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And the Three Nominees Are… Dylan Howard

When the 55th annual LA Press Club SoCal Journalism Awards are handed out Sunday June 23 at the Biltmore Hotel, please forgive Radar Online’s Dylan Howard for any awkward facial expression as the finalists for category H9 are read aloud. There are a total of three for this Online bracket and all are named Dylan Howard.

The former Celebuzz editor-in-chief has moved on from his Hollywood digs to a return-job with AMI in New York. In his wake is one of the craziest latest examples of the problems caused by the LA Press Club’s paid-entry award finalist process:

H9. ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Caught On Tape: Chevy Chase Rips His Own TV Sitcom
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Exposed: Hollywood’s Clandestine Poker Ring
* Dylan Howard, Celebuzz, “Family Feud: The Battle Over Michael Jackson’s Millions and His Three Children

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Tina Daunt Joins The Hollywood Reporter

Tina Daunt is the latest addition to The Hollywood Reporter. She just signed up to become the trade’s new “contributing editor, politics.” With the upcoming election cycle, Daunt will be spending much of her time covering the influence of Hollywood money in the political world.

“Hollywood activists are among the country’s most powerful and dynamic political players,” Daunt says in a release. “Each election cycle, they raise tens of millions of dollars for candidates and causes.  I’m excited that The Hollywood Reporter has given me the opportunity to cover the industry’s role in the country’s political system.”

Daunt comes to THR after years as a political reporter and columnist for the LA Times.

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AOL Launches Hollywood Patch

Hollywood now has its very own AOL Patch site, and our initial impressions are good. Two exclusives headline the homepage – one about a Hollywood Farmers Market permitting flap, and one bringing word that beloved bar and restaurant Kung Pao Kitty is closing at the end of the week. No more cream cheese wontons!

The bearer of this bad news is Anna Bakalis, also the site’s editor. In her introductory post, she writes:

Along with a trusted group of freelancers, many of whom are veteran L.A. journalists, we’ll be regularly covering local issues that matter most to Hollywood residents, such as development, blight, traffic, parking, business growth and schools.

Contributors includes Tina Daunt, Steve Galluzzo, and David Markland. Familiar bylines are a good sign that Hollywood Patch won’t have to contend with the plagiarism allegations that have plagued some Patch sites.

Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

LA Huffpo Launches Promising More Local Gigs For No Pay

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We know, you were anxiously awaiting Huffington Post’s new Los Angeles edition. Because it was going to be so different than the regular Huffington Post edition. And because there are no blogs that cover LA and no writers using the word “sprawl” excessively on the Internet. Well, peeps, your wait is over. Now our local celebrities…err celebrities who are local can write for free on the Huffington Post specifically about LA.

Note the collective sign of relief.

Tina Daunt won’t tell us how involved she’ll be with Huffpo LA in the future, but she’s now being called a contributing editor. She interviewed Chief Beck for the launch. We wish her the best.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Huffpo Invites Their Bloggers to Write Local

  • Tina Daunt to Work on Huffpo’s LA Edition

  • Tina Daunt to Work on Huffpo’s LA Edition

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    Former LAT staffer Tina Daunt has been scooped up by Huffpo. She’ll be consulting on the LA Edition…how that’s different from the regular edition remains to be seen.

    Daunt tells FBLA “I’ll be a writer for the site. But I’m also working on other projects, including launching the blog version of my former LATimes column, Cause Celebre, and freelancing for magazines.”

    Our congratulations to Tina on the gig.

    Previously on FBLA:

  • More Names of LAT Layoffs

  • More Names of LAT Layoffs

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    We’re getting more information about the layoffs announced today.

    We’ve been told Tina Daunt is out at the LA Times. Peter Hong took a buyout. Calender writer, Diane Haithman and travel writer, Susan Spano have also been laid off.

    There are more. We’ll post them as we get them. Sorry guys.

    Film Critic Asks Not to Be Named after Named Names Were Edited Out

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    This is getting silly.

    From Village Voice:

    Kirby Dick‘s new documentary, “Outrage,” continued to skirt controversy and stir debate in its opening weekend in U.S. theaters, particulary [sic] among some media circles. As the film opened, NPR trimmed its review of the film, cutting mentions of the American political figures depicted in the movie. Critic Nathan Lee subsequently removed his byline from the article in protest and lodged a comment on the NPR site, which was also quickly removed by NPR executives.

    WaPo‘s review also doesn’t name names.

    Well, the rest of the country is acting like this is 1952 – Tina Daunt at LAT actually did her job and reported on the names mentioned in the film. Including one very right-wing totally smoking hot David Dreier who mysteriously cease to be the public face of the GOP around the 2004 election. We don’t care if he’s gay – we’d like him out so we have something to look at on the Sunday shows.

    Previously on FBLA: Outrage is Making Journos Squeamish

    Saving the Best for Last

    41709263.jpg As always, Tina Daunt‘s Cause Celebre column is fantastic. She attends a Women for Obama function in which Maria Shriver tries to woo Clinton supporters.

    Our one quibble: Why save the juiciest bit for the very end?

    “I know many of the people on McCain’s campaign,” she said. “A lot of them worked on my husband’s campaign. I can tell you they’re tough and they’re organized. You must focus on the repair work. If you don’t work to heal the rupture, the fight will be all that’s remembered. . . . No one did that in 1980 and we all know what happened: We lost that election.

    “There are no perfect politicians,” she said. “There is no perfect race, and I’ve been involved in a lot of elections. Some are really painful. That’s politics.”

    LAT In 90 Seconds — Afternoon Edition

    40870480.jpgNuts! Matea Gold has the goods on the Jesse Jackson/Barack Obama balls brawl. No, it doesn’t give us any pleasure to say “balls brawl.” OK. We’re lying. But it doesn’t give us a lot of pleasure.

    40876200.jpgDaunt-ing Task: Tina Daunt, once again, goes behind the scene to get the great story you’d never think to write even if you knew about it, which you don’t because you’re not Tina Daunt. So there.

    40319001-24192341.jpgThe Really Big Picture: Patrick Goldstein comes to the conclusion that big studio movies pretty much suck. Apparently, he missed the day in 5th grade that they went over this.

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