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Shia LaBeouf Talks Whiskey, Cigarettes and Cabaret

This may be a small consolation for actor Shia LaBeouf, and certainly not what he was aiming for when he started out that day watching the FIFA World Cup at a Manhattan bar. But last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the actor – over the course of seven ribald, hilarious minutes – joined the ranks of all-time great late night talk show anecdotes.

The tale of how LaBeouf wound up in a New York City police station holding cell, admitting that he was in for Cabaret, is more in line with the New York of Johnny, Ed and another one on the rocks. At one point in the story, LaBeouf doesn’t just joke that it could have been Allen Iverson instead of Alan Cumming up there on stage; he runs, hilariously, with that swap-out for the rest of his Great White WTF recollection.

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CNN Debuts Roy Choi Web Series

LA restaurant scene star Roy Choi is now also, officially, a CNN star. His digital series Street Food with Roy Choi has arrived with all eight episodes posted simultaneously. Episode guests include Chef director Jon Favreau, YouTube star Michelle Phan, Beastie Boy Mike D and culinary CNN colleague Anthony Bourdain.

Choi is all over the place these days, getting ready to open an outpost of his fast-growing culinary empire at LAX and recounting his admirable life-rebound story to publications like Men’s Journal:

After graduating high school, Choi wasn’t really thinking about a career. “I still went through the motions of giving a f*ck about my future like a good little Asian kid,” he recalls. He ended up trying coke and crack, falling into a heavy gambling addiction and hitting rock bottom at 24. He tried his hand at investment banking, but still walked in with booze on his breath. After another club binge, he woke up on his friend’s couch to Emeril Lagasse cooking on TV. It was then that he realized that cooking was his buried passion.

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The Road to a Definitive Bob Hope Biography

HopeBioCoverWith advance praise from Tom Brokaw, Dick Cavett, Woody Allen and a hardcover release date of November 4, Hope: Entertainer of the Century seems sure to be one of the holiday season’s most discussed non-fiction offerings.

The author is Time vet and the magazine’s current theater critic, Richard Zoglin. He tells Stay Thirsty Media that the project grew out of both a personal fascination with Hope growing up and research connected to his previous book, Comedy at the Edge, about 1970s stand-up comedy. He’s also pretty sure Hope would not approve:

“Capturing Hope’s essence was the hardest part, because he was such a closed-off guy, difficult for even his closest friends to know. I did my best.”

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Esquire Names Penelope Cruz ‘Sexiest Woman Alive’

Penelope Cruz — the 40-year-old actress known for her roles in BlowVanilla Sky, The Counselor and more — is Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive.” She’s the 11th women to receive the title.

In the accompanying profile, Cruz is described as “impossibly beautiful.” Esquire also notes that “When she walks into a room, men start walking into furniture.” Hopefully she apologizes to them.

Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” issue hits newsstands October 21.

Entertainment Journalists Wonder: Did BoxOfficeMojo Hit a Paywall?

Normally on a Saturday, entertainment journalists with a professional interest in weekend movie box office grosses would be happily checking the website boxofficemojo.com. But as first noted by TheWrap, since Friday, the seminal industry-stats site has been down.

These same entertainment journalists have taken to Twitter to speculate what might be going on. Although it’s still possible, per an early default message that some saw at boxofficemojo.com Friday morning, that this is simply downtime, in the absence of the PR word from Amazon, IMDb and critical employees, the Friday-Sunday handicapping has turned to a different kind of economics:

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El Mayimbe Guests on Meet the Movie Press

For the past few months, Schmoesknow.com EIC Mark Reilly and TheWrap film reporter Jeff Sneider have been getting together each Friday to Meet the Movie Press. The one-hour podcast, which highlights the business of breaking Hollywood scoops, is anchored around weekly conversations with fellow entertainment journalists like Justin Kroll (Variety), Devin Faraci (Badass Digest) and Alex Billington (First Showing).

This week’s MTMP guest is Umberto Gonzalez, a.k.a. El Mayimbe, from the website Latino Review. Gonzalez, who recently staked a new claim on the other side of the film-reporting fence, began the conversation by talking about his recent Matt Damon/Jason Bourne scoop and his background in New York independent film production.

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Post Critic Hands Column Keys to Kevin Spacey

Wonderful, classy move by Michael Riedel.

JuilliardLogoTo honor the memory of beloved Broadway actress and acting teacher Marian Seldes, who passed away this week at age 86, the Post theater critic enlisted her former student Kevin Spacey to write the words. From today’s Spacey piece:

As we waited for the Walk/Don’t Walk sign to change, Val [Kilmer] suddenly said, “Do you see that woman over there in purple?” Standing directly across the street was a tall, elegant woman, looking around with excitement, as if it were her first day in New York City — not mine — dressed in purple from head to toe.

“That’s Marian Seldes,” Val said. “She’s going to be your first [Juilliard] Shakespeare teacher. Wanna meet her?”…

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Cosmo Bringing Comedy to NBC

Cosmopolitan and its editor, Joanna Coles, are bringing a single-camera comedy to NBC. According to Deadline, Coles will serve as an executive producer, along with Leslye Headland (who is also writing and directing), Ruben Fleischer and David Bernad.

The show center on a down-on-her-luck political blogger who restarts her life as a sex editor for a progressive women’s magazine. That’s where Cosmo comes in.

Cosmo was a must read for me growing up,” Headland told Deadline. “Under Joanna’s influence, the magazine embodies topics for every modern female, which makes this a perfect union.”

Chelsea Handler Has Her Sights Set on Silicon Valley

Apple employees, App developers and everyone in between. Get ready!

During an interview today with HuffPost Live’s Roy Sekoff, Chelsea Handler touched on the topics she plans to cover next year on Netflix. In between her comedy special Uganda Be Kidding Me, debuting tomorrow, and the talk show reboot in 2016, Handler will produce and anchor four one-hour 2015 specials:

“We’ve been in New York, meeting with all these producers and kind-of documentarians,” Handler explained. “It’s not going to be serious; I’m not a journalist. But I want to have somebody who’s really good in that world, and combine it with my world. And then I think we can come up with something amazing. And then I’ll be so interested in my job. I can’t even believe how interested I am, already.”

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Eagles Fan Bradley Cooper Gets In New York’s Face

Bradley Cooper has taken a page out of the I’ve-got-your-silver-linings-right-here! playbook.

Ahead of this Sunday’s much anticipated Giants vs. Eagles NFL contest, one for which the PA home team will be wearing all-black, the actor and Eagles fan has narrated for Lincol Financial Field faithful a spirited back-at-the-Giants, pump-up one-minute promo. Footage tweeted out @Eagles and beyond.

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