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Young Turks Producer Doppelganged by Casey Anthony

It didn’t take long for The Young Turks supervising producer Tara Wallis to feel the heat from Casey Anthony‘s first V-log entry posted earlier this week. As she explained Thursday on her Tumblr page, the unwelcome comparisons came from both colleagues and her offspring:

I started receiving texts this morning from friends: “Have you seen the video? OMFG, she looks just like you!” Well tonight, I viewed the video at home on my laptop. I wasn’t seeing it until my almost four-year-old came up and pointed, “Mommy, that’s you!”

MeHubs then handed me his glasses and I popped up PhotoBooth.

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Report: LA Producer Shopping Paid Casey Anthony TV Interview

Marisa Guthrie, media reporter for The Hollywood Reporter, has some exclusive and rather unsavory details tonight involving Scott Sternberg, head of Raleigh Studios based Scott Sternberg Productions.

Sternberg, who declined to comment for the article, has reportedly been shopping an exclusive interview with the acquitted Casey Anthony for between $500,000 and $750,000. Without apparently too much success. Per Guthrie’s report:

According to sources with knowledge of the proposal, networks can choose the interviewer and Scott Sternberg Productions would co-produce the program. But so far, multiple cable networks have declined. Spokespeople for Discovery Communications’ TLC and ID confirmed that the networks have passed on the project. A&E Networks, which includes Lifetime and A&E, also has passed, says a spokesperson.

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Casey Anthony Trial the Most Searched News Story of 2011

Casey Anthony Trial” was the most searched news story of the year, according to a study released by Bing. Following behind Casey Anthony was Osama bin Laden Death, Hurricane Irene, Japan Earthquake/Tsunami and Amy Winehouse Death, respectively. Bing, a search engine used by those who have gone temporarily insane and thus forgot about Google, added up all of the website’s searches for the results.

Some other interesting finds: The Kardashian sisters all made the top five for most searched “reality star,” the “Today” show was the most searched morning program and Justin Bieber was the most searched person of the year.

The Biebs was also the most searched musician, meaning “Bieber for President in 2029″ is going to happen. And no, it won’t matter that he’s not a citizen, the man is unstoppable.

Harvey Levin Lunches at the National Press Club

Although Harvey Levin may not have yet launched satellite arm TMZ DC, he was at the National Press Club today as the organization’s luncheon keynote speaker. On the dais, Levin was joined by reporters from AP, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal and more.

Levin decided to change up what he had planned on speaking about, because of an earlier speech today to “depressed” media students at George Washington University. He noted that there had been a debate among professors as to whether Levin should even be invited to the college:

“It’s not the subject matter that’s covered, it’s how it’s covered. TMZ is a news operation that uses the same skills and standards that I used as a working journalist at various news operations… I want to talk about the delivery system. Because that’s what’s relevant, that’s what’s important.”

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Vivid Entertainment Makes Job Offer to Amanda Knox

Vivid Entertainment co-chairman Steven Hirsch is back at it again.

After making a sex tape offer to Casey Anthony (and withdrawing it shortly thereafter), Hirsch wants Amanda Knox to serve as a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles adult entertainment company.

“We would like to offer her the opportunity to be our vivid.com spokesperson and represent the studio at trade and retail events,” Hirsch told TMZ.com. “This would involve no nudity or sex.  Of course we would welcome talking to her if she wants to pursue this direction, but the decision is totally hers to express.”

Welcome back to the United States, Amanda! As you can see, little has changed in four years.

Scottie Pippen Mixes It Up With the Media Mob & Does Rosie Have a New Lady Love?

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Things have been pretty busy at Michael’s this week. On Monday, none other than James Bond aka Daniel Craig dropped by. (“His eyes are so blue!” cooed one smitten staffer). Yesterday, a very laid back Rosie O’Donnell showed up with, so we’re told, a new lady love in tow, and they didn’t have to wait for one of the coveted tables at the very front of the restaurant. They settled for something further back. Today, the usual Wednesday SRO crowd started showing up well before the appointed lunch hour, leaving plenty of time for air kissing and glad handing all around.

I was joined today by Lisa Sharkey, HarperCollins’s senior vice president and director of creative development. Lisa is one hot property herself having spent 25 years in television including stints at Good Morning America, Inside Edition and Al Roker‘s production company before making the switch to publishing four and a half years ago. “The skills were totally transferable. I wanted to bring the TV model to books. I love authors. When I was in television, I was always drawn to them. Now, I consider my authors part of my family and have great relationships with them,” Lisa tells me. “I’m much happier in book publishing because there is more time to spend on a projects. Books have the power to last for generations.” Now, anyone who is anyone — or who wants to be someone — is after Lisa to publish their books. This season, Lisa had no less than four books on the New York Times best seller list, including How to Love an American Man (currently being shopped as a film project by United Talent Agency), football phenom Tim Tebow‘s Through My Eyes, and soap opera diva Susan Lucci’s memoir,  All My Life (We really loved the scathing epilogue she added to the paperback edition taking ABC president Brian Frons to the woodshed for cancelling the beloved soap, All My Children. Go Susan!)

Lisa has a full slate of upcoming books where there is something for everyone. Later this month, actress Carre Otis‘ no-holds barred memoir, Beauty Disrupted, will tell all about her relationship with Mickey Rourke. Due out in November, Imperfect Justice by Jeffrey Ashton is sure to make headlines when the Casey Anthony prosecutor offers his version of what happened behind the scenes of her trial and why is he completely convinced of Anthony’s guilt. “The prosecutor’s story is the real story of the trial. He’s got a lot to say,” says Lisa. No doubt.  On the other end of the spectrum, HarperCollins has a slew of celebrity titles this fall including the first novel penned by those ubiquitous Kardashian sisters, which was Lisa’s idea. The book, due out November 15, spins a fictional (but no doubt inspired by real life) tale of three sisters growing up with a famous father in Hollywood. “The fun is trying to figure out what’s real disguised as fiction,” says Lisa. There was quite a fracas coming up with a title. Lisa wanted to call it Keeping Up but, she told me, the powers that be at E! put the kibosh on the idea saying that was their brand. Lisa then came up with the idea of launching a contest on Twitter asking followers to come up with their own titles. The winning entry, Dollhouse, was submitted by a gal named Courtney who will herself be written into the book as a wedding planner. Savvy Lisa, who is always coming up with clever ways to market her books, decided the cover will be in leopard print and is hoping to do a special edition adorned with Swarovski crystal (“Kim loves bling!”). The sisters’ fans can also turn the cover over for a special keepsake poster that is sure to find its way into plenty of teen bedrooms.

As for the general state of the industry, Lisa weighs in with this: “Publishing is in a new transformative stage. The new wave of eBooks has opened up a world of possibilities. For those who are addicted to technology and books, it’s the perfect fit.”  To wit: HarperCollins’ eBook version of Sammy Hagar‘s best selling memoir, Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock, featured enhanced content that included a sit-down with Hagar talking about his career at the end of each chapter. Lisa and her team expect the eBook version of Gregg Allman‘s yet-to-be-titled memoir due out next year to have a wide range of enhanced content. By the way, I got a glimpse of the book’s stunning cover and it has best seller written all over it.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Fashionista Mickey Ateyeh with an impressive crowd of power lunch gals: producer Fran Weissler, Fern Mallis (looking fabulous since being on the mend from two broken elbows), Cindy Lewis, Barbara Cutler and Laurie Tisch

2. Six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, Scottie Pippen, with PR gal Tammy Brooks and some other lovely looking ladies we didn’t get to meet.

3. Proprietor Michael McCarty holding court with Mort Hamburg (Nice to meet you!) and another formidable looking fellow

4. Peter Brown with the very chic Judith Czelusniak. Read more

LA Writer-Producer Plans Casey Anthony Documentary

For many years, Canyon News columnist Tommy Garrett has been sharing idiosyncratic dispatches derived from his many other celebrity dealings as a publicist, actor, and so on. He’s got deep showbiz connections and a style reminiscent of George Christie‘s Hollywood Reporter heyday.

This week, TG has exclusive details about a new Casey Anthony documentary project. Writer-producer Alexandria Altman says she will be working with casting director Ricki Maslar, the mother-and-daughter author team of Claudette Walker and Matrix Filia, and an unnamed Chicago director. Garrett reports that Altman was so perturbed at first by the idea of doing an Anthony-themed project that it affected her personal health:

Having known Altman, I can report, even though she did not want me to, that after she finally was convinced to be a part of this project, she became extremely ill and was taken to the hospital. She became physically ill over the idea of dealing with the content and subject matter of the Caylee Anthony murder case, but felt a growing need to educate the public. “This is not exploitation, as you know, Tommy. I would never be a part of anything like that. Nor would the people involved with this project be a part of that as well,” said Alexandria.

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Casey Anthony Lands Seven-Figure Interview Deal… Or Did She?

Television producer Al Taylor says he has landed rights to the first interview with acquitted child-killer Casey Anthony for a cool million dollars. Taylor made the announcement on Dr. Drew’s HLN show this past Wednesday. The deal was allegedly brokered in Palm Springs, where Taylor advised Anthony “‘Remember, fame is fleeting, but infamy is even more fleeting…In six weeks you’ll be worth $100,000, not a million dollars.’”

That, however, doesn’t appear to be the case. TMZ reports that the major TV networks are currently in a major bidding war to land the first Anthony interview and that Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez is holed up in the Mandarin Oriental in New York fielding offers. TMZ didn’t know if the amounts in question topped Taylor’s alleged seven-figure offer, only that landing Anthony will carry a “big price tag”

Casey Anthony Top Newsmaker Last Week

According to the PEJ, Barack Obama is no match for Casey Anthony. Last week Anthony was the top newsmaker, getting mentioned an astonishing 101 times out of about 900 stories surveyed from 52 different media outlets. Obama, despite holding a summit about something called “the national debt,” came in second, with 73 stories.

Let the record show that America – or at least America’s newsrooms – care more about some woman they’ve most likely never met before than a national crisis that impacts pretty much everything and everyone.

If you’d like to start shouting “USA! USA! USA!” now, please do.