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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler Work the Golden Globes Q&A Trail

The media blitz for this weekend’s Golden Globes BFF tandem has included exclusive chats with THR and EW as well as a Wednesday afternoon conference call. From each, we’ve gleaned a suitably cheesy highlight.

Best Sports Analogy: If the Oscars are Hollywood’s version of the Super Bowl, then the Golden Globes logically correspond to the NCAA Football championship game. When asked by EW‘s Dan Snierson about their kudos M.O., Fey suggested that she and Poehler are “going to be the first people ever to do a man-to-man hosting strategy. We’re going to tell a joke to every single person in the audience. Most people do a zone — we’re going man-to-man.”

Best Q&A Glitch: During the bi-coastal telephone interview with THR news editor Matthew Belloni (Fey dialed in from New York, Poehler via LA), the Parks and Recreation star fell off the call halfway through. What’s funny is that the Q&A fully transcribes the details, right down to Poehler’s joke that she had stopped for a “quick facial.”

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Vacationing Nikki Finke Posts Diametrical Opposite of a TOLDJA!

Yesterday at 5:33 p.m. PT, Deadline.com reporter Dominic Patten – who has greatly beefed up the site’s coverage of local courtroom proceedings – filed an item with the headline “Ari Emanuel & Wife Sue Clothing Retailers Over $600,000 Investment.” That item is no longer on the website.

In its place can be found a rare Nikki Finke apology, posted four hours later at 9:21 p.m. Emanuel, a William Morris Endeavor titan and celebrated inspiration for Jeremy Piven’s Entourage character Ari Gold, is was once one of Finke’s top go-to sources and basically seen by her as unimpeachable the apology is being interpreted by some as an attempt to get back in his good graces.

Perhaps if Finke was not on vacation this week, this item would have been flagged before initial posting. Then again, one would expect the website’s rotating managing editors – all three of them – to have the equivalent of a “Do Not Perturb!” post-it on the side of their computers. With Emanuel’s name right at the top.

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Tom Cruise Exclusive Lands THR Reporter on Morning Shows

One measure of a true Hollywood scoop is when network morning shows subsequently come knocking. Such was the case this week with Matthew Belloni’s juicy THR Esq. sharing of a threatening letter sent by Tom Cruise’s attorney Bert Fields to National Enquirer parent co. American Media.

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Ashton Kutcher Gets Punk’d by DMV

THR’s always entertaining Hollywood, Esq. has the skinny on a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Media and production partner Soda and Pop, Inc.

According to the plaintiffs, California’s Department of Motor Vehicles agreed in 2010 to a TruTV reality series concept set across the agency’s 170 Golden State offices. But with a written commitment in place and talk of a possible six-season arc (!), the DMV is alleged to have made a sudden, illegal U-turn.

The sentence in Matthew Belloni’s dispatch that caught FishbowlLA’s eye reads as follows:

We’ve reached out to the DMV for comment.

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous

Remember the old Robin Leach Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous punchline “champagne wishes and caviar dreams?” We certainly do, and it came to mind while reading one of the choice anecdotes in Daniel Miller and Matthew Belloni’s Hollywood Reporter magazine cover story about flamboyant (and now embattled) megaupload.com founder Kim Dotcom (a.k.a. Kim Schmitz).

The reporters were unable to secure an interview with Dotcom. But they did correspond via email with Maximillion Cooper (that’s not a typo; that’s how he spells his first name), founder of the cross-continental car rally Gumball 3000. Cooper says he galavanted for a decade around the globe with Dotcom, and remembers one St. Tropez incident in particular:

Cooper recalls a memorable 2001 trip to the south of France on the 264-foot Golden Odyssey, which features a mosaic-tiled swimming pool, gym and coral-reef aquarium that spans two decks. For lunch, Cooper, Schmitz and a “huge entourage” that included what Cooper describes as “Aryan” bodyguards all took speedboats to the shore for lobster and champagne.

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Variety Drops Lawsuit Against Punk Band

Even though Variety originally had a case and proper settlement with regards to Los Angeles punk band The Vandals borrowing a little too closely in terms of font color and style for the cover of their 2004 album “Hollywood Potato Chip,” the trade chose to renew this legal battle in 2010. That strange sequel has now come to an end.

THR Esq columnist Matthew Belloni spoke with the band’s lead singer, Joe Escalante, who represented himself and the band in court. This time around, there is an agreement for each side to walk away and pay their own legal fees. It all adds up to a few more legal scars for Escalante:

“This was the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, and to the band, and the hardest thing I’ve ever done,” says Escalante. “However, as my wife says, the crash course in federal court litigation made me a better lawyer.”

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Spoiler Tweet Likely to Impact Glee Fine Print

In this day and age of Twitter, Facebook, and texting, it’s rather surprising to learn that some studios have yet to amend SAG day-player and other contracts with a social media non-disclosure clause. In the case of Glee, this is likely to be quickly corrected after an extra on the show, Nicole Crowther (pictured), revealed major spoiler plot details via Twitter last week.

Some studios like Disney adjusted contractually to the social media age several years ago. Per Matthew Belloni‘s Hollywood Reporter blog item, Crowther’s actions will likely help tip those scales at Fox:

An insider at Glee producer 20th Century Fox Television tells us the studio is considering amending all of its talent deals–from series regulars to day players like Crowther–to include strict punishments for blabbing online.

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The Hollywood Reporter Fixes Its Homepage (At Our Request)

Earlier this week we complained about not having homepage access to our favorite blog on The Hollywood Reporter’s site–THR, Esquire. Well, ask and you shall receive. THR, Esquire’s Matthew Belloni wrote to let us know our wish was granted.

“The website redesign is a work-in-progress but I’m happy to tell you we’ve added a little THR, Esq. box on the home page where you can always click to go directly to the blog.”

Indeed, as we suggested, a box with links to all the blogs is now featured on the homepage.

You’re welcome THR.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Wherefore Art Thou THR, Esquire?
  • The Hollywood Reporter Launches Web Redesign
  • Marc Cherry Allegedly Beat Up a ‘Desperate Housewife’

    desperate_housewives.jpgYes, Desperate Housewives is still on the air and now for all you cut-throat catty drama voyeurs – it’s finally getting good!

    Here’s the wrongful termination lawsuit here.

    THR’s Matthew Belloni writes:

    Former “Desperate Housewives” co-star Nicollette Sheridan has filed a lawsuit so over-the-top it seems perfect for Wisteria Lane.

    The actress has sued ABC Entertainment Group, ABC Studios, Touchstone Television and series creator Marc Cherry for $20 million, claiming that she was physically assaulted by Cherry and fired when she complained about it.

    Whole piece is here.

    Hollywood Reporter Reports on Mouthpieces

    The Hollywood Reporter held court, so to speak, with the 100 attorneys it had named for its Power Lawyers issue this morning at the Peninsula Hotel. Organizer and HP managing editor of features Matthew Belloni said the event went off without hitch this morning, though he didn’t bother to tell whether they were eating raw snails (as lawyers are wont to do) or just bagels and coffee.
    Belloni did bother to talk about the key award-winner, Disney executive VP of business affairs Bernadine Brandes and why they chose her: “Because she has been behind most of the major movie deals that Disney has had, including Jerry Bruckheimer, Robert Zemeckis and Tim Burton.”
    Most of Hollywood’s legal power elite made it out of bed for an 8:30 a.m. start, including Tom Hansen, Linda Lichter, Skip Brittenham, Melanie Cook, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie, Alan Hergott, Harold Brown, Jay Cooper and Patti Felker, among others.
    Belloni conceded that one of Hollywood’s most powerful attorneys was a no-show. Jake Bloom had no interest. “He never shows up for things like this and if he does, he doesn’t say anything,” he moaned.

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