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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 1

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Hello, Mr. Clark?

Clark: Yes, who am I speaking to?

Mitteager: Ahhh, Jim Mitteager.

Clark: All right, Jim. My name is Dick. Carry on from there.

Mitteager: Great, well I just got to say, it’s an honor to talk to you…

Clark: Are you from Philadelphia?

Mitteager: No, I’m from New York. In fact…

Clark: Now, wait a minute, where did you pick up that accent?

Mitteager: Ahhh, all over the country… Traveling and what not.

Clark: Well, you really sound like you’re Pennsylvanian.

Mitteager: Well, we have something in common. You lived in Utica for a while.

Clark: [Laughing] Oh yes, yes.

Mitteager: I moved to Cooperstown not too long ago and Utica is very close. And you’ve been inducted into a comparable Hall of Fame.

Clark: Yeah, I think so.

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FishbowlLA Unearths ‘Lost’ Dick Clark Interview

Two days before Christmas in 1993, Dick Clark spent a half-hour on the telephone with a veteran LA journalist.

Although the purpose of the call was to publicize the 1994 American Music Awards, a ceremony that would be dominated by Whitney Houston, the conversation wound up delightfully encompassing much more. It’s an interview that belies the old saying, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be,” as Clark touches on Houston, Michael Jackson, his personal friendships and various other topics.

To mark the one-year anniversary of Clark’s April 18, 2012 passing, FishbowlLA will be publishing the interview in two parts on Thursday and Friday. The time-capsule conversation vividly reminds why the host of American Bandstand and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was so beloved.

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Rectify Star Playfully Points to Pair of Drunken Moments

FishbowlLA recently had the pleasure of sitting down for lunch at the Beverly Hilton with Aden Young and two other stars of Rectify, the Sundance Channel’s first original scripted TV series. Young plays the part of Daniel Holden (pictured), a Death Row inmate released back into a small Georgia town because of newly discovered DNA evidence after 19 years of solitary confinement.

The conversation with Young was especially memorable, as the Canadian-born, Australia-raised performer shared a couple of key drunken memories. The first recollection relates to how he was set on the path to acting; the second connects indirectly to a pivotal moment for his Rectify character.

“I was working as a theater stage manager and one of the actors turned up drunk or something,” Young recalls. “We had a bit of an argument about letting the kids down – it was a pantomime – and he said, ‘Well, you try doing this. It’s very difficult.’”

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AP LA’s Anthony McCartney on the Joys of Covering Celebrity Courtroom Drama

Although there will be some fireworks during Katherine Jackson vs. AEG, this legal matter will in all likelihood not be as striking to AP entertainment reporter Anthony McCartney as the Conrad Murray trial. Speaking to FishbowlLA Tuesday morning ahead of a day of early jury selection for the Jackson-AEG battle, he cited last year’s Murray trial as one that stands out during his five-plus years with AP.

“The recording of Michael Jackson‘s voice that they played during the trial, during opening statements was one of the more stunning moments that I’ve handled as a court reporter,” McCartney remembers. “No one knew the tape existed.”

“So much of what happened in that Jackson case involved two people, and one of them was dead,” he continues. “So to hear from the deceased party, in the courtroom, was very haunting. [Prosecuting attorney] David Walgren was also extremely impressive. There was a closing argument that he gave, where he emphasized the refrain “poor Conrad Murray” to call out the excuses that Murray had made for his actions and Murray’s defense that he was persecuted and it wasn’t his fault. Very effective.”

Then there is Lindsay Lohan. McCartney has covered her ad nauseum for AP and when asked for his take on what ails her (pre-Tuesday night’s instantly infamous David Letterman interview), he points to something a judge once said.

“It’s gotten to the point where I absolutely refuse to predict what’s going to happen in a Lindsay Lohan court hearing,” he confesses. “One of the more surprising things one of her judges said, about a year and a half ago, was that after looking at all the psychological reports, she didn’t think that Lohan was an addict. She thought that her problems were psychological. I think that statement caught a lot of people by surprise.”

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EXCLUSIVE: Lost Arlene Dahl Interview Highlights One of Hollywood’s Unlikeliest Age-Gap Romances

If you Google the name of retired Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl, the primary search result is a wonderful 1985 article by People magazine reporter John Stark. Today, FishbowlLA is thrilled to be able to add to this strand by means of a “lost” interview done with Dahl ahead of her July 1984 marriage to Marc Rosen.

Separated in age by 18 years, the two tied the knot several decades after the coupling of Mae West and Chester Rybinski/Paul Novak, and years ahead of two other more famous older-woman-younger man Hollywood unions: Susan Sarandon-Tim Robbins and Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher. Unlike those last two pairings, Dahl and Rosen are still together today, in spite of an age difference greater than that of Moore-Kutcher (15 1/2 years) or Sarandon-Robbins (12 years).

In the lost, pre sixth-wedding conversation, Dahl explains why she has been married so many times and candidly shares her concerns about the Rosen age difference. Her union was sealed long before the term “cougar” was coined by a Canadian dating site in 1999 and further popularized in a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson. But if the Internet had been around back then, you can be sure bloggers would have made liberal use of the term. From the lost interview:

“I was raised in the Midwest and I’ve done everything according to form. I’ve been a very old-fashioned girl. I don’t have romance until I get married. And I always [until now] marry an older man.”

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Network Exec Thrilled with CNN Latino’s Early SoCal Success

As our colleagues at TVSpy reported earlier this week, CNN Latino, the 3 p.m.-to-11-p.m. weekday Spanish-language programming block,  is expanding to TV stations in Phoenix, New York, Orlando and Tampa. After just a few months of air time here in SoCal.

We were curious if the ramp-up was planned or sped up as a result of some sort of extra momentum in the LA market. When we spoke via telephone in New York with Cynthia Hudson (pictured), senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S, she confirmed it was the former and that this is just the beginning of an aggressive, three-year nationwide plan.

We also wondered what has surprised Hudson most so far about the 2013 run of CNN Latino on LA’s Channel 63. “One of the surprises has been the real interest of the audience in social media,” she replies. “Everybody knows that Latinos have been over-indexing on use of mobile and other kinds of devices. What’s fascinating to me is that we’re getting some big spikes from LA on our Facebook, Twitter and fan pages.”

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Jane Pratt to Magazine Editors: Kill the ‘Magazine Speak’

Jane PrattAfter founding Sassy and Jane, Jane Pratt launched xojane.com in 2011 so she could speak frankly to female audiences, a voice that she says was sorely missing from print pubs.

“It still amazes me that a lot of women’s magazines in particular will use this magazine speak, this terminology.” Pratt told Mediabistro in the latest installment of So What Do You Do?. “Like instead of saying ‘your hair,’ they’ll say ‘your mane’ or ‘your tresses.’ And I always feel like if someone says ‘your lackluster tresses’ instead of ‘your dirty hair,’ you feel like they’re not telling you the whole truth. I feel like that makes you as a reader say, ‘Well, if they’re lying to me about that, what else are they lying to me about?’

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

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Reporting His New PBS Special Brought Tavis Smiley to Tears

“Education Under Arrest,” the new hour-long PBS special from Tavis Smiley, will make its debut at 8 p.m. tonight. The special will focus on how zero tolerance policies in schools, put into effect after the Columbine massacre, have created a school-to-prison pipeline–expelling children or sending them to jail for offenses as petty as swearing, or chewing gum in class.

We spoke to Smiley last week, and he said this topic had left him emotionally drained in a way he had never experienced before in his more than two decades in the media.

“This is one of the most emotional pieces of work I’ve really done,” he tells FishbowlLA. “This has never happened before, but I had to stop camera at one point because I started crying. We had to take a break. I couldn’t keep it together.”

Smiley says it was the story of Kenyatta and Kennisha–sisters from New Orleans who were expelled from their charter high school for fighting after one was jumped and the other attempted to come to her rescue–that left him particularly raw.

“Both girls end up penalized because there is no gray area for adults to make decisions about these issues. They were both almost perfect 4.0 students. To see these two girls, as bright and full of life as can be, treated in a punitive and pejorative way, I had to stop camera because I started crying.”

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Vibe’s Jermaine Hall on What It Really Takes to Be EIC

In the same year that music mags Blender and Giant folded, Vibe shuttered, as well. But, luckily for the iconic mag, it was snapped up by a private equity firm, and editor-in-chief Jermaine Hall was brought on to resurrect the pub. And resurrect it, he did.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Hall explains how the mag is winning again and gives advice to aspiring EICs.

“A lot of things that come with being editor-in-chief aren’t necessarily drilled down into the day-to-day tasks,” he said. “It’s a lot of schmoozing; it’s a lot of fixing relationships; it’s a lot of bartering; it’s a lot of people skills, I would say. It’s really going out there to be the ambassador of the brand on all levels.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Jermaine Hall, Editor-in-Chief of Vibe?

CNN en Español Host Ismael Cala Logs Second Block of LA Tapings

Born in Cuba and educated in Canada, Ismael Cala considers Larry King to be a model of broadcasting excellence. So it was extra special for the host of Cala, a one-hour talk show airing weekdays at 9 p.m. on CNN en Español and Channel 63′s new nightly SoCal block CNN Latino, to have King as his first guest during last week’s LA visit. That conversation is set to air Monday March 25.

“I have a very special connection with Larry,” Cala tells FishbowlLA. “When I first talked to management at CNN about starting Cala [launched in November of 2010], we always referred back to him. For me, doing the interview was kind of like a master class because we talked about how to listen, how to be a great communicator. Things that not only apply for a journalist but can also be applied in real life, for everybody.”

The King interview was conducted in English and is being dubbed into Spanish by CNN en Español staff. Although Cala is sometimes dubbed by others for these types of  translated broadcasts, in the case King and the other LA shows, Cala – as he also often does- is dubbing himself.

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