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Little People, Big Woes in Hollywood: Low Pay, Degrading Jobs and a Tragic Death

hollywoodreporter.com — Since 'The Wizard of Oz,' the short-in-stature have flocked to L.A., where work can be found in jobs ranging from human lawn jockey to mini Donald Trump. But the recent death of a 4-foot-1 cabaret act known as 'Mini Kim Kardashian' reveals the uncomfortable reality of how slowly things have evolved since the days of the freak show.

Hollywood Flashback: When Rod Serling Entered 'The Twilight Zone'

hollywoodreporter.com — A freelance radio copywriter from Syracuse, N.Y., Rod Serling toiled for years as an unproduced screenwriter. Then, in 1956, his 72nd screenplay, the intense corporate drama Patterns, was broadcast live (as most TV was back then) on NBC's Kraft Television Theatre. It won Serling an Emmy.

Dogshit-Neutral Jurors Selected In Dane Cook Doggie Poop Trial Of The Century

gawker.com — Embattled pet-owner Dane Cook is finally being made to answer for his Pinscher-loaf sins, as his eviction trial for failing to pick up after his miniature canine companion Beast has just completed the jury selection process. (See him attacked by pragmatic paparazzi-"C'mon, Dane. It's just dog crap!"-above.)

Lou Pearlman's Prison Interview: My Ponzi Scheme Was Smarter Than Madoff's

billboard.com — Lou Pearlman died in prison on Aug. 19 at the age of 62. Read a 2014 interview he gave while incarcerated to The Hollywood Reporter's Seth Abramovitch below. This article originally appeared in the Jan. 31, 2014 issue of THR.

The '40-Year-Old Virgin' Hyphen Affair

gawker.com — Bringing the latest Steve Carell comedy to your local mall is a massive undertaking, requiring the streamlined coordination of studio development, production, marketing and distribution departments. So it isn't unusual when some of the finer details might fall through the cracks say, the use of correct punctuation in a movie's title.

Hollywood Flashback: In 1983, 'The Day After' Terrified 100 Million Viewers

hollywoodreporter.com — This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes," Hillary Clinton warned in San Diego on June 2. "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin." Indeed, not since the Cold War 1980s has the specter of a nuclear attack on the U.S.

Gloria Steinem on the Politics of "Trumpism," Why She's Behind Hillary Clinton: "It's Not Identity Politics" (Q&A)

hollywoodreporter.com — With its roster of hipster-gonzo correspondents parachuting into perilous spots around the globe, Vice often can feel like a dudes-only affair. Woman, with Gloria Steinem, seeks to correct that. The half-hour Viceland series, hosted by the legendary feminist activist, features female journalists spotlighting women in equally dire situations.

New Zealand's Penguins in Dire Need of Fabulous Knits

gawker.com — The Taurunga oil spill off the coast of New Zealand unleashed 2,500 barrels of heavy fuel into a fragile ecosystem, coating thousands of local seabirds in oil. This puts many of them - particularly the mind-meltingly adorable Little Blue Penguin - at serious risk of freezing and/or being poisoned to death.

Hollywood Flashback: When Bill Murray Played a Sleazy Lounge Singer on 'Saturday Night Live'

hollywoodreporter.com — Bill Murray never has been a star whose career choices have been easy to pigeonhole or predict. ( Garfield, anyone?) So when he announced in October 2014 that he'd be reuniting with his Lost in Translation writer-director Sofia Coppola for a TV Christmas special ("It will have music, it will have texture," he teased in his inscrutable way), the collective reaction was less one of "Why?"

Democratic Convention: 5 Things You Didn't See on TV

hollywoodreporter.com — Think you're a political junkie? OK. But there's only so much you can absorb from watching wall-to-wall Democratic National Convention coverage on cable. Some things - the heat, the lines, the raw patriotism - can only be experienced inside Philadelphia's Wells Fargo Center. 1.
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Aug 25, 2016

@LouisPeitzman There's nothing scarier than writing those first few sentences after spending so much time reporting ... But then it flows

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@GoTRecaps he was in one of the earlier drafts ... He is tony cox's inspiration.


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