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Bill Murray Tells Charlie Rose About the Oscar Speech He Would Have Given

BillMurrayCharlieRoseLast night’s full-hour conversation on Charlie Rose was as entertaining and memorable as we expected.

The first classic moment occurred about ten minutes in, when Rose observed that his guest’s trajectory seemed to have been “not a carefully thought out, well-planned life.” Murray was genuinely gassed by the observation, laughing heartily and deadpanning that no one has ever been quite this compassionate towards him.

A little later, the actor explained that because of his sons’ lives, he currently makes his home in South Carolina. Though he didn’t choose to relocate there, the actor explained, he now loves it. “The people are kind, the place is beautiful. It’s easier than being a parent in New York; being a parent there was quite a bit harder.”

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New York Magazine Restaurant Critic Decides It’s Time to Lose the Fake Anonymity

NYMagAdamPlattCoverTo go along with his noggin on the cover of the latest issue, New York restaurant critic Adam Platt has penned a very funny essay about the antiquated business of restaurant critics working their beat anonymously. He explains that a large reason for his decision to come appetizer-plate clean in 2014 is that the on-paper napkin crux of this time-honored journalism tradition wasn’t fooling anyone:

Do they [restaurants] know who you are? (Of course they do.) So why do you register under an assumed name? (Because chefs would otherwise prepare for my arrival.) Will they come up and say hello? (Probably not.) Why not? (Because they’re pretending I’m not here.) Why are they doing that? (Because they want to pretend I’m having a “normal” dining experience.) So ordering the entire menu in one sitting is a “normal” dining experience? (Umm, maybe not for you …)

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People Magazine Gifts ABC Sitcom with Sexiest Product Placement Alive

To playfully set the stage for this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, the folks at People are taking product placement to a whole new level. The night before the official announcement on November 14 of the 2012 SMA recipient, the storyline of ABC sitcom Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 will be all about the determination of this year’s honoree:

June (Dreama Walker) is obsessed with People magazine’s annual Sexiest Man Alive issue, though Chloe (Krysten Ritter) tells her she shouldn’t be such a sheep and let others dictate what’s hot and sexy. To prove her point, she swoops into the People offices in an attempt to coerce them to feature James Van Der Beek on this year’s SMA cover. James is thrilled by the prospect, and now June suddenly finds him irresistibly attractive.

“This just seemed like the perfect sitcom to do this with,” People executive editor Liz Sporkin tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “Especially since James Van Der Beek sends himself up every week on the show and he was a hot guy on Dawson’s Creek.” Returning the synergistic favor, People will have Van Der Beek pen for the 2012 SMA issue the latest edition of companion column “If I Were Sexiest Man Alive.”

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Fear Not, Newsweek Mourners; Other 1933 Artifacts Still Remain

There was no sadder media news this week than Tina Brown’s announcement that Newsweek will be shifting to an all-digital model in early 2013. To cheer ourselves and perhaps some of you, dear readers, here’s a reminder of other entities launched the same year as Newsweek (1933) that are still mercifully around:

- San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge;
- The Lone Ranger, coming back hopefully bigger and better with Johnny Depp as Tonto;
- King Kong;
- MLB’s annual All-Star Game;
- Air France;
- FM radio.

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Son of THR Founder Shares Some Memories

If and when that Lifetime TV movie being developed by Johnny Depp’s company about William R. Wilkerson, founder of The Hollywood Reporter, comes to fruition, a whole new generation will be introduced to Tinseltown’s original trade reporter. For now, Wilkerson’s pioneering publishing work stands as something of a footnote to his LA nightclub and Las Vegas Strip legacies.

To understand the power of Wilkerson’s front-page “Tradeviews” THR op-eds, which he began writing immediately upon launching the paper in 1930, his son William Wilkerson III (pictured, left) tells FishbowlLA one need look no further than an actor who famously went on to not give a damn. “ I personally like the editorials he wrote about someone that made them instant celebrities or movie stars,” Wilkerson says. “Clark Gable was a nobody. On July 13, 1931, my dad wrote about him and it instantaneously made him famous.”

Wilkerson’s column ran for 33 years and tackled issues that in some cases would still be inflammatory today. The original THR office was located a few blocks above Sunset on Highland, and by the end of year number two (1931), the ten-page-or-so newspaper had a national circulation of 25,000. Wilkerson was quickly banned from Hollywood studio lots because of his hardball tactics and battled the moguls, hard, for several decades before finally breaking down their monopolistic ways in 1947.

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Johnny Depp on How He Navigates the Dark Shadows of the Internet

One of our favorite Hollywood Foreign Press Association reporters Ruben Nepales has a cool interview piece with Johnny Depp. He leads with several interesting observations made by the reluctant mega-star about dealing with the white noise of the Internet.

While 13-year-old daughter Lily-Rose thinks it’s weird that she has various Facebook and Web fan sites, dad takes it a step further, deeming the phenomenon “somewhat ugly.” He says both she and 10-year-old brother Jack have access to the Internet, but that when it comes to the wild-west standards of Web journalism, he tries to occasionally give them a friendly heads-up:

“They are able to read truths, lies, fiction and rumors. This whole thing has become this mulch of fodder. I’ve decided to just stay hush-hush about anything and everything. If the rumors spin, let the rumors spin.”

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Pasadena Star-News Shares Cameron Diaz Nugget

In LA, there are each year a number of intriguing celebrity-tinged stories involving fundraising campaigns for local schools. A FishbowlLA favorite was the time Johnny Depp passed on a personal piece of artwork to the Little Red School House in Hollywood.

James Figueroa, a reporter for the Pasadena Star-News, has shared the latest such tale. One that makes extra good sense when you consider the benevolent A-lister’s recent film credit and the fact that this particular film was shot at the very place where an urban garden was dedicated Wednesday:

Actress Cameron Diaz–who filmed Bad Teacher on Altadena’s Eliot Middle School campus during spring break in 2010–the Environmental Media Association and Sony Pictures helped fund the project with a $10,000 donation. Diaz was unavailable for the ceremony, but EMA board member and actor Mehcad Brooks, known primarily for a supporting role on HBO’s vampire saga True Blood, was on hand.

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LA Media Sully Jack Sparrow’s Good Name

It was a quintessential LA story. Late yesterday afternoon, media outlets including the LA Times and KTLA quickly picked up an LAPD alert of a fight between several Hollywood Blvd. superhero characters. Catwoman was said to have pepper sprayed Jack Sparrow, with an alien and another pirate also involved in the fracass.

Only the victim wasn’t a Sparrow. After several hours of insane Twitter pick-up on this news, activity that pushed “Jack Sparrow” up the LA trending topics list, NBCLA reporters Samantha Tata and Kim Baldonado revealed that the target of an exasperated, harassed Catwoman was in fact an Ozzy Osbourne impersonator.

Should Ozzie be insulted that his likeness was mistaken for Captain Jack? Might Johnny Depp consider biting off the head of scurvy rat in a fifth Pirates flick, as a wink-wink? That’s all tbd. But in the meantime, even though Tata and Baldonado had Sparrow in their original report (since updated), theirs was the only initial dispatch that had otherwise accurate info about the exact sequence of events. As opposed to the increasingly embellished misinformation being spread last night via social media.

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Johnny Depp Hangs with Studio City Moms

Every once in a while, Studio City Patch editor Mike Szymanski dons the byline mantle of “Mr. Studio City” to run down the latest local celebrity sightings.

The headline is always done in the form of a rhyme, and for his latest dispatch, he was able to sync up Jessica Alba getting her wrist hurt with a celebrity-crashed school concert:

Another star who loves jazz—Johnny Depp–popped in at the jazz concert at Walter Reed Middle School and shocked everyone. He was coming to watch the daughter of a friend who was performing.

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Peter Bart on the Failure of Johnny Depp’s ‘Passion Project’

For his latest Variety missive, current VP and editorial director Peter Bart zeroes in on the box office failure of Johnny Depp‘s The Rum Diary. Released over the Halloween weekend, this Hunter S. Thompson derived entertainment has grossed just $12.5 million domestically and a paltry four million and change internationally.

Bart says that it was not for a lack of PR. He notes that although Depp appeared “marginally comatose” during a special one-hour interview with Larry King, the actor was otherwise enthusiastically willing to subject himself to the nightmarish press junket experience. However, according to Bart, there are a couple of bigger problems at work here:

The boozy Thompson was always pissed off, and that’s the paradox of Depp’s biopic. Depp venerated Thompson but was not the actor to play him. In the film, Depp seems pliant, almost benign–a good soul responding to the madness surrounding him.

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