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HBO Picks Up Five SAG Awards, While White Wins Again For TV Land (Multichannel News)
On the television side at the 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards it was often a case of déjà vu all over again, with five of last year's category winners again picking up Actors for their stellar performances. B&C: HBO led the way at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday night, nabbing five of the nine TV awards. Dick Van Dyke presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to his former Dick Van Dyke Show co-star, Mary Tyler Moore, delivering a heartfelt speech citing her screen work and humanitarian work. Moore received a standing ovation from the crowd. THR / The Race: From drinking games to fashion fails, THR picks the moments that popped from Sunday's ceremony. THR / The Race: Director Michel Hazanavicius, Guy Pearce, B.J. Novak, Naya Rivera, and Johnny Galecki were among the nominees who spoke to THR on the red carpet at the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles. THR / The Race: The winners at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards showed off their new hardware backstage. Alec Baldwin, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and the cast of Modern Family were among the many famous faces to pose for photos. Here is the complete list of nominees and winners.

Gasparino: Facebook Furious At Morgan Stanley Over Leak Of IPO News (Business Insider / Clusterstock)
According to a series of tweets from Fox Business reporter Charlie Gasparino, Morgan Stanley's lead role in Facebook's initial public offering may be in jeopardy. Gasparino said via tweets Saturday that Facebook is upset that details of the underwriter selection process were leaked and that they will "backfire" on Morgan Stanley.

Chris Wallace: GOP Debates Are 'Stupid' (HuffPost)
Chris Wallace Saturday said what many journalists, television viewers, and probably the GOP candidates are thinking. Politico / Politico Live: Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) Sunday attacked Mitt Romney for "unseemliness and overkill" in his aggressive campaign against Newt Gingrich, the candidate Thompson has endorsed. Mediaite: Jake Tapper took RNC chairman Reince Priebus to task on Twitter for comparing President Barack Obama to Captain Francesco Schettino, the Italian captain of the Costa Concordia. NYT: If the 2008 presidential race embraced a 24/7 news cycle, four years later, politicos are finding themselves in the middle of an election most starkly defined by Twitter, complete with 24-second news cycles and pithy bursts. TVNewser: At the start of Face the Nation Sunday morning, Bob Schieffer, anchoring adjacent to Jungle Island in Miami, followed up on his offer to the Gingrich and Romney campaigns to debate during Sunday's special hour-long edition. "Romney wanted no part of that," said Schieffer. But Gingrich agreed, so Schieffer interviewed him on his campaign bus Friday. HuffPost: For those wondering if President Obama will watch the Super Bowl Sunday, the New Yorker's latest cover offers some insight into the big game the president currently has his eyes on. NYT / Media Decoder: As the country prepares for this year's presidential election, political devotees have been following the nuances of every debate, caucus, straw poll, and primary. A new application for Facebook users, however, is intended to encourage those who are not as engaged to talk about the election issues that are most important to them.

The Big Bang (Adweek)
This Sunday, it's extremely likely that the largest TV audience ever assembled will plunk down in front of their flat screens to watch Super Bowl XLVI -- and the carnival of advertising surrounding it. AdAge / Digital: Along the way, the Super Bowl got hijacked by D-list celebrities, talking animals, and cheap gags -- anything for a chuckle -- and that trend can be traced to one thing: USA Today's Ad Meter. Multichannel News: With the Peacock presenting the Big Game, it's no surprise that NBC Universal's game plan for backing Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis mirrors the New York Giants' "All In" motto, reaching across an array of assets.

Greg Kelly's Rape Case Remains Front-Page News In New York (TVSpy)
WNYW anchor Greg Kelly's rape case remains front-page news in New York, as local newspapers continue to churn out coverage of the tabloid-ready story involving the popular morning-show host, his police commissioner father, and a 20-something woman with an angry boyfriend.

The Guardian Launches Second Phase Of Open News Trial (10,000 Words)
The Guardian is expanding its open journalism experiment with a new live blog that, according to one editor, aims to "bring readers into the heart of our news-editing operation."

Interview's German Edition Debuts (WWD / Memo Pad)
Sean & Seng's bumble-bee-lipped cover shot of Lana del Rey is not the only thing that's bound to generate some buzz with the debut issue of Interview Germany, which hit newsstands Friday.

Why CNN's Digital Strength May Cause Problems For Fox (paidContent)
CNN has become a primetime ratings afterthought in the cable news business it started three decades ago, as Fox News continues to dominate a traditional television realm mostly supported by older viewers. But online and on mobile, the tables are turned. FishbowlDC: managing editor Meredith Artley: "We have a lot of content pulsing through our site every day. We don't need more, we need to make what we have as good as it can possibly be. So a big theme of the year, as the whole CNN Digital team knows from our staff huddles, is that we are focusing on craftsmanship of every piece of journalism we do. It's all about the storytelling."

Van Zandt's Netflix-Only Drama Tests New Ground In Streaming (WSJ)
E Street Band guitarist and The Sopranos actor Steven Van Zandt has Olympic-size dreams for his new Netflix original series, Lilyhammer.

How Amazon Could Split Netflix And iTunes To Win Streaming Video (Wired / Epicenter)
Everyone knows that Amazon wants to extend its digital media offerings. Any online retailer of analog media would. Its executives know the long-term trends for sales of DVDs, Blu-rays, and their players. The company that dominates eBook and e-reader sales was already beaten first to digital music by Apple. Jeff Bezos never wants that to happen again.

For ProPublica, More eBooks (NYT / Media Decoder)
ProPublica, the nonprofit news organization known for its investigative journalism, is about to expand its eBook efforts.

The New York Times Vs. Mail Online: Who's Got The Better Business Model? (paidContent)
The championship of the online newspaper world changed hands the other day.

The Real Story Of 'Headless Body In Topless Bar,' As Argued By Veterans Of The Post (Capital New York)
This week's news that the State of New York denied parole to a 53-year-old criminal named Charles Dingle has brought back a flood of memories for veterans of the New York Post, some of whom took to an email chain to hash out their recollections. NBC New York: Dick Belsky: "'Headless Body In Topless Bar' is the most famous headline in New York City tabloid history. It appeared on the front page of the New York Post in the spring of 1983 after a holdup man killed the owner of a strip club in Queens and then inexplicably forced one of the patrons to cut off the victim's head. I didn't write that legendary headline, but I played a part in its creation."

Luke Russert Reports One-Hour Dateline (TVNewser)
Luke Russert, NBC's congressional correspondent, has been moonlighting at NBC News recently. He's reporting his first Dateline NBC story, which will air as an hour-long investigation two weeks from Sunday.

The Bookstore's Last Stand (NYT)
Barnes & Noble, the giant that helped put so many independent booksellers out of business, now finds itself locked in the fight of its life. What its engineers dreamed up was the Nook, a relative e-reader latecomer that has, nonetheless, become the great e-hope of Barnes & Noble and, in fact, of many in the book business.

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