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THR Goes for Dodgers Quadruple Play

In support of Daniel Miller’s splashy cover story and Ed Desser’s team media rights sidebar in the August 17 print issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Janice Min’s operation has opted for four different hard-copy covers. They depict (left to right, below): Cy Young winning pitcher Clayton Kershaw; minority stakeholders Magic Johnson and Peter Guber; Tommy Lasorda alongside current manager Don Mattingly; and marquee stars Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.

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Reporter Maps Out Explosive Growth of Hollywood Star Tours

At the beginning of 2011, those $40 to $60 van tours of celebrity homes and famous locales took a turn for the moon. The result, per a great article in The Hollywood Reporter August 10 print issue by Daniel Miller, has been new municipal regulations and often less than happy burgh residents.

Miller opens with a rather staggering bell curve (or should that be bell curb?):

While there were only a half-dozen or so companies a decade ago, observers say there are now as many as 40 such operators plying their trade in and around Hollywood. Some, like Starline Tours, are established firms with decades of experience; others are fly-by-night operators who troll Hollywood Boulevard in search of tourists. A canvassing of the boulevard July 9 by the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance found that 64 individuals representing 22 companies were hawking tours.

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THR Lands Skype Interview with an Increasingly Defiant Kim Dotcom

Last month, Kim Dotcom joined Twitter.

Now, with his New Zealand extradition hearing having been postponed from August until March of 2013, he’s taking a full media swing at his Hollywood accusers. Here’s part of what the defendant had to say tonight via Skype to Hollywood Reporter senior writer Daniel Miller, who recently profiled the Megaupload founder for a THR print issue cover story:

“My home was raided by 72 heavily armed police arriving in helicopters. This was an Osama bin Laden-style operation on an alleged copyright infringer. I guess it’s pure luck that my family wasn’t terminated by a Predator drone…”

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LA Times, KPCC Crown LA Press Club Awards

At last night’s 54th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards, the big winners were the Los Angeles Times and KPCC 89.3 FM, with eight first prizes each. The LAT was led by photographer Francine Orr, who won three awards (Photojournalist of the Year, Entertainment Photo, Photo Essay), while KPCC’s haul included a pair for Molly Peterson (News or Feature Short Form, Use of Sound). KCRW, KPCC’s main competitor in the LA public radio space, failed to win any first-place prizes.

On the Hollywood trades side, it was THR five, TheWrap two and Deadline.com one, with Variety essentially abstaining. Kim Masters won a Journalist of the Year prize as well as another for her article with Daniel Miller about high-stakes Hollywood poker. Meanwhile, for TheWrap, it was not a main reporter but rather blog network contributor Richard Stellar who claimed both nods, for Weblog, Individual (tied with Danielle Berrin, Jewish Journal) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.

Other leading first-place winners at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Sunday night, each capturing six such awards, were the Los Angeles Business Journal, KCET’s SoCal Connected and LA Weekly. Although in one case with the Weekly, film critic Karina Longworth was the only journalist nominated in the Daily/Weekly Newspapers category of Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Columns.

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THR Tests Josh Flagg’s Star Maps App

For a Hollywood Reporter piece about Million Dollar Listing host Josh Flagg’s recently released Star Maps App, reporter Daniel Miller compared the 99-cent product’s data with that of a couple of the more conventional six-dollar paper products. Miller discovered that the westside mobility of past and present celebs can be a hazard of this specialized trade:

The comparison revealed that only a handful of about two dozen randomly selected notables were listed on all three products: Elvis Presley, Warren Beatty, Aaron Spelling and Frank Sinatra. And each map gave a different address for Sinatra and Beatty. Flagg and [Movie Star Homes and Notorious Crime Scenes publisher Marko] Joelson say their Sinatra and Beatty addresses are correct, though they concede the stars lived at multiple properties.

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Shepard Fairey Aims to Give Hollywood Entrepreneurs Hope

There’s an interesting private event being held tonight at io/LA, a brand new digital incubator located in the heart of Hollywood.  Through “Discussion: Tech and Art,” Shepard Fairey, Sebastian Copeland and several others will share their thoughts about the dynamic possibilities to be pursued at the intersection of these two realms.

Per an article in The Hollywood Reporter by Daniel Miller, the incubator and monthly-membership workspace – officially launched in April by Myspace co-founder Aber Whitcomb, actor Chris Gartin and actor-producer Donovan Leitch – has about 50 paying members so far. The trio also plans to separately invest $500,000 in 25 companies, all of whom will get a reserved spot at the company’s open-concept collaboration environment. Io/LA’s location just down the sidewalk from the Hollywood Roosevelt is a key foundation block:

Leitch and Gartin told The Hollywood Reporter that io/LA’s location in the heart of Hollywood sets the company apart from other incubators and co-working companies that have cropped up in and around Santa Monica. The founders say that their personal networks and an eclectic membership will help the companies io/LA incubates and the members who use the facility forge business relationships and dream up new ideas. “It is all about the convergence of tech and entertainment and aligning storytellers with technologists,” said Leitch, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer-songwriter Donovan.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous

Remember the old Robin Leach Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous punchline “champagne wishes and caviar dreams?” We certainly do, and it came to mind while reading one of the choice anecdotes in Daniel Miller and Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter magazine cover story about flamboyant (and now embattled) megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz).

The reporters were unable to secure an interview with Dotcom. But they did correspond via email with Maximillion Cooper (that’s not a typo; that’s how he spells his first name), founder of the cross-continental car rally Gumball 3000. Cooper says he galavanted for a decade around the globe with Dotcom, and remembers one St. Tropez incident in particular:

Cooper recalls a memorable 2001 trip to the south of France on the 264-foot Golden Odyssey, which features a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, gym and coral-reef aquarium that spans two decks. For lunch, Cooper, Schmitz and a “huge entourage” that included what Cooper describes as “Aryan” bodyguards all took speedboats to the shore for lobster and champagne.

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Jay A. Fernandez Officially Starts at Indiewire

Several weeks after the hiring was first announced by Anne Thompson, former Hollywood Reporter staffer Jay A. Fernandez has officially started today as Indiewire news editor and senior writer.

Per usual when it comes to these sorts of things, the Twitter welcome mat continues to be cast far and wide. Indiewire founder emeritus Eugene Hernandez welcomed Fernandez last Thursday to New York, where the latter has traveled to help cover the Tribeca Film Festival. Meanwhile, former THR colleague Daniel Miller returned a Fernandez weekend tweet-compliment by linking today to a review by the writer of a pair of Tribeca documentaries:

Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal introduced Sexy Baby Friday with the straightforward admonition that as the mother of two teenage girls, she feels this doc is “the scariest movie I watched” from the fest program. When some in the crowd chuckled, she added, “We can laugh about it, but it’s not funny.”

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AMPAS Goes After Makers of Eight-Foot Oscar Statue*

If only the annual Oscar telecast was this entertaining.

Per a Hollywood, Esq. dispatch from THR senior writer Daniel Miller, some 2011 correspondence between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Edwardsville, IL special events firm TheEventLine.com has escalated into a 2012 lawsuit filed last week. At issue are the eight-foot-tall golden statue props provided by Event Line for special functions.

In response to last year’s AMPAS letters, Event Line changed the name of the prop from “Oscar statue” to “Telly statue” and made alterations to the statue’s appearance. But after some February subterfuge, this now looks to be headed to the courtroom:

According to TheEventLine.com president Robert Hollingsworth, the person sent by the Academy to the [Atlanta] warehouse used a “false name, false address and false purpose” to gain access to the facility and took unauthorized photographs of the Telly Award statuettes and other TheEventLine.com products.

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Development Drop Out Costs NBCUniversal Nine Million*

CurbedLA started out the New Year by sharing a great reader tip. Someone pointed them to an SEC filing by Thomas Properties Group, which contained confirmation of a nine million dollar kill fee received by the developer from NBCUniversal.

Too bad Arrested Develpment ran on FOX, rather than NBC. Otherwise, the (still pretty good) headline chosen by CurbedLA would have been utterly perfect. From yesterday’s item:

On December 19, 2011, Thomas Properties Group, Inc. and NBC Universal Media LLC mutually agreed to terminate further work on the MetroStudios@Lankershim property that was planned for the Universal City area of Los Angeles. In light of NBCU’s changing requirements for office and post-production space, the planned MetroStudios@Lankershim project was not considered economically viable at this time.

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