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Interviewing Slash Comes With a Strict Set of Rules

Slash is best known as the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, but the Los Angeles-based musician, who left the band in 1996, isn’t too keen on discussing the old days. The New Zealand Herald recently revealed that prior to interviews, Slash gives journalists a list of rules about what topics are and aren’t permitted.

The Slash dictates are:

* Guns N’ Roses is a topic that Slash can briefly touch on.
* You can briefly discuss the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame Induction – but only to the extent of the honour of that.
* You can’t talk about the ceremony itself and Axl not showing up and their performance etc.
* No questions about Axl whatsoever.
* No questions about a possible Guns N’ Roses reunion.
* No “on the road” stories or historic infamous type stories based around Guns N’ Roses.
* There has to be a focus on what he’s doing now and forthcoming events/plans.

It’s worth noting that Slash still plays Guns N’ Roses music at his concerts.

Have you ever been given strict rules by an interview subject? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments!

Sisters, Best Actress Oscar Winners and… Sworn Enemies

In case you missed, New York Post chief film critic Lou Lumenick had a rip-roaring piece over the weekend and intriguing sidebar on Monday about the insane feud going on between a pair of siblings in their mid-nineties.

You may have heard of them. The older sister, 96, was nominated for five Oscars and took home a pair of Best Actress statuettes for To Each His Own (1946) and The Heiress (1949). The younger one, currently 94, bagged three Academy Award nods in the same decade and won for Suspicion (1941). According to Lumenick, Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine have been completely estranged since 1975, with many decades of cold stares preceding their shocking current twilight phase:

At the 1942 Oscars, the sisters went head to head for Best Actress — the first time this ever happened — de Havilland for Hold Back the Dawn, and Fontaine for Suspicion. Fontaine won, and things got really bad.

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Jay Leno Rips NBC, Comcast on Tonight Show

Jay Leno used the first minute of Monday’s Tonight Show opening monologue to rip NBC and Comcast for the 20 layoffs from last week:

“As you may have heard, our parent company has downsized ‘The Tonight Show.’ And we’ve consistently been number one in the ratings,” Leno continued in the monologue. “And if you know anything about our network, that kind of thing is frowned upon. I have more bad news: turns out we’ve been taken over by Bain Capital. … I knew something was going on. Friday morning I woke up and there was a peacock head in my bed.”

You think Leno will get a call from management today?

Jimmy Kimmel Moving to 11:35 p.m. in January

Look out, David and Jay.

You’re going to have some more competition starting in January.

ABC will move Jimmy Kimmel Live! to 11:35 p.m. starting on Jan. 8, going directly head-to-head with NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno and CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman.

“Given the passionate fan base ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ has built over the past decade, and the show’s ratings and creative momentum this season, the time is right to make this move,” Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Neworks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, said in a statement.”

Nightline will move to 12:35 a.m. and get a new Friday prime time show starting on March 1.

“Thanks to all for the kind words re. our move to 11:35 in Jan. I feel like a real life Princess,” Jimmy Kimmel tweeted on Tuesday.

The Tonight Show Cuts 20 Staffers

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood reported late Friday The Tonight Show lost at least 20 employees while host Jay Leno took a major paycut to save as many jobs as possible as part of a “downsizing.”

According to Deadline’s NBC insider, the layoffs have to do more with Comcast than the ratings:

“I don’t think ad sales are off. I just think the people who bought this company, Comcast, wants to go through everything at NBC and get their money back,” an NBC insider tells me. ”It’s hard to go through those kinds of cuts. It’s more a network issue than a late-night issue. And I would say that Jay doesn’t get credit for digging out of a gigantic hole every single night. He’s a very valuable guy to NBC and someday everyone will understand that. He does a great job.”

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times reported that Leno’s salary went from $25-30 million to likely around $20 million.

In addition, the weekly show budget will be reduced from approximately $2.3 million to $1.7 million.

Ryerson University Students About to Descend on LA

Arthur Smith (pictured), executive producer of FOX’s long-running reality series Hell’s Kitchen, is an alumnus of Toronto’s Ryerson University. As such, he will soon be welcoming a group current Radio and Television Arts students to the set as part of a two-week “RTA in LA” intensive program running August 19-30.

This new, for-credit endeavor is being staged in partnership with UCLA. Per a report in Broadcaster magazine, the visiting group of 30 students will get to network with a wide variety of film and TV luminaries:

- Tom Nunan, executive producer, network executive (TV series: Crash, Angela’s Eyes; features: The Illusionist);
- John Pasquin, executive producer/director (TV series: Home Improvement, Last Man Standing, Rules of Engagement; features: The Santa Clause, Miss Congeniality 2);
- Robert Moresco, Oscar-winning writer (Crash, Million Dollar Baby);
- Cathy Schulman, Oscar-winning executive/producer (Crash, The Illusionist, Salvation Boulevard, Angela’s Eyes)
- Joel Surnow, executive producer/writer (The Kennedys, 24)
- Joe Russo, Emmy Award-winning executive producer/director (TV series: Arrested Development, Community and Happy Endings; feature: You, Me and Dupree);
- David Gale, executive vice president, MTVX at MTV Networks;
- Barbara Boyle, executive/producer (Phenomenon, Cinema Paradiso, My Left Foot).

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TW Cable Deportes Announces On-Air Talent

Time Warner Cable Deportes announced on Friday their first round of on-air talent hires for their cable network that launches on Oct. 1.

Ricardo Celis, Martin “El Pulpo” Zúñiga, Elmur Souza, Enrique Gutierrez and Hipolito Gamboa were all hired, bringing a combined 70 years of on-air sports experience to Time Warner Cable Deportes.

“The talent we’ve assembled to help us launch the first-ever Spanish-language regional sports network will give our viewers exactly what they want – credible and authentic insight paired with more access to their teams than they’ve ever had before,” said Mark Shuken, senior vice president and general manager, TWC Sports Regional Networks. “We’re excited to have this distinguished group of veteran announcers join us at Time Warner Cable Deportes.”

Jimmy Kimmel Proposes to His Girlfriend

Congrats go out to Jimmy Kimmel, who proposed to his girlfriend Molly McNearney, co-head writer of his ABC late night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Kimmel popped the question during their vacation at Kruger National Park in South Africa.

The two have been dating since 2009. It will mark the second marriage for Kimmel, who was married for 13 years and has two children with his ex-wife.

Plus, there was that whole Sarah Silverman relationship that lasted off and on for nearly seven years. This will be McNearney’s first marriage.

Jodie Foster’s Next-Best Advice to Kristen Stewart: Pirouettes

Actress Jodie Foster is the first to admit that the media culture has changed a whole lot since she landed her first acting gig in the mid-1960s, at age three. So much so that she likes to remind people that if she were a youngster today, she would be steering clear of the acting profession.

That’s just one of the declarations made by Foster in a thought-provoking Daily Beast op ed about the current coverage of Kristen Stewart’s personal troubles. She says that even though she hit her apex before the advent of TMZ, Twitter and anonymous character assassination, she had to learn how “to submerge beneath the foul air and breathe through a straw.” Foster also recalls a prescient conversation during the making of Panic Room, a thriller in which Stewart co-starred:

Her mother and I watched Kristen jump around after the basketball, hooting with every [production] team basket. “She doesn’t want to be an actor when she grows up, does she?” I asked. Her mom sighed. “Yes … unfortunately.” We both smiled and shrugged with an ambivalence born from experience. “Can’t you talk her out of it?” I offered. “Oh, I’ve tried. She loves it. She just loves it.” More sighs.

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Producer Nina Parker Reflects on Her Time at TMZ

If you happened to flip past TMZ sometime last fall, you probably noticed a familiar face was missing.

Nina Parker, who started off at the entertainment website as a runner in 2007 before she was promoted to producer, left last September for a position with The Insider as an on-air correspondent.

“Before I got there [TMZ], I had never worked that hard in my life,” Parker told Mediabistro. “I was literally at times sleeping in my car and then just going to work.”

For Parker, TMZ was the opportunity she needed to break into the business. After studying broadcast and electronic communication arts at San Francisco State University, the Sacramento native was working a regular 9-5 job back home.

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