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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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TMZ Producer Works Both Sides of Tabloid Trench

The original item appeared on TMZ.com January 27th, 2010. Under the headline “Brawl in LA Court”, the gossip website outlined how one of their former employees – Vania Stuelp (pictured) – was involved in a scuffle with a bailiff in her new role as public information officer for the LA County court system.

Stuelp has since returned to the TMZ fold. The irony is that at the time, the senior producer was trying to confiscate a videotape from a French TV crew after they had filmed, against her orders, reality TV star Alexis Neiers (Pretty Wild). That’s when bailiff Ronald Cabrera intervened and, allegedly, roughed her up.

Per Stuelp’s current complaint, she is seeking punitive damages for assault and battery, negligence and the emotional distress of being humiliated and handcuffed in front of a crowd of onlookers. She is represented in this case not by Harvey Levin but rather Shawn Chapman Holley of Santa Monica firm Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert.

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Steve Coz Signs On As Editorial Director At Newsmax Media

Once a higher up at AMI, Steve Coz has moved on to oversee the online and print publications at Newsmax Media.  Newsmax has strung together several years of solid growth and, according to founder Christopher Ruddy, the company reached $51 million in revenue last year.  Coz joins Newsmax after five years of managing his own consulting firm, Coz Media.

Coz will be based out of Newsmax’s West Palm Beach, Florida headquarters and enters the company with an impressive reputation to uphold.  While at AMI Coz was regarded by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans for leading the National Enquirer’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case.  Coz left AMI in 2003 after a falling out with CEO David Pecker and entrance of Bonnie Fuller as new editorial director.

Media Starts Catching Up to Attorney Insinuation of O.J. Innocence

If not for the tragic events that unfolded in Arizona this past weekend, attorney F. Lee Bailey‘s Sunday, January 9th three-part PDF website posting about a quartet of witnesses who were never called to testify in the O.J. Simpson trial would have begun making major headlines much sooner than today. The endlessly fascinating Bailey document was first put together as a 2007 book proposal.

Everyone from Gawker to UK tabloid The Daily Mail is now jumping all over the attorney’s 20,000-word posting, as well they should. Bailey claims that among the defense witnesses left on the sidelines towards the end of the legal proceedings, for fear of triggering a mistrial, was a nighttime dog walker whose experiences appear not to jive with the idea of O.J. having committed the crime.

Perhaps the most important witness in the Simpson case – who may well have seen the killers or their confederates – was Thomas Lang, who lived about two blocks south of Nicole’s condo at 875 South Bundy Drive in Brentwood… Indeed, so critical did I think that the testimony of Lang would be that I had my one and only disagreement with Johnnie Cochran about whether or not we should call a witness…

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THR Lands Latest Ronni Chasen Scoop

We can safely say, having chatted this week with several local entertainment media types involved in daily news coverage of the Ronni Chasen murder, that it has taken hold of them like very few other stories – O.J. Simpson is the only comparison that has come up repeatedly.

It’s an ongoing frenzy for the next scoop, from whether the man who killed himself at the Harvey Apartments on Wednesday was just a mentally deranged individual to what Chasen’s brother thinks happened on November 16th. This afternoon, it is the turn of Daniel Miller at the Hollywood Reporter to share new details; based on an interview with a pair of Beverly Hills residents, the publication confirms that security video of Chasen driving down Whittier has been obtained and reviewed by police.

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Remembering Dominick Dunne

ddunne.jpgIn its November issue, Vanity Fair, where Dominick Dunne contributed countless articles since the mid-1980′s, has a detailed tribute to the tireless journalist and chronicler of Hollywood life and high profile court cases, written by executive online editor Michael Hogan, who first met Dunne while working as the assistant to editor Wayne Lawson.

Wrote Hogan:

“What makes his accomplishments all the more astonishing is how low he was just three decades ago. Before he became one of the most instantly recognizable magazine writers in the world, Dominick Dunne’s only claim to fame was his epic, humiliating failure.”

The must-read article highlights Dunne’s work throughout his life, particularly his propensity to identify with the victims of horrible crimes as he covered the trials of Claus von Bulow, the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson — an affect arising out of his experience with the murder of his own daughter Dominique, whose killer John Sweeney was convicted of a lesser charge of manslaughter:

“Dominick’s article about John Sweeney’s case was published in the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair under the title ‘Justice.’ Even today, you can feel the rage pulsating behind his carefully chosen words.”

Hogan also talks of Dunne’s various feuds with family and friends over the years, from his own brother John to the Kennedy family, who seemed to haunt Dunne even to the day of his death last month.

“Dominick died on August 26, but fate had prepared one last humbling joke for him. The night before, Ted Kennedy had beaten him to the punch. The man who, in Dominick’s estimation, had ‘lived recklessly, performed brilliantly in Congress, and often failed miserably in life’ was all anybody could talk about.

Even in death, Dominick was being tormented by the family he resented most. It was the kind of story that would have amused the hell out of him–if only it had happened to someone else.”

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Earlier: Vanity Fair Columnist, Prolific Author Dominick Dies

Lunch: Christiane Amanpour Draws an A-List Crowd

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— DIANE CLEHANE

On the menu at Michael’s today: a tasty stew of media mavens and moguls with a heaping helping of famous faces on the side. We could barely keep up with the goings-on in the dining room, since every other minute there was some boldface name heading to the Garden Room for CNN’s lunch to celebrate Christiane Amanpour‘s new show. We spied Gayle King, Cynthia McFadden, Joni Evans, Gloria Steinem, and Harry Evans among the scribes invited to cover the soiree. (Nice to see you, Steve Krakauer!) Our own TVNewser Kevin Allocca editor was there, too.

I was lunching today with Carrie Kania, senior vice president and publisher of It Books and Harper Perennial. It Books, HarperCollins’ hip new imprint, is tapping into the zeitgeist with a fall list brimming with of-the-moment tomes including Twitter Wit (Who knew so many people could write such witty Tweets?) and the just released I Love Your Style by the uber stylish Amanda Brooks. “I love the book because it shows how fashion evolves,” Carrie told me. I Love Your Style is full of fabulous images of timeless style icons like Jackie Kennedy, Ali McGraw and Charlotte Rampling as well as today’s trendsetters like Natalie Portman. It’s also got plenty of great ideas and tips on how to identify and develop a style that’s truly one’s own. Carrie is just as passionate about the classics on Harper Perennial’s backlist. “So many 13 and 14 year-old girls have not read The Bell Jar; I want to help them find it.” Seems like Carrie is on a mission to get everyone she can excited about publishing: she’s also teaching the New York University graduate course ‘Introduction to Publishing.’ Says Carrie of her gig that spends eights weeks focused on books and another eight on magazines: “I take the students through every step from acquisition to marketing. The mentoring I got early on was invaluable to me, and I want to help people like that. There is no better business to be in.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. My good friend, public relations maven Lisa Linden (Happy Belated Birthday!) and her partner, Steven Alschuler — their firm, Linden, Alschuler & Kaplan works with plenty of Gotham’s movers and shakers in real estate, government and philanthropy, in case you didn’t know — with former senator Nick Spano and his colleague from Empire Strategic Planning, Perry Ochacher.

2. Most of the ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman. Where were Jeff Greenfield and Michael Kramer?

3. Diane Sokolow and a formidable-looking fellow we didn’t recognize

4. Producer Bill Haber and television legend Norman Lear

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LAT In 90 Seconds

More on Angler: Barton Gellman has been getting great traction for his book, Angler, about Dick Cheney‘s vice presidency. And for good reason. As Tim Rutten quotes in his positive review: “In Cheney’s estimation, a president’s authority was close to absolute within his rightful sphere.”

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O.J. And The Media. 2gether 4ever: Rutten has a decidedly less glowing review of how the media have fared since the first O.J. Simpson trial and the way they are conducting themselves now. “There’s nothing to be said about TMZ other than the fact that the people who run it are the informational equivalent of pimps and panderers. But what to make of Entertainment Tonight, which has a reasonable reputation, and of ABC News?”

42534645-23195046.gifGoogle Me Sometime: Google Inc. showed off G1, its iPhone rival, “a mass-market device with a sharp touch screen and slide-out keyboard that brings the experience of mobile Web surfing closer to that of a personal computer.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

32739997-07213459.jpgNew Beginnings: Another school year starts, and so, inevitably, does another O.J. Simpson trial.

42211757.jpgIraqis Are Just Like Us. Fat: Tina Susman has found one of the most remarkable stories we’ve seen about the consequence of the war on the Iraqi people. Maybe we haven’t brought them true American democracy, but we have brought them American obesity. U.S.A!

203sdfdsfasd90559.jpgCult of Personality: Gregory Rodriguez examines the new American ideal: candidates who sell us on their histories, rather than their triumphs and transformations. We’re not sure we buy his argument (John McCain has a pretty big “overcoming adversity” storyline), but it’s an interesting read all the same.

The New York Times: Shedding a Tear For the Way Celebrities Live Now

09court.ms.600.jpgHere’s a nice servicey piece from the today’s NYT should you suddenly find yourself famous and departing from a Manhattan courthouse. The Times has compiled of short history of celebrity exits from 100 Centre St (complete with slideshow!). We’re not sure what brought on the timing of this piece — it’s not like there’s been a recent rash of celebrity arrests or trials. So yeah, apparently a slow news week for everyone!

It takes only a few seconds to get from the courthouse to the curb outside. Depending on the day, time, weather, the severity of one’s offense or one’s prominence, they can be among the most arduous and downright irritating steps a person can take…It is often along this path that fame and curiosity collide with colorful consequences, as celebrities attempt to evade, or occasionally exploit, the ever-expanding hordes of gawking fans, reporters, microphones and cameras.

Yep, all the news that’s fit to make you gag. Anyway, some more highlights after the jump.

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