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Transitions in Media World, from Time Warner Mags to a Variety Reboot; Sragow Returns to L.A.

Sad but true. The march of time continues to bring inevitable shifts in the media world. Newsweek has been swallowed by The Daily Beast. And now Time Warner's publishing arm is considering creating a new joint magazine venture with broadcast giant Meredith Corporation focused on women's titles. Meanwhile Jay Penske, CEO of Variety parent Penske Media Corp, is about to reveal his reboot of Variety amid considerable anxiety at the venerable trade.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 19, 2013 7:12 PM
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Variety Cedes Katzenberg's Pre-Oscar Night Before Motion Picture Gala to Hollywood Reporter

In what some see as a penny-wise pound-foolish move, Jay Penske, the new owner of Variety (who also owns Deadline, Movieline, TVLine and Bonnie Fuller's Hollywood Life) has let go of Variety's 11-year-old pre-Oscar institution, Jeffrey Katzenberg's Night Before fundraiser benefiting the Motion Picture and Television Fund, which raises about $5 million a year.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 7, 2013 8:54 PM
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FilmLinc Daily Adds Contributor Brian Brooks

Indiewire cofounder Eugene Hernandez, now digital director at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is bringing into his expanding FilmLinc Daily fold his long-time Indiewire cohort Brian Brooks, who recently emerged from a staff stint at Jay Penske's Deadline and Movieline.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • February 5, 2013 6:22 PM
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Vanity Fair's Hollywood Edition 'A Celebration of Friendship,' Featuring Bruce Weber's Photos of Affleck, Stone, Cooper and More

Vanity Fair’s 19th Hollywood Portfolio, shot by Bruce Weber, includes 75+ stars, from Tom Hanks and Amy Adams to Quvenzhané Wallis and Eddie Redmayne. The cover stars Ben Affleck, Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 29, 2013 1:51 PM
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Kathryn Bigelow Opens Up About 'Zero Dark Thirty,' Torture and Truth on TIME Cover Story and Colbert Report

In addition to her appearance on the Colbert Report (watch below), "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow is the center of this week's TIME cover story, "Art of Darkness." The director, who rarely speaks with the press, is opening up to deal with and defend herself against the controversy surrounding "ZDT" and its torture debate.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 3:02 PM
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Is TV As Gay Friendly As We Think It Is?

NPR delivered a superbly reported expose on its January 2 Morning Edition: "Who's Gay on TV?" White gay dads, they concluded, are "the pop culture gay flavor of the minute."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 4:08 PM
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Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's 'Most Desirable' Cover Girl, Says Acting is Stupid

Jennifer Lawrence is Vanity Fair's February cover girl. They call her "the rare celebrity who sounds more like a human being than a well-coached product," as well as the world's "most desirable woman."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 2, 2013 1:19 PM
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NRA Chief Blames Hollywood Media for Gun Violence, Names Oliver Stone's 1994 'Natural Born Killers'

Oliver Stone can't get a break. Almost two decades after he directed uber-violent "Natural Born Killers," Hollywood's most famous Liberal remains a fat target for the National Rifle Association, which held a Washington, D.C. press conference Friday interrupted by protests.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 2:00 PM
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The Male Marilyn Monroe, Trashiest Film of the Year & Taylor Kitsch's Multiple Failures

In NYMag's The Year in Film: A Collection of mini-riffs, they cover some important topics that made headlines in 2012--like Nicole Kidman peeing on Zac Efron and the Top Two Films of the Year That Involved Someone Riding Through a City in a Stretch Limo (1. "Holy Motors" and 2. "Cosmopolis").
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • December 6, 2012 3:30 PM
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Arguing with Breznican's EW Oscar Predicts

In the wake of the departure of Dave Karger to Fandango, EW editor Jess Cagle passed the awards baton to staffer Anthony Breznican. So he jumped into Oscar Predictions in EW's Holiday Movie Preview issue. He changed up the format just a tad...
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 5, 2012 3:53 PM
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