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Metta World Peace, TV Reporter

Metta’s World is meta all right. It’s Metta World Peace, interviewing fellow New York Knicks for a new “All-Access” Web series.

MWP starts off strong on media day with the question, “What’s the fly-est thing about you?” Not so successful are his subsequent efforts to ask, on behalf of fans, “What’s your favorite toe?” But you know, when the player Knicks teammates have taken to calling “The Peacemaker” is involved, it’s always going to be unpredictable.

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Metta World Peace Rolls Out New Rap Single

The first wave of reaction is in for “Peace,” a new rap debuted this week on New York’s Hot 97 by incoming Knickerbocker Metta World Peace.

There’s faint praise from Dime magazine (“Metta World Peace is still probably one of the 10 best rappers among NBA players”); a minor spoiler from NBA.com (“The song ends with a fake crowd chanting “world peace”); and more faint praise from thedrop.fm (“The track actually isn’t that bad.”).

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Metta World Peace, Meet the Star Brothers

Everyone else seems to have adjusted as if nothing is out of the ordinary. But for FishbowlLA, watching Sunday’s Lakers-Heat game and hearing color commentators talk about Metta World Peace‘s fierce effort on both ends of the floor still sounds decidedly weird.

It also got us thinking about who else in LA might be able to challenge Ron Artest in the epic, positive name-change category. The answer to that question turned out to be pretty easy. Four years ago, Kris Kancler (pictured), a substance abuse counselor and life coach, legally changed his name to Super Star so as to better connect with his teenage audience. His twin brother also followed suit – same day, same Santa Monica courtroom – swapping out Marc for Rock Star.

“The funniest reactions I still get today are when I pay for dinners with my credit card,” Super Star tells FishbowlLA. “The waiter-waitress always comes back with the question, ‘Um, very funny, is this for real?’ Then I have to go into the story of the name change, the celebrity tie-in to the Rockstar Superstar Project, and so on.”

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Metta World Peace in the Broadcast Booth

Despite all the publicity about Ron Artest‘s kooky name change, it was hard not to do a double take when the Lakers unveiled his new jersey during a recent media day in El Segundo.

Since “Metta” is apparently the first name, we are left with the words “World Peace” emblazoned across the back of #15′s new purple and gold. Which got FishbowlLA thinking about the many surreal phrases that could soon be emanating from the Lakers broadcast booth. Among the possibilities:

“The crowd is booing World Peace.”

“Looks like the Lakers are going to give World Peace another chance.”

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Ron Artest Cues Up Potential Lakers Theme Song

Never mind Metta World Peace. Thanks to Ron Artest‘s latest sideline activities, he can just as easily put himself out there as Metta World Producer, or Metta World Promoter.

LA Times reporter Melissa Rohlin shares a video report about Artest’s new musical discovery, Miss V, and her song “If You Try.” MWP thinks the composition has the makings of a Lakers 2011-12 NBA season theme song, provided of course there is a season:

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Does Metta World Peace Need Some AP Style Help?

Ron Artest got his name legally changed to Metta World Peace just in time for his debut tonight on the ABC-TV juggernaut Dancing with the Stars.

It’s obviously going to be an added bonus to see exactly how the show host, judges and even Peace’s partner refer to him on-air. Although judging by the official DWTS website, they may well just pretend like the legal name change never happened.

But how are the media handling the nomenclature in their lead-up pieces? FishbowlLA took a quick scan of the Internet dance floor today and found all sorts of varying references to number 17′s bizarre new moniker. To cite just a few:

- Local ABC affiliate reporter George Pennachio went with the old standby “a.k.a.;”

- CBSNews.com opted to laugh a little, coining the term “Mettamorphosis;”

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Pair of Extra Executives Go After the ‘Haters’

New York Times showbiz correspondent Brooks Barnes has a preview of H8R, the CW half-hour reality show debuting Wednesday. Created by Extra producers Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and Jeremy Spiegel, and hosted by their program’s on-air personality Mario Lopez, it all sounds rather contrived.

On each episode, a pair of celebrities are shown videotaped rants made by someone who “hates” them and then track down those people for a “surprise” encounter. There’s no doubt the underlying issue here is serious, but nothing in Barnes’ piece suggests the show will come close to a strange bit of family gravitas linkage involving Gregorisch-Dempsey:

One of her cousins is Glenn Berman, the New Jersey judge presiding over the trial of Dharun Ravi, who is accused of secretly taping his Rutgers University roommate [Tyler Clementi] having an intimate encounter with another man and streaming the images online. The roommate committed suicide a few days later.

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New Jay Mohr Talk Show Sounds More Like a Sitcom

Here’s a familiar plot line: a wacky, outspoken TV talk show host clashes repeatedly with his wife, who is also producing the program. But each week, in the end, laughs and some lessons about matrimony prevail.

That’s the accidental sitcom context of Jay Mohr‘s latest non-sitcom project, which for his sake we hope lasts longer than his sitcoms. Beginning September 7, Mohr will talk up three topics at a time on FUEL TV for something called Master Debaters with Jay Mohr, under the watchful eye of producer-wife Nikki CoxPer the press release:

Mohr is joined weekly by a panel that includes former Major League outfielder Eric Byrnes and comedian Na’im Lynn. Special guests including Ron Artest, Michael Rapaport, Mark McGrath, Jason Ellis, Bryan Callen, Kevin Frazier, Jeremy Roenick, and Ralphie May join in the group discussions each week.

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Perfect | It’s Over | Money for Nothing

  • SportsNewser: Further proof that Ron Artest is awesome – he’s legally changing his name to Metta World Peace.
  • PRNewser: Examining whether the Winklevii can ever recover their reputation. Short answer? No. Long answer here.
  • UnBeige: The Standard Hotel now equips their rooms with video art. That makes paying tons of money for a room the size of a kitchen sink totally worth it.

Metta World Peace Begins in Los Angeles

You might have heard this before, but LA has a reputation as a place where people can reinvent themselves. Norma Rae became Marilyn. Now, Ron Artest is poised to become Metta World Peace. Smart move, considering his past.

Artest has always wanted to be a celebrity, arguably even before he came to LA by joining the Lakers a couple of years ago. But his reputation as an angry, crazy person, stemming from brawl with fans back in his days with the Indiana Pacers, always held him back. With his wife set to star on VH1′s Basketball Wives, Artest was about to finally get the screen time he was looking for. So if Artest is a problem, why not just get rid of him? Enter Metta World Peace.

We like it.

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