LAT in 90 Seconds

Bruno Kirby: Veteran actor Bruno Kirby died Monday from complications related to leukemia. He was 57, which is tragically young. Also tragic, is the way, after a 30-year acting career, he’s remembered for playing “the best friend in two of Billy Crystal’s biggest comedies”.

Everyone likes to think he’s the lead actor in his own life. But some people, we guess, are just the “best friend.”

Beautiful Beasts: Los Angeles men may be vain, but they’re still men. They need their whiskey. They need their ESPN. And apparently, they need it all while they get a haircut. The LAT highlights a few men-only salons that cater to fellas who could use a little manscaping, but don’t want to miss a second of the Laker’s game.

That’s nice.

In related news, any man planning to to schedule a pampering might want to read this story, too: “Seabirds, Rain Kept Men Alive for 9 Months”. Enjoy your exfoliation. Pussy.

Must-Read (About) TV: So what if NYT’s Frank Rich is apparently taking the rest of the summer off? Paul Brownfield offers a smart, interesting review of Sunday night’s 60 Minutes interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that highlights how easily mighty America can crumble — not to bombs, but to spin.

“You did wonder why 60 Minutes didn’t devote the entire program to the interview — in which [Ahmadinejad} accused the United Nations Security Council of being in the back pocket of the United States and Britain, questioned the way the U.S. treats its own citizens and at one point posed a question of his own to Wallace: ‘Are you the representative of the Zionist regime or a journalist?’ Instead, CBS opted to couple it with a repeat of a Morley Safer piece on Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert. News from the Middle East is seen here only through the prism of the American metabolism for it, filtered by star anchor/reporters who move about easily in a news-o-tainment world.”