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Online Casting Service Piggybacks on Heidi Klum-Seal Woes

There is absolutely no redeeming quality to be found in today’s brief ExploreTalent.com blog post “Heidi Klum and Seal Separate.”

Normally, this wouldn’t be an issue for FishbowlLA. But after the Las Vegas based casting service posted what amounts to a straight-up E! Online rehash–with no author byline, a run-on sentence and an errant extra paragraph break thrown in for bad measure–they had the gall to put out a press release about this waste of code:

ExploreTalent.com, a premier online social-network for talented individuals in the entertainment industry, announced a new blog on their news site today, titled, “Heidi Klum and Seal Separate”…

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The Daily Questions Van Damme’s Return to Chechnya

Good item today on The Daily about two very different celebrity reactions to the public’s outrage over an October visit by Hollywood folk to Chechnya for “City Day” celebrations coinciding with the 35th birthday of the Russian republic’s brutal leader, Ramzan Kadyrov.

While Hilary Swank donated the fee she received to charity and fired her PR folks (in what some deemed an unfair scapegoat move), Jean-Claude Van Damme, who was also on the trip with her and Seal, has done no such thing. In fact, according to The Daily, he returned to Chechnya in November:

Flying in on a private jet, Van Damme was given a police escort to meet with Kadyrov, who treated him as the guest of honor at a performance of a Chechen folklore play called “Spiritual Values,” followed by a dinner of traditional Chechen delicacies, like mutton head and sheep-tail fat.

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Lunch: Jane Fonda & Jerry Seinfeld — That’s Entertainment!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It’s always those random celebrity sightings at Michael’s that make my weekly Wednesday visits much more fun. Today certainly didn’t disappoint. When a little birdie told me Jerry Seinfeld would be holding court on table one today, I knew I was in for it. When he strolled in sporting a baseball cap and jeans, it seemed he was trying to keep a low profile, but as soon as he opened his mouth, every head in the vicinity swiveled in his direction. He pretended not to notice and took a quick look around the dining room before settling in at table one with Trident Media’s Dan Strone. I’m thinking Jerry’s got another book in the offing. If not, he might have gotten an idea for one by the time lunch was over — every time I glanced his way, I got the distinct impression he was gathering material. He looked more than a little amused at the scene as the rest of the crowd strained to check him out on the sly. Across the room, Jane Fonda (who made her second appearance of the week) also opted for a low profile, hiding behind her shades for much of her lunch with Pat Mitchell — then the gals ducked out early. But not before my pal Beverly Camhe got a chance to chat with Jane about a possible appearance at the Center for Peace in Berlin. Then, the tireless Bev joined me at the bar and gave me the scoop on the hit of the Hamptons Film Festival (she’s on the advisory board) — the new documentary from two Australian filmmakers on Dominick Dunne. Bev reports that Dominick flew in just for the premiere and was “very moved” by the film. “He was thrilled,” says Bev. “He was nervous beforehand because it was an act of faith since he didn’t know these guys. It turned out great and everyone loved it.” We’re thrilled for Nick. Congrats!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jerry Seinfeld and Trident Media’s Dan Strone

2. Peter Brown, Frank Bowling and pals

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Sotheby’s Jamie Niven

4. Arnold Scaasi (who felt compelled to prune the bountiful fall arrangement behind his table before sitting down), Parker Ladd and a gal named Judy, so we’re told …

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LAT In 90 Seconds

35868811-20133701.jpgJordin Sparks Fights Malaria: The American Idol winner goes to Africa. And she takes some old white guy with her.

35868439.jpgThe Latest In Celebrity Disguises? When giant sunglasses and fedoras just won’t do, why not try the trick Seal and Heidi Klum use: animal facepaint. Slap on an animal face and nobody will recognize you. Britney, may we suggest the Dodo?

35893228-21015304.jpgAnd Here We Thought All Valets In LA Were Brazilian: Omar Sharif was ordered to pay $318,190 to a Guatemalan valet attendant whom he punched in the face for refusing to accept a 20-euro note in 2005. Sharif allegedly also added insult to injury, calling the attendant a “stupid Mexican.” Who feels stupid now, Omar?

Lunch: Captain Picard, I Presume?

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Between the heinous weather that has us nursing what must be walking pneumonia, a deadly dull award season (Does anybody really care about the Oscars without the parties?) and some mind-numbingly bad television we’ve been forced to endure (What the hell happened to Nip/Tuck?), we were yearning for some excitement today at 55th & Fifth. Alas, there was nary a bold-face name in sight. Except for a delightfully random celebrity sighting — Patrick Stewart, looking quite collegiate in a grey crewneck sweater — we loved you in A Christmas Carol! — things were pretty much business as usual in the dining room. The staff, though, was abuzz that none other than Captain Picard had landed in the dining room.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Showtime’s Stu Zakim hosting his “bi-monthly guy’s lunch.” In attendance: ABC’s Jeff Schneider, recruiter Arnie Huberman, SIRIUS’ Patrick Riley and Portfolio‘s Jeff Bercovici. I congratulated Jeff on tapping into the zeitgeist in yesterday’s Mixed Media column where he reported on the tipping point that seems to indicate some — but clearly not all — in the media seem to be having a (slight) attack of conscience when it comes to reporting 24/7 on the sad spectacle of Britney Spears’ alleged mental illness. Jeff emailed the editors of the celebrity weeklies to weigh in on the subject but only People‘s managing editor Larry Hackett responded. Larrys take: the whole thing has Day of The Locust feel to it, but in the unlikely event the media did back off, it’s “presumptuous” to assume the fallen pop star would finally start to get well. I agree. (Full disclosure: I am a People contributor). Interestingly, there’s also a piece in today’s USA Today that reports — duh! — “Britney’s collapse: Media not helping.” The collective sense among journos that cover celebrities and the business of celebrity that this story is going to end badly is palpable. The question is: how will those that have been the beneficiaries of the Britney media bonanza cover the final chapter of this tale? Us Weekly reported last month that AP has already written Spears’ obit. Remember when Princess Diana died and George Clooney held a press conference to blame the tabloid media for her death? Is there anyone besides Heidi Klum, who has said that Brit can come and live with her and Seal until she gets her life together, that can actually do anything to alter Spears’ collision course with tabloid infamy before its too late? George, are you busy?

2. Producer Jon Hart, who predicts a “low key” Oscars on Sunday, with two business-types we didn’t recognize …

3. Katherine Oliver celebrating her birthday with a table full of pals including Lisa Dallos and Chris Taylor.

4. Gerald Schoenfeld & Candia Fisher.

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