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LAT In 90 Seconds

39341536.jpgTelling More About the Tell-All: Can’t get enough about Scott McClellan? Well, here’s more and more and even more. The LAT has, basically, what everyone else had about it… though we did appreciate the description of the former press secretary as “the 40-year-old, moon-faced, tennis-playing, Diet Coke-drinking McClellan.”

aftralogo29.jpgLAT on AFTRA: This next-day story goes for the analysis angle with this lede: “The new contract struck between the Hollywood studios and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists achieved across-the-board gains for actors, especially for journeyman performers who have seen their incomes squeezed in recent years. But it is not clear if those gains will be sufficient to mollify leaders of the larger Screen Actors Guild, which resumed negotiations with the studios on Wednesday.”

39348937.jpgGood Mommy Moment: Mary McNamara combats all that Hannah Montana nonsense by introducing her school-aged kids to a real rock concert, thanks to The Police. We might be alone in this, but we appreciate a concert review that includes kids and a bit of personal info about the writer. Very Peter Larsen.

LAT In 90 Seconds

36028716.jpgGrand Theft Merger: It didn’t take long for the video game publishing business to start imitating the rest of the entertainment world. On Sunday, Electronic Arts Inc. launched a $2-billion takeover bid for Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., “stepping up the industry’s torrid pace of consolidation,” and the entire industry is all twittepated by indies, according to Alex Pham.

36042174-24223342.jpgWant An Oscars Wrap-Up: Neither do we, but Mary McNamara keeps it short and sweet. Plus, it’s an excuse to post Jon Stewart’s mug. We like us some Jon Stewart.

36040314-24220251.jpgDiablo Cody Timeline: For whatever reason, the LAT decides to publish a where-did-she-come-from timeline after Cody’s win for best original screenplay.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34350548.jpgSlow News Day: We admit that we laughed in places at this piece, but, c’mon, Mary McNamara. Is Tina Fey’s Amex commercial really worth 12 inches?

34251996-13123702.jpgPeople’s Choice Scales Back: The writers’ strike strikes again. The People’s Choice Awards hopes to avoid picket lines at its Jan. 8 show by presenting the awards “magazine-style” rather than in a live ceremony with presenters. Queen Latifah, will still host, but the show will consist of taped pieces. Don’t worry, though, viewers. It will probably be as awful as it always is.

34347376.jpg‘Into the Wild’ Gets Four SAG Noms: And in other shows-no-one-watches news, that Sean Penn movie is apparently pretty good.

Saturday Morning Cartoons: Media Matters

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Tim Rutten is at the peak of his form today, castigating Dan Rather for being a buck passing whiner. Okay, Rutten put it more eloquently, but that’s the gist. LAT.

Mary McNamara critiques Rather’s performance on Larry King. It’s sad when King is the coherent one, isn’t it? McNamara has really hit her stride as a TV critic–maybe she had to let it out after years of writing suck-up celebrity interviews. LAT.

AFTRA is going after TMZ TV. Seems the tabloidy show didn’t want to pay union money, which explains the utter nobodies hired to host. TabloidBaby.

James Woods says Nicole Brown Simpson wanted to get cozy with him. Even if this is true, shut up! Do her kids need to know this? Page Six.

Katha Pollitt and Deborah Solomon have a hen-fest, during which Pollitt displays her ignorance about the rise of neighborhood nail salons. Don’t forget–when learning to drive, she admitted to not knowing anyone Asian. NYT.

LAT’s Mary McNamara Advises Paula Abdul to Get a Life

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LA Times writer Mary McNamara moved into the critic’s chair, and all those years of writing nicely–maybe too nicely– about the stars have fallen away. She roasts Bravo’s reality series, Hey Paula, to perfection, and carves it up. She writes:

But what Abdul may think makes her look wacky in a lovable and artistically driven way instead creates a portrait of a tightly wound, isolated woman who clearly thinks she is a much better version of what she actually is.

McNamara’s talents had been wasted on those celebrity profiles–as a critic, she’s got claws and a fresh manicure.

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