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LA Times Tandem Will Break In During Oscar Commercials

The LA Times, as you might expect, has a gaggle of reporters set to cover the Oscars on Sunday. In the press room will be Amy Kaufman (after live-streaming the red carpet for The Envelope), Yvonne Villareal, Jessica Gelt and Jasmine Elist; Rebecca Keegan will be roaming around elsewhere backstage; and Steven Zeitchik will be sitting in the audience and later at the Governor’s Ball.

And… live from the paper’s downtown newsroom, film critic Kenneth Turan (pictured) and columnist Robin Abcarian will break in during each Oscar telecast commercial block to comment on what just transpired. The stream will be available on the LAT home page, at The Envelope and via latimes.com/Oscar. It’s the first time the paper has attempted this experiment for any telecast. During the actual show, the stream will feature Oscar tidbits, trivia and stats.

Sunday’s Calendar section will include four Oscar preview covers designed by artists Chris Gall (Tucson), Jody Hewgill (Toronto), Joe Morse (Toronto) and Adam Simpson (London). The artwork will also be downloadable for paywall subscribers.

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LA Times Reporter Tells Matt Lauer How They Broke Schwarzenegger Story

LA Times reporter Robin Abcarian appeared on the Today Show last week to discuss how the paper broke the news of Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s extramarital affair and love child.

Towards the end of the interview, Matt Lauer asked if the LA Times felt vindicated by the story, since the paper took a lot of heat in 2003 for reporting on Schwarzenegger’s history of sexual harassment.

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LA Times Tries to Build on Schwarzenegger-Shriver Scoop

It’s a big deal in LA media circles that the LA Times was the outlet to break the news of Maria Shriver ‘s separation from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than a gossipy stand-by like TMZ, Radar Online, or perhaps US Weekly.

Today, the reporter responsible for the Monday evening website dispatch, Mark Z. Barabak, teams with Robin Abcarian for a follow-up feature look at what might have gone wrong. Underscoring the Rolodex power of Schwarzenegger and Shriver, neither one of the sources tapped by these reporters for the “two distinctly different narratives emerging” about the 25-year marriage was willing to be named:

“Everyone who’s shocked by this is reacting to the fairy-tale picture that was promoted,” said a friend who has been a frequent visitor to the couple’s Brentwood mansion and did not want to be identified as breaching the couple’s confidence. The death in August 2009 of Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, said this friend, marked a turning point. Her father, Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps founder, died in January.

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Lady In Red: Much Ado About Sarah Palin’s Clothing

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Robin Abcarian and Kate Linthicum‘s take on Sarah Palin‘s Clothesgate — or whatever it’s being called — is pretty standard he-said-she-said, but we have to give them credit for ending on a kicker quote with which most people in this image-conscious town would have to agree:

“I am an Obama supporter, but when I heard that for $150,000, they dressed her, her children and her husband, I thought, ‘that’s not much,’ ” said Vicki Sanchez, a costume designer who dressed Geena Davis as the first female U.S. president on the short-lived TV show Commander in Chief.

“When you start buying $3,000 suits, boots that cost anywhere from $800 and up, and designer shoes, which cost $500 at least, it goes fast,” Sanchez said. “She looks damn good. Get over it.”

Indeed.

Earlier: FBLA’s Waredrobe-Gate Wrap Up.

LAT In 90 Seconds

42943341.jpgJoe the Celebrity: Robin Abcarian and P.J. Huffstutter dissect the dissection of poor Joe the Plumber.

42936069.jpgBest Day Ever: Days when Carina Chocano has a review in the paper are good days. Days when Carina Chocano has two reviews in the paper, it’s time to brush our teeth and get back into bed. Our day could only go down from here. Check out what our girl-crush says of Patti Smith: Dream of Life: “At times Smith does look like she was sculpted from marble, as when she stands in front of her husband’s grave. Impossibly long and angular, with a brutally beautiful face, she represents something that’s been rare in the popular culture in the past decade: an artist with a voice and a vision. In this respect, there’s a note of mourning in this otherwise celebratory film — for punk rock, for New York, for reality, for a time when popular music was animated by something other than money.” Sigh.

42936965-16155740.jpgEdie Adams, 81: Edie Adams had thought she would be remembered as nothing more than a cigar spokeswoman, but Jon Thurber‘s thoughtful obit makes sure she’ll be remembered as much more.

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42117237-04013713.jpgYes, Yes and Yes: We love Robin Abcarian so much that we’d put out without her having to wine and dine us. Yet time and again, she generously gives us gems. This morning’s story about John McCain is pack full of them: “Look,” said Salter, sounding exasperated, “Bush hugged him. What should McCain have done — taken out a gun and shot him?”

fdsafadsfeeee.jpgMedia = Bad For Democracy: Either that, or James Rainey is cranky: “In a more perfect nation, we wouldn’t rely on mags that live for Brangelina and ‘They’re just like us’ features to set the course for democracy.”

42092771.jpgUm, Jim. Do You Read Your Own Paper? Seriously? Do you?

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39179088-23174317.jpgThe Answer to L.A. Traffic? According to (a slightly skewed reading of) the LAT ongoing traffic series, the answer to lightening our roads seems to be more Jewish holidays. We’ll consult our rabbis and get back to you.

rachel_l.jpgWe Know One Hollywood Blogger Who Will Eat You For Breakfast: And yet, here we are congratulating you, Rachel Abramowitz, for your new column, Hollywood Brief. As the intro goes: “What you see on the screen, big or little, is only part of the story. Rachel Abramowitz’s new column, Hollywood Brief, gives the town’s culture, personalities and power players the close-up they deserve — but may not always want.” Hope, at least, it’s what your bosses want.

39855679.jpgHow Do White Folks Loath Michelle Obama? Robin Abcarian counts the ways.

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33532973.jpgInspired By The Inspirational: Writer Robin Abcarian should do more political reporting. Her piece on why Barack Obama is failing to catch fire, even has he garners the support of Oprah, is fresh and lively and so much better than half the stuff out there. Read it.

33502393.jpgNot-So-Smart List: The writers of the Smart List are supposed to compile the week’s most anticipated pop culture topics, but maybe they should spend less time writing and more time actually doing/watching/listening to stuff. Of the 10 items on this week’s list, writers admitted to not caring about, seeing or wanting anything to do with five of them. In fact, they even copped to not being able to talk about Californication because they don’t get Showtime! Eds, either fork up the cash for premium cable channels, or ditch this embarrassing column.

33535516.jpgPorter Wagner, Dead at 80: The man who inspired Dolly Parton to write the song (that was later over-acted by Whitney Houston) I Will Always Love You died Sunday night of lung cancer.

Letter About The Editor: Mark Arax Vents

aremenianflag.jpgMark Arax, who got into a bit of trouble with the top brass at the LAT last week for appearing to be biased in coverage about the Armenian genocide, sent this memo to colleagues today, demanding a public apology from Doug Frantz:

[Update: We hear Arax is on the "short list" of reporters who will be "encouraged" to take the buyout. Sources say this memo -- and all the rest of the hubub -- is his way of protecting his job.]

Dear Colleagues,

I am not sure about the timing of writing you. In no way do I want my personal issue to add to the turmoil inside the Times. But as I’ve watched our newspaper respond to my issue over the past several days, I’ve come to conclude that it raises troubling questions that go right to the heart of what we do and how we do it. I know of no other way to explain the matter to you than to proceed straight with logic.

I have been accused by Doug Frantz of having an opinion on the Armenian genocide. “Are you now or have you ever been a believer in the Armenian Genocide?” Of the numerous accusations that Frantz has thrown my way over the past month, this one I am happy to plead guilty to. Yes, I have a stance on the Armenian genocide. I believe it happened. And I am gratified to know that my newspaper believes it happened, as well. So here is the dilemma at hand: What is our obligation when this same newspaper, in stories from Istanbul in 2004 and 2005, begins to contradict its policy on the genocide? What is a reporter to do when members of the Armenian community — judges, politicians, civic leaders — start calling and demanding to know why the newspaper is suddenly throwing qualifiers in front of the word “genocide?”

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sonsofhollywood.jpgRich People Are More Interesting Than You, Part XXVII: The sons of Rod Stewart and Aaron Spelling are working with someone Robin Abcarian dubs a “baby mogul” on a reality show about — being the sons of Rod Stewart and Aaron Spelling and a baby mogul. We predict this will be as well-watched as a fatality on the 405 — and have the same bottleneck effect on our nation’s synapses.

nyset.jpgLA is better than NY, Part XXV: In his column today, Scott Collins notes that the Big Apple wants to take a bigger bite out of our economy. He doesn’t really offer any reason why shows like CSI: NY shouldn’t film in the city. But he’s kinda snarky, and we like snark.

longform.jpgCNN Discovers People Want News: The name is ridiculous: CNN: Special Investigations Unit. And the idea is infuriating: a weekly long-form investigative news show — as if the rest of the week, news junkies are satisfied with the self-promotion and garbage that passes for information. But still, good on CNN for premiering an actual news show on Jan. 20.

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