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Posts Tagged ‘Alan Duke’

Daily News Source Reaffirms Rivers Biopsy Claim

ShutterstockJoanRivers2011On Tuesday, New York Daily News TV editor Don Kaplan dropped a bombshell. According to his unnamed source, an impromptu biopsy was performed at Yorkville Endoscopy on Joan Rivers by a physician who accompanied the comedienne, and it was that procedure that sent her into cardiac arrest.

Wednesday, via Reuters and CNN, the clinic fired back, insisting that such a procedure has never been performed at the clinic. On Rivers or any other patient. However, today, Kaplan informed TV Week that his source remains adamant:

“Yes, our source is standing by the story,” said Kaplan via email, “as are others who have come forward with the same information.”

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Entertainment Media Gang Tackle Justin Bieber Over Anne Frank House Guest Book Comments

TMZ has always had the best weekend PR pipeline into folks like Justin Bieber. Sure enough, the website has an update this morning at the bottom of a snarky take on the Anne Frank could-have-been-a-Belieber furor. It reads:

A source connected to Bieber contacted TMZ and said the Biebs spent a full hour in the museum learning about Anne Frank. One of the things he learned was that she was really into the pop culture of the time. The source says that is why he wrote his “Belieber” comment.

This is very true. This morning for example, New York Post film critic Lou Lumenick reminded via Twitter that Frank had a picture of Hollywood actress Deanna Durbin affixed on the attic wall.

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CNN Revisits Seinfeld-Worthy Walk of Fame Moment

It seems appropriate for Ana Martinez to recall a most embarrassing moment in her storied Hollywood Walk of Fame star-wrangling career via an article on CNN.com. It was after all a CNN TV producer who alerted the curator-in-chief, just hours before a May 4 2010 ceremony, that the name of recipient Julia Louis-Dreyfus was misspelled and missing the hyphen. (A hastily created masking tape correction was affixed to the star.)

So how does Martinez look back on the incident today?

“I was really upset. I pride myself on everything going perfect,” said Martinez. She now has the star installers text a picture of the lettering before they cement it into the star, she said.

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Kennedy Collector is Friends with Lee Harvey Oswald’s Widow

Last night, syndicated radio show host George Noory devoted his entire “Coast to Coast” program to the anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Among his guests were author Mark Lane, who points to a mountain of evidence to support his argument that it was the CIA that conspired to kill the President.

Today, it is the turn of LA based CNN entertainment reporter Alan Duke to chime in with some unique anniversary spin. He profiles Keya Morgan, the largest private collector of JFK photos, for an assignment that led to a very rare secondary source:

Although she rarely gives interviews, Marina Oswald felt strongly enough about her friendship with Morgan that she agreed to speak with CNN by phone from her Texas home. “Keya is a good kid. Let’s put it that way,” Oswald said. “He has a good heart, and he’s compassionate and puts all his 150% in it.”

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Comedian Tom Green Dusts Off Planking Origins Video

Get ready to read a lot about this video in the next day or so. After comedian Tom Green posted the previously U.S.-unseen 1994 bit below on YouTube, he also spoke with CNN LA reporter Alan Duke.

Green says he had to contact Canadian broadcaster Rogers Cable to track down the clip, which ran under the sketch title “Dead Guy” but was never shown on MTV. He says the Ottawa street shtick started even earlier when he was still a rapper and was showcased in a 1990 MuchMusic report.

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Survivor Suspect’s Dad Engineers Payola Challenge

Just when you thought the media circus surrounding Hollywood criminal trial proceedings couldn’t get any more tasteless, along comes David Beresford-Redman (pictured). Moments after the denial yesterday of producer-son Bruce’s motion for the dismissal of a Mexican murder warrant for the April Cancun death of daughter-in-law Monica, there was dear old dad, hawking the couple’s three used cars on the steps of a U.S. District Court building.

Pops proudly explained that the first media outlet to come up with an aggregate buyer for a 1998 Mercedes-Benz SL Roadster, 2003 Porsche Targa and 2004 Chevy Suburban will enjoy the privilege of an exclusive interview with the vehicle owner that is still alive. Per a report by CNN’s Alan Duke, he then added this egregious kicker:

The $56,000 raised from the sale would go to the [couple's] young children, he said.

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