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Marcus Vanderberg

CBS Doesn’t Want Celebrity Genitalia at Grammys

The folks over at CBS really don’t like to have fun.

If they did, this memo wouldn’t have surfaced Wednesday that’s asking celebrities attending the Grammys on Sunday to cover up their breasts, buttocks and my favorite, buttock crack.

CBS Program Practices advises that all talent appearing on camera please adhere to Network policy concerning wardrobe.

Please be sure that buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered. Thong type costumes are problematic. Please avoid exposing bare fleshy under curves of the buttocks and buttock crack. Bare sides or under curvature of the breasts is also problematic. Please avoid sheer see-through clothing that could  possibly expose female breast nipples. Please be sure the genital region is adequately covered so that there is no visible “puffy” bare skin exposure. Please avoid commercial identification of actual brand name products on T-shirts. Foreign language on wardrobe will need to be cleared. OBSCENITY OR PARTIALLY SEEN OBSCENITY ON WARDROBE IS UNACCEPTABLE FOR BROADCAST. This as well, pertains to audience members that appear on camera. Finally, The Network requests that any organized cause visibly spelled out on talent’s wardrobe be avoided. This would include lapel pins or any other form of accessory.

Which celebrity is going to step up now to show a little skin and make the CBS executives uncomfortable?

I have faith in you, Hollywood. Don’t let me down.

Luc Robitaille’s How I Met Your Mother Cameo

NHL Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille is making a cameo on Monday’s episode of the CBS hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

If you’re like myself and avoid CBS original programming since you aren’t the key demographic (85 and up), above is the clip featuring Robitaille and other famous Canadians (Brandon Walsh alert).

[H/T LA Kings]

Beyoncé to Headline BET Experience

Fresh off her amazing performance at the Super Bowl, BET announced Monday that Beyoncé would be the headliner for the BET Experience at L.A. Live in June.

Beyonce’s performance is the first stop of the North American leg of the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Comedian Mike Epps, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Miguel, Schoolboy Q, Kirk Franklin, R. Kelly, New Edition and The Jacksons (MJ on hologram?) will also perform between Staples Center and Club Nokia from June 28-30. The weekend concludes with 2013 BET Awards from the Nokia Theatre on June 30.

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Dodgers, Time Warner Announce Network

Get ready for a whole lot of Los Angeles Dodgers starting in 2014.

The Dodgers formally announced their new regional sports network in partnership with Time Warner Cable called SportsNet LA. Pending MLB approval, the deal is for 25 years and will be worth between $7-8 billion for the Dodgers, according to the LA Times. It ends a long back-and-forth affair between the Dodgers, Time Warner and Fox Sports on the future home of the baseball team after their contract ended later this year.

“We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want — more content and more Dodger baseball — was to launch our own network,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said in a statement. “The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country — one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

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No, the Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Moving to Seattle

New NHL season, same confusion about the local hockey team in Los Angeles.

Fresh off a playoff run that featured numerous flubs by the media, some people are still confusing the Los Angeles Kings (those guys who hit pucks) with the Sacramento Kings (those guys who are hitting the road for Seattle).

The screengrab above is from the New England Sports Network (NESN).

Have no fear, the defending Stanley Cup champs aren’t moving to Seattle. Some things will never change, I guess.

(H/T @mmayo17)

Blogger Applies for USC Basketball Gig

The men’s basketball coaching gig at USC is open after the Trojans fired Kevin O’Neill earlier this week. And normally, such an exclusive job would only be open to a handful of qualified candidates handpicked by the athletic director.

Nope. Not this gig.

Anyone can apply for the job and SportsGrid blogger Glenn Davis did just that. Below is his cover letter to AD Pat Haden:

Dear [USC Athletic Director Pat] Haden:

I realize I’m not a traditional candidate to become the next head coach for USC basketball, but I’m confident that once you review my application, you’ll see I can provide the new leadership for your program you seek. I have extensive, highly successful head coaching experience in several recurring daydreams, and I’m looking forward to making those into reality as a Trojan.

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L.A. Youth Closing After 25 Years

For 25 years, L.A. Youth was a platform for local aspiring high school journalists (including myself in 2000-01) to get their feet wet in the newspaper industry.

Unfortunately, that opportunity is coming to an end as publisher Donna Myrow announced in the February issue that L.A. Youth is closing for good at the end of February:

Tough economic times, foundation cuts and moving our office by March 1, 2013, have overburdened our budget and placed an undue amount of financial strain on the L.A. Youth family. While we celebrate our 25th anniversary this month we are regrettably closing the doors on this extraordinary organization at the end of February. This is our last edition of L.A. Youth.
A 25-year history produces an extensive body of relationships, memories and feelings. From the first group of teens writing stories on an old typewriter around my kitchen table we moved to Saturday editorial meetings at the senior citizen center in West L.A. and finally our own space in the mid-Wilshire neighborhood. While I have the honor to write this letter, credit for L.A. Youth’s success is widely shared. Most important to me, I must recognize the colleagues with whom I have worked at L.A. Youth. Together, we trained thousands of teens in writing, editing and critical thinking about issues relevant to their lives.

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MWP Teases Media Following Lakers Victory

Metta World Peace was in a cheery mood following the Lakers’ 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night, but that didn’t stop him from jokingly taking shots at the local media.

From Mark Medina‘s Inside the Lakers blog:

“I blame the media,” World Peace said. “Let’s talk. I blame you guys. First off, you have low expectations for us. You’re trying to get a great quote.”

He then stands up mocking his a reporter’s voice. “Your defense was GREAT TONIGHT!!”

“Ok? It’s supposed to be against five rookies that don’t know how to play the game,” World Peace said. “They see Kobe and they’re just excited to be in Staples Center. They partied last night. And we’re supposed to win.”

“I blame you guys for the low expectations,” World Peace continued. “Then I blame you guys for not promoting the team. Too many times, you talk about great players and then a team comes in here and beats us because you don’t promote team.”

The media wouldn’t have such low expectations if the Lakers actually lived up to the expectations that Kobe and Co. set when the team acquired Dwight Howard in the offseason.

Something tells me World Peace’s tone won’t be as jovial if the Lakers are still under .500 a month from now.

[H/T NBC4 for the video]

Charlie Sheen Pays for Paparazzo’s Funeral

When he’s not rubbing elbows (allegedly, not allegedly, those two need to come up with a story and stick to it) with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Charlie Sheen continues to prove he has a heart of gold.

The actor cut a check for $12,000 to pay for the funeral services of 29-year-old paparazzo photographer Chris Guerra, who was killed New Year’s Day in a tragic accident while chasing after what he thought was pop singer Justin Bieber.

“A tragic incident like this erases the line between the photographer and the subject,” Sheen told TMZ. “It’s an unforgiving moment that begs us all to be human and work as one to prevent this in the future. As parents, we are all not supposed to bury our children. My deepest condolences to the families involved.”

I didn’t exactly hear Bieber wanting to help Guerra’s family out. Total class act move by Sheen.

[H/T TMZ, LAist]

 

Jazz Legends Named UCLA Professors

Grammy Award winners Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter were announced on Tuesday as the two newest UCLA professors in the school’s Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance.

“We are truly delighted to welcome Herbie and Wayne to the faculty of the Herb Alpert School of Music,” said Christopher Waterman, dean of the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture. “The arrival of these legends marks an important step in the growth of UCLA’s distinguished jazz program, which provides students with the opportunity to study with the renowned guitarist and NEA Jazz Master Kenny Burrell, award-winning flutist and composer James Newton and leading Los Angeles–based jazz musicians such as Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Charley Harrison, Barbara Morrison, Michelle Weir, George Bohanon, Tamir Hendelman and Justo Almario.”

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