While there a plethora of design contests, perhaps the most popular is for posters. Take for example the Segunda llamada international poster competition, which is held every two years, each time with a different theme.
PRNewser: A man is suing MillerCoors for their claim that Blue Moon is “craft beer.” Someone takes their alcohol a little too seriously.
SocialTimes: A study of Twitter users yesterday found that (of course) only white people care about Cinco de Mayo.
FishbowlDC: Some notable moves at CQ Roll Call.
Lois Weiss, who writes the “Between the Bricks” real estate column for the New York Post, has the usual mix of intriguing items today. Of special interest to media watchers is blurb #3:
Pinterest will open its first city office at 475 Fifth Ave. in 32,000 square feet covering the entire 4th and 5th floors…
The building now includes hedge funds, but its largest tenant is Penske Media Group, which may have been Pinterest’s previous suitor – or even its newest. The Japanese company Muji has rented the retail space opposite the NYP Library’s “lions.”
Two years after purchasing a home in Casey Key, a strand enclave on the southwest coast of Florida where author Stephen King winters, Rosie O’Donnell has Denver-based sold the property to the founder of a electronics wholesaler. O’Donnell came to the property in a rather unusual way:
O’Donnell tweeted that she was looking to buy \"a certain kind of Jeep,\" said Jill Friedman, who is one of O’Donnell’s nearly 700,000 followers on Twitter. Friedman, a realtor, messaged O’Donnell that her brother could help.
When O’Donnell mentioned she was also looking for a new second home, Friedman urged her to visit Sarasota. She did, and Friedman and her business partner, Kevin Vale, of Coldwell Banker, showed O’Donnell around.
Another celebrity said to own a home on the Casey Key strip, home to just 600 residents, is Martina Navratilova.
[Photo of O’Donnell with Barbara Walters at 2006 Primetime Emmys: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com]
Last fall, Us Weekly got the ball rolling with an exclusive report that Melissa Rivers was set to inherit over $100 million from her mom: $75 million in cash, together with an Upper East Side condo valued at $35 million. Today on The Howard Stern Show, Melissa laughed off the widely circulated $100-million-plus amount, which ballooned in many subsequent reports to $150 million:
“So, I read this online and I call my business manager and go, ‘Do I have that kind of money?!’ He’s like, ‘No, I wish…’ And hung up on me.”
Howard asked her again, to confirm, which Rivers did. During this morning’s SiriusXM convo, Rivers also gave Howard a rare and cool gift – one that only Jimmy Fallon has also received for bringing Joan back to The Tonight Show on the 40th anniversary of her first appearance: a typed joke card from mom’s personal collection.
Stern’s card reads: “VAGINA – The only thing my vagina is good for these days is to suction me to the ground during an earthquake.”
Seventy-eight years ago today, the Hindenburg crashed as it attempted to dock at Naval Air Station Lakehurst. A total of 36 people died that day (35 of the 97 passengers and crewmen, and one worker on the ground).
The New York Times covered the news with a striking photograph and equally unnerving headlines. Aside from the large main headline, there was “Ship Falls Ablaze,” “Victims Burn to Death” and “Airship Like a Giant Torch on Darkening Jersey Field.”
Stephen Galloway, features editor at our sister publication The Hollywood Reporter, describes Natalie Portman as “guarded” during their recent LA interview. But in at least one regard, she did something that we think a lot of other celebrities should, too:
She sits, ramrod straight, plunking her iPhone in the middle of the table and hitting “record” before she has said a word, as if challenging me to quote her with razor-sharp accuracy — which, I must admit, casts a pall over our conversation.
Short of Periscoping the conversation, this is about the best way a celebrity of Portman’s stature can safeguard against misquoting. Portman also has one of the all-time great answers to that standard question of where she keeps her Oscar, won in 2011 for Black Swan:
“I don’t know where it is,” she says. “I think it’s in the safe or something. I don’t know. I haven’t seen it in a while. I mean, Darren [Aronofsky] actually said to me something when we were in that whole thing that resonated so deeply. I was reading the story of Abraham to my child and talking about, like, not worshipping false idols. And this is literally like gold men. This is literally worshipping gold idols — if you worship it. That’s why it’s not displayed on the wall. It’s a false idol.”
“I work all the time, but I do what I love and I don’t care what people think of it,” the 35-year-old actress told Cosmo. “You don’t become successful by trying to be ‘a success.’ You become successful by doing things that give you pleasure. That’s a hallmark of mine.”
That’s a quote only an already successful person would give.
The June issue of Cosmo hits newsstands May 12.
It may be an old Tinseltown saying, but we had never heard it before.
— Joan Collins (@joancollinsobe) May 5, 2015
From Page Six reporter Mara Siegler’s coverage a Monday ceremony at the Friars’ Club in New York City honoring actress Joan Collins:
“There is this old saying that goes around in Hollywood,” Collins quipped. “At 20, a woman is like America. She’s fresh and new and ready to be discovered. After 40, a woman is like Asia — she’s mysterious, exotic, inscrutable. After 50, a woman is like Australia — not easy to get to, but when you get there she is warm and welcoming. After 60, a woman is like Africa. Everyone knows where it is, but no one wants to go there.”
Ha ha. Another old media saying is it’s unwise to schedule anything opposite the annual Met Gala, unless you are deliberately trying to fly under the radar. What’s interesting about the May 5 juxtaposition of the museum and Friars’ Club events is that in Collins played a large part in laying the foundation for the kind of outrageous celebrity imprints that were being displayed on the Met red carpet.
Popular Science has named Carl Franzen as online director of popsci.com. Franzen comes to the magazine from The Verge, where he served as news editor.
Franzen previously worked for Talking Points Memo. His work has also appeared in The Daily, The Atlantic Wire, Vice and more.
“We are thrilled to have Carl take the reigns at popsci.com,” said PopSci’s editor, Cliff Ransom, in an announcement. “He comes to us with excellent experience and a singular vision for the brand. We have every confidence that Carl will help usher in a new era at popsci.com.”
Franzen’s appointment is effective May 18.
The New York Times has named Dorothea Herrey senior VP of NYT Live, the Times’ events and conference business.
Herrey comes to the Times from Dow Jones, where she most recently served as head of The Wall Street Journal’s conference business. She had been with Dow Jones since 2006. Prior to her time with Dow Jones, Herrey worked at Rodale.
Herrey will join the Times June 1 and report to the Times’ CRO, Meredith Kopit Levien.
Reddit has expansion on its mind with the launch of a new video division. The division will create original content and be overseen by Stephen Greenwood and Jordan Oplinger, two former staffers for The Verge.
Greenwood and Oplinger’s first task is to revamp Reddit’s popular Ask Me Anything (AMA) series.
“Reddit’s mission is to connect people across the world through authentic conversations, collaboration, and community — video is an amazing storytelling medium and there’s no better wellspring of original stories than Reddit,” Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian told The Verge.
Wall Street Journal VP and editorial page editor Paul Gigot has been named chair of the Pulitzer Prize Board. Gigot has been with the Journal for more than 30 years. He took on his current role in 2001.
Gigot will succeed Danielle Allen, the incoming director of Harvard’s Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics.
All Pulitzer chairs serve one year. Board members serve a max of nine years.
The New York Post reports that Peters had wanted his name to stay a secret, but word got out anyway. If he is indeed interested, Peters joins three others vying for the Daily News — John Catsimatidis, Jimmy Finkelstein and James Dolan.
William Stadiem, a screenwriter and lawyer, had a hilarious take on Peters’ supposed desire to buy the tabloid. “I think that is insane,” he told the Post. “He’s barely ever read a newspaper.” So there’s that.
The Daily News is likely to name the winning bidder in about two weeks. Hold on to your hats.
Bonnier Corp. is going to hold off on those six pack abs. According to The New York Post, the talks between Bonnier and AMI over the purchase of Men’s Fitness have collapsed. It seems neither side can agree just how much a great pair of lats is worth.
The rumor was that AMI wanted at least $30 million for the men’s mag. Bonnier considered that a bit too steep. “I gave David [Pecker, CEO of AMI] a call this morning and said we’re not going to pursue it,” Bonnier Publications CEO David Freygang told the Post.
AMI, for its part, wants everyone to know that Men’s Fitness is indeed worth a large sum. “We are happy to report that Men’s Fitness continues to build on its extraordinary momentum, growing significantly on newsstand, in advertising revenue and market share, and continues to set online traffic records, which has resulted in an enormous amount of interest,” stated a spokesperson.
Hey, if you say so.
Imagine wrangling your first cover story as a freelance journalist and it turning out to be an interview where Elton John admits publicly for the first time that he is bisexual. That’s what happened to Cliff Jahr; the October 7, 1976 issue piece garnered waves of additional outside coverage and led its famous (and then 29-year-old) subject to stop performing live for several years.
But how did Jahr do it? Today on Medium, Joe Fox takes a look back at the efforts of the reporter and photographer Ron Pownall, who got the assignment when Annie Leibovitz was unavailable. The two freelancers worked together diligently to make the interview happen, agreeing on a further strategy to put John at ease:
Jahr, a corn-fed Midwestern boy from St. Paul, Minnesota, was openly gay. \"Friends in the business who knew him said I shouldn’t be surprised if he hit on me,\" Pownall said. \"Cliff was out and proud. He was convinced that Elton was gay, or bi, but no one talked openly about homosexuality then. Certainly not in the press.\"
Jahr wanted to ask Elton about his sex life, but worried how he’d respond with the recorder rolling and a camera in his face. \"Cliff was sure he could get Elton to open up if he got him alone,\" Pownall recalled. \"We agreed that he would give me a signal, at which point I would stop shooting and leave the room. The code word was privacy.\"
To find out what happened after Jahr uttered “privacy”, read on. Jahr sadly died from AIDS in 1991. RIP.
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