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Ronan Farrow Racks Up Three Quick Strikes

RonanFarrowDaily[The following is a transcript from the FishbowlNY play-by-play booth.]

“Now batting… Ronan Farrow, the handsome young son of Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra. Check that… Our statistician has just informed us that contrary to information circulated earlier, Ronan is in fact the son of Farrow and Woody Allen. Our apologies.”

“OK; Farrow steps into the national media box. Here’s the first pitch and, whoosh! Farrow swings for the fences and misses. Ratings for his Monday MSNBC debut averaged just 46,000 viewers.”

“Farrow is back in the box… for a called strike two! We’re not sure about that one; it looked a little outside. According the the Daily News, this unproven celebrity farm system prospect “doesn’t yet pop off the screen with the kind of distinctive personality that sets the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Rachel Maddow or Anderson Cooper apart.”"

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

At Least One Couple on Tap for Empire Steak House $10,000 New Year’s Eve

EmpireSteakhouseLogoNew York Post reporter Gary Buiso had a fun item over the weekend about the “Emperor’s Delight,” a five-course New Year’s Eve menu for two being offered tonight at the Empire Steak House on West 52nd Street. The meal starts with two pounds of Osetra caviar and ends with a bill for $10,000 (gratuity not included).

FishbowlNY was curious how the reservations were looking for this privileged, top-end option. A rep for the restaurant at press time tells us that one couple so far has made the gilded reservation.

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Paul McCartney Surprises New York High School Students

During a recent appearance on (and in front of) Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paul McCartney recalled meeting Frank Sinatra at Royal Albert Hall in London. The thrill of that remembered encounter today gives way to one involving some 400 very lucky students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

Paul McCartney at Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts

As part of iHeartRadio’s first-ever sponsored high school Q&A and performance, McCartney put on a little show! And per the headline, it was a total surprise. An iHeartRadio rep confirms to FishbowlNY that the students had no idea what they were in for until Sir Paul was publicly announced.

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Memo to Bob Newhart’s Primetime Emmy Co-Nominees

We’re talking to you: Justin Timberlake, Will Forte, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Nathan Lane.

Each one of you is nominated alongside comedy legend Bob Newhart in the 2013 Primetime Emmy category of Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series. Should any of you win at the Creative Arts ceremony, please consider a variation of Ving Rhames’ priceless move at the Golden Globes and making Newhart your version of Jack Lemmon.

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Remembering Las Vegas Pioneer Kenny Kerr

Even back in 2009, when columnist and Gay Vegas book author Steve Friess wrote an item about Kenny Kerr, memories were already fading of the legendary Strip performer’s female impersonator legacy. Kerr died over the weekend at age 60.

From Friess’ December 2009 Las Vegas Weekly article:

Not even my own partner, who has been in Vegas for almost a decade, was certain what Kenny does. “He was a drag queen, right?” Miles asked.

Uh, yeah. But not in the low-rent, cheesy form that most people think of when bandying about that phrase. Kenny Kerr is — not was, is — the best performing drag queen ever to grace a stage in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Unfortunately, he’s also one of the worst businessmen. Which he cops to.

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Wink Martindale Hosts a Very Special Look at Frank Sinatra

Luck will be a lady to Frank Sinatra fans this Saturday and Sunday night in the form of a special one-hour Internet radio program. “Sinatra & Friends: Remembering an American Legend” is set to be piped out at 6 p.m. PT March 9 and 8 p.m. March 10 on Sunland, CA-based CRN Digital Talk Radio.

The best part is that the show is hosted by Wink Martindale, not just an instantly recognizable name from the TV world but also someone who got to interview Ole’ Blue Eyes a number of times:

“We went through our archives of interviews with Frank and those who worked with him and were close to him to get a unique retrospective on the man and the legend that was Frank Sinatra,” said Martindale. Other featured interviews include Sammy Davis Jr., Big Band leader Tommy Dorsey and composer Paul Anka.

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Quincy Jones Readies ‘Asian Grammys’

Just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Matthew Garrahan, west coast correspondent for the Financial Times, has put together a rousing profile of a man who is the very embodiment of the dream King once famously spoke of.

Garrahan chatted for three hours with Quincy Jones at the mogul’s expansive Bel Air home, which he makes good use of to frame the article. In the piece, he touches on Jones’ humble Chicago beginnings, brief dalliance with heroin, stories of working with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and much more. There are also details about Jones’ increasing ties to China and the rest of Asia, cemented by his role as artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics:

The main Asian push begins in March: in addition to being its [new] chairman, Jones is now executive producer of the [Singapore based] Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences’ inaugural awards show, envisaged as a kind of Asian Grammys.

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Compiling a New Frank Sinatra Dodgers Playlist

In case you missed it, the latest bit of Dodgers bankruptcy court madness involves none other than Frank Sinatra.

The dearly departed singer claimed season tickets when the team moved here from Brooklyn. Fifty-three years later, an attorney has thrown Old Blue Eyes’ estate hat into the Delaware ring as part of an unlikely move for some financial relief.

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Remembering the Man Who Defended Hollywood’s First Tabloid

There’s a fantastic profile piece by Daniel Miller in the March 30th issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine about Arthur Crowley, an attorney who passed away last spring with barely a media mention. But in his heyday, Crowley was very much at the center of big-time Tinseltown divorces as well as a landmark battle between the studios and trailblazing bi-monthly gossip rag Confidential.

Miller retraces Crowley’s crafty tactics relating to the 1957 criminal libel trial of Confidential, an action brought by California Attorney General Pat Brown on behalf of the studios. With Hollywood charging that stories about Marlene Dietrich‘s lesbianism and many other scandalous accusations were false, the attorney decided to try and force famous actors to take the stand:

Crowley tasked famed private eye Fred Otash with delivering more than 100 subpoenas. Many actors successfully avoided Otash, including Frank Sinatra and Gregory Peck, who headed for Las Vegas…

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The NYT Tightens Its Belt, Adds Bono to the Masthead

NYT annual reportgg-1.jpgLots of New York Times news to discuss today! You may recall, way back in the early days of August before Sarah Palin was even a glimmer in John McCain‘s eye, that we told you how the NYT Co. was under increases pressure to cut its dividends (simply put: “it has to stop paying its shareholders so much money and use some of its finite cash to pay off its bonds”). Bloomberg is now reporting the company is considering doing just that, or perhaps even dropping dividends altogether(!) after “reporting a loss on severance costs and a steeper drop in advertising sales.” Keep in mind that the NYT Co. has a $1.1 billion debt and pays the controlling Ochs-Sulzberger family a $25.1 million a year dividend. Time for some belt-tightening we thinks!

But that is not all, by a long shot. Because if you were the national paper of record, as well as (by far), the best example of how a newspaper should go about transitioning to the online world, and you found yourself struggling, what would you do? Hire a celebrity for your op-ed pages, of course!

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