LBN – Special Report – Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

*China: End the ‘China Responsibility Theory’ on North Korea

China has demanded the U.S. and others stop calling on Beijing to halt the escalating North Korean conflict, calling it the “China responsibility theory.” President Trump has repeatedly asked that Chinese President Xi Jinping use his close diplomatic and economic ties to rein in the reclusive North Korea. “Recently, certain people, talking about the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, have been exaggerating and giving prominence to the so-called China responsibility theory,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said during a daily news briefing. “There are ulterior motives for it, trying to shift responsibility.” The world must work together, said Geng, adding that China has so far played a constructive role but cannot do it alone. “Asking others to do work, but doing nothing themselves is not OK,” he added. “Being stabbed in the back is really not OK.”
*LBN-NOTICED:   ***The noise level near exploded at last night’s “City Talk” event when emotions ran high during the discussion of President Trump and the media in a private room at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood. Guests of honor, KNX radio anchor Bob Brill and former Fox head Ken LeCorte gave their different views on media coverage of the President while numerous attendees raised alternative concerns and support for the media coverage of the President. “In four years of doing monthly “City Talk” events, this one was by far the loudest” said moderator Michael Levine. Including in the last night’s group were KNX radio anchor Frank Mottek and former A.P. legal writer Linda Deutsch.   ***Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel dining at The Grill in NYC, Mario Carbone, Jeff Zalaznick and Rich Torrisi’s new restaurant. Also recently there were Bill Clintonand Bono having lunch together.   ***Jennifer Lawrence and her dad chatting up the bartenders at The Campbell in Grand Central Terminal on Saturday.   ***Courtney Love performing with Scott Lipps on drums to launch his new West Coast company, Lipps LA.   ***Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon Dr. Robert Kotler having dinner last night at Baltaire in Brentwood.

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*LBN-BOOK NEWS:   ***Fresh off her spat with PresidentDonald TrumpMika Brzezinski has landed a three-book deal with Weinstein Books, which published her 2011 book “Knowing Your Value.” The “Morning Joe” anchor has signed a deal with Harvey and Bob Weinstein’s publishing imprint said to be worth “in the high six figures,” sources say. The newly closed deal will include a revised edition of “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money, and Getting What You’re Worth,” which will be released next spring with fresh interviews from female trailblazers about getting recognition in the business space and in personal relationships.

*LBN-VIDEO LINK: Brooks and Marcus on Trump meetingPutin, Republicans diverging on health care —–

*LBN-R.I.P.:   ***Kenneth Silverman, whose “The Life and Times of Cotton Mather,” a deeply researched, lively biography of the great Puritan preacher, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the Bancroft Prize in 1985, died on Friday in Manhattan. He was 81. The cause was complications of a respiratory illness, his daughter, Willa Silverman, said.

*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER:   ***CAA agent Ashley Holland has joined WME’s scripted television department. The Stanford alumna began her career as an intern at CAA in 2009 and rose to agent in 2013, where she has worked with clients including Ava DuVernay, Eva Longoria, Helen Hunt,playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop), Insecure executive producer and director Melina Matsoukas, comedienne and writer Robin ThedeThe Americans writer Tracey Scott Wilson and actress/writer Diarra Kilpatrick (ABC digital series American Koko).

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*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: Over the past generation, members of the college-educated class have become amazingly good at making sure their children retain their privileged status. They have also become devastatingly good at making sure the children of other classes have limited chances to join their ranks. How they’ve managed to do the first task — giving their own children a leg up — is pretty obvious. It’s the pediacracy, stupid. Over the past few decades, upper-middle-class Americans have embraced behavior codes that put cultivating successful children at the center of life. As soon as they get money, they turn it into investments in their kids. Upper-middle-class moms have the means and the maternity leaves to breast-feed their babies at much higher rates than high school-educated moms, and for much longer periods. Upper-middle-class parents have the means to spend two to three times more time with their preschool children than less affluent parents. Since 1996, education expenditures among the affluent have increased by almost 300 percent, while education spending among every other group is basically flat.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Vivien Leigh’s copy of the “Gone With the Wind” script is going up for auction alongside dozens of items from the late star’s personal collection. Sotheby’s said Tuesday it will offer paintings, jewelry, clothes, books and more belonging to Leigh at a Sept. 26 auction in London. Leigh won an Academy Award for playing Scarlett O’Hara in the 1939 epic “Gone With the Wind.” The sale includes Leigh’s copy of the original novel, inscribed with a poem from author Margaret Mitchell, which carries an estimated price tag of 5,000 pounds to 7,000 pounds ($6,500 to $9,000).