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Columnist to Alec Baldwin: Silicon Valley Nerds ‘Would Adore You’

ShutterstockAlecHilariaBaldwinSince we recently highlighted Zócalo Public Square editor-columnist Joe Mathews‘ angry cross-country diatribe about Jimmy Fallon, it seems only natural to give equal time to an open letter tied to the opposite, east-to-west direction.

Responding to Alec Baldwin‘s New York magazine essay, Mathews runs down the reasons why Los Angeles might not be the right relocation answer. He notes that this is no longer the LA of Annie Hall and warns that a lot of the NYC scourges mentioned by Baldwin such as TMZ, Shia LaBeouf and thoughtless TV executives are all in Lalaland as well.

Mathews thinks he has a much better potential destination for Baldwin: Silicon Valley. A house in Marin County, he argues, could be the perfect, tranquil fit:

The nerds up north would adore you. Google and Facebook engineers routinely drool over visiting celebrities. Valley venture capitalists have thrown money at celebrity entrepreneurs MC Hammer and Jessica Alba. Silicon Valley folks have touted Ashton Kutcher as a tech guru; imagine how warmly they might welcome someone like you, who can actually act.

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Former Observer Features Editor Has Big Plans for Pasadena Magazine

Maria Russo (pictured), who worked at the New York Observer under Peter Kaplan from 2002 to 2004 before moving west for a four-year stint with the LA Times Calendar section, has been at the helm of bi-monthly city magazine Pasadena since late March. Today, as part of a very ambitious new vision for the publication, she officially launched the revamped website pasadenarose.com.

“They loved my idea of broadening the magazine geographically and going for longer-form stories,” editor-in-chief Russo tells FishbowlNY via telephone. “Pasadena has the second highest concentration of non-profits in the country after D.C. There’s also this incredible science/tech scene with Cal Tech, JPL and so on, that offers all sorts of rich opportunities for coverage.”

And it’s not just about Pasadena anymore. Since the publication was launched in 2007 with backing from Mark Hulme, owner of a Texas magazine empire and currently also a producer on the Ashton Kutcher-Steve Jobs biopic, the area has fully morphed into Greater LA’s equivalent of Brooklyn. The strand between Silver Lake and Pasadena, where Russo works with two other full-time staff and an intern, has exploded with Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Glendale migration and artistic activity.

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Dude, Here’s Your App

The two stoners played by Ashton Kutcher and Sean William Scott in the 2000 movie Dude, Where’s My Car? would likely approve. It took 12 long years for someone to drop the comma and finally turn their titular movie question into an iPhone App.

That someone is 26-year-old Michigan native Mike Holp. Now living in Austin, Texas, he tells FishbowlLA there have been about 7,000 downloads of the free Dude Where’s My Car App since he launched four months ago. And yes, just like the movie and famous Seinfeld episode, it’s designed to help people who have forgotten where they parked their vehicle:

Who hasn’t lost their car in the parking lot? With this App, you will never lose your car again! All you have to remember to do is a drop a pin when you park. The App does all the rest!

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Social Shopping Site The Hunt Adds High-Profile Hollywood Investors

ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd likes to remind listeners that at Stanford, faculty are known to tell students that if they have a great idea, the best option is to drop out and fully pursue the opportunity. Less profitable studies can be completed later.

Well, here’s an idea that if it belonged to a 2012-13 Stanford undergrad, would fully merit that approach. The Hunt is a community-driven site designed to make photos shared through social media “shoppable.” For example, if you click on the nav-bar tab Hunt Types, your choices are: This Exactly; Similar To This; What Goes With This?; and This Look For Less. We clicked into the third category and soon were reading the user feedback under SHOES FOR THIS PROM DRESS.

This week, The Hunt announced it has closed its second round of funding, raising the seed total to $2.7 million. Among the latest investors are Ashton Kutcher and Guy Oseary’s AGR-ade Investments, Grammy Award winning songwriter-producer RedOne and ABC Entertainment Group executive vp of casting Keli Lee.

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EXCLUSIVE: Lost Arlene Dahl Interview Highlights One of Hollywood’s Unlikeliest Age-Gap Romances

If you Google the name of retired Hollywood actress Arlene Dahl, the primary search result is a wonderful 1985 article by People magazine reporter John Stark. Today, FishbowlLA is thrilled to be able to add to this strand by means of a “lost” interview done with Dahl ahead of her July 1984 marriage to Marc Rosen.

Separated in age by 18 years, the two tied the knot several decades after the coupling of Mae West and Chester Rybinski/Paul Novak, and years ahead of two other more famous older-woman-younger man Hollywood unions: Susan Sarandon-Tim Robbins and Demi Moore-Ashton Kutcher. Unlike those last two pairings, Dahl and Rosen are still together today, in spite of an age difference greater than that of Moore-Kutcher (15 1/2 years) or Sarandon-Robbins (12 years).

In the lost, pre sixth-wedding conversation, Dahl explains why she has been married so many times and candidly shares her concerns about the Rosen age difference. Her union was sealed long before the term “cougar” was coined by a Canadian dating site in 1999 and further popularized in a 2001 book by Valerie Gibson. But if the Internet had been around back then, you can be sure bloggers would have made liberal use of the term. From the lost interview:

“I was raised in the Midwest and I’ve done everything according to form. I’ve been a very old-fashioned girl. I don’t have romance until I get married. And I always [until now] marry an older man.”

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Word of the Day: ‘Stoparazzi’

Are you familiar with the term “stoparazzi?” If so, you’re way ahead of FishbowlLA.

Thanks to a recent piece on forbes.com by Morgan Brennan about what Lalaland celebrities look for in a home, we learned that this is often a leading VIP-MLS attribute:

“The number one feature celebrities need in a house is that it’s ‘stoparazzi,’ ” says Billy Rose, president of The Agency, a Los Angeles-area luxury real estate firm he co-founded with Mauricio Umansky, husband of reality TV star Kyle Richards of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. He says it’s not uncommon to drive a house-hunting celeb around LA with paparazzi in tow. His clients tend to like homes quietly tucked behind long, gated driveways, outfitted with extensive security systems and guard houses.

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Ashton Kutcher Gets Punk’d by DMV

THR’s always entertaining Hollywood, Esq. has the skinny on a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Media and production partner Soda and Pop, Inc.

According to the plaintiffs, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles agreed in 2010 to a TruTV reality series concept set across the agency’s 170 Golden State offices. But with a written commitment in place and talk of a possible six-season arc (!), the DMV is alleged to have made a sudden, illegal U-turn.

The sentence in Matthew Belloni’s dispatch that caught FishbowlLA’s eye reads as follows:

We’ve reached out to the DMV for comment.

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Working Towards a PhD in Hollywood Rom-Coms

As New York-based media studies student and feministing.com editor Chloe Angyal (pictured) readily admits, pouring over Hollywood romantic comedies for a doctoral dissertation “sure beats poking at a petri dish.” The 2009 Princeton grad is currently working towards this very unusual PhD through the Journalism and Media Research Centre at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, where she is originally from.

The trends Angyal is focused on include the well-noted move in recent years to expose more of the studio film genre’s male stars. Think Jason Segel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Justin Long, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Reynolds, Justin Timberlake and several others. But what does this all mean?

They’re all white. They’re all lean and broad-shouldered. They’re all rather muscular. Some of them are toned and sculpted in accordance with superhero standards: Chris Evans was fresh off filming Captain America when he made What’s Your Number? and Reynolds made The Proposal right after he wrapped Wolverine. And, uh, it shows…

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Ashton Kutcher Returning to Punk’d

The original punk master is back at it again.

Actor Ashton Kutcher will make his return to Punk’D as part of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards pre-show on June 3 at 8 p.m. The show returned this season following a five-year hiatus.

The two Hollywood celebrities that Kutcher will punk haven’t been announced yet.

Regardless of the celebs involved, nothing will top his ongoing punk of Demi Moore.

Alicia Keys, Rosanne Cash, R.E.M., and More Join Fight Against Backpage.com

The controversial adult services section of the classified ad site Backpage.com gained more high-profile critics this week. A number of musicians, including Alicia Keys, Rosanne Cash, Talib Kweli and members of the bands Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and The Roots have signed a petition against the adult ads, on the grounds that they are used by human traffickers to sell women and children sex slaves.

Backpage.com is owned by Village Voice Media, publishers of 13 alternative weeklies including the LA Weekly. The corporation has run articles in all 13 papers to downplay the frequency of child sex trafficking and attack critics, most famously Ashton Kutcher.

But this week the VVM papers have been uncharacteristically silent on the issue, despite both their new celebrity critics and a segment on Tuesday’s Nightline about the controversy. Is it possible the company has finally decided to stop compromising their journalistic integrity by using editorial pages to promote a corporate agenda? Let’s hope so.

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