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David Zinczenko, Jack Kliger and The Man Most Unlikely to Wind Up at Michael’s

LunchAtMichaelsAs faithful readers know, we endeavor to give our rundown of the movers and shakers who show up at Michael’s every Wednesday a cheeky spin so as not to take ourselves too seriously about the whole power lunch thing. Today, aside from the obvious reason not to make light of an already featherweight subject, I’m too dumbstruck by a new acquaintance I made while making my rounds in the dining room to come up with a pithy opener.

When TV Guide‘s acting CEO Jack Kliger motioned me to come over and meet the handsome young man dressed in a T-shirt and jeans, I couldn’t imagine who he might be. An actor starring in a new crime procedural for CBS? A new reality star ready for his close-up? A family friend getting the full-court “Lunch at Michael’s” treatment? Well, I was half right. “This is Jonathan Alpeyrie,” said Jack. “He’s a combat photographer who was kidnapped in Syria and just released a few weeks ago.” The French-American photographer told me he was on his third trip to Syria when he was abducted at gunpoint by masked men at a checkpoint near Damascus and was held for 81 days. During his harrowing time spent in captivity, he was often chained to a bed and narrowly escaped execution after enraging a guard because he went to the bathroom without getting permission. The solider held a machine gun to Jonathan’s head before being called off by the other soldiers standing guard. Jonathan didn’t seem to want to talk much about his experience, so Jack, who is a close friend of Jonathan’s father, filled in the blanks.

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NYT Correspondent, Hollywood Bigwigs Snack on Dog Food

Did Chelsea Handler, Snoop Dogg and Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh get their money’s worth? Per a report by New York Times west coast correspondent Brooks Barnes, it would certainly seem so.

The trio are backers of the company Dog for Dog, which recently paid $45,000 to have its gluten-free canine snack bars plastic-wrap bundled with The Hollywood Reporter. Only problem: some of the magazine’s two-legged subscribers thought it was a snack for them:

The president of one television studio chomped into it, as did one of his subordinates. A senior publicist at PMK-BNC tossed the bar into a drawer and started eating it a week later for a snack. This reporter did the same thing.

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Report: TheWrap, Penske and Ron Burkle in Hunt for Variety

Ever since Daniel Frankel at PaidContent revealed that 11 entities were interested in looking at the Variety books, the race has been on among media watchers to identify authoritatively who those parties might be.

The New York Post today seems to have claimed these honors. Per a Page Six report:

Billionaire Ron Burkle is looking to further extend his influence in Hollywood by buying entertainment trade paper Variety, sources tell Page Six. Taking over Variety would continue supermarket magnate Burkle’s buying spree, which this year alone includes investments in industry hangout Soho House, BlackBook Media, Ryan Kavanaugh’s Relativity Media, concert-booking firm Artist Group International and UK agent Duncan Heath’s Independent Talent Group. He’s also an investor in numerous Harvey Weinstein films and Al Gore’s Current TV.

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The Night Julia Roberts Came to Javier Bardem’s Rescue

The latest issue of Deadline.com’s awards season print magazine Awardsline is out. Distributed for free to AMPAS voting members and film execs, the February 1 edition is once again chock full of studio ads.

There is also some clever editorial sourcing of a panel held last December at a two-day industry event hosted by the PMC/Nikki Finke site. Alongside Relativity Media CEO Ryan Kavanaugh and Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg, Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen shared stories about awards seasons past:

“Last year we had Biutiful, and were doing a campaign for Javier Bardem for Best Actor. [At the end of] last year, it did not get a Golden Globe nomination, it did not get a SAG nomination, it did not get a BFCA nomination, nothing. We thought we were dead, basically.”

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LA Photographer Set to Unveil Bloody Celebrity Canvas

Tyler Shields, a photographer and painter, will debut a new show this weekend at the Poodle Parlor in downtown Los Angeles. Titled “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale,” the exhibit will be open to the public on Sunday after a launch party Saturday night.

The main attraction is a painting he created using blood collected from more than a dozen celebrities. The list of artistic donors includes nightclub promoter Brent Bolthouse, film financier Ryan Kavanaugh, and actress Jenna Ushkowitz.

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Waxman Needs Attention, Invites Finke to Speak

Call us cynical but the Sharon Waxman and Nikki Finke feud benefits them both. Possibly one more than the other. If they’re lucky a New York journalist will write about their flame war as if it’s new/news. Then they’ll get national attention.

But it’s been quiet for months. Too quiet.

Waxman posted an invite for Finke to speak at her conference titled The Grill. She also name drops before getting into the reasons why Finke should speak. Of course, the note was posted on her site as opposed to or in addition to being sent privately to Finke. We’re all so shocked by this.

Waxman writes:

Dear Nikki,

We have known each other for a very long time, much longer as friends than as enemies.

With a view to that relationship I would like to invite you to be a keynote speaker at our upcoming entertainment leadership conference, TheGrill.

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Portfolio–Here, There and Everywhere

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Portfolio, Conde Nast’s new business magazine, has officially launched.

Senior writer Amy Wallace (formerly with the LA Times) profiles Relativity Media’s Ryan Kavanaugh, a 32-year-old dealmaker, who gets Wall Street to invest in Hollywood.

Nancy Haas has a piece about Maroon 5′s big bucks backer.

Posh Spice is a fashion brand killer: she makes everything look bad, according to Fashion Inc.

The Culture and Lifestyle section doesn’t grab us, but then, we’re broke.

Job of the Week gives us a designer of doll clothes, and a video game artist.

The website offers the weakest drawings of the blog writers. Are they all really that ugly?

Jeff Jarvis weighs in. He also continues his appreciation of Amanda “Not a Journalist” Congdon.

FKC calls it an exciting new outlet.

Dealbreaker takes some credit.

Celebrity News sniffs at the lack of, well, celebrities.

Jossip is unimpressed, due to the lack of mention of same.