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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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Chris Mitchell Named Vanity Fair Publisher, Howard Mittman GQ Publisher

CondeNastLogoVanity Fair has itself a new publisher. Chris Mitchell, previously GQ’s VP and publisher, has been tapped for the same role with Vanity Fair. Mitchell had been GQ’s VP and publisher since 2011. Previously he served in the same role for Condé Nast Traveler.

Mitchell is replacing the void left by Edward Menicheschi, who was named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast two weeks ago.

At GQ, Howard Mittman will succeed Mitchell. Mittman had served as Wired’s VP and publisher since 2009. He previously served as Wired’s associate publisher. Mittman’s successor at Wired will be named shortly.

“Many of you know Chris and Howard, and are familiar with their numerous successes at Condé Nast,” wrote Condé’s president, Bob Sauerberg, in a memo to staffers. “I am confident that in their new roles, they will continue to achieve the outstanding results that have defined their accomplished careers with us.”

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Edward Menicheschi Named CMO of Condé Nast (FishbowlNY)
Edward Menicheschi has been named chief marketing officer and president of Condé Nast. Menicheschi most recently served as Vanity Fair’s VP and publisher. New York Post Menicheschi will replace Lou Cona, who is getting the boot. Some were speculating that Gina Sanders, the president of Condé’s Fairchild division, might land the vacant Vanity Fair job now that her group is being sold to Penske Media Corp. Capital New York Cona has served as the media group’s president and chief revenue officer since April 2013. As home to the publisher’s corporate and digital sales and marketing teams, the division is a central corridor of business-side power. Cona first ascended the corporate ladder to the media group in 2010 after his own stint as Vanity Fair’s vice president and publisher, and a run at The New Yorker before that. WWD Cona’s departure came as a surprise to some within Condé. In April 2013, he was promoted after he mused about retiring at the ripe age of 55. TheWrap Prior to Menicheschi’s role at Vanity Fair, he was president of WWD Media Worldwide. He has held a number of senior roles at Vogue and GQ.

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Vanity Fair Scouting for New Oscar Party Location

ShutterstockSofiaVergaraVF2012Nice lede from E!’s Marc Malkin. He writes:

Perhaps throwing a party for Hollywood’s biggest stars in a parking lot wasn’t such a good idea after all.

Vanity Fair confirms to Malkin that indeed, after a year in the main parking lot of Sunset Plaza, publication event staff – per Graydon Carter‘s directive – are evaluating new locations for next year’s star-studded bash. However, a spokesperson was equally quick to clarify that despite what Malkin had heard, the embattled Beverly Hills Hotel has not been visited as part of this process.

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Cover Battle: Wired or Vanity Fair

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This edition features Wired versus Vanity Fair.

Wired’s latest cover features Edward Snowden doing what he does best: Annoy every possible person, even those who support him. We think that Snowden should avoid any punishment if he promises to get over himself.

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Kevin Sessums: From Food Stamps to FourTwoNine

One great advantage of profiling a wordsmith like Kevin Sessums, formerly among Tina Brown‘s marquee writers at Vanity Fair, is that he can be counted on to deliver marquee quotes.

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Here for example is how he describes, to New York Times reporter Laura M. Holson, what he deems to be a signature Brown talent. Sampled after Sessums made an infamous remark about a Roseanne Barr VF cover in the post-Brown era:

He recalled being seated at a booth at the Royalton Hotel soon after when Ms. Brown stopped by. “‘I heard what you said about that cover!’” Mr. Sessums said she told him. “‘Oh! You are the Oscar Wilde of New York!’,” Mr. Sessums nodded at her. “That is her way of complimenting me and denigrating me at the same time,” he said. “She was really good at that.”

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