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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.

East Coast High Schooler Profiles Marvel Entertainment Relative

Every once in a while, a Hollywood job description comes across the wire that inspires a mixture of admiration and envy. Such is the case with Kevin Feige (pictured), president of production for Marvel Entertainment and, as such, a key overseer of this summer’s blockbusters Thor and Captain America.

His Pennsylvania suburbs teenage cousin writes today at regional newspaper hub PhillyBurbs.com that Feige is a most down-to-earth big-time relative. Feige advises any would-be moguls out there that getting today’s Hollywood lunch order right can lead to tomorrow’s better opportunities, and explains how he got his start:

When I was in college, I saw a listing for an internship at the production company of the director of Superman: The Movie and I worked very hard to get hired there. I was lucky enough to get the job and ended up working there for six years.

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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 LStudio.com, 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?!

    Bed-wetters.

    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.

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