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Saturday, May 11, 2002
MMMMMMM. ROYALES WITH CHEEEEESE!
THAT BETTER BE ONE BIG DESERT ISLAND: Wouldja look at that! Crazy Dawn (Welch's name, not mine!) updates her list of Desert Island Discs! Much better. The Man in Black thanks you.
"IT AIN'T LIKE IT USED TO BE, BUT IT'LL DO:" Damn! Do movies get any better than this?Friday, May 10, 2002
WEEKEND WITH BERNIE: Well gawrsh! I thought Bernard Weinraub had been around more than that! You'd think an LA-based entertainment writer for the By-God New York Times wouldn't palpitate quite so much about seeing MOVIE STARS! But in Sunday's Travel section he tells us star-struck yokels what overpriced, undercooked, overbooked restaurants we can go to if we wanna perhaps chance upon, say, Jackie Collins! Well, sort of. Mostly he just complains how crowded, awful or rude the restaurants are, and then ends with:To see celebrities and movie and television stars, visitors to Los Angeles should probably skip some of the predictable places and simply go about their business. Go to the Getty Museum, go to the beach, go to Barneys New York in Beverly Hills, go jogging. I was running one morning on the path along the beach in Santa Monica. Wasn't that Tom Cruise, in sunglasses, racing right past me?Oooh! I'm all a-tingle! But then, of course, that's followed by a handy list of said crowded, awful or rude restaurants! Where one presumes jogging is frowned upon! Thanks, Bernie!
JEEZ, WHAT'S THAT FLOWER YOU GOT ON? OK, Dawn, OK! I voted! Chill out, woman!
JUST A COUNTRY BLOGGER: Hmmm. I dunno if I want to be interviewed by someone whose desert island includes ABSOLUTELY! NO! COUNTRY! MUSIC!Thursday, May 09, 2002
PAY THE PIPERS: OK, you tightwads. Time to pony up some scratch. A. Beam, being fabulously wealthy, gives you the love for free. But Our Boys are makin' their way in the wild world on their own, and they need some pesos to keep them in tacos, cheap wine and Steve Earle records. If this were Europe, they'd be on the dole, squatting in some fetid rathole, speaking incomprehensible English and looking for their next score. But this here's America. And they're out there every day analyzin' the world for your ass, so you need to do right by 'em. Maybe they'll remember ya when they're newspaper tycoons. They're too polite to do more than make the odd suggestion, so it falls to me to be the heavy. Do the right thing. Your karma will thank you, and I won't be forced to start acting like public radio during pledge week. I'll make it easy for ya.
TURN THE RADIO ON: Eugene Volokh's on that NPR talk thingie right now talkin' about the right to arm bloggers, or something! If your friggin' public radio station isn't whining and begging and making bad jokes for money, anyway. Are there any bloggers yet who haven't been on the radio? Me, I did "Loveline" once, but, er, that's, well, another story.Wednesday, May 08, 2002
SPIDEY'S BEEN BLOGGIN': That you, Treacher?
UNO SMART GUY: The always calm and thoughtful Eric Olsen (he's the yin to her yang) of Tres Producers fires away with "New Media In the Old Part 4!" There's learned opinion! There's insightful analysis! There's a kind mention of A. Beam! Who let that slip through?
DUDE! Y'ARE TOO! Tony Pierce says:the good people at mojo radio in Toronto (640 AM "talk radio for guys") interviewed me yesterday and kept calling me "Hollywood journalist Tony Pierce." making me decide that unless you have a press pass you're not a journalist, but it was nice.Au contraire, mi amigo! A. Beam knows many press-pass carrying "journalists." A. Beam knows all this means is that they've conned somebody into paying them to carry the thing around. A. Beam knows that every day you tell the good people more truth about living in L.A. than several pounds of L.A. Timeses.
TAKE IT AWAY, KEN AND MATT! Newsweek/MSNBC yahoo Jonathan Alter went to the Bloomberg News party after the White House Correspondents Dinner. Says the New York Observer:Tuesday, May 07, 2002The party, Mr. Alter said, used to have "a touch of L.A.-and [the Washington media] could feel like they were part of it.
ADVANTAGE, THE REVEREND! Y'all will note that yesterday a judge said those nudie pix in Penthouse were not, in fact, Anna K., a fact pretty much nailed down by Tony Pierce last freakin' week!
TONY, THE INTERVIEW: The ever-hyper Dawn Olsen subjects the ever-gracious Tony Pierce to her interview style. And praise Jeebus, she appears to have cut back on the caffeine.Monday, May 06, 2002
IT'S MY PARTY: They had a barbecue in L.A.! Blair was there! Bet they tore the roof off the suckah! But apparently, at some point, the conversational lull became so tortuously unbearable, the poor saps had to resort to talking about me! Wish I was there! (Unless I was! In which case, thanks for the meat!)Sunday, May 05, 2002