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Dave Karger Adds Fandango to the Access Hollywood Mix

After joining Fandango in the fall of 2012, chief correspondent Dave Karger quickly began entertaining the ticket-buying masses with The Frontrunners, a look at actors and artists in the thick of film awards season. The distinguishing feature of the show, one of several Fandango series hosted by Karger, is a handicapping of the trophy hunt through the prism of a single, chosen scene from each guest’s contending film.

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When Karger kicks off Season Three of The Frontrunners next month, he will have another stellar guest and a synergistic new broadcast partner. The conversation with Emma Stone (Birdman) will be prominently featured on Fandango, per usual, starting November 12 and highlighted on an edition of NBCUniversal sister franchise Access Hollywood. The plan is to have Karger drop by weekly on the show to frame and share excerpts from The Frontrunners.

Access Hollywood is a show that I have been very involved with for over a decade,” Karger tells FishbowlNY via telephone, following our attendance of an intimate Tuesday night soiree hosted by Fandango in the Penthouse Bar of LA’s Soho House. ”I’ve appeared as an analyst, a guest and as the Oscars lunch correspondent for the past four years.”

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For This Photographer, ‘Grease’ Was the Career Word

Sometimes, the best part of an article is the author footnote.

2014OuterCriticsCircleAwardsBelow the broadwayworld.com photo gallery of Andrea Martin, Mare Winningham, Bryan Cranston and others who attended last night’s 64th Annual Outer Critics Circle Awards at Sardi’s, there is this mini-bio for photojournalist Walter McBride:

As a 14-year-old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway show, the original production of Grease. His journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night.

Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved… Recently, he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in Hugh Jackman on Broadway as well as receiving the Actors’ Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award.

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Jay Leno Gives Jimmy Fallon a Couple of Great Pointers

When Howard Stern recently appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, he warned that there needs to be a very different kind of opening monologue once the talk show host takes over The Tonight Show. Via The Hollywood Reporter, in a second interview to go along with this weekend’s 60 Minutes report, Jay Leno concurs.

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From Leno’s Q&A with Lacey Rose:

“The [11:30 p.m.] late-night shows that have failed are the ones where the monologue was weak – two, three minutes. We do 14 minutes every night, which is almost a sitcom. It’s a lot of jokes, but for a lot of people it’s how they get their news.”

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Hugh Jackman Loves Rupert Murdoch

Hugh Jackman and Rupert Murdoch are both Australian, therefore they are automatically best friends. Okay, we honestly have no idea why they’re such good buddies, but they are. Jackman is the godfather of Murdoch’s daughter Chloe, and he’s dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Rupes.

Vanity Fair, knowing that Jackman considered Murdoch his brosef, asked the actor what people would be surprised to learn about Murdoch:

He is a very loyal person and, for example, he met my mum once, and about two years later remembered her name. It doesn’t matter who you are in the room or if you are the important person in the room, he doesn’t see people in that way. He remembers names of children and everyone. He pays attention to everybody and is very charming in that way.

Of course Jackman is extremely famous, so the fact that Murdoch remembers his mother’s name doesn’t exactly show that Murdoch cares about common folk.

Regardless, hearing Jackman stick up for Murdoch warms our hearts, and gives us hope that a Jackman/Murdoch cop buddy film might one day become a reality.

Tina Fey, Husband Set for Weekend Town Hall

As EW managing editor Jess Cagle recently explained to us, the magazine’s brand new 24/7 SIRIUS channel kicked off with a Hugh Jackman town hall discussion, moderated by Cagle. This weekend, the town hall fun continues.

This time, the discussion is with Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond. It was taped June 27 at the satellite broadcaster’s Avenue of the Americas studios and is hosted by SIRIUS XM’s Seth Rudetsky. The program will premiere on the Stars Channel (#106) at 9 a.m. ET Saturday July 6 and then repeat at various times on both that channel and EW‘s.

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AMC Theatres Lend a Big Hand to African Moms, Children

Charitable giving doesn’t get much easier than this.

Starting tomorrow, June 1, and running through June 10, AMC Theatres will donate 40 cents of every movie ticket sold to The Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS. It’s part of a month-long campaign with the makers of (RED) cameras that also includes promotions at Bed Bath Beyond, FAB.com and on the equipment bags of top tennis players competing at the French Open:

Lifesaving medicine which can prevent transmission of HIV from moms to their babies can cost as little as 40 cents a day. “A huge thanks to our partners for transforming summer fun times into a smart and easy way to support the incredible work of the Global Fund,” says (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan.

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Tropfest, World’s Largest Short Film Festival, Heads Back to New York

First-time filmmakers and industry pros are invited to participate in Tropfest NYC, the largest short film fest in the world.

After 20 years hosting of Tropfest in Australia, and other locales globally, founder and director John Polson brought it to New York in 2012, complete with Hugh Jackman as host. The “reviews” were excellent. More than 10,000 people gathered at Bryant Park, guaranteeing a follow-up this year and beyond.

Films will be judged live by a panel of esteemed celebrities for a chance at the $20,000 prize.

For now, though, start shooting your movie, with your camera or even a phone. Each film must follow certain criteria: not to exceed seven minutes in length, be a world premiere (including online), and contain this year’s Tropfest signature item, “bridge.”

Entries must be received by May 9. Tropfest takes place on June 22.

FishbowlLA’s Oscar Host Suggestion: Nathan Lane

We’ve floated this idea past a couple of media colleagues with unimpeachable Academy Awards expertise. One is a full-time kudos season chronicler; the other, a published Hollywood history author and film PR whiz. Since both gave our suggestion the big Broadway thumbs up, FishbowlLA is now officially proposing it to the Academy.

To Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, co-producers of next February’s Oscar telecast, we say: If you have not already contacted Nathan Lane’s reps to see if he would be interested in doing the Dolby Theatre honors, then please do so – pronto.

We have no idea if Lane would say yes. But here’s  a guy who can handle any necessary musical telecast components as smoothly as Hugh Jackman and Neil Patrick Harris. More importantly, per his regular sit-downs with David Letterman, Lane is also flat-out, ad lib hilarious.

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For THR Awards Blogger, It’s Telluride – Take Two

A year ago at this time, Scott Feinberg (pictured) had just signed a contract with The Hollywood Reporter to join the publication as lead awards blogger and tumbled into his first-ever trip to Telluride. This weekend, he’s back in the picturesque Colorado mountains, ready to handicap 2012 Oscar hopefuls alongside a small group of LA journo regulars that includes Anne Thompson (Indiewire), Gregory Ellwood (Hit Fix), Steve Pond (TheWrap) and Pete Hammond (Deadline).

“It’s funny, the one place where we all end up is the Santa Barbara Film Festival,” Feinberg told FishbowlLA via telephone yesterday shortly after arriving in the rain. “It’s weird. Some of us can’t make it to Telluride, some of us can’t make it to Toronto. But the one that it just seems, year after year, all the usual LA Oscar beat writers end up at is Santa Barbara.”

Everything is walking distance in Telluride. It’s also a place where, with a very few exceptions, outlets pay the same hefty price for journalist passes as attendees. And because locals are used to living next to the likes of Ralph Lauren, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Cruise, the already secluded event has a welcome, casual feel for A-list attendees. Starting with today’s traditional kick-off picnic.

“At the end of last year’s awards season, George Clooney told me Telluride had been one of the highlights of the circuit, which he was on for a whole six months,” Feinberg recalled. “He felt that he could walk around here with no bodyguards, no entourage… Of course, one or two people might still ask him for photos. But it’s nothing like LA or Toronto.”

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Dynamic Journalist Duo Review Dreamworks at CinemaCon

Much like the way Hollywood likes to sometimes “re-imagine” a franchise rather than straight remake it, the National Association of Theater Owners (NATO) has changed the name of this week’s annual Las Vegas convention from ShoWest to CinemaCon. Same narrative, different title.

There is already more coverage coming out of “Cin City” than you can shake a Twizzler stick at, everything from Anthony Breznican of EW on J.J. AbramsSuper 8 to a quick dispatch by AP’s David Germain about a keynote by new MPAA chief Chris Dodd. There are also instant V-logs, like this summary from Peter Sciretta (/Film) and Steven “Frosty” Weintraub (Collider.com) of a morning Dreamworks presentation:

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