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Archives: December 2006

Fishbowl LA’s Best Catches of 2006


FBLA is grateful to our readers–you’ve been through a lot this year, and we appreciate your sticking around.

Top Posts of the Year:

Joy Behar Likens Rumsfeld to Hitler, No One Asks Her How She Knows
All hail the power of Drudge.

Ken Mok Mocks Up More Public Embarrassment of Women
Bad puns = good hits.

KFI’s Bill Handel and Star 98.7 Jamie White In-Studio Screaming Match
It’s all about the children.

Hollywood Reporter Fires Five–Just in Time for the Holidays
Misery loves company.

Rachael Ray, Huge Hit with Kids. Who Knew?
Do you know where your children are? Do you care?

And now for the hard stuff.

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LAT in 90 Seconds

darejunkies.jpgDareJunkies: The next Web site you’ll have heard of, but not visited, is supposed to be “YouTube meets Jackass”
but without the kind of dangerous stunts that could put DareJunkies‘ creators out of business — or win them viewers.

dakota.jpgSpecial to the Times: It’s a good thing the Hartfort Courant snagged this interview with Dakota Fanning. We don’t know where the Los Angeles Times could possibly find a reporter to do a celebrity interview.

childrenofmen_reviews06_PIC01.jpgGetting the Shot: We’ve been liking the LAT’s approach to focusing small in its movie coverage. And it doesn’t get smaller than a story about one shot, a car chase, in Children of Men. Just try doing that in Connecticut.

Lose Weight! At Your Own Risk!


Variety: The Greatest Stories That Never Were, Like Katie Changes News Forever


Ted Johnson, in Variety, has a great twist on the year-end wrap-up piece–stuff that never happened, no matter who predicted it or how loudly it was chanted. Our best pick:

Katie Couric revolutionizes the evening news. Amazing interviews, commentaries and personality. Plenty of personality. After touring the country in advance of the most-hyped debut in recent memory, Couric has hardly reshaped the evening news business, or even redefined it. Rather, her broadcast has proven to be more like–well like the news was when Bob Schieffer was anchor. Nor has there been a ratings shift. Given the glacial pace of changing viewing habits, more can happen over time, but Couric has proven the limits of how much you can really change a broadcast rooted in the 1960s. Likewise, her departure from “Today” may have created a brief opening in the morning, but Meredith Vieira has proven a seamless replacement and the competitive landscape in the morning is largely unchanged.

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LA Times Readers Pick Faves–No Accounting for Tastes


Readers of the LA Times have selected their favorite stories, or so the editors of the LA Times would have us believe.

So Speedy, So Exclusive, So Expensive, So Totaled
Okay, we buy that.

Mystery Fuels Huge Popularity of Web’s Lonelygirl15
Maybe, but Rushfield probably emailed it to himself 5000 times.

Boxing’s tallest and heaviest champion ever
Sure, why not?

‘Baby, Give Me a Kiss’
Joe Francis revealed!

Baby is sent through X-ray machine at LAX
We have a winnah!

Marie Claire‘s Coles On Marie Claire: ‘People Are Fascinated With What Goes On’

marie_claire_ashley_judd_12.jpgBurgeoning Marie Claire editrix Joanna Coles, as quoted in today’s New York Times on the surge of reality shows focused on behind-the-scenes action (Seventeen, Rolling Stone) at New York glossies:

“People are fascinated with what goes on,” said Joanna Coles, the editor of Marie Claire, who said she has fielded requests by a half-dozen television producers.

Fascinated? Well, about behind-the-scenes of the Ashley Judd topless cover, then, yes. Otherwise, fascination is a fickle thing.


  • Ashley Judd First To Go Topless On A Marie Claire Cover?
  • Ashley Judd: No Longer ‘Women’s Studies 101′ When It Comes To 50 Cent
  • Greg Stacy Departs OC Weekly With Pride and Cat Intact


    Greg Stacy sent us an email:

    After eleven years of regularly covering film for OC Weekly, I was informed, a few days before Christmas, that I was being let go as part of the Village Voice chain’s plan to stop using freelancers altogether. I wrote a column bitching about the situation.

    Here’s the column:

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    Pin-Ups for Vets: So Retro, Yet So Now, as Gina Elise Explains


    FBLA admires spunk, and spunky is the word for Gina Elise. Elise, a self-described fan of all things retro, is the heart and soul behind Pin-Ups for Vets–a calendar project she dreamed up to help raise money for injured soldiers. She told us:

    The whole point of the pinup is to be sexy and sweet at the same time. A girl-next-door feel… Marco Patino, the amazing photographer, was instrumental in establishing the certain looks of each shot.

    FBLA had a few more questions for this sassy minx.

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    Times Square A Huge Target | MTV To Pimp Dubai | Reader’s Digest’s $150M Fumble | Kaplan To Save Katie? | Thai Queen Cracks Down On Coyote Ugly Dancers | Ford Not A ‘Klutz’


    • Reader’s Digest: Fumbled $150 million on its sale price; new owners look to revive brand. [Folio: |]
    • Times Square NYE Ball Drop: Brought to you by Target in 3-D. [Daily News]
    • MTV: Looks to pimp Dubai. [Variety]
    • Ex-MSNBC Head Rick Kaplan: To rescue Katie Couric? [Page Six]
    • Thai Queen: Prompts countrywide crackdown of Coyote Ugly inspired dancers. [NYT]
    • Gerald Ford: Had “decent” sense of humor. [ETP]

    Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal Escape Fiery Death in Marin, Not Hell


    Jake Gyllenhaal and sister Maggie were among the guests forced to stand around in their jammies when their Marin hotel, Manka’s Inverness Lodge, burned down early Wednesday morning. From the Marin Independent Journal:

    None of the actors were available for comment. But Daniel DeLong, a co-chef/owner with his partner, Margaret Grad}, said they were helpful and concerned about the historic lodge. “Jake was helping me pull things out of the fire,” DeLong said.

    FBLA loves brave movie stars, even though the gentle Jake was the last person we’d think of for an action role.