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Josh Gad Tapped for Book of Gilligan

Shutterstock_JoshGadIn the comments to Mike Fleming Jr.‘s Deadline item, the notion of a Warner Bros. Gilligan’s Island movie starring Josh Gad is being greeted with overwhelming dismay. We concur.

Book of Mormon – in NYC and on tour – is a sublimely hilarious concoction worthy of Wilder, Sturges and SCTV. As opposed to dredging the Skipper and Little Buddy. Should the makers of this pointless, doomed enterprise foolishly decide to proceed, they would do well to pay special attention to Deadline commenter Ross Kardon:

What did not make any sense about the 1960′s TV show Gilligan’s Island is why would the Howells pack up all their belongings if they only intended to be away for three hours?…

If they were really stranded on a tropical island, those castaways would have had to deal with serious survival problems like mosquitoes, malaria, dengue fever and other diseases and not being able to get to a doctor.

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TODAY Narrows It Down to Four Viral Videos

There are just a few hours left to vote for the TODAY show’s inaugural Orange Room Awards. The deadline is noon, with winners in three different categories set to be announced on the air next Tuesday through Thursday.

At press time, the August 30 video (below) of Utah sales manager Jason Mortensen waking up after surgery to the sight of his camera-holding wife (“Are you a model?…”) is leading the Most Memorable Viral Moment category. Also up for click-debate – Best Digital Dance-Off and Pet of the Year.

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America’s ‘Longest Married Couple’ Blankets Media

John and Ann Betar, the 102-year-old husband and 98-year-old wife who celebrated their 81st wedding anniversary Monday, have been all over the news lately. They have been celebrated by outlets that both pre-date (New York Daily News, Daily Mail) and post-date (Gawker, TODAY) the days when he courted her at the wheel of a Ford Roadster.

The most shameless, bad-pun headline that occurred to this writer would have begun: “For Betar or Worse: Connecticut Couple…” Thankfully, the closest anyone came to that was: “Who Said It Wouldn’t Last?….”

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TODAY Updates Viewers on Oxford English Dictionary Campaign

At offices in New York and England, the Oxford English Dictionary – OED for all you texting kids out there – is in the midst of the first comprehensive review of its alphabetical contents in a very long time.

The OED has also in recent years, as we all know, thrown its musty doors open to the concept of 21st century English-language words. And so, the gang at the third hour of TODAY is aiming to get their new lingo in there. No, it’s not “Rokeriffic.”

This morning, the show gave viewers an update on Willie Geist and Natalie Morales‘ campaign to add a term to describe someone who is “completely lost in a digital device.”

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TripAdvisor Gobbles Up Oyster.com

The TripAdvisor press release is short and not very sweet. Terms are not going to be disclosed; there’s no quote from the oyster.com end.

So we’ll go elsewhere for some real meat. Via Travel Weekly, it didn’t take long after the pick-up of this announcement for a reader to express their concern:

Travelerkate: Do we know if this will change their content? I liked Oyster because it was much more reliable than TripAdvisor.

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Paula Deen Appears on Today, Doesn’t Know if Racist Word is Racist

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Paula Deen is crazy as a fox. She’s also a racist. While she probably has an idea that she’s one or five crayons short of a pack, she’s still being stubborn about the latter part. In an interview with Matt Lauer, Deen was asked if she was a racist and she replied “no.” Then, when Lauer asked her if the “n word” was offensive to black people, she gave a puzzling answer:

I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times. It’s very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other … it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other.

To recap: Deen doesn’t know if an extremely racist word is racist because… Kids these days. Yes, Deen, America’s youth is to blame for your racism. It’s quite a stretch, but like we said, craaaaaazyyyyy.

You can watch the full interview in the video above.

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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal
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A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny. Read more

Noted Film Critic Judith Crist Dies at 90

Judith Crist had a rich career as a film critic. Older readers may recall Crist from her days as a Today Show contributor from 1964 to 1973. Others know Crist for her many years dishing out the best and worst at the movies for TV Guide.

Crist died today after a long illness. She was 90.

Crist’s work was featured in numerous publications throughout the decades. The Bronx native attended Morris High School, and began to carve out her career at Hunter College. Subsequently, she was named to the school’s Hall of Fame. Columbia University’s School of Journalism followed, where she got her Master’s degree and had been an adjunct professor since 1958.

Immediately after school, Crist worked for the New York Herald-Tribune. During her 22-year-run, Crist was the “point person” for all things arts and entertainment, including her first job as a film critic.

That led to another 22-year stint, this time at TV Guide.

Crist was the founding film critic for New York magazine, and served as film critic for the New York Post. She also worked on many weekly and monthly publications. She even returned to TV, providing film reviews on WOR/Channel 9.

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WPIX Catches WNYW in July Morning Race

Let the good times roll at WPIX!

Thanks to a combination of its hard work and a competitor’s questionable moves, WPIX staked a claim of the July Nielsen ratings.

Channel 11 is a winner in the morning. In particular, the 7 a.m. to 9 a.m portion of the PIX Morning News with Sukanya Krishnan and Frances Rivera. The program has eclipsed morning powerhouse WNYW and its Good Day New York. In the all-important Adults 25 to 54, WPIX edged WPIX, .8 to .7.

“We feel great about that because we haven’t done that in the morning,” WPIX news director Bill Carey says.

It’s the least publicized “Sweeps” period, because of the much-reduced summertime viewership.

Regardless, it’s a “two-fold” victory for Channel 11. The Tribune station in the same demo last July managed only a .4 during the two-hour block.

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FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: Our Most Read Stories Of The Year

delonas cartoon.jpgLayoffs, magazine closures and a racially charged cartoon top FishbowlNY’s most-read stories this year. A quick skim through the list says it all about what was most important to you in 2009, from massive layoffs at Forbes and Condé Nast, to bidding mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby farewell as she headed out on sabbatical.

1. February 18, Is the New York Post Comparing Obama to a Rabid Monkey?

2. February 9, Anderson News Suspends Operations

3. October 5, Breaking: Condé Shutters Four Magazines: Cookie, Gourmet, Two Bridal Titles

4. January 28, Will The New Yorker Fold Next?

5. October 28, Forbes Layoffs Decimate Staff

6. September 30, Exit Interview: Mediabistro Founder Laurel Touby

7. September 17, Ira Glass Reveals The End Of ‘This American Life’ TV Show

8. May 14, Times‘ Frank Bruni Leaves The Restaurant Beat Behind

9. December 15, Breaking: I.D. Magazine Shutters

10. October 26, Breaking: More Layoffs Hit Forbes

Honorable mentions:

What It’s Like To Go On The ‘Today’ Show

Exclusive: MSLO Faces Discrimination Suit After Firing ‘Phenomenal’ Staffer With Broken Back

Confessions Of A Condé Nast Layoff Victim

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