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Ray Rice Cut by Ravens Following TMZ Video Release (TVNewser)
At 4 a.m. ET Monday morning, TMZ posted a video showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée Janay Palmer — now his wife — in an Atlantic City elevator last February. By 2:30 p.m., Rice had been suspended indefinitely by the NFL and cut by the Ravens. PRNewser The NFL’s SVP of communications Greg Aiello explained things to CNN: “We requested from law enforcement any and all information about the incident, including the video from inside the elevator. That video was not made available to us and no one in our office has seen it until today.” Mashable The video shows a man believed to be Rice and a woman in a lobby at the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Feb. 15, 2014. The woman is believed to be Palmer, now Janay Rice, whom Rice married in March. After entering an elevator, the two briefly scuffle. The man then hits the woman with his left hand, causing her head to appear to hit the handrail in the elevator. The woman then slumps to the ground and does not move. The man then proceeds to drag her out of the elevator while she still appears to be unconscious. Security arrives after that. Variety ESPN host Keith Olbermann has accused the NFL and commissioner Roger Gooddell, among others, of covering up the Rice domestic violence situation. Rice was given a two-game suspension by the NFL last month over the incident, but on Monday, the league suspended the football player indefinitely as a result of the graphic video. Mediaite TMZ founder Harvey Levin said Monday that none of this would have happened, and Rice would have gotten away with it scot-free, had TMZ not put the video online.

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People’s Royal Baby Issue Expected to Sell 1.4 Million Copies

People stretched its weekly closing so that it could be the first gossip rag to publish a pic of the Royal Baby, and that gamble has paid off. According to The New York Post, the People issue featuring Prince William, Kate Middleton and George Alexander Louis on the cover is expected to sell 1.4 million copies.

That’s quite a jump from 971,668, which was People’s average newsstand sales for the second half of last year. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, was pleased with the results. “Everyone knows the newsstand has changed forever,” Hackett told the Post. “In this environment, you certainly can’t be disappointed when you produce your best-selling newsstand cover of the year.”

Looks like People is already enjoying the summer of George.

People Gets Royal Baby Cover

People magazine has won the celebrity magazine Royal Baby coverage war. At least for now. The New York Post reports that the glossy held up production so it could put a photo of Prince William, Kate Middleton and — most important of all — the Royal Baby, on its latest cover. It’ll be the only gossip rag with the tiny person on the front.

Larry Hackett, managing editor for People, said that he gambled and held up the issue because his man in London was sure the baby would be revealed Tuesday. “The timing was perfect,” Hackett told the Post.

The wait will surely be worth it. The Royal Baby is a nameless blob of flesh endlessly soiling its royal diapers, but that guy is going to move magazines. Even an editor at a rival gossip magazine congratulated People, admitting that “It will be a big seller for them.”

Bill Gates Buys Into LA’s Splash News

As Seattle Times business reporter Melissa Allison so aptly puts it today in her article lede about Corbis Images’ acquisition of 21-year-old LA outfit Splash News, Bill Gates now owns a piece of Angelina Jolie. Or at least a piece of her luscious lipped photographic image.

The two biggest consumer photo licensing companies, Corbis and Getty Images, are both now headquartered in Seattle. To a certain extent, the decision by Corbis to purchase Splash for an undisclosed amount is just one more example of the “TMZ-ization” of the media. Per today’s press release:

””We are thrilled to join Corbis and will continue to do what we do best–deliver the authentic, breaking content that connects the media with its audience,” said Splash CEO Gary Morgan. “We look forward to providing our global network of photographers the ability to expand beyond their current reach through Corbis’ global footprint.”

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LA Times Intern Engineers Plastic Surgeon News Makeover

Kansas City bred LA Times intern Kate Mather (pictured) had an interesting time of it yesterday on the local news desk. After filing a reworking of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s self-promoting press release about being on call at an upcoming Prince William and Kate Middleton polo event, she was the first to later post the (response) news that 69-year-old Dr. Toby Mayer was in fact not going to be on the equestrian sidelines.

Mather’s second item has since been picked up by everyone from Associated Press to LAist, which is completely understandable, because who doesn’t love the idea of a plastic surgeon with egg on their face. The doc appears to have been guilty of excessive—and inaccurate—self-promotion:

“Toby Mayer is not associated with the event. That is an absolute fact. Dr. Mayer is a member of the Santa Barbara Polo Club, but this is a private charity event,” said Geannie Sheller, president of the Polo Training Center Santa Barbara. “It is not a polo club event.”

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Royal Paparazzi Restrictions Set For Friday

LA Paparazzi attempting to score pics of the Prince William and his new wife Kate are being warned they could be arrested, reports the LA Times:

The Los Angeles Police Department has secured no-trespassing letters from residents who live in seven homes around the June Street residence where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will spend the night.

Those who live around the British consul general’s residence have also signed keep-away orders, giving officers free rein to arrest prying paparazzi on the spot if they try to capture images of the royals while on private property.

The royal newlyweds, incidentally, will pay a visit to Skid Row while they’re here–which should, but probably won’t, shame the approximately 95 percent of Angelenos who are too afraid/bourgeois to see it for themselves. The royal couple will also attend an event hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts–which the prince is apparently president of–at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Lot of Easterly love from royals this trip. They do realize it’s summer, don’t they?

Kathie Lee Gifford, Marlo Thomas And The Best Seller Brigade

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The joint was jumping when I arrived for my weekly lunch at Michael’s today. Between the bestselling authors, media mavens, and the social swans of the Upper East Side, there was a real buzz in the room — or was it just all that pesky pollen from the azaleas on every table?

I was joined today by jewelry designer and all around renaissance woman Carol Brodie. I’ve known Carol since her days at Harry Winston when she managed to get every A-lister you could possibly name to show up at the Academy Awards dripping in the iconic house’s diamonds. In 2009, Carol launched her own fine jewelry collection, Rarities, on HSN and has become the shopping network’s number one resource for fine gems. With prices ranging from $59.90 up to $10,000 for one of a kind pieces, that’s a lot of bling! It’s amazing to learn just how much people pony up sitting at home watching in their pajamas. She’s also launching a collection of watches next month.

Carol has become something of an overnight success in the digital world, since her mantra is ”click and order” over “bricks and mortar.” As a completely digital brand, she has garnered plenty of attention for her social media prowess and recently spoke at the Fashion 140 conference at Lincoln Center along with fellow Twitter fanatics Robert Verdi and Elle’s Joe Zee. Besides the “priceless” exposure she gets on HSN (her next appearance is scheduled for May 20, when the network celebrates ‘Brazilian Day’), Carol stays in constant contact with her customers through Facebook and tweets up to the minute on virtually everything she is doing, wearing and selling. (She, of course, tweeted our lunch.)

“Social media is the ‘Main Street’ of my brand,” she told me. “I want to talk directly to my customers, and they want to talk directly to me.” Carol is also planning to do a lot more talking with an upcoming book and television show in development (“a cross between Antique Roadshow and Pawn Brokers“) that she’s working on with a former Oprah producer. She kind of makes you feel guilty about all those hours spent watching Bravo instead of designing your website, doesn’t she?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Sam Haskell, author (Promises I Made My Mother) and former head of William Morris’ worldwide television division, with his wife and daughter — both named Mary. The group was  joined by Kathie Lee Gifford, who I grabbed for a brief chat. When I asked how her Mother’s Day was, she said, “It will be better tonight — Cody is coming home from college!”

2. Former HarperCollins head Jane Friedman, now CEO and co-founder of Open Road with uber ad man Richard Kirshenbaum and Jeffrey Sharp, president and co-founder of Open Road.

3. Diane Sokolov

4. Charlie Schuler

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People Marks 25 Years Of “Sexiest Man Alive” By Raking In Money For Charity

What’s that old saying, “sex sells”?  In the past month People magazine provided some strong evidence to back that credo by raising over $218,000 for charity through their “Sexiest Man Alive” auctions.  People partnered up with online charity auction leader charitybuzz, to offer readers a chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the sexiest men featured in their pages over the past 25 years.  The bidding ran from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15 and all proceeds benefited the celebrity’s preferred charity.

The highest bid of all the “Sexiest Man Alive” auctions was for the chance to meet Prince William at the Chakravarty Cup Polo Match.  Other experiences included a swimming lesson with Michael Phelps and a tickets to a Bon Jovi concert along with a meet-and-greet.  Some other celebrities that participated include Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, and Ricky Martin.

Janet Ozzard Back In The Mix At New York Magazine

Janet Ozzard can’t seem to stray too far from New York magazine.  According to WWD’s Memo Pad, Ozzard’s byline appeared on nymag.com on Tuesday — just nine months after her departure to become editor-in-chief at DailyCandy.  Ozzard’s short-lived DailyCandy stint ended earlier this month and her name had not resurfaced until she published an article in yesterday’s fashion section of nymag.com, The Cut.

Ozzard has signed on to help nymag.com with slide show editing for the holiday season.  Tuesday’s two paragraph piece on the dress Kate Middleton wore during her and Prince William’s engagement announcement begs the question: Is Ozzard back at New York magazine in a full-time role?  For a definitive answer, readers will have to keep their eyes open for more of her bylines in the coming days.

Matt Lauer To Host ‘Concert For Diana’ From London

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Matt Lauer, who recently interviewed Prince William and Prince Harry for NBC for “Dateline,” will be hosting “Concert for Diana,” which will air on NBC at 8:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 1, which would have been Princess Diana‘s 46th birthday. The concert, featuring some of her and her sons’ favorite performers including Duran Duran and Elton John, will be a tribute to her life and her achievements. It is being presented from Wembley Stadium in London. A conference call with Matt Lauer has been scheduled for Monday, June 25 at 11:30 a.m. Pacific time and 2:30 p.m. East Coast time. Please let me know ASAP if you plan to join us for this call. Matt, who will be in London next Friday, will be contributing to the “Today” show from there to discuss Diana and the concert. A replay of the “Dateline” episode featuring Prince William and Prince Harry will be rebroadcast on Sunday, June 30 at 7:00 p.m. just prior to the 8:00 p.m. broadcast for the “Concert for Diana” special.

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