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20390559.jpgParadise Found: Gregory Rodriguez writes a sweet valentine of a column about why we all love and hate Los Angeles … all with nary a mention of traffic or bleach bottles! Quite a nice feat of non-cliched editorializing.

31866358-22171202.jpgCruisin’ For a Bruisin’: Scott Collins describes Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s response to Hollywood’s woes as “a girlie man performance,” urging the governor to do something about the “runaway production” problem L.A. faces. He makes excellent points, but does Collins really want to call the Terminator a wuss?

40288133-22163350.jpgSurf Turf Wars: Malibu surfers are being accused of beating up a pap and throwing his camera in the ocean.

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Was the Strike Worth It? Columnist Scott Collins seems to think so, but, there are some caveats. Among them: `One provision says the studios don’t have to pay any residual on streamed content for up to 24 days after its initial airing, giving the studio “a loophole to exploit.”

35487729-10223642.jpgWhat Was It That Disturbed Us Most About Amy Winehouse’s Performance? We thought it was maybe the twitchiness. Or the fact that we kept looking at her arms for track marks. But, then we read Ann Power’s piece and realized what it really was: “Off-key at times, her drawled syllables sometimes veering uncomfortably close to blackface…” Ah. Yes, that was it.

35281228-05224927.jpgYahoo Gives Microsoft The Finger:Yahoo Inc. formally rejected Microsoft Corp.’s $44.6 billion takeover bid today, saying it ‘substantially undervalues’ the struggling Internet pioneer.” Didn’t we already read that story?

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30807217.jpgDon’t Blame It On The Writers: Reporter Scott Collins says the glut of stupid reality fare on TV has less to do with the strike than it does stingy networks looking to cash in on low-cost (and low-rent) TV fare.

35187755-03160614.jpgSpeaking Of The Writers’ Strike: Notice how more networks seem engaged in the presidential primaries than ever before? Matea Gold has. So, for that matter, has Stephen King.

klj;oaiea.jpegOn Second Thought: Maybe you can blame the writers’ strike — at least for the failure of the CW to live up to the hype.

Scott Collins Unreal on Reality TV

Tabloid Baby schools clueless LAT columnist Scott Collins in the true meaning of reality TV buzzword Frankenbite. Collins wrote:

Editors routinely use “frankenbites,” out-of-context quotes that illustrate points the speakers never intended to make…

Collins is just plain wrong, as TB explains:

A Frankenbite is not an out-of-context quote. It’s a line of audio that is cobbled, stitched and patched together with words and phrases from different unrelated sentences. Just as Frankenstein was assembled from parts of different bodies.

There’s plenty of other misinformation about reality TV and writers, as well. Collins quotes a blithely uninformed Paul Haggis about reality TV workers, who make a “few hundred dollars a week”, which isn’t accurate. The WGA might not like to think about the members who toil in reality, but there’s not enough work on scripted shows to go around. Where does collins think HGTV, Food Network and Discovery get their programming?

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34303224.jpgWriting Their Way Out Of This Mess? In a lovely F.U. to the studios dozens of striking writers are considering setting up companies that bypass studios and reach consumers directly with original Web video. This would be kind of a step back for some writers, as writing for the Web isn’t exactly a writers’ dream – but Joseph Menn likens this approach to the early days of United Artists, so who knows? Bonne chance!

34300851-16154641.jpgHarsh Reality: Columnist Scott Collins takes WGA president Patric Verrone to task for apparently softening his stance toward getting union representation for reality TV writers.

34301543-16173900.jpgWait…There Is Something To Watch After All: It’s on VH1, of all places. Seven Ages of Rock is, apparently, fun for the whole family. And just when your TiVo was running dry.

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33634573.jpgMaybe It’s the Smocks: Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested in downtown Chicago for refusing to leave a Walgreens. Seriously? Forgive the self-reference, but we can’t get out of those things fast enough.

33635265.jpgNot Ready For Prime Time: Columnist Scott Collins says he doesn’t like watching made-for-the-Internet content — at least not more than he likes TV. And doesn’t imagine too many other people do, either. He’s doesn’t spend nearly enough time in college dorm rooms.

33636047.jpgBlogging The Strike: The LAT is putting the same blogging effort into the WGA strike that it lent the recent fires. (Which, if you think about it, is kinda sick.) If it doesn’t break the writers’ contracts, the LAT should have strikers live blog the thing themselves. At least that would begin to justify all the attention.

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33222126.jpgKicking And Screaming: Reporter Meg James writes “three people familiar with the situation,” told her that Jay Leno doesn’t want to leave when his Tonight Show contract expires in 2009. Our solution: Put the job offer in one of those brief cases, and make Leno and Conan O’Brien compete for it on Deal Or No Deal.

33220172.jpgGreed Is Good: A new Fox network promises to make business news interesting. If it’s half as interesting as Fox News’ take on current events, it should be quite interesting, indeed.

33220222.jpgWriters’ Strike Looking Inevitable: Or so says Channel Island’s Scott Collins. We hope he’s wrong.

Power Of An Alert PR Rep

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An exceptionally enterprising PR-type, Meredith Goldblatt, suggested we could capitalize on a certain NY Times story and run a piece about Variety’s “Power of Youth,” a benefit held Saturday at Universal Studios on behalf of St. Jude.

So, yeah, we’ll take the bait.

The benefit brought together the likes of Variety’s VP & Associate Publisher Brian Gott, actress Miley Cyrus, Variety’s President & Publisher Charlie Koones and actress Vanessa Hudgens (all pictured here in this shot by Jordan Strauss of WireImage.com

According to Goldblatt’s release:

The inaugural event is part of Variety’s new initiative to reach out to Hollywood’s next generation of entertainers, in the hopes of encouraging young people to become involved with humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

And what a youngster-filled event it was: One of the highlights was a celebrity tricycle race.

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32907089.jpgWill TiVo Save TV? Columnist Scott Collins thinks so. This fall, Nielsen will include more DVR habits in its ratings. Of course, in our home that just means that Seasame Street will become the highest rated prime-time show, but nothing’s perfect.

32907098.jpgPerfect Strangers: Let’s all do the dance of joy! The CW has revived 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers for the post-9/11 crowd. It’s called Aliens In America, and it sounds like perfectly dreadful. Which means it’ll probably be a hit.

125395C.jpgLAT/OCR Cat Fight: The Orange County Register has for years run a feature called My Dog’s Face, which was just a page of photos of readers’ dogs. Well, check out this Copy Cat.

Harris Opens Up to LA Times

Neil Patrick Harris gets a nice pat on the back from LA Times‘ staff writer Scott Collins on the heels of his Emmy nomination for the CBS laffer “How I Met Your Mother.” And it just so happens to come in the same 12 months that Harris, a beloved TV star for “Doogie Howser,” came out out of the closet to People Magazine following a slew of Internet rumors, stirred by the pesky fingers of Perez Hilton. While serving as an Emmy-pushing profile of the gay actor, the story also is a quick survey of the landscape for Harris’ fellow gays in an industry that has often worked hard at keeping its stars private lives, well, private. (Not so easy these days, thanks to Perez and other insatiable celeb sites like TMZ and X17).

Collins writes: The subtext of Harris’ Emmy nomination seems to be an effort to reassure gay actors: Relax. You can come out and still play straight guys. Even playboys, cads and heels. Just like straight guys can play gay cowboys. (As Harris marveled, “Now gay parts in big movies are only played by straight actors. They don’t really cast gay actors in gay parts!”)

But as for Harris’ future, he is sticking to the old adage that “if you’re talented in this business, you’ll keep working.” And of course, if you’re talented too, you might win an Emmy.

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