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Remembering the Simple Pleasures of Skip E. Lowe

When Harry Shearer wrote about Public Access talk show host Skip E. Lowe in 1998 for the New York Times Magazine, he got just one thing wrong. That wasn’t Lowe in the show’s opening credits; it was Mickey Rooney from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (as Lowe later corrected on his website).

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Otherwise, Shearer’s piece is absolutely the best way to remember – or, acquaint yourself – with Lowe, who passed away this week after a three-and-half-decades bi-coastal TV run. From Shearer’s September 1998 essay:

Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood doesn’t so much re-invent television as de-invent it, returning it to those glorious days before focus groups, when the tube was safe for eccentricity and obsession. Regular TV could allow for such vagaries when the commercial formulas had not yet been ascertained and codified.

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Writer Thoroughly Commits to Matchmaking Service Story

TawkifyLogoWe were not familiar with the gilded matchmaking service Tawkify before reading Maggie Lange‘s fantastic first-person New York magazine narrative.

Lange agreed to give the company’s XY chromosome concierge-ing a whirl, and despite the failure of her chosen mate to identify himself by holding either a copy of the New York Times or New York Times Magazine, the date was headline-worthy. That’s because, to spice things up from the usual Starbucks drill, Lange and the guy went to Tiffany’s on their first date and pretended they were recently engaged!:

E. Jean [Carroll] is selling this Tiffany’s idea. She has given it an impressive title: “The Most Dangerous Date in New York.” It writes its own headline, she seems to indicate. Do I dare to shop dangerously at Tiffany’s with a man I’ve never met?…

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The Uneven Brilliance of Blake Edwards

Here’s an odd premise that Blake Edwards, who passed away in Santa Monica Wednesday at the age of 88, would have appreciated. The best first-wave remembrance comes not from Hollywood but rather Hollywood North.

Edwards would also have chuckled at the title of Macleans Magazine writer Jaime Weinman‘s piece, because it’s so true: “Blake Edwards: The Genius Without Quality Control.” No danger of an overly reverential obit here. While Weinman applauds Edwards’ Billy Wilder-like talents and flair for the visual, he also ponders one of the writer-director’s most prominent flaws:

The trouble is, along with the good scenes in bad movies, you get the bad scenes in good movies. And there are lots of them. I’m not a big fan of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but it’s sort of emblematic: one of the most popular and beloved movies of his career, and every so often it’s interrupted by Mickey Rooney as a Japanese guy. Who thought this was a good idea?

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Manager Catfight Ensues with Reagan Daughter

Manager and legal precedent advocate Rick Siegel is backing personal manager Judy Coppage in her fight with Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis over a lawsuit about whether Coppage tried to get Davis a screenwriting job.pattidavis.jpg

Siegel has been fighting this good fight, first for himself, now for any managers like Coppage who attempt to represent writers, directors and actors though they’re not allowed by an antiquated state restriction that prevents managers from procuring work — even though hundreds of managers exist in Los Angeles all the time by getting work for clients.

Below are the details regarding Coppage and Patti Davis:

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FBLA 20 Questions: Frank Coffey

fdc_headshot.jpg Journo/TV-film writer/novelist Frank Coffey used to just read blogs. Now he writes one. Coffey’s Venice-based parody sports website, eTrueSports.com, is “committed to taking scraps of truth and turning them into absurdist nonsense.”

Recent headlines include: Manny Ramirez Adopts Carbon Neutral Lifestyle and Woods’ Daughter Signs With Gerber.

Let’s see how well he does with our nonsense.

1. What newspapers do you read? You mean, like, newspapers made out of paper? NYT, LAT, WSJ, Variety and VenicePaper.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?
Wall Street Journal’s editorial page, snarling.

3. Which Web sites (aside from FBLA, of course) are on your favorites bookmark? NPR, The Daily Tube, Slate, LA Observed, G-4, Rubber Chicken Cards and, in relentless self-promotion, eTrueSports.com.

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Media Events 4.26.07

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FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Hollywood Collectors and Celebrity Show
WHO: Erik Estrada, Marcia Wallace,Tom Bosley, Juliet Mills, Pat Priest and Butch Patrick (The Munsters), Lorenzo Lamas, Henry Winkler, Mickey Rooney, Nastassja Kinski, Traci Lords and many others.
WHEN: 11 a.m.
WHERE: Burbank Airport Marriott
WHY: Because you never know when a fallen celebrity will wind up dead in a Florida hotel room filled to the gills with chloral hydrate.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Coachella
WHO: Bjork, Of Montreal, Bus Driver and many more.
WHEN: Flosstradamus kicks it off at 2 p.m.
WHERE: The Middle of Nowhere
WHY: Because we want to live vicariously through you. Asshole.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Screening of A World of Conflict
WHO: Kevin Sites
WHEN: 7 p.m.
WHERE: James Bridge Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA
WHY: As Yahoo!’s first news correspondent, Sites helped pioneer solo journalism across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. As an NBC News correspondent in November 2004, he videotaped a U.S. Marine shooting a wounded Iraqi insurgent in a Fallujah mosque. RSVP to erwin.c.ong@gmail.com.

FRIDAY 04.27.07
WHAT: Sarah Hethcoat performance
WHO: Sarah Hethcoat
WHEN: 8 p.m.
WHERE: The Joint
WHY: It’s cheaper and closer than Coachella, and you’re gonna like her sound.

SATURDAY 04.28.07
WHAT: Festival of Books
WHO: LAT and UCLA are hosting the event again, expected to draw everyone from Dr. Phil to Kirk Douglas to, you know, some actual authors.
WHEN: 10 a.m.
WHERE: UCLA
WHY: Because GalleyCat’s going to be there!

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Radar Gives A Pre-Oscar Tutorial In Party-Crashing

bouncers.jpgOur new friends at Radar have a highly entertaining piece guaranteed* to gate-crash you into a post-Oscars bash.

Tip 1. Pretend to be a Journalist. This will be made infinitely easier if you already are one, but walking in and barking orders at the ABC camera crew will make any bouncer think you’re supposed to be there. Of course, bark a little too convincingly and a camera man might punch you in the face.

Tip 2. Make a beeline for the most powerful person in the room. As one gate-crasher told Radar: “When you’re intently talking to Kim Novak about llamas, nobody’s going to kick you out.”

Tip 3. Feign illness. A pair of crashers posing as a married couple sneaked into Liza Minnelli and David Gest’s wedding in 2002 by pushing past the likes of Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney and Michael Jackson, rushing up to security and asking, “Excuse me, is there a ladies’ room around? My wife is not feeling well.” According to the piece the two were ushered in without question because “You know what they want to prevent in an event like this? Fresh vomit!”

*Methods not actually guarenteed. But if you do try them, tell us about it!