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Posts Tagged ‘Robert Blake’

Stacy Jenel Smith Bids Farewell to Co-Columnist Marilyn Beck

MarilynBeckStacyJenelSmithAt the top of the in-house obituary for Marilyn Beck, who passed away over the weekend at age 85 after a three-year battle with lung cancer, there is a great picture of Beck with Elvis Presley and a reminder of this reporter’s place in the entertainment journalism pantheon:

Beck was the last of the old school, high-powered Hollywood-based newspaper columnists with some 500 papers, domestic and international, running her five-day-a-week column at the height of her fame. That was in addition to her NBC Marilyn Beck’s Hollywood Outtakes specials, her long-running stints on television’s syndicated PM Magazine and E! Channel Gossip Show, her reports on LA radio station KFI and her books.

Following a divorce, Beck set up shop in a Beverly Hills canyon home on El Roble Lane. For a time, she wrote alongside her daughter Andee. It was also from that hillside abode that Beck embraced the Internet very early on. She cited George Burns as a favorite interview subject, feuded with Robert Blake and gained the trust of various other Hollywood stars during her long career.

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Robert Blake Barrels Through Piers Morgan Interview

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the following snippet from Robert Blake’s remarkable Wednesday interview on Piers Morgan Tonight is the media-analysis quote of the week:

“I would have assumed that you and that guy in your ear would trust me. And if you don’t, then we’d better start talking about The Little Rascals.”

Blake was responding to Morgan’s suggestion that he was perhaps not being entirely truthful about his recollections of the May 2005 murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. At age 78, the actor remains a barn-busting Hollywood original, not to mention the first and likely last guest to show up on Morgan’s show wearing the combo of A Clockwork Orange hat and V-neck tank top.

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Crime Reporter Turned University Professor Releases Second Detective Novel

Former LA Times crime reporter Miles Corwin gets a nice write-up in the Orange County Register today about his latest novel Midnight Alley, released April 16. It’s the second in an ongoing series about the adventures of LAPD Felony Special Squad detective Ash Levine.

Corwin, who freelances for various publications and teaches in the English department at UC Irvine, got to spend a lot of time during his LAT days with city police officers. His follow-up to 2010′s Kind of Blue is once again heavily derived from that privileged journalistic access:

The novel’s fast-paced plot is heavily based on Corwin’s own experiences and observations from the time he spent shadowing Homicide Special and working as a crime reporter. Corwin followed the detective unit to crime scenes, interrogations, autopsies, and arrests. He says that it was getting to see Los Angeles crime so close and personal that inspired his fiction.

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Reporter Rummages Through Church of Scientology Celebrity PR Artifact

The biggest thorn in the media side of the Church of Scientology remains Village Voice editor-in-chief Tony Ortega. Every other day, or so it seems, he is sharing another arcane or shocking aspect of the religion’s operations.

This morning, Ortega passes on a document sent in from a reader. The five-page, June 1977 “Executive Directive” is now long-outdated, but this “Celebrity Media Handling Checksheet” still provides a fascinating window into the disco era mindset of the organization. Per Ortega:

About 50 individual steps. Involving the writing of essays, summarizing of books, using specific words in sentences. And the steps must be done, the document says, in sequence. No exceptions. One of the steps has the celebrity solving a PR problem by modeling it in clay. Hey, Tom? Tom Cruise? Um, did you learn how to talk to reporters by first modeling it in clay?

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Who Knew? Robert Blake Is Apparently the Assistant Secretary of State

The things you learn reading the international press. According to the Gulf Times of Doha, Qatar, the U.S. is currently in the middle of talks to sell the Indian Airforce $4.4 billion worth of C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft. And who’s at the helm of these multi-billion dollar negotiations? Why, none other than Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake. Yes, that Robert Blake according to the photo.

And we thought Obama’s appointment of Larry Summers was bad. No wonder the U.S. has such PR problems in the Arab world.

Just to clarify for our friends in Doha, we think this was the Robert Blake you were referring to.

H/T Sharan Street

Sundown on Sunset: Goodbye, Baby, Goodbye

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Get On Back Where You Belong

Paris is in, she’s out, she’s in–and the streets of LA are a whole lot safer. Of course, OJ and Robert Blake are still roaming around.

Don’t Go West
The LA Times has pulled the plug on barely breathing West magazine. Bought-out babe Lennie LaGuire will preside over the rebirth as a monthly issue. Most pressing question: will Amy Tan still be involved?

Get In Line
Ocean’s Thirteen opens. Don’t pretend you don’t want to see it.

Phil Spector Trial Takes Off /Dateline Producer Still on the Jury

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NBC Dateline producer Adam Gorfain has a front row seat for the legal shenanigans expected today when Phil Spector’s trial really gets going. But Gorfain’s not working the story, he’s a member of the jury, according to Eric Longabardi of ERSNews. Gorfain even admitted on his questionnaire that he’d been investigating the case and reading court documents for several months.

Longabardi didn’t get any comment from NBC. Gorfain’s done a number of stories involving DNA evidence, but more relevantly, he produced a jailhouse interview with a woman convicted in the Texas Cadet murder case.

FBLA thinks this is already sounding too much like the Robert Blake and O.J. Simpson trials. Where do the D.A.s go when they think? (Of course, defense lawyer Bruce Cutler already called one male DA “girly”.)

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