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39157689-23042055.jpgCredit Where Credit Is Due: The LAT reports that John McCain repudiated John Hagee‘s endorsement after the pastor’s outrageous comments about Adolph Hitler “turned up recently on the Internet.” But the paper of record did not give credit to the Huffington Post. Don’t worry. They’re taking care of that just fine themselves.

39135423-22162403.jpgWhy Tina Daunt Is Better Than Us: Tina Daunt was able to write this about John Cusack: “The 42-year-old actor-writer-director said recently in an interview at his Venice production office… ‘They are hollowing out the very core function of what it means to be a government.’” Us? We would have written: “John Cusack is saying a bunch of stuff … while we’re sitting in his office! We should be listening, but we’re trying to decide: Should we ‘accidentally’ leave behind our black lace panties with our phone number embroidered on them in his car or on his desk?”

39135426-22161510.jpgApparently The LAT Missed Us: Why else would they greet us back to this blessed City of Angels with not one, but two excuses to run John Cusack‘s picture? (And one of them being a Carina Chocano review to boot!) Thank you, Russ Stanton!

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36350779-27174642.jpgX-Files Movie! X-Files Movie! X-Files Movie! Fanboys (and girls) are as excited as a tweenager with Miley Cyrus tickets for the July 25 release of the next X-Files movie(!)

main_spielberg.jpgStars Align: Can celebrities bring about world change? (Well, they’re going to have to, seeing the state of journalism these days… but we digress). Tina Daunt’s always brilliant column points out some interesting happenings surrounding the Chinese Olympic Games: ‘After Spielberg announced that he was dropping all plans to assist the Chinese with their big show because of the killings in Darfur, the government began pushing the Sudanese government to accept a peacekeeping force into the troubled region.” Dang, Stevie! Look at you go!

xzxcZkareem.jpgIs It Just Us… or is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s blog getting weirder?

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35639115-14193151.jpgWhat’s The Hottest Thing In Hollywood? A octogenarian. Tina Daunt focuses her column today on Norman Lear, 81, who is inspiring the under-30 set to vote in record numbers. Daunt mentions a party he threw at the Beverly Hills Post Office last year. We feel pretty cool because we were there. They gave out Good magazine in the gift bags. U.S.A!

35664110.jpgLeno Beat Letterman With One Hand Tied Behind His Back: Even without his writers, Jay Leno managed to best David Letterman and his full writing posse. Which just goes to prove that America really doesn’t know from funny.

lastbitoph.jpgStrike Aftermath To Affect Upfronts: Expect more of a bleary-eyed hey-we’re-still-here-isn’t-that-cool series of press conferences, rather than a big dog and pony show.

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34658670-0v9231722.jpgJohnny Grant Memorialized: Fittingly, a memorial was held over Johnny Grant’s star on the Walk of Fame.

34672367.jpgBig Day For Bob and Harvey: Weinstein Co. signed an interim deal with the Writers Guild of America, which will allow the companies projects to go ahead and get a few more writers back to work. We wonder what this piecemeal approach to negotiations is going to mean in the long run.

34672698.jpgStars Are Just Like Us! They don’t know who to vote for in the primaries. Tina Daunt notes that “Half the town was ready to run off with Obama last week after that Iowa cornfield joyride. Some sobered up a bit with Clinton’s win in New Hampshire. Now, like most of the nation’s pollsters, they’re just confused.”

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34454670-27152556.jpgLil’ Meat Pie In The Oven: Reporter Mark Salisbury is a lot less grossed-out than we are that Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter conceived their newborn daughter while filming Sweeney Todd, a movie in which she plays a baker who stuffs meat pies with human flesh.

28689949.jpgOprah-In-Chief: Columnist Tina Daunt has been busy this campaign season with her Cause Celebre column, which reports about the intersection between Hollywood and politics. Today’s was particularly fun. In it, we learned that people openly acknowledge Oprah’s “power and influence on the American culture” and feel free to take her to task when she appears to “abuse” it. Daunt ends her column with a suggestion (made by Brad Pitt) that George Clooney should run for president — but apparently Oprah is already a lock.

34453921.jpgPeer Pressure: So which pretty young thing hasn’t been arrested this year on DUI charges? Suri Cruise, we’re waiting.

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26184526-04182735.jpgHandicapping Grammy Noms: The Envelope reports that Fergie and Vince Gill will be on hand to announce the Grammy nominations on Thursday, noting that it’d be a creepy kind of awful to have them wake up for the press conference only to send them home with nothing.

boratthum.jpegWhy Not? Everyone Else Has: The drivers’ ed teacher who appeared in Borat is adding his name to the long line of people futilely suing the producers of the film. Michael Psenicska, a Baltimore high school math teacher says the producers told him he’d be in a documentary about the integration of immigrants into U.S. life. Which, really, isn’t that far off from the truth.

34100632.jpgThank You, Tina: One of our fave columnists, Tina Daunt dedicates this week’s ink to Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation. We’re happy that she’s giving his rebuild-New-Orleans cause a big push. But we’re even happier that she gave us an excuse to run another picture of Brad Pitt.

Tina Daunt: Lifestyles of the Rich, Famous and Politically Active

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We don’t like to think of Tina Daunt as a society columnist. She does so much more than just report the latest bon mots of sauced rich white people.

But, we guess, nobody gets a cool gig like hers without having to put in some time doing the expected tales of ostentatious wealth and envy-inducing real estate porn.

So we forgive her for this piece in yesterday’s Los Angeles Times Magazine which offers every last rich detail of the opulent estates of Ron Burkle, Rob Reiner, Norman Lear, Arianna Huffington, Bruce Cohen and Haim Saban.

Our favorite bit of dish comes in the Saban section:

A clear all-weather tent–lighted by chandeliers–is used as a central gathering spot behind the main house. But guests beware: The invitation should come with a Thomas Guide. You’ll find the exit after the watermill, the fountains and the topiary animals on the lawn.

She failed to mention whether the topiaries resembled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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springhp.jpgBest Headline In the Paper: Somewhere on the desk, a copy editor is channeling Mel Brooks.

hothil.jpgThe It Girl: According to Tina Daunt, Hollywood loves Hillary.

hoties.jpgHot And Fluffy: Well, Kenneth Turan might not care for Ocean’s Thirteen, but Kenneth Turan doesn’t have a uterus.

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howmanyfingers.jpgThe Tina Daunt Treatment: Cause Celebre columnist Tina Daunt interviews Al Gore about the prospects of running for president in 2008. It’s a good, but ultimately maddening, read.

logtiv.jpgYou’re Not The Only One Who Missed Jordin’s Win: Nearly 6 million fewer people watched American Idol’s finale this year than last — a difference partially attributed to TiVo viewers. But those DVR fans are pissed: The show ran an extra 9 minutes long, so nearly all of them missed Jordin’s win.

elizaroshe.jpgRosie Unsure If She’ll Return To The View: FBLA unsure whether anyone cares.

Los Angeles Rains Money For Obamania

obamania.jpgBarack Obama blew into town yesterday, smiled at DreamWorks execs, kissed a few babies and whipped up a cool million. (Actually, it was about $1.3 million.)

But while the press (and Jennifer Aniston) swooned over Obama’s smile and clean, articulate yumminess, we had to wonder if his take was really all that great. Sure a $1.3 million one-night stand is impressive, but every week it seems Tina Daunt talks to a different Hillary operative who is hanging out in a hotel lobby, like a high-class hooker, collecting endorsements and checks.

Hopefully Ms. Daunt will tackle that topic in her column this week. Until then, we’ll have to make do watching local reporters write “I (Heart) Obama” in Whiteout on their notebooks.

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