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HuffPo Writer Checks Out Peter Bogdanovich’s Latest Picture Show

On this particular day, cast and crew for Squirrels to the Nuts, Peter Bogdanovich‘s first feature directing effort in 12 years, were camped out in Washington Heights around West 175th Street. Since the production was winding down, HuffPost Entertainment reporter Mike Ryan caught sight of some more-unusual-than-usual scenes, like this one:

Cybill Shepherd is sitting in a director’s chair to my right, signing her autograph to a stack of periodicals. One is a Rolling Stone with the headline “Cybill Sizzles.” Another is an old TV Guide featuring the cast of Moonlighting. Part of me likes to think that this is just what Shepherd does in her free time, but it’s the last day of filming, so these are most likely requests from the crew.

The crux of Ryan’s piece is his failure to get much going conversationally with Bogdanovich. He notes that unlike most set visits, where a group of journalists are herded around to precise, scheduled chat sessions, he was left to his own solo devices.

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Variety Loses Paywall for Cannes Coverage

The folks at Variety are no dummies. They have decided to park their extensive, short shelf-life coverage of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival beyond the website’s paywall, making it freely available to one and all.

So, much like Owen Wilson‘s 1920s time traveling character in Woody Allen‘s opening night gala Midnight in Paris, it’s December 2009 all over again at Variety.com, the point at which the barrier was erected. The trade’s contingent at the festival includes long-time editor Pat Saperstein, reviewers Justin Chang and Peter Debruge, Variety.com news editor Stuart Oldham, and veteran reporter David McNary.

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Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”

‘Marley and Me’ Wins X-mas; Beating Up On Pitt, Cruise And Sandler

marleyandme.jpg“Marley and Me,” starring a very-much-alive Owen Wilson, proved that the movie business, to renew an awful pun, is truly going to the dogs, box office analyst Steve Mason confirmed to FBLA.

The film, which took in $14.5 million on Christmas day, beat out Paramount’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” Sony’s Tom Cruise affair “Valkyrie” and Disney’s Adam Sandler film, “Bedtime Stories,” to capture the Christmas crown.

The performance was a bit of an X-mas present for Fox, which grabbed the second-highest Christmas day performance, more than $5 million behind the Ben Stiller hit “Meet the Fockers.”

My guess is that “Marley and Me” needed to cast Barbra Streisand, or at least use a song of hers.

Owen Wilson Talks. Maybe.

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Owen Wilson, who was hospitalized last month for an apparent attempted suicide, has done his first interview, gabbing with Wes Anderson, according to, well, everybody.

The interview is being recorded today and will be posted online at midnight as part of MySpace.com’s Artist on Artist series. According to the press material:

Anderson and Wilson have worked together on all of Anderson’s movies — Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. It’s unclear how far the interview, recorded today, will delve into Wilson’s recent personal struggles — if at all.

How much you wanna bet the word “suicide” never even comes up?

Watch the Box: Queens with Comb-Over, Home Do-Over, Mind Reading, Mind Blowing

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MTV offers a new reality series–Pageant Place–Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA will room together for a year in an NYC apartment. Donald Trump will stop by, hoping to catch the girls in their underwear.

HGTV has The Fixer, with contractor Peter Marr in charge, will help homeowners who’ve had sloppy work done by their old contractors, their brothers-in-law or some guy with a truck.

NBC gives us Criss Angel and Uri Geller searching for the next great fake, er, mentalist. FBLA thinks this would be a really great road-trip movie, with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson.

CMT’s new makeover reality series, I Want to Look Like a High School Cheerleader Again fails to answer the question:

Good God, why?

Trade Round-Up: August 28

OWEN2.jpegIn the wake of Owen Wilson‘s hospitalization and recovery, Variety does its best to diagnose his slate of upcoming films. New Variety staffer Tatiana Siegel writes that first up, the actor was due to begin shooting a role in “Tropic Thunder” opposite Ben Stiller followed by the January start of “Marley & Me” opposite Jennifer Aniston. He’s also scheduled for promotional activities to support Wes Anderson‘s “The Dareeling Limited,” set for release Sept. 28 from Fox Searchlight.

Variety‘s Michael Fleming writes that Oliver Stone has set his sights on yet another Vietnam project by closing a deal with United Artists to finance “Pinkville.” Pic is a drama about the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre. He’ll direct and Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum will star. Stone’s “Born on the Fourth of July” star Tom Cruise now runs UA with partner Paula Wagner.

Jennifer Lopez is also hustling with a new project for the small-screen, teaming up with Jane Startz Prods. to develop “The Amigas Sweet 15 Club,” a half-hour comedy about five Miami teens who run their own Quinceanera party-planning biz.

Innovative Artists has been ripe with a lot of work-related gossip this year from assistant drama to a brand new lawsuit. THR reports that Innovative agents Michael McConnell and Ben Press filed suit Monday in LA demanding that they be allowed to leave the tenpercentery along with their clients due to unfair one-sided employment contracts.

Scott Baio‘s reality run on VH1 with his self-titled TV show has been extended but the new season won’t just find him “45…and Single” but instead a year older and expecting his first child. THR says the new plotline will focus on impending fatherhood following a season finale engagement with girlfriend Renee.

– CHRIS GARDNER

Monday Morning Meta Media Mashup

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A weekly meta-roundup of our favorite (mostly) New York media pundits, what they’re saying, why they’re saying it, and an all-important grade, subjective and arbitrary — just like their columns!

  • A Cheeky Broadsheet’s Tabloid Makeover” | David Carr, New York Times

    New York Times Carpetbagger and media reporter David Carr weighs in on the redesign of the New York Observer from a broadsheet to tabloid, and at once praises the salmon-hued newspaper’s terrific writing, “cheeky headlines and pointillistic graphics” while longing for the preredesign days of, say, last week, when carrying the paper suggested a person of “sprawling, catholic interests, media gossip chief among them.” GRADE: B+

  • Success Stories” | James Brady, Forbes

    Brady takes a look an early look at a media power couple, Bill and Carol Campbell Boggs (he an ex-Weekend Today host, she publisher of Hallmark magazine) managing to squeeze in a gratuitous Cipriani plug in the fourth paragraph (“A year and a half ago, she and I lunched at Cipriani on the Grand Central balcony”). Brady then spins the glorious tale of triumph over tragedy, the family’s beating of the odds … This is not a media column. It’s a Boggs press release, and cautionary tale of how not to write a column, media or otherwise. GRADE: D

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  • Is Borat Too Big For Shared Vanity Fair Cover?

    Apparently. According to Nikke Finke, Sacha Baron Cohen, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller and Jack Black were supposed to don the cover of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue, but Cohen and Ferrell’s manager, Jimmy Miller, reportedly nixed the deal, contending his clients were too big for a shared cover. Owen Wilson and Chris Rock were then summoned.

    You’ll recall that Cohen was rumored to have been up for the magazine’s November cover [click on our faux rendering, right] but Graydon Carter went with George Clooney.

    EARLIER:

  • The Vanity Fair Borat Cover That Never Happened
  • Daily News Flack Wants You To Want Widdicombe

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    The Daily News is putting a p.r. push behind the heir to Lloyd Grove‘s gossip throne, Ben Widdicombe, whose Gatecrasher columns have gone daily. We like to think of Widdicombe as the Owen Wilson to our Luke, at least on the media party circuit. This well-meaning Daily News flack apparently agrees:

    From: [FLACK REDACTED]
    To: dylan@mediabistro.com
    CC:
    Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:56:34-0500
    Subject: DAILY NEWS: Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher hits the stands Sundays through Thursdays

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    The Daily News is putting a p.r. push behind the heir to Lloyd Grove‘s gossip throne, Ben Widdicombe, whose Gatecrasher columns have gone daily. We like to think of Widdicombe as the Owen Wilson to our Luke, at least on the media party circuit. This well-meaning Daily News flack apparently agrees:

    From: [FLACK REDACTED]
    To: dylan@mediabistro.com
    CC:
    Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2007 16:56:34-0500
    Subject: DAILY NEWS: Ben Widdicombe’s Gatecrasher hits the stands Sundays through Thursdays

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    For those of you not familiar with our columnist, Ben Widdicombe, or his good news here is the latest. Please consider booking him for your show. He is witty, charming, funny …

  • Gatecrasher [Daily News]