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Archives: April 2011

Art.Write.Now. Exhibition Coming to Pasadena

Art.Write.Now., a traveling exhibition of the works of winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will make its debut in Pasadena next month. Local students Lachlan Turczan, 17 (Los Angeles County High School for the Arts); Isabel Bennett, 16 (Culver City High School); Juan Correa, 17 (Loyola Academy); and Benjamin Sprung-Keyser, 16 (The Harvard Westlake School) will be honored.

The organization has been giving awards and scholarships to high schoolers for artistic and literary achievement since 1923. And they have a pretty good track record of spotting talent. Past winners of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards include John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, John Lithgow, Truman Capote, Robert Redford, and Andy Warhol.

The show is free and opens May 7 at the Lineage Dance Performing Arts Center.

Rumors of News Corp. Purchasing F1 Racing Dismissed

It’s Friday, so we hate to rain on your parade, but the President of Formula One Racing is once again dooming the possibility of seeing Rupert Murdoch behind the wheel of a race car.

According to the Mirror, Bernie Ecclestone said the chances of News Corp. purchasing the sport were “close to zero.” He guessed that the rumors were started by people looking to make money.

So since that rumor is dead, how about we start a new one?

According to sources, News Corp. is looking to purchase the Chuck E. Cheese empire. FishbowlNY has reached out to Mr. Cheese for confirmation, and we’ll update you when we have more.

Longtime LA Weekly-ite Peter Fletcher Bids Adieu to Los Angeles

Legendary LA Weekly operations supervisor, writer and general icon (he’s a founding member of the LA underground group Pigmy Love Circus) Peter Fletcher has moved on after more than a decade at the paper. He’s left Los Angeles and moved back to his home state of Colorado.

Fletcher tells us he “Went back to find America!” For all our sakes, we hope it’s still there.

Good luck, sir!

Two More Entities Join LA Geek Media Parade

As of yesterday, the LA version of GeekChicDaily.com’s daily email newsletter is up and blasting. The company — backed by such heavyweights as Peter Guber, Bob Pittman, and Joe Roth — also threw itself a little shindig Thursday night at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Boulevard.

In today’s mirrored website posting, the LA folks ponder potential Fantastic Four kill-off scenarios. For Jessica Alba‘s character, they suggest “forcing Sue Storm’s alter-ego to sit through a screening of The Love Guru. Death by embarrassment.”

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Dreamworks Animator Allegedly Beat Dog to Death with Hammer

Well, here’s probably the most horrendous story you’ll read all day. According to police, Young Song, a 40-year-old DreamWorks animator, allegedly beat his neighbor’s dog, presumably to death, with a hammer. And his actions were caught on video.

From the LA Times:

Song allegedly climbed a fence into a yard in the 1900 block of Navarro Avenue in Pasadena, where a 16-month-old German shepherd was muzzled but untied. Surveillance camera video shows the beating but does not reveal what Song did with the dog, which is missing and presumed dead.

According to authorities, the suspect shot the dog with a pellet gun, then returned with a hammer and began chasing and striking the defenseless animal until it lay senseless.

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Bill Simmons’ New Site Grantland Coming Into Shape

More details are coming out about ESPN blogger Bill Simmons‘ new sports/pop culture online startup. Yesterday, ESPN announced the site will be called Grantland.com, named after the famous sportswriter Grantland Rice. Grantland will make its debut in June and has already signed up a roster of heavy hitters. Chuck Klosterman has been on board from the start, but now it appears both David Eggers and Malcolm Gladwell have signed up to be contributing editors. Former Vulture.com editor Lane Brown is also on staff as the site’s new deputy editor while former GQ editor Dan Fierman will be leader editor under Simmons.

Not a bad lineup. Especially all the print heavyweights who are apparently willing to have their work appear online only.

Former AP Journo Recalls ‘Royal Choke Job’

Although Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke (pictured) is not invited to this weekend’s other royal wedding – the marriage of casino titan Steve Wynn to British gal Andrea Hissom – he takes the opportunity to muse about some run-ins with higher ups.

In 1999, the Hard Rock Hotel took a hard line against Clarke after he wrote about Ben Affleck‘s $660,000 winnings and six-figure tipping of waiters and dealers. Then there was the time, as coordinator of Associated Press coverage of the LA Summer Olympics, that Clarke was tasked with covering a $1,000-a-plate fundraiser for the British Olympic Committee.

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Bloomberg View Aiming for Late May Launch

Bloomberg View – Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to flex some opinionated muscle – is going to launch in late May. According to Keith Kelly, in anticiaption of that fast aprroaching date, the venture has added some new names.

In addition to the many recent hires that FishbowlNY has covered, Kelly says that Bloomberg View will bring the nomadic Michael Kinsley and the former Wall Street Journal News Editor George Anders on as Editorial Board members, as well as author William Cohan and Ron Klain, a man who served as Chief of Staff for both Al Gore and Joe Biden.

That’s some heavy lifting by Bloomberg. More evidence that he is going to make sure people pay attention to Bloomberg View one way or another.

FishbowlNY Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Number One | Too Much | Covered

  • SportsNewser: Peyton Hillis, the cover guy for Madden 12, will read the Top 10 list on Letterman tonight. We will not be making fun of this, because Browns fans already lead such a tortured life.
  • AllTwitter: A promoted tweet will run you about $15,000 and lock you into a three month commitment, so think twice about announcing you bought new khakis that way.
  • TVSpy: More about local news coverage of the terrible tornado that swept through Alabama.

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