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Forecast from FOX 11 Calls for Plenty More Pablo Pereira

What’s a better term for a press release full of good news about a TV weatherman? There are many possibilities, but for the purposes of this item, FishbowlLA is going to opt for “hot PR front.”

The news was delivered at the beginning of the week, alerting LA Story star Steve Martin, we journalists and everyone else in SoCal that FOX 11 is wisely sticking with weatherman Pablo Pereira. He joined the station in September 2011 and has now been officially confirmed as the full-time meteorologist for KTTV FOX 11 and KCOP Channel 13. As such, Pereira will continue to provide weather forecasts for Studio 11 L.A., FOX 11 News at 10 PM, KCOP My13 News at 7PM and KCOP My13 News. From the hot PR front:

“This is my dream job,” said Pereira. “Getting the opportunity to work alongside such a talented team is truly a great honor and thrill. I look forward to continuing to provide accurate and informative weather forecasts to KTTV/KCOP viewers.”

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Live Talks Los Angeles Celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Tomorrow night’s Live Talks Los Angeles event featuring Burt Bacharach in conversation with Mitch Albom is notable for a couple of additional reasons. It will mark the three-year anniversary of the popular local series and is the first of several Live Talks events planned for Glendale’s Alex Theatre.

It all began May 14, 2010 with author Jane Smiley interviewing Dave Barry. Since then, series founder-producer Ted Habte-Gabr has staged more than 100 events, bringing together everyone from Steve Martin and Tina Fey to Fred Willard and Darrell Hammond to Sharon Waxman and Sir Michael Caine. In addition to the evening series, which focuses for the most part on arts and culture, Habte-Gabr curates a downtown daytime business-themed bracket, Live Talks Business.

“We have three events booked at the Alex,” Habte-Gabr tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “The first one is Burt Bacharach; the second one is Phil Jackson in conversation with John Salley on June 12; and the third one is Neil Gaiman in conversation with Geoff Boucher, June 27. Then the Alex shuts down for some major renovations and they open back up in November, at which point we’ll probably have one or two more events there before the end of the year.”

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Steve Martin on Twitter’s ‘New Form of Comedy’

Comedian Steve Martin recently visited the Culver City studios of NPR West to talk about his new book The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten: The Tweets of Steve Martin. Today’s resulting “Morning Edition” interview with Renee Montagne is a fascinating discourse on the art of 140-character joke writing.

Martin explained that after joining Twitter, he and his wife became enamored by the laugh-out-loud quality of many of his followers’ responses. For example, after Martin tweeted that he was as “happy as a clam. Wait, are clams really happy?” because his LP “Rare Bird Alert” was #3 on Amazon, a follower replied, “The chilling sound of clam laughter has caused many fishermen to quit the sea.”

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More Bad Press for Klout

The backlash against San Francisco social media influence arbiter Klout.com continues. Everything was hunky-dory by the Bay until the company dared to tighten up their previously rather liberal Twitter ranking algorithms.

TechCrunch blogger Alexia Tsotis‘ early riposte “Nobody Gives a Damn About Your Klout Score,” though not quite true, was nonetheless hilarious. As a fan of “smart but dumb” products, she suggested that Klout CEO Joe Fernandez was in line to become a 21st century version of P.T. Barnum. Over the weekend, there was more acerbic analysis, courtesy of the Daily Telegraph‘s Monty Munford:

“Measuring Influence since 2008″ is the grandiose claim on the Klout website… When I read this I was minded of the Hollywood film LA Story when Steve Martin tries to woo a visiting English reporter by taking her around his city. ‘Some of these houses are almost 25 years old’ he enthuses, thinking that he’s impressing her…

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Steve Martin Had a Tough Day

Oh, yes. Steve Martin wins tweet o’ the day. Tough break, sir.

Steve Martin’s Advice to Eddie Murphy on Hosting Oscars

Steve Martin is no stranger when it comes to hosting the Academy Awards.

The 66-year-old actor has hosted the Oscars three times, most recently in 2010 with Alec Baldwin.

With comedian Eddie Murphy on deck to host the 84th Academy Awards next year, Martin has voluntarily offered up his advice to hosting the show.

Martin’s hilarious letter to Murphy after the jump:

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Johnny Carson YouTube Channel Generates ‘Sluggish’ Numbers

At the beginning of August, YouTube announced an official, curated Johnny Carson channel. For fans of the late night maestro, this was welcome news.

While 35,000+ channel views (and 2.2 million video clicks) at press time may seem a tad disappointing, the truth is that Johnny’s core audience has many other ways to revisit the master at work, including several massive DVD collections. In a recently uploaded Steve Martin bit from 1989, the comedian shares diary entries about his previous on-air experiences with the “sluggish” Johnny:

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Swimming with Snarks

Last night’s Los Angeles Film Festival poolside chat, held on the rooftop of downtown’s JW Marriott Hotel, was billed as a “Film Rant.” But what it really turned out to be was a “Film Riff.”

Which is fine when the gathered group consists of writer Jerry Stahl (Permanent Midnight, pictured), actress Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble), writer-director Daniel Waters (Heathers), and Oscar nominated screenwriter Josh Olson (A History of Violence). Stahl said he is still bitter about the lack of success of his board game movie Parcheesi 2, while Douglas remembered having to bite her tongue during a meeting at Oxygen when a network staffer raved about the great writing done by Steve Martin in the play Waiting for Godot.

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A Classy Collection of ‘LA Stories’

Finding new ways to cover the same general retail, residential and rumination territory is the challenge that confronts the editorial staff of Los Angeles Magazine each and every month. But it must be said that for the December issue, they’ve risen to the task and hit it out of the (Griffith) Park.

Beginning with Steve Martin, the 18-page “LA Stories” cover piece groups together 50 breezy celebrity reminiscences of growing up in LA, wrapped around the golden vignette aura of the Renaissance Man’s classic 1991 comedy. Everything from Jodie Foster at the Hollywood Bowl and Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine at the Guitar Center to Joey Lawrence at the crossroads and Adam Carolla on the soap box.

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Lunch: The Special Post-Election Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The Michael’s crowd was in full party mode today as television titans, media mavens and talking heads mingled gleefully with politicos who were celebrating Barack Obama‘s historic victory. “Finally, some good news!” exclaimed one of the regulars as he made his way into the jam-packed dining room. It seemed more than a bit poetic that on the eve of Camelot 2.0 Caroline Kennedy quietly made her way to table one, avoiding all the table-hopping and glad-handing that was going on around her. If there were any disappointed John McCain supporters in the room, they were keeping a low profile. Okay, Mary Matalin made the scene with hubby James Carville but she didn’t exactly look like she was celebrating. Everyone agreed Obama’s speech last night was stirring, but one observer offered this insight to chew on: “Sure it’s exciting, but it’s going to be pretty much impossible to live up to all this hype. The guy’s gotta be feeling some pressure.” If he is, he sure is wearing it well.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Early Show: Saturday Night Live scribe James Signorelli; Second shift: Caroline Kennedy, Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jamie

2. Producer Jon Hart, Doug Steiner and another gent we didn’t get to meet…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein), uber-agent Ed Victor and his gorgeous wife Carol. A little birdie told me the ‘Mayor’ will be hosting one of his legendary lunches next week. We can’t wait!

4. Gerald Schoenfeld with an unidentified gent

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