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Golden Globes 2013: Argo Named Best Drama and Les Miserables, Best Musical (THR / The Race)
Argo, Ben Affleck's thriller about the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, was named best motion picture at the 70th annual Golden Globes Sunday night as the glittery awards show hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association spread its film awards far and wide. Les Miserables, the all-singing movie about injustice in 19th-century France, was crowned best comedy or musical, and with three trophies, was the biggest winner of the night. CNN Former President Bill Clinton was a surprise presenter on the stage of the Beverly Hilton, introducing a clip of best picture nominee Lincoln, which he said has lessons for how a president must lead today. Daniel Day-Lewis won the Golden Globe for best actor in a movie-drama for his portrayal of the 16th American president in Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. CBS News / AP Zero Dark Thirty star Jessica Chastain won the Globe for dramatic actress as a CIA agent obsessively pursuing Bin Laden. Other acting prizes went to Jennifer Lawrence as best musical or comedy actress for the oddball romance Silver Linings Playbook and Christoph Waltz as supporting actor for the slave-revenge tale Django Unchained. B&C HBO's Game Change and Showtime's Homeland were the big winners at the Golden Globe, with the two taking a combined six awards in the TV categories. Multichannel News Game Change won for best miniseries or TV movie with its stars Ed Harris and Julianne Moore garnering the actor awards for their portrayals of GOP candidates John McCain and Sarah Palin during the 2008 election. Girls, meanwhile, closed the night with a rush, winning the award for the best TV series comedy, while Lena Dunham was rewarded as best actress for the series she also created and serves as executive producer. USA Today Robert Downey Jr. presented the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award to Jodie Foster during the ceremony. Foster looked back on her 47 years in cinema, honored her mother and her children, and talked about the value of privacy as a celebrity by mentioning her life in front of the camera. "That's reality-show enough, don't you think?"

Lance Armstrong Awaits 'Candid' Oprah Interview (USA Today / AP)
Lance Armstrong says he is "ready to speak candidly" as he prepares to discuss doping allegations against him in his upcoming interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong was out for a morning run Sunday when he spoke briefly with The Associated Press. BBC Armstrong should reveal all if he admits to doping, says British Cycling president Brian Cookson. The American was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins following a report by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Armstrong, 41, who has always denied doping, has remained silent since the report was published in October, but newspaper reports say he may confess. Chicago Tribune So, presuming that he will drop his relentless doping denials when he sits down with Winfrey, the question is why. Before trying to answer that, one has to wonder how much Armstrong will admit and whether Winfrey will pressure him, notwithstanding a Saturday text message to The Associated Press in which he wrote: "I told her to go wherever she wants and I'll answer the questions directly, honestly, candidly. That's all I can say." Business Insider / AFP Armstrong could lose much more than his already ravaged reputation if he confesses to doping -- he could end up in jail. The disgraced Texan's decision to talk to the famed U.S. talk show host has divided opinion, as some say he needs to do something radical to rehabilitate his public profile, while others say speaking out will only make matters worse.

Eugene Patterson, 89, Voice on Civil Rights, Dies (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
As editor of the Atlanta Constitution from 1960 to 1968, Gene Patterson's image and words anchored the editorial page during the most tumultuous years of the civil rights movement in the South. With his mentor and best friend, Ralph McGill, Patterson used his platform to persuade his fellow white Southerners that on matters of race, they were wrong and that if they changed, the sky would not fall. NYT In 41 years as a reporter, editor and news executive, Patterson, who won the 1967 Pulitzer for editorial columns, was one of America's most highly regarded journalists -- a plain-talking, hard-driving competitor known for fairness and integrity as the nation confronted racial turmoil, divisions over the Vietnam War and new ethical challenges in journalism. HuffPost / AP His famous column of Sept. 16, 1963, about the Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that killed four girls -- "A Flower for the Graves" -- was considered so moving that he was asked by Walter Cronkite to read it nationally on the CBS Evening News. Poynter / MediaWire In Patterson's final column for the St. Petersburg Times in 1988, he wished young people entering journalism "all the breadth of experience that came my way, from the blast of the rockets' liftoffs at Cape Canaveral to the tumult of 15 national political conventions, from the silence of patrols through the Vietnam elephant grass to the thunder of Dr. King's 'I have a dream' rolling down from the Lincoln Memorial. And may they all become editors so they'll share in the quiet reasoning as the editorial board searches daily for wise ways to the public good."

Miss America Pageant Draws Best Audience Since 2004 (Entertainment Weekly / Inside TV)
There she is, Miss America... and the good ratings that can (sometimes) come with her. ABC's broadcast of the two-hour Miss America competition lured its best audience since 2004. During the pageant's final half hour, some 8.3 million viewers tuned in to see Miss New York take the crown, according to early results from Nielsen. Zap2it / From Inside the Box But the news isn't all good: the pageant's adults 18-49 rating dropped 11 percent year-to-year from a 1.8 to a 1.6. And the audience is still puny next to the 30.8 million who watched CBS' NFL overrun from 8-9 p.m. ET, in which the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos to advance to the AFC championship.

Hacktivist's Suicide Intensifies Criticism of U.S. Attorney, MIT (LA Times / Nation Now)
Aaron Swartz's legacy was already guaranteed, even at 26: He helped create Reddit and RSS, which distributes content over the Internet. But his suicide by hanging Friday has also stoked a politically malignant aftermath for the prosecutors pursuing 13 felony charges against him in a trial that was set to begin in a month. Some said his death could be a watershed moment in the ongoing intellectual property debate over the things people share and create, and how they share and create them. ABC News The suicide of Swartz, who was due to stand trial on federal hacking charges, sparked anger from friends, family and followers, while the subscription-based journal service he was accused of hacking said it "regretted" ever being drawn into the case.

Real-World Killings Pressure TV Fiction (NYT)
When Kevin Reilly, the chairman for entertainment at the Fox network, commissioned an ambitious thriller series called The Following, about a Hannibal Lecter-like serial killer who inspires a legion of deranged followers, his intention was to challenge the cable business, not the culture. Now, in the wake of the horrific shooting of schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., Reilly knows he cannot avoid questions about the propriety of putting that kind of content on television in an atmosphere of heightened sensitivity about violence. NPR / AP If there's any soul-searching among top television executives about onscreen violence contributing to real-life tragedies like the Connecticut school shooting, it isn't readily apparent. All say the horrors of Newtown and Aurora, Colo., rocked them. But during a series of meetings with reporters here over the last 10 days, none offered concrete examples of how it is changing what they put on the air, or if that is necessary.

Nate Silver Can Accurately Predict an Election, But Not a Super Bowl (The Atlantic Wire)
Nate Silver has made a life for himself by predicting things. He is not bad at it, either. He is right more often than he is wrong, except when it comes to football.

Why Marketers Shouldn't Be Afraid of C-Word (Ad Age)
If it promotes like an ad and is paid for like an ad, then why isn't it an ad? Marketers are trying to distance themselves from the notion that they make commercials as they embrace content marketing to better engage targets, break through clutter and avoid being skipped by consumers. With more advertisers crafting ornate video that lasts longer than 30 seconds or trying to ape lavish production values of the programs they interrupt, there's more of an insistence that this isn't advertising, but content as good as anything available on ABC or CBS.

Univision to Form an Internal Advertising and Media Unit (NYT / Media Decoder)
Univision Communications, in its quest to unify the look and feel of the network and its properties, is expected to announce on Monday the creation of the company's first internal advertising and media agency. The new unit, Univision Agency, will create promotional content for all Univision properties, including broadcast, radio and digital, and provide research and creative services for internal and external clients.

News Corp. to Take Controlling Stake of 54.5 Percent in Germany's Sky Deutschland (THR)
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Monday that it has agreed on a financing deal with Sky Deutschland that will allow the entertainment conglomerate to increase its holding in the German pay TV company to a controlling stake. The agreement will boost the company's stake from 49.9 percent to a 54.5 percent majority ownership.

Sotomayor Makes Surprising Revelations in Book (USA Today)
As the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor already stands as a role model for Latinos. Now she wants to expand on that role. With the publication in English and Spanish of her strikingly candid memoir, My Beloved World, the 58-year-old associate justice hopes to inspire those facing disease, discrimination, drugs and alcoholism, divorce and the dire poverty she faced growing up.

Weekend Morning Show Ratings: Q4 2012 (TVNewser)
NBC's Today may have lost its lead during the week, but the show's weekend broadcasts are still hanging on to a small lead over the weekend editions of ABC's Good Morning America. In the fourth quarter of 2012, Today had a slight Total Viewer lead on Saturdays, edging GMA by 62,000 for the top spot. The two shows are tied in the adults 25-54 demographic for the quarter.

TCA 2013: 60 Minutes Sports' Lara Logan Says Egypt Attack 'Stays with You Forever' (Toronto Star)
Next month will mark the second anniversary of 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan's brutal attack in Egypt's Tahrir Square. "Everything that happens in your life, especially on that scale, stays with you forever," Logan said to a small circle of reporters at the Television Critics Association convention, after a panel discussion to introduce upcoming spinoff show 60 Minutes Sports.

One-Time High School Journalism Advisor Segues to the OC Register (FishbowlLA)
Here's a really good example of someone proactively changing their career, mid-stream.

Digital Reading on the Rise for Children (with a Qualifier) (NYT / Media Decoder)
Digital reading is rising fast among children ages 6 to 17, but this is not necessarily translating into a greater desire to read, according to a report released on Monday by Scholastic Inc.

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