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Paglia on women and power. Life magazine closes down. Plus: Clooney to play Liberace?

Published March 27, 2007 1:30PM (EDT)

First Word

Anna's autopsy: For all the build-up surrounding it, the coroner's report yesterday on Anna Nicole Smith's autopsy was fairly straightforward. A laundry list of drugs (including Benadryl, Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, atropine, topiramate, ciprofloxacin) combined with sleep drug chloral hydrate to cause acute drug intoxication. Not that the results settle the matter for conspiracy theorists -- TMZ was immediately asking, "Who Gave Anna Fatal Dose?" You can read the whole report at the Smoking Gun. (People, TMZ ,the Smoking Gun)

YouTube awards announced: Though it's almost April, the winners of the 2006 YouTube Video Awards have just been announced. As Virginia Heffernan writes in the New York Times, "To older hands, the award winners, announced yesterday, will be recognizable as YouTube veterans": There's the band OK Go on their treadmills, Ask A Ninja, the Wine Kone and the Free Hugs Campaign. Heffernan also sees lonelygirl15's shutout (the series was nominated for several awards) as evidence of the "widespread animus" toward it from YouTube users. You can see the winners and their videos here. (New York Times, YouTube)


ONN, the Onion News Network: Making the inevitable jump into video fake news, the Onion launched an online news network on Tuesday that bills itself as "faster, harder, scarier and all-knowing." Taking the YouTube model as its own, the network is basically a series of short videos posted online. Onion president Sean Mills tells Variety, "Our competitors are MSNBC and CNN... What we are trying to create is a broadcast-quality newscast on the Internet." You can watch a clip here. ("Onion Launching Video Newscast," Variety )


Paglia on Alpha Women: In a weekend feature for the Toronto Globe and Mail, Camille Paglia points to some literature that might shed light on the relationship between women and power. (Today's N.Y. Times has a related piece on how Hillary Clinton has dealt with the military in her career.) The first work Paglia discusses is Henrik Ibsen's play "Hedda Gabler." Writing that Hillary Clinton, like Gabler, identifies with her military father, Paglia says, "The first-born Hillary, with her vaulting ambition, became his true son." According to Paglia, Joyce Tyldesley's "Hatchepsut: The Female Pharaoh" and Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" also show that "This is the new feminism. The path to power for women lies through male territory." ("Why Can't A Woman... ," Globe and Mail)

White noise ... Velvet Revolver crooner Scott Weiland's wife, Mary, was arrested over the weekend after trashing the hotel room she was sharing with her husband and then setting fire to a pile of his clothes -- reportedly worth $10,000 -- outside their house hours later. (Yahoo! News) ... Life Magazine (right) is ceasing publication again -- it has closed twice before, in 1972 and 2000 -- though it looks this time like the shuttering will be permanent, as the magazine is moving its photo archive online. (N.Y. Times) ... Ricky Gervais is getting his leading role in Hollywood -- the "Office" and "Extras" star will star in the romantic comedy "Ghost Town," coming in October. (BBC News) ... Looks like those rumors about Lindsay Lohan and James Blunt are all too true; the actress told People on Monday night, "I'm dating. I'm really happy and I'm having fun." (People)


Couric's interview with John and Elizabeth: Katie Couric's high-profile interview with John and Elizabeth Edwards, just days after they announced that Elizabeth's cancer had returned, included a strange conceit -- Couric, who has made a reputation as a cancer awareness-raiser since losing her husband Jay Monahan to colon cancer in 1998, kept mum on her own experience. (See Salon's Walter Shapiro on Couric's interview here.) As the Los Angeles Times writes on Tuesday, "Couric's steadfast approach worked initially and then collapsed under the weight of the interview's essential lie... [h]ere is her Catch-22, at times projected onto her, at others self-imposed: She opts for schoolgirl charm with a head of state and comes off as silly. With the Edwardses, she went with tough-minded and came off as priggish." ("Couric Interviews the Edwardses, From a Distance," )

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Injured Troops Request Extended Tours to Avoid Being Sent to Walter Reed (The Onion)

Buzz Index

"I like the idea but I think the role would be more suited to the likes of a comedian like Robin Williams. If it works out, fine, but am I really camp enough?"

-- George Clooney on being offered the part of Liberace for an upcoming biopic. (Dark Horizons)


No. 1 new fiction on next week's New York Times list: "Nineteen Minutes," by Jodi Picoult
No. 1 new nonfiction on next week's New York Times list: "In an Instant," by Lee and Bob Woodruff
No. 1 seller on "The Undercover Economist," by Tim Harford
No. 1 seller on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," by J.K. Rowling (out July 21)

Turn On

This Tuesday, it's the season finale of "Dirt" (FX, 10 p.m. EDT), Gwen Stefani mentors "American Idol" (Fox, 8 p.m. EDT), Dionne Warwick serenades the first castoffs of "Dancing With the Stars" (The CW, 9 p.m. EDT), Lowell Bergman examines the impact of Al Jazeera on global media in the final installment of "Frontline's" four-part series, "News War" (PBS, check local listings), and Donny Osmond hosts the premiere of "The Great American Dream Vote" (ABC, 10 p.m. EDT), a show that lets you vote on which contestant's dreams should come true.


Regis and Kelly (ABC, 9 a.m. EDT) Russel Crowe (repeat)
The View (ABC, 11 a.m. EDT) John Lithgow, guest co-host Beth Ostrosky
Ellen (Syndicated, check local listings) Will Ferrell, Elliot Yamin
Oprah (Syndicated, check local listings) $100K surprsise, an Olympic hero's twist of fate, a multimillion dollar dream house, and 21 days without complaining
Charlie Rose (PBS, check local listings) Madeleine Albright, Newt Gingrich
Larry King (CNN, 9 p.m. EDT) TBA
Jon Stewart (Comedy Central, 11 p.m. EDT) Dennis Miller
Stephen Colbert (Comedy Central, 11:30 p.m. EDT) Madeleine Albright, James Fallows
David Letterman (CBS, 11:30 p.m. EDT) Patricia Arquette, Paul Mooney, Macy Gray
Jay Leno (NBC, 11:35 p.m. EDT) Jeff Foxworthy, Sahara Desert runner, Dierks Bentley
Jimmy Kimmel (ABC, 12:05 a.m. EDT) Jenny McCarthy, "Dancing with the Stars" castoff
Conan O'Brien (NBC, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Sascha Baron Cohen as "Borat", Jack McBrayer, Mastodon (repeat)
Craig Ferguson (CBS, 12:35 a.m. EDT) Randy Jackson, Piper Perabo


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