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Marlon Wayans Takes a Page from Ellen’s Oscars Selfie Playbook

On Friday, one-time Howard University student Marlon Wayans stopped by campus yet again, and this time took a moment to do his own version of Ellen’s epic Oscars broadcast selfie.

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Wayans has been hitting various college campuses in tandem with his traveling promotional tour for Haunted House 2. After his session at Howard, he shared the following on Facebook:

I was so impressed by the questions, the attentiveness and the intention I seen the eyes of students HU. I’m a proud Bison. #theworldisyours

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Reporter Disgraces Themselves with Catherine Zeta-Jones Oral Sex Question

We spent a bit of time today trying to track down the reporter who asked the following question Tuesday night to Catherine Zeta-Jones at the New York premiere of Red 2: “Have you been mortified that your husband, in some ways, has become the poster boy for the dangers of oral sex?”

Then we realized that even if we were successful, the reporter would probably not want to go on the record about this laughable attempt at journalism. Then, we had an even scarier thought; have we reached the point where this is actually no longer laughable?

The Zeta-Jones question, reprehensible as it was, falls perfectly in line with the brainstorms of every TMZ camera man, woman and child. It also comes on the heels of a recent decision by New Jersey FOX affiliate WWOR to replace their evening newscast with a TMZ-style program called Chasing New Jersey.

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Bravo ‘Newlyweds’ Alaska and Kim Dish on Reality TV Instafame

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While it was a bit more subdued than usual at Michael’s today with some of the glitterati off to Cannes and a few others up in Greenwich watching Prince Harry play polo (our invite must have gotten lost in the mail),  the usual mix of editors (Anne Fulenwider, Lucy Danziger) and media moguls (David Zinczenko) were in full power lunch mode celebrating each other’s successes and hatching their next big deals.

I was joined today by Kimberly Cherebin and Alaska Gedeon, stars of the new docu-series Newlyweds: The First Year, which premiered May 6 on Bravo. Also in attendance were the network’s PR marvels, Jennifer Geisser and Julia Nietsch, as well as the happy couple’s manager, Camille White Stern. The show is a hit, having snagged over 1 million viewers for the first episode. With Kimberly stuck in traffic en route from the studio where she was styling Justine Skye‘s new video, I got a chance to chat with Alaska first. I asked him what in the world would possess anyone to allow cameras to follow them during their entire first year of marriage. He told me he’d been absolutely opposed to doing the show at first, and Kimberly asked him “about six or seven times” before he finally agreed. Looking back on the experience (shooting wrapped earlier this year), Alaska said having the details of your daily life play out for all the world to see “forces you to raise the standard of who you are: how you treat others and especially how you treat your wife.” He then added brightly, “It’s like a mirror and like therapy.” So did he like everything he saw reflected back at him? “I just don’t think I’m that big of a jerk,” he said with a laugh. (After meeting him, I’m inclined to agree). “My sarcasm doesn’t always read well on camera.” He also told me that it wasn’t until after he viewed the scene where he and Kimberly discussed their bi-coastal marriage that he realized just how “heartbroken” Kimberly was at the prospect of their separation.

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When Kimberly arrived, I asked her why she was so enthusiastic about  doing the show, and she admitted that she didn’t exactly know what she was getting into. “At first, I thought it was one of those David Tutera>-type ‘planning your wedding’ shows, and I thought that would be fun, but it was nothing like that,” she explained. Once she did understand that she and Alaska would be agreeing to 10-hour shooting days over the course of year and be required to use their ‘Couples’ Cam’ on each other to capture intimate moments (not that kind, silly), she remained undaunted. “It seems like when you see marriages on TV you either see these fairy tales or something pretty terrible. We have really ‘extreme’ careers, and this was a chance to show how you balance it all.” 

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Kirk Douglas Pens Spartacus E-book

New York publishing firm Open Road Integrated Media is calling it Kirk Douglas’ “first E-riginal.” Even though the 242-page work will also be available in paperback.

At age 95, the three-time Oscar nominee and prolific author has conquered just about every other media realm. Come June, with forward help from George Clooney, he will have added material written primarily for the Kindle, Nook and so on, under the title I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist. From today’s announcement:

Open Road co-founder and CEO Jane Friedman says, “I have admired Kirk Douglas as an author ever since the publication of his first bestselling book, The Ragman’s Son, in which he touched on the complicated and career-threatening decisions he took in producing Spartacus, which resulted in the breaking of the decade-long Hollywood blacklist. I am thrilled that he finally decided— with the wisdom and clarity of his 95 years—to tell the definitive story of the making of this iconic film amid the shameful political climate of the time.”

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Australian Politician Lifts Lines from a Michael Douglas American President Speech

Australian House of Representatives leader Anthony Albanese was just busted lifting lines from the 1995 film The American President, written by Aaron Sorkin, in a speech to the National Press Club of Australia.

Here is the part of Albanese’s speech in question:

“In Australia we have serious challenges to solve and we need serious people to solve them. Unfortunately, Tony Abbott is not the least bit interested in fixing anything. He is only interested in two things: making Australians afraid of it and telling them who’s to blame for it.”

And here’s are Sorkin’s lines delivered by Michael Douglas in the film:

“We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious people to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, I promise you, Bob Rumson is not the least bit interested in solving it. He is interested in two things and two things only: making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it.”

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Remembering Test Screening Pioneer Joseph Farrell

It’s easy to take audience research methods employed today by the Hollywood studios for granted. But none were really in use until Joseph Farrell introduced them through his company National Research Group (NRG).

In the wake of Farrell’s death last week from natural causes, studio executives and others are paying tribute to this marketing trailblazer’s lasting contributions to the way the industry tries to mitigate opening weekend risk. Per today’s LA Times piece by Rebecca Keegan:

The 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction got a new ending when test screenings revealed that audiences wanted Glenn Close‘s character to be punished for tormenting Michael Douglas‘ adulterous character and his wife, played by Anne Archer

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Santa Barbara Film Fest Rewrites Douglas Family History

According to the press release announcing Michael Douglas as the recipient of the 2011 Santa Barbara International Film Festival‘s Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence, dad was duly impressed when he first checked out Douglas’ acting work in the 1960s. At the time, the actor’s firstborn son was a drama student at UC Santa Barbara:

“To tell the truth, I wanted Michael to be a lawyer,” Douglas said. “I secretly hoped he would be bad so I could tell him to forget it. He wasn’t.”

However, previously published Michael bios suggest Kirk was actually less than enamored by the junior year performance of As You Like It. There is even, apparently, an August 1998 US Weekly interview in which Kirk deemed his son’s Shakespearean efforts as “terrible.” (Due to a malfunctioning USmagazine.com website, we were unable to confirm this quote first-hand.)

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Big Hollywood Contributor Screeches Away from LA’s ‘Fascist Ghetto’

After eight years in LA as an independent filmmaker and editor-in-chief of Andrew Breitbart‘s Big Hollywood, John Nolte (pictured) is thrilled to be heading back home to Boone, North Carolina. He has kind words for the people of LA, but says he will not miss the city itself, which he describes as “a dump with a 10% sales tax” and a “big, fascist, one-story ghetto.”

Nolte is also no fan of Paul Haggis, headlining and ending his farewell-to-LA piece with the wish that the Oscar winning filmmaker “go to hell.”  He writes that it was while attending mass last year as one of only two white guys in the pews that he finally came to realize just how “defamatory” an attack Haggis’ 2005 Best Picture is on the people of LA:

Crash would have you believe that the marvelous American melting pot known as Los Angeles is filled with racists and racial strife and racial tension and race, race race, race race. Well, that’s a damned lie. My hand to God, in eight years I have personally never seen, been involved in, or known anyone involved in any kind of racial incident.

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TheWrap Wrangles One-Time Premiere Power List Builder

Fred Schruers, who joins TheWrap in mid-July as senior writer, definitely knows his way around a high-powered celebrity interview. His experience with Hollywood’s A-list started at Rolling Stone magazine, encompassing the likes of Michael Douglas, Sandra Bullock, and John Travolta, and later continued apace at Premiere magazine.

Since TheWrap rival The Hollywood Reporter has basically re-invented itself in print as a weekly version of Premiere, it will be interesting to see how Schruers is able to inject himself into the current Hollywood trades quadrangle (perhaps even helping TheWrap edge into print somehow?). As a member of Premiere‘s west coast bureau team, Schruers was a key contributor to the mag’s influential annual Power List overseen by Susan Lyne.

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Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: ‘I’m having a barrel of fun!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren’t headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael’s was packed today with A-listers of every stripe.  I lunched with my good friend Lisa Linden and Eliot Spitzer and we had plenty to talk about. Eliot joined us fresh off this morning’s shuttle from Boston where he’d given a lecture at MIT yesterday. He also taped last night’s broadcast of Inside the Arena from there.

While the rest of CNN is in the grips of royal wedding fever, Spitzer couldn’t be happier to be left out of the lovefest across the pond (“I’m really upset they didn’t send me over there,” he quipped). The subject did come up on last night’s show when he questioned Muslim activist Anjem Choudary about his planned protest at the wedding. While Spitzer pressed him on whether he was planning to “bring violence” to an  event watched by over two billion people, Choudary continually evaded the question. It was fascinating to see a flash of Spitzer’s past as New York’s attorney general come through during the exchange. Perhaps not so coincidentally, it was announced this morning that the group had canceled the planned protest.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.” Read more

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