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Posts Tagged ‘Gina Piccalo’

LA Times Buyout List Gets Longer and Longer

KRod has the list of LA Timesfolk taking the buyout and shaking the dust of Spring Street from their heels. FBLA’s big cool foodie pal, Charles Perry is on the list, as is the delightful Gina Piccalo, Kevin Crust, and too many others. We wish them all the best, and wonder why Los Angeles must remain a one-paper town.

Not mentioned, but also moving on is our favorite correspondent, Stephan Pechdimaldji, Senior Manager, Media Relations. He’s moving to a Silicon Valley outfit, and thus will clutter our inbox with happier news, no doubt.

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LAT In 90 Seconds

32456468.jpgMortensen Goes Naked, Arty: A brief history of method acting is described in this piece by Gina Piccalo: “For Eastern Promises, Mortensen set out alone for Moscow, St. Petersburg and the Ural Mountain region of Siberia, spending weeks driving around without a translator. … Mortensen studied the gangs of the vory v zakone (thieves in law). He read books on Russian prison culture and the importance of prison tattoos as criminal resumes. He perfected his character’s Siberian accent and learned lines in Russian, Ukrainian and English. During filming, he used worry beads made in prison from melted-down plastic cigarette lighters and decorated his trailer with copies of Russian icons.” Remind us about this in 10 years, when he’s filming Wild Hogs 2

32456701.jpgMonsters (Scam), Inc.: Online job sites fail to do enough to prevent Web predators from scamming job-seekers, says Joseph Menn.

bbor.jpegHow A Bill Reviews A Law: Former city editor Bill Boyarsky reviews John W. Dean’s new book, Broken Government. Spoiler alert: He likes it.

LAT in 90 Seconds

faithcap.jpgRobbers of the Rich and Famous: A two-man burglary crew has burglarized mansions in the last year, making off with more than $7 million in cash and jewelry from high-powered victims — some of whom may be former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, Clippers star Cuttino Mobley, John Taylor, Juicy Couture president Gela Nash-Taylor and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

lohcoke.jpgRich and Famous Scofflaw: Actress Lindsay Lohan is out on bail after being booked Thursday in a May DUI case. Go ahead. Pretend you don’t care.

tomhit.jpgMost Tortured Segue of the Day Award: Goes to Gina Piccalo who had the unenviable job of inserting “news” about a big Hollywood party in the middle of a story about Tom Cruise playing a Nazi turn-coat:

The actor shot his first scenes Thursday, an airport sequence that precedes the film’s climax where Stauffenberg flies to Wolf’s Lair, Hitler’s headquarters in East Prussia, and plants the briefcase bomb under a conference table. Production on the film officially got underway Wednesday.

Air travel also figures in Cruise’s real life as he’s scheduled to fly back Saturday night to Los Angeles for a star-studded bash to welcome his new Bel-Air neighbors, David and Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham. Cruise’s wife, Katie Holmes, is co-hosting the party with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

I hope she got some extra mileage points with her editors for that.

LAT in 90 Seconds

bigger.jpgBoy Gets Theater: Columnist Patrick Goldstein waxes poetic about two new Westside movie theaters.

potterh.jpgWhat Scares Harry Potter? Thousands of screaming teenagers. Describing a Beatles-esque scene, Gina Piccalo reports that the crowd that formed in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of the Potter cast were so deafening, “the actors were barely audible to reporters standing just inches away.”

vial.jpgSizzlin’ Journalism: The normally reserved political press gets all hot and bothered at two press conferences with Villaraigosa — peppering the mayor with questions about his affair with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas. Reporter Duke Helfand sets the scene:

The news conference devolved into a chaotic free-for-all with reporters shoving their microphones in his face and shouting questions in English and Spanish.

It was the kind of persistent media coverage usually reserved for Hollywood royalty hunted by paparazzi in search of a money shot.

At a separate downtown news conference earlier in the day to announce a $7.8-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Green Dot Public Schools, nearly two dozen journalists turned a frenzied question-and-answer session into a near-National Enquirer moment.

Ignoring teachers and parents standing a few feet away, journalists zeroed in on Villaraigosa, with one wanting to know what kind of example he had set for “thousands of people of color.”