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LAT In 90 Seconds

40058221-16150820.jpgMo’bit: A quick blog post yesterday told LAT readers about Stan Winston‘s demise, giving the paper more time to complete a longer, more thoughtful obituary for the legendary special effects wizard filled with deeper insights and information — like quotes from the Orange County Register.

40060171-16161318.jpgCalifornia Adventure? According to Dawn Chmielewski, “Walt Disney Imagineering melded the interactive elements of a video game with the kind of immersive 3-D experience of an amusement park to create Toy Story Midway Mania, a ride opening today at Disney’s California Adventure park in Anaheim.” We can see it now, frazzled parents screaming at their kids to put down their damn Game Boys so they can, um, play a video game.

40050784-16114244-200118.jpgGay-A-Palooza: The first gay marriages in the state inspire SWAT-team like coverage, with Tony Perry And Tami Abdollah covering a Marine’s wedding in San Diego, Carla Hall reporting from Beverly Hills, John Glionna filing from San Francisco, Bruce Wallace reporting from Tokyo, Duke Helfand, Jessica Garrison, Jean-Paul Renaud, Rich Connell, Sandy Banks, Dana Parsons reporting from L..A and Orange County. (Former LAT reporter Jean Pasco even got into the act, being quoted as the current Orange County recorder spokeswoman.)

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LAT In 90 Seconds

38207092.jpgLast Laugh: It’s been argued that Jimmy Fallon would be nothing without Tina Fey. We’ll get a chance to find out when he takes over for Conan O’Brien after Conan succeeds Jay Leno next month year.

apellim.jpgSide Show Freaks: Carla Hall turns her attention to Pellicano’s co-defendants “the disgraced cop, the one-time Las Vegas businessman, the former phone company technician and the computer whiz.” It’s a fun read, we highly recommend.

38200383-24205611.jpgEven More Ado About Nothing: Miley Cyrus’ green bra has sparked controversy. Kinda. Not really. But, shhh, don’t tell the LAT that (Sorry, Dawn).

FBLA Goes to the Party: Weisberg Book Party

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Slate’s Jacob Weisberg read from his new book The Bush Tragedy at a Domino-sponored shindig in Brentwood. 300 guests stormed Arianna Huffington’s mansion house. (Or home, as the invitations read.)

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Adrian Grenier, sporting a beard that would have been a bushy tragedy on anyone else, Tracey Ullman, who does a wicked Arianna herself, and Christine Lahti represented SAG; Dale Launer and Stephen Gaghan were the WGA/DGA guys, and producers were thick on the ground with Lawrence Bender, Mike Medavoy, Irina Medavoy, Sam Goldwyn and George Stevens. Matt Groening had the animation arena all to himself.

Jim Ledbetter gave Arianna a copy of his new collection for Penguin–Karl Marx’s Dispatches for the New York Tribune, stopping her as she was enroute to her office. Gabe Snyder got the story behind her distracted expression: book deadline! (Who else was in the study, anyway?)

Usual coterie of LA media types–Mickey Kaus, Carla Hall, Kevin Roderick, Nick Goldberg, Kim Serafin, Ruth Shalit, Rob Barrett, Roman Genn–let’s move on, shall we?

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Weisberg’s clever wife, Deborah Needleman (she edits Domino) brought her Conde Nast cohorts along–Clemmy Closson and Beth Brenner.

Oscars were discussed perfunctorily, Obama enthusiastically (Rachel Sklar’s cries of plagiarism! were dismissed as business as usual which means those dissing her didn’t read very closely. Or else they were drunk.) Plenty of food and drink, which is unusual for book parties–and lots of copies of the book which looks like a fast read. No need to send it out for coverage.

(photos by Stefanie Keenan for Patrick McMullan)

Iggy’s Not the Only Fuzzy Part of Ellen’s Pet Adoption Tale/Boks Numbers Fuzzy, Too

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Carla Hall, who’s got the heartwarming pet beat at the LA Times, gets some inside info on the Ellen DeGeneres pet adoption story (Iggy, the bone of contention is shown above). But she also gets the same old kibbles ‘n bits from Ed Boks:

Ed Boks, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, which runs six city shelters, said private rescue groups help lower the city’s euthanasia rate.

“Our 125 partners help us place about 6,000 to 7,000 animals a year,” he said. “And that’s compared to the 15,000 we adopt out ourselves.”

FBLA asked animal advocate Daniel Guss about this statement, and he replied:

If this was true, and 21,000–22,000 animals were being adopted a year, the shelters would be EMPTY and few, if any would be getting killed. Since the rescue groups get “redlist” emails each day, showing which animals are about to be killed, someone is lying.

On that note, Villaraigosa recently proclaimed that “LA is #1 in adoptions in the U.S.” But when former shelter commissioner Marie Atake, and KABC-7 challenged that in a recent report, that claim fell to “L.A. is #5″ in the U.S., which is also a dubious claim, since LA Animal Services isn’t even #1 in adoptions in L.A. County.