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‘Oscar Nominated for Best Picture’ Means Just a Little Less This Morning Than Before

We know Hollywood is the place for dreamers and the high aspirational. But ten nominations for best picture seems greedy and self-congratulatory. “There’s just so much WONDERFUL, QUALITY work we just couldn’t chose.”

As we’ve seen with politics, twice the candidates doesn’t make them better choices. Just more.

The complete list of the noms:

Best picture

“Avatar”
“The Blind Side”
“District 9″
“An Education”
“The Hurt Locker”
“Inglourious Basterds”
“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”
“A Serious Man”
“Up”
“Up in the Air”

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Covering Haiti

nytimes011510.jpgIt would be impossible to touch upon the many ways in which different media outlets are covering the tragedy unfolding in Haiti after this week’s earthquake. But while some outlets, like The New York Post, are back to business as usual as the situation in the Caribbean continues to unfold, other outlets are doing excellent, around the clock work and adding innovative social media projects as well.

As the quake rocked Haiti earlier this week, networks and news nets packed up reporters and shipped them to the tiny island nation as quickly as they could. CNN’s Anderson Cooper, NBC’s Ann Curry and Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Katie Couric and Fox News’ Steve Harrigan and Bill Hemmer were among the reporters on the ground. But not all coverage was equal. Today, James Rainey praised CNN in the Los Angeles Times, while criticizing Fox News for not giving the breaking news more air time:

“CNN’s determination to stick with the news stands in stark contrast to its competitors, particularly Fox News, that in prime time have increasingly been committed to building their brands with political commentary over straight reporting.”

In newspapers, we’ve seen some superb coverage from The New York Times, including a large, gut-wrenching photo on today’s front page. The paper’s Web site is filled with photos and videos from the epicenter of the destruction, and its staff has established a site where people can submit photos of missing loved ones. The Times has also created a Facebook page dedicated to news and information of the earthquake and its recovery.

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Actors Petition SAG to Not Make Them Look Like Greedy Dirt Bags

sag2222.jpgSome top actors are pleading with the Screen Actors Guild to not call for a vote on a strike next month.

From NYT:

In a petition, more than 130 well-known actors – including George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sally Field – urged guild leaders to halt the strike authorization vote.

“We support our union and we support the issues we’re fighting for, but we do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work,” the petition stated.

Seriously, what other union is threatening to strike right now? Serious? We’re in the middle of an economic meltdown. In the middle. Not even done. Still melting as we speak. And SAG doesn’t feel like they’re getting a fair deal?!

Bed-wetters.

Nikki Finke has all the details (as usual) on DHD.

Clooney Wanted To Direct ‘Frost/Nixon’ But Had To Take A Back Seat To Opie

frostnix2.jpgclooney2.jpgGeorge Clooney reveals to the Brits that he was dying to direct “Frost/Nixon” but had abandon the idea because Ron Howard reared his head, Britain’s Daily Express reports.

Clooney apparently wanted to “kick ass” with this project, an approach that didn’t sit so well with Brit writer Peter Morgan, who penned the original play.

Milton Katselas, Acting Teacher/Scientologist Dies at 75

Milton Katselas, an acting teacher par excellence and founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting schoolmilton.jpg, has passed away from heart failure, AP says.

Katselas, whose students included Gene Hackman, Doris Roberts, George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer among scores of others, was 75.

The founder of the Beverly Hills Playhouse acting school was very much a disciple of the Scientology doctrine.

Former students have said that Katselas often used Scientology methodolgy in his study of acting.

Lunch: Les Moonves, Barry Diller & Kathleen Turner

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Forget the lazy days of summer. Class is back in session as the cool kids returned to the cafeteria today in force. The scene at Michael’s was a tasty stew of moguls and media mavens with a side order of the random celebrity sighting — Kathleen Turner cooled her heels at the bar with her face buried in a newspaper until her pals arrived. And in true Michael’s media-centric style, a photographer from The New York Times was on hand to capture it all for Frank Bruni‘s review due out soon. We can’t wait, can you?

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kathleen Turner, Felicia Taylor, Margo McNabb, Sommers Farkas, Terry Allen Kramer and a very late arriving Peggy Siegal who joined the festivities just in time to be included in the pics for the Times. David Patrick Columbia dashed in just before coffee to grab a few quick shots of the gals for New York Social Diary. You’re no one if you’re not getting your picture taken, darling …

2. Showtime’s head honcho Matt Blank with Holly B. Newman. Loved the leopard skirt!

3. Liz Smith with Jonathan Van Meter. The grand dame of gossip, looking sunny in yellow, told me she was being interviewed for New Yorkfor another anniversary issue.

4. Les Moonves sipping chardonnay with Leon Black

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LAT In 90 Seconds

259cc541.jpgEasy On The Top, Easy On The Sides And, Well, Just Easy: Steve Lopez increases his carbon footprint just to drive to Orange County and make fun of Republicans. People living up to their stereotypes are hi-sterical. Next week’s column: Lunch at Nate ‘n’ Al’s, where Lopez discovers Jews bicker a lot.

42058943.jpgPolice Academy: The LAPD wants production companies to start hiring off-duty active police officers (and not just guys in LAPD outfits) to work film sets. Hollywood is down on the idea, siting rising costs and red tape, but the real story here: Those guys who shut down freeway lanes and straddle their motorcycles in full cop regalia aren’t cops?! We’re so sneaking into George Clooney‘s dressing room.

dfasfaesegasgaf.jpgPalin Deserves Privacy — And So Does The Rest Of America: Tim Rutten‘s column about Sarah Palin is a must-read. A snippet: “The point is that the Palins were able to make all these decisions according to the dictates of their own consciences, formed by their own religious convictions, within the privacy of their own family and according to its values and traditions. What they decided is nobody’s business but theirs; the fact that they were free to arrive at their own decision is everybody’s business.”

News About People Named Rupert

murdoch_wideweb__470x336,0.jpgrupert_everett_1823467.jpgPer FBNY: Rupert Murdoch hired hackers to develop pirating software. They deny using it to penetrate the security system of a rival satellite television service. Uh-huh. We guess the media giant needed a hacker to get around paying his cable television charges.

Per wOw: Candice Bergen weighs in on Murdoch’s $580 million bid for Newsday.

Per Contact Music: George Clooney and Rupert Everett are still verbally sparring. When, oh when, will this war of words turn into a homo-erotic mud wrestling match? When?

George Clooney–Salad Spritzer. Watermelon Freak, Pepper Grinder

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Ian Parker succeedes where Joel Stein failed. In the New Yorker’s 10 page celebrity profile, we learn that George Clooney sprays his salad with Balsamic Breeze:

a wonderfully balanced blend of bold balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil-all in an innovative spray bottle. Plus, there’s just 1 calorie per spray!

And Clooney’s got the hardware: electronic pepper grinder which doubles “as a marital aid.”

And he’s hot for fruit:

His refrigerator contained many individual servings of watermelon, in plastic tubs.

Stein had the guy over for dinner, and yet didn’t enlighten us, the readers, with any of this vitally important information. Where are his editors? Where are the standards? Henry Luce is twirling in his grave.

L.A. Times Scoops the Snoops: How Ornstein Got the Dirt

getwellfarrasshheader.jpgPulitzer prize-winning reporter Charles Ornstein speaks to us about his story in today’s LAT which details yet another breach of confidentiality at UCLA Medical Center:

1. How did you get this story? Just as I was tipped off by a source about UCLA firing workers in the Britney Spears snooping, I similarly received a tip about the breach
involving Farrah Fawcett’s records. Her representatives confirmed the story and expressed concerns about the information being either leaked or sold to the tabloids. Public interest in medical privacy is increasing as more and more hospitals are moving toward fully electronic records. When readers hear about these celebrity cases, I think they wonder what’s being done to protect their confidential clinical information — whether about a life-threatening illness or a sexually transmitted disease.

2. How much did UCLA’s status as a public institution help? I don’t think UCLA’s status as a public institution affected this story one way or another. Dennis Quaid, whose babies received a drug overdose at Cedars-Sinai, told me that he believed there was a similar breach of his children’s records last year because the information appeared on TMZ before he had a chance to tell his family or friends.

Ultimately, the breaches become known to those affected by them. Hospitals across the country have been stung by revelations about
privacy breaches. In New Jersey, more than two dozen employees improperly accessed George Clooney’s records after a motorcyle accident last year. Before that, workers at another hospital tried to get into Bill Clinton’s records. Public or private, all hospitals are dealing with these issues.

3. What’s are you working on now? More about health care

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