It wasn’t quite faster than a speeding bullet.
When Christopher Dennis, who has impersonated Superman on Hollywood Blvd. for many years, put out the word in 2015 via GoFundMe that he was looking to raise $2,000 for a new suit, he received a scant $250. A second campaign on the platform launched last September, which sought $4,000 for a new suit and boots, was languishing into the new year at just over $1,000. However, thanks to some Jan. 12 New York Post coverage, that second campaign has since raced past $6,500 at press time.
The paper commissioned the video above and also shared it on Facebook, where some commenters are bringing up Dennis’ rocky past (the Post also touches on this in the article). However, one of the two L.A. filmmakers who shot the video states that Dennis is currently clean of any drug habits.
Dennis has also chimed in to the Facebook comments, saying he is working on a movie based on his life with the same director who made a short with him in 2015 titled The Kid. Dennis also co-starred in the 2007 feature documentary Confessions of a Superhero.
H/T: John Kestner
There was a solid hint this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live of the of easygoing charm and casual observational humor that the 49-year-old talk show host will apply to his upcoming MC gig at the Dolby Theatre.
It was the Monday after the Golden Globes, with lead guest Ben Affleck addressing the fact that younger brother Casey failed to thank him upon winning Best Actor – Drama for Manchester by the Sea. Kimmel has fun with the omission, pulling up a clip of how Ben in the reverse situation at the 1987 Oscars did remember to thank Casey, albeit with a bit of Matt Damon prompting. To further make the comedic point, Kimmel then ropes in some post-Super Bowl comments made by Eli Manning.
Affleck predicts that Kimmel will be an “amazing” Oscar host, carrying the torch lit by Bob Hope. He also shares, at the very end of the segment above, a series of funny rapid-fire jokes about how a Best Actor win for Casey next month will establish a curious set of Academy Awards “firsts.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Pursuit of Oscars Happiness
Getty Images has named Gene Foca senior vp, chief marketing officer.
Foca most recently served as Fresh Direct’s senior vp of marketing. He previously worked for Amazon.
Foca is succeeding Susan Smith-Ellis, who stepped down at the end of 2016.
“Gene’s wealth of experience across e-commerce, product and digital marketing will be an enormous asset to the business as we continue to build on this vision, increase our digital capabilities and enhance the customer journey through our B to Everyone strategy,” said Getty CEO Dawn Airey, in a statement.
The New York Times has scratched a 63-year-old itch.
It’s a well-known fact that early on the morning of Sept. 15, 1954, around 1 a.m., photographers, passers-by and others gathered around a subway grate on the Upper East Side of Manhattan to watch Billy Wilder film a version of the famous scene in The Seven Year Itch when Marilyn Monroe’s character unconventionally cools herself on hot summer night. Per some new coverage in this Sunday’s New York Times, the shoot turned out to be calamitous for Monroe on a personal level:
Gathered at that late hour were hundreds of gawkers, almost all men, who catcalled and yelled things like, “Higher! Higher!” as Ms. Monroe’s dress blew up over her head. For two hours, the men watched from surrounding buildings and from the street. …
Joe DiMaggio hadn’t planned on visiting the set that night, and was waiting for his wife at the St. Regis Hotel, where the couple were staying. But the columnist Walter Winchell had persuaded him to come along. Ms. Monroe was not happy her husband had shown up. But he was even more unhappy and angrily stormed off. Later that night the couple had a screaming fight in their room. The next morning, her hairdresser covered up Monroe’s bruises with makeup. Three weeks later, Monroe filed for divorce.
The hook for the Times piece is that some footage shot that night by James Schulback, a New York furrier, has been shared with the paper. The found footage was first screened for people beyond immediate relatives in 2004, at the upstate New York home of journalist Kurt Andersen and wife Anne Kreamer.
The total amount of footage found runs about three and a half minutes. The Times piece features a 12-second excerpt, from which the still above was taken. A USC professor tells the Times article writer that Monroe was at the time having an affair with her musical director, which further contributed to tensions between the actress and recent husband DiMaggio.
The story by Helene Stapinski of how the “family myth” of Schulback’s footage was resolved is a good one. We’ve also embedded, below, a great, longer deconstruction of the specifics of this scene by Room 111 Photography.
Screen grab image, courtesy and with permission of: New York Times
Hearst has acquired Work-Loss Data Institute (WLDI), a healthcare data company. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
WLDI will become part of Hearst Health’s MCG Health unit, which overseen by president and CEO Jon Shreve.
As a result of the deal, WLDI senior vp of business development Phil LeFevre will join MCG in a leadership role. He’ll report to Shreve. WLDI’s president and CEO Phil Denniston is stepping down and will continue in a consulting role. WLDI co-founder Pat Whelan will also serve as a consultant.
American Media Inc. (AMI) has merged the editorial and business staff of Men’s Fitness and Muscle & Fitness. The combined unit is now referred to as The Fitness Group.
According to The New York Post, the AMI restructuring also meant the loss of 17 full-time roles. David Zinczenko, who consulted on Men’s Fitness for the past four years, didn’t have his contract renewed. Group publisher David Jackson is also out.
As for the new Fitness Group, a spokesperson told the Post, “Chris Scardino is taking over all advertising functions for print and digital, and Shawn Perine will oversee editorial for the titles and sites as vice president and editorial director.”
Mashable and Nat Geo Wild have partnered to launch two new digital series.
The first show will focus on how animals use tools to survive. The second will be a humorius combination of Internet culture and National Geographic’s archival content.
“We’re incredibly excited to be able to tap into National Geographic’s vast archive of wildlife content and bring it to life in new ways for our audience,” said Mashable’s chief strategy officer Adam Ostrow, in a statement. “Creating serialized video content in partnership with TV networks is a key pillar of our strategy at Mashable Studios, and we’re delighted to be teaming up with one of the most iconic brands in media to deliver on this mission.”
Ten years ago, Kimberly Brooks (pictured) began her professional career as an assistant at Harpo Productions in Chicago. On Sunday, she will be connected to former boss Oprah Winfrey in a different manner – as host of the Fusion special O Girls, which profiles Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa.
Brooks is now based in Miami. Ahead of Sunday’s show, she spoke with Miami Herald reporter Madeleine Marr, who asked how Brooks wound up at Fusion, where she has been since 2014:
“I was hired as an ABC News Fellow in New York City after Columbia Journalism School. As part of the fellowship, you do different rotations with the shows so I produced stories for Good Morning America, Nightline and World News. In my last rotation, the talent director suggested I try two months at Fusion, which was partially owned by ABC at the time.
The Academy bond between Winfrey and Brooks also connects back to that year at Harpo Productions and The Ophrey Winfrey Show. At one point, Brooks heard that Winfrey was planning a trip to the school, located near Johannesburg, and wrote a letter explaining why she would dearly love to come along. The boss said yes.
Herald reporter Marr is a native New Yorker who joined the paper in 2003. Read the rest of the interview here. O Girls premieres at 8 p.m. ET Jan. 15.
Photo via: LinkedIn
A couple Revolving Door items for you this morning, involving The Daily Beast and Business Insider. Details are below.The Daily Beast has named Matt Lewis a senior contributor. He most recently worked for The Daily Caller. Pedro da Costa, most recently with the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is joining Business Insider as a senior correspondent.
WNYC, Minnesota Public Radio News (MPR) and The Economist are joining forces to launch a new call-in radio show to help the nation adapt to a reality TV show host as a president.
Indivisible will air during the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s administration, starting Monday, January 23.
Indivisible is led by a different host, Monday through Thursday. Hosts include WNYC’s Brian Lehrer; conservative talk radio host Charlie Sykes; MPR News host Kerri Miller; WNYC’s Kai Wright; and The Economist’s John Prideaux and Anne McElvoy.
Indivisible will ask listeners on the right and left to call-in to guide the programming. It will air nationally on public radio stations.
Major changes at Politico today, as Josh Benson and Tom McGeveran—the founders of Capital New York who sold it to Politico in 2013—are leaving the company.
The change means Politico’s states team—headquartered here in New York—will be integrated into the larger Politico newsroom. That unified group will now be led by Joe Schatz, who most recently served as editor Politico Pro’s daily Europe brief.
“Our mission is to constantly look for ways to get smarter, more efficient, and more ambitious as a company, delivering even more indispensable journalism and products to a growing audience at home and abroad,” wrote Politico editor in chief John Harris, in a memo explaining the change.
“It is in this context that we believe the right long-term path for our states coverage is to move beyond start-up phase and to integrate fully into the larger Politico editorial family. A states’ hub in New York, physically and organizationally separated from our headquarters in Rosslyn [VA], has begun to present challenges that would become more difficult as our states expansion continues.”
The states of New York and California voted overwhelmingly in favor of Hillary Clinton. That’s the general set-up for James O’Keefe’s latest bit of film journalism; below is the punchline.
According to Project Veritas, the African-American woman in the video, outfited in a pro-Trump hat and T-shirt, was subjected to more than 100 instances of overt harassment. At one point in the video above, there is a very thoughtful exchange with a man, of a nature that is exemplary in terms of both civility and presenting a well-argued counterpoint.
From a media perspective, as far as we can tell, the video has not been linked so far on The Drudge Report. Which is surprising. This is the kind of stuff they typically banner.
Project Veritas is promising to release more footage from this social experiment in the near future.
H/T: The Rebel
As we recently reported, High Times magazine took possession of a Los Angeles office last fall, located smack-dab in the middle of an area rejuvenated by the Rick Caruso‘s The Grove. The view from the Miracle Mile building was already pretty good and became even more expansive once the results of California’s Proposition 64 were tabulated in November.
Per a report by Crain’s New York Business’ Matthew Flamm, the whole operation now is going to relocate there. By April, the upstart entity that started up in Greenwich Village in 1974 will be gone:
“The center of the cannabis universe has moved to California,” said Matt Stang, chief revenue officer at High Times. “New York used to be a liberal bastion.” …
“Even the medical marijuana law in New York is one of the most restrictive and least helpful to those in need,” he said.
About 30 staffers are affected by the decision. Flamm writes that it’s unclear at this point how many will choose to make the move to L.A.
Image via: hightimes.com
Time Inc. has named Sarah Cristobal InStyle’s executive features director.
Cristobal most recently freelanced for publications like Bloomberg Pursuits, WSJ. and Harper’s Bazaar. She previously served as editor of Yahoo Style and as an editor at V.
Cristobal’s appointment is effective January 17. She’ll report to InStyle editor in chief Laura Brown.
Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round we have Nylon taking on Time.
Nylon’s latest features Lena Dunham in a pretty wild outfit. We wonder if people will criticize her for it.
Time’s latest, meanwhile, imagines the Trump team arriving at the White House. Please note that there aren’t dark storm clouds in this illustration because no one consulted with us first.
So readers, which cover is better? You can vote, comment, or do both.
Those interested in watching one of the darkest days in American history can look no further than Twitter on January 20.
Twitter—in partnership with PBS—will livestream PBS NewsHour’s coverage of Donald Trump’s inauguration on Twitter apps and inauguration.twitter.com.
The coverage will run from 11 am to 5 pm ET. It will be hosted by PBS managing editor Judy Woodruff, with NewsHour correspondents John Yang and Lisa Desjardins.
Reuters has made a couple changes to its pictures team. Details are below.Rickey Rogers has been named global pictures editor. He most recently served as editor, Americas pictures. Yannis Behrakis has been named senior editor, special projects. He has been with Reuters for three decades.
The New York Times is stepping up its online security game by transferring Nytimes.com from HTTP to HTTPS.
Here’s the Times’ explanation of how the latter is better than the former:
HTTPS encrypts the data sent between your computer and our servers, making it more difficult for a third party to monitor what you are doing. While HTTPS will not hide the fact that you are visiting NYTimes.com, it will significantly diminish the ability of a third party, such as your internet provider, to see which articles you are reading.
Another benefit of HTTPS is that it validates that your computer is communicating with the website you intended to reach, and that any data you receive has not been modified in-transit. When you see the padlock in your address bar, the browser has validated that you are getting authentic NYTimes.com content.
Guardian News & Media (GNM) has named Evelyn Webster interim CEO of Guardian U.S.
Webster—who will hold the role until a permanent CEO is hired—is taking over for Eamonn Store, who is leaving The Guardian at the end of the month.
Webster most recently served as executive vp of Time Inc.
“Eamonn has led the U.S. business with passion and dedication at a time of huge volatility across the industry, and I’d like to thank him for all his hard work and many achievements,” said Guardian Media Group CEO David Pemsel, in a statement. “I am also delighted to have attracted someone of Evelyn’s calibre and experience, on an interim basis, to work closely with Lee Glendinning, the editor of Guardian U.S., and the senior team on the ongoing transformation of our U.S. operations and our continued focus on maximizing the enormous opportunities for Guardian journalism in the U.S. market.”