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The Huffington Post’s Got Talent

The call for reader-viewer entries went out Monday. And today, as the informal search for the best Arianna Huffington impression continues, various staffers are also taking their best shot.

In the mash-up above, HuffPo food and culture writer Joe Satran proves that a blonde wig  head of borrowed female hair and name-dropping can go a long, hilarious way towards compensating for loose mastery of the sing-song cadence and heavy Greek accent. Satran starts from the anecdotal vantage point of talking to Larry Ellison while on David Geffen‘s yacht and ends with a brainwave about a third life-metric. Well done.

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Oprah Considering Los Angeles Clippers Bid (ESPN)
Oprah Winfrey, David Geffen and Larry Ellison will join together in a bid to buy the Los Angeles Clippers if the NBA’s board of governors votes to force Donald Sterling to sell the team, Geffen said Wednesday. FishbowlNY Others interested in buying the Clippers include Diddy (he even created his own hashtag #DiddyBuyTheClippers) and Floyd Mayweather. THR The OWN Network founder would pair with music mogul Geffen and Oracle co-founder Ellison in an investor role. On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged to force the sale of the Clippers after audio recordings of racist remarks made by owner Donald Sterling surfaced on TMZ days earlier. Sterling, who has owned the Clippers franchise since 1981, faces a ban from attending all NBA games as well as making any business decisions for the team. LA Times / Sports Now Winfrey, in reference to Sterling’s comments, told TMZ on Tuesday that “the plantation days are over.” She also denied having interest in purchasing the team on her own. However, Winfrey’s spokesperson, Nicole Nichols, issued a statement Wednesday confirming that she’s in talks about becoming an investor. Reuters The advisory finance committee of the NBA’s governing board scheduled a meeting for Thursday to review the next steps for forcing a sale of the Clippers, as urged on Tuesday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, a league spokeswoman said. Sterling, who bought the Clippers in 1981 for $13 million when the team was based in San Diego, has not indicated whether he would relinquish ownership without a fight. Experts have estimated that the franchise, which moved to Los Angeles in 1984, could now be worth as much as $800 million.

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UK Journo Surveys Larry Ellison’s Tennis Tournament

It’s always fun to read how LA and environs are portrayed by foreign journalists. Today, Alexandra Willis blogs at The Independent about the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament in Indian Wells, running through March 20th.

Here for example is her description of the westward commute on the 10: “A two-ish hour ride along a terrifying Los Angeles freeway, through a lot of sandy mountains (some snow-capped), a wind farm, and many, many cactuses…”

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Back to the drawing board.
Disney’s returning to hand drawn animation with The Frog Princess, a musical set in New Orleans. The movie would be written and directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, who co-directed The Little Mermaid. The studio will hire more animators, too, which is great news.

Pay per post.
Some bloggers are paid to write about products and services. Shocking.

Punk’ed.
Vivienne Westwood gets a career retrospective in San Francisco, which isn’t all that fascinating, but it’s nice to see Rose Apodaca’s byeline. Brian Grazer’s making a film about Westwood.

Mogul-mad Malibu.
Larry Ellison owns a chunk of Malibu, and is planning two new restaurants while David Geffen is renovating the Malibu Beach Inn. Nothing like a reservation for gazillionaires.

Al Martinez wants everyone to just shut up about the LA Times.