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Barbra Streisand Town Hall Anchors Limited-Time SiriusXM Channel [Updated]

ShutterstockBarbraStreisandLaunching Friday at 5:00 p.m. ET and running through Friday October 10, SiriusXM’s Barbra Streisand Channel will allow fans to bask in a non-stop flow of the singer’s catalog. From her 1963 debut right through to her new album Partners, releasing September 16.

It’s a clever way to promote Streisand’s new LP and comes with the benefit of an exclusive interview on Sunday. From today’s announcement:

The Barbra Streisand Channel will feature an exclusive “Town Hall” special with Streisand. Streisand will sit down for an intimate Q&A session with a select group of listeners in the SiriusXM studios in New York City.

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Media Still Getting Elvis Presley First-Kiss Facts Wrong

If this year’s Oscars are anywhere near as entertaining as a piece on TheWrap today about Documentary Short Subject category attendee Mother Prioress, we’ll be happy campers around about 8:24 p.m. PT Sunday.

Awards season expert Steve Pond fact-checks the topic of Prioress’s oft-repeated Hollywood PR. As actress Dolores Hart, it is said that she previously presented at the 1959 Oscars and was responsible for Elvis Presley‘s first on-screen kiss. Wrong, and… not quite right. Pond notes that the bit about the Elvis kiss was put forth about a decade ago by ABC News’ 20/20 and has been lazily repeated ever since:

It’s uncertain the order in which the kisses were filmed [for 1957's Loving You], but Elvis kisses Jana Lund about 50 minutes into the film, and Lizabeth Scott half an hour later; it isn’t until the movie’s final scene that he finally locks lips with Hart.

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Legendary Lyricist Jerry Leiber Dies at 78

Jerry Leiber, the wordsmith behind such rock classics as “Hound Dog,” ”Jailhouse Rock,” and “Love Potion No. 9,” passed away this morning at Cedars-Sinai after a long illness.

Leiber, along with his songwriting partner Mike Stoller, wrote a long list of hit songs and left a lasting influence on rock n’ roll. Their songs were recorded by musical heavyweights such as Elvis Presley, Peggy Lee, Edith Piaf, Little Richard, the Beatles, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Together with Ben E. King, the duo co-wrote the 1961 hit “Stand by Me,” which has since been recorded by hundreds of artists. No offense to Jimi Hendrix, but we prefer the original King version.

More about the duo from the LA Times:

Their writing prowess and influence over the recording industry as pioneering independent producers earned them induction into the non-performer category of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
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Early Rupert Murdoch Hatchet Job Had Elvis All Shook Up

It took a few days, but other media outlets are starting to catch up to Nashville columnist and Country Music Channel editorial director Chet Flippo‘s amazing July 14 item.

His incendiary “Nashville Skyline” entry has been picked by the Vancouver Sun, the LA Times, and will no doubt reverberate in the coming days as yet another pie-in-the-Murdoch-face. Flippo connects the dots between the media baron’s early U.S. newspaper handiwork in San Antonio and the 1977 book Elvis: What Happened? written by trenchcoat tabloid legend Steve Dunleavy. Writes Flippo about content also serialized in the New York Post:

For the first time, the book revealed the full extent of Elvis Presley‘s complete and total dependence on a long list of prescription drugs. And it was not a pretty story. It was a virtual pharmacopia of drugs and other sundry and tawdry personal details about Elvis.

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Zsa Zsa’s Daughter Waits for ‘Dreaded Call from AP Obit Reporter’

If not for the Schwarzenegger love child scandal, the plight of Constance Francesca Hilton, a woman who–according to her mother Zsa Zsa Gabor‘s autobiography was the result of “rape” by Conrad Hilton–would be getting a much larger share of media attention this week.

Former LA Times staff writer Lorenza Muñoz lays out the current sad state of affairs for mother and Gabor’s only daughter via a Daily Beast article chock full of interesting media and publicist tidbits. Front and center is the cozy relationship between Gabor’s ninth husband, Frederic von Anhalt (pictured), and TMZ:

Through his spokesman John Blanchette, von Anhalt, denies that he has a paid relationship with the tabloid TMZ. However, he is friendly with TMZ founder Harvey Levin and did agree to opening up the couple’s Bel Air mansion for public viewing on the new TMZ tour of celebrity homes, said Blanchette.

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The Nun Who Gets to Vote for Best Picture

Because Thom Geier‘s February 4th-11th Entertainment Weekly interview feature “The Nun Who Kissed Elvis” was never posted online, it failed to get passed around the Internet the way it should have. In great detail, he outlines how one-time Elvis Presley co-star Dolores Hart turned her back on Hollywood in 1963 to become a Benedictine nun at the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT.

The caveat is that she has remained an actor’s branch voting member of the Academy, which allows for the detailing of some pretty hysterical Oscar season activities. Last year for example, she was very unpopular with the other nuns because she chose to give Avatar her 2009 Best Picture vote instead of The Hurt Locker. But the real kicker is the way she views her Academy DVDs:

Hart watches the films in her basement office, a 12-by-12 foot room with high ceilings and a slanted floor that was once the art studio of one of the order’s founders… Her TV is a 20-year-old model that sits on a stand. “It’s a tiny little thing, maybe eight inches,” she says. “I never got past to the big stuff.”

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St. Louis Critic Frames James Dean’s 80th Birthday

There is surprisingly little coverage today of James Dean on what would have been his 80th birthday. Some exceptions are Flavorwire.com’s crazily ambitious “80 Things You Didn’t Know About James Dean,” and our favorite item courtesy of St. Louis Post-Dispatch film critic Joe Williams.

In a nifty little piece entitled “When Ronnie Met Jimmy,” Williams reveals himself to be a hardcore Dean fan, having visited the actor’s Indiana grave site as well as the California crossroads where the star died. He shares the recently discovered video of The Dark, Dark Hours, a 1954 teleplay that paired Dean with Ronald Reagan (who coincidentally would have turned 100 on Sunday).

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Elvis, Ruth 2010′s ‘Most Dangerous’ Autographs

Veracity has left the building. This according to Santa Ana based grading company Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).

The firm says 2010 was another banner year for autograph forgeries, with roughly half of all received submissions from third-party purchasers turning out to be as real as last week’s Farmer’s Market Elvis sighting. Per PSA, the year’s “Ten Most Dangerous Autographs” of entertainment and historical figures are:

1- Elvis Presley
2- The Beatles
3- John F. Kennedy
4- Marilyn Monroe
5- Michael Jackson
6- Jim Morrison
7- Neil Armstrong
8- Jimi Hendrix
9- James Dean
10- Walt Disney

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Jack A. Weil: Where All The Cowboys Have Gone

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The oldest CEO in the world Jack A. Weil, inventor of the snap button cowboy shirt has died at age 107.

AP reports:

Weil’s shirts have been worn in movies by Elvis Presley, Clark Gable (in his last film, “The Misfits”) and Heath Ledger (“Brokeback Mountain.”) Bob Dylan, John Fogerty and Eric Clapton also have sported the shirts.

The price of a shirt has gone from about $2 in the 1940s to $60 and up today, mostly because the Weils kept manufacturing operations in the United States.

Jack Weil remained chief executive officer of Rockmount and went to work daily until a few days before his death, his grandson said.

We also like the quote from the NYTimes about why he still made his clothes in the US:

“I never wanted to be the richest man in the cemetery,” he said.

The weird thing is that the LAT doesn’t have an obit up for him as of this posting. Tough town.

LAT In 90 Seconds

37014275-21120309.jpgSerial Novel: Steve Lopez’s experiment in reader participation continues, with Chapter 4 of his reader-written serial novel. The Orange County Register did something like this five or six years ago. It sucked.

35055047-02075821.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Latest Sermon: Rabbi Richard Rushfield quotes Wms Blake and Gibson before he even mentions the words American Idol. We wonder what he’ll recite during his first weekly Idol chat today at noon at www.chat.latimes.com.

37405706-01162815.jpgNo Joke: Mariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley with more No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is now second only to the Beatles. Check the date, boys, this story was filed April 2. It’s for real.

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