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Beverly Johnson Drops the Hammer on Bill Cosby

ShutterstockBeverlyJohnsonLet’s see how Bill Cosby‘s high-priced lawyer Marty Singer tries to shield his client from this one.

The headline is sickeningly familiar: “Bill Cosby Drugged Me. This Is My Story.” So is the routine of the entertainer, in this particular alleged case in the mid-1980s, of asking a female guest to audition in pretend-drunk fashion.

However, the byline is something altogether new. It belongs to an African-American as impactful on their corner of the entertainment industry as Cosby has been on his.

From the top of supermodel Beverly Johnson‘s devastating Vanity Fair essay:

As I thought of going public with what follows, a voice in my head kept whispering, “Black men have enough enemies out there already, they certainly don’t need someone like you, an African-American with a familiar face and a famous name, fanning the flames.”

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Vanity Fair Cover Playfully Snookers Bill de Blasio

Score one for Michael M. Grynbaum. The New York Times City Hall bureau chief was the first to write about some weird truncated text adorning the red ball on the left.

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While we’re at it, score one also for both VF spokesperson Beth Kseniak and de Blasio rep Rebecca Katz. Via email, they respectively joked that this is what you get for letting Kim Kardashian guest edit a magazine’s cover lines and that the fully completed billiard ball text in fact spells out not “Bill de Blasio Sex Tape!” but rather “Bill de Blasio Spandex Cape!”

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RIP: LIFE Magazine Photographer Ralph Morse

LIFEmaglogoDuring a career bursting with signature shots, Ralph Morse delivered two of these to LIFE magazine at the turn of the 1960s. In 1961, he assembled for a lively group portrait every then-NFL starting quarterback. And for the February 1962 issue, there was Morse’s iconic shot of astronaut John Glenn, part of a lengthy chronicling of the Mercury Seven.

This past weekend, at age 97, Morse passed away in Florida. From Mary Alice Miller‘s Vanity Fair tribute:

Morse was a portraitist of stars, as well, credited for a particularly tender image of Audrey Hepburn cradling her Oscar for Roman Holiday against her cheek in 1954. His pictures of Jackie Robinson dancing around the bases during the 1955 World Series, and Sugar Ray Robinson jumping rope in 1950, solidified Morse’s status as a noted sports photographer.

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Robb Report Acquisition is Good News for Detroit

RockbridgeGrowthEquityLogoBesides the odd billionaire, executive and successful actor, one of the other things linking Malibu to Detroit is of course cars. Vanity Fair recently chronicled the joy Robert Downey Jr. derives from tooling up and down the PCH in a Corvette, he being one of a number of such owner-examples.

Today, thanks to some news involving Malibu luxury publication Robb Report, there will soon be some reverse Malibu/Motor City synergy. As a result of the magazine’s acquisition by private equity firm Rockbridge Growth Equity, a Robb Report office will open in downtown Detroit sometime next year. At a price-per-metropolitan-square-foot we imagine will still be about as low as can be found. From today’s announcement:

“It is always thrilling to provide the needed capital and support to a motivated and smart leadership team who sit at the center of an internationally growing space that is primed for innovation and creativity,” said Rockbridge managing partner Brian Hermelin. “We believe Rockbridge and its family of companies’ operational expertise and infrastructure, particularly in the areas of marketing and technology, will help leverage the opportunity for Robb Report to grow at an accelerated pace.”

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Graydon Carter: ‘I Used to Revel in my Canadianness’

CraigOffmanTwitterProfilePicWhen Craig Offman (pictured) interviewed lo those many years ago for the position of editorial assistant at Vanity Fair, Canada was a topic of conversation. His interviewer, Graydon Carter, counseled: “Don’t tell people in New York you’re from Canada. They don’t care.”

The Great White North came up once again earlier this month when Offman, now a feature writer with the Toronto Globe & Mail, sat down for lunch with his old boss at Carter’s Monkey Bar. Offman wound up working at VF for four years, ascending to the perch of horoscope editor:

The discussion naturally turns to the ancient homeland. Carter had just talked about the Jian Ghomeshi scandal with his mother over the phone. Justin Trudeau, whom the magazine featured in the December issue, also came up. “He’s not as good-looking as you’d expect,” Carter said. “He’s attractive for a politician.”

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Hooray for Haunted Hollywood!

Entertainment journalist Valerie Tejeda has a debut novel coming out next year via Bloomsbury Kids’ Spark imprint. In the tome, titled Hollywood Witch Hunter, she touches on the idea that the Hollywood Sign is haunted by the specter of its infamous 1932 suicide victim, Peg Entwistle.

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On this Hallow’s Eve, Tejeda looks a little more closely for Vanity Fair at the alleged gardenia-scented aura of the aspiring actress’ jump from the “H.” She spoke to a female jogger who saw the ghost of Entwistle last year, and reminds that many others have as well:

In 1990, a young couple hiking the Griffith Park trails stopped dead in their tracks when a disoriented blond woman dressed in 1930s clothing vanished before their eyes. Apparently, the couple was completely unaware of Entwistle’s suicide.

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Graydon Carter: Weekly Magazines are Doomed

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Vanity Fair’s longtime editor Graydon Carter took some time out from hosting the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit to talk the future of publishing. While Carter expressed optimism about print in general, he said what what we all are thinking — that weekly magazines are in trouble because “There’s more of an urgency.”

Carter also explained that the biggest threat to magazines isn’t people lack of advertising dollars or even people shifting to a digital format, it’s the lack of distributors.

“There used to be 300 companies distributing magazines,” said Carter. “Now there’s two. And at the same time, the post office under pressure to make a profit. And so those are the only two ways of getting a print magazine, either on newsstand or at – through the post office. And so those are – those are both constricting.”

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World News Tonight With David Muir Gets First Overall Weekly Win in 6 Years (TVNewser)
With the latest Nielsen evening news ratings released Tuesday, ABC’s World News Tonight With David Muir had its first outright win in six years. The ABC evening newscast finished first among the two younger demos, adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and breaks the five-year total viewer winning streak held by NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams. TVNewser While Muir’s show was up 10 percent in viewers and up 16 percent in the demo compared to the same week last year, Williams’ broadcast was down 3 percent in viewers and down 13 percent in the demo. Deadline Hollywood It was ABC’s ninth consecutive newscast win in the news demo. ABC’s newscast clocked 8.416 million viewers, 2.204 million news demo viewers, and 1.528 million 18-49-year-old viewers for the week. NBC’s newscast logged 8.250 million viewers, 1.937 million news demo viewers and 1.416 million younger viewers. Scott Pelley-anchored CBS Evening News trailed with 6.614 million viewers, including 1.602 million in the news demo and 1.147 million aged 18-49. Variety There’s no telling whether ABC will be able to duplicate the feat in coming weeks. In the recently completed 2013-2014 TV season, Nightly News had its best viewer delivery in eight years and enjoyed a large advantage over both ABC and CBS. And Nightly News typically out-muscles World News among younger viewers, those between 18 and 49. But ABC has been pressing its advantage in the 25-to-54 demo for weeks and has been eating into NBC’s advantage in that category. In May, under Diane Sawyer, World News won the May sweep among viewers between 25 and 54 — the first time the newscast had done so in seven years. NYT In 2012, ABC also ended a long winning streak for NBC in the morning when its Good Morning America toppled the Today show.

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Jennifer Lawrence Talks Nude Photos with Vanity Fair

Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair’s November cover star, and during her interview with the magazine, she opened up about the nude photos of her that were spread across the web by hackers.

In short — she’s more shocked that we live in a world where this type of thing happens than angry that someone took her photos.

“It is not a scandal,” Lawrence told VF. “It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these Web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”

VF’s November issue hits newsstands October 9.

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Chuck Todd’s First Meet The Press: ‘This Program Will Continue to Evolve’ (TVNewser)
Chuck Todd opened his first Meet The Press, surrounded by the press. At a new desk, with Todd at its center, NBC’s political director introduced those around him: MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and waiting in the wings, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and Amy Walter, formerly of ABC News, now with the Cook Political Report. FishbowlDC For his first Sunday as moderator, Todd talked exclusively with President Barack Obama on topics ranging from ISIS to U.S. relations with Russia and Ukraine and the 2014 midterm elections. The interview took place at the White House over the weekend and aired during Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. broadcast of MTP. Deadline Hollywood Things got testy — and Todd showed a tendency to interrupt — when Obama defended his decision to delay executive action on immigration, saying the summer’s surge of unaccompanied children at the Mexican border changed the politics of the issue. He rejected Todd’s notion the postponement is a political tactic intended to help embattled Democrats in the months before midterm elections, saying that the delay will help make new immigration policies “sustainable” when they are announced later this year. HuffPost There were other small tweaks in the show; Todd threaded his big interview with President Obama throughout the show instead of front-loading it at the beginning, turning to the panel after each portion was over. Todd’s real test will be in the weeks and months ahead. Todd has vowed to cut down on the Beltway bloviators and said he won’t book politicians unless they actually have a stake in the issue at hand. And, of course, he has to pull Meet The Press out of its ratings sinkhole. Politico In selecting Todd as moderator, the NBC News brass is gambling on the belief that a Sunday morning public affairs show can still set the national agenda, as it did under the late Tim Russert. The payoff, they hope, is that Todd can once again make Meet The Press a dominant force in American politics and — though they’d never admit it publicly — effectively erase the nightmare that was David Gregory’s final year as moderator.

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