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Vin Diesel Pulls a Fast One on Jay Leno

There are certain guests, like Vin Diesel, that Tonight Show host Jay Leno is utterly familiar and comfortable with. When these people drop by the soon-to-be-shuttered Burbank set, it generally results in very entertaining TV.

At one point during the Wednesday interview promoting Fast & Furious 6, Diesel decided to bring out his two young children. Watch below as the 45-year-old movie star throws to a clip, sitting one seat over from Jay and cradling his semi-shy offspring.

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Penske Deal May Put Gerry Byrne Back in Driver’s Seat

Media reactions to this morning’s Variety-PMC deal confirmation are coming in faster and more furiously than a Vin Diesel-Paul Walker car chase.

But forget for a moment about Jay Penske, Nikki Finke and Bonnie Fuller. As NYC-based columnist Roger Friedman astutely points out, one of the central figures in this new Hollywood trade horizon could be an individual most media watchers are unfamiliar with:

Sitting pretty on the Penske board is my old friend, Gerry Byrne (pictured), who commands a daily table at Michael’s. Years ago, it was Gerry who engineered Variety’s stunning comeback from the dead with Peter Bart as editor-in-chief. In the early 90s they revamped the Variety design and made the paper matter again. Eventually Gerry left Variety and sometime later became publisher of The Hollywood Reporter when it was owned by Nielsen. When the Guggenheim people came in, Byrne was sidelined. He left when his contract was up, and joined up with Penske.

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Ex-CNN Staffers Help Kick Off Social Media Week LA

At Monday’s Social Media Week LA panel “Facebook’s Impact on Entertainment PR and Marketing,” held at the Paley Center and moderated by KTLA reporter Rich DeMuro, the two panelists with the most impressive credentials both happened to be CNN alums.

Kay Madati (pictured) oversees entertainment strategy at Facebook, working closely with the studios and TV networks, while Eric Kuhn is responsible for helping United Talent Agency clients learn how to properly leverage social media. Madati talked about the king of the Facebook celebrity world, Vin Diesel, who currently has more than 27.6 million fans:

“What Vin has actually been able to do is be really real and authentic, without having to let the world into every corner of his life. But he’s active on it; this is not just that he shows up on the page when he’s got a movie to promote.

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Chronicle Critic Tips His Hat to Red Vic Movie House

For San Francisco cinephiles, this week brought the sad marquee news that the Red Vic Movie House, California’s only worker owned such establishment, will be closing July 25th. The 30-year-old institution is the latest in a long line of screening facilities to shutter in the Bay Area.

Remembrances are coming down the pike fast and furiously, in a way that has nothing to do with anything starring Vin Diesel. Among today’s repertory house tributes is a heartfelt blog entry from San Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub:

I spent most of my adult life, starting in college, choosing housing based on its proximity to an awesome movie house… It was initally disappointing that the only theater within walking distance of my apartment [in the Haight district] was in a featureless building that looked better-equipped to sell futons. I vaguely recall that the feature playing on the night of my move was a documentary about a girl who had participated in the world’s largest porno gang-bang. “What the hell is this hippie @#$%,” I thought…

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Vanity Fair Names James Cameron as Hollywood’s Biggest Earner

The March “Hollywood Issue” for Vanity Fair contains a number of interesting things, including a piece about how it might be more trendy to be fat than buff (we said interesting, not correct!). The real meat of the issue, however, is in its list of the highest-earning people in the industry. Number one is James Cameron, who garnered a whopping $257 million last year, mostly because of that movie about blue people who aren’t really people but are controlled by people or whatever.

Cameron getting a lot of money is nothing surprising, but as FishbowlNY perused the list, a few things caught our eye.

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People Unveils Its Sexiest Man Alive For 2010

People magazine has named actor Ryan Reynolds, star of the upcoming Green Lantern movie, as this year’s Sexiest Man Alive. 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the annual award.

In addition, the magazine announced the winner of its first-ever “Sexiest Man Alive on Facebook” poll, selected by People‘s Facebook fans: none other than Mr. Vin Diesel. The competition’s 2nd place winner was Jersey Shore star Pauly D, followed by singer Enrique Iglesias, NFL star Chad Ochocinco and “The Old Spice Guy,” Isaiah Mustafa.

People Magazine Launches Its Sexiest Man Alive Campaign On Facebook

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its popular “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, People magazine is launching a campaign on Facebook made up of “5 sexy celebs People selected based on their sexiness and their level of engagement with fans through social media,” because internet nerds be bangin.’
Today through November 10th, Facebook users have the option of voting as many times as they want (via People‘s own Facebook page) on five celebrities based on both their relative hotness and their social media savviness.
The sexy men include football player Chad Ochocinco, “Old Spice Guy” Isaiah Mustafa, actor Vin Diesel, singer Enrique Iglesias and “Jersey Shore”‘s Pauly D.
The winner will be featured in People‘s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue (because there’s no really no contest regarding who would obviously win the alternative honor), on newsstands November 19th.

The Bald and the Beautiful

Forget about last week’s ranking by Forbes of the world’s 100 Most Powerful Women. In a town overrun with male braggadocio, the Bald 100 honor roll shared this week by GQ is going to undoubtedly be a far greater topic of conversation.

Perhaps Vin Diesel can bank on the idea that he is the top west coast industry rep on the list at #5 to spark a fresh round of meetings. Better yet, the lanky actor should have his people call Ron Howard‘s people to share a laugh over the fact that the director sits at #6. Meanwhile, it’s too bad Larry David isn’t currently in production on Curb Your Enthusiasm; he clocks in at #10, a few slides behind Samuel L. Jackson (#7), as the fourth and final member of L.A.’s gleaming chrome dome quartet.

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Trade Round-Up: Oct. 3, 2007

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DreamWorks, Paramount Update
DreamWorks is working through tension with parent company Paramount Pictures with the latter reporting boxoffice receipts for DreamWorks under the newly-created DreamWorks-Paramount banner, Variety is reporting. The move, Var says, “could help pave the way for a scenario in which DreamWorks becomes more of an autonomous production company.” Read the rest of the story here.

‘Brothers’ Love Triangle Set
Natalie Portman will join Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal in Brothers for director Jim Sheridan, Variety reports. It’s a love triangle based on the 2004 Danish pic by Susanne Bier starring Connie Nielsen.

Diesel, Walker Back in Drivers’ Seats
Universal is back on track with its Fast and the Furious installment with a reteaming of the first pic’s original stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker back on board to star in a fourth film. You may remember that the pic helped boost their respective careers and in turn ditched they franchise. They’re back now but obviously THR has already forgotten who Diesel is: on the trade paper’s site, a pic of Chris Daughtry is identified as Diesel. Guess it was the bald head that got the editors confused.

- CHRIS GARDNER