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NYT Trails Tony Awards Publicist Rick Miramontez

Gotta sing! Gotta promote! That could be the chorus for Patrick Healy‘s fun look in the New York Times at what goes into keeping Tony Awards prospects hot.

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It’s also why a guy like Rick Miramontez gives complimentary tickets for Beautiful: The Carole King Musical to a doll like Liza Minnelli:

Minnelli followed him backstage where, minutes later, she greeted the show’s star, Jessie Mueller, a Tony nominee for Best Actress in a Musical…

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Iranian American Artist Revisits Hedonistic D.C. HQ

Shuttered since the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979, this U.S. embassy sits vacant in Washington D.C. at 3005 Massachusetts Ave NW. But thanks to a new exhibit of photographs taken by New York-based Iranian American artist Eric Parnes, the building’s raucous, anything-goes heyday is being remembered.

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Parnes’ collection of photographs, shot during a rare, recent visit to the vacant embassy building, are being exhibited at the Ayyam Gallery in Dubai through January 14. The opening night party for the show was last night.

From 1959 to 1961 and again from 1973 through 1979, the man at the center of the embassy’s swirling social activities was Ardeshir Zahedi, now 85 and living in Montreux, Swtizerland. At one point, he dated WaPo columnist Sally Quinn. From a recent Washington Post article by Tahrah Bahrampour:

According to a biography of Elizabeth Taylor, one of many women linked romantically with Zahedi in the 1970s, embassy guests “were afforded their every desire, from champagne and caviar to sexual favors and recreational drugs.”

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Journo Says Goodbye with Epic Sin City Love Letter

Steve Friess, a columnist, podcaster and major media contributor based in Las Vegas, has relocated to the University of Michigan as a Knight-Wallace fellow. For his final Las Vegas Weekly column, he uncorked one of the most memorable farewell-to-readers essays FishbowlLA has ever read.

Beginning with a full-time job at the Review-Journal in 1996, Friess’ professional experiences in Sin City mirrored the leisure capital’s explosive growth. He departed a couple of times for gigs in South Florida and China, but realized just how much Vegas was in his blood when he turned down a 2003 job interview opportunity with the Washington Post. Writes Friess:

I took a fake Liza Minnelli whom I met at the Celebrity Impersonators Convention to a 2 a.m. show by the real Liza at the Luxor. I covered rock-paper-scissors and Monopoly championships… I wrote full-service guidebooks geared towards gays, NASCAR fans and the French. My Little Brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) and I snuck into all the pools on the Strip and graded them for the Los Angeles Times.

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Corey Haim’s Family Puts His Belongings on eBay

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This Corey Haim story could not get any sadder. Turns out he was living with his mother in the Valley while she was fighting cancer when he overdosed and died at 38. To add to that, his meager personal effects are on eBay to help pay to bury him.

The seller, who says they are one of his fellow cast members from the 1985 NBC movie of the week A Time to Live with Liza Minnelli writes:

I HAVE BEEN GIVEN MOST ALL OF COREY’S BELONGINGS TO PUT ON EBAY TO SELL FOR THE FAMILY TO PAY FOR HIS FUNERAL EXPENSES. COREY HAD NO SAVINGS AND HIS FAMILY IS REALLY IN NEED !

The whole collection of used gym shorts and swag t-shirts is here.

Hat tip Joshua Stecker.

Previously on FBLA:

  • ‘Lost Boy’ Corey Haim Dead at 38
  • Hey, The Wrap, If Everybody is an Icon Then No One Is

  • HP, Paper Magazine Party It Up At NYPL

    hppaer.jpgLast night, HP and Paper magazine threw a swanky soiree at the New York Public Library at Bryant Park to “celebrate 25 years of paper and ink.”

    Entertainment at the black tie affair included sets by DJ Mark Ronson, The Virgins, Queen Latifah and Liza Minnelli. And in case anyone forgot what they were there to celebrate, HP and Paper logos swirled on the ceiling of the library’s Astor Hall (see photo at right).

    More photos from the swanky night, after the jump

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    FBLA 20 Questions:Mark Ebner

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    Journalist Mark Ebner has investigated Scientology, pit bull fighting in South Central Los Angeles, the Ku Klux Klan in Texas, celebrity stalkers, missing porn stars, sports groupies, college suicides and Hepatitis C in Hollywood. He’s got a book deal with Simon & Schuster and a tv deal with Court TV. Despite his busy blog, he yielded to our muscle and answered those deceptively duplicitous questions.

    1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? The cereal box.

    2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website? Gallery of The Absurd The artist known as “14″ is a genius, and twice the woman of the LA Weekly’s “Seven.”

    3. What job do you fantasize about having? Sidewalk Sign Flipper.

    4. Last movie you saw? In The Valley of Elah. Surprisingly, Paul Haggis can actually make a good film and, not surprisingly, Tommy Lee Jones can act. Too bad few will see this film until they’re reminded to around Oscar acting awards time.

    5. Last book you read? Aftermath, Inc. Cleaning Up After CSI Goes Home — a fascinating participatory adventure in the nasty business of bioremediation by crime writer Gil Reavill. The author takes the Discovery Channel’s conceptualization of “Dirty Jobs” to a whole new level.

    6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. In 1985, I spent a night sniffling, shaking and watching bad movies with Liza Minnelli at a resort in the Land of Ten Thousand Rehabs.

    7. Proudest media moment? I have three:

    Accepting the Genesis Award (for humane reporting) for Pit Bullies
    (New Times, 1996); appearing as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to promote Hollywood,Interrupted and hearing that South Park’s infamous Trapped In The Closet episode (the Scientology expose I consulted on) was nominated for an Emmy award.

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