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The Night Walter Winchell Slept Through a Major Celebrity Scoop

TheFatLadySangIn case you hadn’t noticed, we cannot get enough of The Fat Lady Sang, Hollywood legend Robert Evans‘ brand new memoir. Our copy is ready and waiting this holiday weekend, set to take precedence whenever a football or leftovers munch break allows.

We’ve also been gobbling up Evans interview coverage and must congratulate LA Times reporter Susan King for concocting the most appealing lede we’ve read so far. She frames today’s article with a bit from the book about the time aspiring actor Evans, while on a 1950s red eye from New York to LA, had a dalliance in the sleeping-berths area of the plane with an older female movie star. Among the other passengers sleeping in the confined area containing six beds – Walter Winchell:

There was something daring, even dangerous in having a mile-high rendezvous while the influential Winchell, who could make or break celebrities, was just two feet away. “That’s the only reason I did it,” said Evans in a recent interview, flashing his killer smile.

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Variety Web Hound Sniffs Out Some Funny Deadline.com Business*

Rather than engage a high-priced PR specialist to blast out e-mail notices to LA media types, Variety has gone more in the Walter Winchell direction to protect its scoops. And FishbowlLA loves them for it.

The trade has launched BlogDogger, a web watchdog (in the truest sense of the word) that is dedicated to “prowling the perimeter of entertainment journalism, hounding hypocrisy, snarling at snafus and sometimes just howling at the moon.” Here’s one of the latest bits of chewed up neighbor property this canine cop brought back home:

Blogdogger was surfing the web late last night when we noticed Rachel Abrams‘ scoop on Variety.com—time-stamped for 3:00 a.m. PST—that Michael Dilberti‘s Little White Corvette, starring Emma Stone, was driving from MRC over to GK Films. We sniffed around to see if anyone else had the news and even several minutes later no one had…

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