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Diablo Cody is Really Looking Forward to Getting Out of the House

There’s something hilarious about the idea of the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Juno being housebound due to the care of a newborn. But such has been the case in recent months for Diablo Cody (pictured), albeit from the relative comfort of her well-appointed Hollywood Hills abode.

As any parent who has gone through that drill knows, the first real trip out of the house is one to both look forward to and savor. In Cody’s case, it will be when she heads to the east coast at the beginning of February to attend the third annual edition at Barnard College of the female-centric Athena Film Festival (February 7-10), for which she is one of the co-chairs.

“I have a toddler and an infant right now,” Cody tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “I don’t get out to the movies, I don’t get out to have dinner, I don’t get out to my friend’s Live Reads [Jason Reitman, LACMA]. I am so home-bound right now. That’s why I’m so excited about the Athena Film Festival and getting to go to New York for a couple of days. I’m going alone, so I don’t know what I’m going to do with all that “thinking” time.”

Cody will also have the opportunity to finally meet a fellow female Hollywood trailblazer, Gale Anne Hurd, who is receiving the event’s Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’m really excited about that,” Cody confirms. “I think it’s so cool that she’s getting this award. I’m really interested to hear the Q&A with her and hear about the experiences that she’s had. Especially making these films that I think a lot of people would consider not to be in a woman’s wheelhouse. She’s probably got a lot to say.”

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Jillian Reynolds Fills In the Blanks on Facebook

In the wake of yesterday’s latest Good Day LA shuffle, Canadian-born, LA-shaped Jillian Barberie Reynolds has posted additional information about her exit on Facebook. She wants everyone to know that she was not exactly sacked:

I wasn’t let go as in fired. In fact, FOX was trying to find something for me to do a few times a week. But the truth is I loved being on set. Teasing Steve doing celebrity interviews and working off script and ad libbing! It’s what I do.

I could not imagine doing any other role on that show after almost two decades!! They were hoping I would stay and do segments from the field of some sort but I told them I didn’t think it was a good fit. I love hosting. I just do!! My agent told them we weren’t interested. So…

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Gustavo Arellano Takes His Taco Act to Chelsea Lately

When we first wrote about OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arellano’s great book Taco USA, we noted that he was having no trouble drumming up publicity. Tonight, that statement reaches a new level of “truthiness” thanks to his scheduled appearance on Chelsea Lately. Per Arellano:

Rest assured, we’re not just going to gab on a couch. There will be eating and drinking and Chuy, and hopefully it’ll be better than my laughable appearance on The Colbert Report in 2006. Tune in TONIGHT!!!!

This definitely rates as must-si TV, so set your DVRs. And honestly, any author who manages to chat with both Don Imus and Chelsea Handler about a food history book has covered all the PR bases.

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Tom Leykis Tops FishbowlLA Media Personality Searches

It’s always fun to dive into Google Analytics and ascertain how readers are coming to this site via “organic search.” For the year 2012, so far, here are the five most clicked-through media personality queries:

1) Tom Leykis: With the former KLSX 97.1 star’s Internet relaunch fast approaching, our exclusive interview continues to pull in solid daily traffic.

2) Jason Whitlock: Never a dull moment on Twitter with this Fox Sports reporter. Our coverage of his February apology for a Jeremy Lin tweet brought in lots of eyeballs.

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A Lost Conan Opportunity

FishbowlLA is somewhat disappointed that during Wednesday night’s interview on Conan with Chelsea Handler, both the host and guest failed to bring up the fact that the queen of all media will be taking over his old Tonight Show studio later this year.

There were plenty of segue way opportunities. At the outset of the conversation, Handler complimented O’Brien on his new TBS-Warner Bros. studio lot digs. Later, Coco made several milquetoast references about holding no grudges against NBC as Handler plugged her spinoff sitcom, which debuted last night on the Peacock.

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Fortune Finagles Handler-Huffington Chat

In case you missed it, Fortune magazine had the inspired idea of recruiting Chelsea Handler to interview Arianna Huffington at its recent “Most Powerful Women” summit. The event took place in Laguna Niguel and, essentially, brought together two of Oprah’s most impactful media successor gals.

The full transcript is well worth the read, especially if you’re a Handler fan; this woman is just flat out hilarious. But here, for your immediate gratification, are a few FishbowlLA favorites:

- Off the top, Handler suggested that the October 3-5 event provided her with a first and only forum within which she was not embarrassed about having a personal @AOL email address.

- Huffington revealed that her NYC media company’s two “nap rooms” are nicknamed “Napquest 1” and “Napquest 2,” and that recently, she spied what looked very much like the aftermath of a menage a trois exiting one of the forty-winks pods. To which, if that was the case, she had no workplace objections.

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VMA Ratings May Contain Message for Globes, Oscars

Last year, with Chelsea Handler on board, the MTV Video Music Awards notched their best ratings since 2002. This past weekend, with no one hosting, the show recorded its best ratings ever.

So let’s perhaps forget the notion of Ben Stiller for the Oscars or the idea of a second encore for Ricky Gervais with the Globes. At this fractured, social media-driven juncture, when everyone on Twitter is a wise-cracking comedian, the best option may well be to dispense with the idea of awards show hosts altogether.

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Deciphering the Shia LaBeouf Tabloid Reports

Expect this to be topic number one on tonight‘s episode of Chelsea Lately.

At a Paul & André Hollywood nightclub pop-up event Friday August 26 sponsored by Belvedere vodka and attended by Chelsea Handler and others, actor Shia LaBeouf is reported to have engaged in some attention-getting behavior. But as far as the specifics of what went down, it really depends on which media report you read.

An August 27 dispatch from Life & Style magazine relays the eyewitness perception that the actor “seemed wasted.” A “spy” for UK Mirror gossip columnist Dean Piper swears the regurgitated water bottle business was the result of an altercation between the Transformers star and rocker Marilyn Manson. However, the New York Post suggests the H2O meshuggenah involved LaBoeuf and a friend of Manson’s.

Then there’s the official statement from LaBoeuf’s publicist, who not surprisingly claimed none of the above:

“Shia actually left early as planned,” Shia’s rep tells Life & Style. “He went to see one of the bands performing in the showcase and left after they finished. Exiting through a crowded room was apparently misinterpreted. No altercation occurred.”

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Chelsea Handler Powers Another Memorable Profile Piece

The qualities that shine through on the air for Chelsea Handler are also the stuff magazine editors’ dreams are made of. She tells it like it is, takes no (non-nugget) prisoners, and remains a breath of New Jersey fresh air.

In this week’s Hollywood Reporter magazine cover story, Handler hints that in the spirit of her role models Gertrude Stein and Fran Lebowitz, she is hoping to de-emphasize the celebrity gossip quotient of her broadcast day-to-day ASAP. “I want to deliver news that isn’t just surrounded by Charlie Sheen,” she tells reporter Leslie Bruce. Handler seems like she will always have the courage of her convictions:

“I have really strong opinions; I’ll never sell out,” Handler says. “I’m not going to wake up one day and have a perfume. That’s never going to happen.” She adds, “It would smell like rubbing alcohol.”

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Mary Higgins Clark, The Hiltons And The Media Mob

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– DIANE CLEHANE

The sweltering heat (wasn’t it just snowing last week?) didn’t keep the regulars away from Michael’s today. The dining room was jam packed with authors, agents and media mavens all deep in conversation about who knows what. From the looks of things, the power lunch crowd here is gearing up for a busy season of neworking that has to be crammed into a four-day work week now that those summer cottages are open.  Oh, the pressure!

I was thrilled to join Vi Huse and Kira Semler for lunch today. I met them almost five years ago when I first started covering the scene at Michael’s and was fascinated by these two attractive, fun loving gals who always seemed to have a grand old time at their monthly champagne lunch (and always ate dessert!). Turns out these two good friends have been keeping their Michael’s lunch date with each other for over ten years! “This is only the second time we’ve sat in the dining room,” Vi told me.  “We always sit at the bar and it’s just become our spot.”

Today, the three of us sat with the big kids in the dining room to celebrate Vi’s 23 years as owner of Kerygma, a gallery in Ridgewood, New Jersey specializing in contemporary American art. Vi just retired yesterday but tells me she will continue to work with artists like Peter Fiore, Gerald Doudera, David Lee and Jane Owen online. Kira, a jewelry aficionado and freelance bookeeper, was one of Vi’s first clients and the gals have been fast friends ever since. Cheers!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Mary Higgins Clark, Carolyn Reidy and a table full of pals. The indefatigable 83-year-old author was the subject of a glowing profile in The Wall Street Journal last month which chronicled her success: she’s sold 100 million books in the U.S. alone, and all 42 of her novels have been best-sellers. With I’ll Walk Alone, released in April, she’s keeping her winning streak going. We’re in awe.

2. Michael Holtzman (Peter Brown’s VP and right hand man, so we’re told.)

3. Joan TischCandace Leeds and Marcia Stein

4. The always distinguished Stan Shuman

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