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Heidi Klum Nabs ‘German of the Week’

Ahead of Saturday’s “big hats”-themed 40th birthday celebration, supermodel and reality TV star Heidi Klum has received an early present from website local.de. She is their selection for “German of the Week.”

Klum has been nominated during Project Runway for a bunch of Emmys and other awards, but she’s never actually won. Perhaps this dubious honor (a dead guy won it last week) will help tip her into the winner’s circle. From local.de’s faraway, fun shout-out:

Klum lives in America, where the public largely love her. But to fall back into the arms of Germany it could be that she needs to cultivate a “nicer” outward image, newspaper Die Welt said…

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Entertainment Media Gang Tackle Justin Bieber Over Anne Frank House Guest Book Comments

TMZ has always had the best weekend PR pipeline into folks like Justin Bieber. Sure enough, the website has an update this morning at the bottom of a snarky take on the Anne Frank could-have-been-a-Belieber furor. It reads:

A source connected to Bieber contacted TMZ and said the Biebs spent a full hour in the museum learning about Anne Frank. One of the things he learned was that she was really into the pop culture of the time. The source says that is why he wrote his “Belieber” comment.

This is very true. This morning for example, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick reminded via Twitter that Frank had a picture of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin affixed on the attic wall.

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If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be a Belgian 3D Audio Company

It’s a factoid that follows Bollywood veteran Kamal Haasan wherever he goes: “He is known for having starred in the largest number of competing films submitted by India for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Feature.”

That info is front and center in the blurbs for this afternoon’s NAB panel, “Bollywood Beyond Borders,” taking place in Vegas from 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. But there’s also a newer factoid that is equally intriguing. The Tamil thriller Vishwaroopam, which Hasaan wrote, directed, produced and co-stars in, is the first Indian film to utilize new Auro 3D sound technology developed by a company based in Belgium.

Two other names stand out among those joining Hasaan for this afternoon’s NAB discussion: Visual Effects Society board director Jeff Kleiser and global content policy strategist for Intel Ravi Velhal. Job titles honestly don’t get much cooler than the one Velhal gets to drop.

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Juarez Journalist Sandra Rodríguez Nieto to Win Daniel Pearl Award

El Diario reporter Sandra Rodríguez Nieto will be honored with the Daniel Pearl Award for Courage and Integrity in Journalism at this year’s Southern California Journalism Awards in Los Angeles.

Nieto covered political corruption and drug violence in the Mexican crime capital of Juárez, along the Texas border, for El Diario from 2003 until 2012–during which time two of her colleagues were killed for doing similar reporting.

“I didn’t think a lot about the danger,” she says, ice water, no doubt coursing vigorously through her veins. “I was convinced that my job as a journalist was the most important thing.”

Nieto will accept her award on June 23 in L.A.

From London, SoCal Native Robbie Rogers Talks About His Budding Fashion Journalism Career

To go along with today’s New York Times article about Robbie Rogers, the former U.S. national team and British professional soccer player who came out in February via his website, reporter Sam Borden conducted a half-hour Google+ chat with his subject from London.

The very articulate Rogers tells Borden that since he went public with his sexual orientation, he has heard from people all over the world. Their stories are “made for the movies” and involve more than a few fearful, closeted husbands. The Southern California native also detailed his latest sideline journalism activities:

“I write for a fashion magazine in LA called BELLO, for the past three, four months. So I’ve been busy…”

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Parents of Daniel Pearl Grateful for Pakistani Militant’s Arrest

It’s not clear yet what role Qari Abdul Hayee, leader of Pakistan’s sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, played in the 2002 abduction and killing of journalist Daniel Pearl. But his arrest Sunday in Karachi, the city where the Wall Street Journal reporter was taken hostage and later beheaded in 2002, has been welcomed by his parents. From the wire reports:

The journalist’s parents, Judea and Ruth Pearl, who live in the Los Angeles area, hailed the news in a statement issued through the Daniel Pearl Foundation.

“We are gratified with this latest arrest and hope that justice will be served in a timely manner on all those who were involved in the abduction and murder of our son, Danny,” they said.

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NBC LA Reporter Hoping for Three-Year Papal Conclave

Our pal Robert Kovacik didn’t think he’d be back in Europe so soon after covering the 2012 Summer Olympics for NBC Southern California. But sure enough, he jetted to Rome over the weekend to keep tabs on the papal conclave.

“I don’t plan on ever coming home,” he agrees when told how much FishbowlLA envies him for being camped out in la bella Roma. “I am hoping this is a three-year conclave – like the one in 1268.”

Kovacik is one of a number of SoCal reporters on location for the big event. Others include Chip Yost (KTLA), Steve Futterman (CBS News west coast correspondent) and Cathleen Falsani (the Orange County Register’s newly hired spirituality columnist).

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Indian Media Having a Field Day with Topic of College Student Thanked by Spielberg

The best headline, by far, belongs to Calcutta’s Telegraph newspaper. For their report about Krishna Bala Shenoi, the 19-year-old Bangalore student who received a scanned handwritten letter of thanks from Steven Spielberg on Tuesday, the headline reads: “Close Encounter of Written Kind.”

This all started last Sunday, when Roger Ebert blogged about the 70-second animated tribute to Spielberg’s work made by Shenoi, one of the journalist’s “far-flung correspondents.” As the Ebert item made its way through social media, make-up artist Lois Burwell (Lincoln) saw it and forwarded it on personally to Spielberg’s attention. The filmmaker’s response came in overnight Tuesday to Shenoi in the form of an email attachment, with FedEx hard copy to follow.

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Michael Moore Brands BuzzFeed Report a Lie

Newly installed BuzzFeed LA reporter Tessa Stuart is causing a commotion on Twitter with her story about Michael Moore. But not necessarily the good kind of commotion.

The above tweets were rattled off by Moore around 4:45 p.m. PT this afternoon. He is taking issue with Stuart’s claims that an LAX incident last week involving Oscar-nominated Palestinian director Emad Burnat (5 Broken Cameras) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel was wrongly characterized as “racial profiling.” From Stuart’s piece:

A source working at LAX familiar with the situation said when Burnat wasn’t able to produce that document [Oscar invite] on the spot, he was taken to a secondary inspection area where he found the ticket, showed it Customs officers, and was immediately allowed to proceed to the baggage claim. This source insists the whole process took no longer than 25 minutes total, and was standard practice for anyone entering the country.

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And the Grammy for Doofus of the Year Goes to…

Following his stage-crash of the Grammys on Sunday, Ukrainian TV correspondent Vitalii Sediuk has told The Hollywood Reporter that the very rude Adele-interrupt was merely a reflection of the fact that he is “a reporter and it was part of my report.” Uh huh.

Sacha Baron Cohen might want to consider a Borat copyright infringement lawsuit. Heck, even the Hollywood Foreign Press Association could take full advantage and release a statement stressing that this guy is not a member.

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