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Reefer Madness

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Last spring, during the Q&A portion of a Hollywood fund-raiser for Bill Richardson, one of the guests asked the New Mexico governor what he would do about the problems with the abuse of medical…

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Fred Post-Mortem

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That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama. Lackluster? Many pundits view Fred Thompson’s debut debate performance on Tuesday as less-than-dazzling but free of gaffes. One even said that the…

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Money Shots

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Strategically placed at center stage for his first presidential debate, Fred Thompson towered over the other candidates. But he didn’t stand out. Instead, more established debate pros, like Rudy…

Oh Brother!

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"I thought he was crazy, but boy, was he right," said  producer Alan Ladd Jr. The "he" in question was Ben Affleck, director and co-writer of "Gone Baby Gone." I was talking with Ladd and Affleck…

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Rupert, Anti-Republican?

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That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama. In the wake of Roger Ailes’ op-ed charging that publishers are Bush haters, Slate’s Jack Shafer wonders what that means about Rupert Murdoch. His…

Chris Matthews talks shop

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"I AM NOT a media critic!," TV commentator Chris Matthews said when I asked if he had any thoughts on the Bill O'Reilly-Keith Olbermann "feud," which rages almost nightly on the Fox and MSNBC…

Bond’s Back

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Pretty clever of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce — the site of Roger Moore’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to be dedicated Thursday Oct.11 is at 7007 Hollywood Blvd. (7-007, get it?). Moore…

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The Fred Factor

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That, and other news, in today’s Political Panorama. I’ve returned from a week’s vacation in Rome, and while its tough to return from such a great city, it’s a relief to get off the euro and off the…

Kids Salute Kids

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"You’re the whole reason we’re here," Marlo Thomas said to the handsome eight-year-old boy and beautiful three-year-old girl sitting with us at Variety’s Power of Youth event on Saturday afternoon at…

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