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A Master of Morgan Freeman Haiku

We told you recently about Tom Kane, a Caucasian master of the Morgan Freeman impression. Now, here is wonderful evidence of another – Jim Meskimen.

The following video, uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, features Meskimen delivering a bunch of haikus in his best Shawshank/Penguins M.O. The footage was filmed at the Acting Center LA, located on Hollywood Blvd. just west of Western Ave.

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Actor Exploits Morgan Freeman Celebrity Voice-Over Loophole

At one end of Tom Kane’s voice-over actor resume, there are credits like announcing the 78th Annual Academy Awards. At the other, as revealed in today’s LA Times piece by Joe Flint, is some very strange subbing for an actor who was a presenter at that very ceremony:

Kane has found work imitating celebrity voices so ad agencies can use his impersonation to sell clients on the idea of using the real actor for a commercial. “I’ve actually gotten Morgan Freeman a number of jobs,” he said.

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WCBS Boss Upped to Pres. of CBS TV Stations

Dunn_11.9.jpgPeter Dunn, president and GM of WCBS-TV, now has the additional job of overseeing CBS’ 29 stations across the country.

In an email to staff, obtained by FishbowlNY, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves writes, “Peter has been a terrific leader in every role he’s had at our station group, from President of Sales to running two of our biggest stations. He knows how to deliver results and inspire the best work from his people, and knows the local marketplace as well as anyone.”

Dunn replaces Tom Kane who had held the job since Sept. 2005. Kane was previously president and GM of WABC-TV.

Moonves’ email after the jump…

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Lunch At Michael’s: Paging George Clooney! Fern Mallis is Saving You a Seat at Fashion Week!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

What recession? The dining room at 55th & Fifth was buzzing with the usual assemblage of bold face names, social swans and television types that tucked into their Cobb salads with gusto while digesting some of the week’s harrowing headlines. Hollywood figured heavily into many of today’s conversation with folks reeling from the shocking death of Heath Ledger and others seriously contemplating the possibility of a celebrity-free Academy Awards. IGM’s Fern Mallis, who is days away from kicking off Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, hopes cooler heads will prevail on the left coast and everyone is back on the red carpet come Oscar night. “With the economy tanking, it’s not about seeing pretty dresses on the red carpet,” says Fern. “It’s about having so many people being put out of work as a result of the strike. We need this Oscar to happen for a lot of reasons.” The one bright spot: since the stars aren’t working at the moment, Fern expects a slew of celebrities to show up at Bryant Park. At the top of her wish list: George Clooney. “I’d always find a seat for him.’ Perhaps when the newly minted best actor nominee wraps up his rumored role in the negotiations to get everybody back to work, he’ll make time for a pit stop in New York. Here’s hoping …

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, Sharon Hoge and a table full of handsome gents.

2. Richard Rubenstein.

3. Peter Price.

4. Esther Newberg with ‘Barefoot Contessa’ Ina Garten.

5. Harper Collins’ Jane Friedman.

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