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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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Tom Hanks Celebrates Nora Ephron’s Journalistic Curiosity

The guaranteed-to-be-wonderful essay by Tom Hanks about working with the late Nora Ephron has arrived, courtesy of TIME magazine. It’s as bouncy as their various movie collaborations.

The two-time Oscar winner suggests that what made Ephron such a good director was her “journalist’s curiosity.” For example, here are a few things he remembers from the shoot for 1993′s Sleepless in Seattle:

Notice as Rosie O’Donnell and Meg Ryan talk about the guy with the shop that sells only soup, but it’s so good, people line up for it. That was Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi years before Seinfeld discovered him. Nora’s sharp eye helped her in more prosaic ways as well. While shooting in Seattle, the crew found this great new place for coffee called Starbucks. As we bought lattes, Nora bought stock in the company.

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Pepperdine Drops Libel Lawsuit Against Malibu Vlogger

Cary O’Neal, who goes by the YouTube and Facebook handle of “Mr. Malibu,” now admits he was wrong.

Contrary to his previous video reports “Pepperdine Recklessly Dumps Sewage on Malibu Beach” and “Luxury Beach Homes of Adam Sandler, Tom Hanks, David Duchovny and Pink Under Siege,” Pepperdine University was not the source of contaminated storm water runoff into Marie Canyon. The school filed an April 11 libel suit against O’Neal, which – according to the Malibu Surfside News – it has now agreed to drop in exchange for a public retraction. The paper reprinted the apology, received via email from O’Neal:

Please consider this letter a retraction of my statements. I acknowledge that these statements were inaccurate. Pepperdine does not operate the Malibu Mesa Water Reclamation Facility and does not discharge sewage or sewage effluent into Marie Canyon or any other location. Instead, Malibu Mesa is operated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

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The Future of Original Web Video Programming

Perhaps the single biggest takeaway from the 2012 TV Summit is that Yahoo is trying REALLY hard to drum up Hollywood awareness of its new video content production strategy. The website sponsored the event and the Yahoo logo was front and center everywhere.

“We’ve got eight out of 10 people online touching Yahoo.com.” said Yahoo’s VP of  originals & video programming Erin McPherson in a new-media panel discussion.  “We call ourselves the ‘fifth network.’ That’s aspriational. But we’re TV on steroids. We’re creating a TV consumer experience but adding social and mobile.”

They’re also creating some nice swag. I was given not one, but two shiny blue Yahoo pens from a booth inside the  Summit. Very nice.

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Game Change Premiere Hits NYC

Julianne Moore, Tom Hanks
Julianne Moore and Tom Hanks (Credit: StarPix)

Game Change, HBO’s much buzzed-about film based on the 2008 presidential election and the 2010 book of the same name, held its premiere party at Ziegfeld Theatre last night.

Just a few of the celebs FishbowlNY spotted in attendance and on the red carpet: Julianne Moore, who does a spot-on, yet subtle portrayal of Sarah Palin; Sarah Paulson, who plays senior McCain campaign adviser Nicolle Wallace; the film’s executive producer, Tom Hanks, and his wife Rita WilsonJeff ZuckerArianna HuffingtonMonster’s Ball producer Lee Daniels; and just about every political pundit in town.

Unlike the book, which focused on all the candidates in the election, the movie zeroes in on John McCain‘s choice (or should we say, his advisers’ decision) to pick Palin as his running mate. And, while many are praising Moore for the way she humanized the Alaskan governor, Ed Harris brought his A-game too. Everything from his mannerisms to his posture were so McCain-like, it was eerie.

Game Change premieres this Saturday, March 10 on HBO. If you don’t mind a spoiler, head over to our sister blog TVNewser for a full review and peep more photos from the event after the jump.

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Former Cardinals Media Rep Dubs Angels New ‘Evil Empire’

As Tom Hanks‘ character Jimmy Dugan famously bellows in A League of Their Own, there’s no crying in baseball! Nor, on the real-life flip side many decades later, much superstar player loyalty.

Reacting to the news that the Los Angeles Angels have snagged Albert Pujols away from the St. Louis Cardinals, Jeff Grant, a former media relations rep with the 2011 World Series champs, chimes in at BleacherReport.com under a headline that suggests the Halo’s are now a worthy heir to the Yankees’ “evil empire” throne:

Being a Southern California native and having experienced life in the St. Louis Cardinals organization as a member of the media relations department, I’m simply amazed by the ten-year deal that Pujols received…

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NASA Adjusts Its Hollywood M.O.

These are turbulent times for NASA, with the Space Shuttle program mothballed and Russian transit being used to ferry U.S. astronauts to orbiting accommodations. But per a fun piece in the LA Times today by Rebecca Keegan, the government agency continues to evaluate Hollywood PR opportunities one goofy project at a time.

According to Keegan, NASA was all over Transformers: Dark Side of Moon but is less married to the Weinstein Co’s faux doc Apollo 18. There’s also this fascinating little tidbit, about an outreach conducted by NASA in LA late last year:

In December, the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge hosted a workshop for filmmakers called NASA 101, in which astronauts and scientists addressed producers and screenwriters on subjects such as robotics, astrobiology and Mars.

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Another Free Weekly Collapses on Film Critic Andy Klein

The final print review assignment for Brand X film critic Andy Klein this week is the new Tom Hanks-Julia Roberts flick Larry Crowne. An apt narrative echo of the LA Film Critics Association member’s latest experience with the world of free weekly LA newspapers.

Klein was formerly the film editor and lead critic for Los Angeles City Beat, until he was laid off at the beginning of 2009, ahead of the publication’s shuttering in March of that same year. Now, via LAObserved, comes the news that the LA Times is ending its bizarre weekly Brand X experiment, and with it, the regular print slot for Klein.

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Increasing Number of Celebs Relying on Twitter Client WhoSay

The fingerprints of Creative Artists Agency (CAA) are all over WhoSay, a third-party app that is quietly becoming the go-to social media intermediary for A-list celebrities like Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres, and Sarah Silverman. In large part because the LA startup pays users for transmitted photos, video, and other content.

The application was incubated at CAA and has since received $6 million in seed funding from a group of investors that includes Amazon and High Peak Ventures. For a piece on AllThingsDigital.com, Silicon Valley based business reporter Liz Gannes spoke this week with WhoSay CEO Steve Ellis. Even though WhoSay has only a few hundred users, the combined Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Myspace reach of its membership exceeds half a billion followers and friends:

“This will never be a consumer application,” Ellis said, though he added that he can’t exactly specify the criteria for admitting WhoSay users…

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Rita Wilson Named Editor of New 40+ HuffPo Section

Yes, that Rita Wilson. The actress, producer, and wife of Tom Hanks is signing on as Huffington Post’s newest editor.

Wilson will be Editor-at-Large for a new section for the baby boomer generation, called “Huff/Post 40.” And she won’t just be contributing the occasional blog post. HuffPo explains:

In this position, Wilson will oversee the vision and direction of the new site, including hiring its editor and team. She will also assign features, videos, and more.

Nothing against Wilson, who is a considerable talent, but come on. This is like when a beautiful actress wears prosthetic make-up so she can play an ugly role. Ugly actresses need work too! And so do a host of seasoned journalism professionals. They don’t look as good in push-up bra, but they can do the job.

*Sigh*

The new section will launch in August.

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