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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Larsen’

Media Colleagues Pay Tribute to Gary Lycan

The measure of Gary Lycan, a much loved and respected Southern California radio columnist, is all over the Orange County Register‘s Facebook page. After a courageous battle with cancer, Lycan passed away on Tuesday at the age of 68.

Here is just a sampling at press time of some of the comments left on Facebook in response to the paper’s sharing of the obituary piece by Peter Larsen:

Tim Conway Jr. (KFI AM 640 radio host): If it wasn’t for Gary always including me in his pieces, I would not be working on KFI today. He was the best friend radio could have ever asked for.

Nancy Luna (Register food reporter): I am so sad to hear this news. Gary wasn’t just a great reporter, he was a great selfless person. He was one of my biggest supporters. He had a knack for sending me a note of encouragement when I needed it the most. Despite his illness, he was still upbeat and positive. I admired him for that. Gary, you will be missed deeply. Rest in peace.

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OC Filmmaker Scores Another Doritos Touchdown

Orange County Register reporter Peter Larsen got the jump on yesterday’s popular “Sling Baby” Doritos commercial with a weekend feature about its maker, Huntington Beach native Kevin T. Willson (pictured).

For the past three years, Willson and his two OC producers have cracked the finals of Doritos’ popular “Crash the Super Bowl” contest. In 2010, his “Casket” spot aired during the big game, and this weekend, once again, he was one of the top two vote-getters with a 30-second bit about a grandmother and grandson conspiring from a back porch to get hold of a prized bag of Doritos chips. Per Larsen’s piece:

“We have no idea every year,” Willson said by phone last week from Indianapolis [about which two of the top five Doritos finalists make it to air]. “You’re sweating it out and it’s very stressful and an incredible feeling.”

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Reporter Tags Along with a Savvier Rebecca Black

On this Friday, the Orange County Register goes with the perfect-fit topic of revisiting the remarkable year enjoyed by local YouTube sensation Rebecca Black. Reporter Peter Larsen accompanied Black on Thursday as she did interviews with KTLA, E! and HollywoodLife.com to discuss claiming both the top Google search spot and top YouTube ranking for 2011.

By framing the article with tidbits from each interview, he cleverly shows just how far the singer has come in nine months. Larsen also tips what’s on the board for the 14-year-old CEO of RB Friday Inc. in 2012:

In the spring, she’ll star as one of the lead voice actors in the English-language version of Bunny Fu, which reportedly is the most successful Chinese animated movie ever. [Her manager Debra] Baum says there are also talks about doing a feature film based on Black’s unlikely Cinderella story of success.

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Larry Flynt To Make A Sarah Palin-Based Porno

lisaann_solo-212x300.jpgWe love this world. We love this job. And we love Peter Larsen for finding stuff like this:

Lisa Ann, a 36-year-old adult movie actress from Huntington Beach, will play Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a video from porn mogul Larry Flynt‘s Hustler Video.

“Because Pedro wants to keep his job, we’ll just give you clues to the movie’s typically punny porn title: two words, the first a carpentry-based euphemism for sex, the second being “Paylin,” a mispelling perhaps to dodge any legal assaults.

“We’ll also skip around the plot, though expect cameos from actors playing “Condi Rice,” “Hillary Clinton” and in what [we] think and hope is a clothed role, “Bill O’Reilly.”

O.C. Register vs. O.C. Weekly: Prissy Meets Snarky

croppetessr.jpgThe Orange County Register‘s Pedro (aka Peter Larsen) reviews the latest book by the OC Weekly‘s Mexican (aka Gustavo Arellano) by mostly pointing out all the ways in which his rival is a whiny little bitch.

To wit:

“He’s a bit of a momma’s boy. One of his earliest memories is of his mother giving him a bath. He liked it. So it’s not surprising (though still kinda odd) to read that he only moved out of the bunkbed he shared with his brother at the family home two years ago. He was 27.”

Why do we get the sense Pedro enjoyed this bashing a little too much? (Though, we do give him props for pointing out the errors in Arellano’s book with a link to this. Clever stuff, Pedro. But where are your manners?

LAT In 90 Seconds

39341536.jpgTelling More About the Tell-All: Can’t get enough about Scott McClellan? Well, here’s more and more and even more. The LAT has, basically, what everyone else had about it… though we did appreciate the description of the former press secretary as “the 40-year-old, moon-faced, tennis-playing, Diet Coke-drinking McClellan.”

aftralogo29.jpgLAT on AFTRA: This next-day story goes for the analysis angle with this lede: “The new contract struck between the Hollywood studios and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists achieved across-the-board gains for actors, especially for journeyman performers who have seen their incomes squeezed in recent years. But it is not clear if those gains will be sufficient to mollify leaders of the larger Screen Actors Guild, which resumed negotiations with the studios on Wednesday.”

39348937.jpgGood Mommy Moment: Mary McNamara combats all that Hannah Montana nonsense by introducing her school-aged kids to a real rock concert, thanks to The Police. We might be alone in this, but we appreciate a concert review that includes kids and a bit of personal info about the writer. Very Peter Larsen.

Peter Larsen: Bring Your Daughter To Work Day

Clearly vying for the Dad Of The Year Award, Orange County Register reporter Peter Larsen enlists the aid of his 11-year-old daughter, Juliet, to help cover the 2008 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards on Saturday night.

It’s a cute writerly gambit, and a great way to introduce the art of Red Carpet (or, in this case, Orange Carpet) reporting to a child:

The big stars always arrive last on the carpet, but finally Miley Cyrus, whose role as Hannah Montana has made her the biggest star in the tween-iverse, approached our station.

After introductions and handshakes, I throw the ball to Juliet, suggesting she ask Miley something that kid fans might want to know.

“Uh, uh, I’m still just stunned to be actually meeting you!” is what comes out, which strikes us as the perfect response — how many tween fans of Miley wouldn’t be left speechless by the encounter?

We’re glad she had fun … and happier still that we’re not likely going to be losing our jobs to a fifth grader (yet).

Mixed Media: Using A Newspaper Feature Article To Pitch A TV Show

green14-thumb.jpgGreen Acres director Richard Bare is ready to make a revamped version of the beloved sitcom from the 1960s. How do we know? Because he sat down for an interview with Orange County Register reporter Peter Larsen and told him all about it — about the joke he plans to make about Hooters restaurant; about how with the WGA strike going on, studios will likely want to bite at his written scripts.

Maybe studios can bid on the project in the paper’s Letters To The Editor section.

FBLA 20 Questions: Pedro and The Watcher

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We don’t normally offer double-features in this here space, but the Orange County Register has worked hard to market columnists Peter Larsen (aka Pedro) and Michael Hewitt (The Watcher) as a single, uber-hip brand, so we’re going to aid and abet and hit them with our patented stupid questions:

1. What newspapers do you read? Michael Hewitt: The Register and the Times, of course. And the Grunion Gazette, the local weekly.
Peter Larsen: The Orange County Register with breakfast, the LA Times from the recycling bin at work and the NY Times and Washington Post online when I think to look

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading?
MH: Do you mean when I’m swearing under my breath at Kobe?
PL: Giant head = lots of brains = ability to read with mouth closed.

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Pedro And The Watcher: Is The OC Register The Only Paper That “Gets” Blogging?

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Maybe we’re biased (actually, we’re definitely biased), but we think the brand-spanking-new Pedro and the Watcher blog may be one of the few examples of a newspaper getting a blog right.

We love the LAT’s Homicide Report because we’re kinda ghoulish that way. And Gold Derby is often indispensable.

But we feel like a good newspaper blog should be filled with the kind of Web-only flotsam you can’t get in print.

Enter Pedro and the Watcher, the brainchild of Peter Larsen (Pedro) and TV critic Michael Hewitt (The Watcher).

The site is as fun to read as, say, Big Action!, but it’s slightly more focused — only slightly.

We’ll let Pedro explain:

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