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Remembering the Quest for Tom Snyder’s First Guest

TomSnyderOn this date seven years ago, Tom Snyder passed away in San Francisco. To honor the broadcaster’s life and legacy, longtime friend and producer Michael Horowicz likes to annually at this time share a fond Snyder anecdote.

Adding to the significance of this anniversary is the fact that July 29 is also the date that Horowicz himself was born.

“Much has been made recently about a new talk show’s ‘first guest,’” Horowicz tells FishbowlNY. “There was excitement over Jimmy Fallon’s first guest on The Tonight Show (Will Smith), as well as Seth Meyers on his first show (Amy Poehler). It was the same in December 1994, as we prepared to debut The Late Late Show with Tom on CBS the following month.”

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Two Gretzky’s, One Jeter

MLBlogLogoAs if being the son of Wayne Gretzky wasn’t enough of a media burden, Trevor Gretzky also had to deal with some “unecessary attention” while attending high school in Los Angeles alongside the sons of Joe Montana and actor Will Smith.

That’s just one of the interesting answers the Cubs baseball prospect gives MLBlog editor Danny Wild. Gretzky says Derek Jeter was a big inspiration growing up; dad, while with the New York Rangers, took him to Yankees games. The Great One’s Son also confirms the logic of his jersey numbers progression:

MiLB.com: You’ve worn No. 9, 19 and 29 so far. I’m guessing the nine is a nod to dad, but let’s say you reach the Majors, what number are you going with on the back of your Cubs jersey?

Gretzky: It’s always been a dream to wear No. 99. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to wear it one day. That’s irrelevant right now – I’ve got to focus on getting my career where I want it to be.

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Meet the Critic Who Liked After Earth AND Battlefield Earth

Topless Robot editor Luke Y. Thompson knew what he was getting himself into when he gave After Earth a positive review. On his personal Facebook page Thursday, he linked to the article with the declaration “I liked it. I’ll defend it.” This prompted fellow LAFCA member Wade Major to comment: “Oh dude… That’s seriously putting yourself out there… Armor up.”

Actually, what really puts Thompson out there is that on Rotten Tomatoes, he is the only critic tagging both After Earth and John Travolta’s 2000 Scientology sci-fi epic Battlefield Earth as “Fresh:”

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Philly Sportswriter Recasts Andrew Bynum as the Fresh Prince

The celebrating continues in Philadelphia media circles over the arrival of Andrew Bynum as a potential 76ers franchise lynchpin. But it is Dime magazine NBA writer Freddy Lopez who wins the honors for best pop culture-flavored analysis of the big man’s time with the Lakers.

Lopez suggests that just like Will Smith in 1990, Bynum’s move from the Philadelphia/New Jersey area to the west coast was sitcom-worthy. With Phil Jackson playing the part of Philip Banks and his successor standing in on the sidelines for Carlton:

Bynum’s distinct demeanor often drew the ire of Jackson and especially, Mike Brown. He came in as a goofy-lookin’ teenager from New Jersey to the old Rolls Royce of the league, the Los Angeles Lakers. Whether it was the elbow to J.J. Barea or the blatant three-point attempt on a semi-fastbreak versus the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers weren’t going to be tolerant to what others viewed as defiance. These incidents, though, are a mere footnote to an evolved Bynum.

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Spike Lee Disseminates the Wrong Thing

Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket and staff at The Smoking Gun spent part of yesterday exposing the very objectionable actions of LA resident Marcus Davonne Higgins. Since the middle of last week, Higgins – who on Twitter goes by the handle of @MACCAPONE – has been tweeting out to celebrities a South Florida address he claimed belonged to George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

Never mind the insensitivity (and possible criminal liability) of such an action. Greatly complicating matters is the fact that the information, which was re-tweeted by filmmaker Spike Lee last Friday, has now been shown to be completely incorrect. Per Picket and TSG, the address is that of a namesake man who has not lived at the tweeted address since 2005. This Zimmerman is the son of a senior citizen couple still at the residence. From the Smoking Gun report:

The original tweet was sent to Lee (and numerous other celebrities like Will Smith, 50 Cent, and LeBron James) last Friday afternoon by Higgins, a 33-year-old Los Angeles man… Higgins first began disseminating the address to his Twitter followers last Wednesday…

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Will Smith to Host Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards

Actor Will Smith was tapped as host of Nickelodeon’s 25th annual Kids’ Choice Awards from the Galen Center at USC on Saturday, March 31.

Yes, you read that correctly — the 25th annual — which means all of us are secretly getting old.

“The Kids’ Choice Awards are always the year’s liveliest, slimiest and most outrageous party for kids and teens,” Smith said in a statement. “I’m honored they wanted me to host this year so I can have a front row seat to take part in the fun.”

Smith is no stranger to the cable award show as he’s a 10-time Blimp Award winner.

In case you’re wondering, Rosie O’Donnell has hosted the Kids’ Choice Awards a record eight times since 1988.

Power 106 DJ Releasing Autobiography

Power 106 radio host Big Boy is releasing an autobiography titled An XL Life: Staying Big at Half the Size.

Cash Money Content is releasing the book, which looks at Big Boy’s rise from a homeless kid to one of the biggest DJ’s in the nation, along with overcoming obesity.

At one point in his life, Big Boy weighed 511 pounds, but was inspired by actor Will Smith to shed the weight.

“His story is an inspiration to anyone looking, not merely to overcome obstacles, but to absorb, process and actually utilize adversity to their advantage,” Smith said of Big Boy.

OOPSIE! Nikki Finke Gets Obama Hosts Mixed Up

It’s very easy for bloggers working without a proofreader to occasionally blank on a person’s name and either misspell a first-last or fudge the info completely, failing to catch the mistake(s) until after the item has published. FishbowlLA can personally attest to this hazard of the trade.

In the case of Nikki Finke last night, perhaps she had Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter on the brain because it was announced earlier Monday that he will be receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame November 1. In any event, when it came time to report on President Obama’s Hancock Park neighborhood movements, she placed the POTUS at Lasseter’s imaginary place rather than that of Will Smith‘s production partner, James Lassiter:

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Justin Bieber Vanity Fair: On Pace to be Worst-Selling Issue in 12 Years

Apparently Vanity Fair readers are not Beliebers. When we learned back in December that the magazine was going to put Justin Bieber on the cover, we were curious to know what it was going to look like. Turns out, it didn’t matter.

WWD is reporting that the March issue with Bieber on the cover is on pace to become Vanity Fair’s worst-selling issue in 12 years. As of now the issue has only sold 246,000 copies, making it the worst since Will Smith’s July 1999 issue only moved 202,701 copies.

At least Vanity Fair is maintaining a bit of a sense of humor about the bomb. A Spokesperson said of the Bieber issue, “Who knew 12-year-olds didn’t buy magazines?”

Comedian Paul Rodriguez Skewers Verizon, Will Smith

Pioneering Latino stand-up Paul Rodriguez in is the middle of wrapping up a second weekend of LA performances of his first-ever one-man show, Just for the Record. He anchors the wide-ranging anecdotes around the idea that before he was hired by Verizon for those new TV ads, the company wanted to make sure he was psychologically sound by reviewing his personal history.

At one point in the show’s accompanying slide roll, a photo of Will Smith pops up, to which Rodriguez comments, “You forgot who your friends were – f*ck you!” Ouch. The two worked together on 1993′s Made in America and 2001′s Ali, after which the comic evidently got stung like a bee.

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