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Cover Battle: Details or Billboard

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round pits Details against Billboard.

For its December issue, Details went with Christian Bale, perhaps the best actor in Hollywood. We’re not entirely sure what he’s doing in this photograph, but it wouldn’t be a stretch to guess that he’s debating lopping off a limb for his next role. We say go for it. The Academy will love it!

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Pseudonymous Author Retraces Her Double Life as an LA Schoolteacher, Dominatrix

“Darlene” grew up in an idyllic Pasadena neighborhood. As a young, aspiring actress, she photo doubled for 14-year-old Christian Bale and 12-year-old Corey Feldman. She also co-starred in the very poorly received 1987 revenge flick Monstrosity.

Darlene eventually wound up teaching Monday-to-Thursday evening ESL and teenage remedial classes at an LA public school. The real money however, up until 2007, came from her other vocation: dominatrix for-hire by the hour, Fridays through Sundays. It’s all entertainingly laid out in Playing Darlene: The True Double Life of a Public School Teacher and Professional Dominatrix, a 109-page book that will no doubt benefit from the current appetite for all things Fifty Shades of Grey-related. And in this case, all the more intriguing because it is gender-reversed and purportedly all true.

We were not expecting the LA media to have played a key role in Darlene’s whips-and-chain progress. But this was allegedly the case, when she was stationed at a residential-area place of business and the locals started protesting outside:

Mistress Victoria waltzed triumphantly into the lounge and announced to the ladies that the media were on their way. Reporters from the three major networks wanted to interview someone and she needed someone to volunteer to talk on camera…

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Author of Christian Bale Bio Returns to Manhattan Beach Stomping Grounds

From 1992 to 2002, Scottish-born, Chinese-descended and Canadian-raised movie fan Harrison Cheung rode the ups and downs of Christian Bale’s pre-Batman career. It was an odyssey that spanned the earliest days of Internet marketing and relocated him from applauding Bale from afar in Toronto to working closely with the future superstar and actor’s Adam West lookalike dad at a home in Manhattan Beach.

This Friday, Cheung will be back in Manhattan Beach for an 11 a.m. signing event at the local Barnes & Noble for his new biography Christian Bale: The Inside Story of the Darkest Batman (co-written with Nicola Pittam). For the past five years, the author has been working in Austin as an Internet marketing strategist for IBM.

After a busy appearance on the Comic-Con conference floor last Friday, Cheung tells FishbowlLA via telephone that he’s reminded of a famous observation once made by another author, Sandra Tsing Loh. “She said that if you don’t make it in Hollywood by the time you’re 40, you need to either open a yoga studio or move to Austin,” he jokes.

Remarkably, this is the first Bale biography. Released May 29, the book offers fascinating glimpses of the relationship the actor had with his late dad (who died in 2003) and that patriarch’s very shaky financial management skills. It also provides a time-capsule look at the earliest days of the Internet.

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Christian Bale Gives Whitney the Weirdest Love of All

It’s a clip that is bound to rack up a new round of hits on YouTube. Until perhaps the rights holder(s) for the 2000 Christian Bale drama American Psycho asks for it to be removed.

Currently at around 25,000 views, the borderline-NSFW scene features Bale’s creepy character Patrick Bateman rhapsodizing about Whitney Houston‘s chart-topping debut album accomplishments. As he prepares to engage in a threesome.

This unsettling slice of serial killer love was astutely re-pointed out yesterday by LA Times music critic Randall Roberts. Creepier than ever.

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Live from the Oscars Press Room…

Thanks to this year’s nifty Oscars.com “All Access” app (pictured), it was possible to watch winners visit the backstage press room without actually having to be in the press room, suited up in journalist formal wear. So bravo to the Academy for giving FishbowlLA the ability – from the comfort of home – to track the various reporter tactics attempted deep in the bowels of the Kodak Theater.

NPR’s Amy Walters tried to get Best Adapted Screenplay winner Aaron Sorkin to bite on a Mark Zuckerberg tease, wondering how the writer felt about his subject now. But Sorkin expertly dodged the Q-trap, commending Zuckerberg for his Saturday Night Live appearance and suggesting that no one would want to have a film made about their behavior at age 19.

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Winona Ryder Crowns SAG Awards Two-Timer Club

There are several dozen actors among today’s list of nominations for the 2010 SAG Awards who scored double honors: everyone from The Fighter‘s Christian Bale (Ensemble Cast, Best Supporting) to Boardwalk Empire‘s Steve Buscemi (Ensemble Cast, Male Drama).

But only one among this group got the double nod for two different credits. That would be Winona Ryder, the actress who a decade ago was indelibly stamped with (the non-Mordecai Richler) version of Barney’s. She is up for Best Film Drama Ensemble (The Black Swan) as well as Best TV Movie-Miniseries Female Performance (for 12-step CBS biopic When Love Is Not Enough: The Lois Wilson Story).

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Going Mano-a-Mano with Christian Bale

We love Christian Bale. He may be politically incorrect; he may be a careless crew member’s worst nightmare. But on the page, in the December issue of Esquire Magazine, he is a more entertaining interview than ten stage managed Hollywood press junkets put together.

Thankfully, writer John H. Richardson is willing to match him jab for jab and share italicized thoughts along the way. After some opening, page one parrying, Richardson opines that Bale’s insistence that the actor’s interviews now be printed only in full Q&A transcript format is a “dick movie-star” move, on par with Tom Cruise.

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Paramount’s The Fighter Rings Oscar Buzz Bell

Typically, a potential Oscar awards season entry like the Mark Wahlberg-Christian Bale boxing drama The Fighter is launched in Toronto in September, not Hollywood in November. So kudos must first go to AFI Fest for securing the David O. Russell directed entry as a November 9th “surprise” screening.

Following yesterday’s unveiling, Oscar watchers are off and running with an early scorecard that encompasses a couple of unanimous decisions and various wins on points. Here’s a quick sampling of the December 10th release’s Mann’s minted buzz:

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Memoirist Richard Farrell Discusses Addiction And Writing On The Menu

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, host Jason Boog of GalleyCat was joined by co-host Kevin Allocca, editor of TVNewser, and memoirist Richard Farrell.

Farrell spoke about his memoir “What’s Left of Us,” the story of his heroin addiction and the life experiences that came along with it. After he detoxed and overcame his addiction, Farrell went on to become an author, filmmaker and screenwriter. He produced the documentary, High on Crack Street, which aired on HBO, and he wrote the script for the upcoming film The Fighter based on the documentary, which stars Christian Bale and Mark Wahlberg — proving that there can be life after addiction.

“My book is about hope, it’s not about being a tough guy,” Farrell said. “I wrote it so that people could see. It’s a pretty dark book. It’s pretty graphic. It’s exactly how I lived it then.”

Farrell also gave advice about writing memoirs and screenplays. “Along my career I never gave up on that I was going to write this some day, I was going to tell my story, I was going to be a writer, that I wanted to be a writer,” he added. “And of course for a lot of writers that means you have to teach, so I became a teacher in college.” Farrell currently teaches English at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.

Also discussed: An Ad Age report that newspaper revenues will eventually rebound and News Corp.‘s Chase Carey‘s comments that the free television model has to change.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Goes National Today

Picture 8.pngAmerica’s largest radio network Westwood One began national syndication of The Kevin & Bean Show this morning. From Michael Schneider at Franklin Avenue:

“Kevin & Bean” celebrates its 20th anniversary on KROQ next year, but up until now has only been syndicated to a few markets on the west coast, including Fresno and (just recently) Reno. The show’s hyper focus on Los Angeles (they make fun of local institutions like KNBC’s Paul Moyer and Doug Kriegel, for example, and even other KROQ personalities like Rodney Bingenheimer and Jed the Fish) and its reliance on in-jokes that reward loyal listeners might make the show an unusual candidate for nation-wide syndication.

But “Kevin & Bean” has been a dominant ratings success in L.A. for several years now, and its ability to attract big-name stars — remember, when audio of Christian Bale chewing out a crewmember hit the Internet, he called in to K&B to do damage control — could make it a national draw as well. The move also comes as radio groups trim even more talent across the country and continue to turn to more out-of-market syndicated fare to fill the airwaves.

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