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HowStuffWorks Takes On the Emmys, Fails To Explain Ryan Seacrest

staemstuff.jpgOne of our favorite sites on the Web, HowStuffWorks.com, takes on Emmy coverage with nary a mention of what the hell E! is going to do for its red carpet coverage now that Ryan Seacrest is hosting the show.

Instead, the site takes a high-school-science-text-book approach to the awards, letting readers know that the statuette was designed by a TV engineer who modeled it after his wife, and that it weighs 4 3/4 pounds, made of an amalgam of copper, nickel and silver, covered in 18 karat gold.

So, if you’re feeling particularly geeky, check out the story here.

Taking Bets In The Lyons Den

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We are not rushing out to take in Springfield-mania, and we don’t know too many people who are. But when we saw hordes of fans lined up at The Grove late last night for the midnight showing of The Simpsons Movie, we thought maybe it would be a surprise blockbuster. Then we heard all three of the midnight shows at the Arclight had sold out, and we started to think it was going to be a monster hit.

Luckily, that cute-as-a-button, wanna-be ghetto movie reviewer kid on E! is around to set us straight. In his new weekly feature, Beat Ben @ The Box Office, Ben Lyons pits his movie knowledge against yours by predicting box office takes every weekend.

As he assures his readers:

The Simpsons Movie, 18 years in the making, will take in roughly $37 million. Strong, but not overwhelming.

Here’s Why: The film will not reach the coveted $45-50 million range because younger moviegoers, the ones who make up the majority of summer ticket sales, don’t have the same passion for this animated flick as they did for Shrek and Ratatouille.

Emmy Nominations Cause A Stir … Or At Least A Lot Of Early Rising

emily.jpgThe people whose jobs it is to give you the most up-to-date information possible about meaningless awards shows watched the sun rise this morning as the 59th Annual Emmy nominations were announced. Here’s a sampling of their work.

Tom O’Neil posts at 6:16 a.m. that the academy “showed a sense of saucy humor,” in nominating the Justin Timberlake’s SNL skit, Dick In A Box. Except he wasn’t allowed to print the name of the skit.

Zap2It didn’t time stamp its offering, and we have a feeling more coverage from them is TK. The site, so far, offers the recognition that 15 Emmy nominations means The Sopranos finally have a shot at getting “a more definitive ending,” than they gave viewers.

Deadline Hollywood Daily offers some thoughts, like this one written at 5:13 a.m.: “I always find it ridiculous how year after year the Emmy voters tend to favor the tried and true (and, therefore, stultifying) shows over new series that haven’t passed their expiration date and still try to push the envelope. It’s like an episode has to jump the shark before the voters will give it a modicum of respect.”

E!’s 7:10 a.m. posting declares The Office can repeat, 24 won’t.

Gold Derby Celebrates Its Scoop — Gives FBLA Props

notorious1_2.jpgTom O’Neil has been getting pats on the back all over town — The New York Post, TV Guide, E! and, of course, FBLA for his scoop revealing the list of Emmy nominations on LAT’s Gold Derby blog.

And he’s happy to share the joy, telling FBLA that in today’s story “I gave you full credit here for having the GENIUS to know an important story when you saw it breaking!”

Thanks, Tom.

Check out the story here, and an important highlight here:

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The Toll “Real News” Takes

feverchart.jpgThe folks at Us Weekly, OK!, Star and E! must be taking some long lunch breaks this week. Whenever “real” news strikes (read: tragedy that happens in the U.S. — that Iraq stuff is so played out), the appetite for celebrity dish tends to go way, way down. How far down?

Thirty-three percent down.

According to our unscientific study tracking the number of posts on TMZ.com, we discovered that tragedy accounts for a 32.9 percent decrease in posts this week over the same time period the week before.

But for those who worry that this new sobriety will last, that our way of life will forever be altered, take comfort. All is not lost — just 33 percent of it is.

E! CEO’s Girlfriend Lands Her Own Show

handlerc.jpgChelsea Handler, star of Girls Behaving Badly will get her own show on her boyfriend’s network, E!, this summer.

In a one-hour series, Handler will riff on pop culture and entertainment. Kinda like The Soup, but with viewer call-ins and a prettier smile.

More details in the press release:

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BREAKING: Bomb Threat At E!

depandi.jpgGiuliana DePandi seen milling about outside the Wilshire Blvd. E! building in a trench coat. This and more exciting news as it develops. Stay tuned.

UPDATE: LAPD told FBLA that security guards at the 5750 Wilshire Blvd. building received two separate calls before 10 a.m. today from someone claiming that an explosive was in the building. The police sent about six units the scene, though a police source told us, “It’s probably a prank.” As of 12 p.m. the building was still evacuated.

Ben Lyons Digs On Movies … And Might Be Interested In Our Sister, Too

E! Online has launched a few new columns meant to appeal to men — you’ve heard of men, right? Those creatures with pendulous parts that wouldn’t be caught dead reading a celeb site?

Well, those clever E! folk may just have found their man-bait: Ben Lyons, son of Jeffrey, grandson of Leonard, has joined on as the company’s “resident film expert.”

His speech is peppered with shouts of allegiance to the Knicks and street lingo of his own invention, but he is one of the most affable interviewers we’ve ever seen. He’s got the kind of charm that makes you wish you could hang out with him. Maybe go clubbing. Introduce him to your sister.

Here’s what Ben has to say about being Ben:

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Breaking: Hefner and E! Comment on Anna Nicole Smith’s Death

playboy_anna_nicole.jpgDid Anna Nicole Smith die from those weight loss drugs, or more recreational ones? Or was someone who spent most of her life as a circus freakshow doomed to die this young?

We asked the people responsible, those who helped catapult this buxom bundle of tragedy into fame, to shed some light. But all we got back were press releases.

From E! came this boilerplate statement:

“E! Networks is deeply saddened by the tragic news of Anna Nicole Smith’s death. Our thoughts are with her family and loved ones.”

From Hugh Hefner (courtesy of <a href="http://www.mediabistro.com/

fishbowlny/pop_culture/hugh_hefner_on_anna_nicole_she_was_a_dear_friend_52777.asp#email”>FBNY):

“I am very saddened to learn about Anna Nicole’s passing. She was a
dear friend who meant a great deal to the Playboy family and to me
personally. My thoughts and prayers are with her friends and loved
ones during this difficult time.”

The Last Word on Studio 60?

E! Network’s The Soup produced this hilarious riff on Hollywood’s love-it-or-hate-it reaction to Studio 60. As FBLA has drawn a line down our fishbowl on this brilliant program (our other half is so wrong to hate this show), we greatly appreciate this charming sketch.

But we had one question for K.P. Anderson (he’s the one in the clip who isn’t Joel McHale): What side of the fence is he on? Also, (OK, maybe we had two questions), what can Sorkin do to make people stop hating him so damn much?

We like what Anderson had to say so much, we’re printing it in full:

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