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Made in NY Honors for Robert De Niro and Meryl Streep

Some of the most famous people in the entertainment industry were given New York City awards.

The Made in NY Awards, in its seventh year, honor individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the City’s entertainment and digital media industries.

Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement at Gracie Mansion yesterday, along with the City’s media and entertainment commissioner Katherine Oliver.

“This has been a remarkable and record-breaking year for New York City’s entertainment and digital media industries, which are vital parts of our economic diversification strategy,” Bloomberg said. “More New Yorkers than ever before are taking advantage of the opportunities within these growing industries. Congratulations to all of the honorees, who are proof-positive that when you’re Made in NY, you can make it anywhere.”

This year’s recipients have six Academy Awards between them.

Robert De Niro burst on the scene with Martin Scorsese‘s Mean Streets in 1973. A year later, he was an Oscar winner for his portrayal of Don Corleone in The Godfather Part 2. His role was completely in Italian.

Hard to pick a signature performance, but Scorsese’s Raging Bull is always atop any list. De Niro won his second Oscar, and only Best Actor trophy for the gritty boxing drama.

In 2001, in the weeks following the 9/11 attacks, De Niro and business partner Jane Rosenthal, co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival.

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A Regis & Kathie Lee Reunion, Plus Harold Ford Jr., Carl Bernstein and Star Jones

1003_mockup.gifI love it when Michael’s is firing on all cyclinders. After a nasty bug kept me away from 55th Street last week, it was good to see the dining room jam packed with celebs of all stripes. Everywhere you looked there was a famous face — Kathie Lee Giffordwas first on the scene and did double duty. She had a glass of wine at the bar with Eduardo Verastegui and then joined the party celebrating Charlene Nederlander‘s birthday in the dining room. Between bites, she caught up with her former co-host  Regis Philbin, who was today’s most popular celeb among the high-wattage crowd and was nice enough to pose for a whole lot of pictures.

While waiting for my lunch date, I chatted with my Greenwich neighbor Kathie Lee about her kids (son Cody Gifford is graduating from USC Film School and Cassidy Gifford is graduating from high school). We both agreed that kids today are under more pressure than ever before and are being buried under mountains of homework (my first grader gets an hour’s worth every night). Kathie Lee told me her honor student daughter has passed up numerous opportunities to pursue her love of acting in order to keep her grades up in school.  But Kathie Lee has always made a practice of taking her kids out of school when there was an opportunity to experience something not found in books.  “I think that’s so important for kids. Some of the most important things I learned as a child I learned outside the classroom.  We’re not letting kids be kids.” I couldn’t agree more.

When Kathie Lee went off to join her pals, I watched the dining room fill up with plenty of boldface names, including Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones and late arrival Carl Bernstein. I grabbed Harold before he sat down to lunch to ask him what he thought of the heat the president is getting from his opponents for his secret trip to Afghanistan on the anniversary of the killing of Bin Laden. “I think the race will pivot on the issues of the economy and jobs,” he told me. “But I’m all for defining what the ten year plan with Afghanistan will be. If there’s one thing that both republicans and democrats agree on it’s getting out of Afghanistan. If the media wants to blow up one issue, that should be it.”

Eduardo Verastegui, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin
Eduardo Verastegui, Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin

I was joined today by Bernard Clair, one of Manhattan’s most sought after divorce lawyers among the one percenters. Bernard grew up on Long Island, attended Adelphi University on an athletic scholarship, and graduated from St. John’s University School of Law. Bernard and his law partner penned what came to be regarded as the definitive book on the legal issues facing couples who decide to live together, Love Pact.  In a bit of fortuitous timing,  Bernard met famed matrimonial attorney Marvin Mitchelson whose claim to fame at that moment was creating ‘palimony’ and found himself handling the Mitchelson’s New York based cases by the ripe old age of 30.   Bernard, who has consistently been named one of the city’s “Best Lawyers” by New York magazine, has handled plenty of headline-making cases, representingCarolyne Roehm, Georgette Mosbacher and Jocelyn Wildenstein (aka The Cat Lady) when their marriages imploded.

There’s been so much talk about celebrity hookups and uncouplings lately that I hardly knew where to start, so I decided to jump in with deconstructing the upcoming Brangelina nuptials. “I’m sure there’s a 500-page pre-nup,” Bernard speculated, ”which makes sense when there’s 1,200 kids in the mix. I have no doubt in the world that the timing for the wedding will depend on when the prenup is executed.” On the Kim Kardashian-Kris Humphries 72-day publicity stunt wedding, Bernard offered this: “She’s not necessarily upset it’s being held up because of his claim of fraud that he was bamboozled. It’s keeping her name in the papers.” As for the hapless basketballer’s hopes of getting his $2 million ring back, he can forget it. “You never get the engagement ring back.” Oh, well. Better luck next time.

In this 24-7 media age, there are a whole new set of issues when it comes to celebrity divorces, Bernard told me. Namely, the unwanted attention these cases draw to the children of high-powered couples. “Most courtrooms are open to the public. The idea is Jeffersonian, but divorce law was not part of Thomas Jefferson’s ideals. Today, the open courtroom brings kids into the fray, because the media covers every aspect of these cases and that includes kids. Everything is grist for the mill.” Bernard’s suggestion for a legal remedy: “I think we should revisit the idea of closed courtrooms for the most contentious divorce cases.”

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NY1 Anchor Pat Kiernan Returning to Live! with Kelly

Popular NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan is getting another shot, two shots actually, at co-hosting Live! alongside Kelly Ripa.

In March, Kiernan got one of the co-hosts slots with Ripa. It’s been an open audition to fill the retired Regis Philbin‘s seat. Numerous TV hosts, movie stars and comedians have sat next to Ripa.

Kiernan, who told FBNY last month that it was his career dream to get the gig permanently, will make no changes to anchor personality.

“There are so many factors in a decision like this that it’s tough to analyze what they’re looking for. So I’m trying not to analyze,” Kiernan tells FishbowlNY. “As with last time, I’ll bring the slightly cheerier version of my NY1 self and they’ll let me know if it’s the right fit for Kelly.”

Kiernan will appear on Live! April 30 and May 1.

“I’ve got both DVRs at home set for Live! and my kids have been joking that we talk about Kelly like she’s become part of the family,” Kiernan deadpans.

Video: Pat Kiernan Makes Case for Live Job with Kelly

NY1 veteran anchor Pat Kiernan made his long-awaited debut on Live yesterday. Kiernan, as we reported earlier in the week, had been pushing for a chance to sit with Kelly Ripa for more than a year, dating back to when it was Regis Philbin‘s seat to fill.

Kiernan made the most of his golden opportunity, showing off his skills that NY1 viewers have known for years. He’s conversational and can certainly communicate with the best of them, even though Kiernan is no Hollywood heavyweight co-hosting with Ripa.

“I’m hard on myself. When I watched it back I could see the moments where I fumbled for a word or wasn’t quite sure what was happening next,” Kiernan admits to FishbowlNY. ”But the conversation with Kelly was effortless and I felt like we were truly ‘co’ hosts for the day.”

One of those effortless moments occured in the opening banter, as the relaxed Kiernan gave Ripa a tutorial on the finer points of displaying the daily newspapers, which he does in a popular segment each day on NY1. His on-air connection with Ripa is more amazing considering the duo never met until the dress rehearsal one day earlier. Watch the entire host chat below.

No word on a second stint for Kiernan at Live.

“We didn’t even discuss the topic of future bookings,” Kiernan says. “They’ve got a lot in the mix and they know that I’d be happy.” to return.

Mike Catherwood Would Love to Replace Regis

Los Angelenos are probably familiar with “Psycho” Mike Catherwood, the former assistant producer of the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ and host of Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky.

But the 32-year-old bachelor developed quite the national following last year after appearing as a contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and filling in for Regis Philbin.

With Philbin’s full-time replacement still in limbo, Catherwood would still love to replace the man he dubs, “the Babe Ruth of broadcast TV.”

“From a broadcast standpoint, that’s a dream job,” Catherwood told FishbowlLA.” He’s such a professional and has been for more time than I’ve been on this planet. I would love to do that gig. I don’t hold much hope that I would be selected, but I would love to do it.”

For more on Catherwood’s long road to sobriety and his pledge to only buy domestic goods in 2012, check out, “So What Do You Do, Mike Catherwood, Host of Loveline?”

Manhattan’s A-List Turns Out for Harvey Weinstein’s Giants Pep Rally

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I’ve been covering  Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.

By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.

Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein
Katie Couric and Harvey Weinstein

Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one.  (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”

Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.

Diane Clehane and Brian Williams
Diane Clehane and Brian Williams (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris)

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Former MTV VJ Damien Fahey Joins KBIG-FM

Former MTV VJ Damien Fahey is joining the on-air staff at KBIG-FM (104.3 MYfm) as host of the midday slot, starting Thursday, Jan. 5.

While at MTV, Fahey was the host of Total Request Live and has served as a fill in for Regis Philbin on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly. He started his professional carer in the radio industry, working as a part time overnight DJ at KISS 108 FM in Boston.

“Damien is perfect for our audience. He was instrumental in the formative years of their music discovery at MTV. He possesses a wealth of musical knowledge and has great relationships with numerous artists,” said Andrew Jeffries, program director for MYfm.

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Maria Sansone, Ready to Host LX’s 1stLook, Says New Version Will ‘Appeal to All Audiences’

It’s a revamped look for LX’s 1stLook with a familiar face.

Maria Sansone needs no introduction to regular viewers of New York Live on WNBC/Channel 4. For the past year, Sansone has also has been co-host of 1stLook with Pedro Andrade.

She kept up those duties after leaving LX-produced New York Live for California in April.

“I was sort of the [co-] anchor, if you will, and we had correspondents all over the country doing the actual pieces for us,” Sansone tells FishbowlNY.

Now, the talented TV personality is back on 1stLook—and make no mistake—this is her show.

“What we’re doing this season is just having one single host, and I am traveling to all of the cities.”

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Gelman Laughs Off Media Speculation About Regis Replacement

Another good interview get today for TV Guide LA bureau chief Michael Schneider.

With Regis Philbin having made it official now that November 18 will be his last day on Live with Regis and Kelly, the journalist caught up with show producer Michael Gelman to get a sense of how the transition will be handled. So far, coverage of potential Regis replacements has apparently been about as prescient as the manner in which the media handled the end of the Kathie Lee Gifford era:

Despite earlier reports of frontrunners such as Ryan Seacrest, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and Kelly Ripa‘s husband, Mark Consuelos, Gelman says there’s no short list yet. “So much has already been printed, and a lot of it is laughable,” he says. “Just as when we were looking to replace Kathie Lee, everyone was throwing names out there, but no one even had Kelly’s name.”

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