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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Geoff Boucher’s CapeTown Film Festival Adds Another Major Attraction

It should be a heck of a weekend at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre. On Friday, May 3, as officially confirmed this morning by Geoff Boucher himself, Kurt Russell will appear at the inaugural CapeTown Film Festival for a screening of Escape from New York (the festival is named after Boucher’s EW.com blog). The next day, Saturday May 4, the event will screen Return of the Jedi in honor of Star Wars Day.

As Anne Thompson notes this morning in her updated coverage, Boucher has kept right on going since seguing from the LA Times to Entertainment Weekly. Though the PR for his writing, so far, has been less prominent at his new home, the fans have followed en masse:

Boucher’s new CapeTown blog – covering all things superhero, genre and fanboy/girl – has been a huge success, generating 2.5 million page views in its first month, which is close to the number of monthly readers the five-year-old LAT blog gets.

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Entertainment Weekly Aims for SiriusXM ‘Bullseye’

Are you ready for Entertainment Weekly Radio? It’s coming this spring and will include a variety of cross-over programming:

The daily morning radio show hosted by assistant managing editor Dalton Ross will include a forum for listeners to dish during recaps of last night’s TV shows as they drive to work; a weekly show hosted by editor Jess Cagle will showcase entertainment news; additional programs will include What’s Hot Today, The Must List and a radio version of the “Bullseye” column.

There’s no mention in today’s announcement of Geoff Boucher, the LAT Hero Complex creator who moved over to EW last year. But something tells us he too will soon be branching out to the magazine’s SiriuxXM airwaves.

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Five Takeaways from LA Weekly’s Fabulous LA Times Feature

Timing is everything. Just a few days before this week’s LA Weekly article “Who Will Buy the LA Times?” by Hillel Aron, CNBC broke the news that JPMorgan and Evercore will be handling the sale of the paper and other Tribune Co. assets.

That context gives the piece some extra urgency, and from this excellent bit of work by Aron, we were most struck by the following:

Richest Man in LA vs. Richest Man in the World: Aron references Patrick Soon-Shiong (pictured) in connection with former mayoral candidate Austin Beutner’s effort to put together a stealth group of combined LAT buyers. Surprisingly (at least to us), nowhere in the article does Carlos Slim come up, the man responsible for the relaunch of Larry King and much more. Aron confirms to FishbowlLA that it was not a case of being edited out; “no one ever mentioned Slim,” the writer says.

Two Shades of WSJ: The article characterizes Rupert Murdoch as the man who could potentially outbid everyone, with media expert Ken Doctor telling Aron the Wall Street Journal owner remains the odds-on favorite to acquire the newspaper. Doctor also thinks the two publications’ editorial and ad operations could be streamlined in a number of intriguing ways.

Which is perhaps ironic, because Aron also reminds that Times publisher and Tribune Co. CEO Eddie Hartenstein took a lot of flack internally for his decision to allow the Journal to print at the LAT, bumping the paper’s daily schedule down and “ruining its time-zone advantage over east coast papers.”

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Chris Lee Returns to the Los Angeles Times

Last year the Los Angeles Times lost Chris Lee to Newsweek/Daily Beast, but they’ve managed to win him back. He’ll return to the paper October 15, where he’ll be a senior writer on film and pop culture, and contribute to the Hero Complex blog. In related news, Gina McIntyre has been made the lead writer and editor for Hero Complex, taking over for Geoff Boucher, who left the paper last month for Entertainment Weekly.

The memo, via LA Observed:

To: The Staff
From: John Corrigan, Assistant Managing Editor

Pop culture aficionados have long sought out the work of Chris Lee. His keen sense of story and gift for words has led to scores of memorable pieces, including Hollywood foodies, Muslim punk rockers and the “club girls” who prowl the Sunset Strip for celebrity gossip.

His takes on celebrities rank among the very best, and the most eclectic. Zack Galifianakis, Gustavo Dudamel, Angelina Jolie, Jerry Lewis, Kanye West … all have gotten the Chris Lee treatment, to the delight of readers. He also chronicled Michael Jackson’s attempted comeback, and shared a Times Editorial Award in 2010 for his role in the breaking news coverage of Jackson’s death.

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After Seventeen Years at EW, Dave Karger Moves Over to Fandango

When Geoff Boucher clocks in next Monday for his first day as senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, another long-time EW staffer will be settling in at their own nearby new place of employ. On that same October 1, Dave Karger will officially begin his duties as Fandango’s first ever chief correspondent.

Karger’s new boss Hilary Smith, senior vp of digital communications for NBCUniversal’s Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media division, is quoted in the press release as saying that the hire is a “game-changer” for Fandango. She’s absolutely right.

While the now Comcast-owned movie ticket behemoth has been churning out movie-related news, review and interview content for years, they’ve never had a marquee reporter in the mix. The addition of Karger provides Fandango with a name brand already seamlessly plugged in to sister properties such as Access Hollywood, The Today Show and E! Entertainment.

The Karger hire also greatly raises the Oscar season profile of Fandango. For the past two years, their chief correspondent has been the Academy’s official red carpet greeter and for many years more, a leading Oscars prognosticator. Karger’s last day at EW was September 18.

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From Screenwriting Hopeful to LAT Entertainment Editor

John Corrigan (pictured), who was recently promoted at the LA Times from business editor to assistant managing editor of arts and entertainment, is in a sense going back to his roots. As he told a reporter for the student newspaper at his Alma Mater (where he also spoke Monday), he initially wanted to write movie scripts:

“I was a screenwriting major here at Loyola Marymount University, and when I graduated I couldn’t figure out how to become a screenwriter. So I ended up getting into a Master’s program at [CSU] Northridge in communications. From there, I managed to get an [unpaid] internship at the LA Times and some clips.”

The Q&A by Loyolan managing editor Kevin O’Keeffe fails unfortunately to do justice to its headline, “11 Burning Questions with an LA Times editor.” That’s because there is no mention of the recent departures from Corrigan’s watch of brand name columnists Patrick Goldstein and Geoff Boucher, both reportedly unhappy with the new mechanics of the paper’s arts and entertainment coverage.

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Entertainment Weekly Names Geoff Boucher Senior Writer

Veteran Hollywood writer Geoff Boucher is taking on the scene nationally. Boucher has been named Entertainment Weekly senior writer. He’ll be part of EW‘s Movies team, starting October 1. In addition, Boucher will provide unique pieces to the EW digital and print platforms.

Boucher spent more than 20 years at the Los Angeles Times, where he became famous for his Hero Complex blog, which explored and celebrated the life of comic books and the fanboy culture. His popularity flowed by anchoring the video show, Hero Complex: The Show. Boucher has hosted numerous live events, including Comic-Con.

Boucher will remain based in Los Angeles.

LAT ’s Alex Pham Makes a Beeline for Billboard

Geoff Boucher’s decision to take his Hero Complex 2.0 show to EW is not the only major October 1 start date news of the day involving a valuable LA Times Calendar contributor. The same is true of entertainment and technology reporter Alex Pham.

On that same Monday, Pham will begin the next phase of her career as senior correspondent for Billboard, which has been doing a good job recently of reinventing itself on the Web. Her very fertile beat will be emerging technologies in music. From today’s release:

Pham will be responsible for covering new platforms and technologies in and around the music space, including startups and investments, Silicon Valley, and top companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. Pham will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Billboard deputy editor Yinka Adegoke

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Geoff Boucher Lands at Entertainment Weekly

Score one for TheWrap media-film reporter Alexander C. Kaufman. On Wednesday, he tipped that Hero Complex honcho Geoff Boucher would be joining Entertainment Weekly. Today, that news has been officially confirmed.

From this morning’s announcement:

Based in LA, Boucher will be joining EW’s Movies team on October 1st as a senior writer and will add his singular voice to EW’s print and digital platforms.

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