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Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets Literary

Arnold Schwarzenegger has a memoir in the works. Simon & Schuster announced today that our fair former Governator/Gropenator has begun work on an autobiography with the tentative title Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story.

“Truly, Arnold is one of the most fascinating figures of our time, and one of the greatest success stories in the world,” Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said in a press release. “Nobody has a life story even close to his.”

Tough to dispute that. Doesn’t mean we’ll be giving him our money though. If the libraries weren’t broke thanks in part to his tenure as governor, maybe we’d be able to pick a copy up there.

Amazingly, this will be Schwarzenegger’s second book. He published The Education of a Bodybuilder back in 1977.

Los Angeles Magazine Bends Cover Rules for Maria Shriver

On the one hand, Los Angeles magazine can be accused of knowing exactly what it was doing when it put one of the authors of its October content, rather than issue subjects, on the cover. Because if socialite Wallis Annenberg had graced the front rather than the person who interviewed her, Maria Shriver, there’s no way the glossy monthly would have been able to wrangle today’s exclusive People.com preview.

On the other hand, what kind of journalism precedent is being set here? Sure, the theme of the October issue is “The L.A. Woman” and no one currently epitomizes the good and bad of what that entails more than Shriver. But there needs to be an actual story about her, not just by her.

In a tweet promoting the People mention, Los Angeles magazine promised that this first look at the October cover is “going to surprise you.” But in FishbowlLA’s case, that’s not actually true.

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UK Video Game Journos Recall Their Favorite West Coast Junkets

Nothing like an anonymous survey of British video game journalists to highlight how the industry has greased palms on the way to overtaking Hollywood’s movie industry.

Lucy Carter of MCV magazine solicited responses from more than four dozen leading industry chroniclers. FishbowlLA’s favorite question, “What’s the best ‘jolly’ you’ve ever been on?”, revealed helicopter flights down into the bowels of the Grand Canyon and above Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s Brentwood compound, requisite stints at the Playboy Mansion, and this golden itinerary:

“My trip to Los Angeles in the run-up to Modern Warfare 2’s launch in 2009 still stands out as my favorite… Having Activision splash the cash on VIP tickets to Universal Studios and dinner at one of the most expensive restaurants in town is an experience I’ll never forget. After all, you’ve not been on the Jurassic Park ride until you’ve been on it with Jon Blyth and half of Zoo magazine.”

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Slandered Schwarzenegger Flight Attendant Goes After Gawker

When LA Times media critic James Rainey called out Gawker this spring for completely bungling a report about Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s love child, the first reader comment suggested that flight attendant Tammy Tousignant, wrongly tagged by reporter John Cook (pictured) as the mother of the ex-Governor’s love child, should sue the Nick Denton publication. That has now, belatedly, happened.

Tousignant wants a minimum of $10 million from Gawker, the National Enquirer, and UK’s The Daily Mail. In her Orange County Superior Court complaint, she is basically alleging that the extensive correction posted on Gawker in place of the erroneous May 17 item was not nearly enough. Per Rainey’s original report:

I asked Gawker editor-in-chief Remy Stern how the error came about. Stern said the reporter is one of “the very best.” He called the Schwarzenegger story an anomaly.

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Patch Columnist Mulls Prospect of ‘Senator Maria Shriver’

An opinion column published today on the San Diego area Poway Patch is not so much ahead of the game as right on top of the new mandate from Arianna Huffington to get more clicks. FishbowlLA can attest to the fact that even several months now after the Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal, news items named “Maria” continue to fly off the hit stats sheet.

In defense of Poway pundit Colleen O’Connor, a former college history professor and co-editor of a book about Eleanor Roosevelt, the idea of Maria Shriver running for Dianne Feinstein‘s seat in 2012 is intriguing grist for the Brentwood mill. In the column, O’Connor urges readers to “stay with me here” before listing a baker’s dozen of Maria trump cards, including:

- A Rolodex of Kennedy supporters (Dems) and Schwarzenegger supporters (Reps).

- Roman Catholic in a state which is home to the famous “Reagan Democrats”—aka, Catholics who are the swing bloc voters in most elections.

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Fashion Blog Duo ‘Go Fiction’ Themselves

Rather than publish another Go Fug Yourself offshoot, the tandem of Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan have done something much more ambitious. They’ve made a lateral foray into the world of young adult fiction with Spoiled, a 368-page Hollywood-set novel published by Hachette/Poppy.

And here’s the kicker. The premise of the book, about a 16-year-old celebrity love child suddenly forced to live with her famous dad and same-age half-sister, is eerily prescient of the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger scandal. Overall, LA Times reviewer Susan Carpenter gives Spoiled the thumbs up:

Cocks and Morgan write like the seasoned LA insiders they are, with a fast-paced, gossipy style that pushes Hollywood tropes over the top into parody. The latest Hollywood diet fad is horse tranquilizers from Mexico. The gossip mag, Hey!, speculates whether Bieber Fever is an actual medical affliction.

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Allegra Huston Recalls the Pitfalls of Being a Hollywood Love Child

As Allegra Huston reveals in a heartfelt essay for Newsweek, she first learned that film director John Huston was not her real father right around the same age that Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s illegitimate son is now struggling with his new identity.

The year was 1976, and John Huston had recently run off to Mexico with the household maid. Her stepmother sat her down to reveal that her biological dad was in fact John Julius Norwich, an English lord and media personality, and that this heretofore unknown parent was about to arrive for a belated introduction:

My “real” father? This sounded more like a fairy tale, the unpleasant kind. When he left, after a long, awkward hour, I had no idea what role he would play in my life. None would be fine with me.

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Vocal Victims of Schwarzenegger’s Sexual Harrassment Recall Backlash

Back in 2003, the LA Times reported on allegations of sexual harassment towards women by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The story prompted more victims of the then-gubernatorial candidate to speak up, 16 in total.

The paper suffered a major backlash. 10,000 readers cancelled their subscriptions over the story. But for the women who came forward, the consequences were even more severe. Jezebel caught up with a couple of those women, and asked how speaking out affected their lives.

Colette Brooks, who was groped by Schwarzenegger while working as a CNN intern, told Jezebel she received hate mail, much of it from women.

She described “desperate measures to discredit me,” including accusing her of being politically-motivated, since Brooks had donated to Arianna Huffington’s campaign. The campaign also called her former business partner seeking dirt on her, Brooks said.

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Maria Shriver’s Friends Leaked Arnie Philandering Tip to LA Times

When LA Times reporter Robin Abcarian appeared on the Today Show last week to talk about breaking the paper’s big Arnold Schwarzenegger-baby story, she mentioned the paper got “a tip,” but didn’t go into more detail for obvious reasons. So how did the LA Times get its scoop on the Governator’s illegitimate love-child? TMZ says the leak to the Times was strategically planned by Maria Shriver and her closest confidants.

We’re told when Maria found out that Arnold was the father of Mildred Patty Baena‘s son, she was “hysterical” and wanted to hold a news conference blowing the lid off the scandal.

We’re told Maria’s friends talked her off a ledge and a plan was eventually hatched to leak the details to the LA Times and TMZ.

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LA Times Reporter Tells Matt Lauer How They Broke Schwarzenegger Story

LA Times reporter Robin Abcarian appeared on the Today Show last week to discuss how the paper broke the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s extramarital affair and love child.

Towards the end of the interview, Matt Lauer asked if the LA Times felt vindicated by the story, since the paper took a lot of heat in 2003 for reporting on Schwarzenegger’s history of sexual harassment.

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