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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres



"MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Fox News chairman Roger Ailes were among the guests at last night's holiday party for tvnewsers at the White House ... Jake Tapper of ABC and his wife were there .. Gloria Borger...Tammy Haddad .. Wendell Goler...Bret Baier told me earlier in the day he was going but I never saw him....Bill O'Reilly likewise said he was going but I never saw him (and to think he is about 6'5 and I never saw him!)" (TVNewser)



"And then there is Rachel Uchitel, the alpha gal of them all: A mysteriously powerful honey-brunette in shades and designer clothing who met Mr. Woods through her job as a 'VIP nightclub hostess.' Press outlets have variously referred to Ms. Uchitel, 34, as a party planner, a club promoter, a New York socialite, a nightclub waitress and a professional party girl. None of these, however, accurately describes what Ms. Uchitel actually did for a living. 'People have actually gotten very interested in this profession and what she used to do exactly,' said Hector Longoria ... the 'director of guest services' at the Griffin on Gansevoort, where Ms. Uchitel had the same title. “Our job is like a concierge service for nightlife. It’s catering to our celebrities, bankers, trust-fund kids, billionaires, anyone who wants that special experience,” he explained. 'If it’s bankers, they might want to be seated next to a bunch of cute girls, so we hire promoters who bring girls in.'" (Observer)



"All eyes were on Emily Blunt last night at the Cinema Society screening of The Young Victoria. Her turn as the English monarch may be the, er, crowning achievement in the actress' career to date; if you ask us, she's an Oscar contender. 'I don't feel like I had a burning ambition to play the Queen of England,' Blunt said at the after-party at Norwood, adding that she did feel a deep sympathy for Victoria and her royal struggles. 'She learned not to mistake stubbornness for strength, and I learned about the humanity of that world.' Blunt was the only cast member making the rounds, but she found a friend in Michael Stipe when he cozied up to her on the couch." (Style)



"John Buffalo Mailer, the pouty-lipped 31-year-old son of Norman and Norris Church Mailer, has mainly been a theater actor and playwright. (Hello Herman, which he wrote in college, recently underwent a revival in Los Angeles, with Sawyer Spielberg, son of Steven, playing the lead.) But recently, Mr. Mailer finished filming for Wall Street 2, the sequel to Oliver Stone’s seminal 1987 film. He plays protagonist Shia LeBeouf’s character’s best friend, Robbie ... To prepare for his role, Mr. Mailer underwent voice training for a Long Island accent and shadowed traders at several firms during the summer. 'One of the more exciting places was Johns Thomas Financial,' he said. 'Tommy Belesis [the CEO], who is also in the movie, is essentially a ringmaster and he fires up his 300 traders like you wouldn’t believe. I was shadowing from 9 in the morning to about 6, and when Tommy finished his morning speech, I was on my feet from then on, so I kind of understood the addiction to the adrenaline. It was amazing. The traders eat their lunch at their desk, take a few smoke breaks and pop an Adderall to keep it going.'" (Observer)



"Two Republican lawmakers are lobbying President Barack Obama to pardon black boxer Jack Johnson, who was jailed nearly 100 years ago because of his relationship with a white woman. Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Rep. Pete King (N.Y.) wrote a letter to Obama after Justice Department pardon attorney Ronald Rogers informed the duo that Johnson’s pardon was not a top priority. 'We were sorely disappointed' in Rogers’s note, wrote McCain and King. Rogers replied to a previous request from the two lawmakers, saying that a pardon for Johnson, who was the first black heavyweight champion of the world, is not a top priority in light of the 'record' number of clemency requests the president has already received. The House and Senate earlier this year passed a resolution requesting that Obama pardon Johnson, the first time since 1974 that Congress has taken such action." (TheHill)



"The Mediabistro.com E-Book Summit kicked off this morning with an engaging, cordial discussion with Jane Friedman and Jeffrey Sharp, co-founders of Open Road Integrated Media—an appropriate start to the event as the discussion hinted at both the promise of digital to transform publishing, as well as the thorny issues and legal battles still to come. Friedman and Sharp took turns sketching an invigorating vision of the future, with Friedman, the former CEO of HarperCollins, describing the company as 'marketing' oriented, and Sharp talking about bringing a filmmakers view to content production—a '360 degree' company with an eye to expanding—and exploiting—the market for content empowered by technology. Friedman told the audience that the business—a lynchpin of which will be 'an author-branded backlist,' including writers like Iris Murdoch and William Styron, as well as 'e-riginals,' under the watch of editorial director Brendan Cahill, would launch in 2010 with as many as 750-1000 e-books—but from 'a relatively small' list of authors. The company will also hopefully publish 20 originals, as well as roll out multimedia components, such as short films Sharp called 'mini-docs.'" (Publishers Weekly)



"Blue movie actress (Holly) Sampson confirmed she is in talks with film producers to star in a porn flick based on her alleged one-night stand with the golf superstar. She said: 'There are things that are in the works. Honestly, parodies are hilarious. I love that stuff. I know a lot of people that love that stuff.' Vivid Entertainment co-founder Steve Hirsch – who is hoping to make the film – hopes it will be an accurate portrayal of Woods' fling with the blonde adult star. He said: 'We have shown Holly a script we're working on that would sort of detail her time with the world's number one golfer. We're thinking more like a docudrama. We want her to re-enact events exactly as they happened.'" (TheSun)

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