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Magic Johnson Launching African-American Focused TV Channel

Throughout his NBA and business career, Magic Johnson has always aspired to achieve great things. So it’s only logical that he would choose to call his new TV channel Aspire.

Per an LA Times article this morning by Meg James and Greg Braxton, Johnson’s channel is the first of several planned by Comcast TV as part of the company’s recent agreement with the FCC and Department of Justice to diversify. Aspire will offer a 24-hour mix of inspirational, family-friendly movies, comedy, music and more. From the article:

“This is so exciting for me, I’m pinching myself,” Johnson said in a phone interview. “This is big for myself, for the African-American community and the African-American creative community. I wanted a vehicle to show positive images and to have stories written, produced and directed by African-Americans for our community. Aspire — that’s how I’ve been leading my life.”

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Joan Rivers Revisits Her Biggest Career Mistake

What more can be said about Johnny Carson that hasn’t already been said? According to Peter Jones, the PBS documentary producer who pursued the late night host for ten years before being curtly turned down, Carson himself certainly believed all had been aired.

Still, for Tonight Show connoisseurs, the upcoming May 14 “American Masters” series documentary on PBS promises a few new tidbits, most notably Joan Rivers revisiting her disastrous decision to not keep Carson properly in the loop about her discussions with FOX. Ray Richmond, the former Hollywood Reporter staffer now helping with Deadline.com’s TCA coverage, has the details from this morning’s Winter Session panel:

“Joan really speaks about that for the first time with us,” Jones said. “She admits that she probably shouldn’t have let Johnny find out about it second-hand. … Johnny never spoke with Joan again. She called him to discuss it with him and he hung up on her. The whole thing with Joan broke Johnny’s heart, it really did.”

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CNN Revisits Seinfeld-Worthy Walk of Fame Moment

It seems appropriate for Ana Martinez to recall a most embarrassing moment in her storied Hollywood Walk of Fame star-wrangling career via an article on CNN.com. It was after all a CNN TV producer who alerted the curator-in-chief, just hours before a May 4 2010 ceremony, that the name of recipient Julia Louis-Dreyfus was misspelled and missing the hyphen. (A hastily created masking tape correction was affixed to the star.)

So how does Martinez look back on the incident today?

“I was really upset. I pride myself on everything going perfect,” said Martinez. She now has the star installers text a picture of the lettering before they cement it into the star, she said.

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Former Little House Star Picks Up Where Corey Feldman Left Off

As we reported in August, an interview given by Corey Feldman to Nightline alleging that pedophilia is rampant in Hollywood begs for a more thorough journalistic investigation. That hasn’t quite happened, yet, but with the recent LA Times revelations about casting associate Jason James Murphy and last week’s indictment of LA personal manager Marty Weiss, the issue is front and center once again.

Most notably via a December 5 FoxNews.com report by Meaghan Murphy. Among those the reporter spoke to was 49-year-old former Little House on the Prairie star Alison Arngrim (pictured), who detailed her own personal experiences with sexual abuse in the 2010 book Confessions of a Prairie Bitch. On the heels of Feldman’s August allegations, she shares some equally shocking recollections:

“This has been going on for a very long time,” concurs Arngrim. “It was the gossip back in the ‘80s. People said, ‘Oh yeah, the Coreys [Feldman, Haim], everyone’s had them.’ People talked about it like it was not a big deal…”

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National Enquirer Publishes Explosive New Natalie Wood Claim

It apparently took five bylined reporters to wrangle a worrisome new circumstantial allegation about the weekend of Natalie Wood‘s drowning death off Catalina Island.

The tabloid spoke to 52-year-old interior designer Robin Butillo, who back in 1981 was roommates with someone she describes as a “close friend” of actor Christopher Walken. Hours after news broke of Wood’s drowning death, she says her roommate fielded a telephone call from the actor:

“In the phone call, it was clear that Chris was devastated by the tragedy. He was upset and confessed that a ‘sex secret’ had occurred, leading up to Natalie’s death.” Butillo added: “While it’s clear Chris had no involvement in Natalie’s actual death, he clearly felt the need to unload his sorrow on his friend.”

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