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LA Weekly Discusses Hollywood’s Closet

,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,cover2.jpgLA Weekly has a cover story by the lovely Patrick Range McDonald about secret queer leading men in Hollywood.

The publicist hasn’t brought out an A-list, gay male actor – yet. But Bragman says that day is coming, and after the first superstar decides to reveal himself, a fundamental shift in American acceptance of gay leading men may not be far behind. He’s currently working with a famous musician who’s still closeted from the public, but who will come out next year. And the manager of one major movie star approached Bragman a year ago and asked about his client’s possibly going public, but the actor still refuses to pull the trigger.

“I felt a little frustrated with that superstar,” Bragman says in reflection, “because it had to be ‘handled.’ “

Well, to answer your question they don’t exactly name names. But the story does come out merely hours after the openly gay Rich Ross is named chairman of Disney.

So yeah, “we’re used to it.”

Read the whole piece here.

LA Gets a “Hard-Hitting Hipster”…Like Another One

p16play.190.jpgBeing an LA City Hall nerd just got a little more exciting. No we’re not talking about another rumble over one-way streets or a park or something that controversial. We’re talking about one dude name Jay Carson, Hillary Clinton‘s traveling press secretary in 2007. Who also worked for her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Carson is now the Chief Deputy Mayor of Los Angeles.

Which is so notable, even Ben Smith at POLITICO wrote about it.

Patrick Range McDonald at LA Weekly sums it up best:

Whatever may have happened, Carson is here. It should be an interesting four years, if the young buck, and Villaraigosa, actually stay that long.

“It seems that Antonio is setting himself up for a run for something else,” the Democratic insider tells the Weekly. “Maybe a run for Senate. Jay has those national connections.”

Previously on FBLA:

  • Local News Catches Mayor Violating Water Restrictions

    (Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times)

  • LA Weekly Reporter Reacts to Bratton Stepping Down

    We’ll recap: Chief of Police Bill Bratton has been touting this statistic about how LA, this LA – the LA we live in, is one of the safest cities in the country and crime is down to 1956 levels. Patrick Range McDonald at the LA Weekly wrote a piece refuting those numbers. Then Bratton on Patt Morrison‘s KPCC show said because of the piece rebutting Bratton’s stats everyone at the LA Weekly was smoking a little weed. Well played. Your move, Sir.

    Today Bratton announced he’s leaving before his term is over and so we asked McDonald for his thoughts and he sent us this:

    I’m mostly not surprised about Bratton leaving L.A. There have been very recent signs this was going to happen.

    First, there was Bratton’s home going up for sale. Then a good source told me and other reporters at the Weekly about a certain event involving the chief that made us wonder about things. Lastly, Villaraigosa recently called an important press conference, saying he was against releasing criminals early from California prisons. It was the kind of high profile event that Bratton usually shows up for, so he can throw around his political weight. This time, Bratton sent over assistant chief Jim McDonnell. I thought that was interesting. It made me think Bratton was grooming McDonnell for the top job.

    So, like I said, the signs were there.

    McDonald is SO holding.

    James Rainey vs Jill Stewart Redux

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    Jill Stewart penned a rebuttal to James Rainey’s “take-down” piece about the LA Weekly.

    Since LATimes.com is crashing on and off due to the Michael Jackson deluge, we have posted then entire piece after the break, but here’s an excerpt:

    Rainey accuses me of being an ideologue. Isn’t he talking about himself? I suspect that he cannot abide a mixed-bag political mutt like me, a lifelong Democrat raised in a working-class union household, yet one who finds the Democratic leaders now running most of L.A.’s political and civic institutions to be doing an exceptionally poor job of it. That’s news, and we at the Weekly will continue to cover it.

    After their servers catch up – the story should be here.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • Rainey vs Stewart vs Cooper vs Lacey
  • James Rainey vs Jill Stewart

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  • Police Chief Bratton Says LA Weekly’s McDonald is ‘Smoking a Little Weed’

    Bill_Bratton.jpg There is something very unsettling about a member of the LAPD accusing a reporter of doing drugs for disagreeing with them. That would go for any police force, but the LAPD – in a post-Rampart world – throwing around the ‘you’re a dope head’ dismissal for challenging his murky crime stats, is really…scary. And incredibly stupid.

    But yesterday on Patt Morrison‘s show on KPCC, when Morrison asked about the oft cited (by Bratton) ‘statistic’ “LA is the safest its been since 1956″, Police Chief Bill Bratton refuted the LA Weekly’s findings. He said that the LA Weekly must have been ‘smoking a little weed when they wrote the article’. And then he called it ‘voodoo reporting’. The show is archived here (as if you don’t already subscribe to Patt’s show on iTunes). The comment is about 27 minutes into the second hour.

    The article, written by Patrick Range McDonald gets into how mind-boggling absurd the claim Bratton makes is.

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    LA Weekly Packs the LA Press Club Awards Finalists

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    The LA Press Club announced the finalists for this year’s awards. The LA Weekly is listed more than any other publication. Wowee. The partial list is here and yes, Patrick Range McDonald is totally on the list. A couple of times. Swoon.

    FBLA Exclusive Interview With Patrick Range McDonald

    patrickmcdonald.jpgSo Gavin Newsom made it all official yesterday and formally announced his campaign for governor on Twitter. So we thought we’d ask LA Weekly journo and local political wonk Patrick Range McDonald for his thoughts on the upcoming race:

    FBLA: Do you think Antonio Villaraigosa is actually going to put in a bid for governor?

    PRM: Some people in political/media circles don’t think he will run for governor, but I think he’ll do what he did in 2005. He surprised a lot of people by running against Democratic incumbent mayor Jim Hahn, and he’ll probably do something similar again. If he believes he can win for whatever reason, then he’ll run. He is very driven and he’s never listened to naysayers or common wisdom when it comes to decisions he’s made about his life.

    FBLA:Tony is not exactly known for burning the midnight oil – why would he possibly want MORE work?

    PRM:I’m not exactly sure what you mean, but running for governor won’t be work for him, in my opinion. He’ll probably see it as a challenge that’s actually fun. If you saw Villaraigosa at all when he was campaigning for Hillary Clinton, you saw a man who literally got off on campaigning. At times, he was very hyper and excitable. He loves it. For him, it’s fun.

    FBLA:Does he have a shot in hell?

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    LA Weekly Stirring It Up at City Hall

    3097894.47.jpg Patrick Range McDonald penned a cover story in today’s LA Weekly that’s pretty damning of our humble city council. Not unwarranted. Just damning.

    He writes:

    While Los Angeles visibly falls apart, its illegal graffiti, illegal billboards and illegal street peddlers metastasizing, its remarkable congestion clogging each new block that’s been targeted by speculators with a “transit-oriented” project – while all this unfolds, the council burns up time on Band-Aid responses and self-congratulations. It assiduously avoids its actual job: dealing with overarching issues, such as traffic, a chronic lack of parks, and overdevelopment, which have residents fuming.

    “If someone did a ride-along with a City Council member for a day,” insists Garcetti, noting that he’s on the job 24/7, “and saw the work we do, I think they would be very moved.”

    Totally worth reading the whole delicious article.

    Patrick Range McDonald’s State of Newspapers Address

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    We emailed, LA Weekly staffer Patrick Range McDonald about his reaction to this story “Five things newspaper employees can do to help save their company” by Matt Sokoloff. Which include revolutionary ideas like “Stop Useless Spending”.

    Uh huh.

    Patrick, pictured above in the middle wrote us:

    To be honest, none of those things seem to apply to me, so I don’t have a reaction. Actually, I keep a positive mind set for the newspaper industry. I don’t think it’s completely dying and I figure things will shake out for the best. I went through a period where I was depressed as hell about the state of newspapers, and that didn’t do me any good. So I figure I have to stay positive, keep working hard, and do the best work possible. Even if newspapers do completely die, I’ll be fighting that death every single minute by doing the best journalism I can do and putting stuff out there that matters. To the very end, I will never give up.

    Righto,
    Patrick

    Swoon.

    FBLA Trolls WeHo – Finds Ho’ People

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    This is another photo of the Patrick Range McDonald shindig.

    From the left is Matthew Poe who’s at UCLA Live and said he’s looking forward to working with former LAT editor turned flack Robin Rauzi.

    In the middle is Michael O. Gallant producer of the current film Humboldt County. And to the right is actor Vincent De Paul, who’s had a small roll in just about everything – including Humboldt County. And uhm, this picture doesn’t really do him justice. He’s smoking.

    You know, if you’re into actors…which we are not…not really anyway.

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