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Rachel Uchitel Creates A Stir at Michael’s

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Having covered the scene at Michael’s for some time now, I’ve been witness to plenty of Fellini-esque tableaus where the head-spinning mix of stars and strivers, masters of the universe, and alien-like actors never ceases to amuse and occasionally amaze me, but today was off the charts. What started as an afternoon of ramped up power lunches (Harvey Weinstein and James Dolan! RogerAiles and Jon Meacham!) turned into a game of Spot The Tabloid Temptress. I just happened to be at the front desk when regular Henry Schleiff came in followed by a blonde, pillow-lipped gal hiding behind her huge sunglasses. I immediately recognized her as Rachel Uchitel.  What was Tiger Woods‘ infamous mistress doing with Henry? I couldn’t wait to ask him. Before I could, she darted around us, averting my eyes and making her way into the dining room. Turns out she was on her way to meet Vanity Fair’s Michael Callahan. “Did you see who that was?” I asked Henry. When I told him, he quipped, “I didn’t recognize her with her clothes on!”

Even though the party girl-turned-private eye (according to The New York Post, she’s on her first case here in New York and awaiting her gun license) and Callahan were seated behind a pillar in the back of the room, word of her arrival spread like wildfire.  I wonder what the two of them talked about during their fairly quick lunch. Could it be that Graydon Carter has greenlit yet another piece on Woods? It would be quite cheeky of him to put Uchitel on Tiger’s tail, wouldn’t it? It seems more likely that Callahan is penning a piece on Uchitel’s post-Tiger life as a self-confessed recovering “love addict.” Stay tuned …

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. It’s Harvey’s world and we just live in it. Shortly after noon, Harvey Weinstein arrived with two guys — one looked like Robert Pattinson‘s younger brother and the other like Vladmir Putin. Once the trio was seated, Harvey busied himself playing with his phone while his two babysitters? bodyguards? couldn’t sit still. One spent the entire time pacing between the table and the front door, while the other hopped up every other minute to look out the window as he talked on the phone. Could they have been tracking Harvey’s lunch date? All I know is when Cablevision’s James Dolan finally arrived, they took off.  Harvey then took out a pair of earphones to listen to a recording of some importance while Dolan sat by impassively. I don’t know what the hell really went on, but observing the scene felt like watching an episode of Mission Impossible.

2. PMK’s Cindi Berger and a handsome fellow we didn’t get to meet

3. Political commentator and marketing maestro Robert Zimmerman and Tad Smith

4. Random House EVP Jon Meacham and Fox News chief Roger Ailes, chowing down on burgers and fries. Jon arrived early and spent the time waiting for Ailes by chatting with the staff. We couldn’t help but notice that the ex-Newsweek editor looks a lot more relaxed since leaving the struggling magazine. It’s Tina Brown‘s problem now! Their table was clearly the center of gravity today as pretty much anyone who is anybody (read: all the suits in the room) stopped by to pay homage.

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Tiger Woods Parts Ways With Golf Digest

2010 brought Tiger Woods a divorce from his wife and 2011 opens with a break from his work as “playing editor” for Golf DigestKeith Kelly reports the Condé Nast mag had been paying the 14-time major tournament winner $1 million per year to contribute a monthly column and exclusive photos.  Tiger has been involved with Golf Digest since 1997 and penned a monthly feature titled “Tiger Tips.”

Magazine chairman and editor-in-chief Jerry Tarde says the split with Tiger is an amicable one:

Golf Digest and Tiger Woods have mutually agreed to stop his monthly bylined articles.  His last regular column will appear in the February 2011 issue of Golf Digest, at which time he will also leave the masthead. We appreciate the insights Tiger has provided to our readers.

Golf Digest suspended Woods’s column for a few months during his much publicized sex scandal, however this time around Tiger is looking for a permanent exit so he can focus entirely on his golf game.  Hopefully Woods can survive without that extra million Condé was shelling out to him each year, something tells us he will find a way to survive.

Elvis, Ruth 2010′s ‘Most Dangerous’ Autographs

Veracity has left the building. This according to Santa Ana based grading company Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA).

The firm says 2010 was another banner year for autograph forgeries, with roughly half of all received submissions from third-party purchasers turning out to be as real as last week’s Farmer’s Market Elvis sighting. Per PSA, the year’s “Ten Most Dangerous Autographs” of entertainment and historical figures are:

1- Elvis Presley
2- The Beatles
3- John F. Kennedy
4- Marilyn Monroe
5- Michael Jackson
6- Jim Morrison
7- Neil Armstrong
8- Jimi Hendrix
9- James Dean
10- Walt Disney

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Lakers Left Off AP‘s ‘Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010′

Lakers vs. Celtics. An historical rivalry renewed. Dramatic seven game series. Improbable fourth quarter comeback in the final game. Kobe Bryant is a total goat, going 6 for 24. Crazy-ass Ron Artest arguably the hero of the game! Kobe tops Shaq in rings, and calls him out on national television! Easily one of the best sports stories of the year, no?

Not if you’re the Associated Press. The AP just came out with its list of the top 10 sports stories of the year, and the Lakers are nowhere on it. Tiger Woods and his wandering penis made the cut, of course. So did LeBron James and his Decision. NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson was on there too. So, um, yeah.

In fairness the AP didn’t just arbitrarily choose the list. Stories were voted on by 176 people from AP affiliate news organizations across the U.S.

LA did have one story on the list: the death of UCLA coaching great John Wooden was number 10.

The Local Merits of Madame Tussaud’s

Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood is the kind of attraction few LA locals would ever think of visiting, other than when the in-laws or other relatives are in town. But having stopped by over the weekend, FishbowlLA has some important holiday season news: if you’re struggling to come up with a kitschy photo for your 2010 Christmas card, this place is a goldmine!

When William Shatner was inducted into Tussaud’s, he reportedly exclaimed of his drip-doppelganger, “There’s wax in his ears!” Per the image below, that’s your trusty FBLA correspondent, wishing you a very Vulcan Xmas from the bridge of Starship Tussaud’s. (For good measure, it also says “Merry Xmas!!!” on my forehead.)

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Newhouse School Tackles Future of Sports Journalism

The Master’s program information road show for the University of Syracuse’s prestigious Newhouse School stopped by Los Angeles on Wednesday night. Joining school officials at downtown’s Sports Museum were an impressive quartet of Fox Sports panelists: executive producer Ed Goren (Syracuse Class of 1966), NFL reporter Jay Glazer (pictured) and football analysts Michael Strahan and Curt Menefee.

LA Daily News reporter Tom Hoffarth was also there, filing a personable dispatch about the “Future of Sports Broadcasting” discussion. All the usual suspects were mentioned with regards to the crazy speed cycle that now affects the craft: ESPN, TMZ, Deadspin.com and so on. But not everyone is buying into the new rules. Writes Hoffarth:

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Tiger Woods Mistress Loredana Jolie Is Literary

Tiger Woods mistress and former call girl Loredana Jolie has finished up her tell-all book “The Real Diary: Lessons from the Good Time Girl to Champion.” From what we’ve seen, it contains all the juicy tidbits and comically bad prose we’ve all come to expect from contemporary non-fiction reading.

Jolie writes that her sexual experience with Woods took her to the “seventh cloud.” We’re assuming this means two notches below cloud nine. Just love editors who allow writers to preserve their voice.

In other news, scientists are reporting that sea ice is melting at record rates–a situation that could prove catastrophic…

Haha. Just kidding. Jolie also writes Tiger is really well hung! FTW!

Previously on FBLA: Jersey Shore‘s Snooki Has a Book Deal and You Don’t

Golf Writers Boycott Tiger Woods Conference


Feeling snubbed by Tiger Woods‘ camp, the Golf Writers Association of America didn’t attend the PGA legend’s first public conference since the news hit about Woods’ affairs.

“To limit the ability of journalists to attend, listen, see and question Woods goes against the grain of everything we believe,” said GWAA president Vartan Kupelian, since out of the 950 writers in the association, only six would be allowed to attend the conference, which occurred at 11 am today. No big deal, since Woods’ entire prepared statement, which didn’t include any questions from the audience, was broadcast online via CBS.

Read More: Daytime Media Ready to Ride the Tiger — New York Times, No Hacks Here! Golf Writers Boycott Tiger Press Conference — The Observer

Tiger Woods Apologizes to Everyone for Everything


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Tiger Woods gave a 12 or so minute statement in Florida. He took no questions and said he was sorry. “Parents used to point me as a role model for their kids. I owe all those families a special apology, I am truly sorry.”

He also called on the press to leave his children alone.

Just to put this into perspective – Woods is still about 19,988 floozies away from being a Wilt Chamberlain. Go Lakers!

TVNewser: Tiger Woods Delivers First Public Statement: ‘I’m Deeply Sorry’

Lunch: ‘Bag Lady’ & Madoff Victim Alexandra Penney: ‘Writing Well is the Best Revenge!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Things must be looking up in the journalism biz, because Michael’s dining room was jam packed with media folks of every stripe. While CEOs and spinmeisters held court from their usual perches, writers and editors were shoehorned in all over the place. I was glad I got there early because I bumped into former Self editor-in-chief Alexandra Penney, who I had not talked to since she authored the much buzzed about book, How to Make Love to a Man. “That was another life ago,” said Alexandra. I’ll say. Last fall, I was riveted by her posts on The Daily Beast where she chronicled the emotional and financial devastation that almost consumed her when she lost everything thanks to Bernie Madoff‘s ponzi scheme.

Alexandra bravely wrote about her experiences for Tina Brown‘s site under posts dubbed ‘The Bag Lady Papers,” because, she says simply, “I needed money.” When agent Ed Victor read her deeply personal revelations he told her, “I think you might have a book here.” And indeed she did. The Bag Lady Papers is due out February 16 from Hyperion’s Voice imprint. “When something like this happens, it either galvanizes you or devastates you. I chose to be galvanized because I had to. It’s amazing what you can do when you really need to.”

I was joined today by another enterprising woman, my good friend Dr. Robi Ludwig. In addition to her thriving private practice as a psychotherapist, Robi is a frequent contributor to the Today show where she weighs in on modern relationships and the celebrity crack-up of the moment. She’s logged plenty of airtime trying to get inside Tiger Woods‘ marital meltdown, and she and Redbook‘s editor-in-chief Stacy Morrison dished with Al Roker just yesterday on what couples are fighting about most these days (If you guessed money, you’re right). When Robi is not seeing patients or lending her expert opinion on matters of the heart, she keeps busy with her “inspirational” jewelry line for QVC, Dr. Robi. After her first book, Till Death Do Us Part: Inside the Mind of A Killer Spouse (Atria), kept her busy on the talk show circuit, she is now hard at work on her second which will offer tips on how to have a happier marriage during these stressful times. Earlier this month, she also signed on as a contributor to care.com, an online community and comprehensive source for people searching for caregivers of all kinds from babysitters to eldercare workers. “I’ve always loved the idea of not pigeonholing myself,” says Robi. “There’s no reason to do just one thing if you’re passionate about a lot different things.” Obviously.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The “Imber Gang”: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Andy Bergman and Michael Kramer.

2. A casually clad Paul Wilmot (loved the sweater!) and Omnicom’s CEO Tom Harrison

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Norris Mailer

4. Former William Morris chairman Jim Wiatt and Quadrangle Group’s Josh Steiner

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