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Zuma Dogg Defeats Villaraigosa!

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When we fell asleep last night – Villaraigosa was headed for a run off. This morning he has another 4 years as mayor to talk about what he wants to do, then how hard it is to do it and then ultimately not get it done.

Exhibit A? Measure B.

Is he now going to run for governor? Ahem, failing up?

Steve Lopez chimes in:

There’s also speculation about a run by Orange County Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, who once wanted to hold a fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion, so let’s hope she’s in. I don’t have a crystal ball, but I’d say that one year from now, the odds are 3 to 1 that Villaraigosa will be running against Sanchez and 2 to 1 that he’ll be dating her.

Where There’s Smoke…

drudgecross.jpg Our heads hurt. Our lungs ache. We’re cranky. It’s not like we were training for the Pasadena Marathon and then it got canceled. But we’ve been trapped inside our house all weekend trying to avoid more smoke inhalation than absolutely necessary. Of course, thinking of LAFD makes the pain subside. Swoon.

We were going to do a whole round up of stories about the fires, but instead we’ll give it up to LAist, who has done a fine job of just that.

We also like Steve Lopez‘s column.

And the picture from The Drudge Report. Well, that kind of just says it all. When tornadoes hit the Bible Belt – it’s all just random and terrible – bad things happening to good people. But when California has a natural disaster (which is at least twice a year give or take) it’s because we’re a bunch of perverts.

We would like to point out that the parts of town that are burning – voted FOR prop 8. Ahem.

‘The Soloist’ Pulled From Oscar Contention

“The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxxfoxx.jpg and based on a series of L.A. Times columns, won’t be given a 2008 release, thus disqualifying it for the Oscars, according to several outletsdowney.jpg.

Sources say Viacom is under financial pressure and is unwilling to spend the cash to release the film, which has been discussed as a potential Oscar winner.

But it may be a moot point as the film was originally slated for a Nov. 21 release, but will now bow on March 13, 2009.

DreamWorks, which produced the film, had no comment, but insiders said execs are very disappointed by the move even though they concede it could benefit the film’s box office by distancing it from a crowded year-end field.

Directed by Joe Wright (“Atonement”), “Soloist” is based on a series of Los Angeles Times columns by Steve Lopez about a homeless schizophrenic musician’s dreams of playing at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Whenever a movie’s release date is changed in such a manner, there is a risk the media will read it as a vote of no-confidence. Still, it had generated strong buzz in early screenings.

However, it was not clear if “Soloist” might receive an Academy-qualifying run before Dec. 31, notes The Hollywood Reporter.

“We decided it’s a commercial movie that will play well in the spring, and we’ll give it an aggressive wide release then,” Paramount vice chairman Rob Moore said.

LAT In 90 Seconds

Pot, Meet Kettle: Steve Lopez attempts to lampoon Sarah Palin by calling her town an ugly mess of big-box chains and fast food restaurants. Steve, have you been to Orange County lately?

42521557.jpgAward Winners: Several local artists and researchers were among those listed as this year’s MacArthur awards winners. The LAT did a great job localizing even the least local of the winners: “Also locally, Carol Sauvion and Kyra Thomson, the Los Angeles-based executive producers of the 2007 PBS documentary series Craft in America: Memory, Landscape, Community, can celebrate that one of the artists featured in the series, 63-year-old fiber artist of North Carolina, is one of this year’s fellows.”

42418212-18175458.jpg9 to 5: We were hoping Charles McNulty‘s review would be more positive … since we’re holding tickets to Friday’s performance. Apparently, we hoped for too much.

LAT In 90 Seconds

259cc541.jpgEasy On The Top, Easy On The Sides And, Well, Just Easy: Steve Lopez increases his carbon footprint just to drive to Orange County and make fun of Republicans. People living up to their stereotypes are hi-sterical. Next week’s column: Lunch at Nate ‘n’ Al’s, where Lopez discovers Jews bicker a lot.

42058943.jpgPolice Academy: The LAPD wants production companies to start hiring off-duty active police officers (and not just guys in LAPD outfits) to work film sets. Hollywood is down on the idea, siting rising costs and red tape, but the real story here: Those guys who shut down freeway lanes and straddle their motorcycles in full cop regalia aren’t cops?! We’re so sneaking into George Clooney‘s dressing room.

dfasfaesegasgaf.jpgPalin Deserves Privacy — And So Does The Rest Of America: Tim Rutten‘s column about Sarah Palin is a must-read. A snippet: “The point is that the Palins were able to make all these decisions according to the dictates of their own consciences, formed by their own religious convictions, within the privacy of their own family and according to its values and traditions. What they decided is nobody’s business but theirs; the fact that they were free to arrive at their own decision is everybody’s business.”

LAT In 90 Seconds

259541.jpg50 Cent: Not the rapper, the price tag. In the face of cuts and other awful things, Steve Lopez reminds readers what they’re getting for 50 cents: “Although that money doesn’t buy you the same-size staff that was in place when I arrived seven years ago, those two quarters still buy you the biggest, best, most ambitious news-gathering operation west of the Hudson River.”

40758074.jpgIn Demand: Want to know how to make money off of articles, images and videos? Richard Rosenblatt, a guy you’ve probably never heard of, figured it out. “With blinding speed and little notice, Rosenblatt’s 2-year-old Demand Media Inc. has become one of the largest buyers of articles and video clips for the Web. It expects revenue of nearly $200 million this year and, more surprisingly, a healthy profit.”

youtubde2.jpgYouTube, YouWin!: From Jessica Guynn: “Google said late Monday that it has reached a deal with Viacom to protect the privacy of tens of millions of YouTube viewers. A judge had ordered Google, YouTube’s corporate parent, to hand over user data as part of the $1-billion copyright infringement case brought by Viacom.”

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: The Truth About Eric Longabardi’s Necktie

Eric LAPC Awards.jpgOur post about the L.A. Press Club awards inspired a few lamentations among winners who were not listed, but no lamentations were as interesting as those of ERSNews.com’s Eric Longabardi, who won a shared 1st place prize along with Suzanne Murch, Melanie Switzer and Raheem Dawson for an E! Entertainment documentary about the paparazzi.

His site also won the top prize for Best Website, Online Only.

The judges said of ERSNews.com: The world needs more investigative reporters, and it’s refreshing to find those who have the patience, focus and fortitude to do the hard work. Too bad they have such a lousy name. (OK, maybe we added that last bit.)

To make amends, we asked Eric to answer a few of our patented stupid questions. In the following Q&A, you’ll learn that not only is Eric a consummate journalist; he’s a consummate journalist whose mother still dresses him.

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LA Times Serial Novel: Spinning Out of Control–Paper Begs for Pro Writers

Steve Lopez started a serial novel at the Los Angeles Times, but those pesky amateurs are so useless. Sue Horton sent this missive:

Are you at that point in writing something that you’d rather scrub the kitchen floor with a toothbrush than type another word? DO NOT DESPAIR.You see, we’ve started a serial novel at the LA Times, and it needs a new chapter every day. So, instead of solving your own intractable writing problems, you can help solve ours. The problem so far isn’t too few submissions–our slowest day has brought about 100, and our busiest more than 700. But, after a week of chapters by writers without much experience, the plot is spinning a little out of control. We sure could use some real writers among the entrants. If you’re bored and looking for a gig that pays nothing and carries no guarantee of publication, PLEASE consider entering. You can read the novel so far at www.latimes.com/novel. (Today’s chapter will be up by 7 p.m.) Sorry for the impersonal email, and looking forward to what happens next. I think.

Why not just hire a couple of novelists and be done with it?

LAT In 90 Seconds

37014275-21120309.jpgSerial Novel: Steve Lopez’s experiment in reader participation continues, with Chapter 4 of his reader-written serial novel. The Orange County Register did something like this five or six years ago. It sucked.

35055047-02075821.jpgRabbi Rushfield’s Latest Sermon: Rabbi Richard Rushfield quotes Wms Blake and Gibson before he even mentions the words American Idol. We wonder what he’ll recite during his first weekly Idol chat today at noon at www.chat.latimes.com.

37405706-01162815.jpgNo Joke: Mariah Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley with more No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and is now second only to the Beatles. Check the date, boys, this story was filed April 2. It’s for real.

LAT In The Limelight: It Ain’t Pretty

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Former LAT Jerusalem bureau chief Marjorie Miller writes about the Spring Street newsroom’s strange relationship with the Hollywood movie crew that took over for a few days during the filming of The Soloist, which is based on a series of Steve Lopez columns about formerly homeless violinist Nathaniel Ayers.

It’s as telling about the current state of local media as it is about what it’s like to have a film crew show up at your workplace:

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