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A Questionable Robert De Niro-Tribeca Headline

In bold, headline form, the word “admits” usually infers that someone has: A) Previously denied something, or; B) Been prone to dodging the topic altogether. In the case of today’s Ramin Setoodeh Variety Q&A with Tribeca Film Festival head honchos Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal, there is no such prior context.

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Are you click-baitin’ to me? De Niro told the reporter that he is “trying to see them [the movies] now” and that it is difficult for him to find the time. Especially, one assumes, in a young year that included the demands of finalizing a deal to sell 50% of the festival’s parent to MSG.

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Paramount Denial Leads to Immaculate Re-Conception of Variety Headline

ShutterstockRussellCroweHWoF_FeaturedIt’s one of the oldest tricks in the digital journalism playbook. Adjust the headline without letting readers know that such an adjustment has been made.

At press time, there is no Editor’s Note or Correction to indicate that a March 17 item by Variety New York film editor Ramin Setoodeh was originally headlined “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe (EXCLUSIVE).” From a related report in The Hollywood Reporter:

Although Crowe had hoped to meet Pope Francis at the Pontiff’s weekly gathering in St. Peter’s Square, Paramount Pictures is denying a report that the Vatican canceled a planned meeting.

“A meeting was never scheduled,” a Paramount spokesman said. A story posted today by Variety ran under the headline: “Pope Cancels Tentative ‘Noah’ Meeting With Russell Crowe.” The original headline did not include the word “Tentative,” which was added after the studio objected.

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Variety Grabs Newsweek/Daily Beast Vet

Ramin Setoodeh, who spent a combined 11 years at Newsweek and The Daily Beast, has moved over to the Hollywood trade side. As Variety‘s New York film editor, he will be based here alongside a small but growing staff.

From this morning’s announcement:

Setoodeh will also produce videos, webcasts and make regular television appearances on news shows to talk about the film industry. He reports to Claudia Eller, editor-in-chief, film…

A fearless and industrious journalist, Setoodeh once went undercover and auditioned for American Idol, and launched several Web series — one featuring Channing Tatum and Chris Evans candidly discussing their early acting jobs. His 2010 theater review of Sean Hayes in Promises Promises went viral, sparking a major debate about gay actors in Hollywood and eliciting responses from such high-profile players as Ryan Murphy, Aaron Sorkin and Kristin Chenoweth.

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And The Hits Just Keep On Coming: More Exits At Newsweek

Newsweek employees could really use a hug right now, however, it may be difficult to find anyone who still works for the magazine.  On Monday, The Daily Beast put the kibosh on talks for a possible merger with Newsweek and just yesterday a report on Business Insider indicated that several staffers have made their exit from the company.  These individuals join the dozens of others who have recently parted ways with Newsweek.

Here’s the latest casualty report:

Deputy editor Julia Baird has resigned.

Global business editor Kathleen Deveny is leaving on Oct. 29

Staff writer Nancy Cook has left for a job at business publication, Fast Company

Washington bureau staff writer Suzanne Smalley resigned and is now with The Atlantic

In addition to these personnel losses, the contract for Number 17 – the firm that oversaw Newsweek‘s unpopular May 2009 redesign – has expired.

Despite the exits, some have decided to return to Newsweek.  Last week we reported that cultural reporter, Ramin Setoodeh, is back following a short run with People.  Former business editor David Jefferson also rejoined with the company as a general editor.

Ramin Setoodeh Returns To Newsweek

Chris Rovzar of New York‘s Daily Intel column is reporting that after making the move to People in June, cultural reporter Ramin Setoodeh is heading back to his old gig at Newsweek.  Setoodeh caused a stir in May when he published an essay in Newsweek titled “Straight Jacket” that discussed how society finds it hard for to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character.

Setoodeh received criticism from celebrities and even caught some flak at the Tony Awards for his views, but now he’s back to take another swing with Newsweek and is eager for another opportunity with the magazine:

“There’s a lot of opportunity here, especially on the Web. I’m excited for the future and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” Setoodeh told New York an e-mail this morning from the Newsweek offices. “Look, People is the most-read magazine in the country, but it wasn’t the right fit. I’m grateful to [editor] Larry Hackett for being supportive and letting me try something new. But Newsweek still has some of the best reporters, and young reporters, in the business. Don’t count us out.”

Setoodeh joined many other reporters and editors when he originally left Newsweek, a decision prompted by the Washington Post Company’s May announcement that they were exploring options to sell the publication.

GLAAD Not Happy With Newsweek

newsweek gay marriage cover2.jpgRamin Setoodeh of Newsweek penned a piece titled, “Straight Jacket: Heterosexual actors play gay all the time. Why doesn’t it ever work in reverse?” Which claims gay actors can’t play “straight” straight roles convincingly.

Which is a weak premise anyway, because some “actors” can’t play anything convincingly (Drew Barrymore comes to mind). Plus gays and gay actors have been playing straight roles since the advent of ostracism…a lot of them convincingly. Pretty limp idea for an essay.

AP reports GLAAD has chimed in:

A gay rights group is demanding an apology from Newsweek magazine for a recent story that the group says suggested gay actors can’t play straight characters.

Setoodeh who is openly gay proves that gayness doesn’t give you special powers of perception and argument nor does apparently working at Newsweek. The scribe summed it up best in his response:

Many of them said they hadn’t even read the original article (some of them did) but they all seemed to agree on the same point: that I was an idiot.

Yep.

Newsweek.com Brings On Two New Editors, Promotes Five

nw.pngWhile other pubs are cutting staff, it’s always encouraging to see one that’s hiring and promoting and growing.

Today, Newsweek.com made us very happy by announcing two new hires and a slew of promotions.

Starting on September 8, the site is bringing on Rose Palazzolo as homepage editor and Ben Adler as national affairs editor. Palazzolo was formerly a managing producer at New York magazine’s Web site nymag.com and Adler is joining Newsweek.com from Politico.

Newsweek.com is also promoting a handful of staffers: Carl Sullivan has been promoted to managing editor of the site, Kathy Jones has become managing editor (multimedia), Adam Kushner has become international affairs editor, Kate Dailey has been promoted to health and lifestyle articles editor and Ramin Setoodeh will now be culture articles editor.

Related: Confirmed: Will Tacy Out At Newsweek.com