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Joe Francis Points the Finger at Everyone Else

One of the same fingers, no doubt, that anchor the crisp, concise lede of this week’s print edition story by Hollywood Reporter executive editor, features Stephen Galloway. Here is just a sampling of the things the Girls Gone Wild impresario insists are not his fault:

Francis has been jailed in Florida and Nevada; successfully sued for defamation by Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn, whom he now owes $20 million; indicted for tax evasion and filming underage girls; blamed for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing of a company connected to Girls Gone Wild (which he says he no longer owns); and banned from entering GGW’s Santa Monica offices by bankruptcy trustee R. Todd Neilson, who filed suit to keep Francis off the premises.

Add to all this Los Angeles Times reporter Claire Hoffman‘s claim in a 2006 article that he pinned her to a car and twisted her arm so hard tears flooded her eyes – and that’s an awful lot of mischief. But none of it, says Francis, is his fault.

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A Drake Cover Story, Deconstructed

With rapper Drake adorning the April 2012 cover of GQ, LA Times media critic James Rainey pegs it as the latest example of the glossy monthly magazine staple known as the date-as-interview. In these cases, the reporter acts as a surrogate for the respective gender side of a publication’s celebrity-adoring readership.

The author of the GQ cover story is Claire Hoffman, a one-time LA Times staffer. Here’s what she told Rainey about her latest, impressive celebrity “get:”

“It’s not brain-surgery hard, but it’s hard,” said Hoffman. “The conceit is always that you are going to get in there and discover them in some way they haven’t been discovered before.”

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FBLA Goes to the Party: Captivity Premiere Party: Not All That Freaky


After Dark’s producer Courtney Solomon promised that the premiere party for his horror flick, Captivity, wouldn’t be the same old blah evening of red carpet, screening, sponsored cocktail and home by 11. Biggest difference? No screening and open bar.

Despite the presence of the Suicide Girls (who were certainly the most polite dommettes we’ve ever met–one lanky young thing in gaffer tape pasties and bondage boots squeaked “pardon me, please” as she edged through the crowd) the only risky act was breathing all the second hand smoke. Or talking to Luke Ford.


Joel Stein, Claire Hoffman and Dana Goodyear were pointed out to us, but it was too much trouble to fight through the crowd and shout at them. Let’s guess who gets a piece out of this first.

We observed Paul Cullum interviewing producer Solomon. Solomon sounds like Nathan Lane when he speaks, which is so unexpected in a torture/horror mogul. He explained that showing the film at the premiere party wouldn’t help it at the box office. The film was banned from the Regal chain, but the MPAA wouldn’t allow use of the word BANNED on the ads. You’d think they don’t want people to see the movie–they didn’t watch it, so why should anyone else?


Ross Johnson worked that space like a cowboy at roundup–Move ‘em on, head ‘em out–Rawhide! Bas Rutten obliged. Miss HorrorFest06, Black Betty, (Jessica Chisum) was a welcome addition to the red carpet, as were Ryan Starr and Rachel Leigh Cook.


We must confess that we were outside, chatting up John Lippman, while the big freak show was happening inside. If you’ve seen one guy hanging from meathooks, you’ve seen ‘em all.

Later, the on-site piercer freaked people out by announcing he was a Republican who’d voted for Nixon. Some things are just too disgusting, ya know?

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Tim Swanson: Blogger With Portfolio

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Portfolio, Conde Nast’s new business mag, has snared Tim Swanson as their blogger for all things entertainment. Swanson was at Variety before becoming West Coast bureau chief of Premiere. Swanson’s newest book, A Lifestyle Is a Terrible Thing to Waste, about HBO’s Entourage, comes out this fall.

Amy Wallace and Claire Hoffman were already snatched up as staffers.

Claire Hoffman Diversifies Her ‘Portfolio’

ggw.jpgWe knew it was too good to last. FBLA hero and LAT-smut-beat reporter Claire Hoffman is leaving the paper to join Conde Nast Portfolio.

Here’s a release the mag giant sent out. Print it out on soft paper, and you can use it to sop up your tears:

Claire Hoffman has been named a contributing editor at Conde Nast Portfolio, it was announced today by Joanne Lipman, Editor-in-Chief of the magazine. Her appointment is effective immediately.

Ms. Hoffman joins Conde Nast Portfolio from The Los Angeles Times where she was a staff writer covering Hollywood and the adult entertainment industry. While at the Times, she wrote “Baby Give Me a Kiss,” a profile of Girls Gone Wild mogul Joe Francis. That story, which began with Francis’ assault on Claire and ended with his alleged rape of an 18-year old girl on the back of a roving party bus in Chicago, broke records on the LA Times website for the most page views. Prior to the Times, Ms. Hoffman worked as an intern and a freelance reporter for The New York Times, where she contributed reporting to a Pulitzer-prize winning series that investigated fraud and death by the American freight railroads.

Ms. Hoffman is currently working on a book about her childhood growing up in the Transcendental Meditation movement in rural Iowa, where her meditations were graded and enlightenment expected.

Ms. Hoffman holds an MA in religious studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School and another MA from the Columbia School of Journalism. She lives in Hollywood.