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John Wayne Biography Gets Seal of Approval from Peter Bogdanovich

JohnWayneBioTopping the bestseller lists is nice; racking up hardcover sales in today’s digital age is always good. But chances are little will give author Scott Eyman more satisfaction than the following passage from Peter Bogdanovich‘s weekend review in the New York Times of April 1 release John Wayne: The Life and Legend:

The portrait Eyman paints very much resembles the Wayne I knew for nearly 15 years: extremely likable, guileless, exuberant, even strangely innocent.

Because ultimately, that’s all a writer is aiming for with a biography. To accurately and effortlessly capture the true nature of their subject.

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James Lipton Puts a Bow on Boxing Day

Shutterstock_BruceLauraDernCannesThis is pretty cool. On December 26, fans of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio will get to enjoy a very special holiday treat – the first-ever episode featuring a father and daughter.

Bruce Dern, gathering momentum each day for a second Oscar nomination for his role in Nebraska, was joined on stage by his Oscar nominated daughter Laura. Set your DVR for 7 p.m. From today’s announcement, which followed the exclusive tip to THR‘s Scott Feinberg:

Viewers will learn what it was like for Laura to grow up with both her father and mother, Diane Ladd, in the industry, and to be the first and only family to each have a star side by side on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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San Diego Reporter Pieces Together the Incredible Story of USC’s Original Football Star

The family of the deceased man whose ashes were found last month at an Ocean Beach, CA car wash have told KGTV Channel 10 reporter Dan Haggerty that his life story rivals that of the fictitious Forrest Gump. These relatives are absolutely right.

Haggerty (pictured) has been on the story since Day One and is getting major MSM pick-up this week for adding to it. Here are the latest staggering details:

[Henry] Lefebrve’s family says he was a star running back at USC in the 1920s. He not only played in the first football game at the Coliseum in Los Angeles, he scored the first touchdown. He also scored a touchdown against Missouri in the 1924 Christmas Festival Bowl. It was USC’s first bowl victory…

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Life Magazine Lands Rare Non-Photo Scoop*

When’s the last time Life magazine broke news that did not involve photos of Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne or some other iconic, dearly departed Hollywood celebrity? We honestly can’t remember.

Fittingly perhaps, their new scoop* is about how Johnny Depp and his The Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson came within a Hunter S. Thompson smidgin’ of joining the dearly departed club. We are taking a humorous tone here, because that’s how Depp approached it in his Life article interview, describing what happened when the engines of his LA-bound private jet went dead:

“Bruce and I were looking at each other and I think I said, ‘Is this it?’ It was like this weird extended moment when you’re just floating for a second and you could feel this unpleasant descent.”

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USC Intern Graduates to Full-Time Business Journal Position

In this week’s edition of the Los Angeles Business Journal, Jonathan Polakoff writes about a pair of overseas deals scored by RealD rival MasterImage. The 3D projection battleground is one that usually focuses from a PR point of view on RealD, so it’s nice to see another local company getting some ink.

Equally cool is the way Polakoff landed his new job as media and entertainment reporter. The class of 2011 USC Annenberg School grad started at the Business Journal last summer as an intern, and when Greg Hernandez quickly came and went as the publication’s beat reporter earlier this year, Polakoff was able to jump into the vacated slot full-time in early June.

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Gunsmoke Actor James Arness Dies at 88

James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on the TV series Gunsmoke, has passed away of natural causes at the age of 88. The 6’7″ World War Two veteran played the role for more than 20 years, picking up three Emmy nominations. In today’s obit, the LA Times credits Arness with being the John Wayne of the small screen.

More from the Times:

Using the GI Bill, he joined the acting program at the Bliss-Hayden Theater, an established little theater school in Beverly Hills, where he was discovered by an agent.

That led to his being introduced to producer Dore Schary. The result: Arness’ 1947 screen debut playing a small part as one of Loretta Young’s three Scandinavian brothers in The Farmer’s Daughter. Small roles in William Wellman’s Battleground, John Ford’s Wagon Master and other films followed.

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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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John Wayne’s True Grit Golden Globe Up for Grabs

When a big John Wayne memorabilia auction rolls into the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel this fall, one of the items up for bid will be the Golden Globe won by the actor for his performance in 1969′s True Grit.

Unlike the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which added a winner’s contract in 1950 that gives the organization first right of sale refusal and the ability to buy back any statuette for peanuts, there are no such rules on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association side. Golden Globe winners and their estates are free to sell.

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Awards Season Journo Tries to Grit and Bear It

Movie City News mayor David Poland offers a great snapshot history of online Oscar punditry and how it has devolved from the trades, to bulletin boards, to a select group of journalists, to everyone. Since technical web know-how and even domain registration fees are no longer barriers to entry, it’s now the Mild Mild West. Just in time for something like the Coen brothers remake of True Grit.

In fact, per Poland, things may have come full corral circle, with someone bylined at The Hollywood Reporter sounding more like an everyman. Writes Poland:

I like Tim Appelo a lot… MCN has happily linked to his work for years… But his Grit screening piece had all the earmarks of someone who was new to the Oscar beat and suffering from being part of the cluster.

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