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Quick Takes: Girls target Teen Vogue

July 12, 2012

Days after a campaign led by a 14-year-old girl secured a promise from Seventeen magazine not to alter body shapes in photographs, more teens protested against Teen Vogue on Wednesday with "Keep it Real" signs and a makeshift red carpet.

About half a dozen girls high-fived each other as they catwalked near the magazine's office in New York City's Times Square. They've collected more than 28,000 signatures in just over a week asking Teen Vogue to follow Seventeen's lead in declaring an end to digitally manipulating images.

The girls, affiliated with the protest group SPARK Movement, said Teen Vogue and other magazines read by vulnerable young readers present an unrealistic notion of beauty, threatening their self-esteem and leading to depression and eating disorders.

Teen Vogue said in a statement that it makes a "conscious and continuous effort to promote a positive body image among our readers."

—Associated Press

Abramoff given talk radio show

Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff has a new talk radio show to offer advice on reforming politics.

Premiere Networks, part of Clear Channel Media, announced Wednesday that "The Jack Abramoff Show" has debuted on XM Satellite Radio's "Talk Radio" channel. It airs Sundays from 2 to 5 p.m.

Abramoff went to federal prison for corruption. He said he may be the nation's "most controversial radio host" because he was involved in the money-based political culture he says needs an overhaul.

—Associated Press

Singer Florence cancels shows

Florence and the Machine have pulled out of concerts in Spain and Portugal because the lead singer has lost her voice and been told not to perform to avoid permanent damage.

Florence Welch explained the situation on her Twitter account Wednesday, saying: "I cannot sing for a week… seriously I felt something snap, it was very frightening."

The flame-haired Welch fronts the Grammy-nominated seven-piece band, which released its latest album, "Ceremonials," last year.

—Associated Press

Soft sales of Brown album

Chris Brown can't seem to escape controversy, and there was evidence Wednesday that all the hand-wringing about his recent work with Rihanna and his nightclubbing habits are starting to have an effect on his album sales. Although his latest, "Fortune," premiered at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts, and it is indeed his second-straight release to bow atop the Billboard tally, its launch has been a soft one.

"Fortune" leads the chart after selling 134,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's far from the effect that his 2011 effort, "F.A.M.E.," had when it was released, as that album, the first after his assault of one-time girlfriend Rihanna, opened with 270,000 copies sold.

What's more, while Brown ended up being the 10th-bestselling digital singles artist of 2011, racking up more than 8.7 million download sales, his latest single, "Don't Wake Me Up," just barely cracked the top 100 on last week's digital sales chart.

—Todd Martens

Comics art museum closes

After 11 years, the leaders of New York's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art shuttered their venue this week, saying they will move out by the end of July.

The museum is a small one, occupying the fourth floor of a building in the SoHo neighborhood of New York City. The organization devoted itself to exhibitions on the world of comics.

The museum opened in 2011. Its chairman and president, Ellen S. Abramowitz, told the Wall Street Journal that the organization will continue to exist but did not elaborate on what form it will take.

—David Ng

Finally

Renewed: TNT has renewed its drama series "Falling Skies," starring Noah Wyle, for a third season, with 10 episodes ordered for 2013.

Remake: Walter Hill has entered into a partnership with the Aldrich Company to write, direct and co-produce a remake of "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?," the 1962 thriller that starred Bette Davis and Joan Crawford.

Tall order: Cable channel truTV has ordered 10 episodes of "Upload with Shaquille O'Neal," in which he and co-hosts share funny videos they find online and create their own.

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