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Jonah Hill Apologizes for Paparazzo Gay Slur

ShutterstockJonahHillThe offensive words were shouted in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles; the subsequent apology, shared this morning on The Howard Stern Show. From the TMZ follow-up item:

Hill had the opportunity to deny using the word [f*****t] – Stern said he couldn’t really hear it in the clip – but the 22 Jump Street star wouldn’t let himself off the hook, saying, “What I said in that moment was disgusting… I shouldn’t have said that.”

Hill – who has been active in supporting gay rights – took the blame for his remark… Though he did say the pap had been following him around all day and saying hurtful things about his family.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Lands Second Opinion Column

ShutterstockKareemAbdulJabbarWOFOn sports talk radio this week, more than a few callers were dropping the name of the Lakers all-time blocks and personal fouls leader as a potential candidate to replace Mike D’Antoni. But the way things are going, Kareem is going to be way too busy asking questions as a journalist to entertain the idea of answering them as an NBA coach.

On the heels of joining the Los Angeles Register as a Wednesday columnist, the master of the sky hook has been afforded some similar, bi-monthly real estate with Time. Abdul-Jabbar will appear online, in print and in a regular video series. He will also, this weekend, be sitting at Time‘s White House Correspondents Dinner table alongside actress Lupita NYong’o, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and others.

Although Kareem might have glossed over in his first Time contribution one key aspect relating to release of the Donald Sterling audio recording, it is the reaction to that great overall piece that led the magazine to bring him on as a regular columnist. We’re referring to the fact that Kareem did not mention V. Stiviano‘s adamant claims that she was asked by Sterling to record the conversation as part of a larger, “archivist” role. From Kareem’s piece:

Shouldn’t we be equally angered by the fact that his private, intimate conversation was taped and then leaked to the media? Didn’t we just call to task the NSA for intruding into American citizen’s privacy in such an un-American way? Although the impact is similar to Mitt Romney’s comments that were secretly taped, the difference is that Romney was giving a public speech. The making and release of this tape is so sleazy that just listening to it makes me feel like an accomplice to the crime.

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Pro-Russian Separatists Seize TV HQ In Eastern Ukraine (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists took control of the regional prosecutor’s office and television center in the eastern city of Luhansk on Tuesday, having earlier seized the government headquarters, a Reuters photographer said. BBC News Activists went into the regional television station, but decided not to take it over after they were allowed to make a live broadcast. Following the takeovers, President Oleksandr Turchynov demanded the dismissal of the police chiefs in Luhansk and the other eastern city of Donetsk. Business Insider Pro-Russian separatists have now seized government buildings in at least 10 cities throughout the eastern part of the country. Pro-Russian activists have also shot the mayor of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city. All the while, journalists throughout eastern Ukraine routinely face intimidation amid the threat of kidnapping and assault. The Guardian About 3,000 activists — some in masks and military fatigues — stormed the regional government HQ and other key buildings. A pro-Russian militia had occupied the security service office in Luhansk, a town of 465,000, just 20 miles from the Russian border. In recent days, Kiev’s tentative grip on local law enforcement in the east appears to have slipped completely. In Luhansk, riot police stood passively in a courtyard. “The regional leadership does not control its police force,” Stanislav Rechynsky, an aide to the interior minister in Kiev said. “The local police did nothing.” WSJ The latest moves in Ukraine’s eastern Luhansk region came despite a new wave of sanctions on Russia by the U.S. and European Union aimed at forcing the Kremlin to rein in the activists, who have echoed Russian President Vladimir Putin in denouncing Ukraine’s two-month-old government as illegal. The attacks on Luhansk’s regional police headquarters, administration building, prosecutor’s office and television broadcasting facilities mark the biggest advance for the pro-Russia rebels since early April, when militants took control of the regional building of Ukraine’s state-security service, the SBU.

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Newman Death Hoax Was *Not* Reported by TMZ, US Weekly

Here’s a new twist on the old game of a celebrity still very much alive being reported dead.

WayneKnightTwitterProfilePicPer Mashable real-time news editor Brian Ries, it was *not* TMZ or US Weekly that reported the erroneous death of Seinfeld actor Wayne Knight over the weekend, but rather a man in Texas. The US item was in fact attached to a dot-.us URL fake-out, while TMZ in this case was anchored to TMZ.today rather than TMZ.com:

The address for the [US Weekly] website, designed to resemble the real US magazine website, was registered on Saturday by a man in San Antonio, Texas, according to WhoIs records. The creator of the hoax website did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

“Kane-based state police have identified the deceased as the lovable ‘Newman,’” added tmz.today — a website that resembles the real TMZ.

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Josh Dickey Ankles TheWrap for Mashable Entertainment Vertical

Josh Dickey will no longer have to wait a week or more to make a Mashable imprint. The LA-based journalist, who has jumped in the past year from Variety (film editor) to TMZ (managing editor) to a second stint with TheWrap (managing editor), is on the move again – this time to Mashable to head up the site’s new entertainment vertical.

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Dickey’s official title is entertainment editor. He will remain based in Los Angeles and starts a little later this month. From this afternoon’s announcement:

“The entertainment world is a great story right now as technology both disrupts the business and creates new opportunities, and there is no better person to lead the Mashable’s exploration of these transformations than Josh Dickey,” said Jim Roberts, chief content officer and executive editor of Mashable. “Josh has been on the frontline of Hollywood’s digital transformation, and his perspective and talent will be a great addition to Mashable as we go heavy into Entertainment.”

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Daily News Drags Ireland Baldwin Through Some Very Old Mud

DailyNewsFront_11_18Who, we wonder, is ultimately responsible for the first sentence of the article credited to Ryan Sit and Daniel Beekman? Did the reporters craft the lede, or was it – as it sort of feels like when reading – added in by their editors to support an equally offensive front page today:

This “little pig” has a roast beef with folks ridiculing her dad.

The paper is rightly taking heat for framing Alec Balwin‘s supportive daughter Ireland with this sordid, circa TMZ-2007 reference. Shame on them, say commenters to a Huffington Post article by associate media editor Catherine Taibi:

wandylou: While I think Baldwin needs to rein in his anger… Why would the NYDN sink so low to put his daughter with those words on the cover? If that were my daughter, you bet your life I’d be pissed. Exploiting the kids to spite Baldwin… Not cool.

Cameron Yarborough: “Little Pig”? Staff at the Daily News are sicker than Alec Baldwin.

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Time Inc.’s New Chief Content Officer on Native Advertising and TMZ

NPearlstineAt the Media Minds breakfast discussion this morning, new Time Inc. chief content officer Norman Pearlstine had some interesting things to say about media ethics in conversation with Alex S. Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics & Public Policy at Harvard. Jones, who pressed Pearlstine on the issues of native advertising, wondered how the exec would approach these issues at his new gig.

“[Native advertising] varies from brand to brand,” said Pearlstine. “It’s not to suggest that some magazines have a higher or lower standard, but that they’re different. If you think about the customer needs of some of our lifestyle magazines, they’re quite different from the customer needs from Time or Fortune.”

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Her Dad is a Manhattan Doctor, Not Andy Kaufman

Leave it to Andy Kaufman to pull off, without even trying, the opposite of all those Twitter death hoaxes. Call it a “life hoax.”

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Several days after the New York City awards show that caught the attention of each and every member of the Kaufman-obsessed world, The Smoking Gun has the real story. The woman who claimed Monday to be Kaufman’s daughter is an actress:

The woman who appeared onstage this week claiming Andy Kaufman was alive – and that she was his daughter – is a New York City actress whose actual father is a Manhattan psychiatrist, TSG has learned…

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TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com

Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.

After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.

Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.

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