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A Vintage Moment for AP’s Linda Deutsch

The 4 Queens Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas has been in operation since 1966. The queen of AP courtroom reporting, Linda Deutsch, has been with the wire service since 1967. This week, the twain of these two institutions delightfully met.

Per Norm Clarke’s latest column in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the LA-based Deutsch was having dinner Wednesday night at hotel restaurant Hugo’s Cellar, forgetting that she was due at that time for a BBC Radio phone interview about O.J. Simpson‘s latest courtroom theatrics. The restaurant was too noisy and there was no time to get back to her own hotel room. So instead, Deutsch gamely did the following:

Hugo’s manager Richard Assalone, who has worked at some of the best restaurants in town, came up with a corker of a solution: He borrowed a chair from a dinner table and gave Deutsch the coolest seat in town — inside Hugo’s 55-degree wine cellar.

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Day Two of IMDb Trial Full of Juicy Tidbits

It will never be as memorable as A Civil Action, The Verdict or My Cousin Vinny. But there’s no denying that by suing IMDb, 41-year-old actress Huong Huang (a.k.a. Junie Hoang) has cleverly cast herself in the best lead role of her career.

Per a THR Esq. report by guest contributor (and attorney) Venkat Balasubramani, all sorts of fun testimony transpired Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest courtesy of Huang, her agent and IMDb’s customer service manager. And… if folks at a certain other I-acronym organization are paying attention, more real-life drama may be in the plaintiff’s future:

Hoang emphasized that her income decreased following IMDb’s display of her true birthdate. She testified that she amended her tax returns and that the amounts of money disclosed in tax filings did not present the full extent of her income.

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Investigation Discovery CEO Defends O.J. Simpson Doc

It ranks as a pinnacle of “anti-Thanksgiving” TV programming.

As people around the country on Wednesday will be settling into, or just arriving at, their family holiday destinations, Investigation Discovery (ID) will premiere My Brother the Serial Killer. The documentary examines claims by Florida Death Row serial killer Glen Rogers that he was the one who murdered Ronald Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.

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Trey Parker, Matt Stone Treat Media to Book of Mormon Encore

Following Saturday night’s preview performance of smash musical The Book of Mormon, which begins a 12-week west coast run at the Pantages tomorrow night, FishbowlLA and a select group of other media folks hung around for an informal press conference with show co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. (Robert Lopez, the third person responsible for the scintillating book, music and lyrics, did not attend.)

The Tony Award winning tandem confirmed not a word has been changed from the Broadway and Denver incarnations. That includes the genital double-down line repeated throughout by a resident of the Ugandan village where Latter-Day Saint newbies Elder Price (Gavin Creel) and Elder Cunningham (Jared Gertner) arrive to spread the Mormon gospel. We don’t want to spoil the fun by mentioning the specifics. However, to FishbowlLA’s opening press conference question about whether other dialogue was considered for this hilarious running gag, Stone confirmed a longstanding previous punchline.

“It’s funny,” he recalled. “That particular song, “American Prophet,” used to be called “The Bible is a Trilogy.” It was kind of a joke about how the third part of a film trilogy is always the best movie, and how the first Matrix was *actually* the best… The African guy stepped forward and said, ‘Can you imagine if The Matrix had ended after the first one?’ And then he sang, “I actually thought the third Matrix was the worst one.”

“We had that in there for the longest time,” Parker continued. “But then we finally thought we can’t do the Bible as a trilogy thing [The Book of Mormon being the additional, third part to the Old and New Testaments], so we changed it to this other song and realized we had lost that great line. We wondered what else the villager could say when he comes forward and we came up with…”

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Former LA Times Reporter Takes Dim View of Riots Anniversary

When Bill Boyarsky worked for the LA Times, he covered both the riots sparked by Rodney King and the trial of O.J. Simpson. In his latest column for truthdig.com, he considers the Trayvon Martin shooting and recent hate crimes in Tulsa, Oklahoma within the 20th anniversary context of the 1992 riots.

His conclusions are not happy ones. Although he acknowledges there are differences between the decades-separated incidents, he argues that the U.S. racial divide remains as bad as ever. Boyarsky quotes some interesting data from Rand, Gallup and Loyola Marymount, while also pointing the finger at a layer that was absent during his LA Times days:

We thought communications were fast, but compared with today, news traveled slowly and rabble-rousing nuts didn’t have the Internet to spew their venom… With racist gunslingers inspired by their Facebook and Twitter “friends,” emboldened by permissive gun laws and hating the increasing racial diversity of America, nothing has changed.

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Disgraced LA Times Parent Co. Exec Benefits from More Bankruptcy Nonsense

According to documents filed yesterday in bankruptcy court, the Tribune Company felt it would face protracted litigation from former VP & CEO Randy Michaels if it chose to contest his wrongful 2010 termination and bonus-due claims. (He was asked to resign last fall after allegations of workplace impropriety.) As a result, the company has decided to cough up $657,000 of the $900,000 he sought, plus $50,000 in legal expenses.

It’s not quite a done dunce-deal, as the bankruptcy court must still approve the settlement agreement. But it is more bad news for the corporate image of the LA Times parent; although layoffs at the paper have continued to occur since Michaels departed in a cloud of controversy, he gets to collect the equivalent of six plus years in star reporter salary.

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Oprah Throws Down O.J. Simpson Challenge

Sometime today, Nevada prison inmate O.J. Simpson will likely get wind of Oprah Winfrey‘s remarks at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association convention in Chicago. As part of her renewed commitment to kick start OWN from, mostly, LA, Oprah predicted that some way, somehow, she is going to land the O.J. confession interview.

Would O.J. consent to such a sit-down, which Oprah insisted would only happen if Orenthal James agreed beforehand to come clean on-air about the Brentwood crime of the century? Hard to tell, but it’s a hell of a Vegas wager.

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O.J. Simpson Judge Gets Ready to Go Hollywood

It seems appropriate that the atmosphere yesterday in Las Vegas “drug court” for District Judge Jackie Glass (pictured) bidding her farewells for the bright lights of LA was reminiscent of the 2008 O.J. Simpson trial she presided over. Because the woman taking over from Nancy Grace as host of the reality drama Swift Justice indirectly owes her big break to the Juice. Per Doug McMurdo‘s report in the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

It was Glass’ demeanor during the infamous Simpson spectacle that brought her to the attention of Swift Justice producers. But Glass told her captive audience that the informal role of a drug court judge is what prepared her to replace Grace as host of the popular program this September, not the fact that she presided perhaps with a heavy hand over Simpson’s high-profile trial.

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This Marcia Clark Murder Mystery is 100% O.J. Free

After working on it for the past five years, former O.J. Simpson trial lead prosecutor Marcia Clark is finally ready to share her debut novel. Titled Guilt by Association, it’s out today from Little, Brown imprint Mulholland Books.

Clark told the LA Times earlier this week that her book is a “beach read”, and certainly the plot description at MarciaClarkBooks.com seems to bear that out. The synopsis begins:

DA Rachel Knight lives and breathes her work and disdains office politics—a combustible combination that often gets her into trouble… At the end of a typical ten-hour day, Rachel has her sights set on an ice-cold martini at the Biltmore Hotel, where she lives. But on her way she’s sidetracked by the wail of sirens and the commotion of a crime scene. Cops swarm around a seedy motel, where Rachel is surprised to discover that Jake, a dear friend and fellow prosecutor, has been murdered.

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LA Business Journal Snags Rare Robert Shapiro Interview

It’s been roughly five years since famed attorney Robert Shapiro gave his last sit-down interview. He chose to do another with the LA Business Journal‘s Alfred Lee, mainly because he wants to let people know that his focus is now on civil cases rather than criminal.

One big reason Shapiro says he has tended away from interviews is the ongoing barrage of questions he still receivers about the O.J. Simpson case. The 68-year-old Century City titan addresses his work on that case and that of Christian Brando, talks very candidly about the death of one son from a drug overdose, and retraces the origins of some advice given to him during the OJ trial by actor Jack Nicholson – “speak low and speak slow”:

Jack is more of a social acquaintance. I represented [film producer] Robert Evans for years and was involved doing a lot of civil work for him and in trying to put together a movie called The Two Jakes.

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