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Bob Costas Co-Chairs The Dan Patrick Show

Post-Sochi, Bob Costas spent nearly two full hours this morning hanging out with Dan Patrick in the Man Cave. The NBC Sports colleagues began of course by revisiting the Winter Olympics eye mess, followed by a series of high-profile phone-in guests.

LupitaNyongo12YearsSlaveMatt Lauer reacted to Patrick’s joking revelation that DP had faked sickness in Sochi once it became obvious that Lauer and then Vieira were getting the prized opportunity to replace the sidelined Costas. Race car driver Jeff Gordon compared notes with Costas on some of the celebrities who live in their shared New York City high rise (Sting, Denzel Washington). And Chicago Sun-Times film critic Richard Roeper jumped in to talk Oscars.

Although Patrick hasn’t seen most of this year’s nominated movies, he ran through some confident predictions for the major categories. While Roeper agreed that Lupita Nyong’o will likely take Best Supporting Actress from Jennifer Lawrence, he wasn’t so sure about Patrick’s Best Picture lock. Roeper thinks Gravity may well pull off the “upset” over 12 Years a Slave.

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Paul Simon, Sting Kick Things Off in Houston

You know how often it’s the most trivial, youth-driven stuff that goes viral? Well, here’s a potential antidote to all that to start off your February 10-14 week.

Sting and Paul Simon kicked off their two-month tour this weekend in Houston. At one point, they teamed for a great version of the Simon & Garfunkel song “The Boxer,” ending with Sting kissing Simon on the forehead. Enough said.

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Tiffany Shlain on Creating The Webby Awards From Scratch

TiffanyShlainTiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker with one of the most watched shows on AOL On Originals, The Future Starts Here. The program focuses on the fusion of culture and technology, a topic which she is especially passionate about.

Shlain also happens to be the creator of the Webby awards. She had just graduated from UC Berkeley and was working with Sting on his new album when she got the gig:

I came back to San Francisco and I was given the opportunity to create the Webby Awards from scratch. They had no budget, and I said, “I know how to do things with no budget! I’m a filmmaker!” So we created the Webby Awards in the early days of the Web, which was very exciting. We used to make a lot of films about how technology was changing our lives, and those films would kick off our show for the Webbys.

To hear more from Shlain, including her advice for aspiring filmmakers, read: So What Do You Do, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker And Creator Of The Webby Awards?

True? Lies? Tom Arnold Paints Spectacular Schwarzenegger Sex-Drive Picture

Shutterstock_ArnoldWOFIt’s the kind of second-hand celebrity quote entertainment editors dream of. This particular one was delivered to UK newspaper The Daily Star by Tom Arnold and as a result, we’re off to The Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and many-more-to-come media outlet races:

“Arnie has a tremendous sex drive. There are women who come over. He is not lonely. He has female companions.”

“He does have a lot of needs and he believes it is all part of the fitness. Five times a day, as he says. It is a good number…”

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Brits Debate Cheryl Cole Accent Factor

American TV viewers have long loved the sound of Simon Cowell‘s accented put-downs. But the British media aren’t so sure U.S. viewers might take as quickly to the Newcastle upon Tyne brogue of Cheryl Cole, hyped as a likely judge alongside Cowell this fall’s FOX’s redo of  The X Factor.

BBC reporter Jon Kelly suggests the last time a Newcastle accent this thick hit the American entertainment airwaves, it was in the form of Animals lead singer Eric Burdon. Sting and Bryan Ferry, he argues, have much milder versions of the regional twang. A fellow UK reporter offers up this perspective:

Sunday Mirror TV critic Kevin O’Sullivan, who served as a correspondent in Los Angeles for eight years, suggests that the issue is simply one of familiarity for most Americans. “Their reaction to Cheryl is not to be confused with prejudice – it’s purely logistical,” he says. “If you think of how a really extreme Glaswegian accent sounds in London, that’s what Cheryl Cole sounds like to an American.”

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Courtney Love: It’s A Matter of Size

The Stiletto Blog lives up to its name by impaling Courtney Love and People at the same time.

Love claims to have gained 52 pounds eating brown mush prepared by a macrobiotic chef, and then lost it by sheer force of will:

All my [size] sixes and eights are on eBay. Most of the money is going to the Chrysalis Foundation for battered women in L.A. The other is Fair, which is fairness and accuracy in reporting which is a media watchdog group. They’re both fabulous.

The high-heeled blogger points out:

How credulous (that’s just a polite way of saying “stupid”) does one have to be to believe that a woman who is 182 pounds can fit into a size 6 or 8?

Sting allegedly told Love to lose the love-handles.

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But Love’s not going to extremes:

If I got under 120lbs that would be a problem–I’d start looking like a crazy person.

Top Design Over: Matt Wins, Bravo Still Sucks

Who told Bravo that weird lips and a British accent get viewers? Top Design dragged Trudie Styler into the judges’ panel, and if we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a million times: she has hot tantric middle-aged sex with Sting, among others. She kept harping on Matt’s sterile bedroom.

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But he won, Carisa didn’t and we still hate Bravo.

Project Top Design went to the party. And then they went to LAURA BENNETT’S to watch the show!

The Gilded Moose liveblogged. Best line:

Todd Oldham is so endearing. He’s sort of like a lesbian Don Knotts.

Blogging Top Design asks readers for only positive comments about Carisa. One and holding.

Jonathan Adler thinks bloggers should be glad to see his white, hairy ankles. So prep, don’cha know?

Linda Merrill deconstructs the loft challenge.

FBLA wonders why the LA Times Home section has barely mentioned this show. Shot here with designers from here–or is that too obvious?

Summing up: Top Design was just okay. Casting was decent, challenges were poorly conceived, judges adequate, production values good. B-/C+

In The Trades

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Variety

Scott Rudin has offered one of his former development guys, Craig Perry, a first-look deal, thus gaining an opportunity to “generate mainstream comedies and family films.” Perry produced the American Pie and Final Destination movies.

Sidney Sheldon, the prolific author and producer, has died. During his extensive career he wrote several Broadway musicals, screenplays and televisions series, in addition to a multitude of novels. His television career included producer of The Patty Duke Show, I Dream of Jeannie, and Hart to Hart, in addition to a number of his novels produced as made-for TV movies including Rage of Angels, Bloodline and Memories of Midnight. His career awards included a Tony for Best Musical: Redhead in 1959, an Oscar for his original screenplay of The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer starring Cary Grant, two WGA awards for Easter Parade and Annie Get Your Gun, and an Emmy for I Dream of Jeannie.

Hollywood Reporter

Television is the new feature, according to a CBS development exec. Pilot orders are running towards nighttimee soaps and high-cncept dramas, while the networks are avoiding open-ended serials–Lost being the only hit out of the current crop. Big name directors, like Spike Lee, Brett Ratner, Guy Ritchie, and Barry Sonnenfeld are directing pilots.

The Police will perform at the Grammys in February. Sting had hinted at this during the TCAs, where he was promoting his PBS project, a collection of 16th-century classical music called Songs From the Labyrinth, as the 30th anniversary of the band was approaching. THe group will open the show on CBS.