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Rihanna for Armani

Advertising Age editors were surprised to read in the Daily Mail and elsewhere that they did a sexiest-ad poll and Rihanna’s work for Armani came up the winner.

“After seeing the attention the sexiest-ad survey got, we kind of wish we’d done one.”

The Daily Mail tells Ad Age that it heard about the poll via a press release from TNI Press Ltd. that said “the 23-year-old singer’s daring display was hailed the best of the year in a poll of advertising industry chiefs carried out by U.S. magazine Advertising Age.”

Ad Age’s Nat Ives writes: “We called and wrote TNI but haven’t heard back.”

* Did Ad Age name Rihanna’s Armani ad the sexiest of the year?

“It was almost like a scene out of ‘Spinal Tap’ or something like that.”

That’s how comedian and “30 Rock” star Judah Friedlander describes his “completely ridiculous” book-signing event at the Barnes & Noble at The Grove in Los Angeles. In a podcast interview with Greg Fitzsimmons, Friedlander discusses his fights with the publisher of “How to Beat Up Anybody” and his book tour nightmare.

I’m walking around the [Barnes & Noble in LA] I don’t see any copies of my book on display. Normally when you do a book signing you’re supposed to have a special display set up. … I started looking around some more and I’m like wait, they have no books at all in the whole store — and there’s a fair amount of people there to see the book signing.

I’m like what’s going on? They’re like, ‘Yeah, they’re somewhere in the loading dock at LAX airport, that’s where the books are. They’re trying to locate them now.’

I’ve been in this business over 20 years and I know bullshit when I hear it, and there’s no way they’re actually looking for it on the loading docks of LAX airport. I found out later they’d actually known there was a problem with the fucking shipment of books for two days.

Friedlander went ahead and performed for the crowd — “I do a 30-minute show – slide presentation of photos from the book, and I basically give a fake instructional karate class” — and then was approached by a Barnes & Noble employee.

[He said] ‘I saved one because I knew you were coming, and i wanted to get one for myself, but since there are no books I guess you should sell it.’

So I actually sold one book, and signed one book. So it was literally a book signing, and not a books signing.

Any authors care to share their book-signing nightmares — and successes — in the comments section?

* Listen to the Judah Friedlander/Greg Fitzsimmons podcast

Lee Froehlich (Chicago Reader photo)

Playboy managing editor Leopold ‘Lee’ Froehlich has hope for print: it’s going to change, but it’s not going to die, he says. “Railroads aren’t dead and radio’s not dead — they just changed.” He doesn’t have much hope for Chicago journalism, though:

I think it’s sad now to see the state of the journalism business in this town. This was such a great newspaper town, it was such an interesting magazine town. I could see a point where there won’t be any newspapers or magazines in this town. The trend, it seems to me, is not friendly to Chicago. They’re consolidating a lot of the stuff in New York. It’s really hard to be a magazine journalist in this town considering 96 percent of the jobs are in New York. If you get a good job, you really have to hold on to it because there are fewer good magazine jobs or journalism jobs in the city than ever before.

* The People Issue: Leopold “Lee” Froehlich

* Why the New York Times email blast screw-up wasn’t that big a deal
* Judge won’t hold hearing on plans to end Tribune bankruptcy until May at earliest
* Gawker’s “Ten People Who Should Quit the Media in 2012″
* Over 400 people have signed the Open Letter to Arthur Sulzberger Jr.
* “It kind of stung” to get Tampa Bay Times business cards, says columnist
* Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal is Talking Biz News’ Business Journalist of the Year

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi says Fox News has yet to crown any one Republican candidate as the eventual nominee, even though the network “seemed poised to play a kingmaking role in the 2012 primaries.” Farhi writes:

Campaign watchers are hard-pressed to detect a tilt by the network toward one candidate. Even the two candidates who have worked for Fox News as on-air contributors, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, don’t appear to have had any special access or advantage during the campaign.

A Stanford poli-sci prof says if the GOP field narrows to two candidates, Fox is more likely to pick sides and tout a candidate it believes has the strongest chance to defeat President Obama in the fall.

* Despite kingmaking expectations, Fox News seems neutral among GOP field