arts 08.4.03

For Immediate Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW YORK, NY — August 4, 2003
Vincent Canby, who died in 2000, wrote the recent New York TImes front-page obituary of comedian Bob Hope. The Times says that Mr. Canby, who retired from the paper in 2002, will continue to write occasionally for the Arts & Leisure section. The Times has also confirmed that the late theatre critic, Brooks Atkinson, has written a review of the new musical "Avenue Q", which the Times will run this coming Sunday.


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NEW YORK, NY — August 4, 2003
NBC announced last week that from 1:30am to 1:45am on Tuesdays is to be a Rocco-free time zone on that network. It will not air any promos or American Express commercials featuring the chef during those 15 minutes. "We want to give someone else their 15 minutes of fame," said Jeff Zucker, president of NBC entertainment. Several "Seinfeld" alums are said to be interested in the time slot.


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NEW YORK, NY — August 4, 2003
Jayson Blair, who left the NY Times for fabricating stories, will be writing a column in an upcoming issue of Esquire. In it, he'll review "Shattered Glass", a movie about Stephen Glass, who was a staff reporter for The New Republic, and who also fabricated stories. (Esquire had originally asked Vincent Canby, the late critic of the NY Times, to write the review, but Mr. Canby remains under exclusive contract to the Times, in addition to being deceased.) Following the piece in Esquire, Mr. Blair is expected to join the staff of Fox News, where he will become the company's first ombudsman.


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NEW YORK, NY — August 4, 2003
Developer Larry Silverstein announced on Friday that he has asked architect Daniel Libeskind for changes to the WTC site designs to accommodate specific retailers and fast-food chains. Mr. Silverstein said, "Yeah, I want an Outback Steakhouse and I want Danny to add a tasteful three-story atrium over Liberty Street so that we can have the biggest Outback in the world. It's not gonna impact the overall vision one bit. I got some other ideas, too, if we can just move that tower. But don't worry, we all want the same thing."


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NEW YORK, NY — August 4, 2003
Following yesterday's column in the NY Post about how much she likes bagels, gossip doyenne Cindy Adams became the object of a recall campaign spearheaded by a group of concerned citizens. Laura Lebert-Simmons, one of the organizers, said, "It's just time for her to go. We've collected over 387,000 signatures since yesterday. If Gray Davis is getting the hook, Cindy's number is so up." The column about bagels ran three times last week without Post editors noticing.
CORRECTION
We incorrectly reported last week that readers give a rat's ass about Bonnie Fuller's tenure at American Media. For the record, readers do not give a rat's ass. MUG regrets the error.


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