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Marcus Vanderberg

Charlie Sheen, Antonio Villaraigosa Aren’t Really BFFs

You’ve probably seen the photo by now of actor Charlie Sheen and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sharing an awkward man-hug.

Well, the Mayor went on NBC’s News Conference to shed some light about how the two ran into each other.

Both guys were in Cabo San Lucas and Sheen asked to take a photo with Villaraigosa.

“I’m in the picture taking business,” Villaraigosa said on NBC. “I’ve never said no to anyone that wants to take a picture…I was on vacation. I deserve a vacation from time to time.”

Let this be a heads up to anyone who happens to run into Mayor Villaraigosa as he plays out his term — ask him for that picture and make sure to put it on Instagram.

[H/T LA Observed]

Jamie Kennedy Talks NYE Disaster

KDOC’s awful local New Year’s Eve show went worldwide and host Jamie Kennedy explained to the New York Times that this was the plan from the start.

“It was totally supposed to be like that,” Kennedy said. “We wanted to make almost an anti-New Year’s Eve show, and the recipe calls for unexpected. We had an open bar for our guests, we were unrehearsed. It was not glamorous. We shot at the apex of craziness on Hollywood Boulevard on New Year’s Eve, in front of one of the most highly visible places, the Chinese Theater, and it was more like a block party type of feel.”

And it looks like you set your DVR for next year’s show as “the world’s worst New Year’s broadcast” could be back.

“Commerce Casino is already signed up for next year, they loved it,” Kennedy added. “And I got a text from Marilyn Manson that says he wants to do next year. And I want to get Wu-Tang Clan. I want to put people in that I like. I would like to do this again.”

Count me in.

Coachella Hinting at Rolling Stones for 2013?

Coachella is almost around the corner (scary, huh?) and the music festival might have dropped a hint about the headliner for the 2013 festival.

The above image of what could be a stone (or beach ball … but let’s just go with stone) is via the Coachella Facebook page, leaving many to speculate this is a subtle hint the Rolling Stones will be the headline act.

Mick Jagger and the rest of the wrinkled crew were first linked to Coachella last month when their official app listed the festival as an upcoming tour date before quickly deleting it.

The two-day, two-weekend festival is scheduled for April 12-14 and April 19-21. The full lineup will be announced later this month.

E! Entertainment Executive Steps Down

Lisa Berger, president of entertainment programming at E!, resigned from the network after nine years, according to TheWrap.

Berger was the mastermind behind Chelsea Lately, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and The Girls Next Door.

Prior to her arrival at E!, Berger was an executive vice president at Fox TV Studios and helped developed Road Rules at MTV.

“After nine wonderful years at E!, I have made the difficult decision to leave my post as President, Entertainment Programming,” Berger said in a statement. “My time at E! has been an amazing experience both professionally and personally, and it is hard to sum up nearly a decade of show launches, milestone moments and incredible friendships.”

No announcement has been made about Berger’s replacement.

Kobe Bryant Joins Twitter Again

 

Well, well, well.

Look who decided to rejoin Twitter finally.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has finally caved in and joined the social media platform again. A source close to Bryant confirmed to Mark Medina of the Daily News that the account was legit and No. 24 was the man behind it.

Medina also points out that Bryant was on the ropes about returning to Twitter as recently as last week:

“Maybe,” Bryant said on Dec. 30. “The one thing about me is when I’m doing it, I enjoy doing it myself and putting the time into it. I don’t know if I have the time available to give the fans the attention they deserve.”

Bryant’s first time on Twitter was in September 2011 before suspending his account shortly thereafter.

Bill Plaschke is the Master of Hotel Porn

Listeners of the Petros & Money show on KLAC got to hear a different side of Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke on Thursday afternoon.

Yeah, yeah, Plaschke did eventually talk about sports, but he opened the show with Matt “Money” Smith discussing hotel porn and Helen Hunt‘s “lady garden.”

I don’t know what was more disturbing: Plaschke waxing poetic about Helen Hunt’s “lady garden” or him implying that he use to get off to the hotel porn previews while on the road.

Either way, I’m good on Plaschke ever having a radio show.

Happy Effin’ New Year from KDOC

I hope you enjoyed the first (and likely) last KDOC New Year’s Eve show.

I stumbled across this shortly after midnight and was instantly hooked (sorry, Ryan and Carson) because the first words I heard was profanity.

Turns out that was the norm for this 90-minute clusterf*ck of a show hosted by Jamie Kennedy. This is a great six-minute recap that captures all the magic.

Ratings would be through the roof if KDOC re-aired this thing because the highlights have turned into viral hit.

TWC SportsNet Adds D-Fenders to Schedule

Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the new home of the Los Angeles Lakers, is adding 12 Los Angeles D-Fenders to the schedule starting this weekend.

The telecasts of the Lakers’ minor league team (though it would be hard to pick out the real minor league team based on the way Kobe and Co. have been playing) will be called by veteran broadcaster Steve Quis and former three-time NBA champion A.C. Green.

“We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable SportsNet this season,” Joey Buss, president/CEO of the D-Fenders, said in a statement.  “This is an opportunity for our fans, Lakers fans and basketball fans to develop a connection with top D-Fenders prospects as well as Lakers assignment players, both of which are instrumental to the future of the Lakers and NBA.”

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Jim Rome Moving to Mighty 1090AM

With Jim Rome‘s replacement officially announced, the media giant formally announced his move to CBS Sports Radio starting Jan. 2.

That leaves just one problem for Los Angeles.

There’s not exactly a local affiliate carrying Rome’s syndicated talk show yet.

Your best bet is tuning in to the Mighty 1090AM based out of San Diego.

Other local options include KVEN-AM (Ventura), KRAK-AM (Riverside), and KAVL-AM (Lancaster/Palmdale).

Rome also shared with his audience that his new Showtime series was picked up for a second season and is moving from weekly to monthly in 2013.

New THR iPad App Hits Apple Store

The Hollywood Reporter readers have a new redesigned iPad option to digest their industry news on a weekly basis.

The entertainment publication unveiled its new THR iPad edition and readers will have free access to the magazine through the Golden Globes preview issue on Jan. 9. Aside from the content you would normally find in the magazine, the app includes interactive features and unseen images from weekly features.

“The new THR iPad edition finally makes reading and experiencing The Hollywood Reporter a true 360-degree experience with incredible entertainment coverage tailored specifically to this format,” said THR editorial director Janice Min. “We’re thrilled that readers will have this rich expansion to THR content every week in their hands for holiday entertainment, awards coverage and beyond.”

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