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Celebrities Aplenty on September Covers

The September issues for magazines are a big deal, and so they typically try and land a big name for the covers. But seeing as movie stars haven’t helped move magazines lately, who will we see when the September glossies hit the newsstand? Let’s review some of the big players, via WWD’s thorough report on the subject:

  • T: The New York Times Style MagazineRooney Mara
  • VogueJennifer Lawrence
  • ElleKate Upton
  • GlamourJennifer Aniston

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Tubefilter Co-Founders Ready to Rock Social Media Week LA

There’s palpable new energy underpinning the latest edition of Social Media Week LA, a massive and almost entirely free September 24-28 event featuring 100+ panels, meet-ups, parties and such. Most of the credit for this goes to tubefilter.com and Streamy Awards creator Drew Baldwin, on board this year as the event’s executive director.

“Tubefilter has been covering the online video industry before it was really an industry,” Baldwin (pictured) tells FishbowlLA via telephone, ahead of the arrival from New York of Tubefilter co-founder and fellow SMWLA mastermind Joshua Cohen. “We identified what we thought was sort of the professional cross-section of online video. Not the cat videos, but people who are really trying to put something out there intentionally. We pulled together a community of online video producers in LA and New York and from that, built out a major monthly events component.”

Baldwin is currently working with Dick Clark Productions on the next edition of the Streamy Awards, set for February 2013. The launch of Tubefilter in 2008 and the Streamys in 2009 has positioned him as the perfect person to take Social Media Week LA to the next level. He was on the Board of Advisors last year and cleverly, for 2012, has deliberately located the bulk of SMWLA events within the boundaries of Hollywood proper. (io/LA and The Egyptian Theater are two event hubs, for example.)

“We’ve really focused on both the programmatic and geographic elements of entertainment in Hollywood,” Baldwin explains. “As a result, we’ve gotten a lot more traction.” He says they got yes’s from the first 25 people they approached to be a part of SMWLA’s first annual list of “Social 25” digital influencers. The inaugural group will be feted on opening night and includes everyone from Jeff Berman (NFL) and Kevin Smith (SmodCo) to Ryan Seacrest and Zooey Deschanel (for her website Hello Giggles).

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Female Emmy Nominees Yack About Yap Island

For a whole bunch of rather obvious reasons, awards show broadcasts can never hope to be as entertaining as properly conducted pre-awards show roundtable discussions. So do yourself a favor and bookmark The Hollywood Reporter’s latest such Q&A with Julie Bowen, Jane Lynch, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Martha Plimpton, Christina Applegate, Laura Dern and Zooey Deschanel.

The whole thing is pretty uproarious, complete with embedded video clips. Towards the very end, the group segues – thanks to a question about possible alternate careers – to the Micronesian island nation of Yap:

Plimpton: I would move to that island – I think it’s called Yap – where the only form of currency is a giant round stone that gets moved from house to house. You want a cow? You give the giant round stone to the guy with a cow…

THR: I’m sorry. This is a real place?

Plimpton: Yes, it’s a real place. I would totally find that island and live there.

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Elizabeth Banks Plays the Slate Podcast Game

It was a big night Tuesday at the Petersen Automotive Museum for Slate’s LA based audio-video producer Andy Bowers. For the first time since the website’s “The Culture Gabfest” podcast ramped up in 2008, the program’s sharp-witted gang hit town for a SoCal audience taping.

FishbowlLA was in attendance as deputy editor Julia Turner, film critic Dana Stevens and critic at large Stephen Metcalf discussed the recent Mike Daisey-“This American Life” controversy, Zooey Deschanel‘s pixie-ish charms and the blockbuster adaptation of The Hunger Games. Joining the trio on stage for the last topic was the film’s co-star Elizabeth Banks, who proved to be a very fun participant and helped close out the show’s “personal endorsements” segment with a shout-out for graphic novels.

Bowers, once with NPR, still works out of the public radio network’s Culver City facilities, where he now rents space. Tuesday night’s event, co-presented by Zocalo Public Square, offered the unique pleasure of listening to an Internet podcast while surrounded by vintage cars from the days when vehicles had no radios. Among the second floor stunners flanking the Slate journalists was a shiny black 1949 Alfa Romeo Villa D’Este, the only known such model to exist in the U.S.

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Website Shares Unique March Madness Bracket

The demented PR streak that courses through the halls of Chicago-based website Mr. Skin has struck again. Whether you love or hate movie nudity, there’s no denying the skill of this gang when it comes to continually re-pitching their successful, Hollywood-derived enterprise.

The website’s latest promotion is an online derby styled after a standard college hoops tournament. That’s right; in honor of NCAA March Madness, these catalogers of mainstream movie naughty bits have drawn up their very own version of a hardwood contest. Per today’s press release:

Sixty-four of our most skinful celebrities have been seeded from 1-16 in four divisions, each formed around a different upper body size. All Stars like Olivia Wilde; Beauties like Zooey Deschanel; Celebs like Amanda Seyfried; and Dilettantes like Kate Upton and Christina Hendricks.

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Diablo Cody Goes Day for Mamma Mia! Night

For the past month or so, Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody has been doubling as a talk show host for Lexus’ L/Studio portal. Her Hollywood Hills backyard gabfest is called Red Band Trailer and welcomes to an Airstream trailer and Tiki bar a single celebrity guest each week.

For Episode #5, Cody chatted with actress Amanda Seyfried, not only the co-star of her Jennifer’s Body flick but also a key player in the host’s first date with husband-slash-show-director-co-producer Daniel Maurio. Go to the five-minute mark of the video below and watch as she puts hubby on the spot regarding their first date involving an ArcLight showing of Mamma Mia! and cheap grub at a nearby Denny’s:

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Actress Zooey Deschanel Slams LA Times Columnist Patt Morrison

Let this be a lesson to all journalists. Lazily quoting a professional colleague for the purposes of a weekend opinion piece can sometimes cause out-of-context remarks to be framed in an even more distant and confusing context.

Actress Zooey Deschanel (pictured) has taken issue today with a Sunday op ed piece in the LA Times by KPCC radio host Patt Morrison. It’s not so much the conjecture in the first paragraph that the actress might be a “snobby cow.” Rather, it’s that Morrison relied for her Royal Couple-downtown LA musings on remarks given by the actress to USA Today film critic Claudia Puig. Writes Deschanel:

I am completely and utterly shocked that a professional journalist, whom I have never met, would take a partial quote out of context and use it as the basis for a misguided personal attack…

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