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Author Assembles Rollicking Roundtable of Entertainment Journalists

The format of Francine Brokaw’s breezy 182-page book Beyond the Red Carpet: The World of Entertainment Journalists, available next Tuesday, is exceedingly straightforward. Under various themed chapter headings, the veteran Family Magazine Group reporter and current member of the TCA asks a group of colleagues to recall Strange Interviews (Chapter 4), Twilight Zone Moments (Chapter 5) and Off the Record (Chapter 10) detours.

Her panel of junket-savvy experts includes everyone from David Sheehan (KCBS) and George Pennacchio (KABC) to Hahn Nguyen (tvguide.com) and Mike Reynolds (various). One journalist who stands out by virtue of being unafraid to name celebrity names is the New York Post’s Sean Daly. Here for example is the beginning of his entry for How Rude! (Chapter 9):

Harrison Ford is the rudest a-hole in show business. Followed possibly by Tommy Lee Jones. I have actually seen Ford call reporters out for asking what he thinks are “stupid questions”…

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Carl Reiner Revisits a Movie He First Watched in 1927

Last night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, there was a special screening of a restored version of original Best Picture co-winner Wings. The 1927 action drama is being released next week on DVD for the first time by Paramount Home Entertainment as part of the studio’s extensive 100th anniversary year celebrations.

KABC-TV reporter George Pennacchio, CBS2-KCAL entertainment correspondent Suzanne Marques and other journalists covering the event all mentioned an astonishing hook. Sitting in the audience Tuesday night was Carl Reiner, who remembers watching Wings with his parents in the Bronx when the film was originally released:

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National Entertainment Journalism Award Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Press Club announced the finalists for its 2011 National Entertainment Journalism Awards today. Lots of familiar names. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Bloomberg NewsRonald Grover, Radar’s Dylan Howard, KABC-TV’s George Pennacchio, NBC-4′s Tara Wallis-Finestone and Stephen Leigh Morris of the LA Weekly are all finalists for journalist of the year honors.

The awards will be held November 17 at the Biltmore Hotel–where none other than Hugh Hefner will be there to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Full list of finalists after the jump.

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National Entertainment Journalism Award Winners Announced

The winners of the LA Press club’s 2nd annual National Entertainment Journalism Awards were announced at a reception Thursday night. A number of local journalists took home awards, including Patrick Goldstein of the LA Times for Best Feature in the online category, and George Pennacchio of KABC-TV for Best News Story in the television category. Ella Taylor of the LA Weekly won Best Critic in the print category for the second year in a row. The ceremony also honored Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Joe Morgenstern for his career achievements.

Surprisingly, there were no awards for Nikki Finke, who cleaned up at the ceremony last year. But maybe she took pity on the competition this time and kept herself out of the running.

A full list of the winners after the jump-

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