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LA Times Serves Up H’wood’s New Dining Rules

People who know the entertainment biz are well aware that making it in Tinseltown means you understand the inside politics and well as the savvy social skills required to successfully navigate through Hollywood.

So it’s no surprise that there are oh-so-important rules even when it comes to lunch. However, those rules have been amended a bit as of late, with power players giving up their chic, expensive haunts in favor of cost-effective joints for a variety of reasons.

The LA Times unveils those reasons with the help of writer Nicole LaPorte (who has played the Hollywood game via reporting on the biz for Variety and her latest project, an ambitious book about DreamWorks for Houghton Mifflin).

LaPorte spills the beans on some new and old trends when it comes to industryite dining and she gets vet manager Bernie Brillstein on the record, giving his two cents on the latest money-saving meals: “I don’t think lunch is as much of a ritual anymore. I think it’s lessened over the years. Agencies and studios and networks are so much more cost-conscious. A lot of them say, ‘Why do we have an office if you have to go to a restaurant?’”

Get your fill of LaPorte’s LA Times piece here. – CHRIS GARDNER

In The Trades: Watching Over and Over Again

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YouTube removed those priceless moments of the Oscar show, at the request of the Academy, even though Ellen’s opening monologue and Will Farrell’s musical interlude were some of the most-viewed clips. Oscar.com had brief snippets of the musical numbers and the opening monologue. Copyright issues, rather than competition, are the Academy’s reasons for strong-arming YouTube.

Variety’s On The Town live-blogged the Oscars from the press room:

10:09 Scott Rosenberg is a menace to society. His fawning, self-referential questions cause the NYT’s David Halbfinger’s head to pitch forward, nearly deleting his story.

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Kelsey Grammer is moving his producing deal to 20th after 15 years at Paramount. He brings “an eclectic range of projects” with him, whatever that means.

Dreamworks Animation did indeed drop a steamer on Flushed Away, with $21.3 million fourth quarter loss. Shrek the Third is supposed to rescue DWA, and next year brings a sequel to Madagascar and Jack Black in Kung Fu Panda. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Los Angeles Rains Money For Obamania

obamania.jpgBarack Obama blew into town yesterday, smiled at DreamWorks execs, kissed a few babies and whipped up a cool million. (Actually, it was about $1.3 million.)

But while the press (and Jennifer Aniston) swooned over Obama’s smile and clean, articulate yumminess, we had to wonder if his take was really all that great. Sure a $1.3 million one-night stand is impressive, but every week it seems Tina Daunt talks to a different Hillary operative who is hanging out in a hotel lobby, like a high-class hooker, collecting endorsements and checks.

Hopefully Ms. Daunt will tackle that topic in her column this week. Until then, we’ll have to make do watching local reporters write “I (Heart) Obama” in Whiteout on their notebooks.

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