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Paul McCartney Surprises New York High School Students

During a recent appearance on (and in front of) Jimmy Kimmel Live, Paul McCartney recalled meeting Frank Sinatra at Royal Albert Hall in London. The thrill of that remembered encounter today gives way to one involving some 400 very lucky students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

Paul McCartney at Frank Sinatra School of Performing Arts

As part of iHeartRadio’s first-ever sponsored high school Q&A and performance, McCartney put on a little show! And per the headline, it was a total surprise. An iHeartRadio rep confirms to FishbowlNY that the students had no idea what they were in for until Sir Paul was publicly announced.

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A Santa Anita Celebrity Trifecta That Can Always Be Counted On for Laughs

Santa Anita Park is doing a lot to raise the profile of its annual Breeder’s Cup races kicking off tomorrow. Per an article in the Pasadena Star-News by Brenda Gazzar, they’ve got Tony Bennett singing Saturday before the big $5 million race and a host of new celebrity supporters across the country.

But in terms of old school PR, Santa Anita has for years been able to count on the all-star comedy stable of Mel Brooks, his close friend Dick Van Patten and the Conway family duo of Tim and Tim Jr. Among the memorable anecdotes in Gazzar’s piece is this one, about a father passing on some life skills:

After returning from a day at the races with his father, Conway Jr. improvised a Show and Tell [at Encino Elementary] by teaching his classmates how to “box an exacta.”

When the Encino school’s principal told Conway Sr. it was “borderline child abuse” to teach a kid to gamble, he deadpanned: “Let me tell you what child abuse is. (He picks horse 3 and 5), it comes in 5-3, and he doesn’t have it boxed” and loses. “That’s child abuse.”

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Hearst Documentary Screens in San Francisco

Following a splashy private screening at Hearst headquarters in New York City and a public world premiere earlier this month at the Hamptons International Film Festival, feature documentary Citizen Hearst has come home to roost. Commissioned by Hearst and narrated by actor William H. Macy, the film will debut in San Francisco tonight at a Legion of Honor event sponsored by the Chronicle.

The movie was co-produced and directed by Leslie Iwerks, who previously took a look at another west coast media giant in The Pixar Story. The parade of on-screen interviews includes Oprah Winfrey, Dan Rather, Mark Burnett, Walt Disney Company chairman Bob Iger and a number of William Randolph Hearst descendants.

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UCLA Alum Gets Lots of Love for Valentine’s Day Google Doodle

According to a report in the Marin Independent Journal, it took 52-year-old animator Michael Lipman about 200 hours to put together the Google Doodle that adorned the search giant’s home page on February 14. In case you missed the sweet concoction, it’s embedded below.

Lipman got the Google gig on account of a personal referral. Although the one-time UCLA fine arts and animation student has worked for other big-time Silicon Valley clients such as Apple and Mondo Media, this week’s audience was no doubt his largest. He told reporter Gary Klien that singer Tony Bennett, who provided the music, expressed an interest in also doing the artwork. In the end, Lipman won out.

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Your Dream to Own a Drawing of Lady Gaga Naked Can Come True

(Via Vanity Fair)

If you’re a bit obsessive about your Lady Gaga fandom, and loved her spread in the January issue of Vanity Fair, you now have a chance to own some memorabilia. From today until Monday, December 19, you can bid on eBay for items from the Vanity Fair cover shoot, including:

  • The original charcoal drawing of a naked Lady Gaga by Tony Bennett, signed by Bennett
  • Fancy accessories that were worn by Gaga during the shoot
  • A print of the January Vanity Fair cover, signed by Annie Leibovitz
  • A poster-sized edition of the cover, signed by Gaga

There’s more if you’re interested and the proceeds from the auction go to Bennett and Gaga’s charities. But we should say that the bidding for the drawing of Gaga starts at $5,000, so please consult with your family accountant (wife) before proceeding. Chances are she’ll have something to say about the price and/or the desire to own a drawing of Gaga in her birthday suit.

In The Trades: He’s My Buddy

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Tom Cruise and Ben Stiller ARE The Hardy Boys, er, Men. Cruise and Stiller will star in a comedy based on the mystery series. Stiller will produce, Shawn Levy will direct and get this:

Cruise and Stiller have been friends for years–an alliance that grew out of Cruise’s admiration for Stiller’s penchant for doing Cruise impersonations.

“I love it when you do me.” Does that sound as Brokeback to you as it does to us?

Red Envelope, the production arm of Netflix, will produce a doc. about ancient but game Tony Bennett, EP’ed by Clint Eastwood, who’ll also show up in the film. Netflix plans a theatrical release, a tv airing, and a live event for the film. Why?

“Tony Bennett has been at the enter of the culture for more than 60 years,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos. “There are not that many people on the planet who can talk about Duke Ellington, Martin Luther King Jr. and John F. Kennedy in the first person.”

In fact, no one can talk about them in the first person, because (a) one can only refer to oneself in the first person and (b) they’re dead.

CBS hired former NBC drama excec. Chris Castalloas to oversee reality programming. Sounds nonsensical, but he’d worked with Glen Maynard, exec. vp of alternative programing before, and Hollywood is all about who you know.

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Second Life creator Philip Rosedale tells all. Five gigabytes of code!

Sony has acquired all media rights for Afterworld, a futuristic animated episodic drama. Right now it’s on Bud.TV, but soon it will be a game, a tv series, a web series, a cell phone series and a breakfast treat.

Goldwyn will distribute Goya’s Ghosts, Milos Forman’s
film about the Spanish artist. Natalie Portman stars as his muse.

ShoWest honors Bruce Joel Rubin as screenwriter of the year next month in Las Vegas. Rubin won an Oscar for Ghost.

Ladies’ Night: Grammys Were About the Chicks … Except For One

carriebored.jpgGrammys night was ladies’ night, with Mary J. Blige and the Dixie Chicks, giving stunning performances and heartfelt acceptance speeches.

But some of the female artists looked like they were just waiting for the night to end so they could slink back into their sweat pants. (We’re looking at you, Carrie Underwood.)

Beyonce sings her heart out, and Carrie Underwood looks bored. Tony Bennett and Stevie Wonder get an award — that Stevie dedicates to his dead mom — and Carrie Underwood looks bored. The camera pans to Prince, who is sitting right in front of Carrie Underwood, and she smiles. And then looks bored. (Good thing the camera didn’t cut to her during that interminably boring John Mayer/Corrine Bailey Rae/John Legend act).

Even when she took the stage to accept her own awards and perform those purdy country songs, Carrie Underwood looked bored. Jesus, take the wheel; Carrie’s too bored to drive.