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Archives: October 2013

Oklahoma Skit | Roseanne Vines | Pumpkin Typography

OklahomaHalloweenTV Spy: If the affiliate you had in the office pool for Halloween bit “Most Likely to be Viewed by Human Resources” is outside Oklahoma, you lost.

Lost Remote: Surprising – Roseanne turns 61 this Sunday. Really surprising – she beat out Will Sasso to anchor the first-ever Vine-hosted TV marathon.

UnBeige: Can the most arcane of pumpkin-carving themes still come through with flying orange colors? It’s a timely question and a class project at New York’s School of Visual Arts.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

VIDEO: How to Be the Next Celebrity Chef

In Round 2 of our video interview with Food Network chefs, Alex Guarnaschelli and Robert Irvine tell us what it takes to be the next celebrity chef. And they should know. Guarnaschelli, in addition to being executive chef of New York City’s Butter Restaurant, is a recurring judge on Chopped, hosts Alex’s Day Off and has appeared on Iron Chef America as both a judge and a challenger. She earned the title of Iron Chef herself on The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.

Irvine’s claim to fame came on Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible, which spun off into the ever-popular Restaurant: Impossible, now in its seventh season. The British star’s new reality-competition show, Restaurant Express debuts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET.

Also, see: TV Chefs Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern on Their Top Foods

Woody Allen Confirms His Hatred of the Casting Process

Shutterstock_WoodyAllenA while back, we picked up on a New York Post report about the daunting task faced by leading ladies auditioning for the upcoming stage version of Bullets Over Broadway. Via open letter in this week’s Hollywood ReporterWoody Allen echos the contents of that item in his own inimitable way:

I’m particularly difficult in the casting area because the whole process bores and embarrasses me. If it were up to me, we would use the same half dozen people in all my pictures, whether they fit or not.

Can you say Internet meme? Or at least, a cleverly re-cut YouTube trailer?

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Colin Cowherd Bangs a Drum Few Other Sports Journalists Are Willing to Touch

ColinCowherdPicAnd for that, we applaud him. The ESPN Radio host is not arguing this morning, and before, that World Series MVP David Ortiz was for-sure on some sort of PED cocktail. He’s just saying that given Ortiz’s past and insane batting average against a young corps of St. Louis flame throwers, he is naturally “suspicious.”

Cowherd’s stance is notable for an historic reason as well. In the wake of the original baseball steroids scandal, many sports journalists bemoaned the fact that their heads had been in the sand. Some might have known a little bit more than others, but essentially all were complicit.

The ESPN host discussed this latest opinion with intelligence and qualified guests. Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy told Cowherd that he had the same basic conversation with Ortiz in May about the specter of performance-enhancing drugs, about which he wrote.

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Norman Pearlstine Returning to Time Inc.

Time__Inc_-logo-2ED06AA15C-seeklogo.com_Fortune senior editor Dan Primack has posted some major parent company news. Norman Pearlstine is leaving his post as chief content officer at Bloomberg LP to assume a “similar position” with Time Inc.

From Primack’s report:

The move comes as Time Inc. is preparing to spin out from corporate parent Time Warner (TWX), which is expected to occur early next year.

This is a homecoming of sorts for Pearlstine, who served as editor-in-chief of Time Inc. from 1995 through 2005 (after more than two decades with The Wall Street Journal, and a short stint running Forbes).

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Today’s Scariest Newspaper Front Page Belongs to…

On this Hallow’s Eve, the Journal & Courier in Lafayette, Indiana wins U.S. honors by a spooky mile. In connection with some local communities deciding to postpone trick or treating because of impending bad weather, they went with the Cloud Monster.

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Seriously, if you’re about seven years old and catch sight of this on the breakfast table, are you ever going to want to go trick or treating again? We don’t think so.

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Former Village Voice EIC Tony Ortega Joins Raw Story

TonyOrtegaHeadshotThe Raw Story publisher Roxanne Cooper has shared some major news this morning. Former Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega, who has been focused since leaving the alt-weekly on his blog The Underground Bunker and a related book project about the Church of Scientology, has joined the site as executive editor.

From Cooper’s announcement:

Ortega will take the reins of Raw Story next week, where he plans to bring more reporting to a website that is experiencing record growth. “Raw is really tearing up its competition, and I’m fortunate to be asked to help it get to the next level with an increased emphasis on original stories,” Ortega said.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Jim Roberts to Mashable | Financial Times Subs Up | 3 Plead Guilty to Hacking

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Mashable Names Jim Roberts to Oversee Content Expansion (NYT)
Mashable, the digital media site, said Wednesday morning that it had hired Jim Roberts as executive editor and chief content officer, part of its push to expand the range of its content. Mashable’s announcement comes as many digital websites are looking to deepen their content by adding professional journalists in foreign bureaus and on investigative teams. Roberts spent much of his career at The New York Times, where he most recently served as assistant managing editor before taking a company buyout in January. He then worked briefly at Reuters. In both jobs, Roberts championed a digital strategy that included using interactive tools, social media and video to augment traditional storytelling techniques. paidContent The news about Roberts — whose most recent job was trying to reinvent Reuters online, until the wire service company decided to mothball the venture — came as a surprise to many, since he is a veteran newsman and Mashable is seen by some as a pageview-driven source of entertainment rather than a place that does serious journalism. Mashable Roberts: “Although this is the beginning of a new journey, it also feels like the natural progression for an editor who loves the news and loves even more the opportunity to experiment with new and innovative ways of spreading it to an audience — and growing that audience in the process.” FishbowlNY Roberts joins editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff and a Web braintrust that includes Adam Ostrow, Mike Kriak, Stacy Martinet, Robyn Peterson and Seth Rogin.

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Walter Isaacson, Barry Diller and Dylan Lauren Go Hollywood

LunchAtMichaelsIt was the usual head-spinning scene at Michael’s today as the decibel level rose to epic levels in every corner of the dining room throughout lunch. But all was tranquil (at least for the moment) when I arrived shortly before noon. There, I was greeted with the sight of two minions from Bonnie Fuller‘s office at Hollywoodlife.com who were arranging seating cards and ordering Pellegrino for Bonnie’s monthly schmoozefest. The power gals-in-training stayed just long enough to change into their high heels and shepherd the overflowing group of media mavens and social swans (and Dylan Lauren!) into the lounge for a round of air kissing before they finally settled into their perch in the bay window at Table One. Oh, to be young and ambitious.

I was joined today by two of my favorite Michael’s regulars who I met, of course, in the dining room many moons ago: producer and Democratic booster Joan Gelman and Robert Zimmerman, founder and partner of Zimmerman/Edelson Long Island’s leading public relations and marketing firm, who somehow also finds time to appear on CNN, Fox and MSNBC as a political commentator. On-air (and in conversation, of course) Robert offers well reasoned arguments against the extremists on both sides. “Too much attention focuses on being quotable, not credible. Too many commentators operate in a fact-free environment. Ann Coulter has become the Larry Flynt of political literature. Both live in a world of exploitation and filth,” said the Democratic National Committeeman (now in his 13th year in the position). Come on Robert, tell us how you really feel.

Robert Zimmerman Diane Clehane and Joan Gelman

Robert Zimmerman, Diane Clehane and Joan Gelman

I always look forward to our bi-annual Michael’s lunches because besides being two of the nicest – and funniest people in the room — Joan and Robert can always be counted on for some tasty dish on what’s really going on in any number of social, business and political circles in New York.

While some of the juiciest dish is off the record, we did cover a lot of ground on the current political scene. I had to ask Robert what he thought of the two biggest headaches plaguing the Obama administration that are getting plenty of media coverage. On the Obamacare website woes, Robert offered this: “If it were up to my Republican friends, we would have given up on NASA, Social Security and Medicare because each of them had difficult launches. Medicare took six years to establish after President Roosevelt it signed into law. The website will be fixed. The bigger issue will be if people are getting a better deal in terms of cost and coverage. That will determine the future of Obamacare and, to a large extent, Obama’s legacy.” Read more

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