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Get Ready for Some Glorious Glengarry Glen Role Reversal

EW senior writer Anthony Breznican, keeper of LACMA Live Read scoops, is absolutely right when he suggests that next week’s staging of Glengarry Glen Ross has the potential to match the excitement of Season One’s Reservoir Dogs event. That’s because instead of a stage lined with African-Americans doing Tarantino, Jason Reitman will guide a gaggle of women through Mamet.

The spectacular February 21 line-up will feature Robin Wright (reading the role of Ricky Roma), Catherine O’Hara (Shelley Levene), Maria Bello (Dave Moss), Allison Janney (George Aaronow) and Mae Whitman (John Williamson). Per Breznican’s report:

Every performance re-imagines the script with a new actor in each role, but after the success of Reservoir Dogs last year Reitman and LACMA film curator Elvis Mitchell wanted to have another live-read where the entire cast shared a trait that was new to the story.

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CBC News Network Goes Straight to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Source

Before and after the Golden Globes, one of the best sources of inside info about the 70th annual awards telecast remains, not surprisingly, the chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Ruben Nepales and his wife Janet (also an HFPA voting member) beamed in very early PT time this past Saturday to chat on Canadian cable channel CBC News Network’s program News Now about the next day’s big awards show. And today, in his latest Inquirer column, Ruben shares this fascinating tidbit:

Now it can be told — the original plan was for Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey to co-host the show but that did not pan out (he reportedly declined). That’s when the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler combination was suggested. The idea was immediately met with excitement. The duo lived up to expectations and more.

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Cover Battle: Interview or Rolling Stone

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. Today we have Interview taking on Rolling Stone. Interview went with a fantastic photograph of Lena Dunham, a person who clearly could use more press.

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Baldwin, Cooper and Republican Strategist Blaze July Media Trail

In the space of just a few hours today, all media hell has broken loose. On what was supposed to be a lazy holiday-week Monday.

Via Daily Beast email-share exclusive, Andrew Sullivan has officially confirmed CNN newsman Anderson Cooper’s sexual orientation. In a tease for their August issue interview cover story by Todd S. Purdum, Vanity Fair dangles a hellacious quote from Alec Baldwin about TMZ’s Harvey Levin. And on the front page of the LA Times, Republican TV ad guru Fred Davis reveals to reporter Mark Barabak that Obama regrets, he’s had a few.

Add in the Cruise-Holmes mess and this is about the wackiest July media kickoff in recent memory. Without even counting New York-based Susan Candiotti’s weekend CNN bomshell about some apparent Penn State, e-mail cover-up orchestration.

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Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNBC is Quiet as Sue Simmons Delivers Final Newscast Tonight, June 15
  2. Sue Simmons Ends Historic Run at WNBC, Wants to Be ‘Employed Somewhere Else at Some Point,‘ June 16
  3. Writer Quits XOJane to Do More Drugs, June 14
  4. WLNY Morning Team for Live from the Couch, June 18
  5. Alec Baldwin Punches Daily News Photographer, References Trayvon Martin, June 19
  6. Jonah Lehrer‘s Situation Gets Worse [Update], June 20
  7. WNBC Names Shiba Russell as Sue Simmons‘ Replacement, June 18

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New York Press Club Weighs In on Alec Baldwin Altercation with Daily News Photog

Alec Baldwin is back to giving himself a black eye in the media. As we reported Tuesday, Baldwin allegedly punched a New York Daily News photographer. Not so allegedly, Baldwin tweeted after the scuffle, “a ‘photographer almost hit me in the face with his camera this morning.” He went on the add the hashtag “all paparazzi should be waterboarded.”

Today, the New York Press Club is providing its thoughts on the matter.

“The New York Press Club protests the attack Tuesday by Alec Baldwin on a Daily News photographer.

Baldwin is a public figure. His activities – including in this case, the procurement of a marriage license – are legitimate subjects of media interest.

Baldwin’s subsequent attack today on a reporter for Inside Edition who was trying to ask questions about the previous day’s incident – Baldwin ran his bike over her foot – is deplorable.

Baldwin’s actions should not be tolerated. They should be exposed – and condemned.” Read more

Alec Baldwin Punches Daily News Photographer, References Trayvon Martin

Today Alec Baldwin allegedly punched a New York Daily News photographer. The incident occurred outside the Marriage License Bureau. Then, because Baldwin is nothing if not annoying, he took to Twitter to explain the event in his own odd way.

We’re sure getting hounded by the press because you’re rich and famous for playing pretend on TV is horrible. But torture? Perhaps a bit extreme.

Ah, the classic “call a man a woman because women are weak” attack. Well played!

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The Hunt for Alec Baldwin’s Harvey Weinstein Insult

There’s no mention of a gossipy Hollywood Reporter item on Alec Baldwin’s Twitter feed, yet. But because the piece disparages the all-powerful Harvey Weinstein, perhaps there soon will be.

In the headline and first few paragraphs, reporter Merle Ginsberg suggests that at a May 17 IFP party in Cannes, the actor went around calling Weinstein the D-word because of the latter’s refusal to participate in a French Riviera-focused documentary Baldwin is making with James Toback. But further into the piece, it gets murky:

A source close to the actor parses that Baldwin actually said the mogul… “was an a-hole, not a d-bag.” Both Baldwin and Weinstein’s reps declined to comment.

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Alec Baldwin Talks Mayoral Chances Again

Alec Baldwin was on Bloomberg TV this morning, and as our sister site FishbowlDC notes, he was talking about running for mayor again.

“Let’s see what things are like in 2014,” Baldwin told Bloomberg’s Betty Liu. “I would love to do it… I would still like to consider doing that because I do a lot of this work now and I wonder what it would be like if I had a staff and budget to do it.”

That’s just fantastic. We sincerely hope Baldwin does try to run for mayor one day, just so he can see how much of a joke it would be. But maybe we should just thank our lucky stars that we have Baldwin talking up the undertaking, and not Kim Kardashian. Our prayers are with you, citizens of Glendale, California.

German Magazine Zooms In on Splash News

In the wake of Corbis’ recent acquisition of LA celebrity photo agency Splash News, Der Spiegel reporter Philip Bethge has paid a visit to the former’s Seattle office and the latter’s Venice HQ. The result is a highly entertaining look at the business dynamics of “the thugs of the telephoto lens.”

In LA, the man who makes Splash tick is British native Kevin Smith. While today’s shifting media landscape has become a revenue challenge for many outlets, it has proven to be a gold mine for savvy picture peddlers like this former London journalist. Splash revenues in the past year have grown by more than 20%. Per Bethge’s report:

The company has supplied the photography for 500 magazine covers over the last five years, Smith says, adding that Splash News sells photos in close to 70 countries. “I was amazed when we hit the million dollar [mark] in revenues,” says Smith, who drives a Bentley. “Now I am laughing about it.”

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