Ask not what your doppelganger can do for you. Ask what you can do for your doppelganger!
On The Tonight Show, actor Michael Shannon had fun with Jimmy Fallon revisiting an Oct. 4 L.A. Times profile that, in print, ran a photo of another actor named Michael Shannon. There’s a prominent correction online, but still, kind of funny if you didn’t catch this the first time around.
The other, considerably older Michael Shannon has often plied his trade on a theater stage. Per a write-up at the time of JFK on JFK, he made his Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free, opposite Gloria Swanson. In IMDb parlance, these two are known as, respectively, Michael Shannon (V) and Michael Shannon (I).
Listen, guys. I just write the stories. I don't choose the photos. https://t.co/HRG4BmShu3
— Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) January 6, 2016
When actor Richard Dreyfuss crashed his Mercedes Benz two-seater into a palm tree on Benedict Canyon road in Los Angeles in 1982, authorities noted the actor would probably have been killed had he not been wearing a seat belt.
But here’s the thing. In those days, Dreyfuss never wore a seat belt. As he tells Ron Rosenbaum in the new issue of Smithsonian magazine, the incident – all these years later – still has a mystical quality:
“I was a famous movie star; I was rich and I was acting like a low-down dirty dog. I was taking drugs; I was sleeping with people’s wives; I was out of control. And one night, at the home of a studio head, I screamed obscenities in her face and then left and got into my two-seater convertible Mercedes with the top down and drove down the street. I never put a seat belt on, I never had. And I woke up with the Benedict Canyon on my face; the car was above me, and I was strapped in by a safety belt I didn’t put on. And I knew my life had changed.”
He’s sort of saying he was saved by a personal angel who led him to the light.
“Yeah. And I was arrested for possession of a little bit of coke and two or three Percodan tablets. And I had flipped my car—I had slammed into one of the big trees on Benedict and half the divider slammed into the thing, the car rolled, and I woke up…”
“And you had your safety belt on.”
“I didn’t put it on myself.”
Dreyfuss has his most trenchant role in quite some time, starring as Bernie Madoff in the upcoming ABC-TV miniseries. In the interview, he also shares some very interesting thoughts on how he approached the role.
BuzzFeed has named Mitchell Prothero the recipient of the 2015 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellowship. The award is named for BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in 2013.
Prothero previously worked as McClatchy’s Iraq bureau chief.
Prothero told The Huffington Post that he hopes to use the award—a stipend of $85,000, plus benefits and access to BuzzFeed senior staffers—to report on global organized crime.
“A lot of stories get missed because no one is looking at them on a global, big-picture scale. A drug dealer in Colombia will be working with Russians in Barcelona — with organized crime, there’s sort of a global nexus to a lot of the way these things work.”
The Financial Times has named John Thornhill its first innovation editor and Roula Khalaf as deputy editor.
Thornhill most recently served as the FT’s deputy editor. He previously worked as the paper’s news editor, European editor and Asia editor.
Khalaf most recently served as the FT’s foreign editor and assistant editor. Prior to this she was Middle East editor, Middle East correspondent and North Africa correspondent.
Prior to joining Yahoo in 2011, Barrett worked for Tribune Company, The Los Angeles Times, ABC News and Time Inc.
“Under Rob’s direction, we expect to accelerate investment in custom solutions and innovative consumer experiences to continue to grow our local media businesses,” said Hearst Newspapers president Mark Aldam, in a statement.
The Daily News raised its price from 75 cents in 2014, much to the delight of rival The New York Post. The Post also sells for $1.00.
In an announcement, the Daily News did its best further position itself as the complete opposite of the Post.
Daily News president Bill Holiber said “The diversity of this city is a huge part of what makes our journalism great, and we are committed to ensure the community has a voice on issues both locally and nationally.”
The paper also (rightfully so) pointed out its commendable support for gun control and Black Lives Matter. Both are causes the Post openly ignores and sometimes condemns.
Though ASME members vote for the Best Cover Awards—including Cover of the Year—voting for the Readers’ Choice Awards is now open.
Winners of the ASME Best Cover Contest will be announced at the American Magazine Media Conference on Tuesday, February 2.
Below are the finalists. Congrats to everyone involved.
Best News and Politics CoversEsquire, “Women & Men With Nick Offerman & Chelsea Handler,” April New York, “Cosby: The Women,” July 27-August 9 The New Yorker, “Solidarité,” January 19 The New Yorker, “Nine,” June 29 TIME, “America, 1968 2015,” May 11
Best Celebrity and Entertainment CoversGQ, “Our Tastiest Comedy Issue Yet! Starring Amy Schumer,” August The Hollywood Reporter, “The Reign of Kevin Hart,” January 23 [Pictured] The New York Times Magazine, “The Culture Issue [Nicki Minaj],” October 11 Rolling Stone, “Adele: A Private Life,” November 19 Vanity Fair, “Call Me Caitlyn,” July
Best Business and Technology CoversBloomberg Businessweek, “The Aging of Abercrombie & Fitch,” January 26-February 1 The California Sunday Magazine, “Death,” April 5 The New Yorker, “The Mouse of Wall Street,” September 7 Newsweek, “What Silicon Valley Thinks of Women,” February 2 PC Magazine, “3D Printers,” Digital Edition, November 2015
Best Women’s-Lifestyle CoversGlamour, “Women of the Year [Reese Witherspoon],” December Parents, “Girl Power! Raise a Confident Daughter,” November People, “The World’s First Size 22 Supermodel! [Tess Holiday],” June 1 Redbook, “Real Women, Real Style Tips,” September Southern Living, “The Soul of Summer,” July
Best Sports and Fitness CoversESPN The Magazine, “Body 2015: Chantae McMillan,” July 20 ESPN The Magazine, “James Harden: ‘When Was the Last Time You’ve Seen Anything Normal From Me?’” October 26 Men’s Fitness, “Game Changer: Miles Teller,” October Men’s Health, “The Reader Issue,” November Sports Illustrated, “Sportsperson of the Year: Serena Williams,” December 21
Best Fashion and Beauty CoversHarper’s Bazaar, “Rihanna: Killer Fashion,” March Harper’s Bazaar, “Kendall Jenner Transformed,” May New York, “Serena’s Sweep,” August 10-23 W, “Gigi Hadid: The World’s Most Connected Supermodel,” September WSJ., “Rocket Woman: Karlie Kloss Suits Up for SpaceX,” December 2015-January 2016
Best Travel and Adventure CoversAFAR, “Will Travel for Food,” May AFAR, “The Future of Travel,” June-July Conde Nast Traveler, November 2015 The New York Times Magazine, “The Voyages Issue,” September 27 Oklahoma Today, “The Indians & Cowboys Issue,” July-August
Best Style and Design CoversAudubon, “Parakeet,” July-August Nautilus, “Playing War: Games, Not Missiles,” September-October Real Simple, “More Energy Now,” February Surface, “Tadao Ando,” February Wired, “Cities by Design MMXVI,” October
Most Delicious CoversBon Appétit, “The Toast With the Most,” January Garden & Gun, “The Southern Food Issue,” August-September Los Angeles Magazine, “L.A.’s Best New Restaurants,” January New York, “Cook Me. A Home Chef’s Resource Book,” November 9-15 Saveur, “The Saveur 100,” January-February
Brainiest CoversBloomberg Businessweek, “If You Can’t Read That, You’d Better Read This, “ June 15-June 28 The Chronicle Review, “The Isolated Black Professor,” January 30 New York, “Times Square: The City’s Id, Now and Always,” October 5-18 The New Yorker, “90th Anniversary [Eustace Tilley],” February 23 and March 2 Wired, “Sex in the Digital Age,” March 2018
Dow Jones has created a new publishing division called Dow Jones Media Group (not to be confused with Dow Jones Local Media Group, which the company sold in 2013).
According to Politico, Dow Jones Media Group will include Barron’s, MarketWatch and Mansion Global, and look to create new brands. Notably, the new unit will not include The Wall Street Journal.
Almar Latour, the executive editor of the Journal, will now serve as publisher of Dow Jones Media Group.
A couple morning Revolving Door items for you today, involving The Wall Street Journal and The Daily Dot. Details are below.Neil Western has been named the Journals’ Asia business editor. He previously served as deputy Asia business editor. Before joining the Journal, Western worked for Bloomberg News. William Turton has been named a cybersecurity reporter for The Daily Dot.
The current season of Meredith Vieira‘s talk show will be its last. “I am so sorry to see our show come to an end after this season,” the former Today co-anchor said in a statement. “I am also incredibly proud of the work our staff has done and forever grateful to our supportive viewers. We promise to spend our final weeks producing the best broadcast we know how. And have a blast doing so!” The original plan called for the show to last just two seasons, which is exactly what it did. Vieira will still be around the Peacock, showing up on its 2016 Rio Olympics broadcast…
Bloomberg Businessweek hires Pat Regnier as editor of markets and finance, Bret Begun as editor of the Etc. section and Max Chafkin as a tech industry writer. Additionally, Howard Chua-Eoan and Eric Gelman will be editor and deputy editor, respectively, of the front of book news section… The Washington Examiner gives Kristen Soltis Anderson a weekly column called The Bright Side. She has been hosting a podcast and worked as a columnist for The Daily Beast and U.S. News and World Report… Los Angeles Times expats Brian Thevenot and Lisa Girion join Reuters… Dave Butler, who had been the Providence Journal’s executive editor and senior vice president of news and audience development, will advise the Las Vegas Review-Journal as it looks for a new top editor… Read More…
Time Inc. has named Bruce Gersh senior vice president, strategy and business development for People and Entertainment Weekly. This is a new role at Time Inc.
Gersh most recently served as executive vice president and head of digital, strategy and branded entertainment at ITV Studios America.
Time Inc. executive vp and president of People, Entertainment Weekly and People en Espanol Richard Battista, described Gersh as “a highly effective leader and team builder with an established reputation as a strategic thinker, business innovator and dealmaker.”
Gersh will report to Battista.
IBT Media has named Daniel Goodman vp, director of marketing operations. This is a new role at the company.
Goodman comes to IBT Media from Y&R, where he served as director of operations, global growth and intelligence.
“Dan is a fantastic addition to our expanding marketing team and will help us sharpen our efforts around many different initiatives as the company gears up for growth in 2016,” said IBT Media CMO Mitchell Caplan, in a statement.
In the spring and early summer of 2014, former rapper Jacky Jasper – via his blog Diary of a Hollywood Street King – posted a number of items revealing Charlie Sheen&’s battle with HIV. A few months later, the posts had vanished.
What happened? From today’s account in The New York Times by Colin Moynihan, with additional reporting by John Koblin and Noah Smith, it’s not entirely clear. A chunk of money definitely changed hands, but exactly who made those payments is murky:
A lawyer for the blog, Ronald Richards, was approached in July 2014 by another lawyer, Keith Davidson, emails between the two men show. Mr. Davidson had previously represented a woman who accused Mr. Sheen of abuse. Now he was seeking “a complete blackout on objectionable subject matter,” according to the emails obtained by The National Enquirer and provided to The New York Times.
Mr. Richards said that he did not ask Mr. Davidson whom he was representing. “It was irrelevant to me,” he said, adding that the posts were taken down for “business reasons…”
Mr. Davidson later thanked Mr. Richards in an email for “the prompt work of deleting and/or redacting the offending content,” and spoke of four payments of $15,000 being made as a result.
Jasper insists in the article that he was not involved in the deletion of the blog items or acceptance of payments. He points to a business colleague, Darrick Angelone. Meanwhile, a manager for Sheen, Mark Burg, says the actor “had nothing to do with the payments.”
It’s conceivable that one of the people separately receiving money from Sheen in exchange for not revealing his diagnosis turned around and brokered this deal. The Times article from there looks at how The National Enquirer and other media outlets jockeyed towards the eventual revelation of the actor’s condition last November.
Vice reporter Mohammed Ismael Rasool has been released from a jail in Turkey. Rasool—along with reporters Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury—was sent to prison on August 27 on alleged terrorism charges.
Hanrahan and Pendlebury were released on September 3, but Rasool was kept in jail.
According to Vice, Rasool has been released on bail, though no evidence of a bail payment exists.
“Rasool is now looking forward to being reunited with his family, friends and colleagues, who ask for his privacy to be respected during this time,” said Vice, in a statement.
Hearst’s collection of sites—overseen by Hearst Magazines Digital Media (HMDM)—enjoyed a strong end to 2015. In December, HMDM traffic hit an all-time high of 163 million unique visitors. That’s a giant 50 percent increase compared to December 2014.
Other HMDM traffic highlights from December 2015:Esquire.com set a record with 15 million uniques. MarieClaire.com also set a record with 8.4 million uniques, a 179 percent increase since December 2014. PopularMechanics.com hit 8.3 million uniques, marking its fourth straight month of increases. RedbookMag.com set a record with 7 million uniques.
Over the holidays, we lost Joe Strauss, a sportswriter and columnist with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since 2002 and previously, the Baltimore Sun and Atlanta Journal Constitution. A public visitation will be held locally next week for Strauss, who died Dec. 27 from leukemia. He was 54.
When news of Strauss’s passing first broke, former Sun colleague Ken Rosenthal, now with Fox Sports, wrote a powerful column about his friend. For which he got some telling comments from former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, now with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Joe had a question for everything. La Russa had an answer for everything. Back and forth they would go, their verbal sparring deeper and sharper than anything you see in a Presidential debate.
“The truth is that we did develop a really solid relationship,” La Russa said. “There were some difficult variables there. Joe was very insightful. He had a lot of experience. He could figure things out as well as anybody.
“What’s his responsibility, especially in the atmosphere of reporting today? Sugar-coating is not acceptable. You want to lay it out there. Sometimes you have to dig a little bit. You have to scratch the scab a little bit in case it bleeds, just to see. That’s the reality that I understood.”
“There were times when we clashed. He would be going in the wrong direction. He made it more difficult for our club, whether it was the culture or the actual playing of the game. But that happens now. It’s unavoidable. In the end, I had tremendous respect for his talent and him as a person.”
Praise for Strauss has been coming in from many other colleagues. Here’s how Peter Schenck, who was the Sun’s national baseball writer at the time Strauss joined the paper, put it:
“I thought I was good reporter until I met Joe. Then I realized I wasn’t even close,” Schmuck said. “It seemed like Joe knew when Cal Ripken was going to end his consecutive game streak before Cal did. He projected it the morning of the day it happened and had details that were so specific about that day that even Cal was amazed. Joe had an incredible talent for getting details no one else could get.”
La Russa, in his comments to Rosenthal, notes that Strauss steered clear of more facile “Twitter reporting.” Those comments, at the end of the Fox Sports piece, are also well worth reading. In another tribute, former colleague Bernie Miklasz described Strauss as ‘absolutely the best I’ve ever seen at operating inside a baseball clubhouse.’