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Archives: April 2008

Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Rematch At the Nixon Library in June

250px-Wang_Liqin_from_ITTF.jpgMark your calenders. Catch the spirit of the Olympics and the Nixon Administration all in one tournament!

For the record – we always thought ‘ping pong diplomacy’ was akin to ‘yo-yo dieting’. Totally different…according to most of the people we asked.


The Richard Nixon Presidential Library will be the venue for American/Chinese Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Rematch, a historic sequel of the extraordinary 1971 and 1972 table tennis events between United States and Chinese table tennis teams that became internationally known as “Ping Pong Diplomacy.”

The three-day table tennis tournament, scheduled for Tuesday, June 10 through Thursday, June 12, will feature greats from both countries. They’ll take part in a series of table tennis exhibitions, including instructional clinics for school age youngsters, collegiate challenges, competitions against the public, and the official Rematch of players from the original “Ping Pong Diplomacy” teams.

Festivities will occur in the Library’s spectacular East Room, a full-size replica of the White House East Room in Washington, D.C., considered America’s Grand Ballroom.

Any excuse to go to the Nixon Library is good enough for us.

See John Malkovich in “Seduction and Despair” for Free!

We got a couple more tickets to the show. All you have to do is be the first to send us an email with “Seduction and Despair” as the subject and tell us what day you would like to attend.
The show is Saturday, May 3, 2008, 8pm and Sunday and May 4, 2008, 8pm Barnum Hall, Santa Monica.

The show is described as:

Actor John Malkovich and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra present “Seduction and Despair,” an original multi-media concert presentation directed by and starring the celebrated Academy Award-nominee.

This modern-day melodrama with Baroque music is an extraordinary collaboration between the ultra-contemporary actor and Musica Angelica, whose work is rooted in the 17th century.

Music by Baroque composers – among them Boccherini, Vivaldi, Handel, Haydn and Mozart — serves as the emotional background of the true story based on the life of Jack Unterweger, whose grisly killing streak in the early 1990s took place partly in Los Angeles. Unterweger, a convicted Austrian murderer and acclaimed imprisoned poet, author and journalist, was pardoned and released from jail at the urging of Austria’s literary elite, only to kill again.

Good luck!

LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

38307082-29115923.jpgWhy Yes. I Am Experienced: Vivid is releasing a Jimi Hendrix sex tape. If he made sweet love the way he played that guitar, we might actually want to see it.

38305638-29110702.jpgMel Gibson Set to Star In First Role In Five Years: He plays police investigator. Though no word yet whether the role is of a Jewish police investigator stopping a drunken anti-Semite who thinks he owns Malibu.

38308776-29130256.jpgOMG When Did Everyone Turn 12? Has everyone lost their minds over Gossip Girl? We thought the show was for tweens, but nearly every reporter, editor, blogger, writer on the planet has been sucked into Serena’s every move. Et tu, Elizabeth Snead?

James Frey: New Book, Same Fraught Relationship With Honesty


Ahead of his new novel’s summer release, recovery community persona non grata — or is that exonerated mag-world feature-bait — James Frey is the subject of Evgenia Peretz‘s latest Vanity Fair profile opus in the mag’s June issue. Bookish bro GalleyCat politely implies that Frey’s claim of not doing any further media is about as sound as Jay-Z saying he’s doing just this one last tour/album/impromptu club date.

Amid the 7,000+ words Monday-morning quarterbacking how Frey’s A Million Little Pieces was intended by the author only as a semi-memoir yet was billed by his publisher as memoir gospel to the heartbreak of Oprah and actual addicts everywhere, causing it to blow up into, well, you know, this part struck us:

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FT Fetes New York

Sheryl Sandberg (FT) 2.jpgLast week, the Financial Times — clearly not content to take over the Middle East — held its 5th annual “Meet the FT New York” party at 30 Rock. Sheryl Sandberg, the new COO of Facebook, gave the keynote, while guests included Dow Jones EVP and CFO Stephen Daintith, Jane Friedman and Thomas Matussek, Ambassador of Germany to the UN (not as cool as a Cardinal, but whatevs). The media kids — NYT‘s Tim Arango, Jonathan Wald, our own Laurel Touby and hubby Jon Fine, Gloria Steinem, Jason Rapp, Steve Rattner, etc. etc. — came for the Bellinis and stayed for the Blinis with American Caviar and Creme Fraiche.

And there were pictures (and more names)…

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The Daily Angle: Tuesday, April 29

Edelman gets in on the Tribeca Film Festival act, Vodpod redesigns with a simpler browser interface and FremantleMedia teams up with to launch LoveRace. Here’s Amy Palmer with today’s Daily Angle.

Ellie-Nominated Writer: ‘I Don’t Know Who Agrees With Hitchens’

matttabbi.jpgWhen we last left Rolling Stone‘s political correspondent, Matt Taibbi, he was taking a break from the never-ending primary season. Since then, he’s feuded with Erica Jong, of all people and received his first National Magazine Award nomination in the Columns and Commentary category. We caught up with him recently to ask whether it’s even possible to be more vitriolic than fellow nominee (and defending champ) Christopher Hitchens, who’s churlishly defended the war about as loudly as Taibbi has attacked it and its architects.

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Nielsen Pauses Layoffs Long Enough To Name New Marketing Exec

The Nielsen Company quit pink-slipping staffers for the time being, announcing today that former Discover Card exec Mark Hosbein would step in as its new senior vice president, marketing.

Full release follows…

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PopSugar Brings Sticky Sweetness to New York

popsugar.jpgPopSugar‘s expanding its Gotham coverage with the hire of its first NY-based full-time editor. Lorena O’Neil, who freelanced for the already forgotten, joins the site as associate editor from Steve and Barry, where she was director of special projects.

“We are excited to add our first New York PopSugar team member with Lorena O’Neil. With the addition of Lorena we will now have a greater ability to cover live events in the Big Apple and stay on top of the latest celebrity happenings regardless of time zones,” editor-in-chief Lisa Sugar said in a release.

PopSugar’s parent company, Sugar Inc., will hire additional editorial help for FabSugar and BellaSugar later this summer, so dust off those resumes. Or don’t. Signs Three Young ‘Uns

grandparents.jpgEveryone’s favorite site for the elderly set announced the hiring of three staffers today. New senior editor Gary Drevitch will coordinate and oversee the Expert Advice section, which includes our favorite category, “Ask a Therapist.” Shelly Lipton comes aboard as chief marketing officer, while Bryan Rackleff jumps on as executive creative director.

It’s great to be grand. It’s also great to have a job.