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Bloomberg Businessweek Profiles Hollywood’s Go-to DC Guy

There’s an intriguing article in the new issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, hitting newsstands today. Written by Robert Schmidt, it’s all about Steven Ross, head of Washington organization The Artists & Athletes Alliance, which helps A-listers navigate Washington attractions and the halls of government.

He’s arranged a special tour of the  National Gallery for Will Ferrell and family; gotten Foo Fighters frontman David Grohl and daughter into the Smithsonian. He also comes to LA every one in a while for some no-press-allowed outreach at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills:

An event in April featured Philippe Cousteau, who discussed the one-year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill and the environmental consequences from the Japanese disaster. Attendees included two actors from the CSI television shows, Jorja Fox and Omar Benson Miller, as well as former NFL player Marcellus Wiley.

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Kennedy Center to Honor Will Ferrell With Mark Twain Prize

Will Ferrell has earned himself a major accolade. The Kennedy Center has announced it will be honoring Ferrell this year with its 14th annual “Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” The award ceremony will be taped for TV broadcast, and is basically a fundraising measure for the Kennedy Center. Single tickets cost $1,000 each for the live event.

Nonetheless, “I am truly honored to receive this distinction,” Ferrell said in a press statement. “I will now begin cultivating a Mark Twain-esque moustache in anticipation of the event.”

He’s got some time. The ceremony won’t be held until October 23.

Tina Fey, incidentally, won the award last year.

Talladega Nights Producer Heads Up New LA IndyCar Office

Here’s our question: When Indycar.com‘s new senior vice president of entertainment and media Sarah Nettinga (pictured) starts commuting from her home in Calabasas to a new company office space near Cloverfield and 20th Streets in Santa Monica, will she do so in some sort of souped up race car? Even maybe just on casual Fridays, as a way of further imprinting the corporate brand onto the SoCal horizon.

Nettinga comes to the position after performing similar duties for NASCAR. But it’s obviously her entertainment background that got her the new gig, which will involve a lot of expense account schmoozing with Hollywood movers and shakers. Via the Santa Monica Mirror:

Nettinga was a producer of the Will Ferrell-starring comedy hit Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, one of the projects that went a long way in extending auto racing into the mainstream… Prior to joining auto racing, Nettinga was a production executive at Warner Bros. International Television Production. She also has worked for Columbia Tristar Television, CBS, Petry Television, Westinghouse International and Sony International Television.

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Weird Movie Title, Even Weirder PR Pitch

To do full justice to the name of the following indie film spoof, imagine reading the title aloud in the style of Pee-wee Herman‘s wind-up delivery. It’s called Night of the Day of the Dawn of the Son of the Bride of the Return of the Revenge of the Terror of the Attack of the Evil, Mutant, Hellbound, Flesh-Eating, Crawling, Alien & Zombified, Subhumanoid Living Dead… Part 5

Even stranger is the offer being made by the parody film’s hostess, former Long Island foster child Angelica, to a list of celebrities that includes Hollywood comedy royalty Adam Sandler, Will Ferrell, Seth MacFarlane, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. If one of these targets agrees to review the movie, she and her partners (director James Riffel, co-writer Mark Zobian) are promising to pass on a check for $10,000 that can be donated to a charity of the celebrity’s choice.

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Comedy Central And MTV To Debut The Comedy Awards In NYC

MTV Networks Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog announced today that New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom will serve as the host venue for the first annual Comedy Awards.  The Comedy Awards will recognize the year’s finest comics in film, television, and digital media.  Some of the more recognizable names on the event’s board of directors include Billy Crystal, Whoopi Goldberg, Will Ferrell, and Seth MacFarlane.  The jokesters on this board of directors will select the nominees for the inaugural award ceremony.

The Comedy Awards will be taped on Mar. 26 and air on Apr. 10 simultaneously across MTV Networks’ Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, VH1, and Nick At Nite.  Comedy Central and MTV Networks have joined forces with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) to create The American Comedy Fund to provide comedians with the financial support, medical benefits, and  assistance they need to advance in their careers.  For more information on the first-ever Comedy Awards, visit thecomedyawards.com.

Judd Apatow: CNN Channeling Ron Burgundy

Even though the Twitter account @JuddApatow does not have the micro-blogging service’s trusty verified check mark next to it, that’s him. Trust us, we confirmed with his publicist.

Along with expressing tongue-in-cheek disappointment that @JustinBieber has a bodyguard doing his tweeting, the man who got his directing start way back in 1998 with an episode of The Larry Sanders Show delightfully entitled “Putting the ‘Gay’ Back in Litigation” is none too impressed with CNN’s devolution.

Tweets Apatow:

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Will Ferrell and Adam McKay Roast IMDB

Over at Funny or Die, site founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay roast IMDB in honor of its 20th anniversary. Yes, you read that right. 20th anniversary. It’s now been two decades since you started checking hot actresses pages to see if they did any skin flicks earlier in their careers. You’re fucking old.

Will Ferrell Tops Forbes’ 10 Most Overpaid Stars

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According to Forbes, citing the stinker Land of the Lost, Will Ferrell movies earned an average of $3.29 for every dollar he was paid. Compare that with Michael Cera who made the magazine’s “Hollywood’s 10 Best Actors For The Buck” list whose movies earn $102 for each dollar he’s paid.

The only actress on the list this year is, no surprise Drew Barrymore. And yes, Tom Cruise is number six and Jim Carrey is number ten.

Read the whole story here.

HuffPost Reveals First “Game Changers”

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The Huffington Post is on a quest to find its game changers — “100 people who are using new media to reshape their fields and change the world.”

Today, the online pub announced its 10 game changers in its entertainment and green categories. Two more categories will be announced every week for the next five weeks, until all 100 game changers are announced in politics, technology, media, sports, business, style, health and philanthropy & service. Each category is open for readers to vote, with one “Ultimate Game Changer” being picked for each category over the next few weeks.

“New media and the Internet have impacted nearly all aspects of our lives — from the way we elect our president, to the way we select our music, to the way we choose to make a difference in the world,” Arianna Huffington said. “Our Green Game Changers inspire us with the myriad ways they are tapping into the wired world to help protect the planet. The Entertainment Game Changers are using new media to push the creative envelope, deepen their engagement with fans, and revolutionize the ways in which we are entertained.”

The entertainment game changers include Jimmy Fallon, Netflix founder Reed Hastings, Twitter phenom Ashton Kutcher, blogger Nikki Finke, FunnyOrDie.com founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Radiohead, Andy Samberg and his comedy team The Lonely Island, Taylor Swift and will.i.am.

Green game changers include Ken Cook of the Environmental Working Group, White House garden inspirer Roger Doiron, Treehugger.com founder Graham Hill, Gary Hirshberg of ClimateCounts.org, Annie Leonard, Bill McKibben, actress Isabella Rossellini, David de Rothschild, Carrotmob’s Brent Schulkin and Gavin Starks.

Who will you be voting for?

Meet the HuffPost Game Changers: 100 People Who Are Using New Media to Change the World –Huffington Post

Earlier: Help HuffPost Pick New Media “Game Changers”

Variety At Least Can Laugh At Itself

variety.jpgVariety, the long-standing Hollywood trade that never likes to admit it is a trade, at least admitted being amused by a colorful vid produced by Will Ferrell‘s funnyordie.com circulating the Internet. The paper actually published the vid and seemed to encourage people to take a look. If you haven’t seen it yet, be FBLA’s guest.

In the video, an internal Variety news meeting sounds a tad like Peter Bart‘s weekly sitdowns. But this art only imitates this life to a small degree. As someone who lived through them for more than a decade, Peter’s tirades are much more colorful.

Press here to watch.

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