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Entertainment News Bits: Lakers win game 6, White House party crasher gets TV gig, Hollywood studios and agencies convene, Tony Awards recap

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Lakers blow out the Celtics in game 6 of NBA Finals


Photo: Robert Gauthier/The Los Angeles Times — Actor and Devoted Laker fan, Jack Nicholson points to the Celtics bench during game 6 of the NBA finals at Staples Center, Downtown Los Angeles 06/15/10

 The Los Angeles Lakers came out swinging and slamming in a must win game at Staples Center here in Los Angeles tonight. The Laker defense was awesome. Lakers trounced the Boston Celtics 89 to 67 in front of thousands cheering fans. But it ain’t over yet. The final “do or die” game 7 of this tough series between the two rivals is this Thursday at Staples.

Game notes and more photos on the Los Angeles Times website.  

White House party crasher lands TV series job


You might not remember her name, but I bet you remember the face in photos like the one above with Vice President Joe Biden and her husband, Tareq Salahi.  Michaele Salahi and her partner gained notoriety for crashing President Obama’s first State Dinner on November 24, 2009. A very bold duo. They took photos with the likes the veepee and White House Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel, and then posted them on Facebook!

Yeah, the White House staff, Secret Service and other authorities got embarrassed and upset by the couple’s antics. But it paid off for them in tons of publicity and now a role on the new TV series “The Real Housewives of D.C” for Michaele Salahi.  Get more details on The Wrap.

Hollywood studios and agencies meet over Box Office gloom

The domestic Box Office was up this past weekend, but the bad vibes produced by the downturn of recent weeks still hangs heavy over Hollywood. So much so, that studio executives  are meeting with top Tinseltown agencies to try ti figure out what moviegoers want to see on the big screen, says Nikki Finke over at And that may be a good thing for creators of original and fresh scripts. Let’s hope.

Hollywood shines at the Tony Awards

The telecast of the 64th Annual Tony Awards hit a soar note in the Nielsen ratings (down 6 percent from last year) with an average viewership of 7 million, according to TV by the Numbers .  Still, it was a super night at the Tony Awards for Hollywood stars with Catherine Zeta-Jones, Scarlett Johansson, and Denzel Washington winning trophies.

Also, Actor Sean Hayes is getting kudos for his hosting duties.  The Hollywood Reporter has a nice recap of Broadway’s big night, the best lines, the dramas, the musicals, and who won what.

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