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Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies at 87 (GalleyCat)
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday. He was 87 years old. Time The Nobel Prize-winning author was hospitalized for nine days in late March for an infection in his lungs and urinary tract. He had been recovering in his home in Mexico City since April 8. NYT His death was confirmed by Cristóbal Pera, his former editor at Random House. García Márquez, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, wrote fiction rooted in a mythical Latin American landscape of his own creation, but his appeal was universal. His books were translated into dozens of languages. He was among a select roster of canonical writers — Dickens, Tolstoy and Hemingway among them — who were embraced both by critics and a mass audience. The Guardian Journalists gathered outside García Márquez’s house in Mexico City in the hope that one of the family members who was reportedly at his side would emerge. Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto expressed sadness at the death of “one of the greatest writers of our time,” in the name of Mexico, the novelist’s adopted home. Chilean writer Luis Sepúlveda was quoted by the Mexican newspaper Reforma as saying that he was “the most important writer in Spanish of the 20th century.” WSJ Born in the sleepy town of Aracataca, Colombia, García Márquez was best known for his 1967 masterpiece, One Hundred Years of Solitude. In a career spanning more than 60 years, García Márquez wrote some of the Spanish language’s most revered books, many of which became best sellers in the U.S. They included Autumn of The Patriarch, Chronicle of A Death Foretold, Love in The Time of Cholera and The General in His Labyrinth. García Márquez was also an accomplished journalist, whose lyrical, deeply reported stories first caught the eye of readers in Colombia’s capital, Bogotá, in the early 1950s. He later became renowned not only his profiles of presidents and despots but for the real-life close ties he cultivated with leaders ranging from Fidel Castro to Bill Clinton to François Mitterrand.

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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.

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David Zinczenko, Keith Kelly and The Media Mavens

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sorry, but you can’t expect dish about an Oscar winner every week. (We’re still reeling from our brush with Cate Blanchett in the dining room last Wednesday!) We’re chalking it up to school vacations, but the scene was relatively quiet at Michael’s today where the regulars had to be contented dishing with their dates rather than people watching.

Because we aim to please, I’ll fill you in on who has been spotted in the dining room since we filed our last column. On Friday, I was thrilled to be seated near Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, Marlo Thomas, Liz Smith (looking better than ever!) and Cynthia McFadden. I don’t know if the feeling was mutual since I had my six year-old with me. Yesterday, my pal and accessory maven Mickey Ateyeh popped in with designer Carlos Falchi and actress Brenda Vaccaro. Here’s hoping there’s more to report next week!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Media Advisory Group’s chairman Jack Myers with Dave Jackson and Orlando Reece of Grab Networks.

2. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko and The New York Post’s media guru Keith Kelly. Before Keith arrived, I caught up with David at the bar. David  is among the Elaine’s loyalists who are completely aghast at Michael Wolff’s vicious depiction of  the late Elaine Kaufman in the March issue of British GQ. According to an item on Page Six today, Wolff likens the beloved restaurateur to a ”low class madam” and describes the food at her iconic celebrity haunt as “inedible.” Very nice.

3. Producer Jean Doumanian and a pal we didn’t get to meet.

4.  The Metropolitan Museum’s John O’Keefe (loved the bow tie!) who passed the time waiting for his lunch date, Tim Mulligan, by sipping chardonnay and skimming the latest issue of Star.

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Whoopi Goldberg Apologizes to The Times

Remember a few days ago when Whoopi Goldberg ranted about a New York Times article that she and the cast of The View obviously misread? Well today she apologized to the paper:

I said that I felt the reporting was shoddy and for that I’m going to apologize, OK? I personally found the article really confusing, and as I said, I was also quite hurt that Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr., and myself were not included in this expose about black Hollywood. But for saying it was shoddy reporting, I apologize, New York Times.

Very nicely done by Goldberg.

Now that the mega feud (you heard us – MEGA FEUD) is over, we can get back to our lives. Or… We could talk about how Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian have ended their MEGA FEUD as well. OMG girlfriend!

Comedy Central And MTV To Debut The Comedy Awards In NYC

MTV Networks Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog announced today that New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom will serve as the host venue for the first annual Comedy Awards.  The Comedy Awards will recognize the year’s finest comics in film, television, and digital media.  Some of the more recognizable names on the event’s board of directors include Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell, and Seth MacFarlane.  The jokesters on this board of directors will select the nominees for the inaugural award ceremony.

The Comedy Awards will be taped on Mar. 26 and air on Apr. 10 simultaneously across MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, and Nick At Nite.  Comedy Central and MTV Networks have joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to create The American Comedy Fund to provide comedians with the financial support, medical benefits, and  assistance they need to advance in their careers.  For more information on the first-ever Comedy Awards, visit thecomedyawards.com.

The Ladies of ‘The View’ Have No Sympathy for Sheen’s Assault Victim

This morning, the ladies of “The View” discussed the charges of assault brought forward by Capri Anderson, the woman stuck in Charlie Sheen‘s hotel room last month when he went bonkers. Led by Whoopi “It wasn’t rape-rape” Goldberg, the women roundly dismissed Anderson’s claims. Since we’re not likely to be invited to appear on the show anytime soon, we’re posting our rebuttals to their arguments here.

A. She’s a porn actress!
Porn actresses, like the rest of us, are at risk of being assaulted. They are also capable of telling the truth about the attack.

B. She didn’t file a complaint with the police immediately.
Sex workers have good reason to be wary of the police. At best they work in a legal gray area, and reports of mistreatment at the hands of their clients go largely ignored. Even non-sex workers are often reticent to report assault by dates and intimate partners.

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Essence To Roll Out Two Covers For December Issue

To commemorate this Friday’s release of Tyler Perry‘s film, For Colored Girls, Essence will print two different covers for their upcoming December edition.  The special issue hits newsstands Nov. 12 and will feature one cover with the film’s male stars (director Tyler Perry, Richard Lawson, Hill Harper, Omari Hardwick, Khalil Kain, and Michael Ealy) and another with the female characters (Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson, and Whoopi Goldberg).

For Colored Girls is based on Ntozake Shange‘s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  Shange’s work is acted out in a series of 20 poems and was nominated for best play at the 1977 Tony Awards.

The cover story “Over the Rainbow” will appear on page 115 of the 150-plus page magazine.

Take a look at the men of For Colored Girls cover after the jump.

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Joan Rivers Is No Mel Gibson Fan

The only time The View is watchable is when there’s a cat fight — and yesterday guest Joan Rivers did not disappoint. Rivers took Whoopi “It wasn’t rape-rape” Goldberg to task for defending her friend Mel Gibson‘s character.

Best line: “The holocaust happened!”

Whoopi Goldberg Hearts Reliable Sources

Whoopi Goldberg was on Reliable Sources this weekend talking about her role as moderator on The View, how she thinks the press behaved during the campaign, and…remember that Bush joke?

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Oscars Look To Who For Host? Hugh Jackman? Put Another Shrimp On The Barbie…

hughjackman.jpgThe Oscars have been agonizing over a new host. Jon Stewart didn’t work out. Whoopi Goldberg was too ethnic. And Billy Crystal didn’t need the grief.

According to Nikki Finke‘s, DeadlineHollywoodDaily.com, the Oscars movers and shakers offered the hosting job this year to Aussie actor Hugh Jackman.

Yes, he’s a song and dance man, but can he handle that tough Oscar crowd. They can tear you apart. They may be wiping that cheshire cat grin right off of his shining visage. Tough crowd.

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