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Sumner Redstone and His ‘Beautiful Women’

In Robert Evans‘ new book The Fat Lady Sang, there’s a lot of good stuff about the actor-producer-survivor’s lifelong friendship with mentor Sumner Redstone. Now, there’s also a fascinating THR interview.

SumnerRedstoneTHRCoverRather than the usual author of such THR features, Stephen Galloway, this one belongs to veteran reporter Kim Masters and associate TV editor Lindsay Flans. A lot of the answers are one-sentence, but that doesn’t detract from the pleasures of a transcript with one of Hollywood’s very small number of truly legendary figures.

The conversation was conducted mid-December at the mogul’s 15,300 square foot Beverly Park mansion. He was joined for the THR session by his longtime girlfriend Sydney Howland and friend Manuela Herzer:

You’ve got these beautiful women that you go out with.

Do you think they’re beautiful?

They’re both stunning.

You really think so?

And sweet, don’t you think?

Well, they’re sweet. I don’t know how beautiful they are.

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Hollywood Reporter Delivers a Leno Lollapalooza

You’d think a guy who took a huge pay cut in 2012 on behalf of one of NBC’s few TV ratings hits would be bullet proof within the network’s executive ranks. But while Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter cover story about Jay Leno does not pinpoint the two “high-level industry sources” that leaked information to colleague Kim Masters for a March 1 item, the embattled Tonight Show host clearly believes the bleed was carved from the Peacock. Rather than, say, a Big Four talent agency or entertainment attorney’s office.

From Belloni’s piece:

Sources say Leno, when he signed his most recent deal, expected it could be his last at the network. But he is said to have been upset by what he perceived to be an NBC leak to THR and by the prospect of another messy transition that would play out in the press.

Can’t blame (the soon-to-be 63-year-old) Leno for that. No comedian likes to be so consistently heckled, even a road warrior like Leno. The prospect of 16 more months of media-amplified cat calls of “You suck!” is no laughing matter.

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@TheInSneider is Suddenly a Variety Outsider

Like so many things involving feisty Variety film writer Jeff Sneider, the info was divulged suddenly and without warning via Twitter:

Then came a story on TheWrap about Sneider’s dismissal, written by Alexander C. Kaufman with input from Sharon Waxman. The article gets a critical fact wrong; a tweet referenced was not connected to Robopocalypse but rather was the sixth and final component of Sneider’s rapid-fire expression of dismay on Twitter when he learned he had lost an entirely different long-simmering scoop to The Hollywood Reporter (about Christopher Nolan planning to direct Interstellar).

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Tom Cruise Publicist: He Never Forced His Religion on Katie Holmes

As part of their evaluation of how fallout from the scandalous Vanity Fair October cover story might affect the way Tom Cruise promotes his next movie (Jack Reacher), THR reporters Daniel Miller and Kim Masters share a couple of interesting official denials of the magazine’s Nazanin Boniadi claims.

The first comes from attorney Bert Fields, who says that if someone were foolish enough to believe Maureen Orth’s article, “even she [the reporter] doesn’t claim that Tom knew what she claims the church was doing.” The other is delivered by Cruise’s 42West publicist Amanda Lundberg (pictured). She says the VF piece was nothing but “lies designed to sell magazines” and then adds this bucket of cold water:

Lundberg denies that Cruise ever forced his religion on Holmes. “He has a right to believe what he wants to believe,” says Lundberg. “Do I think fans care about it? No. Do I think he owes anybody an explanation? No. He has a job to do, and he does it better than anybody. He has nothing to apologize for.”

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Marc Malkin Disputes THR’s Kristen Stewart-Snow White Item*

Just a few hours tonight after Kim Masters and Borys Kit filed a story for The Hollywood Reporter indicating that Kristen Stewart has been dropped from Universal’s Snow White and the Hunstman sequel plans, Marc Malkin over at E! News begs to differ.

Tying to an earlier item he wrote about Stewart in late May, Malkin insists the actress was never contractually committed to a SWATH sequel. Therefore, he argues, she cannot be “dropped” from the nascent follow-up:

Contrary to a report, Stewart has not been dropped from Universal’s planned Snow White and the Huntsman sequel because the concept is being retooled to focus on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman.

Rather, she was never officially attached to one to begin with. (And, for that matter, neither is Hemsworth, as yet.) What’s true is that a new writer is being brought in to replace the first film’s scribe, David Koepp, sources confirmed to E! News Tuesday.

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Coincidence? Finke Fires Back at THR Hours After Bret Easton Ellis Exclusive

TheWrap – or, as Nikki Finke prefers to call it, TheCrap – remains number one on her list of direct-competitor enemies. A close second is The Hollywood Reporter.

This afternoon, just hours after the Reporter posted an exclusive statement from author Bret Easton Ellis about his own war with Finke, she takes dead aim at a July 20 magazine issue item by Kim Masters. Finke torpedoes the article’s claim that Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Barry Meyer turned down a request by Jeff Bewkes to stay on past his scheduled December 2013 departure date:

THR hangs it on “a knowledgeable source.” Time Warner explained to me, “This story is a complete fabrication. We could not lie about it. Why would we lie about this? Because it’s going to come out one way or the other. Everybody who talked to the Reporter explained that no part of this is true – but they kept writing. How ridiculous.”

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LA Times, KPCC Crown LA Press Club Awards

At last night’s 54th Annual SoCal Journalism Awards, the big winners were the Los Angeles Times and KPCC 89.3 FM, with eight first prizes each. The LAT was led by photographer Francine Orr, who won three awards (Photojournalist of the Year, Entertainment Photo, Photo Essay), while KPCC’s haul included a pair for Molly Peterson (News or Feature Short Form, Use of Sound). KCRW, KPCC’s main competitor in the LA public radio space, failed to win any first-place prizes.

On the Hollywood trades side, it was THR five, TheWrap two and Deadline.com one, with Variety essentially abstaining. Kim Masters won a Journalist of the Year prize as well as another for her article with Daniel Miller about high-stakes Hollywood poker. Meanwhile, for TheWrap, it was not a main reporter but rather blog network contributor Richard Stellar who claimed both nods, for Weblog, Individual (tied with Danielle Berrin, Jewish Journal) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.

Other leading first-place winners at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Sunday night, each capturing six such awards, were the Los Angeles Business Journal, KCET’s SoCal Connected and LA Weekly. Although in one case with the Weekly, film critic Karina Longworth was the only journalist nominated in the Daily/Weekly Newspapers category of Entertainment Reviews/Criticism/Columns.

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THR Toots Alan Horn ‘Excusive’

It wasn’t quite on the level of Mitt Romney’s “Amercia.” But yesterday, when The Hollywood Reporter rushed to beat its competitors with a Kim Masters item about the announcement of Alan Horn stepping in to take over Disney Studios, the headline blared out a memorable typo:

The flub, jokingly tipped on Twitter by Variety film editor Josh Dickey, was of course quickly fixed. But it was ironic that this new, would-be slang was attached to a story that others – like  TheWrap media critic Lucas Shaw – viewed as a very poor excuse for an “exclusive:”

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EXCLUSIVE: For Its 110th Year, Popular Mechanics Will Embrace YouTube

When the announcement was made a few days ago that Hearst magazines is creating a pair of 2012 YouTube channels, FishbowlLA couldn’t help but notice the name Popular Mechanics. Founded in 1902, the publication will provide content for an automotive-themed channel alongside Hearst mates Car and Driver and Road & Track.

While spinning off the current Popular Mechanics feature “Jay Leno’s Garage” for YouTube seems like a no-brainer, Hearst men’s enthusiast group editorial director James Meigs (pictured) says that idea has yet to be broached. However, given that the magazine was, even back in Thomas Edison‘s day, dedicated to the coverage of cutting-edge technology, automotive and otherwise, he confirms there will definitely be some sort of historical component.

“The channel will be launching towards the middle of next year,” Meigs explains via telephone. “It’s an ambitious schedule with a whole range of distinct programming. It will be branded Car & Driver Television, but we’ll be tapping into the resources of all three participating magazines.”

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