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Fans Respond to Flea’s Super Bowl Mea Culpa

ShutterstockFleainFinlandUnder the website blog post headline “A MESSAGE FROM FLEA” and the salutation ‘Dear everybody,’ the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ flamboyant bassist has penned a detailed explanation of how he and his bandmates came to accept a fate they swore they never would ever again. Being forcibly unplugged on a concert or TV performance stage. At the Super Bowl, no less!

Are hardcore fans buying Flea’s account of the NFL’s unbending halftime show live-performance rules and the band’s reasons for going along with them? Well, it depends which reader comment response(s) you peruse. At press time, there are dozens of supportive registered-user comments among the 100+ left so far (many, for some reason, are duplicated).

Most recently from the “Not Buying It” side (n2suntzu):

Dear Flea,

What a pant load…

You knowingly engaged in deceiving the people watching and expecting to see live music. Deception is fundamentally a lie. Lying is fundamentally an insult as it either consciously or unconsciously expresses the belief that the person being lied to is not smart enough to figure it out.

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TMZ Vet Daniel Goldblatt Now at the Helm of Variety.com

Very few people can point to longer terms of service with TMZ than Daniel Goldblatt. He started with the Harvey Levin operation way back in June of 2005. Roughly six months before the site opted for an original, breaking news voice and eventually found its way to a monstrous Mel Gibson scoop.

After eight years with TMZ as a producer and coordinating producer, Goldblatt has shifted over to New York City and the position of managing editor for variety.com. This may be purely coincidental, but in recent weeks, we’ve been noticing more variety.com linkage on The Drudge Report.

Almost everyone’s a cubicle star in one way or another if they work for TMZ. But it was away from the 24/7 office that Goldblatt clocked one of his more infamous LA moments.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Clark ‘Lost’ Interview – Part 1

[Editor's Note: The following, never-before-published interview was conducted via telephone on December 23, 1993 by the late Jim Mitteager. The tape, part of a much larger collection bequeathed to Hollywood private eye Paul Barresi, was only recently discovered and graciously provided to FishbowlLA. Our thanks to Barresi for allowing us to share this great bit of nostalgia with our readers, on the anniversary of Clark's April 18, 2012 death.]

Mitteager: Hello, Mr. Clark?

Clark: Yes, who am I speaking to?

Mitteager: Ahhh, Jim Mitteager.

Clark: All right, Jim. My name is Dick. Carry on from there.

Mitteager: Great, well I just got to say, it’s an honor to talk to you…

Clark: Are you from Philadelphia?

Mitteager: No, I’m from New York. In fact…

Clark: Now, wait a minute, where did you pick up that accent?

Mitteager: Ahhh, all over the country… Traveling and what not.

Clark: Well, you really sound like you’re Pennsylvanian.

Mitteager: Well, we have something in common. You lived in Utica for a while.

Clark: [Laughing] Oh yes, yes.

Mitteager: I moved to Cooperstown not too long ago and Utica is very close. And you’ve been inducted into a comparable Hall of Fame.

Clark: Yeah, I think so.

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Cover Battle: Billboard or Harper’s Bazaar

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s Cover Battle, where we ask the question: Does this magazine make our blog look fat? Kidding. We just want to know which cover you prefer. This week we have Billboard versus Harper’s Bazaar.

Billboard’s cover features none other Prince, also known as the Artist, &%$#, or Dude Who Likes Wearing Coffee Filters On His Face.

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Rating the New Richard Johnson Gossip

Where’s the first big scoop? That’s our question after keeping an eye on the initial efforts of former Page Six grand poobah Richard Johnson for Rupert Murdoch‘s The Daily.

With Johnson sitting shoulder-to-shoulder on the west coast with the likes of TMZ and Radar Online, it’s going to take more than tired rehashes of the Kim Kardashian-Prince stage dance story and bad Spider-Man Broadway reviews to make a mark. Another “Flash” item today about Adam Sandler snubbing print reporters at the red carpet premiere of Just Go with It is a real reach (it’s not unusual for A-listers to do only TV promo-ing), and like the other two tidbits, is anchored in New York.

Earlier this week, Johnson had a bit more luck when he looked at how estate lawyers are getting rich over bogus Michael Jackson lawsuits and shared the directorial aspirations of GEICO caveman commercial actor Ben Weber. Weber wants to make Heirloom, a personally relevant drama about Huntington’s disease

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Reggie Jackson, High-End Tequila, Rich People: Jockeying For Position @ Bridgehampton Polo Opener

“Are you interested in chartering a yacht this summer?”

That’s the first question they ask you when you enter the VIP area of the Bridgehampton Polo Club in Bridgehampton, Long Island — a breezy, three-plus-hour afternoon drive from Manhattan — where the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Polo Challenge chukked off Saturday.

Second question (also the fifth, seventh, eighth and eleventh): “Would you like soda water with your Patron and grapefruit splash?”

This is, after all, the Hamptons, where the privleged shell out $15,000 and up for a private concert series from Prince, James Taylor, Dave Matthews, Billy Joel, Tom Petty; where Hummers tow Ferraris (not kidding, saw just that on the L.I.E.); where Howard Stern‘s girlfriend Beth O. gets more attention than Reggie Frickin’ Jackson; where bartenders rinse mixing glasses with Evian; where someone is referred to as the “mallet maestro” with a straight face; where barely anyone notices, or cares, that Danny Masterson is deejaying; where barely anyone notices, or cares, which team wins the match, much less who’s playing. (White Birch beat Team Endeavor 12-7 or something.)

Nope, it’s a place where people want to look each other looking at each other — and the ensuing awkwardness of looking at say, that guy [below], is washed away with each bottle of free Patron. (Oh, tequila.)

Still, we don’t necessarily blame the crowd at Two Trees Farm for not caring about polo. It’s a sport that calls its periods “chukkas,” allows Debra Messing — the event’s celebrity host — to pose for the on-field paparazzi before issuing the throw-in, and its players to pose for photos with VIPs beyond the tents at halftime — yes, during the match.

More photos of the, excuse us, clusterf*ckery:

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LAT in 90 Seconds

noahcar.jpgHyperbole Of Biblical Proportions: Some box office watchers have written off Evan Almighty as “”the first big-budget bomb of the summer,” after it opened to $32.1 million. Oh, ye of little faith: We think it’s too soon to tell.

orensmut.jpgFor Fans of Smut: This is a must-read. We’ve always been intrigued by divorce fillings; they’re the legal-document equivalent of soap opera scripts. But the filings between ICM agent Risa Shapiro and horror film producer Oren Koules have been particularly nasty — as this report by John Horn shows.

purp.jpgWe Can’t Even Read This Story, We’re So Jealous: Perhaps, if we got a second job, we, too, could have dinner with Prince and watch him caress the most beautiful sounds out of that guitar of his. In the meantime, we’ll just busy ourselves shooting stink eye at everyone else who gets to go to his private shows at the Roosevelt.

Webby Awards ’07: Beasties, Bowie And Ball Jokes

For all the cute talk about its five-word acceptance speeches, last night’s Webby Awards — the so-called Oscars of the Internet — were long. And we’re not talkin’ real Oscars long — the Webby Awards were longer. To put it in perspective, the five-and-a-half-hour celebration at Cipriani Wall Street was roughly seven minutes longer than the entire Beastie Boys discography — Licensed to Ill-To The 5 Boroughs — and roughly 315 minutes longer than LonelyGirl‘s fame.

Yet the Webby Awards are probably the only place where the founders of YouTube have more red carpet cache (“Chad and Steve won’t be taking any questions tonight, thanks”) than the Beasties (“Ask whatever you want, just no flash photography, please”).

The show was so long, ex-Daily Shower Rob Corddry, the master of ceremonies, passed over a winner who didn’t immediately appear at the podium. “Fuck ‘em,” Corddry said.

The sheer number of speeches rendered most forgettable, but a few stood out: Treehugger founder Graham Hill‘s green advice (“Don’t shit where you eat”); Nick.com’s plea for a future audience (“Have sex, make more kids”); Salon.com’s newspaper diss (“the Pulitzers are history”); NYTimes.com’s Dealbook (“Hey Rupert, we’re available — call”); and CNet, which honored its late editor (“This one’s for James Kim”).

David Bowie, accepting a lifetime achievement Webby, spent a Prince-like minute onstage for his: “I only get five words? Shit, that was five. Four more there. That’s three. Two.”

Oh, very clever, Ziggy Stardust. Very clever indeed.

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    We spoke with lovable/loathsome Nancy Grace shortly after her Court TV exit, with topics ranging from Amy Poehler to Alec Baldwin to Paris Hilton to O.J. to Jacko Prince. Oh, and that rumored spat with Star Jones:

    Does your leaving have anything to do with Star Jones coming on board?
    We just worked together doing a Law & Order SVU episode for eight straight hours. [Grace and Jones will appear on the show's season finale on May 22]. I got to hang out with her and her husband. We had a great, great day. I had a really good time. We play ourselves. When they first asked me, I thought, ‘Good God, I’m not an actress. I will be terrible.’ Then they told me I’m playing myself so I said, ‘Okay.’ I had a wonderful time being with her. I think she’s going to be perfect for Court TV. I know people would love to stir something up, but I’ve been in this contract for three years and the option really ends this summer.

    Any truth to the other interesting rumor out there that you might be joining The View?
    I’m very, very flattered that someone would even think that, but I have a job already and I’m under contract with Headline News.

    So they haven’t approached you?
    I’m … just … No. We are not in any talks.

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  • Video: 20 Years Of Susan Blond, PR Handler To Thriller-Era MJ, Britney, Others

    Last week, Michael’s played host to 20th anniversary party for Susan Blond, p.r. diva to Michael Jackson (Thriller-era), Boy George, Prince and hundreds of others. The video tribute — featuring Clive Davis, Usher, Lil Jon and Patrick McMullan, among others — was screened at the party. At eight minutes, it’s long, but spans a good crunk, er, chunk, of three decades of “handling” talent.

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