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bigger.jpgBoy Gets Theater: Columnist Patrick Goldstein waxes poetic about two new Westside movie theaters.

potterh.jpgWhat Scares Harry Potter? Thousands of screaming teenagers. Describing a Beatles-esque scene, Gina Piccalo reports that the crowd that formed in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of the Potter cast were so deafening, “the actors were barely audible to reporters standing just inches away.”

vial.jpgSizzlin’ Journalism: The normally reserved political press gets all hot and bothered at two press conferences with Villaraigosa — peppering the mayor with questions about his affair with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas. Reporter Duke Helfand sets the scene:

The news conference devolved into a chaotic free-for-all with reporters shoving their microphones in his face and shouting questions in English and Spanish.

It was the kind of persistent media coverage usually reserved for Hollywood royalty hunted by paparazzi in search of a money shot.

At a separate downtown news conference earlier in the day to announce a $7.8-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Green Dot Public Schools, nearly two dozen journalists turned a frenzied question-and-answer session into a near-National Enquirer moment.

Ignoring teachers and parents standing a few feet away, journalists zeroed in on Villaraigosa, with one wanting to know what kind of example he had set for “thousands of people of color.”

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