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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)

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WGA 08 Strike: Too Fat or Too Fit ?

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When (not if) the WGA strike is resolved, (as Ray Richmond sounds a note of cautious optimism) will there be a replay of the NBA strike, when players came back too fat and too lazy? We asked around:

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It’s not like the strike hit and I slapped my ass to the couch to start watching The Hills. Instead of working on a script but I’ve been working on other endeavors –blogging, vlogging, the Post-Apocalyptic Workout–so those creative muscles are still being flexed, just in a different way. Even when I’m not working, I’m writing. I always write. Of course, now one of my writing projects demands that I get in shape, so I’m doubly screwed!

Ken Levine:

I’m getting all of my projects ready to go so that when the strike is over I can begin procrastinating. My ass is just not fat enough yet to return to work.

John Aboud:

I wish it was that easy to turn off. Being a jackass comedy writer is a congenital condition.

Dale Launer:

You don’t have to keep in shape to write. In fact one could argue that some down time, if anything, gives you a break and you can start with a fresher outlook. Also, if you have any talent at all, it’s like riding a bike. All the good habits (and bad habits) come rushing back. It’s easy to get out of the groove as a writer, but that has little to do with the strike.

Hell, some of us have been diligently walking the picket line. Not that it burns up a lot of energy, but it burns more than sitting at a laptop.

And though we’re not supposed to be writing (which I never quite understood), but I’m sure everyone (at least feature writers) have been working on their specs.

How can you stop writing?

Eric Kaplan:

My mind and soul are in perfect fighting trim.The truth of the matter is that writers don’t need jobs to be ready to write.

Of course, the really enterprising writer would corner the market on Red Vines now.

CBS looks to the Great White North for writers, because Due South was such a success.

Avital notes the return of Deal or No Deal:

the story of a banker who must protect his money and family…of models holding briefcases…from random criminals who take advantage of his generousity


WGA Strike Changing Media Viewing Habits


TV WATCHING ABOUT THE SAME AS BEFORE WGA STRIKE, SURVEY SAYS


RESULTS: EW’s National Strike Survey

Conan defoliates.

(photo from Tobias Higbie)