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Rating the Media’s Super Bowl Parties

Several media companies are going to throw Super Bowl parties this weekend. While we appreciate the tradition, it always presents a problem: How do you choose which one to attend? Or, more specifically, how do you choose which one to imagine yourself attending when in reality you’re at home eating Doritos? Luckily for you, we’ve rated several parties.

The FishbowlNY Five Star Rating System™ is extremely technical, so read this carefully — one star means the party sucks, five means you should definitely pretend that you’re rich and cool enough to go. Below are the ratings, via The New York Post’s breakdown.

ESPN ★ ★ ★

Pros: Magic Johnson and Victor Cruz are attending. Performances from Kendrick Lamar and Robin Thicke.
Cons: Joe Flacco will be there. No one likes the Ravens.

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Kate Moss to Pose Naked for Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Issue

Attention creepy old dudes who subscribe to Playboy: Kate Moss — who will be 40 years old in January — is taking it all off for the magazine. The Los Angeles Times reports that the model will grace the cover of Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue and be featured inside.

Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy’s editorial director, told the LA Times that Moss made sense because she is “a global icon.” She was also willing to get naked for money. That probably helped.

“You’re talking about the face of Burberry, the biggest supermodel in the world on the cover of Playboy,” added Jellinek. ”She’s the perfect partner for us to help launch the next 60 years.”

Moss’ shoot was overseen by Marcus Pigott and Mert Atlas. As you can see from the photo above, the duo had Moss pose in typical Playboy duds, like bunny ears, French cuffs and black stockings.

The longer you stare at that photo the weirder it gets. Why did Playboy ever deem rabbits sexy? They’re kind of gross when you think about it. They’re basically rats with bigger ears.

Anyway, Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue hits newsstands early next month.

[Image: Playboy/Marcus Pigott and Mert Atlas]

Playboy is Making Some Curious Changes

Scott Flanders is Playboy Enterprises first CEO outside of the Hugh Hefner family, and he’s got some interesting ideas for the company. According to The Wall Street Journal, Flanders is working hard at expanding the licensing of the iconic Playboy brand (Playboy toothpaste? Maybe!) and wants people to think of Playboy as elegant. ”Our favorite line is, ‘Less sweatsuit, more Tom Ford,’” Kristin Patrick, CMO of the company, told the Journal.

It’s easy to get caught up in Playboy’s sweatsuit attack — it seems, at the very least, un-American — but the change that Flanders is brining that will surely catch the most attention is a new, nudity-free app:

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Cover Battle: Businessweek or Playboy

Welcome back to FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This week we have Bloomberg Businessweek versus Playboy. Businessweek features a bold statement that is sure to create controversy among people who are idiots.

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Neville Wakefield to Consult for Playboy

Playboy has hired Neville Wakefield as a consultant on marketing projects, according to WWDRumors that Wakefield was going to be part of a Playboy rebranding are apparently untrue; a spokesperson told WWD no changes are being planned.

Wakefield is a curator, writer and photographer. His work has appeared in publications such as W and Acne Paper.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. Playboy Battles Vanity Fair Over Nudes of Marilyn Monroe, May 11
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  3. 2012 Gerald Loeb Award Finalists Announced, May 14
  4. The Business of Parenting, May 15
  5. Long Island’s Fair Media Council Says WCBS/WLNY Deal Is ‘Wonderful Thing,‘ May 14

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Playboy Wants Nothing to do with ‘Tanning Mom’

There is a God.

Patricia Krentcil, better known as the “tanning mom,” was caught on camera saying she would be interested in posing for Playboy if they ever called — which immediately sent chills down my spine.

Hugh Hefner‘s people caught wind of this story and immediately squashed the idea of the 44-year-old New Jersey woman taking her clothes off for the men’s publication.

According to TMZ:

One source says, “It wouldn’t even be considered” — Hef wouldn’t let TM pose in the magazine or ANY Playboy outlet. Simply put — Tanning Mom just isn’t Playboy material.

Playboy later went on the record and said, “It would definitely never happen.”

Whew.

Playboy Battles Vanity Fair Over Nudes of Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe, despite being dead for 50 years, still has a knack for stirring up controversy. The latest incident comes to us thanks to Vanity Fair, which promises to showcase Monroe’s “Lost Nudes.” Playboy, according to The New York Post, is rather annoyed over Vanity Fair’s claim.

“None of these nude photos were lost — in fact, they are in the Playboy photo archives, or have been previously published in Playboy,” a post on the magazine’s site bluntly states. “…We ran them 48 years ago, in our January 1964 issue, or again in January 2005. Sorry, Vanity Fair. Sometimes when something is too good to be true, it really is too good to be true. In the parlance of today: You got got.”

We’re not entirely sure that people actually say “you got got,” but you have to love that bitchy tone. A Vanity Fair spokesperson countered that Playboy’s attack isn’t correct, that some of the nude Monroe photos in its latest issue have, in fact, never been published.

Even with that disclaimer, we doubt that this is over. Apparently nothing lights a fire under Hugh Hefner like pointing out that he published a dead woman’s nudes first, so we look forward to whatever lies ahead.

President Obama Reads The New York Times, Not Playboy

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone, President Barack Obama gives a wide-ranging interview, and of course he is asked about his reading habits. Obama says that he reads The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post “just to catch up,” but then, when asked if reads Paul Krugman, he replies:

I read all of the New York Times columnists. Krugman’s obviously one of the smartest economic reporters out there, but I also read some of the conservative columnists, just to get a sense of where those arguments are going.

That’s right. ALL of the Times’ columnists. That’s quite a healthy dose of Times commentary.

We can’t say the same about Playboy writers; Obama said he doesn’t read the magazine. He said nothing about the pictures though…

Hugh Hefner Says Goodbye to Chicago

Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner officially said goodbye to Chicago this weekend, penning a guest op-ed column in the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago shaped Playboy in ways I didn’t realize at the time. New York City seemed a world away from the rest of America, sophisticated and socially advanced, detached from the remainder of the country. Chicago stood as the most significant representation of true, post-war America. The high-rises and subways brimmed with urban men who returned to the city after their experiences abroad and found themselves receptive to ideas that challenged their socially conservative surroundings.

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