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Where’s Rupert’s Wedding Ring?

SV200812.jpgDan Cox, on special assignment for FishbowlLA, covering the 2008 Sun Valley Media Conference.

Rupert Murdoch has been seen all over Sun Valley with his wife Wendi, but he didn’t want to see her last night because he was missing an important element — his wedding ring.

RupertWendi_7.11.jpgMurdoch was searching all the couches in the Sun Valley Lodge lobby where he said he had been sitting. He also worried that he might have lost it at dinner.

But we figure, he shouldn’t worry too much. Our guess is he can afford another one.

Former Yahoo! CEO and Warner Bros. co-chair Terry Semel was irritated at reporters yesterday, avoiding troublesome questions about a potential takeover of Teddy Forstmann‘s management company IMG.

Semel admits he made a bid for the media giant, thought to be $3 billion.

“I wanted to take their management firm and turn it into a media company with a focus on digital distribution,” Semel said. The former CEO was trying to do exactly the same thing with Yahoo! before they fired him.

But he never got an answer from Forstmann, which left Semel a bit perturbed at the media for writing a non-story and dressing it up like reality.

“You saw the stories; it looks like no,” he said.

So he said he’ll go back to the drawing board and find another company to hunt.

Another Sun Valley rumor that seems to have been shot down was the notion that President Clinton was to show up here today. We thought he might have wanted to take in Jordanian King Abdullah II’s speech. But he has yet to be spotted.

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Lunch at Michael’s: Teddy, Liz & The Gang

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpgThe dining room at Michael’s was buzzing today with moguls and media mavens who did more than the usual amount of table-hopping between bites — standing-room only in the bustling lounge as the regulars and requisite movers and shakers were out in force. (Liz! Lesley! The “Mayor”!) Even the bar was a power perch: captain of industry Teddy Forstmann and a mysterious dark-haired beauty were deep in coversation tucked away in the corner. They may not have been checking out the scene from their stools but we were:

1. Gotham’s greatest local line-up — anchorwomen and reporters Peri Peltz, Jane Hansen (love the longer chic ‘do!), Rosanna Scotto, Penny Crone and Lynn White. We’d love to know what the headlines from this afternoon were after this crowd was through dishing and dining …

2. Producer Jonathan Hart and guest.

3. “Mayor” Joe Armstrong and Men’s Health honcho Dave Zinczenko. The always dashing duo chatted with today’s lunchtime chronicler, Diane Clehane, about their jam-packed itineraries. Joe is just back from his third trip with Habitat for Humanity where he was building houses (literally) in the still devastated areas of New Orleans. Says Joe: “It’s incredible. Thirty-thousand homes were lost where we were. People need to know there is still so much that needs to be done. It’s devastating.” The inexhaustible Dave is busy preparing for his first trip to the Oscars where he’ll hobnob with A-list agents and talent at the hot parties around town. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it … His Oscar pick? “I’m rooting for Scorsese.”

4. Power blondes Liz Smith and Lesley Stahl lunching with Christine Quinn (whose two discreet but imposing-looking bodyguards kept watch at the door). Could there be a 60 Minutes piece on the city council speaker in the works? We’ll have to ask Mayor Armstrong — — Liz pulled up a chair and joined Joe and Dave after her guests left and “closed the place” long after the rest of the lunch crowd departed

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