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David Carey, Linda Wells & The Power Lunch Diehards

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— DIANE CLEHANE

A little birdie told us we missed Wyclef Jean by a day. Then, on Monday night, we hear the joint was jumping at Miramax’s party for The Tillman Story with Josh Brolin making the scene. We didn’t spot any celebrities in the dining room at Michael’s today (it is August, after all), but we did chat up plenty of the usual suspects who were getting in one of the last power lunches of the summer season before decamping to their cottages on the beach. (We’ll be sequestered in our air conditioned living room watching Mad Men on demand if this awful heat drags on.)

I was lunching today with public relations maven Catherine Saxton and Benjamin Cohen, president and founder of BobCarMedia. I’ve met plenty of self-made moguls here at Michael’s, but I have to say when it comes to having passion for what he does, Ben puts a lot of those guys to shame. From the moment I sat down, I found myself transfixed by Ben’s story of serial entrepreneurship that started when he was 12 years old at his parents’ retail store in Brooklyn. Enterprising Ben was so good at bringing the customers in that a competitor stole him away at age 15, and by 18, he was running his own electronics store in Westchester. At 25, he expanded his empire to include 50 cellular phone stores nationwide. “I always wanted to take the intimidation factor out of purchasing technology,” Ben told me.

In the late nineties, he opened a ‘technology salon’ on Park Avenue that was designed to keep Manhattan execs up to date with the latest gizmos and gadgets. The concept was so successful that it landed him on Bill Gates’ radar who then tapped Ben’s company for the east coast launch of Windows98. “That changed everything,” says Ben.

Ben launched BobCarMedia in 2002 with a focus on getting companies to embrace the concept of mobile marketing tools that allow consumers to test drive products outside the brick-and-mortar environment. Today, his brand ambassadors had two of his sleek, eco-friendly BobCars parked outside Michael’s so the curious could try out T-Mobile’s webConnect Rocket. “We’ve shown marketers you don’t need to wait for the customer to go into the store,” says Ben who has helped CLEAR, Wendy’s and Snickers rev up their businesses all over the country. “We’re new, different and run lean and mean. We can adapt to changing technologies and news market fast, and that means great things for our clients.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Uber agent Ed Victor and pals

2. Peter Brown

3. Hearst president David Carey, who arrived with a copy of the latest issue of Marie Claire under his arm, and a distinguished looking gent we didn’t get to meet.

4. Steven Rubenstein and an unidentified casually clad gal.

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Morgan To Tackle Tony Blair Again

morganp.jpgPeter Morgan — whose “Frost/Nixon” is not only filling theaters around the country but is in line for plenty in the statuette department (as in Golden Globes and Oscars) — is setting up his next politco project which looks to create (or re-create, as it were) the “Special Relationship” between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and departing U.S. President George Bush.

Variety reported on what will be the third film by Morgan about Blair. Previously, he had written “The Deal” about Blair’s stratospheric rise in British politics, followed by “The Queen” about the thorny relationship with Queen Elizabeth II.

Without trying to be too much like Oliver Stone, Morgan takes on Brit politics without the sledgehammer approach that Stone is so often fond of when it comes to things political.

Morgan will rely on actor Michael Sheen, who is gaining amazing fame as David Frost in “Frost/Nixon, to take on the Blair role. He played Blair in both earlier incarnates about the PM.

Bush is still a question mark. But Morgan, as he’s directing as well, could always at least approach Josh Brolin, who did stellar work as Bush in Stone’s “W.”

Broadcast Film Critics Want Their Say

benjaminb.jpgpennmilk.jpgThough they’re sometimes reduced to thumbs up/thumbs down criticism, the country’s major broadcast critics are always keen to be heard as “Milk” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” both earned eight nominations for the 14th Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s Critics Choice Awards, Variety says.

Both were among the 10 films named for best picture. “Milk,” which got off to a strong platform start last month, also picked up key nominations for lead actor Sean Penn, supporting co-stars James Franco and Josh Brolin, and director Gus Van Sant. “Button,” which opens Christmas Day, drew mentions for actor Brad Pitt, actress Cate Blanchett and supporting actress Taraji P. Henson.

Other titles nommed for picture were “Changeling,” “The Dark Knight,” “Doubt,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Wall-E” and “The Wrestler.”

Politico Confirms What FBLA Has Been Saying – Palin To Do SNL Tomorrow

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As we have previously reported, Sarah Palin will be on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Rumor is she’ll spoof Tina Fey. She’s already spoofed the veep race…Palin not Fey.

Anyway, Politico’s Jonathon Martin points out that Josh Brolin who plays George W. Bush will be hosting this week. Which could make it interesting.

Spoofing the spoofs seems to be a theme.

Hollywood Film Fest Honors Dustin, Josh and Kristin

The 12th annual Hollywood Film Festival will dole out the “Hollywood Career Achievement” award to Dustin Hoffmandustin.jpg, the “Hollywood Actor of the Year” to Josh Brolin josh.jpgand “Hollywood Actress of the Year” to Kristin Scott Thomas.

“It is a privilege to honor and to celebrate Dustin Hoffman’s extraordinary talent and remarkable career, as well as the exemplary work of actor Josh Brolin and actress Kristin Scott Thomas,”kristin.jpg said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Festival.

Winners will all receive their plaudits at the fest’s gala ceremony Aug. 27 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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SAG Award Highlights: Young, Stunts, Freaks, Gays

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SAG Award highlights:

Sean Young swoops into town, and initiates Julian Schnabel into her own little club.

Oddly enough, she wasn’t recognized in the new Stunt category.

Josh Brolin thanks the Coen brothers, freaky little dudes that they are.

Cathy Horyn notices that all the stars look alike. The red carpet isn’t the catwalk, honey.

Beth Harris, writing for AP, makes the evening sound like a day at the unemployment office, with better lighting.

LogoOnline calls it The Most Glamorous Assemblage of Homosexuals and Prostitutes Ever.