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Puff, the Magic Rumor

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:15

The career of Dorothy Kilgallen was truly remarkable. If you’re not familiar with her many journalistic exploits, starting with a round-the-world race in 1936 against fellow reporters Bud Ekins (New York World-Telegram) and Leo Kieran (New York Times), do yourself a favor and read this bio.

Many folks today remember Kilgallen from her years as a panelist on TV quiz show What’s My Line?, from 1950 to 1965 (when she passed away). Others connect her to the final days of JFK.

But for Lenny Lipton, the Brooklyn native whose poem Puff, the Magic Dragon was the basis for the 1963 smash song by Peter, Paul and Mary, he will forever think of Kilgallen as the reason why – five decades later – he still has to tell reporters the poem and song are not about marijuana:

Lipton says he thinks it’s unlikely that either “the question” or the drug perception will die. “Fifty years ago, I could not have imagined we’d still be having this conversation.” The only reason it remains a point of contention with Lipton is that he’d like to see the story of Puff turned into a feature film. “It’s not a good thing because it’s prevented my dramatic exploitation of the property. It’s inhibited it. There are some people for whom that would be a stumbling block.”

As music blogger Adam Mason reminds, it was Kilgallen’s 1964 insinuations of hidden meaning that got the bogus ball rolling. A few years later, her hallucinations became a self-fulfilling prophecy:

Kilgallen wrote a piece in Newsweek pointing out that the song contained references to smoking marijuana cigarettes, thereby consigning it to an endless round of drug gossip that would eventually define it. This gossip revolved around the idea that \"Jackie Paper\" symbolized the cigarette paper by which to roll joints, that \"puff\" meant to smoke said joints, that the \"autumn mist\" in the song stood for the cloud of smoke consequently produced and that the town of \"Honalee\" was actually a real place on the island of Kauai (unbeknownst to the writer when he composed the words), renowned for its marijuana plants, beaches and accompanying cliffs that were said to look like a dragon.

With consequent accusations in the air that Peter, Paul and Mary condoned drug use, the group nevertheless continued to perform \"Puff\" in their live sets, as on the Tonight in Person TV show in 1966, before the song was well and truly adopted by the hippie counterculture amidst increasing recreational drug use among the youth.

KilgallenVoiceOfBroadwayWe made some efforts to track down that original Newsweek column, but came up empty-handed. However, we did get a kick along the way out of reading some of Kilgallen’s \"Voice of Broadway\" columns in the New York Journal-American. Think: lots of random celebrity observations and lots of […], just like Larry King’s USA Today column (coincidentally, King interviewed Kilgallen during his early Miami radio days).

Kilgallen was, by some unverified accounts, a pot smoker herself. Maybe that’s the best explanation for all this “Puff” business and various other Journal-American column tidbits, like this one from June 1963:

New York hippies have a new kick – baking marijuana in cookies…

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RD Recap: Changes at NYT Mag; Cosmo Launches Nigeria-Based Site

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:04

Revolving DoorWe received a glimpse of how the Brian Williams saga might end and two words — “morality clause” — are prominently involved. According to the New York Post, “he could be fired if he offended ‘a significant portion of the community’ or brought himself ‘public disrepute, contempt, scandal or ridicule,’ among other concerns.” Williams received a six-month suspension, but there are many inside and outside NBC who think that he won’t ever see the anchor chair again. One thing that might save the $10-million-a-year man are the ratings of “NBC Nightly News,” which plummeted by double digits in his absence. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen dollars and cents trump morality…

Chuck Klosterman is out as Ethicist at The New York Times Magazine, a job he’s had since 2012. The move comes as newish editor Jake Silverstein prepares to roll out his redesign, which should be pretty dramatic from the sound of his editor’s letter. The redesign drops next week; Klosterman wrote his last column this past weekend. Also out in the shake-up are sections like “The One-Page Magazine,” “Look,” “Riff” and “Who Made That?” although it’s not clear if any staff changes are associated with those cuts… Cosmopolitan launches a Nigeria-based website, headed by Yemisi Odusanya. It’s similar to ventures in countries including Italy, China and the Netherlands… Read More

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Media Minutiae

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: Rhonda Glenn, the first female sportscaster at ESPN, has died. She was 68.

TVSpy: The FAA has approved new drone guidelines, opening the skies to every company imaginable. Goodbye blue sky. Goodbye stars. Hello flying robot dropping a bag of dog food on the porch.

GalleyCat: An infographic we all deserve — comparing Fifty Shades of Grey to Twilight

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Wired Takes on Sex

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 20:00

unnamedWired latest issue tackles the intersection of tech and sex. It’s the first time Wired has published an issue solely dedicated to getting to know people in the biblical sense.

In addition to a sweet cover, inside Wired readers will find a look at virtual reality sex and meet real, actual people who would simply rather not have sex. Yes, there are people like that. Seriously. There’s even Scott Dadich’s editor’s note, which explains how tech helped him meet his wife.

Wired’s first sex issue hits newsstands February 24.

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New NY Times Mag is Gigantic

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 17:44

I can't tweet the cover of the @NYTmag relaunch issue yet, but here's the thickness: 218 pages on new, better stock.

— Bill Wasik (@billwasik) February 17, 2015

As we’ve mentioned, the first redesigned New York Times Magazine under the direction of editor Jake Silverstein debuts this Sunday. Along with many changes on the inside and outside, it appears that — at least for the first issue — it’s going to be huge.

Times Mag deputy editor Bill Wasik tweeted a picture of the new mag, noting that it’s “218 pages on new, better stock.”

That’s gigantic, and certainly one (additional) way to get a revamp noticed.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: SNL Special Breaks Twitter Record | Conan Goes to Cuba

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 16:52
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SNL’s 40th Anniversary Special Breaks Two Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings Records (LostRemote)
It’s hard to capture people’s attention for three-and-a-half hours (four-and-a-half hours if you include the red carpet), but Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary Special did just that, and it easily broke two Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings records. Deadline All told, according to Nielsen, the show spawned 1.3 million tweets seen by an unduplicated audience of 9.1 million people during the show and for the three hours before and after. Those tweets were sent by 449,000 people, a big but not extraordinary number. THR / The Live Feed Fast National returns from Nielsen give the three hours that aired in primetime an average 7.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 23.1 million viewers. (The final numbers, which will include the last half-hour, will likely be somewhat smaller.) Not far off from CBS’ showing the Sunday prior with the Grammy Awards, the massive haul rivaled many outings of the network’s Sunday Night Football franchise. Variety The 7.8 rating is the best for any NBC primetime entertainment telecast (excluding post-Super Bowl programs) since the Will & Grace finale in May 2006, and the 23.1 million total viewers is the net’s best since the night of the Frasier finale in May 2004. And among all SNL primetime specials, Sunday night’s is the highest-rated in 18-49 since a February 2001 edition following an episode of Friends (9.3) and the most-watched overall since an SNL Presidential Bash in November 1992 (28.8 million). Mediaite The hour-long red carpet special that ran before the show also did well for NBC, beating all its competition, including CBS’ 60 Minutes, with a 3.0 in the demo and 11.1 million viewers overall.

Conan O’Brien Films in Cuba (Deadline)
Jimmy Fallon may have taken NBC’s Tonight Show to Phoenix and Los Angeles — but Conan’s in Cuba. THR / The Live Feed The talk-show host spent the weekend in Havana to film an upcoming segment for his TBS series. He was there for several days, taking in the sights and experiencing daily life. TheWrap A U.S. talk show host hasn’t visited the Caribbean country’s shores since Jack Paar interviewed Fidel Castro in 1959. The U.S. has maintained a strict embargo against Cuba since 1960. Mashable In December, President Barack Obama announced a historic change to the country’s relations with Cuba, saying the U.S. and Cuba were poised to resume diplomatic relations after cutting ties in 1961. Since the announcement, ABC’s David Muir, CBS’ Scott Pelley and NBC’s Brian Williams have all broadcasted from the country.

With Addition of EPIX, Sling TV Keeps Getting Better (LostRemote)
Monday, Sling announced the addition of EPIX — giving customers access to more than 2,000 video-on-demand titles, plus linear channels with EPIX, EPIX2, EPIX3 and EPIX Drive-In. THR Dish’s recently launched Sling TV streaming video service said the deal grants it live and VOD multi-stream rights. Financial terms weren’t disclosed. EPIX is a joint venture of Viacom and its Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate and MGM. Variety Recent releases coming to Dish’s EPIX customers are to include Transformers: Age of Extinction, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Interstellar, Selma and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. EPIX also offers documentaries as well as music and comedy specials. Dish officially launched Sling TV nationwide last week, offering a slimmed-down initial lineup of 14 networks — with ESPN the most prominent among them — for $20 per month. The company plans to add additional nets to the core package, including AMC, and also offers add-on packages. TheWrap Sling TV — Dish’s \"alternative for live television to the millennial audience\" — will announce the launch date, package and pricing of EPIX in the coming weeks.

Kelsey Keith Named Editor of Curbed (FishbowlNY)
Vox Media has named Kelsey Keith the first editor-in-chief of Curbed, the architecture and real estate site. Keith comes to Curbed from Dwell, where she served as a special projects editors since 2011. This is a homecoming for Keith, as she served as an editor at Curbed New York prior to joining Dwell. She previously served as editor of Architizer and as a deputy editor of Flavorpill. WWD / Memo Pad Curbed will also get a new site at the end of the year, and a slate of new hires under Keith, who will report to Vox Media vice president and editorial director Lockhart Steele. Prior to the addition of an editor-in-chief, Curbed’s national editor and cities editor reported to Steele. The investment is part of Vox Media’s latest round of funding. The firm raised $46 million in the fall, and it has used the cash infusion to relaunch its sister sites, which include Racked and The Verge, as well as invest in new technologies.

New Yorker Celebrates 90 Years With Nine Covers (FishbowlNY)
The New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary with nine different covers. Each features a different take on Eustace Tilley, the iconic New Yorker character that appeared on its first cover way back in 1925. \"To celebrate the fact that we’re entering our 10th decade, we turned, as we do every week, to our artists for ideas, and this time we decided to publish more than one [cover],\" wrote the magazine’s art editor, Françoise Mouly. \"We picked nine covers for our 90 years, selecting images that reflect the talent and diversity of our contributors and the range of artistic media they use.\" Poynter / MediaWire \"That image, of a ‘starchy-looking gent with the beaver hat and the monocle,’ so effectively established the magazine’s tone that it was published, nearly unchanged, every February until 1994,\" Mouly wrote. The butterfly, which you’ll see on almost all the new covers, appeared on the first cover with Eustace Tilley.

Fifty Shades Locks Up More Records — This Time for Fandango (Deadline)
Fandango said Monday it sold 29 percent of the domestic tickets for Fifty Shades of Grey‘s three-day opening weekend, the largest share for any film in its 15-year history. The adaptation of E.L. James’ novel also set a number of minor records for the online ticketer, including the most sold on Valentine’s Day and largest percentage of mobile ducats sold on a single day. Variety Grey made moviegoers its slave over President’s Day weekend, shattering records and heating up the box office with a staggering $94.4 million debut over the four-day holiday. That easily trumped the previous high of $63.1 million set by Valentine’s Day in 2010.

Vice Media Names Head of $100 Million Toronto Studio (THR)
Vice Media has named Michael Kronish to head up its $100 million mobile and Web content studio, and upcoming 24-hour VICE TV Network in Canada. The Vice Media brand, launched in Montreal as a magazine in 1994 by current CEO Shane Smith, hired Kronish as senior vice president of production at Vice Media Canada. Kronish was most recently executive producer at Montreal-based indie producer Zone3.

Two Men Suspected of Helping Copenhagen Gunman Jailed for 10 Days (Mashable / AP)
Two men suspected of helping the gunman behind the deadly attacks in Copenhagen were jailed for 10 days Monday as Danes mourned the victims of a shooting spree that authorities said may have been inspired by last month’s terror attacks in Paris. They were accused of helping the gunman evade authorities and get rid of a weapon during the manhunt that ended early Sunday when the attacker was killed in a shootout with police, said Michael Juul Eriksen, the defense attorney for one of the two suspects.

NYT Mag Drops Chuck Klosterman (FishbowlNY)
Starting next Sunday, The New York Times Magazine is getting a massive revamp. Editor Jake Silverstein has already started making changes inside, such as dropping the much-maligned One Page Magazine section. In an editor’s note, Silverstein added that Chuck Klosterman, the magazine’s Ethicist for the past few years, will also not be a part of the new NYT Mag.

The 2014 Polk Awards Winners (FishbowlNY)
The winners of the 2014 George Polk Awards — which honor special achievement in journalism — have been announced. The New York Times was represented well, and we were excited to see the Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates win for his moving essay \"The Case for Reparations.\"

Amazon Adds Russian Language Section to Kindle Store (GalleyCat)
Amazon has quietly added a Russian language eBook section to its site. While Russian Kindle books were available before, the site now counts 9,500 Kindle titles in Russian which are better indexed for discovery.

Princeton Inherits $300 Million Worth of Rare Books (GalleyCat)
William H. Scheide, a graduate of Princeton University, passed away last year and left a very valuable rare book collection to his alma mater. The collection includes about 2,500 books collectively worth about $300 million.

Former Rhythm & Hues Owners Sued for Having ‘Pillaged’ Oscar-Winning VFX House (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
When Rhythm & Hues declared bankruptcy in February 2013, laying off hundreds of employees and taking $17 million in loans just so it could complete VFX work for Universal and Fox, the court filings led to weeks of discussion about how a company that had worked on such films as The Hunger Games and The Lord of The Rings and won an Oscar for Life of Pi had gotten into such dire straits.

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy Averages 6.6 Million Viewers in BBC Debut (THR)
The first episode of the TV adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy drew strong ratings for the BBC on Sunday night. The U.K. public broadcaster said its flagship network, BBC One, averaged 6.6 million viewers in the overnight ratings for the start of the miniseries.

NYT Corrects Scott Walker Column (Politico)
In a recent column about the Wisconsin governor, a conservative Republican, New York Times columnist Gail Collins wrote that Walker had cut state aid to education, causing teacher layoffs in 2010. But Walker didn’t take office until 2011.

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WSJ Updates Print Edition

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 16:29

The Wall Street Journal has made some changes to its print edition. The most noticeable comes to Marketplace, probably the paper’s most popular section. Capital New York reports that the entry is now titled “Business & Tech.”

Why the name change? Journal business editor Dennis Berman told Capital that it was mean to reflect the notion that “Tech is permeating every industry.”

Other changes to the 126-year-old paper include more promotion of reporting and business analysis on A1, smaller headlines and slight improvements to colors.

(Image: Steven Perlberg)

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Cosmo Expands to Nigeria

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:30

Hearst Magazines International is taking the Cosmo brand to Nigeria. The publisher has launched, an English-language site led by Yemisi Odusanya and staffed with local writers.

A key to Cosmo Nigeria is its responsive design; the same format used by HMI sites here, the UK, Italy, China, and the Netherlands. Readers will feel comfortable using right away, thus giving HMI a shot at a solid audience.

Duncan Edwards, president of HMI, said Nigeria was “perfect” for the Cosmo brand because the country “has a large population of digitally-minded young women with a growing appetite for beauty, fashion, entertainment and relationship content.”

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FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 15:00

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New York Hotels Go to the Dogs

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 09:00

From Russell Westbrook to Russian Terriers. In case you hadn’t noticed, that’s what’s been going on the past few days in and around Madison Square Garden.

In honor of the 139th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which wraps up at MSG tonight, Anne Kadet, New York columnist for the Wall Street Journal, has gone to town with her look at how Manhattan hotels are dealing with the influx of more than 1,000 canine guests:

[Hotel Pennsylvania doggie concierge] Jerry Grymek, an enthusiastic man dressed in a charcoal suit and dog-print tie, refers to himself as the director of pooch relations and barketing manager. \"We are a five-paw hotel, the world’s most pup-ular hotel,\" he crows, handing out pink-frosted dog cookies.

The hotel’s crowded lobby offered some fine dog watching. There were shiba inus riding luggage carts and puffy white Samoyeds in wire crates looking like caged clouds. A proud poodle in a black sweater and boots wandered unaccompanied. One Maltese wore a purple velour bathrobe, like a furry Hugh Hefner.

There are more than 600 four-legged competitors staying at the Pennsylvania, where a special relieving area with plastic fire hydrants has been set up and a \"Best in Show\" prize means the entire stay is free. The Midtown hotel is also where the Dog Writers Association of America held their annual awards banquet on Sunday night, handing out prizes in four dozen categories.

P.S. Kadet didn’t make the calculation, but we couldn’t resist. In dog years, Hefner is 12 1/2.
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In Praise of Sandra Burton

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 08:00

SandraBurtonNiemanFellowLogoBy way of author and Huffington Post blogger Tabby Biddle comes a warm memory of Sandra Burton.

Burton was one of Time magazine’s first female correspondents. She started at the publication in 1964 as a secretary, rising to LA correspondent in 1970, Boston bureau chief in 1973, Paris correspondent in 1977, Hong Kong bureau chief in 1982 and Beijing bureau chief in 1989. She passed away in 2004.

Burton was also Jill Abramson‘s first boss, and as Abramson told Biddle during a recent interview, it turned out to be something of a bittersweet career starting point:

“She was fantastic and was incredibly encouraging to me at the very dawn of my working life,” said Jill. “I thought, ‘Ohhhh, the working world is so welcoming to women.’ And of course I never worked for another woman again,” Jill said with a laugh, and for good reason.

At the time of Burton’s death, Hong Kong journalist Philip Bowring was also full of praise:

One might have expected someone who was aggressive and bitchy, competing with the gung-ho, hard-swearers and heavy-drinkers around her – particularly in her earlier reporting days when she was a female rarity in the sometimes aggressively masculine world of foreign correspondents. Or, alternatively, she might have been expected to exploit gender to the full. But she was none of these.

She was extraordinarily courteous, fair-minded and intellectually honest. She was sociable and warm without being obtrusive or showy, always interested in people around her, always keen to learn new things and discuss new ideas. She worked extraordinarily hard, driven not so much by ambition but by a need to be meticulous, accurate and fair. She thought well of almost everyone and it was no chance that she chose as her companion of 20 years another equally intelligent, kind and conscientious person, journalist and consultant and scholar, Robert Delfs.

In 2011, a Nieman Fellowship supporting Filipino journalists was launched in Burton’s name. The two recipients so far have been Philippine Daily Inquirer senior editor John Nery and Sun.Star group newspapers new media editor Maria Lourdes Cabaero.

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Robert Christgau Checks Out The Ramones

Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:00

GoingIntotheCity_CoverMusic critic Robert Christgau‘s memoir comes out February 24. To whet the appetite, Rolling Stone has teased an excerpt one week ahead of the book’s release.

Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man covers Christgau’s life and career up to the mid-1980s, when he left his post as music editor of the Village Voice. The RS excerpt is anchored to the late 1970s. Here’s a taste:

I remembered a flyer I’d gotten from four geeks in leather jackets: “The Ramones are not an oldies group, they are not a glitter group, they don’t play boogie music and they don’t play the blues. The Ramones are an original Rock and Roll group of 1975, and their songs are brief, to the point and every one a potential hit single.” I was struck by the pop principles informing this manifesto, and [TV’s] Tom [Verlaine] was as game to cross over as I’d just been. So he climbed into the Toyota with me and Carola. CBGB was almost empty. Danny Fields said hello at the bar.

My best estimate is thirteen songs in twenty-three minutes with no intraband sniping – I saw the Ramones dozens of times without witnessing that piece of the legend. I was stunned by how much I liked them. Their uniforms-in-disguise disguising the class split between Forest Hills Joey and Middle Village Johnny, these stylized Queens boys traded the expressionist doomshows that mucked up their semi-popular antecedents the Stooges for deadpan comedy and killer hooks that didn’t understate their alienation an iota.

Last summer, when Chrisgau explained himself to readers of our sister publication Bilboard, he led off his piece in a similarly energetic manner:

Anyone wondering how that guy who grades albums like a damn college professor got a column in the bible of the music business should consider one factoid. At 72, that guy has been covering what we’ll call rock and roll longer than anyone in America: 47 years, and not bored for five minutes running unless you count three to four hundred terrible opening acts.

T magazine critic-at-large Jody Rosen, in some advance praise for the book, writes: “\"Often maddening, always thought-provoking… With Pauline Kael, Christgau is arguably one of the two most important American mass-culture critics of the second half of the 20th century.” Hard to argue with that.

[Jacket cover courtesy: HarperCollins]
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Media Minutiae

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 23:00

TVNewser: CNN boss Jeff Zucker vows to eliminate all puppies. Sort of.

GalleyCat: Another feather in the cap for James Bond creator Ian Fleming — he’s the star of a new comic book.

SocialTimes: An inmate just got 37.5 years in solitary confinement for using Facebook. Hope those likes were worth it!

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A Midwestern Print Miracle

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 21:50

Last week, Ted Fleischaker announced that he had sold The Word and Up Downtown, a pair of monthly tabloid-size newspapers based out of Indianapolis, to New York’s Gaycation magazine. Once the bottom lines of these respective 64-page and 32-page publications are considered, it’s easy to understand why.

Both are full color; both have been profitable from the start’ and both and carry zero debt. Despite rather modest unpaid circulations. The Word focuses on the LGBT community in Indiana and six surrounding states, while Up Downtown covers events and related news in Indianapolis. From a report in the Indianapolis Business Journal:

The acquisition will extend Gaycation magazine’s reach in the Midwest, helping to fuel its aggressive growth strategy, said publisher D.J. Doran.

The Word and Up Downtown are a perfect fit for our growing portfolio of news and travel media assets, and the name and rich heritage of both titles will be preserved independently, vastly expanding our overall print and digital platforms and extending our reach across the growing LGBT market,” said Doran in a statement.

Fleischaker, 64, is moving to Maine, where his partner has accepted a job with Apple. As part of the deal, he retained the Maine rights to the name Up Downtown and says he may start a publication under that name that covers downtown Portland. Unless, he told reporter Anthony Schoettle, he decides to pursue a lifelong dream of owning a radio station.

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De Niro, Nicholson and Bradley Cooper

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 19:30

A number of people have made note of Bradley Cooper’s impressive double appearance last night on 60 Minutes and SNL: 40, during which he locked lips with Betty White in The Californians live sketch. But we were struck by another All-Star throughline encompassing those two programs.

A pair of Hollywood titans who separately hit the Studio 8H stage last night to introduce clip segments – Jack Nicholson and Robert De Niro – were also clear and present in the Steve Kroft interview piece. During the intro, Kroft noted that Cooper’s three consecutive Oscar nominations put him in the company of a rare group of ten other actors, including Nicholson. And later on in the report, when Kroft talked about how Cooper borrowed $70,000 to pursue an MFA at The New School, he showed a clip of student Cooper asking Inside the Actors Studio visitor De Niro a question. Here’s how Cooper recently recalled that experience (on The Jonathan Ross Show):

Then there’s the weight gain regimen Cooper adopted for American Sniper, as highlighted by Kroft. All those years after asking De Niro a question, Cooper for three months ate 6,000 calories a day and worked out eight hours daily as well to add 40 pounds of muscle for the role of Chris Kyle. Much like the way De Niro famously gained 60 pounds to portray Jake LaMotta in Raging Bull.

All that’s left for Cooper in this department – if, as predicted by mom at the end of the 60 Minutes report, he wins the Bests Actor Oscar next Sunday – is to deliver an acceptance speech as memorable as the one Nicholson put together in 1975 when he earned a BAFTA Best Actor for Chinatown and The Last Detail. In that first year of SNL, via satellite from the set of One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest, Nicholson added a resplendent page to the Golden Linings Playbook.

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RIP: Richard Meryman

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 18:20

When Richard Meryman appeared on Larry King Live in 2001 to talk about conducting Marilyn Monroe’s last interview for Life magazine, he made this great observation:

“My experience with stars is that – through all the publicity and the hype and everything – the public senses the essence of the person. And the essence of Marilyn is she communicated a kind of truth. And truth is very powerful.”

Per a New York Times obituary over the weekend by Sam Roberts, Meryman – who also co-wrote with Joan Rivers the books Enter Talking and Still Talking – passed away February 5 in Manhattan from pneumonia. He was 88.

Meryman served as Life’s first human affairs editor and worked for the publication right through until the end of the magazine’s run in 1972. His other non-fiction books include a biography of American painter Andrew Wyeth and the co-authoring of Louis Armstrong’s 1971 autobiography. His interview with Monroe was published August 3, 1962, two days before her death.

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New Yorker Celebrates 90 Years with Nine Covers

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 17:15

NewYorkerLogoThe New Yorker is celebrating its 90th anniversary with nine different covers. Each features a different take on Eustace Tilley, the iconic New Yorker character that appeared on its first cover way back in 1925.

“To celebrate the fact that we’re entering our tenth decade, we turned, as we do every week, to our artists for ideas, and this time we decided to publish more than one,” wrote the magazine’s art editor, Françoise Mouly. “We picked nine covers for our ninety years, selecting images that reflect the talent and diversity of our contributors and the range of artistic media they use.”

Artists that contributed covers included Kadir Nelson, Barry Blitt, Peter Mendelsund, Carter Goodrich, Roz Chast, Anita Kunz, Lorenzo Mattotti, Istvan Banyai and Christoph Niemann. They’re all great, but our favorite is by Banyai. Check out each cover below.


















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Additional Copies of David Carr’s Memoir Printed

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:30

Simon & Schuster is has ordered additional copies of David Carr’s memoir, The Night of The Gun. The book — in which Carr documents his life from a troubled drug addict to getting hired by The New York Times — was originally published in 2008.

The New York Post reports that Carr’s memoir was ranked 53,570 on Amazon’s Best Seller List prior to his untimely death. Once the news spread that he had died, Night of The Gun quickly rose to seventh. The book is currently ranked 21st.

A Simon & Schuster spokesperson told the Post they had ordered 10,000 more copies of the memoir. “We are filling the pipeline as fast as we can,” the rep explained.

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Kelsey Keith Named Editor of Curbed

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 16:00

Vox Media has named Kelsey Keith the first editor-in-chief of Curbed, the architecture and real estate site. Keith comes to Curbed from Dwell, where she served as a special projects editors since 2011.

This is a homecoming for Keith, as she served as an editor at Curbed New York prior to joining Dwell. She previously served as editor of Architizer and as a deputy editor of Flavorpill.

Keith starts February 26.

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NY Times Mag Drops Chuck Klosterman

Mon, 02/16/2015 - 15:35

Starting next Sunday, The New York Times Magazine is getting a massive revamp. While we’re not certain of the cosmetic aspects, editor Jake Silverstein has already started making changes inside, such as dropping the much-maligned One Page Magazine section. In an editor’s note, Silverstein added that Chuck Klosterman, the magazine’s Ethicist for the past few years, will also not be a part of the new Times Mag.

“Each writer who has taken up this page has interpreted it slightly differently,” wrote Silverstein. “In Chuck’s able hands, it was reliably funny, with a deadpan wit animated by genuine compassion. I have no doubt that I will receive a number of complaints about Chuck’s departure, but Klostermaniacs take heart: Chuck will now have time to write more feature stories, essays and novels.”

Silverstein said that the Ethicist column will continue, but in a different format. For what it’s worth, Klosterman tweeted that he believed the new version will be “very compelling.” Here’s Klosterman’s last Ethicist column.

Other features that are gone (or already gone) from the Times Mag: Look, Riff and Who Made That?

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