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Lorne Michaels Engineers Another Inspired Succession

ShutterstockDarrellHammondHarlem2012The choice of Jimmy Fallon to take over for Jay Leno will rank as one of the best decisions comedy impresario Lorne Michaels has ever made. As if that weren’t enough for the current calendar year, there is now news of an equally inspired move in the SNL announcer department.

Taking over in this 40th season of SNL for the late Don Pardo will be Darrell Hammond. From Andrea Romano‘s Mashable item:

Hammond, who was a cast member from 1995 to 2009, also occasionally sat in for Pardo when he was sick.

“I sat in for Don when he had laryngitis several times over the years,” Hammond told USA Today. “When he passed, they wanted me; it felt right for me to be the one to replace him.”

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Wendy Williams Finds Time for 2014 Romance Novel

Shutterstock_WendyWilliamsBy the time Wendy Williams‘ 50th birthday rolls around next summer, the affable daytime talk show host and wig empire overseer will have another claim to fame: published romance novelist.

Williams spoke to New York Daily News TV editor Don Kaplan about the rising ratings of her gabfest, which can be watched at three different times daily in the NYC area. She also teased her seventh book, due out early next year. It’s a “juicy”, interracial tale:

“It’s gritty,” she says. “Kim Kind is my heroine, and she falls for a guy named King. He’s white and he’s bad to the bone, and she’s black and she’s an assistant D.A. here in Manhattan, and she’s got quite a few problems.”

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Victoria’s Secret Transgender Model Petition Nearing 25,000 Signatures

Shutterstock_CarmenCarreraOne of the latest change.org petitions to morph into a news story is the cause put forth by Merced, CA resident Marco Regalado. He wants Victoria’s Secret to consider hiring former Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Carmen Carrera as the company’s first transgender fashion model. At press time, the petition was closing in on 25,000 signatures.

The latest outlets to pick up on Regalado’s efforts include Yahoo Shine, the UK side of the International Business Times and Montreal Gazette blogger Jillian Page. From her op-ed:

Hmm… Not that I am opposed to Carmen Carrera being a model for Victoria’s Secret, but I think a petition calling on the company to make her a model because she is a woman who gender transitioned — or a “transgendered woman,” as many are saying — is somewhat misguided.

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Anna Wintour: ‘Even If I’m Completely Unsure, I’ll Pretend’

Shutterstock_AnnaWintourThe recently minted Condé Nast artistic director shared some leadership tips with moderator Les Moonves as part of the 2013 Women’s Wear Daily CEO Summit. And what better place, really, since it was after a talk by Karl Lagerfeld at the 2012 edition of this event that the whole idea of adding to Wintour’s Vogue responsibilities took root.

FishbowlNY’s favorite passed-along Wintour tidbit in WWD media reporter Erik Maza‘s write-up reads as follows:

“I think possibly what people working for one hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.”

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Source: Bonnie Fuller’s Hollywood Life on Course for First Profitable Year

In the PMC shadow of Nikki Finke, another 50-something media vet has been building a Web franchise. And today, Bonnie Fuller gets a nice profile piece in the Wall Street Journal by media reporter William Launder.

Hollywood Life launched in 2009. Towards the end of the WSJ article, Launder suggests it’s not just the comScore numbers that are looking good these days. If one particular source is to be believed, 2013 will be the PMC site’s first in-the-black operating year:

Hollywoodlife.com has begun to show financial promise. After losing a total of around $15 million since its launch, the site broke even in the first quarter, and is projected to earn around $1 million this year, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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LA Media Sully Jack Sparrow’s Good Name

It was a quintessential LA story. Late yesterday afternoon, media outlets including the LA Times and KTLA quickly picked up an LAPD alert of a fight between several Hollywood Blvd. superhero characters. Catwoman was said to have pepper sprayed Jack Sparrow, with an alien and another pirate also involved in the fracass.

Only the victim wasn’t a Sparrow. After several hours of insane Twitter pick-up on this news, activity that pushed “Jack Sparrow” up the LA trending topics list, NBCLA reporters Samantha Tata and Kim Baldonado revealed that the target of an exasperated, harassed Catwoman was in fact an Ozzy Osbourne impersonator.

Should Ozzie be insulted that his likeness was mistaken for Captain Jack? Might Johnny Depp consider biting off the head of scurvy rat in a fifth Pirates flick, as a wink-wink? That’s all tbd. But in the meantime, even though Tata and Baldonado had Sparrow in their original report (since updated), theirs was the only initial dispatch that had otherwise accurate info about the exact sequence of events. As opposed to the increasingly embellished misinformation being spread last night via social media.

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Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming Shoots Down Variety Time-Stamp Accusations

In recent weeks, FishbowlLA has written about two separate Variety.com blog posts that alleged the time-stamps of Emma Stone and Sundance Film Festival news items on Deadline.com were false. In both cases, Variety‘s BlogDogger–based on some stated live Web monitoring–insinuated that Deadline.com must have jerry-rigged the date-time stamps of these particular articles, to make it appear that the items were posted earlier than when they actually were.

Baloney, counters the author of both Deadline.com items, Mike Fleming. Speaking to FishbowlLA today via telephone from New York, he explained that he has the ability to direct-post articles to Deadline.com and did so with the first article in question, about Stone’s project Little White Corvette.

“I had the story done the night before,” Fleming explains. “I wake up early every morning here in New York, before driving my daughter to school. My computer is always on, and even though I had been in touch with GK Films the previous day and was told I could post the item sooner, I figured I would just break it in the morning.” In other words, Fleming says the 6:00 am ET/3:00 am PT time-stamp on the Stone item reflects what he did at his computer the morning of Thursday, January 5.

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Terry Gilliam Still Chasing After Windmills

During a recent visit to Los Angeles, director Terry Gilliam took the time to chat with LA Times “Hero Complex” main man Geoff Boucher. The beleaguered filmmaker (who turned 71 last week)  was in town for an American Cinematheque sponsored screening of Brazil and his latest project, the Italian-made short The Wholly Family.

Much like Orson Welles, Gilliam has spent a large portion of his career battling Hollywood execs and chasing after film financing. That remains the case today, with his decade-old project The Man Who Killed Don Quixote still languishing and likely never to be finished. But it is all by choice, thanks to a decision made decades ago in the San Fernando Valley:

“Look, the last proper job I had was [in the 1960s] at the Chevrolet assembly plant in Van Nuys. It was the night shift, and when I quit I said I would never work for money again. I believe in the things I make. The fact that God doesn’t want me to make them is beside the point.”

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