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Website Dredges Up Allegations of Some Ugly Tom Cruise-Anthony Pellicano Business

When this particular civil lawsuit was originally leveled in 2009, Tom Cruise’s lawyer Bert Fields called the accusations made by plaintiff Michael Davis Sapir “absolute garbage.”

Nevertheless, in the wake of Katie Holmes’ divorce filing, such a lawsuit is suddenly fair media-game. And so, Celebuzz has today published exclusive snapshots of the original court documents and stacked them alongside a thousand and one Church of Scientology Cruise news items:

“In or about the mid 1990s,” Sapir claimed in the lawsuit, “Cruise visited Pellicano’s office for the purpose of listening to wiretaps.”

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Marty Rathbun: The Go-to Guy for Cruise-Holmes Scientology Elucidation

This morning, there are already two new interviews with high-profile ex-Scientologist Marty Rathbun about the Cruise-Holmes divorce.

Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega, the single biggest media thorn in the side of the Church of Scientology, chats with Rathbun about the latter’s experiences handling the Nicole Kidman split while at the Church a decade ago as well as Rathbun’s general thoughts on how Cruise should handle this third instance. Meanwhile, Radar Online assistant managing editor Jen Heger talks to Rathbun about some clandestine intel gathering about the church that he says has been going on at the Holmes family end for at least four years.

This holiday week, expect more fireworks as the church battles its biggest PR crisis yet, framed by a now-infamous Rupert Murdoch tweet. Many new readers are hitting the blogs of Rathbun and Ortega – hard. Over the weekend, Rathbun posted a devastating primer, highlighting ten key prior pieces of coverage about Cruise, church leader David Miscavige and the slave labor reportedly caught in the middle of their rekindled bond.

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What Was News of the World Up to In Hollywood?

Hollywood has been noticeably silent over the News of the World phone hacking scandal that has Rupert Murdoch‘s media empire backpedaling. Reuters says our town is “gloating silently” over the affair, due to the fact that Murdoch’s Fox Television network and 20th Century Fox film studio employ more than a few people ’round these parts.

But there are more than a few people in Hollywood who have every reason to cheer the paper’s demise. Media Matters compiled a nice roundup of Hollywood’s past clashes with NOTW. Included in the list is this fascinating little yarn. When actor Hugh Grant wore a wire during a discussion with a News of the World reporter a few months ago, this is what he was told:

So I was sent to do a feature on Moulin Rouge! at Cannes, which was a great send anyway. Basically my brief was to see who Nicole Kidman was shagging – what she was doing, poking through her bins and get some stuff on her. So Murdoch’s paying her five million quid to big up the French and at the same time paying me £5.50 to fuck her up . . . So all hail the master. We’re just pawns in his game. How perverse is that?

Kidman, incidentally, is reportedly the godmother to Murdoch’s two youngest daughters.

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A-List Turnout for Kathy Freston’s Vegan Book Party


For most of us ink-stained wretches, throwing a book party in Los Angeles during a torrential downpour would whittle the attendees down to single digits. But when Arianna Huffington and Wendi Murdoch (yes, wife of Rubert) host such an event, everyone grabs an umbrella and braves the rain.

Friday night’s event, hosted at Arianna’s Brentwood home, was held in honor of Kathy Freston‘s newest book, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change The World.” Notable guests included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Moby, Frances Fisher, Lorne Michaels, and Rob Reiner. So naturally, there was plenty of starfuckery going on. This fishie was making polite conversation with an elderly gentleman when he abruptly shoved me out of the way to get to Marla Maples. Remember her? Other 90′s flashbacks in attendance included Elizabeth Berkley, Tracey Ullman, Candice Bergen, and Oliver Stone.

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Wife Promotes Australia’s Forgotten Oscar Nominee

Joe Farrell, who works in Los Angeles for Scanline VFX, is Oscar nominated this year in the visual effects category for his work on Clint Eastwood‘s Hereafter. He’s also Australian born, having moved from Sydney a decade ago.

That fact was lost Down Under amidst a blast of media coverage for other 2010 Australian nominees such as Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Baxter, and The Social Network‘s editor Kirk Baxter. So Farrell’s wife Aliza decided to take matters into her own hands, generating belated coverage today in The Australian and via the Australian Broadcasting Company:

A former film publicist in Australia, Aliza became fed up with the snub and contacted some local media outlets… Her husband has built up a strong relationship with Eastwood, working on most of the iconic director’s recent films, including Gran Torino and Flags Of Our Fathers. Farrell’s credits also include both Transformers films, Star Trek, The Golden Compass, I Robot and 2012.

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And the Oscar Reporting Nominations Go to…

Beyond the general consensus that Julianne Moore was robbed this morning by being passed over in the Best Actress Academy Awards category in favor of Nicole Kidman, we thought we’d peruse the first wave of 2010 Oscar nominations reporting to determine who deserves journalistic kudos. Without further musical-number delay, the five FishbowlLA nominees are:

Best Foreign Language Feature Tidbit / Richard Brody, The New Yorker:

Last night I spoke with a friend who’s an astute longtime Oscar-parser, and he said something fascinatingly cynical about the category of Best Foreign Film: if a movie had a New York release, it’s much less likely to win, because the Academy’s mainly Los Angeles-centered voters want to make their pick without the help of New York critics. He reminded me that the last four winners (The Secret in Their Eyes, Departures, The Counterfeiters, and even The Lives of Others) came out first in Los Angeles for a qualifying run and opened in New York only after the announcement of their nominations. This means that, this year, advantage is to In a Better World and Incendies.

Best Meaningless, Out-of-Left Field Headline / Rick Marshall, MTV.com:

Iron Man 2 Nabs Only Oscar Nomination of 2010 Comic Book Movies – Should There Have Been More?

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Roger Friedman Points Thievery Finger at Deadline.com

New York based showbiz columnist Roger Friedman has never been shy about outing media outlets that allegedly steal material from his Showbiz 411 website to then claim the news, exclusively, as their own. In fact, learning about the latest poacher(s) is half the fun of checking in with Friedman’s (recently revamped) site.

Yesterday, Friedman went for the thievery trifecta, accusing People of grabbing some Nicole Kidman-Keith Urban baby naming background info and the Deadline.com website family of two uncredited showbiz news borrows. The first, claims Friedman, involved a TVLine.com item by Michael Ausiello about Ricky Gervais possibly guesting on the US version of The Office; the other was a Deadline.com piece about Regis Philbin‘s retirement announcement.

Deadline lifted an entire story out of this column yesterday [1/18], about Regis not retiring from his career but simply leaving his show. This Nellie Andreeva is really a piece of work.

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Assessing the New Hollywood Reporter

OK, we finally got our hands on a copy of the new and improved Hollywood Reporter. First thought: wow, this thing is thick. 152 pages thick, filled with glossy fashion ads. Nice.

That said, our initial thoughts about the cover have stuck with us: that’s an awful lot of white women. Said cover is a rather dull shot of pasty Oscar hopefuls Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Helena Bonham Carter, Annette Bening, Hilary Swank and Natalie Portman. When we wrote about the lily white cover earlier this week, a rep from THR wrote us to say she agreed, and that THR had covered the issue of how this could be the whitest Oscars in 10 years–no minorities are expected to be nominated in any of the major categories.

True, but that doesn’t mean you have to go along with it. It’s your cover.

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$1.5 Million in Grants Donated Thanks to Hollywood Foreign Press Association

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association broke their own record for donations at their annual Installation Luncheon last night.

Release in full:

Hollywood Foreign Press Association Donates Over $1.5 Million at 2010 Installation Luncheon

Financial Grants Given to 41 Film Schools and Non-Profit Organizations

BEVERLY HILLS, CA–(Marketwire – July 28, 2010) – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association celebrated their annual Installation Luncheon today at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. The star-studded luncheon presented a record $1,541,000 in financial grants to 41 film schools and non-profit organizations. The event also celebrated the election of the HFPA’s 2010-2011 officers.

Eva Longoria Parker joined returning HFPA President Philip Berk to announce grants. Acceptance remarks on behalf of the grants were made by Nicole Kidman (The Film Foundation), John Slattery (UCLA), Annette Bening (Sundance Institute), Aaron Sorkin (Higher Education Fellowships & Institutional Support Grants), Bryan Cranston (Professional Training & Mentoring Grants), Ryan Phillippe (FilmAid International), Jane Lynch and “Glee” Co-Creator Ian Brennan (Outfest), Carla Gugino (LA Conservancy, MOMA, UC Berkeley, LACMA and other Preserve The Culture & History Of Film Grants), Matthew Fox (American Cinematheque, Levantine Cultural Center, and Latin American Cinemateca), and Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco (Pre-Professional Training & Education Grants)

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Daily Beast Launches Socially Conscious Site Giving Beast

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Last week, The Huffington Post launched a new philanthropically focused vertical, HuffPost Impact, and this week Tina Brown‘s online publication The Daily Beast unveiled a socially conscious page of its own: Giving Beast.

Just as HuffPost paired with Causecast.org, Daily Beast has launched Giving Beast in partnership with Global Philanthropy Group. The site currently features stories about important social issues like Nicole Kidman‘s support for the International Violence Against Women Act and the experiences of Afghan businesswomen. The articles include links to non-profit organizations supporting the causes described, like the United Nation’s Development Fund for Women.

Earlier this week, Arianna Huffington told FishbowlNY that it was more important than ever for Americans to work together, support each other and build communities. From the looks of Giving Beast, it seems like Brown would agree.

What do you think? Do you want to read about causes and philanthropy?

Related: Huffington On HuffPost’s Impact Vertical

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