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Radio Documentary Revisits the Quiet Santa Monica Life of James ‘Whitey’ Bulger

Last night, screenwriter and playwright Gideon Brower debuted his half-hour radio documentary “The Couple in 303” on KCRW’s Unfictional. It’s all about the experiences of those, including himself, who shared a stretch of 3rd Street in Santa Monica with a Princess Eugenia apartment building couple that turned out to be James “Whitey” Bulger and Catherine Greig.

“When the media tsunami descended last June, I started interviewing my own neighbors about ‘Charlie and Carol Gasko,’” Brower tells FishbowlLA. “They told me some remarkable stuff.”

This is a must-listen for anyone interested in the clandestine odyssey of the FBI fugitive channeled by Jack Nicholson in The Departed. Brower talks to the managers of his building and various residents to capture what it was like to know the kindly couple and then suddenly be caught up in an FBI and media fire storm. Among the revelations are details about Bulger’s subsequent correspondence from prison with one of his former unsuspecting acquaintances.

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Major Media Outlets Run with Wrong ‘Whitey’ Bulger Aliases

Former FishbowlNY contributor Hunter Walker was all over Santa Monica this morning, on the hunt for The Daily scoops about the real-life version of Jack Nicholson‘s character in 2006 Best Picture winner The Departed. News of James “Whitey” Bulger‘s shocking Wednesday arrest after years on the lam with a girlfriend was first reported by the LA Times.

Walker tweeted that several major media outlets (NPR, CBS News, etc.) wrongly reported the westside apartment alias listed for Bulger. Tagged in the confusion was Charlie Rosenzweig, the bad guy’s eighty-ish property owner neighbor, as well as Rosenzweig’s daughter-in-law, whose last name is Fein.

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Jack Nicholson Doctoral Debut Flies Below Media Radar

The only thing Brown University did wrong with its 2011 Commencement ceremonies was to schedule them smack dab in the middle of Memorial Day weekend. As a result, Jack Nicholson‘s Sunday acceptance of an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree is getting nowhere near the media coverage that it should.

The best account of what went down at Brown this weekend comes from fellow honoree Arianna Huffington. She blogs that Nicholson brought the house down with the line, “Particle research is one of my special hobbies,” but that’s actually a bit of an exaggeration.

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Newspaper Columnist Handicaps Kentucky Derby ‘D-List’

In the old days, major Hollywood film stars such as Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone made a point of attending the Kentucky Derby. But as this Saturday’s 137th running looms, the celebrity pickings are once again pretty slim, part of a recent trend towards celebs of a reality TV pedigree.

Rich Copley, columnist with the Lexington Herald-Leader, delves into the matter with a professor of pop culture at Syracuse University and Access Hollywood producer Rob Silverstein. In a sense, it’s kind of surprising that the cast of Jersey Shore will not be there Saturday:

“We just got back from the royal wedding, and I think of the Derby in the same sort of way, as a pageant of style and fashion,” Silverstein says. “That’s what we come for. I’m not expecting to see 20 to 30 major celebrities.”

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Up for Bid: Marlon Brando’s Personal Phone Book

According to the old adage, Hollywood’s greatest actors are ones who can triumph even if the script is a phone book. In Marlon Brando‘s case, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills has the next best thing this weekend – the late actor’s actual personal phone book.

The starting bid for this item is $500, and while many of the numbers may no longer be in service, it’s still a great dinner party conversation starter:

A burgundy leather three-ring binder telephone book circa 2003 containing hundreds of Brando’s personal friends and business contacts worldwide. Some names include Michael Jackson, Johnny Depp, Alec Baldwin, Johnnie Cochran, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Jane Goodall, Faye Dunaway, Jane Fonda, Madonna, Jack Nicholson, Robert Redford, John Travolta, Barbra Streisand as well as noted scientists in various fields of study, press contacts and the United Nations and many other noteable entries.

If that’s not good enough, you can also bid this weekend on a Golden Globe the actor refused to accept for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather.

LA Business Journal Snags Rare Robert Shapiro Interview

It’s been roughly five years since famed attorney Robert Shapiro gave his last sit-down interview. He chose to do another with the LA Business Journal‘s Alfred Lee, mainly because he wants to let people know that his focus is now on civil cases rather than criminal.

One big reason Shapiro says he has tended away from interviews is the ongoing barrage of questions he still receivers about the O.J. Simpson case. The 68-year-old Century City titan addresses his work on that case and that of Christian Brando, talks very candidly about the death of one son from a drug overdose, and retraces the origins of some advice given to him during the OJ trial by actor Jack Nicholson – “speak low and speak slow”:

Jack is more of a social acquaintance. I represented [film producer] Robert Evans for years and was involved doing a lot of civil work for him and in trying to put together a movie called The Two Jakes.

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Sports Journo Leads Recovering Cancer Victim to ‘Jack Nicholson Jackpot’

Fabulous item today on Arcadia Patch by Larry Stewart, a veteran sports writer with over four decades of experience at the Herald-Examiner and LA Times.

He recounts how he was able to pull some strings at Staples Center to get primo tickets to Tuesday’s Los Angeles Lakers-Atlanta Hawks game for recovering 14-year-old cancer victim Samantha Naanou, her family and friends. Stewart also, via Jeanie Buss, engineered admittance at halftime to the hallowed Chairman’s Room and what turned out to be some golden photo opps:

First off, Samantha got a picture with Jack Nicholson and then, in order, Andy Garcia, Bill O’Reilly, Maria Shriver, and local broadcaster Bill Macdonald, who is also a cancer survivor.

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‘Last Tango in Paris’ Star Maria Schneider Dies at 58

Maria Schneider, the actress best known for her filmic romps with Marlon Brando in “Last Tango in Paris,” died, ironically, in Paris this morning at the age of 58. Schneider was 19 when she starred in her most famous film.

These days, a homemade porn tape (especially one clever enough to use butter for lube) released on TMZ–let alone a major film starring a legend like Brando–would probably be enough to catapult even a lowly reality star to fame and riches. But Schneider had a tough time in Hollywood after her initial success. She did land a starring role alongside Jack Nicholson in the 1975 film “The Passenger,” but her Hollywood acting career largely petered out after. She did make more than 20 films in Europe over the course of her career, however.

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UK Tabloid Spoils Tom Cruise’s Midnight Fun

Just when actor Tom Cruise and best friend-neighbor David Beckham had figured out a way to avoid the troublesome paparazzi, along comes UK’s The Mirror in the rear view mirror to scuttle those plans.

Via a Sunday, December 12th report that is now leaving track marks across the showbiz gossip mill, reporter Dean Piper breathlessly shared the Scientologist’s Mulholland congregation plans:

I can reveal they have formed the Midnight Boys Bike Club, and a whole host of A-list bikers have been invited to join them for midnight cruises through the Hollywood Hills…

My source says: “The boys love to ride. They’re out as often as they can. At midnight they can get away with cruising around in a group and seeing the sights of LA without a zillion paparazzi chasing them around.

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FBLA 20 Questions: Mystery Striking Writer

writers-strike.jpg We’ve been hating this writers’ strike, but loving the blogs devoted to it. Top on our list is Writers Strike, a sparse, funny read that has yet to turn black and ugly (though we’re sure if this goes on any longer, that might change). So we invited the editor of Writers Strike to answer our 20 Questions. Which he did. Without answering our first question — who the hell are you?

So, if you get off on hearing the insights of complete strangers, then you’ll want to close the office door and dim the lights before you read this:

1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The graffiti on the ceiling of my apartment

2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? www.farmersonly.com

3. What job do you fantasize about having? Key grip

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