If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Executive Produce an HBO Movie About ‘Em [Updated]

Mr. and Mrs. Ailes with Mr. Scarborough and Ms. Brzezinski at a Hollywood Reporter party in April

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are reportedly signed on to executive produce an HBO movie about Roger Ailes, the CEO of their cable rival, Fox News. A la Game Change, it’s an adaptation of a forthcoming book, the one due out in 2013 by Gabriel Sherman. The book’s not even written yet, but Mr. Sherman’s reporting has already prompted Mr. Ailes to expedite a friendlier bio by Zev Chafets and cancel Mr. Sherman’s subscription to his upstate newspaper. Does this mean Julianne Moore can reprise her role as Sarah Palin in a cameo? [UPDATE] Sad news: HBO has pulled the plug already. HBO Films president Len Amato told Nikki Finke: “We recently decided not to pursue the Ailes project. It had become clear to us before even receiving a script that due to our company’s CNN affiliation the film could never be seen as objective.” Since when are films objective? [Deadline]

Oops. NJ.com—the New Jersey news site that Advance Publications swears it’s not beefing up in order to make its print product in that market, The Star-Ledger, obsolete—just tried to hire back former Star-Ledger ace reporter Ginger Gibson, now at Politico. This is the second gaffe from new NJ.com content chief Lamar Graham, who previously posted a hiring memo publicly to Facebook. [Romenesko]

NBC slams The Daily for “recklessly” reporting that Meet the Press host David Gregory is going to get canned. Safe to say no one got hurt. [Daily News]

BBC has its new director general: George Entwhistle. [NY Times]

Demoted Today host Ann Curry broke her Twitter silence in order to wish this glorious nation a happy birthday. [Huffington Post]

Seventeen magazine editor Ann Shoket has taken 14-year-old Julia Bluhm’s SPARK petition to include more un-Photoshopped models in the magazine to heart. Although the magazine only retouches to smooth clothing wrinkles, erase stray hairs, and delete zits, Ms. Shoket said in her editor’s letter, she pledged not to alter the models’ bodies or faces. [Adweek]

In Rupert Murdoch‘s publicity blitz for the forthcoming split of News Corp. he promised to make his newspapers profitable and hinted at changing the name of The Wall Street Journal to WSJ. Back in the ’40s, they considered changing its name to World’s Work, The North American Journal and, Business Day, The National Journal and Financial America. [NY Times]

A Reuters headline sounds like it was written by Tarzan. [Fishbowl NY]

A 26-year-old News International employee was arrested this morning as part of Scotland Yard’s ongoing phonehacking probe, Operation Weeting. He was not a reporter. [Guardian]

If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Executive Produce an HBO Movie About ‘Em [Updated]