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Christiane Amanpour|THR, Variety Plan Changes|GalleyCat Correctly Predicts Oprah’s Book Club Selection|WSJ Reveals Pricey Mobile App Pay Structure|Diller Will Use Cash To Reinvest

TVNewser: CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour celebrated the launch of her new show “Amanpour” at Michael’s yesterday, and chatted with Kevin Allocca. Says Kevin: “After the interview, Amanpour remarked, ‘That’s the tiniest lens I’ve every looked into.’”

FishbowlLA/Folio: Nikki Finke reports that The Hollywood Reporter will be going online only next year, while another entertainment trade Variety will be erecting pay walls. But Folio reports that THR owner Nielsen Business Media says it has no plans to shut down the trade pub’s print edition.

GalleyCat: Back in August, GalleyCat senior editor Ron Hogan correctly predicted that Oprah Winfrey‘s next book club selection would be Say You’re One of Them by Uwem Akpan. The Washington Post made it official this afternoon, citing unintentionally leaked info. Winfrey is set to announce her book club choice during her show tomorrow.

Ad Age: The Wall Street Journal has announced plans to start charging for its mobile app available on iPhones and Blackberrys, and the cost is surprisingly high. Readers that don’t subscribe to the WSJ either in print or online will have to pay $2 per week for the app — or $104 a year. Subscribers to either medium will only be charged $1 a year and those who subscribe to both will get mobile access for free.

Bloomberg: IAC CEO Barry Diller says he will use his cash to repurchase stock, not invest in other companies like NBC Universal.

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Wil Wheaton is Beating Britney Spears

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The finalists for the Best Celebrity Blogger for the Web Blog Awards are Kat Dennings, John Mayer, Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Kanye West, Brea Grant, Margaret Cho, Mark Cuban, Gilbert Areanas and Wil Wheaton.

And according to our sources – Wil Wheaton (pictured above with GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan at BEA last year) is winning with a pretty major margin over second place holder Britney Spears. The whole thing is horribly unfair…to Britney. Wheaton writes for LA Weekly and is a published author. And Britney likes cheese.

No contest.

Anyway, for the contest – vote for your pick here.

From the Mediabistro Blogosphere

Fishbowl DC has this lovely note from Charlie Rose to all his recently sacked co-workers.

  • Glynnis MacNicol at FishbowlNY has an item about the continuing Bush vs. NY Times feud.

  • Vote on Steve Krakauer of TVNewser‘s poll about the worst media blunder of the year. (Hint: ‘terrorist fist jab’ is winning)

  • GalleyCat’s Ron Hogan posts a chipper Simon & Schuster holiday memo.

  • Joe Ciarallo PRNewser has a post on keeping those PR contacts if you’re looking for work.

  • Local Blogger and Spouse Caught in Tea Fire

    1117Hoffman250.jpgCarla Hoffman, a comic blogger and her husband Lance Hoffman were trapped by flash fire while trying to escape their cottage in Santa Barbara.

    The reports as of last week say that they suffered serious burns but are now in stable condition. They, of course, lost everything in the fire.

    To find out more, visit the Facebook group set up for them. For those of you who would like to help, make your check out to The Lance and Carla Burn Fund and mail it to:

    Santa Barbara Bank & Trust
    1483 East Valley Rd.
    Montecito, CA 93108-1248

    We thank our colleague Ron Hogan at GalleyCat for bringing this to our attention.

    Now Sarah Palin Will Be Able to Name At Least One Book…

    sarah-palin.jpgRadarOnline reports:

    Sarah Palin has garnered more than fame from her failed Vice-Presidential bid. She is reportedly close to making a book deal for $7 million.

    Bill Clinton made over $10 million for his deal seven years ago,” a publishing insider told Radar. “That was more than any other former President.”

    Palin offers more than just a political memoir with flashes of sexual mea culpa.

    “She has huge appeal to a segment of the female reading public, and her private life hasn’t been an open book,” our source told us. “Not yet.”

    Uhm, her appeal is not to the ‘female reading public’ – it’s to the male ‘I dig chicks that are hot and don’t make me feel like a dumb ass’ loving segment of the population.

    Our sister blog GalleyCat’s Ron Hogan says,”Notice that this source said “huge appeal to a segment,” not “appeal to a huge segment.”

    Good point. We say women who actually read books think she’s a dink.

    Speaking of which, we have two copies of Dan Quayle‘s book “Worth Fighting For” on our desk. One for us. One for a gift. We got it in the one dollar bin…and he actually won an election.

    Funny enough, that is the exact title of a John McCain/Mark Salter book, because he can’t do anything original.

    The always well-read Marc Maron told FBLA he looks forward to Palin’s book, “If it’s half as exciting as trying to decipher her interviews it should be the new Ulysses.”

    The Boom! Studios Party

    comiccon01.gif We were told the Boom! Studios party was ‘where everyone was going to be’. We got there — no open bar — no food. Can it be called a ‘party’ if you’re just telling people to meet you at a bar? Ron Hogan of GalleyCat says no.

    Anyway, we spotted Stephen Baldwin. We didn’t actually go looking for him he just paraded around the room a couple of times. We didn’t find him on the schedule. Saturday, Adam Baldwin (no relation) is on a panel for the series Chuck. We don’t know what Stephen is doing here. Didn’t ask. Actually, now that we think of it…don’t care.

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    Dominck Dunne To Contribute to If I Did It

    GalleyCat’s got the scoop! Dominck Dunne will be talking to OJ’s ghost, Pablo Fenjves for the Goldman family’s edition of If I Did It. Ron Hogan writes:

    Fenjves will describe what it was like discussing the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman with OJ, “what he said, what he didn’t say, and what he asked to be taken out of the final draft.”

    BookExpo America Preview: Christopher Hitchens, MySpace and Book Bloggers Who Like To Party

    book_expo_053107.jpgBookExpo America 2007, the nation’s largest publishing convention, kicks off at the Javits Center today. One of this year’s major convention sponsors will be, of all things, MySpace. The social networking ubernetwork, which recently launched MySpace Books, will be hosting a panel on networking and surviving as a supporting sponsor. BookExpo America already has an officially-sanctioned MySpace group with over 300 members. However, MySpace will not be the only social networking site with a presence at BEA. The quasi-Amazon affiliated Last.FM-inspired site Shelfari will be making its industry premiere at the convention as well.

    Scheduled speakers on BEA panels include Joyce Carol Oates, Valerie Plame, Francine Prose and — oh, GodChristopher Hitchens.

    Speaking of which, mediabistro.com is throwing a BookExpo publishing party — hosted by GalleyCat bloggers Ron Hogan and Sarah Weinman and white-hot author Dana Vachon — tonight:

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    GalleyCat Meets Laura Albert

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    Fans of a certain genre will delight in knowing that our own GalleyCat, Ron Hogan, caught up with the not-quite-elusive-enough Laura Albert, aka JT LeRoy.

    She’s not sorry, she’s moving on, yadda yadda yadda.

    As they say:

    there ain’t no vista, there ain’t no view, and there certainly ain’t no vista of no view.

    MoDo Enters Borders, Discovers ‘Chick-Lit’ Phenomenon

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    We read Maureen Dowd‘s Times column over the weekend, the one where she takes a stroll through a D.C.-area Borders with New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier and declares, among other things, “I even found Sylvia Plath‘s The Bell Jar with chick-lit pretty-in-pink lettering.” Far from experts in chick-lit or literature written by chicks, we’ll let Ron Hogan at GalleyCat explain Dowd’s plundering:

    Dowd’s stroll through a D.C. bookstore with curmudgeonly blockhead Leon Wieseltier is filled with ridiculous flourishes, as when she declares, “I even found Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar with chick-lit pretty-in-pink lettering.” Let’s assume she was talking about the cover at right, which graces the most recent HarperPerennial reprint. Yes, Plath’s name is in somewhat pinkish letters, and, yes, the cover does make use of the classic “legs-in-isolation” theme. But to compare this somber-hued, dully typefaced cover with the bright colors of explicit chick lit novels published by, say, Red Dress Ink or Plume or even Harper’s Avon division is rather a stretch, unless you’re looking to be deliberately argumentative. And then there’s the idea that “the bachelorette party of log-rolling blurbs by chick-lit authors” makes the books feel “interchangeable.” Because, Lord knows, that sort of thing never happens in the rarefied world of literary fiction.

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