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The Bald and the Beautiful

Forget about last week’s ranking by Forbes of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women. In a town overrun with male braggadocio, the Bald 100 honor roll shared this week by GQ is going to undoubtedly be a far greater topic of conversation.

Perhaps Vin Diesel can bank on the idea that he is the top west coast industry rep on the list at #5 to spark a fresh round of meetings. Better yet, the lanky actor should have his people call Ron Howard‘s people to share a laugh over the fact that the director sits at #6. Meanwhile, it’s too bad Larry David isn’t currently in production on Curb Your Enthusiasm; he clocks in at #10, a few slides behind Samuel L. Jackson (#7), as the fourth and final member of L.A.’s gleaming chrome dome quartet.

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Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

“Seinfeld” Cast Reunites On Entertainment Weekly Cover

EW.jpg“Seinfeld” was, and will always be, one of the quintessential New York television shows. It’s also one of the most missed by New Yorkers (or at least this New Yorker.)

Since the show ended 11 years ago, the cast — made up of Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards — has scattered to work on their own projects. Whispers of a reunion have always been around, but it took “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David to make it happen.

Seinfeld, Alexander, Louis-Dreyfus and Richards will join David on the upcoming season of his current HBO show, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

And there’s lots more news about the long-awaited reunion in this week’s cover story in Entertainment Weekly:

“The story line, which starts in episode 3, is sprinkled over five of the season’s 10 episodes as Larry recruits the cast, then plans and tapes the big ‘Seinfeld’ reunion (viewers will see a few scenes of the ‘Seinfeld’ reunion episode on ‘Curb’). David is cagey on plot details, and will only hint that ‘Larry attempts to get [his estranged wife] Cheryl back, and the Seinfeld reunion figures prominently in that.’”

It’s taken seven seasons for David to lure the “Seinfeld” foursome to “Curb,” and it might just be a ratings ploy or a way for David’s show to go out with a bang. Either way, we’ll be watching.

FBLA Exclusive: Inside the Microsoft Campaign

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We just got word from our person on the inside that the new Microsoft commercial featuring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates was most likely directed by Bryan Buckly. The same commercial director that did the American Express Ellen Degeneres spots. The one with the animals that won an Emmy and the other one with Beyonce and the Village People.

For people with TiVo, we sure watch a lot of commercials…

Media Mavericks and Moguls: Ross Johnson

Friday lunch at Orso was surprisingly fruitful, big name-wise, with Mel Brooks holding court at a table full of cronies, Larry David in a black velor tracksuit, and tall, blond and Brit Bill Nighy looking dreamy. Perfect for FBLA’s new weekly feature, Lunch with Media Moguls and Mavericks.

Ross Johnson surprised a number of people when he joined PR powerhouse Sitrick and Co., after a long career in journalism. He’s enjoying himself greatly, he says. He raves about how honcho Mike Sitrick built his firm from the ground up, and claims Sitrick works a room like no one else on this coast or the other one.

Other insights:

In 1983, William Goldman said about show business–”nobody knows anything”. Today, thanks to Nikki Finke, everybody knows something.

Patric Verrone has become the Abraham Lincoln of the WGA. But remember, Lincoln got shot.

The big thing about the WGA strike is like Woodward and Bernstein. Just like they made journalists look cool–now TV writers look cool.

At Least It Was A Hybrid …

The big media news story comes out of L.A. for a change: Al Gore III, son of Al Gore and associate publisher of Good magazine, was busted in the wee hours of July 4th while driving at about 100 m.p.h. in his Toyota Prius hybrid on a Southern California freeway:

The deputy smelled marijuana and searched the car, said sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino. The search turned up a small amount of marijuana, along with prescription drugs including Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Adderall and Soma. There were no prescriptions found, he said.

Gore III, of course, has a history of drug busts. Will be interesting to see what effect, if any, the Paris sentence has on Gore.

Also, a marketing note: Who knew hybrids could go a 100? This could be the best celebrity endorsement for Toyota since Larry David‘s Prius on Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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