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Hooray for Two Very Different Hollywoods

By sheer coincidence, The Hollywood Reporter has a hand in a pair of diametrically opposed celebrations of Tinseltown this week. All within the space of a few miles and 24 hours.

Last night at Falcon Hollywood, the publication toasted its Next Gen 2012 issue and roster of 35 up-and-coming young agents, managers, TV-film execs, publicists, writer-directors and actors. FishbowlLA dropped by for a cocktail and the best way to describe the scene is that it looked, felt and sounded like a shoot for the Entourage movie. Complete with Janice Min cameo and sexy product placement (the evening’s sponsors were A&E and Samsung Galaxy SIII).

Tonight, THR film critic Todd McCarthy will dial things down at the American Cinematheque via a Q&A with 98-year-old Norman Lloyd (pictured). Today is Lloyd’s birthday and 2012 marks his 80th year in show business (he started working on Broadway in September 1932).

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Ray Bradbury Short Set for Long Film Festival Run

On the official website for Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope, a 17-minute sci-fi short adapated from the story of the same name in The Illustrated Man, there is a rather unusual running tally of the film festivals director Eric Tozzi has submitted to. In the wake of 91-year-old genre icon Bradbury’s death, the movie will debut next Tuesday at The Landmark’s New Media Film Festival.

Kaleidoscope stars Brett Stimely (pictured) as Hollis, an astronaut on an exploded spaceship cargo carrier who hurtles along with the other surviving crew members towards almost-certain death. Stimely’s mainstream credits include Watchmen and the Transformers series.

When Bradbury saw the film, he was moved to tears… “I was proud to have his blessing on the movie,” stated Stimely. “Even though Ray was only in a brief moment of my life, he touched me deeply with his warmth, his kindness and his loving spirit. I shall miss him.”

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The Atlantic and Harper’s Bazaar Rejected Story That Became Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury, the amazing writer who died today, once had a short story titled “Bright Phoenix” rejected by both The Atlantic and Harper’s Bazaar. No big deal, right? Happens all the time.

Well, as The Atlantic’s Tumblr notes, that story served as the blueprint for Bradbury’s most critically-acclaimed work, Fahrenheit 451.

If you’re a writer struggling to get your career off the ground, file this under “Motivation.”

Fahrenheit 451 Wisecracks Burning Up the Internet

On Twitter this morning, the New York Post wondered about “the burning point of a Kindle.” The folks at Apple’s iBookstore in Cupertino meanwhile questioned whether the future-arrived date of November 29, 2011 is the day they can legitimately burn their hard copy version of Fahrenheit 451.

All because 91-year-old author Ray Bradbury has finally relented and allowed Simon & Schuster to publish an e-book version of his classic 1953 tome. Per the AP wire story:

In a statement released Tuesday, Simon & Schuster publisher Jonathan Karp said the new e-book was “a rare and wonderful opportunity to continue our relationship with this beloved and canonical author and to bring his works to new a generation of readers and in new formats.”

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WGA 08 Strike

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Ray Bradbury pickets FOX.

In an amusing twist on the WGA strike theme, Craig Mazin reports:

WGAE Executive Director Mona Mangan has somehow managed to enrage her own employees so much…they’re now threatening to go on strike

This is the woman who has had CBS newswriters working without a contract for years now.

John Ridley goes fi-core, and someone notices. Since the WGA doesn’t have the most diverse membership possible, you’d think they might have tried a little harder to make the guy feel wanted.

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert might have some ‘splaining to do. (A catch-phrase for which no writer received any residuals, let it be noted.)

Jonathan Tasini calls for the heads of academics who crossed the picket line to show up on The Daily Show. He’s still waiting for his call.

The strike could result in a big pay day for Canadian content providers. Re-run of Entourage or Curling ?