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  • TVNewser: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is going to be hosting a President’s Day special focusing on Bill Clinton. Here’s hoping Clinton busts out the sunglasses and sax for old times sake.
  • GalleyCat: What’s happening in Egypt is both scary and fascinating. Add this bit of news to what you’ve already digested about that story: Young people are protecting libraries from rioters.
  • AllTwitter: Lady Gaga will probably reach eight million followers sometime this week. But hey, your 37 followers is nothing to be ashamed about – you keep telling them about your toe fungus – they need to know!

Golfing Vacation Leads to Scottish Caddies DVD

The credits of LA based Artists Confederacy founder Ronald Colby are impressive, to say the least. They start at the Francis Ford Coppola end with The Godfather Part II and move on to other equally illustrious film folk such as Clint Eastwood and John Hughes.

But for golfing fans, there may be no more memorable a Colby credit than Scottish Caddies, his newest non-fiction effort. Filmed during a four-week 2009 overseas links vacation, the documentary catches up with some famous bag handlers as well as celebrity golfer tales involving the likes of Bill Clinton, Sean Connery and Jack Lemmon.

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Bill Clinton Takes Mel Gibson’s Place in ‘The Hangover 2′

Mel Gibson‘s cameo appearance was nixed from “The Hangover 2″ after an alleged cast revolt. In his stead, the producers appear to have landed “Bubba”–former president Bill Clinton.

TMZ got it hands on photographs of Clinton on set in Thailand. The site was originally told Bubba was just “hanging out.” Which actually wouldn’t surprise us in the least. Bill Clinton in Thailand, whatever could he be doing there? But TMZ was eventually able to confirm that Clinton filmed a cameo for the movie.

Needless to say, we’ll be eagerly anticipating the film’s release. We’re sure the secretary of state can’t wait either.

Photo: TMZ

Stars Flock to Huffington Post Game Changers Party

Image via HuffPo

“Innovators, mavericks, visionaries, and leaders” convened in downtown New York Thursday night as The Huffington Post celebrated its 100 Game Changers of 2010. Neon centerpieces including a flaming orange shopping cart and lime green globe adorned the darkly lit Skylight Studios space, and we thought for a minute we mistakenly showed up for Arianna Huffington‘s big, fat Greek Bat Mitzvah. Not to worry: A bacon cheeseburger passed hors d’oeuvre cleared up the confusion. Giant screens projected winners in each “Game Changer” category, from food to activism to education — though we didn’t spot a Divorce vertical (maybe next year!).

Amid the swarm of celebs, we spotted Sean Penn, Anderson Cooper, Gayle King, Paulina Porizkova, Tom Colicchio (adorably holding hands with his wife), Marcus Samuelsson, Gail Simmons, and Fern Mallis, but we just had to stop and talk to former governor Eliot Spitzer. Even though we were tempted to ask to see his socks, we took the high road and asked him about his new show on CNN, Parker Spitzer. We asked Spitzer what the hardest part has been so far, and he responded, “Only having eight to 12 minute segments to work with” for each guest. What has he learned since the first taping? “Talk quickly because you only have eight minutes.” He told us he wishes he had an hour instead (we have a feeling that’s never gonna happen), and when we asked who he’d most like to have on the show, Spitzer named Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, remarking that the latter ex-prez “always has a lot to say” and adding, “The fun part is interviewing people I don’t necessarily agree with.” We couldn’t agree more, Mr. Spitzer.

Follow the jump for HuffPo’s red carpet video coverage.
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Ralph Lauren, Jenna Bush, and the Media Mob

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— DIANE CLEHANE

It was good to be back at my regular perch at Michael’s today after a nasty bug kept me home last week. I returned to a scene buzzing with a head-spinning mix of fashion designers, famous faces, and the requisite media moguls. Don’t these people ever take a day off? I’m guessing not.

Today I was joined by W. Randall Jones (‘Randy’ to his friends), who I got to know right here in the dining room. Randy is, without fail, always the best dressed man in the room. (He credits Martin Greenfield, the Brooklyn-based tailor to Bill Clinton and Colin Powell, for his sartorial success.) When Randy arrived looking as dashing as ever in his three-piece navy pinstriped suit, we got right down to dishing.

This is a man who knows just about everyone, which is no surprise considering he’s had a stellar 30-year career in media. He launched Worth magazine in 1992 and was the youngest publisher in magazine history when he nabbed the top spot at Esquire at the ripe old age of 29. The self-described “serial entrepreneur” also launched The American Benefactor, the first magazine about philanthropy from the donor’s perspective and released his first book, The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time, to plenty of attention in 2004.

The tastiest dish is off the record, but I can tell you his latest tome, The Richest Man in Town, has been a big success. It vaulted to the number one spot on Amazon right after Randy appeared on Wall Street Week with Maria Bartiromo. These days, he’s working on a top secret television project. We can’t wait to hear more.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina, Jeff Greenfield, Andy Bergman, and Michael Kramer. A photographer from The New York Times was on hand to capture everything for an upcoming piece on the good doctor for the Style section. We’ll be looking for it.

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and The Daily Beast’s Bryan Curtis who, when I asked what he did for the website replied, “Whatever Tina tells me to do.” Nice to meet you!

4. Ralph Lauren (who kept his sunglasses on throughout lunch) and Buffy Birrittella, the designer’s longtime executive vice president of women’s design and advertising. We spotted them celebrating Buffy’s birthday with champagne and nibbling on some chocolate confection while chatting with the steady stream of well wishers, like Harper’s Bazaar editor Glenda Bailey.

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POTUS Comes to LA, Gets Yelled at By Gays

President Barack Obama gave a speech at a fundraiser for Senator Barbara Boxer last night at the California Science Center. Members of Get Equal, the same folks who have been handcuffing themselves to the gate of the White House, heckled the president. We’ve seen those who want Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell repealed heckle former President Bill Clinton recently. This is not new. It’s that Obama appeared to be thrown off by it, that’s the notable thing.

It’s also weird to see a politician get screamed at in LA. We’re not really yellers here, we’re more ignorers.

LA Weekly’s Patrick Range McDonald wrote a very informative piece on last night.

Lunch: Tom Brokaw, Charlie Rose, and John Sykes Stop By

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The mood may have been a little low-key today at Michael’s, but we spotted plenty of power players dining and dishing about their next big moves. I was intrigued to see former MTV colleagues John Sykes (now Playlist’s CEO) and Tom Freston chatting over lunch. Turns out the guys are both on (Product) Red’s board and are very enthusiastic about HBO’s upcoming documentary The Lazarus Effect which chronicles the effort being undertaken by the Global Fund to bring lifesaving drugs to Africans with AIDS.

“The title comes from the Bible and it’s truly amazing to see the results they have been getting,” John told me. The idea that marketing T-shirts and sunglasses can have a life-changing effect on dying patients with little hope of survival is truly news worth passing on. John also tells me that HBO is going to work with other companies like Playlist to make sure as many people as possible see the film.

I was joined today by Lisa Linden, CEO of Linden Alschuler & Kaplan Public Relations. Besides repping some of the biggest names in New York, Linda is a vice chair of The New York League of Conservation Voters and is working like mad on their upcoming spring gala. The big event is scheduled for May 17 and plenty of Gotham’s power players will be making an appearance. Mayor Michael Bloomberg will give the keynote, and this year’s honorees are: Julie Menin, chairman of Manhattan Community Board 1; Frank Sciame of F.J. Sciame Construction; eco-organizer Billy Parish, who co-founded Warner Music Group’s Green Owl Records, a green music label; and New York University. Comedian Mo Rocca is sure to keep things lively as the evening’s emcee. We’re calling for tickets now.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Charlie Rose (in pinstripes and white Jack Purcells) and an elegantly attired lady no one seemed to know.

2. Luke Janklow and another casually clad gent. Second seating: HBO’s Richard Plepler and pals

3. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko (long time, no see!) with attorney Larry Shire and Eric Saks

4. Tom Brokaw (who slipped in before anyone noticed) and Morris Offit

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Bill Nye The MSNBC Guy | Bill Clinton Hospitalized | The Late Book | Rip-Off Coke

• Mediaite: Bill Nye the Science Guy has gone from kids tv to Rachel Maddow pundit. Hey, if Ben Stein can go from being the guy from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to some right-wing crackpot…

TVNewser: Former President Bill Clinton was hospitalized today in New York City.

Gawker: Bill Carter of The New York Times is working on a story for Viking about the late night wars (part deux).

AgencySpy: Coca-Cola’s Superbowl commercial was very much like an 8-year old Yotvata spot, but execs claim it’s just a coincidink.

Newsweek Celebrates The Year With Interview Issue

091219_COVER-thumb6.jpgThe last big story to come out of Newsweek was the Sarah Palin cover controversy, with a cover image that had been previously featured on an issue of Runner’s World. Not the most glorious way to end out the year.

So The Washington Post Co.-owned magazine decided to end December on a high note, combining its interviews with some of the world’s biggest names into several different segments. There’s Newsweek editor Jon Meacham talking to both Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger about the role of Secretary of State (or “Hey, we’re relevant too!”), Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough thinking they are witty while discussing what it is that makes someone a pompous pundit good talk show host (was Dennis Miller not available?), and director Peter Jackson talking with James Cameron about how to make billions of dollars without ever technically selling out.

It’s an interesting tactic to pit one interviewee off another, and one that’s certain to sell copies, even without all the other interviews in the issue, like Bill Clinton, Timothy Geithner and Gen. David Petraeus.

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Condé Nast Gets Crisis Management Help

4 times square.jpgIt’s no surprise that Condé Nast has been getting a lot of bad press recently in the wake of heavy staff cuts and four magazine closures.

But, according to reports, it looks like Si Newhouse is taking the advice of Lucky publisher Gina Sanders and getting some help from an expert: crisis manager and media coach Michael Sheehan.

Our sister blog PRNewser says that Sheehan “has experience in politics and finance having counseled Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, AIG during last year’s crisis, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and JP Morgan.”

We’re looking forward to see how Sheehan works to put a happy spin on all the bad news that’s been coming out of 4 Times Square these last few weeks. Will he return the Orangina to the shrunken staff to boost morale?

Condé Nast Hires Crisis Intervention ExpertNew York Post

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