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President Poitier | Magic’s Response | CAA Fail

ShutterstockSidneyPoitierFishbowlDC: Would NBC’s The West Wing have clicked if Sidney Poitier had accepted an offer to play the role of the President? That’s just one of many fascinating reminiscences in a special 15-year anniversary revisit of the series by The Hollywood Reporter.

TVNewser: Ahead of tonight’s CNN interview with Anderson Cooper, Magic Johnson called in to TMZ Live to chat with Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere. He destroyed Donald Sterling‘s ridiculous AC360 claims about Magic’s lack of charitable outreach and also corrected allegations by the Clippers owner of personal interference after the audio was released.

PRNewser: Among the many topics touched on at a recent Creative Week panel discussion in New York was a rare failure for Hollywood powerhouse CAA. It involved Election Day, The Gap and some malfunctioning robots.

[Photo of Poitier at March 2002 Oscars, circa The West Wing Season Three: The Everett Collection/]

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Morgan Freeman to Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award

Morgan Freeman will be honored with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at this year’s Golden Globe ceremony. The DeMille Award is given to “talented individuals who have made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” Robert De Niro won the award last year. Past winners include Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, James Stewart and Anthony Hopkins.

Winners are chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Ass. board of directors, composed of foreign journalists who cover Hollywood. Freeman has been nominated for five Oscars, picking up the win for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby.

Some Lucky LA Journos Gear Up for Cannes Film Festival

Although the Cannes Film Festival leaves a much bigger international than American footprint, it remains the most important such event on the annual calendar. Among the LA based critics hitting the Croisette for this year’s 64th edition are Jeffrey Wells (, Sasha Stone (, and James Rocchi, a contributor to MSN and other outlets.

After flying to France on Monday, Rocchi filed a scene-setting piece that sources fellow reporters such as EW‘s Anthony Breznican, the Wall Street Journal‘s Anthony Kaufman, and MSN colleage Glenn Kenny. Says Kenny:

“Cannes is where you can trip over Sidney Poitier one minute and Harmony Korine the next. It’s where you can be outraged by one film at sunup and utterly transported by another film at sunset and then argue with someone who had the exact inverse experience of the same films.”

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Ripped from the Headlines of the Onion

star-tribune-offends-internet-with-race-allusion-in-obama-headline.2437373.51.jpgNo matter how desperately the Obama campaign appears to not want to let it happen it looks like this country is determined to talk about race, even if it often seems to happen as a result of people making a big deal over the smallest things.

Seems a reporter at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune got the fun idea to title a piece about Barack Obama‘s visit to a local breakfast spot “Guess Who’s Coming to Breakfast?” in reference to the famous Sidney Poitier film about a white woman who brings her black fiance home. Apparently upon seeing this the “entire internet… unleashed its fury” — or at least the entire internet in Minnesota not possessing any sense of humor. The title was changed to “Obama in St. Paul: Silk stockings and buttermilk pancakes” so apparently better to point out elitistism(?) than the fact the candidate is black. Or something.

FBLA 20 Questions: Jason Toney


Jason Toney, in his own words, was once the editor of LAist and a b-level blogebrity. Now, he’s a senior producer at Toney’s own blog, Negro Please is famous for music recommendations. And he’s everywhere, Twitter, SXSW, Linkedin. But, no matter where he is, he made time for our foolish, yet curiously revealing, questions.

1. What newspapers do you read? Well, I keep forgetting to cancel my LA Times subscription. Does that count?

2. Which ones do you move your lips while reading? I’m part of the digerati, so you know I click on Salon and Slate and Alternet links but I truly get all my news from youtube kidz. Lip-dubbing “Crazy” counts, right?

3. Which Web sites, besides FBLA, are on your favorites bookmark?
Popmatters and (plug) and Go Fug Yourself (plug)

4. Where do you get your car washed?
I’ve decided not washing my car is good for the environment.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? No, but it’s Armenian and hard to spell.

6. Do you believe newspapers are going to die? If so, when? No, but the paperless newspaper is what’s happenin’.

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Stomp the Yard Stomps Box Office: Pearl, Jr. Explains


Media personality and author Pearl, Jr. sends us some box-office news:

Stomp the Yard reached the coveted #1 Movie in America status, earning over $22 million, averaging around $11,000 per screening in 2051 theaters. Previous #1 movies for King’s weekend include Glory Road and Coach Carter.

The success of this film is a rebuttal to Joe Queenan’s op-ed in Sunday’s LA Times referencing movies ostensibly about people of color, but in which some white guy saves the day: Blood Diamond, Constant Gardener, The Interpreter, et al.

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