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Entertainment Journalist Ray Richmond Jumps Into the Fortune Cookie Business

When former THR reporter and current Deadline.com contributor Ray Richmond hands out boxes of his Super Accurate Fortune Cookies at a reunion of Los Angeles Daily News staffers in Calabasas on June 9, the inscription on the box will feature a comical reference to the newspaper’s veteran staff writer Rick Orlov. ‘In the end, all that will be left standing are the insects and Orlov,’ the message warns.

The upcoming event will mark the unofficial debut of Richmond’s most unusual new sideline. He’s still applying finishing touches to the website such as credit card ordering, with full product launch set for July.

“I looked at my bank account and I said, ‘Well, it’s not going to get any fatter on this current path of mine,” Richmond tells FishbowlLA via telephone. Along with several stints at the Daily News, Richmond was for years an integral part of The Hollywood Reporter.

“I had been actively thriving as a freelancer since the late ’90s, but because of the disintegration of print, a lot of the work dried up, and I was left having to re-invent myself,” he explains. “I thought, ‘If I’m going to be back in print, I’m going to have to create my own printed words, and that’s where fortune cookies came in.”

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Joan Rivers Revisits Her Biggest Career Mistake

What more can be said about Johnny Carson that hasn’t already been said? According to Peter Jones, the PBS documentary producer who pursued the late night host for ten years before being curtly turned down, Carson himself certainly believed all had been aired.

Still, for Tonight Show connoisseurs, the upcoming May 14 “American Masters” series documentary on PBS promises a few new tidbits, most notably Joan Rivers revisiting her disastrous decision to not keep Carson properly in the loop about her discussions with FOX. Ray Richmond, the former Hollywood Reporter staffer now helping with Deadline.com’s TCA coverage, has the details from this morning’s Winter Session panel:

“Joan really speaks about that for the first time with us,” Jones said. “She admits that she probably shouldn’t have let Johnny find out about it second-hand. … Johnny never spoke with Joan again. She called him to discuss it with him and he hung up on her. The whole thing with Joan broke Johnny’s heart, it really did.”

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Sundown on Sunset: Comings and Goings

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Several job openings in the George Lucas empire. Jim Ward, the head of LucasArts, has left. And LucasFilm is looking for a PR type.

Ray Richmond comes not to praise Ms. Spears but to B.E.R.I. her.

Wesley Snipes is found guilty and could get three years.

Happy Birthday, Andrew Breitbart.

Goodbye, Alissa Walker.

WGA 08 Strike: Too Fat or Too Fit ?

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When (not if) the WGA strike is resolved, (as Ray Richmond sounds a note of cautious optimism) will there be a replay of the NBA strike, when players came back too fat and too lazy? We asked around:

Nina Bargiel

It’s not like the strike hit and I slapped my ass to the couch to start watching The Hills. Instead of working on a script but I’ve been working on other endeavors –blogging, vlogging, the Post-Apocalyptic Workout–so those creative muscles are still being flexed, just in a different way. Even when I’m not working, I’m writing. I always write. Of course, now one of my writing projects demands that I get in shape, so I’m doubly screwed!

Ken Levine:

I’m getting all of my projects ready to go so that when the strike is over I can begin procrastinating. My ass is just not fat enough yet to return to work.

John Aboud:

I wish it was that easy to turn off. Being a jackass comedy writer is a congenital condition.

Dale Launer:

You don’t have to keep in shape to write. In fact one could argue that some down time, if anything, gives you a break and you can start with a fresher outlook. Also, if you have any talent at all, it’s like riding a bike. All the good habits (and bad habits) come rushing back. It’s easy to get out of the groove as a writer, but that has little to do with the strike.

Hell, some of us have been diligently walking the picket line. Not that it burns up a lot of energy, but it burns more than sitting at a laptop.

And though we’re not supposed to be writing (which I never quite understood), but I’m sure everyone (at least feature writers) have been working on their specs.

How can you stop writing?

Eric Kaplan:

My mind and soul are in perfect fighting trim.The truth of the matter is that writers don’t need jobs to be ready to write.

Of course, the really enterprising writer would corner the market on Red Vines now.

CBS looks to the Great White North for writers, because Due South was such a success.

Avital notes the return of Deal or No Deal:

the story of a banker who must protect his money and family…of models holding briefcases…from random criminals who take advantage of his generousity


WGA Strike Changing Media Viewing Habits


TV WATCHING ABOUT THE SAME AS BEFORE WGA STRIKE, SURVEY SAYS


RESULTS: EW’s National Strike Survey

Conan defoliates.

(photo from Tobias Higbie)

WGA Strike 2007: Notes from Above Ground Underground

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Desperate Housewives has run out of scripts, and will shut down production today. The shows already in the can won’t last until Christmas. Marc Cherry, creator and show runner, is also on the negotiating committee of the WGA. Wonder if he regrets giving this quote:

“What sustained him in the fallow years, before his desperation inspired ABC’s 2004 hit “Desperate Housewives,” were the little green envelopes that showed up in his mailbox. Reruns of “The Golden Girls,” which got a second life on the Lifetime cable channel, brought residual checks that one year totaled $75,000…Without residuals, Cherry said, he might have been forced to “get a real job.”

EW has a diary of a non-famous writer who’s worried about having any job.

Ray Richmond got grief from a picketer at the Warner’s lot, too.

Nikki Finke’s got a compendium of news and anecdotes up (her readers were getting carpal tunnel with all that refreshing. We loved this one:

Several writers walking the line and who have kids at expensive Westside private schools discussed wearing red strike shirts when they drop off and pick up their kids as a means of sending a message to studio execs and moguls who are dropping and picking up their own kids at the same schools.

Take it to the Crossroads!

Her comenters are worried that the writers are losing the PR battle.
(photos and more from Walking the Line.)

Ray Richmond: Merv Griffin Aftermath

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Ray Richmond, bloody but unbowed, sets the record straight about his Merv Griffin column and the subsequent chaos. Richmond also adds:

I have to wonder if the response in defense of keeping Griffin’s secret life a secret post-mortem would have been as acute had he died penniless and forgotten. It would seem there is a direct relationship between the size of one’s estate and the level of security guarding his or her heretofore undisclosed sexual orientation. And it appears that $1.6 billion will buy an awful lot of closet space.

Told ya–Hollywood is a tough town.

Ray Richmond On Merv Griffin, Intolerance and Secrets

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Ray Richmond, on both his Past Deadline blog and in his Hollywood Reporter column, tells the truth about Merv Griffin:

Merv Griffin was gay.

Why should that be so uncomfortable to read? Why is it so difficult to write? Why are we still so jittery even about raising the issue in purportedly liberal-minded Hollywood, in 2007? We can refer to it casually in conversation, but the mainstream media somehow remains trapped in the Dark Ages as relates to the gay label.

And more:

You can count on the fingers of one hand, or at most two, the number of high-powered stars, executives and public figures who have come out. Those who don’t can’t really be faulted, either, as rarely do such honesty and vulnerability prove a boon to one’s showbiz livelihood.

Richmond writes with affection and respect about Griffin, and about the uneasiness still lingering in the corridors of Hollywood power. And of course, he’s got a reader who’s shocked.

TMZ: The AntiChrist Aftermath

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Ray Richmond and Tabloid Baby team up to take on TMZ.


Luke Ford
also got in on the action, but then he would, wouldn’t he?

Merv Griffin Dead of Prostate Cancer at 82

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Merv Griffin, TV legend, is remembered by everyone.

Semi-legend Ray Richmond, who worked for Griffin, has the best anecdotes, recounted at length. The Ramtha story is fabulous.

Cynthia Littleton reminisces, and has a Karen Carpenter clip, too.

PopWatch’s Steve Korn blogs a fan’s notes.

TMZ exhibits an unaccustomed restraint.

TV Journos Predict The Emmy Noms. We Predict A New Drinking Game

31216169.jpgIn his own version of Small Medium at Large, Tom O’Neil pits a bunch of H’wood reporters against each other in a predictions game. The Envelope blogger even threw in two anon Emmy voters to make it more interesting.

This would have been easier to read in a different format — maybe a chart? — but if you can follow along, it’s kinda interesting. Plus it makes an excellent format for a drinking game come tomorrow: Take a shot if a Ray Richmond prediction gets nominated. Two if that guy from Orlando chose it.

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