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New Late-Night Host Has Trouble Securing Fame

The new late-night TV talk-show host on CBS knew he faced a challenge being recognized by the American public – though maybe not by those at his own studio.

When James Corden showed up at CBS Television City in the Fairfax District without his pass, the security guard refused to let him on the lot.

The British funnyman had to point to a giant billboard overheard promoting him as the new host of “The Late Late Show” and say, “That’s me!”

This incident just a few days before Corden, 36, began his new job as successor to Craig Ferguson exemplifies the initial struggle he may have becoming as much of a household name here as he is in Britain.

But the comedy actor and sitcom writer turned talk show host can happily see the funny side.

“This whole thing is clearly a huge disaster and will be like watching a car skidding off a cliff,” he joked in typically self-deprecating manner.

Corden is clearly staying humble about his new job in Los Angeles – and it seems CBS security staff are doing their best to keep him that way.

Rising Sons

The sons of two famous figures are rapidly making their marks on the L.A. Angeles entertainment industry.

Movie director Oliver Stone’s son Sean hosts a thriving online TV show, “Buzzsaw,” which reveals him to be as erudite as his dad but perhaps even more of a conspiracy theorist.

“This show doesn’t back down from topics like alien life on Earth, Illuminati or the secret space program, and is designed to make us question what’s really happening on our planet, ” Sean Stone said.

“Buzzsaw” on TheLip.TV, an online network that streams, produces and distributes original news shows from Los Angeles, has soared to 500,000 downloads a month.

Meanwhile, the son of New-Age guru Deepak Chopra has followed up his success directing and producing Showtime’s recent Kobe Bryant documentary “Muse” by joining L.A. content creation company Dirty Robber to make a series of films about greatness in all its forms.

“We’ll focus on being the best at what you do, not just in sports but in business, leadership and the arts, too,” said Gotham Chopra.

He said his father has seen and enjoyed his Bryant documentary.

“My father knows nothing about sports in general, but was really impressed by Kobe’s commitment to his craft and called him a ‘yogi’ – someone who has really found their purpose in life,” he said.

Play Ball

Just in time for the new baseball season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have become only the second team in Major League Baseball to own its own radio station – the other is the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim.

The station, formerly known as KLAC (570-AM), has become AM570LA and is co-owned by the Dodgers with iHeartMedia.

Dodgers President Stan Kasten said, “We’re working together to bring Dodger fans the finest in L.A. sports radio programming.”

The Force

The Force is with L.A. musicians: For the first time in the history of the “Star Wars” saga, the musical score for the latest film in the franchise, “The Force Awakens,” will be recorded in Los Angeles.

The space epic, set for release in December, is sure to provide a big boost to the local film scoring community, which has suffered from an increase in offshoring in recent years.

Previous “Star Wars” films were scored at Abbey Road with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Short Takes

A most unusual movie premiere will be held high above Los Angeles when documentary film “Living in the Age of Airplanes” is screened on a private Emirates A380 Airbus flight taking off from Los Angeles International airport on April 6. Harrison Ford narrates the National Geographic movie, but his own recent aviation accident will prevent him from being on board for the premiere. … Many successful business ideas have sprung from unusual moments, but few stranger than what inspired the creation of L.A.’s celebrity gifting suite leader GBK Productions. Gavin Keilly got the idea to form the company back in 2000 when, as producer of a charity event, he thanked Ozzy Osbourne for attending by presenting him with a watch – only for the rock wild man to put the timepiece in his mouth and bite it. Now, after 15 years and multiple awards for connecting big names with brands, Keilly has still never encountered any star as eccentric as Ozzy. … Anjelica Huston was among several movie stars leading the applause at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills when L.A. designer Tina Hovsepian received the 2015 Toyota Mother of Invention Award for

creating Cardborigami, a temporary shelter product that has been helping homeless people on downtown L.A.’s Skid Row stay warm and dry.

Staff reporter Sandro Monetti can be reached at smonetti@labusinessjournal.com or (323) 549-5225, ext. 226.

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