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HBO Claims an Astonishing Seven Peabody Awards

For a long time now, HBO has dominated the Cable Ace and Primetime Emmy Awards. This year, you can add the prestigious Peabody Awards to the pay cabler’s premium recognition parade.

The network claimed seven of 39 2010 Peabody Awards announced by the University of Georgia, more than any other news or TV outlet. Along with the Tom Hanks produced miniseries The Pacific and Spike Lee‘s follow-up New Orleans documentary If God is Willing and da Creek Don’t Rise, the HBO nods also encompass a pair of more unusual Peabody players:

Magic & Bird: A Courtship of Rivals: Not your average sports biography by a long jump shot, it examines the different cultures from whence these NBA legends sprang, their unusually long rivalry and their unlikely friendship.

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Tom Hanks Provides Oscar Acceptance Speech Tips

There is, arguably, no bigger media message that emanates from Los Angeles than a successful major category Oscar acceptance speech. While the great majority of these are boring disappointments that quickly dissipate from the public consciousness, when an A-list podium moment clicks, it can forever brand the speech giver.

This year, potential winners were provided with some counseling from a most qualified source. Per Rebecca Keegan‘s LA Times article:

To underscore the need for brevity, the Academy gave nominees a practice DVD with a 45-second countdown timer and a video tutorial by two-time winner and Jedi master of the acceptance speech, Tom Hanks. Hanks recommends winners choose in advance who will accept for a group, and never take out a piece of paper to read from. “Reading a long list of names only shows us your bald spot,” he said in the video.

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Tom Hanks Launches The 3 Minute Talk Show

Does the world really need another Hollywood-centric talk show?

Well, when the person behind it is Tom Hanks and the length of the weekly Wednesday online-only program is limited to a deliberately condensed six minutes, the answer to the above question can perhaps be yes. The first two episodes of The 3 Minute Talk Show with Barry Sobel debuted online today at, the online content venture from Lexus.

Fred Willard is the 3 Minute sidekick; stand-up Barry Sobel (who coached Hanks for the film Punchline) is the host; and producer Hanks, whose Playtone is underwriting, laughs it up as Guest #1:

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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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‘Conan’ Guest List Revealed, Via Annoying Puppets

Conan O’Brien‘s much anticipated TBS debut is coming up on November 8 and his first week’s worth of guests has finally been released. Since the announcement was made via the horribly unfunny puppets above, we’ll post the lineup for you–just in case you feel like drowning some small animals after the first 15 seconds.

  • Monday, Nov. 8 – First Guest Poll winner, Seth Rogen and musical guest Jack White
  • Tuesday, Nov. 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack McBrayer and musical guest Soundgarden
  • Wednesday, Nov. 10 – Jon Hamm, Charlyne Yi and musical guest Fistful of Mercy
  • Thursday, Nov. 11 – Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and comedian Jon Dore.
  • Conan’s very first guest will be decided by some kind of gimmicky online poll.

    Actors Petition SAG to Not Make Them Look Like Greedy Dirt Bags

    sag2222.jpgSome top actors are pleading with the Screen Actors Guild to not call for a vote on a strike next month.

    From NYT:

    In a petition, more than 130 well-known actors – including George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Alec Baldwin and Sally Field – urged guild leaders to halt the strike authorization vote.

    “We support our union and we support the issues we’re fighting for, but we do not believe in all good conscience that now is the time to be putting people out of work,” the petition stated.

    Seriously, what other union is threatening to strike right now? Serious? We’re in the middle of an economic meltdown. In the middle. Not even done. Still melting as we speak. And SAG doesn’t feel like they’re getting a fair deal?!


    Nikki Finke has all the details (as usual) on DHD.

    LAT In 90 Seconds

    38816586.jpgHave A Food Fight With Tom Hanks: To benefit Shakespeare Festival/LA, you can bid on a speaking role – including an onstage food fight – in a staged reading of Taming of the Shrew with Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Annette Bening, William Shatner, Christina Applegate, Sean Astin, Zach Braff and others. Bidding on EBay closes Thursday.

    34313210-13153121.jpgElizabeth Snead Got To Go London And Hang Out with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon (and Chippendale dancers) for the world premiere of Sex and the City: And we’re kinda jealous.

    38813170-13135800.jpgMake Shows Good: There. We just saved Disney millions of dollars. Of course, if the company still wants to blow wads of cash on the obvious, it should just go ahead and continue to develop its “emerging media and advertising research lab” to find out what makes viewers tune into different shows. But in the end, they’ll find we are right.

    Tom Hanks And His Typewriter Collection Endorse Barack Obama

    Tom Hanks has a thing for Barack Obama, and, apparently, for typewriters.

    FBLA 20 Questions: Amanda Luttrell-Gerrigas

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    As Fashion Correspondent for E! Networks The Daily 10, Amanda Luttrell-Garrigas is not only a disher, she’s a dish. You’d think Viacom would give her a series. Until then, she answered our kinda new and semi-improved questions.

    1. What’s the first thing(s) you read in the morning? My emails then
    2. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure website?
    3. What job do you fantasize about having? The one I have only more of it.
    4. Last movie you saw? Shampoo
    5. Last book you read? Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    6. Best show legendary biz/movie star encounter. I’ve had many, Leonardo DiCaprio who is wonderful and Kate Bosworth who is lovely, Cate Blanchett who is so elegant and radiant, but Tom Hanks tops my list. We crossed paths on the shuttle bus to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation carnival. He is a force of nature.
    7. Proudest media moment? I’m working on it.
    8. Ever had a brush with the law? Describe. Nope. I’m the good girl.
    9. If you got a unicorn what would you name it? Intrepid Lavinia Shenkunde of the African plains and Irish Moors
    10. What does your TiVo think about you? It thinks I love football… hmmm maybe it thinks I’m my husband…
    11. Character of fiction you most resemble? It changes depending on the day, perhaps Tatyana Larina from Eugene Onegin
    12. Who plays you in your bio-pic? I do. Or Angela Bassett
    13. What’s your ringtone? Marimba
    14. Favorite electronic device? iPhone
    15. What do your friends say is your best quality? kindness
    16. What do your enemies say is your worst? kindness
    17.What natural talent do you wish you had? A more flexible body
    18. What’s your theme song? It changes depending on the day. Today it is the theme song from Star Wars. Nobody does it like John Williams, except maybe Alexandre Desplat
    19. Do you believe in love at first sight? No. But I am a romantic.
    20. When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? This morning at my daughter’s school.

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    Joel Stein Compares Self To Tom Hanks, Phillip Roth, Doesn’t Want Readers To E-Mail Him

    stein_poy.jpgWe’ll just let columnist Joel Stein — he of Time magazine, SecondLife and VH1′s I Love The Whatever fame — explain himself:

    DON’T E-MAIL me.

    That address on the bottom of this column? That is the pathetic, confused death knell of the once-proud newspaper industry, and I want nothing to do with it. Sending an e-mail to that address is about as useful as sending your study group report about Iraq to the president.

    Here’s what my Internet-fearing editors have failed to understand: I don’t want to talk to you; I want to talk at you. A column is not my attempt to engage in a conversation with you. I have more than enough people to converse with. And I don’t listen to them either. That sound on the phone, Mom, is me typing.

    Some newspapers even list the phone numbers of their reporters at the end of their articles. That’s a smart use of their employees’ time. Why not just save a step and have them set up a folding table at a senior citizen center with a sign asking for complaints?

    Where does this end? Does Philip Roth have to put his e-mail at the end of his book? Does Tom Hanks have to hold up a sign with his e-mail at the end of his movie?

    Only one problem with Mr. Stein’s anti-Web 2.0 monologue: he lists his e-mail address — — on his personal Web site.

    So, go ahead. Send him your thoughts. Or send ‘em to us — we love e-mail.

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