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Who Knew These New York Yankees Were Such Good Actors?

Certainly not Jimmy Fallon and certainly not us. But thanks to Wednesday’s great little Late Night drop-in, this pair of Yankees proved they can also when needed step up to be “Mr. August.”

During Fallon’s latest Audience Suggestion Box skit, Mark Teixeira (as Ivy’s mom, Meryl Streep) and CC Sabathia (as Ivy, Julianne Nicholson) donned wigs, confidently recited dialogue in front of some manufactured homestead backdrop and forever imprinted themselves into the August: Osage County¬†catalog.

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The Night Julia Roberts Came to Javier Bardem’s Rescue

The latest issue of Deadline.com’s awards season print magazine Awardsline is out. Distributed for free to AMPAS voting members and film execs, the February 1 edition is once again chock full of studio ads.

There is also some clever editorial sourcing of a panel held last December at a two-day industry event hosted by the PMC/Nikki Finke site. Alongside Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen shared stories about awards seasons past:

“Last year we had Biutiful, and were doing a campaign for Javier Bardem for Best Actor. [At the end of] last year, it did not get a Golden Globe nomination, it did not get a SAG nomination, it did not get a BFCA nomination, nothing. We thought we were dead, basically.”

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Another Free Weekly Collapses on Film Critic Andy Klein

The final print review assignment for Brand X film critic Andy Klein this week is the new Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts flick Larry Crowne. An apt narrative echo of the LA Film Critics Association member’s latest experience with the world of free weekly LA newspapers.

Klein was formerly the film editor and lead critic for Los Angeles City Beat, until he was laid off at the beginning of 2009, ahead of the publication’s shuttering in March of that same year. Now, via LAObserved, comes the news that the LA Times is ending its bizarre weekly Brand X experiment, and with it, the regular print slot for Klein.

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Lunch: Cindi Leive, Harold Ford, Jr. & The Gang

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We heard we missed quite a scene yesterday when the dining room was filled with the likes of dirty joke diva Sarah Silverman, Pedro Almodovar, Harvey Weinstein and his oh-so-fashionable wife, designer Georgina Chapman, Ron Perelman and a long list of other movers and shakers. But there were plenty of fabulous folks to chat with today, so I made the rounds before they got down to business over their Cobb salads.

I was delighted to see ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, who had been across the pond enjoying some time in London and missing from his regular perch at Michael’s for several weeks. He’s right back into the swing of things, having been at Sunday night’s Tony Awards to see his friend Sir Elton John, who wrote the music for 10-time award winner Billy Elliot celebrate with the cast on their big night. Monday night Joe attended the benefit for Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp hosted by Julia Roberts, Robert Redford and some other A-listers. “We raised $2.5 million,” reports Joe, who volunteers at the camp every summer. “It’s great to see all of Paul’s work is still going strong.” Joe was lunching today with the charming — and funny — Harold Ford, Jr., chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council who moonlights as a news analyst for MSNBC.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield and Andy Bergman.

2. A dapper duo: Nielsen Business Media’s Gerry Byrne and Henry Schleiff. I stopped by Gerry’s table to catch up since we last crossed paths at Showtime’s party for Nurse Jackie and its star, Edie Falco. Coincidentally, Gerry, who is one of the greatest guys in the business, is getting a ‘Made in New York’ Award from the mayor’s office next Monday night and his fellow honoree is none other than Edie. Small world.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Harold Ford, Jr.

4. Stan Shuman with another gent we didn’t recognize…

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LAT In 90 Seconds

34871189-24183555.jpgDeborah Netburn’s Rush: The picture-book beat reporter (Deborah, e-mail us with your actual title, or we’ll be forced to keep making it up) likens Katherine Heigl to a recent sorority pledge, noting that the $30 million 27 Dresses raked in, “puts her in the same rarefied club as Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Kate Hudson, Drew Barrymore and just a few select others.”

34913614-24132050.jpgSundance Kid: Reporter David Keeps profiles Melonie Diaz, a 23-year-old you’ve never heard of who is about to blow up big: She’s starring in four films being shown at the festival RIGHT NOW.

klaileak.jpegOh, Henrys: “Federal prosecutors on Thursday identified Broadcom Corp. founders Henry T. Nicholas III and Henry Samueli as ‘unindicted potential co-conspirators‘ in an investigation into the illegal backdating of stock options.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

34521811.jpgBest Story Of The Day: We don’t know when John M. Glionna was sent to China, but he dug up a great story there: a profile of the founder of Rural Women magazine, a women’s rights activist with an amazing tale.

22178970.jpgPremature Speculation: The guys at The Envelope apparently don’t know what to do with themselves in these few weeks before awards season starts. So they’re planning for next year. Out loud.

34519188.jpgQuiet On The Set: Columnist Jay A. Fernandez takes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt and other A-list celebs to task for staying silent about the WGA strike.

Correction: W Magazine Not Promoting A Cat Fight

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Our friends at Haute and Bothered alerted us to a little error in one of our earlier posts. Seems W Magazine’s November issue features nine covers, allowing readers to choose from Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Lindsay Lohan.

Our bad.

Elle’s Women in Hollywood Roundtable

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Salon’s Rebecca Traister sits in on Elle’s Women in Hollywood round table discussion on the state of show biz, why there aren’t more women directors, and so on. The group wonders why women don’t go to opening weekends, forgetting that people watch movies lots of other ways than at the multiplex, not than any of them ever see films with the public. While distinguished and credible, the ten are sort of randomly chosen. At the table are:

Moderator/producer Lynda Obst (called one of Tinseltown’s great brains, which is a frightening thought)
Claims Kate Hudson has same power as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon in getting girly movies green-lit. Because the audience is clamoring for more.

Writer/director Nora Ephron
Thinks Transformers had a great emotional theme, sucks up to Spielberg. Claims to meet only timid girls at film schools. Ever wonder if she still takes calls from Meg Ryan?

Writer/producer Laura Ziskin
Discussing the lack of female directors, drops a bomb,

Our children watched their mothers and said, “Oh, no thank you. I don’t want my life to be like that.”

Writer/director Callie Khouri
Claims she wanted to make a NASCAR movie. So she directed Ya-Ya Sisterhood instead? Just made indie movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and wonders why no studio wanted it. Then complains about the lack of wish fulfillment in Judd Apatow movies.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins
Liked Spiderman. Admits to concentrating on personal life after making Monster.

Producer Cathy Konrad
Has small child, married to business partner Jim Mangold, admits to scaling back work for family.

Writer/director/producer Kimberly Piece
Loves blowing things up, just made second film.

Writer/producer Andrea Berloff
Has little kid, wonders why more women aren’t in film biz. But she’s fairly new to the business, as World Trade Center was her first produced script.

Writer/producer Margaret Nagle
Breaks away from approved party line by believing babe/nerd hookup in Knocked Up.

Universal president of production Donna Langley (called “that rarest of Hollywood breeds, a female studio head”, as Amy Pascal, wasn’t in the room.)
Points out that despite Jodie Foster’s tiny cameo, lots of women went to see Inside Man starring Denzel Washington. See Queen Latifah, wish fulfillment above.

The discussion was held in August, so Jeff Robinov’s foot hadn’t entered his mouth yet.

These women don’t pay attention to the few women working as TV directors and that reality TV could be a training ground for women (who are usually credited as field producers). Michael Apted started in documentary, after all.

But there’s a big snob factor in features, and never underestimate the insularity of Hollywood. Directors who came from TV, like Dennie Gordon, Betty Thomas, and Mimi Leder, and those who go back and forth, like Nicole Holofcener tend to not get called for big tentpole pictures.

Nikki Finke picks out some high points, but think how lively the discussion could have been, had she sat at the table.

Elle hosts the 14th annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15, when it will honor actresses Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Lane, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams and director Julie Taymor.

Forbes‘ James Brady Edges — Creepily — Into Teen Oblivion

brady_head_fbny.jpgReading Forbes‘ serial namedropping media columnist James Brady‘s columns has become one of FishbowlNY’s favorite weekly rituals. A guilty pleasure, if you will. So you can imagine our feverish excitement when we read the title of this week’s Brady gem:

Bimbos or Sweet 16

We, of course, were ready for a creepy cringefest of a column. We were almost disappointed. Almost:

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