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Dot Parker Society Makes For Strange Drinking Bedfellows

dps3.jpgDorothy Parker might have been replete with witty epithets at every turn, so it makes sense that epithet-strewing bloggers would be her biggest fans, and perhaps by default, the most strident members of her club.

The Los Angeles chapter of the Dorothy Parker Society convened last night in one of Parker’s former watering holes, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Pictured at a night of serious Parker-style imbibing were: Brian Diedrick, vice president of the Parker Society and blogger at fakeangeleno.com; Adrienne Crew, President of the Parker Society and blogger for LAObserved.com; Anthony McCartney, courthouse reporter for Associated Press in L.A.; Gretchen Parker, blogger at livefromlosangeles.typepad.com; Jessica Weil, an online media consultant; and FBLA’s Dan Cox.

The group started out with a round of drinks (note glasses on table), then followed that up with more drinks. Then after suffering through a semi-dramatic reading of Parker’s “A Christmas Fable,” got back to more drinking. In all, there were plenty of mordant laughs (and did we mention the drinks?) as Crew was determined to set up a Dorothy Parker-style party at Chateau Marmont (where, she dutifully explained, Parker resided from 1940-42). No word on whether she was serious, but seriously serious about the effort.

Meanwhile, it was the biting lines she wrote that were Parker’s passion. And she was most eloquent when it came to her favorite sport: drinking.

I like to have a martini,
Two at the very most.
After three I’m under the table,
after four I’m under my host.

We couldn’t say it any better ourselves.

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The King Speaks and Jerry Yang Shows Up

SV200814.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

As Herb Allen‘s Sun Valley retreat started to wind down Friday afternoon, some key executives were already boarding their Lear Jets and scooting home, missing out on speeches from the two RICHEST men in the world. They will all miss former Microsoft chair Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett tomorrow. Mediabistro will stick around in Sun Valley in beautiful weather (82 degrees and sunny) to gather up whatever crumbs can be taken from the rich men talks.

A presentation by Jordan’s King Abdullah II was well received by a few hundred conference-goers, but nobody wanted to talk about what the Jordanian said. Maybe they were concerned about their oil stocks. Security wasn’t especially heavy for the King, but the feeling on Herb Allen campus was that if any disruptions were started, the crack NYPD-filled security staff would take them down.

Yang_7.11.jpgYahoo! CEO Jerry Yang showed up in Sun Valley just in time to get an earful of complaining in the media about the earthworm status of the Yahoo!/Microsoft merger talks. He did meet quietly with the Google boys, co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page as well as CEO Eric Schmidt, but that was presumably made to discuss the display advertising deal that the two companies cut a few weeks back.

Meanwhile, Yahoo! President Sue Decker practically threw her arms up and gave in to media queries about what’s going to happen.

“Forget tomorrow, but in six months where will you be and where will Yahoo! be?” asked one intrepid journo.

“I have no idea,” Decker moaned.

Howard Brandy, inspiration for Dudley Do-Right, 79

brandy_howard.jpg From Variety (with some additional info by guest Fishie Dan Cox):

Howard Brandy, a publicist in film and music over a career spanning nearly five decades and known as the model for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, died last Monday after a long illness. He was 79.

In the 1950s, Brandy represented teen heartthrobs Fabian and Frankie Avalon before going on to work with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Fifth Dimension, Lionel Richie, Captain & Tennille and the Monkees. He also headed publicity for A&M records, Uni Records and Motown.

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Running With Arnold Gets Celebrity Endorsement. Kinda

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From the sounds of it, Running With Arnold the Dan Cox docu about Arnold Schwarzenegger, has been warmly received at its L.A. premiere. While reviewers think he went too far, audiences have complimented Cox, saying he knows a thing or two about point of view and story-telling.

But, apparently, he doesn’t know anything about star-gazing.

After Sunday night’s screening at the Laemmle 5, Cox approached a distinguished-looking gentleman and asked him if he’d like to stay for the director’s Q&A.

“So, are you in Hollywood?” Cox asked the man.

“Yes,” he replied.

“What do you do?” Cox said.

“I’m an actor.”

Isn’t everyone?” Cox quipped.

During the Q&A the man went on and on about how much he liked the film. That’s when Cox realized it: The man was William Hurt.

“He showed up out of the blue, paid $10, saw the film and was eagerly and intelligently discussing it, with no prompting whatsoever from me,” Cox tells FBLA. “Very cool.”

Cooler, still, is that Hurt wasn’t, er, hurt by the lack of recognition.

(Running With Arnold is screening all week at the Laemmle 5.)

Running With Arnold to Screen At Sunset Laemmle 5

Dan_Cox_Regisseur_Running_wiArnold_37bfa40ea5.jpgAfter winning awards and kicking up a Hollywood stink, Running With Arnold, the documentary about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial campaign will finally be screened for the L.A. masses on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Sunset Laemmle 5.

An after-party will follow the screening the California Pizza Kitchen downstairs (free with a ticket stub for the $10 movie).

NetFlix is releasing the film as part of a promotion for DVD rentals of the docu. In addition to winning the Zurich International Film Festival’s Best Documentary prize, the film also showed at the Montreal WorldVision Film Festival, the Rio Di Janeiro Film Festival and South by Southwest.

Film director Dan Cox tells FBLA he hopes Arnold accepts his invitation to the screening but has “no major expectations.” Personally, we’re hoping Alec Baldwin shows up.

The Littlest Press Corp

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Dan Cox informs us that he’s moved from the weirdly exciting California gubernatorial referendum of a few years back to cover a political race even more enthralling: Sixth-grade class president.

In his latest docu, the director behind Running with Arnold will focus on Hopi Hernandez, a middle-school student who is taking cues from a certain former First Lady as she prepares to run for school office.

But Hopi, an 11-year-old who started the first underage “Hillary for President” chapter in the country, is not planning to learn by watching CSPAN alone (or at all). She’s going to join the phalanx of reporters covering this historical presidential race.

Seriously. The press release explains more:

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“Running With Arnold” Runs Home With A Win

Dan_Cox_Regisseur_Running_with_Arnold_37bfa40ea5.jpg Local journo-cum-filmmaker (and occasional fishie) Dan Cox took home the prize for Best Documentary this weekend at the Zurich Film Festival for his pic Running With Arnold

The pic criticizes the policies and … well, everything, of California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, which isn’t a hard sell in Switzerland. At one screening, some viewers stood up and yelled, “Arnold ist scheisse! Arnold ist scheisse!”

Still, Al Ruddy, chairman of the Zurich Film Festival jury and producer of The Godfather is also Arnold’s best friend and is, weirdly enough, godfather to his children.

Ruddy contemplated recusing himself from the judging, but fellow jury member Matthew Modine convinced him to stay on and together they argued for the film to win.

Cox tells FBLA: “It was up against what I was jokingly terming all week the ‘I don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no babies, Miss Scarlett,’ movies, which were both great docs about childbirth and mental defect that were truly better than mine and much more emotional (though I’ll never admit that in print).”

Cox tells us that, Oliver Stone, who was given a career achievement award, asked him how he got so much dirt on Arnold, to which he replied, “Clean living.”

So with the Godfather, Birdy and Platoon backing him up, Running with Arnold sped past the competition.

Cox — who was joined in Zurich by Lys Sparrow, a co-producer on the film — tells us: “I’ve been to hundreds of film festivals all over the world, but never as a filmmaker and certainly not as a winner of anything. I was flying all night long the evening the film won. I think I only drank about three gallons of red wine that night. And my headache on the plane the next day made sure I remembered.”

Welcome home and congratulations!

Rosenberg and Cassel Slug It Out for SAG Top Job

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The hottest election these days in Hollywood is the dogfight erupting between Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg (known for his legal acumen on L.A. Law) and upstart angry-man challenger Seymour Cassel (known for such character roles as Robert Redford’s right-hand man-servant in Indecent Proposal).
Rosenberg, 56 and sounding like a street-wise Parliamentarian, echoes former SAG presidents and supporters Richard Masur, Ed Asner and Barry Gordon with his attention to detail for actors who need a strong voice in next year’s negotiations with the AMPTP (Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers).

“The difference between Seymour and me is that I’ve spent the last two years trying to unify this guild,” Rosenberg brags to FBLA. “I’ve traveled to 18 of 21 branches across the country trying to get New York and the regional branches to treat Hollywood issues as if they were their own.”
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Cassel, 72, alternatively hopes his 40 years in the movie business will carry some weight, especially with such tough-guy supporters as James Caan, Nicolas Cage and Dennis Hopper.

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Ben Silverman Sick and Nervous In His National Debut

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FBLA guest blogger Dan Cox mined the cavernous troll-infested passages of TCA this morning, and files this bit of sparkly goodness:

Newly named NBC Entertainment co-chairman Ben Silverman looked particularly coiffed in that “I don’t give a shit” disheveled kind of way as he was faced for the first time with about 100 teeth-gnashing journos at a Critics Association breakfast with NBC co-chair Mark Graboff at the Los Angeles Hilton this morning.

Silverman, for better or worse, held his own.

“He knows that he’s in show business,” says J. Max Robins, editor in chief of Broadcast and Cable, who watched the fracas unfold.

Still, we detected the slightest scent of fear on Silverman. In his
unbuttoned white shirt, dark jacket and loafers, the smiling former William Morris agent was quick to field numerous questions about NBC’s sagging second-place sked, the potential of new stars, the conflict over whether he’ll divest his interest in production company Reveille Entertainment (he won’t) and his and Graboff’s controversial displacement of former chair Kevin Reilly last month.

“I have immense power,” Silverman boasted. “This is what I’ve always wanted to do. I always knew the place where I would have the greatest opportunity would be a network. I’ve wanted to do this since I was a young person.”

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Running With Arnold at SxSW–and So is Maria Shriver!

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Director Dan Cox writes:

I’m here in Austin for the world premiere of “Running
with Arnold” at South by Southwest Film Festival.
Guess who was on the late flight from LA and is in
Austin?
Maria Shriver is here in Austin.

Could she be in town to deflect the furor that is sure to begin once the crowds get a chance to see this revealing doc. on her mega star megalomaniac husband?
She was tooling down the street with two hulking
bodygaurds. Arnold, of course, was nowhere to be seen.
But we’d like to think he might be fearful of our
film. Who’s counting?

Earlier:
Breaking: Dan Cox Says the Baldwin Stays in the Picture
Dan Cox: ‘Where Is This Coming From?’
Running With Arnold, Officially The Most Talked-About Non-Movie We’ve Never Seen

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