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Miley Cyrus Comes In Like a Squeaking Ball

There are, quite obviously, just under a hundred slots available for AskMen’s annual “99 Most Desirable Women” compilation. This year, in what is surely a placement position that combines reader votes with a little editorial conference room discussion, Miley Cyrus came in dead last.

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Some of the female folks ahead of Cyrus, in reverse list-order, include House of Cards co-star Robin Wright (#95), comedienne Sarah Silverman (#80), Best Actress Oscar contender Sandra Bullock (#57) and Amy Poehler (#23).

However, the inclusion that is sure to elicit a whole bunch of surprised giggles is the one at #20: Marissa Mayer. Anyone at Yahoo looking to leave in a blaze of glory – may we suggest uttering the following at the next group meeting: “Well, normally I would not agree with this. But you are, after all, the 20th most desirable woman…”

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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From a Drug-Infested Texas Radio Station to the Hollywood Red Carpet

Fox Latino has a good profile today of Jovanny Venegas (pictured), a 28-year-old actor and freelance TV journalist who came to LA from central Texas.

His career began very colorfully at age 15 as a DJ in the Lone Star State, working at a station where the owner was dealing drugs and once got stabbed. The bilingual go-getter’s acting career is now starting to pick up steam here in Hollywood with roles in K-11, a prison drama directed by Kristen Stewart’s mother Jules, the Fuse TV pilot The Hustle and indie drama Fifth Street.

Venegas says that as a reporter covering the red carpet, he sometimes brought relatives to the events he was covering to let them soak in the Hollywood atmosphere. At one such event, this led to a classic “mom” moment:

“After I finished my interview with Sandra Bullock, I was like ‘Where’s my mom?’ I couldn’t find her,” he recalled. Finally, he spotted her. “I was like ‘Mom, where were you?’

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TheWrap Wrangles One-Time Premiere Power List Builder

Fred Schruers, who joins TheWrap in mid-July as senior writer, definitely knows his way around a high-powered celebrity interview. His experience with Hollywood’s A-list started at Rolling Stone magazine, encompassing the likes of Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, and John Travolta, and later continued apace at Premiere magazine.

Since TheWrap rival The Hollywood Reporter has basically re-invented itself in print as a weekly version of Premiere, it will be interesting to see how Schruers is able to inject himself into the current Hollywood trades quadrangle (perhaps even helping TheWrap edge into print somehow?). As a member of Premiere‘s west coast bureau team, Schruers was a key contributor to the mag’s influential annual Power List overseen by Susan Lyne.

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Tom Brokaw, Trudie Styler, Joan Rivers & Happy Birthday, Jon Meacham!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

If you were wondering why the streets of midtown seemed a bit quiet today it was because everyone — well, almost everyone — was at Michael’s today. I could barely keep up as the A-listers filed in one after another (Tom Brokaw! Jon Meacham!) and random celebs (Trudie Styler, Joan Rivers) drifted by.

And to think I was worried I missed all the action when Gabriel Byrne and Chelsea Clinton made appearances last Thursday. If it’s Wednesday, you can pretty much always count on a head-spinning lunchtime scene at 55th and Fifth.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Joan Rivers, presiding over a table full of folks including John Miller and some execs from WEtv. We’re guessing the group was feting Joan over the ratings success of the first season of her reality show, Mother Knows Best. (Glasses of white wine were being raised.) The compulsively watchable series starring Joan and Melissa Rivers chronicled the roller coaster ride of their mother-daughter relationship. When it wasn’t making me laugh out loud, it had me in tears. I should have expected as much since Joan put it all out there in A Piece of Work, the documentary which chronicled her fascinating life on and off stage.

Before she made her way to her table, I grabbed her for a chat and asked if she’d attended the royal wedding, since she’s been a guest of Prince Charles at many a dinner party at Highgrove. “I didn’t go,” she told me. “I’m a friend of Camilla‘s and none of her friends were invited.” Even so, she gave the wedding party high marks in the fashion department. (Much to their relief, I’m sure.) “Everybody looked fabulous!”

2. Stephen Swid with two gents that looked like they stepped right out of the pages of a Judith Krantz novel

3. Trudie Styler and two scholarly looking gents. (One was toting a folder from a school whose name we just couldn’t make out from afar) I’m thinking the fellows were from the Child Mind Institute at Hunter College where Trudie gave a well-received talk yesterday on her own childhood struggles with ADHD and dyslexia. Thanks to my pal blogger Beth Arky for giving me the heads up on this one.

4. Sony Television head Steve Mosko and Jerry Stiller (Yes, Ben‘s dad.)

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Celebrities Who Sell The Most Magazines

If you want to sell magazines, we suggest you pray that a Demolition Man sequel gets made and Sandra Bullock needs to kick up some press, because when she’s on the cover, magazines fly off the shelves.

Bullock’s face helped sell 7.4 million magazines last year, the most of any celebrity. Dr. Oz just missed the top spot, coming in at number two by selling seven million.

Some of the other top-selling celebrities include Jake Pavelka from The Bachelor, Angelina Jolie and one of the teenage mothers from MTV’s show Teen Mom (Thanks for speeding up the downfall of society MTV!).

George Lopez Rocks the Razzies

Late night talk show host George Lopez may have been joking when he announced just before Christmas on Good Day LA that he was planning to run for mayor of Los Angeles. But he is most definitely a top write-in candidate for the 2010 Razzie Awards.

Per our friends at The Envelope, Lopez has been short-listed in the Worst Supporting Actor category for three different performances: Marmaduke, The Spy Next Door and Valentine’s Day (pictured). In fairness, Lopez provided only a voice for the bow-wow comic strip adaptation, but his other two Razzie choices are live action legit.

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Filmmaker Shocked by Manson Girls Submissions

Writer-director Susanna Lo recently put out the word to Hollywood agents and managers that she needed an actress around the age of 60 for a small cameo role in her upcoming Thora Birch project Manson Girls. When Lo started sorting through the responses, she was shocked to find a virtual who’s who of mature leading ladies.

The list began with Terry Moore, one-time resident of Peyton Place and Oscar nominee for Come Back, Little Sheba, and included everyone from Academy Award winner Shirley Jones (pictured) and recent Walk of Fame inductee Diane Ladd to Cheryl Ladd, former Dynasty diva Joan Collins and even Lo’s ideal choice of Kathleen Turner.

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Academy Award Winning Producer/Actor Lisa Blount Dead at 53

“An Officer and a Gentleman” star Lisa Blount was found dead in her Arkansas bedroom earlier this week. Coroners don’t suspect foul play. Blount was 53 and suffering from multiple sclerosis-like symptoms at the time of her death, according to her mother.

More from the LA Times:

Blount, who won an Academy Award in 2001 for producing the live-action short film “The Accountant,” was 53. Police were called to the home she shared with her husband, actor and director Ray McKinnon, on Wednesday after her mother found Blount dead in her bedroom…

Blount was found in her bed holding a cell phone in her left hand, according to Little Rock police. She last used the phone Monday afternoon, when she told a friend that she wasn’t feeling well, police said.

Blount leaves behind her husband, actor Ray McKinnon, who played the football coach in the Sandra Bullock movie “The Blind Side.”

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Lunch: Harold Ford, Jr., Ken Starr, and a Slew of Fashionable Folks

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— DIANE CLEHANE

There was definitely something in the air (besides all that pesky pollen) at Michael’s today. The dining room was so jam packed with every conceivable type of boldfaced name I could barely keep track of all the wheeling and dealing that was going on around me. While the fashionistas and socialites traded air kisses and picked at the salads, the media mavens were spinning like there was no tomorrow. The power lunch is back, folks, so break away from your desk and go make something happen.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jack Myers, presiding over a table of movers and shakers: Huffington Post’s Greg Coleman, Eric Hippeau and Phil Cara; Colgate’s Jack Haber, Pattie Glod of Limited Brands; and E*Trade’s Nick Utton.

2. Peter Brown and Dan Scheffey, who joins Fairchild Fashion Group on May 10 as the new director of communications for the trade and business sector of Conde Nast. Dan tells me he’ll be working on all the titles including WWD and WWD.com. He reports to president Gina Sanders. Congrats!

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Vanity Fair’s Wayne Lawson and Punch Hutton and a chic blonde gal we didn’t get to me. Joe, fresh off another trip to his home state of Texas was all jazzed up to tell the group about the The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. (He’s on the board.) Joe reports that the center has acquired an impressive array of archives of literary legends including Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Evelyn Waugh, and even Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Joe also reports that none other than Robert De Niro has given the center his script archive and actually footed the bill for two 18-wheelers to deliver the costumes he’s worn in his films. So, the next time you’re in Austin, you might want to check it out.

4. Sean Cassidy — no, not the eighties pop icon — this fellow works for Dan Klores.

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