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Live, from the Pages of Cosmopolitan: It’s a ‘Regressive’ SNL Spread!

Vanessa Golembewski, assistant news and entertainment editor for website Refinery 29, is part of a growing number of writers voicing their disappointment with the photo treatment given to Saturday Night Live female cast members in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.

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It’s basically, per the above, slumber party redux. Golembewski notes that the treatment stands in stark contrast to some recent Interview and GQ coverage of, respectively, male show counterparts Jay Pharoah and Kyle Mooney. From her item:

To be sure, the women look absolutely gorgeous. However, in this sleepover-themed spread, the female cast trades its comedic chops for sexual subtext. At the same time, the shoot gives a very limited definition of what sexy means: A mostly nude Sasheer Zamata is at the center, while Aidy Bryant‘s body is entirely covered — by sheets in a group picture, and again in her individual Q&A by a large bunny head.

The larger issue, however, is how regressive the shoot feels.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Heeeere’s Eugene Lee’s Wood-Carved Manhattan Skyline

When the curtain raises this evening on Jimmy Fallon‘s version of The Tonight Show, viewers will be greeted out of the 30 Rock gate by a new musical theme, an opening title-sequence directed by Spike Lee and, of course, a brand new set.

From Bill Carter‘s NYT preview:

Doing it right included bringing in Eugene Lee, the renowned theatrical set designer, to create a new look for the studio, dominated by a wood-carved skyline of Manhattan. “I think it’s Eugene Lee’s masterpiece,” said Lorne Michaels, the show’s executive producer, who has made use of Mr. Lee’s services in the past on Saturday Night Live.

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Amy Poehler Blitz Continues with Ladies’ Home Journal Cover

January: The Golden Globes. February: The upcoming, first guest spot on Late Night with Seth Meyers. March: Lingering across newsstands as the cover-story feature for Ladies’ Home Journal. All in all, Parks and Recreation star Amy Poehler is putting together one heck of a 2014 media Q1, with still plenty of Q1 to go.

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As an added bonus for Mediabistro readers, the March article to go along with the cover – titled “Poehler Power” – was written by none other than the very busy and successful freelance feature writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner. She was once our director of education.

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Bulk of THR Questions Anything But Golden to Amy Poehler

Shutterstock_PoehlerFeyIt’s funny (and rare) to behold a Q&A during which one half of the group being interviewed expresses repeated and vocal dismay about the questions being asked. Such is the case with Marisa Guthrie‘s Hollywood Reporter conversation with returning Golden Globes hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

The first sign of Poehler trouble follows a request from Guthrie to relay some of the worst awards show joke suggestions heard by this talented duo:

“You think I’m going to tell you a bad idea for a joke? You’re f—ing crazy. No! Honestly you’re just trying to figure out a fresh take on something…”

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Saturday Night Live Expands to China

It was anything but your typical Beijing press conference. Joining sohu.com chairman and CEO Charles Zhang today were American stand-up comic Joe Wong and Beijing TV host Kelly Cha to celebrate the site’s exclusive deal with NBC for SNL Internet broadcast rights.

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From the AP report:

Ten episodes from the current 39th season of SNL are available now. Future episodes will be available online without subtitles the Monday after airing in the United States, and a version with Chinese subtitles and explanations of cultural references will be available at 10 p.m. the following Saturday, Sohu said in its announcement Thursday.

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Seth Meyers Hopes to Welcome Hillary Clinton as His First Show, Second Guest

Ha ha. That’s apparently the running gag between Meyers and his already-booked February 24 Late Night show opening interview Amy Poehler. They would both love, Bizarro World-style, to have someone huge follow her as the number-two guest.

Meyers’ chat this week with Dan Patrick touched on all sorts of other great topics, including the best SNL audition Meyers ever witnessed (Kristen Wiig), the rumored biggest-diva host (Steven Seagal) and the failed franchise payoff of his and Poehler’s “Little Sleuths.” Meyers also reminisced about one reason (besides President Obama’s hearty laughter) the portion of his 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner jokes about The Donald worked so well:

“Trump didn’t laugh, which was the best. I got so lucky that he didn’t laugh, and that the camera knew where he was.”

“Such an awful shot of him too. If there’s one thing I feel bad about – he had like that “Old Man in the Mountain” framing, of just a profile. In a sea of laughing faces. Just a perfect shot to catch, like… a solitary tear.”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Martha Stewart Axes 100 | Twitter Faces Backlash | SNL Seeks Black Comic

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Martha Stewart Axed 100 Staffers (NY Post)
The ax started swinging early Thursday morning as home-entertainment diva Martha Stewart fired about 100 people from her namesake company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. It is the first major move since scrap-metal executive Daniel Dienst was tapped to be the new CEO in late October, sparking speculation — now realized — about major cutbacks. NY Post / Media Ink The layoffs, coming only a week and a half before Christmas, unnerved employees, many of whom left in tears, carrying their belongings in Martha Stewart bags. Stewart spent last week in Miami at Art Basel, the winter playground of the beautiful people, where dozens of private jets landed to party and peruse the international art market. FishbowlNY The downsizing will impact about 25 percent of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’s workforce. So if you work there, and were planning on getting Dienst or Stewart a present, perhaps a better idea would be donating money in their names to The Human Fund. WSJ The job cuts follow years of weak financial performance at the company, which has lost money in all but one year of the past 10 due to declines in its TV business and print magazine ad revenue. One person familiar with the layoffs said they were made to bring the company more in line with its current revenues, which have declined sharply in recent years. Adweek One Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia staffer described the current office atmosphere as “really awful,” adding, “It’s really scary and terrible right before the holidays.”

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Team @MileyOfficial Includes Long Island Teen

Most of Amy Kaufman‘s weekend LA Times feature is about LaQuishe “Q” Wright, a Texas-based social media manager whose celebrity clientele includes Channing Tatum, Paul Walker and Zac Efron. Wright started a fan site dedicated to Tatum in 2006 and that eventually led to a personal, on-set meeting.

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But we were even more fascinated by the tail-end of Kaufman’s piece. When she ropes in another startling Twitter-fan-to-manager success story:

When [Miley] Cyrus noticed a particularly popular Twitter fan account popping up in her feed, she sent a direct message to the person behind it — Olivia Rudensky, a 17-year-old from Long Island. Soon, the high school senior was having lunch with Cyrus’ mother, Tish, sharing tips on how she should announce her new single and get it to start trending on Twitter.

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Did Jay Pharoah Just Have a Breakout Night?

It sure feels that way.

And we’re not referring to the Saturday Night Live performer’s appearance as President Obama in the cold-open with Kerry Washington. His impression is serviceable and certainly a merciful relief from Fred Armisen‘s agonizingly unfunny 44th. No, it’s what followed that was off-the-hook notable.

Pharaoh channeled the slickness of Andy Samberg‘s taped bits for the music video spoof “My Girl;” he was gut-bustingly hilarious on Weekend Update as Shaquille O’Neal, alongside Kenan Thompson‘s great Charles Barkley; and Pharaoh again provided a great spark with Washington in the skit “How’s He Doing” when he talked, in character as Ebony writer Ronnie Williams, about how much he would love to get a “white person’s mail.”

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Miley Cyrus vs. Sinéad O’Connor Escalates

From an open letter… to legal threats?

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When the 20-year-old version of Miley Cyrus is involved, apparently anything is possible. Billboard reports that Sinéad O’Connor is none too pleased with Cyrus’ insulting, derogatory Twitter reaction to her showbiz advice. So much so that via follow-up open letter, the Irish singer is threatening to take the twerk girl to court over a mocking image-grab of some ancient O’Connor tweets:

“Have you no sense of danger at all? Or responsibility? Remove your tweets immediately or you will hear from my lawyers,” she warns. “Mockery causes deaths. Period. It is an unacceptable form of bullying, no matter who it is doing the bullying.”

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