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Don’t Call Christina Hendricks ‘Full-Figured’

The sex-symbol status of Mad Men star Christina Hendricks flies in the face of the idea that only waif-thin or super-sporty female body types qualify as objects of lust. Her confidence and “I know I’m hot” attitude have made her a poster child for size-immune self-esteem, and some see her as a modern day Marilyn Monroe.

But even Hendricks has moments of discomfort and self-doubt. During a recent interview, Australian Sun-Herald fashion editor Kate Waterhouse asked the star about her famous curves, saying, “You have been an inspiration as a full-figured woman. What is the most inspiring story that you can remember where you’ve inspired someone?”

It seems clear to us that the journalist meant no harm and probably meant to pay the actress a compliment. But Hendricks didn’t take it that way, and we’re willing to bet that what Waterhouse actually said and what what Hendricks heard were not one and the same. To Hendricks, the question probably sounded more like: “You’re too heavy to be conventionally beautiful, but somehow you’re confident and popular in spite of that. Let’s discuss.”

While some might see this incident as a PR failure, it’s more a reflection of the fact that “full-figured” is simply too close to the word “fat”, which remains one of our most painful insults. The connection inspires moments of insecurity even for a successful and self-assured woman like Christina Hendricks. She doesn’t have a PR problem — curves do.

The AMC/Dish Network Kerfuffle gets Snarky

The ongoing dispute between AMC and Dish Network that resulted in Dish’s 14 million customers losing access to the home of “Mad Men“, “The Walking Dead” and “Breaking Bad” early this summer isn’t showing any signs of resolution. In fact, in the above PSA-style ad, AMC takes its side of the argument to next level, appealing to viewers not affected by the dispute in an apparent effort to gin up some positive PR.

It’s basically the snarky, for-profit equivalent of those familiar ads for holiday season charity efforts: “You know how much you love your Thanksgiving feast AMC shows? Well, many others, perhaps even some in your very own neighborhood, aren’t as fortunate. Please consider inviting them into your home to share your dinner ‘Breaking Bad.’”

The ad then points out that Dish customers are still paying the same price for their TV packages as they were before AMC was dropped.

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Old-School Hollywood PR Man Irving Fein Dead at 101

In yet another reminder of the generational shift within the PR industry, old-school Hollywood rep Irving Fein has passed at 101. Never heard of him? Your age is showing: As reported in the Los Angeles Times, Fein did quite a bit of work in the century-plus he spent on this planet, most prominently representing blast-from-the-past personalities like George Burns and Jack Benny, who was a “radio comedian” when Fein first began doing PR work for him in 1947.

Feel young yet? The Brooklyn-born Fein worked as an aspiring novelist in the early part of the 20th century before shifting gears to do publicity work for nearly all of the major studios back in the pre-”Mad Men” days when Lana Turner was big business and people still took the phrase “pinup girl” literally. Later roles included vice president of advertising and promotion at CBS.

In a 1988 Associated Press interview, Fein said “I’ve been lucky. I’ve been able to work with the best of them.” In a sense, we all aspire to accomplish as much as Mr. Fein did during his career–though, to be fair, he had more than 100 years to do it.

No Love Lost Between AMC, Dish Network

Dish Network goes full HeisenbergIf you’ve ever “liked” Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead or The Killing (yeah right), chances are you’ve received some version of the “Tell Dish Network to keep AMC!” message this summer.

That’s because Dish refused to agree to AMC’s supposedly unreasonable demands for a contract extension, effectively forcing a blackout of the channel and related properties (IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel) for all subscribers. Note: AMC still claims that an unrelated lawsuit stretching way back to 2008 is the real culprit.

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All-Star Cast Introduces ‘The New Yorker’ iPhone App

Another clever promo from those eggheads at The New Yorker: This meta-comedic short film directed by Lena Dunham (HBO‘s “Girls“) features the writer/actress/producer introducing the concepts of an iPhone, an app, and the magazine itself to charmingly oblivious talk show host Jon Hamm (“Mad Men“). The interview — like so many on late night talk shows — centers on Hamm showing a clip of Dunham’s “new film”, in which she portrays an exasperated New Yorker editor trying to explain the importance of the new app to a flustered assistant (played by fellow “Girls” regular Alex Karpovsky).

This isn’t the first time the magazine has used big-name actors and directors to get the word out about their digital ventures — for their 2010 iPad app launch, they released another comedic short film starring Jason Schwartzman and directed by Roman Coppola.

Source: Ad Age

‘Mad Men’ Producers Spent a Fortune to Use Beatles Tune

We’re new viewers of Mad Men, but we’ve noticed that most every week, on Monday morning, something from the previous night’s show makes headlines. Whether it’s an outstanding performance of a French classic, or a new song celebrating Betty Draper’s rotund physique, each episode of the show has long legs for one reason or another.

The show started making news last night for including The Beatles song “Tomorrow Never Knows” towards the end of the episode. Right away, we started to see tweeters questioning how much was paid to get permission to use the tune.

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AMC Selling Its Own Version of ‘Zou Bisou Bisou’

The words “Zou Bisou Bisou” are falling off of everyone’s lips and fingertips this morning following a rendition of the song on last night’s widely publicized season premiere of Mad Men. The title is trending on Twitter and a number of websites have done stories about the origins of the song and Megan/Jessica Paré’s rendition of it last night.

And AMC and Lionsgate Television Music, not missing a beat, released a digital version of the actress’ performance of the song on iTunes and has made a vinyl of the song available on the AMC website.

Before the season premiere, last week’s issue of Newsweek took on the Mad Men/1960s theme, adding to the news and pop culture reach of the show.

If you missed the performance last night, you can watch it here on Pinterest. (h/t @CaseeMarie) The original, in the clip above.

Revolving Door: ‘Today’ turns 60, @SpinReviews, Top Media Pinners, and more

The January 6, 1964 cover

Today commemorates 60 years on the air. TVNewser went to the party last night.

The New York Times‘ public editor Arthur Brisbane was feeling the heat yesterday over his take on whether reporters should be “truth vigilantes.” A lot of people thought that was a dumb question so Brisbane has come back to reiterate that it is not. Jill Abramson has also responded.

A Ron Paul super PAC has written a press release calling for CNN‘s Dana Bash to be taken off the campaign beat. CNN replied: “The notion that Dana is anything but objective is preposterous.”

Spin magazine has launched @SpinReviews. [via Fishbowl NY]

Newsweek plans to recreate the magazine’s 1960s design in the March 19 issue to commemorate the season premiere of Mad Men. [via Ad Age]

Pinterest says Martha Stewart, Real Simple, and Better Homes & Gardens are top pinners. [via minOnline]

The Huffington Post has launched a Good News channel for inspiration stories. Jessica Prois, who also heads the Impact section, will edit the new channel.

Click through for more media changes.

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Fashion Retailers Turn To TV for Branding Tie-Ins

A look from Banana Republic's 'Mad Men' collection.

The NBC network and Bloomingdale’s have entered into a two-month Fall partnership that will provide branding opportunities for both organizations: Bloomie’s catalogs will feature actors from some of NBC’s new shows (The Playboy Club and Prime Suspect are a couple of them), and Bloomingdale’s will be featured during the network’s Primetime Preview Show. Bloomie’s will also have in-store promotions and store windows as part of the tie-in.

“The combination of NBC’s new fall slate of programming with Bloomingdale’s powerful brand and multiple touch points creates a very engaging consumer experience,” Tim Farish, NBC Entertainment’s SVP of marketing said in a statement.

These days, it seems clothing retailers are finding a great deal of promo value in TV partnerships that largely bypass the traditional 30-second spot.

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Dems Redesign Logo, Website

The Democratic National Committee has a brand new logo (pictured left), given its website a makeover, and has a new slogan, “Change That Matters.” DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan told Ad Age that the changes are meant to “reflect the openness of our party.” He went on to describe the party as “grassroots” and one that “fights for everyday people.”

The new logo has already been criticized by those in advertising, design and even by Mad Men actor Jon Hamm (who’s an expert because he plays an ad man on TV?).

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