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TheWrap Wrangles One-Time Premiere Power List Builder

Fred Schruers, who joins TheWrap in mid-July as senior writer, definitely knows his way around a high-powered celebrity interview. His experience with Hollywood’s A-list started at Rolling Stone magazine, encompassing the likes of Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, and John Travolta, and later continued apace at Premiere magazine.

Since TheWrap rival The Hollywood Reporter has basically re-invented itself in print as a weekly version of Premiere, it will be interesting to see how Schruers is able to inject himself into the current Hollywood trades quadrangle (perhaps even helping TheWrap edge into print somehow?). As a member of Premiere‘s west coast bureau team, Schruers was a key contributor to the mag’s influential annual Power List overseen by Susan Lyne.

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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.

Cosby Show, Family Ties and Regis Philbin Among Honorees at TV Land Awards in New York

For the first time in its nine-year history, the TV Land Awards pulled up stakes in Los Angeles and headed for New York, bringing a Big Apple feel to the Javits Center last night.

The Cosby Show, set in Brooklyn and taped in New York, was honored with the Impact Award. The cast, including co-creator Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad, reunited.

“It means that not only are we still relevent today…We made some sort of a difference, and some sort of an impact 25 years ago,” Sabrina LeBeauf (above) , who played Sondra on the hit sitcom, tells FishbowlNY.

The Cosby Show, which helped resurrect NBC from 1984 to 1992, had another “impact” on television viewing.

“I don’t see any show on now that impacts people in that way… [that] family show [did],” Geoffrey Owens (who played Elvin) says. “I think it’s fair to say that, unfortunately, that’s a little bit … of the past right now.”

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Another Media Award Arrives for LAX’s Revamped Encounter Restaurant

After a three-year, $12.3 million renovation, the operators of that goofy looking LAX centerpiece are partying like it’s 1967. Which is a good thing, because the 50-year-old edifice still looks like something right out of William Shatner‘s venerable Star Trek TV series.

To go along with recent nods from Esquire.com and Food & Wine, Encounter Restaurant was recently recognized by Frommers.com as a top ten U.S. airport restaurant. Per Chris Owen at travel blog Gadling.com:

The restaurant was created and is operated by a joint-venture partnership between Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Inc. and Connie Bass, a Los Angeles entrepreneur and operator of the Ultimate Symphony Event Planners, a full-service event planning and gourmet catering service, and Cookies By Connie #1.

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Saturday Night Aussie Fever?

We couldn’t help notice a tantalizing juxtaposition on the list of confirmed attendees for this Saturday’s G’Day USA Australia Week black-tie gala dinner. The January 22nd event at the Hollywood Palladium, a.k.a. the “Aussie Ball,” is part of a sly annual PR extravaganza staged by the Australian Consulate-General.

Among the three Australians to be inducted in the G’Day Hall of Fame is Bee Gee Barry Gibb (pictured). He will be introduced by Olivia Newton-John, while actress Abbie Cornish will get her award from Zach Snyder and tennis champ Roy Emerson will be framed by Andre Agassi.

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Scientology Defector Paul Haggis Tells All in Upcoming Book

Hollywood’s favorite cult isn’t going to be happy about this. Scientology‘s most famous defector, Oscar-winning screenwriter and director Paul Haggis, is breaking his silence in an upcoming book. The Heretic of Hollywood: Paul Haggis vs. The Church of Scientology is being written by the well-respected Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright, and according to his agency is, “The most profound reckoning to date with this powerful and secretive organization.”

Haggis publicly renounced the Church of Scientology in 2009, after thirty five years as a member, but has stayed largely mum on the subject since. Not for much longer. The book will serve as both a chronicle of Haggis’ personal experiences and an in-depth investigation of the cult — including the human rights abuses of its members, which the authors allege includes violence, conditions approaching enslavement, and forced abortions.

Full description of the book from the Wylie Agency catalog after the jump.
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Carrie Fisher Outs John Travolta, Again

Reporter Brandon Voss of The Advocate scored a saucy slice of celeb-on-celeb action this weekend. In a December 11th declaration that is already being heavily re-discussed by gossip and media pundits, actress Carrie Fisher had this to say about John Travolta:

My feeling about John has always been that we know [he's gay] and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry that he’s uncomfortable with it, and that’s all I can say. It only draws more attention to it when you make that kind of legal fuss. Just leave it be.

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The Disappearing Rob Schneider Interview

Ahead of a Friday, December 3rd stand-up appearance in Chicopee, MA, comedian Rob Schneider did a long phone interview from LA with MassLive.com. For some reason, the Q&A transcript quickly disappeared from the website after publication Monday, November 30th.

Perhaps someone decided the material was too political. From our perspective, the conversation showcases Schneider in a highly flattering Bill Maher type of light. And certainly, nothing he says is any more offensive than the gay-aliens John Travolta joke the comedian told at last night’s Quentin Tarantino roast. Here are a few samples:

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Coming Soon: The New Radar?

newradartt.pngConsidering the current state of Radaronline.com we’re almost afraid to ask what the future might hold. But looks like we are soon to find out! Tacked on to a “world exclusive” story about the death of John Travolta‘s son Jett was a note announcing that Radar is getting a makeover.

Radar is getting a makeover and soon you’ll see the new-look: filled with the latest breaking news, the details on the stories you care about and features that matter to your day-to-day life.

We’ll bring you the most comprehensive coverage of big entertainment events making Radar your one-stop site for everything you want and need to know. In the meantime, even while we’re under construction and waiting to unveil our new look and content, we’ll still bring you the news no one else can, like our world exclusive interview with the EMT chief who describes in heartbreaking detail what happened when he responded to the Travolta home the day Jett Travolta tragically lost his life.

We’re pretty confident here when we say we doubt that anything on the “new” Radar will “matter to our day-to-day life,” unless(!) by “new” they actually mean “the site we shut down last October.”

National Autism Society Reaches Out To Travolta Clan

jetttravolta.jpgAutism United, a nationwide group of parents of more than 15,000 children with autism, wants John Travolta and Kelly Preston to join its cause.

The group sent the Travoltas an open invitation in the form of a press release (see below).

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