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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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The Dude Gets Some Big LA Weekly Love

For fans of The Big Lebowski, it’s Christmas in March thanks to today’s LA Weekly cover package of stories tied to the movie’s 15th anniversary and upcoming local Lebowski Fest. Our personal favorite is the item about the LA home used for scenes involving Ben Gazzara’s pornographer character Jackie Treehorn.

Writer Sam Bloch spoke with James Goldstein, the seventy-ish owner of the Beverly Hills John Lautner spread that doubled as Treehorn’s beachfront party HQ:

For Treehorn’s encounter with the Dude, the crew set up for a three-night shoot. Goldstein “wasn’t thrilled” about a big black sheet being thrown over a glass, which would obscure a view of the Century City skyline. “I am proud of the way the house looks now,” Goldstein says. “I don’t like it when a set designer makes changes just to justify his pay.”

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THR Gets a New York Times Love Letter

The word of the day is “etiolated.” Put to excellent use by Brooks Barnes in his New York Times snapshot of the resurgent Hollywood Reporter:

As recently as 2010, The Reporter would have had a hard time persuading its own etiolated staff to gather for a party, much less marquee stars. The trade newspaper, founded in 1930, was bleeding from layoffs, vanishing advertisers and ferociously competitive entertainment industry blogs. It had become what moviedom dreads most: a has-been.

Indeed, there was no Spago mojo coursing through that sickly, weakened staff. It was a gang that Snoop Dogg, the DJ at the February 4 event from which Barnes leads, might have deemed distinctly lacking in  ”shizzle.”

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The Hollywood Reporter Failed Rap History 101

Tupac Shakur didn’t die for this.

The Hollywood Reporter posted a Coachella recap early Monday morning on the duo of Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre closing out the show and the return (via hologram) of Shakur.

All of the search engines in the world must have been down (and the one staffer who knows hip-hop was asleep) because this is what “THR Staff” wrote when describing Shakur’s performance:

Tupac arrived via hologram, seamlessly — and amazingly — joining Snoop on “Come With Me,” “Hail Mary” and “Gangsta Party.”

So, Shakur not only performed for the first time in 15 years, but he dropped a new track at Coachella entitled “Come With Me.”

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Senior Citizen Photog Down But Not Out of Celeb Paparazzi Game

It’s been three years, Hollywood paparazzo E.L. Woody tells CNN, since he sold a celebrity photo for $10,000. The picture was of Shia Labeouf, at a price tag that still pales compared to the glory days of six-figure and even sometimes seven-figure licensing deals.

Another problem with today’s paparazzi trenches, Woody suggests, is that illegal immigrants have jumped into the game, selling their digital snaps for next to nothing. Nevertheless, the 65-year-old veteran says his kind will always be a part of the Hollywood media fabric:

“Celebrities have to have the photogs. It feeds the ego. Every flash, every click feeds their careers,” he says. “It feeds the supernova of fame…”

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Artists Sing the Praises of File Sharing While Entertainment Execs Seethe

The free file hosting service Megaupload is on the entertainment industry’s s**t list for making copyright infringement so easy-peasy. But several high-profile artists – the sort that create that copyrighted material in the first place – have recently expressed their unabashed support for the site in a new music video.

In the “Megaupload Mega Song,” Will.i.am, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Kanye West, Lil John, Kim Kardashian, and more express their love for a service that lets you share their copyrighted material for free. I never thought I’d say this, but I have a newfound respect for Kim Kardashian.

The video was released over the weekend, and was quickly removed from YouTube, after Universal Music Group complained about – what else – copyright infringement.

Pharrell Williams Joins Oscars as Music Consultant

Can it be? Are The Oscars actually making an attempt to attract a younger, diverse audience?

Rapper/producer Pharrell Williams is joining the 84th Academy Awards as a music consultant with Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer.

Williams is the lead singer of the rap group N.E.R.D. and has produced the likes of Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z.

Zimmer needs no introduction as he’s composed music for over 100 films including The Lion King and The Dark Knight.

“I am honored to work with my mentor and teacher, Hans Zimmer, and I have wanted to collaborate with Brian Grazer on something for years,” Williams said in a statement. “I cannot believe I will be joining them and their teams on the most prestigious show of the year, the Academy Awards.”

Adding Up Some Twitter Celebrity Endorsement Math

In the heyday of Internet email marketing, a one to three percent “click-through” rate was considered acceptable. Today, with Twitter offering an instantaneous version of the e-mail blast, how does the service compare? Especially when celebrity accounts with large follower counts are doing the blasting?

AP business writer Christina Rexrode has a rare, specific answer today. After leading with examples such as Snoop Dogg and Tori Spelling, she passes on some intriguing info from the client side:

Dan Smith, vice president of marketing for the website CampusLIVE, which helps advertisers connect with college students… paid Lindsay Lohan about $3,500 for one tweet with link: ‘These challenges for college kids on #CampusLIVE are SO addicting!’

The post to Lohan’s 2.6 million fans drove about 4,500 clicks to the website, Smith said. But he also said he wasn’t sure if he’d use her again…

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Cursing Up an @EllenBarkin Storm

Is it really actress Ellen Barkin doing the tweeting since yesterday, or a complicit associate? That’s the question underlying an item in the International Business Times headlined “What the F— is Up With Ellen Barkin Twitter F-Bombs?

Although the account was quickly verified after the actress shared a proof-of-picture, this still smacks of an assistant doing the tweeting for her. Here is the first missive, shared on a self-stated drunken Thursday:

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Sounding Out Snoop Dogg’s Social Media Team

It’s always interesting to hear from those specialists tasked with managing the social media presence of major personalities and celebrities. This field, which barely existed a few years ago, is now growing by leaps and monthly-billed bounds.

In the case of Snoop Dogg (more than four and a half million followers on Twitter, 12.1 million likes on Facebook), the social media whisperer is LA’s Cashmere Agency. Company co-founder Seung Cheung recently told Entrepreneur magazine about two platforms they are funneling people like Snoop towards:

Viddy.com allows users to record brief video clips, apply various filters and then share with their friends… We helped Snoop Dogg get started on the platform and then we aided in launching an actual Snoop Dogg-themed filter late last month…

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