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Accused Alec Baldwin Stalker: ‘I Have No Chance of Winning’

Shutterstock_AlecBaldwinThe Alec Baldwin NYC stalker trial is big news north of the border. The accused woman – aspiring Quebec actress and former Adventures of Pluto Nash unit publicist Genevieve Sabourin – was emblazoned across the front page of the Journal de Montreal Friday and that same morning gave an interview to radio station CHOI 91.9 FM. She is scheduled to testify Tuesday.

Sabourin dodged a question about whether she sent Baldwin a certain celebrated “St. Patrick’s Day” email. She also explained that she is currently staying at a “summer camp” three-and-a-half hours by car from Manhattan, meaning she will tomorrow once again commute a total of seven hours for her NYC court appearance. Sabourin seems pretty clear-eyed about her legal prospects:

“I have no chance of winning, I’ve known it from day one. I’ve said it all along. I’ve asked the Canadian Embassy, the Quebec Delegate General, nobody ever called me back.”

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Who Should Ellen Dance With at Next Year’s Oscars?

There are so many show-open possibilities that come to mind for Ellen DeGeneres March 2 under the tutelage of telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. And since Billy Crystal recently reminded just how tense the room is when the host first walks out, FishbowlNY would like to float out the following three options.

1) OPTION ONE – Dance With Everybody: Ellen could get the whole crowd into it, in the same way that Tilda Swinton did this spring at EbertFest in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Ellen dancing up and down the aisles would loosen the Dolby Theatre up, fast.

2) OPTION TWO – Dance With Jack: Nicholson would probably never go for it. But is there a more iconic audience member from the era when Academy Awards broadcasts were watchable? We don’t think so. A brief on-stage jig with the sunglassed one would get things off to a gold-standard start.

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Lorne Michaels Admits Infamous SNL Eddie Murphy Crack Was a Mistake

On Tuesday, Martin Short interviewed Lorne Michaels. It happened right here in Lalaland at the Beverly Hilton, as part of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society’s ongoing “newsmakers” luncheon series.

Since FishbowlLA will go to its grave wondering how spectacular the 2011 Oscars might have been if Eddie Murphy had remained at the host-helm, we couldn’t help but zero in on the last paragraph of a report by senior Hollywood Reporter TV writer Lacey Rose:

Michaels confessed that he had made that mistake [making fun of one of "his own"] years earlier with former cast member Eddie Murphy, who at that time had had a string of box office disappointments. Though SNL had stayed away from some of Murphy’s more personal stumbles, he and his writers had David Spade take a ["Hollywood Minute"] jab at his professional fumble. “I figured it was kind of a clean hit. I didn’t really think about it; but Eddie did,” he said to big laughs…

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Brett Ratner to Receive GLAAD Award

Staff writer Lesley Goldberg’s lede in The Hollywood Reporter sums it up perfectly:

A year and a half after a gay slur effectively cost him a gig producing the Oscars, Brett Ratner has come full circle.

Indeed; and just as loudly as we suspect Eddie Murphy would have been applauded as host of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, this path to redemption by Ratner deserves all the plaudits it will receive. On March 16 in New York at the GLAAD Media Awards, Ratner will accept the organization’s first-ever Ally Award and also take the opportunity to debut some “Coming Out for Equality” PSAs he made for the organization.

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Meet Michael Sragow, the Orange County Register’s New Film Critic

It all started so innocently. Michael Sragow, the newly announced film critic for the Orange County Register, was minding his own Tribune Co. business in Baltimore when he received an email.

“Someone forwarded to me an alt-weekly article that was sort of making fun of the new [Register] ownership for concentrating on the print product,” Sragow tells FishbowlLA via telephone. (Though he could not remember the specifics of the article, it sounded very much to us like the OC Weekly handiwork of Gustavo Arellano.) “I actually thought, ‘That [focus] is a pretty smart idea’”

“I got in touch with the [Register] editors, who directed me to the job posting,” he continues. “Just the way they were talking about the position, and how they wanted someone who could talk about a wide range of movies past and present… It was so unusual in today’s world of cultural journalism that I really jumped at it.”

Sragow, scheduled to officially start in March, is headed our way this weekend to begin the search for a new place to live. He and wife Glenda are also getting ready to sell their home in Baltimore, where he has worked since 2001 for the Sun newspaper.

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Arnold Schwartzenegger Stops By Reddit–Says Twins 2 Will Happen

America’s favorite philandering Austrian Governator swung by Reddit today to do an “Ask Me Anything” session. As of the writing of this post he was still going. So go ask him something if you’re so inclined.

Thus far, not a whole lot to life lessons have been imparted to the girly men boys of Reddit. We did, however, learn that Arnold knows to write in cursive–even if he isn’t particularly good at it. We also learned that Twins 2 is apparently a go, with Danny Devito and Eddie Murphy.

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Bill Hader Bows to John Cleese

For the first time since Eddie Murphy in 1983, a Saturday Night Live performer has been nominated at the Primetime Emmys in the category of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Before Bill Hader finds out if he’ll take home the prize, he chatted with Elvis Mitchell for today’s episode of TheTreatment on KCRW.

There’s lots of good stuff about the mysteries of why some SNL skits work and other celebrity hosts don’t, even when they’re killing it in studio. Hader also talks about his admiration for comedians who remained calm amidst the craziness, like Harvey Korman, Gene Wilder and SCTV’s Rick Moranis. In that same vein, he also isolated a formative childhood viewing experience:

“Watching Monty Python and the movie And Now For Something Completely Different in the sketch where John Cleese is the guy teaching people how to defend themselves if anyone attacks with fresh fruit. And the way he plays that is as a real insane person. He doesn’t play it funny, at all. There’s a moment where everyone is listing off – ‘You’ve already told us how to defend us against cherries…’ – but it’s so funny, there’s just a shot of him listening to them and he’s playing it as a psychopath. And that, at a young age, I realized, ‘Oh, that’s what makes it so much funnier.’”

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Exiting AMPAS President Recalls the One and Only Time He Ignored the Press

It’s still tantalizing to think how much more electric and entertaining the 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast could have been with Eddie Murphy as host instead of Billy Crystal. As part of an extensive THR interview marking today’s official changing of the AMPAS presidential guard, Tom Sherak (pictured) says dealing with the fallout from Brett Ratner’s ArcLight Q&A remarks was not nearly as hard as people made it seem.

However, he tells Alex Ben Block those events did lead him to divert from his usual M.O.:

“I remember it was the first time in my career that I didn’t return a press call. The first time in all the years I’ve been out here, since ’83, the first time. … If a press person calls me, I give them the respect of calling them back. I do. They’ve got a job to do.”

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Adam Sandler is Really, Really Bad at Acting

Adam Sandler‘s acting career has reached a new low.

The 2012 Razzie nominations were released on the eve of the Academy Awards, and Sandler led the way with a record 11 nods scattered over three films — Jack and Jill, Just Go with It and Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star.

(OK, how many of you have seen one of these three movies? We won’t judge.)

Sandler shattered Eddie Murphy‘s previous record of five nominations in 2007 for Norbit. And in a unique twist, Sandler was nominated for worst actor and worst actress for playing Jack and Jill Sadelstein.

“It’s almost karmic for someone to have made that much razz-able stuff in one year,” Razzies founder John Wilson told the Associated Press. “He has angered someone really powerful, I would say.”

Mark Lisanti Bypasses Predictable Oscar Buzz, Live-Blogs Previous Winner Instead

Ha ha. Former Defamer and Yahoo! movie blogs overseer Mark Lisanti has got a typically subversive take on Sunday’s 84th Academy Awards, at his new Grantland home. In light of the fact that this year’s ceremony “is throwing off roughly as much heat as an ice-fishing Yeti snacking on a Creamsicle,” he chose – instead of some last-minute buzz-o-meter readings – to cue up and live-blog the upset winner for Best Picture of 2005.

Here for example is the second entry in his retro, Crash Angeles extravaganza, which assesses the kinder-gentler aura now given off by the opening credits:

1:12 — “A Film by Paul Haggis.” There was a time, namely a good four years after seeing this movie, when those words would instill fear/dread/rage, but now that’s gone. He did the good James Bond! He’s fighting Scientology! He was on Entourage! Pretty big turnaround there. (Well, not the Entourage thing.) I’m kind of into him now.

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