. I just said to [Tyra], ‘Why don’t we do this?’ We have one pop cultural icon who is paying homage to a woman who is about to become first lady and is clearly an icon herself.’ She got it straight away. She had no hesitation whatsoever. We shot this months before the election, and we imagined the White House with the family. If we get one point for prescience, we’ll take it…She was great. We got so much press. There were people who loved it — and then there were some people from Harvard who couldn’t believe we put a Harvard sweatshirt on Tyra and thought it was outrageous. I love doing that kind of stuff when you get a reaction from people. That’s the point — you don’t shoot stories to have them die.”

Read on for Brown’s take on which celebrities sell best today and some inspiring advice for magazine writers.

Read more

Mediabistro Course

Get $25 OFF Freelancing 101 

Freelancing 101Freelancing 101 starts in less than a week! Don't miss your last chance to save $25 on full registration for this online boot camp with code FLANCE25! Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. Register now! 

LAT In 90 Seconds

32071359.jpgFunny Or Offensive? Online critics praise and skewer BET’s “Read a F@&%ing Book” campaign. Greg Braxton does a nice job of pointing out that the campaign’s coarse langauge is “bleeped out when it is broadcast on BET, which is part of Viacom, the owner of CBS, which earlier this year fired shock jock Don Imus for using what he called hip-hop-flavored humor in his comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.”

32074363.jpgSuper Simple Life: In a Richard Winton two-fer we learn that pregnant pothead Nicole Richie is out of jail after 82 minutes and that Lindsay Lohan bargained her way into serving just one day on cocaine and DUI charges. Suck on that, Paris.

mur.jpegHello? Rupert Here. How Are You? New WSJ owner/feared madman Rupert Murdoch called three reporters who were thinking about ditching the Journal and asked them, pretty please, to stay. Tara Parker-Pope, Kate Kelly and Henny Sender received the calls. Parker-Pope was apparently unimpressed and will be heading to the NYT, while Kelly “told others she had already decided to stay. Sender hasn’t decided.” Nice “hands-off management,” Rupert.

Lunch At Michael’s: The Dog Days Are Here!

lunch_at_michaels_logo3.jpg

— DIANE CLEHANE

The morning monsoon that shut down the city for several hours kept all but the true diehards away today at 55th & Fifth. Even general manager Steve Millington was kept from his post due to a weather-related nanny nightmare (we can relate). Others, like our pal Jaqui Lividini, arrived breathless due to today’s stifling heat and annoying lack of cabs. The fashion maven recovered her cool before being joined by Teen Vogue‘s Amy Astley, a newly minted member of the International Best Dressed List. (Check out the full list of fab fashionistas — including Posh & Becks and the always dreamy George Clooney in Vanity Fair‘s gigantic September issue). Memo to Mike Bloomberg: Why don’t you stop waging your will-he-or-won’t he run for president, declare August a citywide holiday and put us all out of our misery?’

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Four suits — one, we’re told was a Fox News bigwig (obviously someone else was charged with bailing out the drenched mothership) — tucking into cobb salads.

2. The soul of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus — looking dapper in a blue blazer — dining with two guests.

3. Jack Myers and two jacketed gents.

4. Portfolio’s David Carey

5. Bill Siegal(Herb’s son).

6. Allen & Co.’s John Josephson with a table full of young turks and one mystery gal.

7. The man himself, Michael McCarty, dishing with John Hilton. We’re assuming he’s part of that Hilton clan. I wanted to ask how Paris was doing since being sprung from the slammer but I just couldn’t bring myself to utter her name in public …

8. New York Social Diary’s David Patrick Columbia and Rita Jamais, the former owner of La Caravelle.

Read more

Countdown‘s ‘Ho’ Graphic: Olbermann’s Done This Sort Of Thing Before

There’s some furor building over a graphic [above] shown on Tuesday’s Countdown With Keith Olbermann — guest-hosted by Alison Stewart — which referred to embattled Louisiana Senator David Vitter‘s wife as a “ho” for her choice of leopard-print at her husband’s press conference acknowledging his involvement in the DC Madam scandal.

One random DailyKos diarist is outraged, calling it the “low point in Countdown history.”

Considering its “Nappy ‘Hos” history, MSNBC should’ve learned a lesson or two about off-handed, misogynistic remarks. Still, no one should be surprised — Olbermann and Countdown have done this kind of thing before. One example, as we reported way back in October, involved a pre-penitentiary Paris Hilton. At that time, it wasn’t the “A Slut and Battery” that drew our attention — it was what he said:

Yes, you heard Keith Olbermann correctly. In case you missed it, here it is again:

Paris Hilton claims she was punched in the face yesterday morning at a nightclub in Hollywood [pause] ‘Course she’s had worse things happen to her face …

And yes, that is what he meant.

  • Olbermann: Paris Hilton’s ‘Had Worse Things Happen To Her Face’ Than Being Punched
  • LAT in 90 Seconds

    chape.jpgDave Chappelle Is “Exhausted:” At what point are celebs going to realize we don’t believe anybody gets admitted to the hospital because they are tired?

    creepy.jpgDevil In The White County? Court papers allege Broadcom Corp.’s Henry T. Nicholas III had a secret lair for sex and drugs — complete with secret passage ways and levers — built in his home.

    parisalb.jpgWe Told You So: When Paris went to jail, we predicted that she’d either come out as a member of the Nation of Islam, or ready to cut a street-cred-laden hip-hop album. Chickity check it.

    At Least It Was A Hybrid …

    The big media news story comes out of L.A. for a change: Al Gore III, son of Al Gore and associate publisher of Good magazine, was busted in the wee hours of July 4th while driving at about 100 m.p.h. in his Toyota Prius hybrid on a Southern California freeway:

    The deputy smelled marijuana and searched the car, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The search turned up a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma. There were no prescriptions found, he said.

    Gore III, of course, has a history of drug busts. Will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the Paris sentence has on Gore.

    Also, a marketing note: Who knew hybrids could go a 100? This could be the best celebrity endorsement for Toyota since Larry David‘s Prius on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

    RELATED:

  • Good‘s New York Launch
  • Confirmed: Ex-Phish Frontman Loves Drugs, Driving
  • Jamie Lee Curtis Schools Kathy Hilton

    ABC_PARIS_070604_ms.jpgJamie Lee Curtis takes on the heady topic of parenting in her first column for the Huffington Post — except it’s not really about parenting. It’s about Paris.

    While swearing up and down that “I am not throwing stones,” she proceeds to hurl ‘em at Kathy Hilton, saying Paris’s mom “should have taught her right from wrong, to help her, to teach her the rules of life.”

    Sure, Curtis tries to make it look as though she were talking about mothering with a capital “M,” asking, “And where did we, the Mothers, get the message that if we abdicate our responsibilities as Mothers, the Universe will do our job for us?”

    But it’s clear whom Curtis is talking to when she encourages all Mothers (read: Kathy Hilton) to “wake up and smell the denial.”

    It looks as though Kathy won’t have to do that much work, though. Barbara Walters talked to Paris Hilton by phone on Sunday (because that’s how the Universe works, apparently), and the heiress told her she’s a changed woman.

    “I’m not the same person I was,” she said. “I used to act dumb. It was an act. I am 26 years old, and that act is no longer cute. It is not who I am, nor do I want to be that person for the young girls who looked up to me. I know now that I can make a difference, that I have the power to do that. I have been thinking that I want to do different things when I am out of here. I have become much more spiritual. God has given me this new chance.”

    In jail speak, that either means Paris is preparing to put out a rap album with real street cred, or that she’s converted to Islam. We can’t wait to find out.