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Celebrity Lineup for Writers Guild Award Ceremony

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding the Oscars. Some aren’t too happy with the nominations. What else is new?

For those interested in honors to the writers behind various media productions, the 2012 Writers Guild Awards is approaching.

This year’s New York ceremony will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at B.B. King Blues Club. Check out the nominees.

Rachel Dratch of Saturday Night Live fame, has been tapped to host. A number of celebrities and renowned writers will serve as presenters including: Bored to Death creator Jonathan Ames; Late Night host Jimmy Fallon; Precious screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher; 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft; and SNL head writer Seth Meyers.

The award ceremony will also be held simultaneously at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.

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Playboy Adds New Columnists

Playboy has added three new columnists to its roster –  Lisa Lampanelli, Nick Tosches and Brooklyn favorite Jonathan Ames. All three have penned books, and Lampanelli has a promising stand-up comedy career.

Lampanelli has appeared many times on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Tosches’ writing has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair and The Village Voice, and Ames, despite being the author of several popular books, might be best known as the creator of the HBO show Bored to Death.

Lampanelli’s “Women” column and Tosches’ “Men” column can be found in the March issue of Playboy, which just hit newsstands. Ames’ first column will be featured in the May issue.

Right now every single male friend of these columnists is sending a “can you get me into the Playboy mansion” text.

The Moth Returns to KCRW

Even if you don’t know The Moth, you probably know The Moth. You know, the live story telling group…This American Life uses a lot of their stuff…Does the name Mike Birbiglia ring a bell?

Alright, even if you don’t know The Moth you have the chance to get to know it soon. For the next five Sundays KCRW will be broadcasting an hour of Moth stories culled from various live events across the country. Author Jonathan Ames and comic Colin Quinn are among the storytellers–along with the aforementioned Birbiglia. Some worthwhile radio on your way to the farmers market.

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Jonathan Ames Brings “Jonathan Ames” to HBO’s Bored to Death

Any fan of HBO’s cult hit Bored to Death knows Jonathan Ames. He’s the mystery loving, mildly insecure, sex obsessed writer who becomes an unlicensed private detective. Hmm, or is he?

“In the original short story, the narrator had my name and I think it adds this tension,” creator Jonathan Ames explained of his on-screen alter ego played by Jason Schwartzman. “Did this really happen to someone? Did this really happen to this writer? As much as people love reality TV, I think they also love to wonder what’s the truth behind fiction.”

Ames is not only the show’s writer and executive producer, but he’s involved in every aspect of the creative process, including castings and location scouting. “HBO was very kind to me. It’s like they gave me the keys to a Ferrari, and I didn’t know how to drive stick but I pretended,” he told mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby.

Since sex is a common theme in his work, the noted author also revealed how he inadvertently became labeled a “pervert.” (Uh, which kinda explains that rolling pin Touby is wielding.)

Part 2: Bored to Death Creator Jonathan Ames Gives Screenwriting Tips

Part 3: Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames on Sex, Insecurity and…Boxing?

Bored to Death‘s Jonathan Ames on Sex, Insecurity and…Boxing?

Our Media Beat interview with “writer, creator, and provocateur” Jonathan Ames and our own Laurel Touby was definitely an interesting one. The longtime New Yorkers and friends first met in the late ’90s in the East Village when Ames was “squeaking by” as a columnist for New York Press.

As is the case with Ames’ many books and his cult hit Bored to Death on HBO, the conversation quickly veered to sex and insecurity.

TOUBY: Were you getting laid?
AMES:
Um, yes.
TOUBY:
(Laughs) So girls were attracted to you back then?
AMES:
(Laughs) Ostensibly.
TOUBY:
Alright. Well, then I never understood something about you…
AMES:
Why women would be attracted to me?
TOUBY:
No, not that part.
AMES:
Well, that’s kind of you.

This interview is too good to paraphrase, so just watch the rest  for yourself.

Part 2: Bored to Death Creator Jonathan Ames Gives Screenwriting Tips

Part 3: Jonathan Ames Brings “Jonathan Ames” to HBO’s Bored to Death

Jonathan Ames Returns To The Ring

Bored? Nothing going on tonight? Like blood? Five-foot-ten, 156-pound Brooklyn humorist, Marilyn Manson profiler, friend of FishbowlNY (and one-time mediabistro.com instructor) Jonathan Ames, 43, who sometimes goes by the name of “The Herring Wonder,” is set to take on six-one, 162-pound fellow novelist Craig “The Crippler” Davidson in an exhibition bout at Gleason’s gym in Brooklyn.

The last time Ames stepped into the ring, in 1999 against David “Impact Addict” Leslie, he broke his nose in the second round.

Ames’ e-mail invite:

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Jonathan Ames Drinks Absinthe, Does Coke With Marilyn Manson

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Getting spun for Spin

Is Jonathan Ames following in Chuck Klosterman‘s Chuck All-Stars? The latest Spin magazine features a cover story by Ames on Marilyn Manson, the controversial Goth-rocker who appeared to be enamored with the New York-based humorist and writer.

Since the entire article isn’t online, here’s a handy guide to what we learned about Ames and Manson:

  • Manson has a live-in assistant/butler named Arvin.
  • Arvin keeps the absinthe flowing.
  • A German distillery is developing a Manson-branded absinthe: Mansinthe?
  • Manson’s mansion is as creepy and weird as you’d imagine.

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New L Sex Column Looks To Fill Voice Void

aference_lmagazine.jpgThe L magazine, the not-really-but-they-like-to-call-themselves pocket-sized street guide, introduced a new sex column, “The Natural Redhead,” which they are touting as filling “the void left by the Voice’s dropping of Rachel Kramer Bussel in favor of the celibate bourgeoisie.”

We’ll let the columnist herself, Audrey Ference, explain her vision:

The new column’s going to be a Q-and-A format, with you guys providing the Qs and me providing the As. What it’s not going to be is one of those ones where I go to a fisting festival and break the world record for fisting. If you want to see fisting festival talk, you’ll have to bring it up yourself. Sorry. But if you have a sex problem, or if you have an enemy whose name you would like to see connected with throat gonorrhea in print, or if you are fulfilled in some way by writing fake questions about sex problems and having them answered as though they were real, then drop me a line.

Perfect!

Kramer Bussel, by the way, gives up the story of her “first-time” alongside other writer-y New York lumniaries like Jonathan Ames and the New Yorker‘s Ben Greenman for L‘s “Losin’ It.”