For the latest issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Kate Beckinsale was photographed on the West Coast at the home of photographer James White. By White.
The Roman bust, made out of marble and dated circa-100 A.D., was purchased by White from Christie’s New York. Like Beckinsale, it’s a one-of-a-kind. The rest of what is on display is not and can be had, but – as the caption makes clear – at a price:
Dress, Jonathan Simkhai ($795). Neiman Marcus, 9700 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, 310-550-5900. 18k gold Tiffany T chain bracelet ($5,600), Schlumberger Cooper diamond bracelet ($135,000), 18k gold and white-ceramic Tiffany T cutout ring ($1,500), and 18k rose-gold, 30.52-carat oval cabochon orange tourmaline and pink sapphire ring ($43,000), Tiffany & Co. 210 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills, 310-273-8880
We absolutely love this photo, partly because the bust suggests there may have been a Roman Empire version of Chinatown’s Jake Gittes, nosing his way to the truth about the Aqueduct. Embedded in the cover story by Scott Huver is some behind-the-scenes video of the photo shoot.
Photo, by White, used with permission
Bill Simmons fans rejoice — the former ESPN vet/current ESPN hater finally has a date for his HBO show. Any Given Wednesday, a 30-minute show, will debut June 22 and feature sports and pop culture content.
For Wednesday, Simmons will interview newsmakers, showcase special segments and deliver some of his signature commentary. Also, he’ll swear.
“I’m excited about the show, I’m excited about the title and I’m really, really excited to drop my first F-bomb on TV,” said Simmons, in an announcement. “We are going to figure out nudity down the road, as long as it’s tasteful.”
The short article by Ricardo Bilton in the debut issue of Digiday’s new quarterly media magazine Pulse is specifically about video views. Under the headline “WTF Is a View?” and the sub-headline “A view is a view view – except when it isn’t,” some basic primer information laid out in FAQ form.
One of the problems is that different platforms consider a video viewed when different times of viewing have elapsed, anywhere from three seconds (comScore, Facebook) to 30 seconds (YouTube). But for the true definition, it’s perhaps best to turn to those who pay for those “views:”
Facebook gave advertisers the option to only pay for video ads if users watched them for more than 10 seconds. Previously, advertisers were charged as soon as videos started playing. Twitter has also yielded to advertisers by only charging when videos were 100 percent in-view and watched for 30 seconds.
There’s plenty more to page through in the Spring Issue of Pulse, including a profile of Choire Sicha. In the welcome letter, senior editor Lucia Moses offers this rather intriguing framing: ‘While Digiday is at its core a digital media company, we thought the printed format was ideal for exploring these critical issues in a thoughtful way.’ E.g., print still has a pulse, albeit one that beats at a once-every-three-months pace.
Today marks the release of an updated version of Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee, first published in the spring of 2007. When author Charles J. Shields (pictured) spoke with The New York Times’ Alexandra Alter about his research process, he touched on a fascinating result of those efforts.
The author was able to uncover an article which, though written by Lee, did not carry her byline. It was about the murders that inspired In Cold Blood:
“I went back to look at newspapers in Garden City, Kan., and I stumbled across a little mention in a column that said, our visitor Harper Lee will be writing about what’s been happening on the case for the FBI magazine The Grapevine. Then I contacted The Grapevine. They said, ‘Yeah, there’s been a reference to that over the years but we can’t find anything.'”
“I told them to look in the spring of 1960. There indeed was an article than only Lee could have written because it was so full of info that would later appear in In Cold Blood. I speculate that there was no byline because she really didn’t want to tread on Truman Capote’s story. It’s a long flattering article about the great work chief investigator Alvin Dewey is doing on the case and how Truman is going to get to the bottom of it. It was an unselfish act from a friend.”
Other documents unearthed by Shields reveal that Lee appeared to have quite the crush on the “drop-dead handsome” Dewey.
Shields has also written a Young Adult version of his Lee biography, crafted portraits of Kurt Vonnegut and a more obscure novelist, John Williams, and in 2009 he co-founded Biographers International Organization (BIO) with fellow biographers Nigel Hamilton, James McGrath Morris and Debby Applegate. Read the rest of his conversation with Alter here and check out the agenda for BIO’s forthcoming annual conference here.
Photo of Shields via: Amazon
The Village Voice’s latest cover is a fantastic homage to Prince. This is definitely a collector’s item.
The cover was illustrated by Victor Gadino. The Voice’s creative director is Andrew Horton. Nice work by both.
Unfortunately, the Paris-based New York Times staffers who were worried the Times would shutter the outlet were correct.
The paper has announced it is closing its editing and printing operations there and eliminating or relocating roughly 70 employees. The Times Paris news bureau and ad department will not be impacted by the closure.
As a result of the changes, the Times will focus editing and prepress print production in New York and Hong Kong.
“Only by moving ahead with this proposal can we assure our ability to maintain our international print presence for the coming years and do so in a way that will best serve our international readers,” wrote international president Stephen Dunbar-Johnson; assistant masthead editor for international Joe Kahn; and Times Europe editor Dick Stevenson, in a memo.
New Republic has named Eric Bates editor and Win McCormack editor in chief. McCormack is also the owner, having purchased the magazine from Chris Hughes in February.
Bates most recently worked for First Look Media’s The Intercept. He previously spent more than a decade as executive editor for Rolling Stone. Bates also worked as investigative editor for Mother Jones and was editor in chief for Southern Exposure.
Bates is succeeding Gabriel Snyder, who stepped down two weeks ago.
The Atlantic has named journalist and former broadcast anchor Alex Wagner a senior editor.
Wagner previously served as host of MSNBC’s Emmy-nominated Now with Alex Wagner and as a reporter for The Huffington Post and Politics Daily. She also served as editor of The Fader.
At The Atlantic, Wagner will write for the magazine and the site, as well as participate in AtlanticLive events.
“Alex embodies The Atlantic’s commitment to smart and lively journalism in both traditional and emerging spaces,” said Atlantic president and COO, Bob Cohn, in a statement. “With her wide range of editorial experience and her knowledge of politics, entertainment, and social issues, she’ll be an asset across our platforms.”
Another day, another New York Post report on New York Times layoffs. According to the Post, the Times is discussing cuts at its Paris bureau, which currently houses about 50 staffers.
A source told the Post that Times staffers are worried the Paris bureau is getting shut down for good.
“They [the Times] have been moving people to London. The social charges are a lot cheaper. They are very high here. People are worried this announcement is going to be the worst one. People are worried they are going to close it.”
This report comes one day after the Post claimed the Times would cut hundreds by the end of the year. Times executive editor Dean Baquet didn’t appreciate that account and shot back that the story was “totally made up.”
The Wall Street Journal is making changes to its newsroom in order to keep its print product “strong and vibrant.”
Those words come via a memo from Journal editor Gerard Baker, who has tapped Bob Rose as print editor, a new role at the paper.
Rose most recently served as the Journal’s New York bureau chief. Rose worked for the Journal from 1985 to 2004, and then rejoined the paper in 2011.
“Bob will be directly accountable to me—and to our readers—for ensuring that the print Journal, the nation’s largest, remains indispensable,” wrote Baker, in the note to staffers. “And even as we drive The Journal further into the digital age, we need a print paper that is an engaging, informative—and increasingly complementary—daily digest of the most important news to our readers.”
“By better organizing our resources and focus, Bob and his team will be positioned to build on the work that’s been done to improve the paper in recent years and further enhance the print product with stronger designs and visuals, a better mix of stories and a streamlined production process that both allows for cleaner lockups and better management of breaking news,” added Baker.
New York Media, parent of New York, has named Pamela Wasserstein CEO. The Wasserstein family has owned New York since the late Bruce Wasserstein bought the magazine in 2004.
Wasserstein has served as New York’s co-chairwoman and head of strategy since 2014.
“We are committed, and we see a bright future for the company,” Wasserstein told the New York Times. “I wouldn’t have wanted to take this on if this wasn’t a place that I felt we could build value and an opportunity that I was excited about and my family is excited about.”
Wasserstein is succeeding Anup Bagaria, who has been CEO since 2004.
(Image: Cole Wilson/The New York Times)
The author, director and former child star has announced he will be exiting Indiana University at Bloomington at the end of this school year. It’s the latest in a long line of teaching stints that have previously encompassed UCLA, USC and NYU.
On the April 24 episode of Through the Gates: IU This Week, a weekly podcast hosted by IU The Media School dean James Shanahan, Benson talks about starring on Broadway at age 12, being recognized because of his voice and guiding a relatively small group students (14) through another “Advanced Production” class:
“I shot the first high definition film in North America. It was a horrible movie. And, it looked horrible, because it looked like home movies. Everything was crystal clear. No one had learned that instead of using less light, which is why people love using digital. These C300’s we have here from Canon, you can see more of an image with the C300 than you can with the naked eye in darkness.”
The short films made by Benson’s 2015-16 students will premiere tonight at 7 p.m. at the AMC Showplace Bloomington 11 and screen again April 30 at 3 p.m. at the IU Cinema. Benson is also excited about the fact that Illusion, one of a series of films made by three students who have taken his class, is headed next month to the Cannes Film Festival. For the 60-year-old Hollywood and academia vet, that brings back sweet memories:
“When I was 15 and a half, I made a film, Jeremy, that was also invited to Cannes. And something like that can change your life, because it’s right around the time of people telling me what you can and cannot accomplish in your life. And by something as superficial as a film festival accepting your work… [François] Truffaut turned to me and to Glynnis O’Connor and said, in his beautiful broken English, that we were his American parfait.”
Photo of Benson via: @IUBProvost
When the Los Angeles Times claimed this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage, it created some additional breaking news on the Arizona University campus. Four of the reporters involved are recent journalism graduates.
Sharing in the admittedly bittersweet glory of winning for reporting on the San Bernardino terrorist attacks Stephen Caesar (Class of 2009), Marisa Gerber (2011), Kristina Bui (2013) and Brittny Mejia (2014). From a write-up in the Arizona Daily Wildcat:
Don Hecker, former director of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute , said he remembers working with both Ceasar and Gerber, who were both chosen during their college years as one of the 12 best and brightest student journalists from across the country.
He said they are great reporters who come from a great journalism program, and that he was not surprised they got recognition for their hard work and talent.
“That program is really really good, it’s a very broad program that has been a well funded program.” Hecker said. “That program puts its money back into it’s students.”
The student newspaper article has nice photos of the UA alums in question and some fun color about why the L.A. Times newsroom felt to at least one of them like a “mini Tucson.”
Does the following cover photo composition ring a bell?
Ah, the Vanity Fair cover starter pack: photographer Annie Leibovitz, a textured or colored background, Old Hollywood hair waves and a good ol’ fancy silk corset. The latest star to embody this winning formula is Amy Schumer, who models the form-fitting piece against a draped sheet on the front of the magazine’s May 2016 “Sisters” issue.
It’s a tried-and-true cover look that both Leibovitz and Vanity Fair’s fashion and style team, led by director Jessica Diehl, gravitate towards time and time again. Caitlyn Jenner‘s memorable debut in July 2015 was named best cover of the year by the American Society of Magazine Editors. Kate Upton channeled Marilyn Monroe for the magazine’s 100th anniversary issue cover in 2013, sporting a corset and a miniature birthday cake. In June 2011, Katy Perry also got the corset treatment against a floral backdrop.
The interview article by Bruce Handy features another (and, arguably, better) Leibovitz shot of Schumer seemingly riffing on the famous Slim Pickens scene in the 1964 movie Dr. Strangelove. Via Twitter today, Schumer thanked Leibovitz for the VF shots, as she did a few months ago when her work with the photographer for the 2016 Pirelli calendar was unveiled.
Previously on FishbowlNY:
Annie Leibovitz Exhibit Opens in London
There were numerous celebrities and Hollywood power brokers in attendance at the memorial for Garry Shandling organized by Judd Apatow and generously paid for by HBO. But it was two of the lesser-known folks who spoke at the Ebell Theater in Beverly Hills Sunday night who left the most lasting mark.
Cousin Mike Shandling shared some crazy family history. From a report by Chris Gardner our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter:
As a kid, Shandling adored his big brother, Barry, who was three years older and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a toddler. Barry died at the age of 13 when Shandling was just 10, and “it was devastating for the family,” Michael explained. In the 50 years that have passed, “we never ever spoke about Barry again,” he added.
And it was revealed during the service that Shandling’s mother, Muriel, never told her son that his brother died, instead she lied to him and said that Barry went to live with their grandmother. Michael noted that the mother-son dynamic proved to be a very “difficult and odd relationship for Garry to maintain.”
Author, security expert and close Shandling pal Gavin de Becker was blunt with his evaluation of Muriel, calling her “awful, wounded and flawed.” It didn’t take him long to size her up:
“After the first day with her, Garry asked me what I thought of his mother. I said, ‘Garry, she’s a monster.’ He said, ‘Well, you are seeing her on her best behavior’,” he remembered.
De Becker went on to tie the dispute between Shandling and manager Brad Grey to that tumultuous family history, deeming the pair’s permanent falling out and legal battling it a “deep brother wound.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
A Fantastic Way to Remember Garry Shandling
Vox Media and its tech site, The Verge, have launched a gadget blog called Circuit Breaker. In a slight twist, Circuit Breaker will publish mainly on Facebook.
Paul Miller, who previously served as a senior writer for The Verge, will edit Circuit Breaker.
In a post announcing the new site, Verge co-founder and editor Nilay Patel said Circuit Breaker will cover a new wave of gadgets.
“The first age of gadget blogging was defined by the mobile revolution, and we think a similar revolution is about to happen in new categories like drones, VR, and the Internet of Things,” wrote Patel.
IBT Media’s Newsweek has named Ken Li managing editor. Li is succeeding Kira Bindrim, who is taking a role with Quartz.
Li most recently served as a founding editor of Re/code. He has previously worked for Reuters, The Financial Times, The Industry Standard and The New York Daily News.
“As Kira Bindrim heads to Quartz, we are thrilled to welcome Ken into the Newsweek family and eager to have his sharp news sense and digital savvy guiding our operations,” said Newsweek editor Jim Impoco, in a statement. “Ken’s background includes a great mix of writing, editing and strong newsroom leadership that are critical for the managing editor role.”
In other Newsweek news, the magazine has made the following changes: Kevin Dolak has been named national editor; Margarita Noriega has been named executive editor of digital; and Iva Dixit has been promoted to social media editor.
Quartz has named Kira Bindrim editor of its talent lab. Bindrim comes to Quartz from Newsweek, where she served as managing editor since 2013.
Prior to Newsweek, Bindrim worked for Reuters and Crain’s New York Business.
“Some of us have had the pleasure of working with Kira in the past, and have learned to appreciate her energy, humor, and astonishing ability to get things done,” wrote Xana Antunes, editor of new initiatives at Quartz, in a memo.
Bindrim begins her role at Quartz May 9.
Believe it or not, 10 separate parties want to buy Yahoo.
According to Bloomberg, Yahoo received 10 first-round bids for its core businesses, ranging from $4 billion to $8 billion. Let’s assume the party offering $8 million for Yahoo, which recently announced a net loss of $99 million, was drinking when it made that move.
Companies remaining in the bidding process could find out as soon as next week, as Yahoo looks to narrow the field. Once the bidders are slimmed down, Yahoo will give them more access to internal documents and high level staffers.