My one-degree-of-separtions just got more important

There’s a lot of people I can call on who know somebody who know somebody. Yeah, I’m proud of that. And this week, thanks to my dear friend Maggie Downs, I now can call Jessica Biel, Brad Pitt and Kate Winslet and that cute little girl from “Little Miss Sunshine” some of my dear near-friends. I plan to use these new relationships sparsely and selectively, so don’t rush me for movie tickets, glossy autographed photographs or seat-holder gigs at the Academy Awards. You’re not gettin’ ’em. That’s for me – if they call me back.

But if you don’t believe me – or maybe you know Maggie and want to see her in action – check out Palm Spring’s hippest columnist (and Cincinnati’s former hippest columnist) interviewing all the Big Stars on the red carpet at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. She’s like a real “Entertainment Tonight” reporter, but with a background in print (I swear that a good thing, MED).

Author: Joe Wessels

Joe Wessels is a freelance journalist and photographer. Wessels covers local news events for Thomson Reuters news service and features for's Cincinnati Guide site, plus is the executive director of hyperlocal news site, He wrote for The Cincinnati Post, covering Cincinnati City Hall and Hamilton County government and wrote a weekly political column, which continued weekly at Cincinnati CityBeat. Previously, he was a reporter for the Cincinnati Business Courier and writes or has written for several publications in Cincinnati and around the country including The Cincinnati Enquirer, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cincinnati Magazine, Cincy Magazine and the Sacramento News & Review. He is a native of Colerain Township, one of Cincinnati's western suburbs, and now lives in Over-the-Rhine near downtown Cincinnati. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a journalism writing certificate from the University of Cincinnati. He also graduated from Colerain High School, is an avid photographer, news junkie and was once a roller rink disc jockey, and sometimes rides a scooter around town.

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