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Kutcher Takes a Stab at Editing, Fails to Disclose Conflict of Interest: "Tear the magazine apart"

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood August 18, 2011 at 10:56AM

Taking a quick break from multi-tasking behind the camera as well as in front of it (and perhaps taking a lead from his recent tweet battle with the Village Voice), Ashton Kutcher is adding a new hyphenation to his job description: magazine editor.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Taking a quick break from multi-tasking behind the camera as well as in front of it (and perhaps taking a lead from his recent tweet battle with the Village Voice), Ashton Kutcher is adding a new hyphenation to his job description: magazine editor.

Yep. Kutcher joined up with DETAILS magazine to bring out a special online only Social Media issue via Facebook, Flipboard, Twitter and Tumblr. The free issue of the magazine includes Ashton's 10 Style Commandments and essay by actor Nick Kroll on social media.

In his editor's note, Kutcher invites us to "digitally tear the magazine apart." Does that mean the Village Voice is breaking the rules if it disses Kutcher's mag in print? Uh oh—we can almost hear the sound of Kutcher reloading over at @aplusk.

In related news, The NYT reports that Kutcher failed to disclose his own personal financial stake in online companies profiled in the DETAILS issue he edited, and could be subject to an investigation from the Federal Trade Commission or the Securities and Exchange Commission. Maybe that Editor title isn't going to stick for long.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.