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FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Red, White and MILF Director Calls Spoof Video: ’60% Moral Imperative’

Grammy-winning director Trish Sie today released a video for Alex Lacamoire and Martin Bejerano‘s hi-sterical Sarah Palin spoof song “Red, White and MILF.”

Bejerano and Lacamoire “got trashed one night and wrote this ridiculous song. It got picked up by syndicated radio shows, and they came to me, saying, ‘We only have $2,000, but we think we need to make a video,” Sie tells FBLA. “And I said, ‘I think you’re right.’”

“I always try to do dance-oriented videos. It seemed the obvious choice was a lead singer drenched in douchebaggery, surrounded by dancing Sarah Palins. It seemed a recipe for success,” she said.

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American Idol’s New Judge is “Sassy.” Shark Officially Jumped?

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Perhaps finally realizing that Paula Abdul is a train wreck we can turn away from, Fox is introducing a fourth jurist to the American Idol judge’s table, Grammy-nominated songwriter Kara DioGuardi.

Who?

Well, according to the LAT she’s “a smart, sassy lady.” But we’re still not convinced this is “change we can believe in,” so we consulted our Rabbi.

Rabbi Richard Rushfield, the venerable American Idol Watcher for the LAT, was philosophical about the change, telling FBLA:

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Why Is Nobody Calling Deadline Hollywood Daily on Its Mistake?

goldstein_jynssynlnc.jpgDeadline Hollywood Daily adores to point out other people’s errors — both real and perceived — so it surprised us at FBLA that nobody has called DHD out on the egregious error in its post about Patrick Goldstein‘s new blog, The Big Picture, at the LAT.

“I’m told that, despite heavy promotion by the paper and other media, Goldstein’s blog on Monday only received 1,102 page views, placing #35 out of 50 blogs at the LA Times.”

That’s so funny. We got an e-mail (with curiously identical wording) from an LAT staffer “telling” us the same thing. The thing is, we didn’t run with it because the information simply isn’t true.

The blog wasn’t “heavily promoted” on Monday (though we had it, thank you very much). It was moderately promoted on Tuesday — when the numbers jumped from 1,103 page views to 12,364 views. Wednesday saw the blog’s page views grow to 13,732.

True, this is nothing compared to DHD’s average daily page views of 48,449, but DHD is a few years and many, many Drudge links into its career. And newspaper blogs build audiences slowly (an inside source tells us that the paper’s most popular blogs — Top of the Ticket, Showtracker, Lakers — all sat at the bottom of the ranks for months before they slowly but surely found an audience).

In other words, Big Picture got — on its first day — 25 percent of the page views DHD now gets after two or so years in. With page views growing steadily every day.

Not too shabby.

Earlier: FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Patrick Goldstein ‘Blogging Is Journalism’

YouTube Driving Video Not Scripted

Seen the “Kid Fails Driving Test 5 Times In A Day” video? We figured the whole thing was scripted, but marketing people behind this Parrot.com promotion tell FBLA:

The video is part of a marketing strategy for a company called Parrot.com to raise the awareness of the new laws in California, as well as, to raise the brand awareness of their hands-free mobile devices in the US. Parrot funded the production of the video.

The video is not scripted. The company installed hidden cameras in the car and hired “John” to test the limits of these driving instructors using his cell phone.

MetroMix Now Has Sex With Peter Gilstrap

451898_ratio3x4_width180.jpgMetroMix today debuted its new sex column “Hot & Bothered” with perennial trouble-maker Peter Gilstrap. The sex expert (who says he’s not a sex expert, just someone who, you know, has had sex) offers some pretty sage advice, only some of which involves udder balm.

Gilstrap took time out of his busy schedule of, um, research to talk with FBLA about his new gig:

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HollyShorts Parties at Murano and We’re There. Kinda.

FBLA spies infiltrated the HollyShorts party at Murano last night and had this to report: start-up film makers are pretty rad.

A host of former journalists (a few from E! and a couple from People were spotted by our spies) have gotten into the short film-making, and from all accounts their films are worth checking out.

The May installment of the monthly screening series starts Friday, May 30 at the Echo Park Film Center in Echo Park. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Free wine, beer and soda – not to mention Q&As.

*Yes, we know this video is a year old — that’s just what they gave us. Don’t shoot the messenger.

FBLA Goes to New York!

0805_circus_thumbs_300x250.jpgPerhaps you’ve noticed the banner ads we’ve been running for the last month or so: FBLA is going to New York this weekend for MediaBistro.com’s two-day summit to learn all about media trends and drink network.

Some of the speakers include Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine and Jim Roberts, Editor of Digital News for the New York Times.

Wanna come with? We pack light and have a splitter on our iPod, so we make for great travel companions. See you there!

The Hollywood Reporter Nabs An LAT Writer

dirchairfern.jpgThe Hollywood Reporter has lured Scriptland columnist (and former FBLA fishie) Jay Fernandez to the fold as a full-time senior film reporter, concentrating on breaking news.

Congratulations, Jay!

FBLA Confirms Ryan Seacrest Is In Talks To Replace Larry King

kingseacrest.jpgSources close to Ryan Seacrest have confirmed to FBLA that Ryan Seacrest is in talks with CNN to shimmy into Larry King’s chair. Now “talks” can mean a lot of things, and our source also says, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Why?

Well, for one thing Ryan is currently the host of… everything. E! News, American Idol, a popular KIIS-FM radio show — not to mention a producer. Taking on Larry King’s show would almost certainly mean shedding all those responsibilities and losing much of the Ryan Seacrest “brand.” Plus our source doubts CNN would want to fork up the cash it’d take to get Ryan out of his other obligations.

Our big question, though, is why would Ryan even want to do this? Sure Paris Hilton has been on Larry King — and, yes, Ryan interviewed Hillary Clinton — but could Ryan seriously keep from nodding off while talking to political wonks?

In a word, our source says: “Yes.”

“His background is in being a generalist. He’s known for his work with celebrities, but he came up through mass radio. He could pull it off.”

We’re not sure if our source meant King’s job or his suspenders.

FBLA Exclusive: Former Child Star Central Is Our New Favorite Blog

joalryan_blog_logo.jpgFreelance entertainment journalist/author/funny woman Joal Ryan has started up a shiny new blog dedicated to a very niche media obsession that has served her well over the years: former child stars. Scoff if you want to, but her blog posts are more addictive than Doritos (and we’re going to guess, better for you, too). Ryan tells FBLA a bit about the philosophy behind Former Child Star Central.

1. What inspired this? The day Dana Plato got arrested for holding up a video store in Las Vegas. I don’t know, something changed. Honestly, this began as a goof, and ended up as my niche because people really care about what happens to the people they grew up with, whether the people be former classmates or former child stars.

I originally intended to have fun with the subject, and I still do. But since former child stars are far too easy to make fun of, I find it’s more interesting to actually think through the stories.

And, by the way, I’ve since visited the locale where Plato pulled her botched heist. Reality checks always spoil the fun because there’s nothing funny about imagining someone reaching the end of their rope in the desert. In a strip mall.

2. What do you do to research this stuff? I’m a very good Googler. Also, I’m very fortunate to have a readership that’s kind enough to pass along tidbits every now and then.

3. Who are your top three favorite former childhood stars?
The three quintessential former child stars are: Gary Coleman; Gary Coleman; and, Gary Coleman.

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