BADLY BEATEN Williams
• The least a news anchor should know is what's breaking right under his nose. But Brian Williams was caught off guard when, earlier this week, NBC News hired former Newsweek editor Mark Whitaker to be senior vice president for news, making him the No. 2 official in the network's news division. An NBC source says Williams found out about the hire from an internal memo, like everyone else. Maybe he was too busy cleaning out his office to keep up with the watercooler gossip?
• Nora Ephron feels bad about her neck, but at least she feels good about ... well, actually, there doesn't seem to be much she feels good about. "This insistence on the joy of aging, the joy of menopause, the joy of late-life sex—this is all garbage," the When Harry Met Sally screenwriter tells Deborah Solomon in the New York Times Magazine. "It's hard to think of much that is genuinely better." Asked what she's done to counteract the effects of age on her face, Ephron says, "I've had Restylane injections, only it wasn't called Restylane; it was called something else. It doesn't hurt that much. It hurts less than having fat injected into your face, which I've also had done. That hurts big time, although not as much as labor."