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He Went to the Journal; She Re-Teamed with Michael Bay

MeganFoxAprilONeilIt’s likely that Marshall Heyman‘s September 2009 interview with Megan Fox in Wonderland magazine had more than a little to do with the freelancer joining the Wall Street Journal the following spring. Fox’s comment that director Michael Bay “wants to be like Hitler” on a movie set was heard around the world and would be dissected for years to come.

Today, the other half of this celebrity interview circle is complete with the release of a new Fox-Bay collaboration. Or is it? LA Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson thinks that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles producer Bay may be extracting some belated revenge for that 2009 interview comment:

If you thought Bay had forgiven Fox for saying he was “like Hitler,” this new April O’Neil role is proof he hasn’t. It’s a set-up.

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DumbDumb Duo Scoring with Smart Viral Ads

For all those brands suffering from “arrested ad development,” actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman (pictured) are ready to help. The DumbDumb.com duo recently received a “Startup of the Year Award” from Forbes magazine and are now getting the AdWeek cover story treatment courtesy of reporter John Ortved.

One of the benefits of interviewing comedians for a story is that it can lead to some memorable quotes. A few paragraphs down page one, Arnett offers this take on why digital ads are aiming for the funny bone: “Unless you’re making the ASPCA commercial with the sad puppies and the Sarah McLachlan music, it’s very difficult to get people to consume through dramatic advertising.” DumbDumb clients include Wrigley’s, Old Navy, Blackberry, and Denny’s:

YouGov’s BrandIndex reported that Denny’s had an impression-score spike from 6.2 to 25.4 in that demo after DumbDumb’s “Always Open” Web series for the chain began in March. (Overseen by Denny’s agency, Gotham, it features comedian David Koechner interviewing funny types, like Sarah Silverman, at a Denny’s in Hollywood.)

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Getting the Skinny on Forbes‘ Blog Plans

Last night, FishbowlLA attended a swanky bash at Drai’s in Hollywood thrown by Forbes magazine. In honor of the newest Celebrity 100 list and cover story “The New Celebrity Money Makers,” the publication handed out fancy crystal trophies to several members of Tinseltown’s entrepreneurial elite: Bethenny Frankel, Gene Simmons, Khloe Kardashian and DumbDumb.com, the Internet content project of actors Will Arnett and Jason Bateman. (Ben Silverman accepted on behalf of the absent DumbDumb duo.)

One of the first people we ran into was Lewis D’Vorkin, Forbes‘ Chief Product Officer and formerly of Tru/Slant. He told us that Forbes.com currently has an astonishing 700 bloggers and that the plan is to up that total to 900 by the end of the year.

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Daily Show Slams Obama| Breitbart Attacks Gawker’s Deal With Business Insider | Ben Silverman Heads Up DumbDumb | Snooki Applies For New Jo

The Daily Show: Who said Jon Stewart took it easy on this administration? Last night he slammed Obama for breaking his promise of an “open government.” On C-Span.

MediaIte: Andrew Breitbart just launched his Big Journalism website yesterday, which is not at all why he’s suddenly prickly over Business Insider‘s very public content sharing deal with Gawker.

TVNewser: Rachel Maddow gives readers a glimpse of what her show would look like in 3-D.

Variety: Ben Silverman, NBC‘s former wunderkind, has teamed up with former “Arrested Development” stars Jason Batemen and Will Arnett to develop a digital production company called DumbDumb. We eagerly await the Web series!

FishbowlDC: Everyone’s favorite “Jersey Shore” character, Snooki, is auditioning for a job as the local weather girl.

All Things D: Google’s Eric Schmidt is having dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tonight. Maybe to hash out a way for French President Nicolas Sarkozy not to tax citizens for using the search engine to buy products?

Amy Poehler, Rachael Ray And MTV’s McGrath Headline Gracie Awards

gracies.jpgLast night in New York City, the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television presented their 34th annual Gracie Awards honoring the top women making entertainment for women.

The night’s biggest winners were Amy Poehler, who took home the 2009 Dove Real Beauty Award, Tribute Award winner Rachael Ray and MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. And the red carpet was graced by more media celebrities who won or presented awards throughout the evening, including Suze Orman, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Ann Curry, Bob Schieffer, New York Housewives Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps and Alex McCord, Oprah‘s BFF Gayle King and Maya Angelou.

Photo: Host Niecy Nash, reality star Ruby Gettinger, Kathy Griffin, Orman and Ray. Courtesy Larry Busacca/Wireimage. Check out some photos from inside the Gracies here and here.

Read on to find out who we talked to inside the Marriott Marquis ballroom

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FBLA 20 Questions:Jesse Thorn

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Jesse Thorn is the creator of The Sound of Young America, which has nothing to do with Up With People!. As his website says,

Think of it like Conan O’Brien on public radio, or “Fresh Air,” but more fun.

Or think of it as Terry Gross on mescaline. A grad of UC Santa Cruz, Thorn lives in Koreatown where he blogs, produces his show, and obviously agonized over our carefully crafted questions. (If we were really clever, there’d be a podcast. Sigh.)

1. What newspapers do you read? The only actual physical newspaper I get is Current, the industry rag for public media. I read the New York Times online a lot, along with the San Francisco Chronicle’s sports section for a Giants fix.

Reading the NYT (and the New Yorker) is a contractual thing for us public radio personalities… there are pop quizzes, and you can actually lose your show if you don’t remember the subject of Frank Rich’s last column or whatever.

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? I actually read everything out loud as slowly and clearly as I can (to practice my gravitas).

3. Which Web sites (besides FBLA)are on your favorites bookmark? Bloglines, for the quajillion blogs and news feeds I read compulsively. I love Boing-Boing and Ask Metafilter, and the Apiary family of comedy blogs particularly. A couple of forums–my site’s, where I mingle with my really cool smart interesting listeners, Okayplayer.com, where I argue about rap music, and aspecialthing.com, where I talk about comedy with fellow comedy super-nerds. A couple of sites of questionable legality, where I make up for the fact that I don’t have cable. The usual, in other words.

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