Memo Pad: Nina, Chapter Three Of?... Voluntary, or Not...

The Nina Garcia story is turning into the Energizer bunny of reality TV - it just won’t quit.

By contrast, when Newsweek offered its staff buyouts in recent weeks, it was met with even more takers than anticipated. In all, 111 staffers accepted that buyout, though that number included both business and editorial staffers. — Irin Carmon

WHO’S A DESIGNER, AND WHO’S A CELEBRITY?: Designers and their celebrity muses are nothing new to the fashion world, but they are for Us Weekly, which is honoring the year’s hottest pairings, in addition to Heidi Klum as style icon of the year and Lauren Conrad as celebrity designer of the year. The celebrity weekly, on newsstands in New York and Los Angeles today, has Leighton Meester of “Gossip Girl” pictured with Jill Stuart (Meester has been a fan of the designer since attending her runway show last year), and Lindsay Price of “Lipstick Jungle” posing with Monique Lhuillier, who designed her wedding dress. Stacy Bendet of Alice + Olivia dresses the girls of Danity Kane, and Jason Lewis, who will reprise the role of Smith Jerrod in the upcoming “Sex and the City” movie, is pictured with Michael Ball of Rock & Republic. Us will fete those featured at an event in Los Angeles on Thursday. — Amy Wicks

REMEMBER WHEN: An anniversary doesn’t just provide excuses for adulatory nostalgia and advertising — it can also stir up dormant controversies. Last week, New York magazine marked its 40th year with a retrospective culture issue that included an interview with Spike Lee, pegged to his seminal 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” Asked by Logan Hill about two articles New York ran that year criticizing the film — a review by David Denby, now at the New Yorker, and a political column by Joe Klein, now at Time — Lee proved the maxim that one’s own bad press is rarely forgotten. “People like Joe Klein and David Denby felt that this film was going to cause riots,” he told New York. “Young black males were going to emulate Mookie and throw garbage cans through windows. Like, ‘How dare you release this film in summertime: You know how they get in the summertime. This is like playing with fire.’ I hold no grudges against them. But that was 20 years ago and it speaks for itself.”
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