Graddick was hired in 2010 as GLAAD’s vice president of programs and communications, leading the organization’s media initiatives — including the “Stand Up For Ellen” campaign after the online activist group One Million Moms attempted to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as J.C. Penney spokesperson because of her sexual orientation.
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These days, What’s Trending Internet show host Shira Lazar is on the road a lot, from Austin for SXSW to Orlando this weekend for the second annual Playlist LIVE conference. The latter location is where she also got some great news from her boyfriend in Los Angeles.
“He texted my dad and I very late last night,” Lazar tells FishbowlLA via telephone, “to tell me that the next stage of documents in my green card application arrived in the mail. I got the message this morning, when I woke up.”
A native of Montreal, Lazar attended Boston’s Emerson College from 2002 through 2004 before interning in Los Angeles for 98.7 FM and Ellen DeGeneres‘ TV show. After working briefly in Las Vegas for a local Fox TV affiliate on the recommendation of an Ellen producer, Lazar returned to the west coast that same year, 2004, and began her freelance career in earnest on the Hollywood red carpet.
Apparently, they have bigger fish to fry than getting DeGeneres fired from her gig with the retail clothing giant — all because she’s *gasp* a lesbian.
“[W]e have heard back from so many of our members,” director Monica Cole told One News Now. “We have heard back from men and women — not just moms — saying they will no longer shop there at JC Penney, as long as Ellen DeGeneres is their spokesperson.”
If that’s considered a win in their eyes, kudos, I guess.
Last night’s Oscar telecast reminded this Fishie of a bowl of oatmeal–warm, bland, inoffensive and rather dull– but people watched it.
The LA Times has the numbers:
The telecast, which awarded best picture to “The Artist,” delivered a 25.5 household rating/38 share in 56 top U.S. markets, according to Nielsen. That was up 4% compared with last year (24.5 rating/37 share).
The top five markets were New York (36.9 rating), Chicago (33.8), West Palm Beach, Fla., (32.5), Los Angeles (31.9) and Boston (31.9).
Wonder what drew everybody in? Billy Crystal is a big name, but not with the under-30 set. This Fishie’s girlfriend didn’t even know he was Jewish. She figured it out, though, somewhere between the second and third Bar Mitzvah joke.
Anyway, you know things are bad when reviewers mention a macaroni and cheese ad as among the highlights of the night.
Although Greg Hernandez (pictured) has logged many years as a reporter for the Daily News and LA Times, it was actually his personal blog Greg in Hollywood that led to his latest full-time gig. Since early December, he has been working out of his home office in Silver Lake as the LA correspondent for London-based website gaystarnews.com.
Hernandez, who posts an average of five stories per weekday, says a recent talk show host controversy sparked some of his biggest personal traffic stats so far. “That business about One Million Moms wanting JC Penney to fire Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson because she is gay was huge,” he tells FishbowlLA. “Another big story for me involved Howard Stern‘s passionate defense of Ellen and his tirade against some of the more socially conservative presidential candidates.”
On the gaystarnews.com website, there is an impressive listing of the principles anchoring the outlet’s “commitment to ethical, quality journalism.” Hernandez works via email and Skype with not just his editors in London but also some of the site’s other far-flung correspondents.
Well, that’s as good a reason as any. Gervais explained his decision to return to hosting a third time during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show:
I wasn’t going to do it again, but there was loads of people in the press saying I’d never be invited back, and that’s why I said yes.
Gervais expressed astonishment that his appearance last year received so much criticism in the media. “I mean, you usually have to kill someone to get that many column inches.” He further defended his jabs at the audience: “I was just teasing them, you know. It wasn’t a room full of wounded soldiers. These are the richest, most privileged people in the world.” That remark elicited a round of applause from the crowd.
Catch a clip of Gervais’ interview with Ellen after the jump. The full episode airs this afternoon on NBC.
Lindsay Lohan had quite the Hawaiian getaway this past weekend.
“Lindsay has agreed to do one media interview during the on-sale period of her issue, and has chosen Ellen,” Lohan’s rep told the New York Daily News. “Lindsay will not be doing any additional interviews to promote her pictorial.”
Lohan will appear on Ellen Dec. 15. For two photo shoots and nearly $1 million, this spread better be freakin’ spectacular.
Syndicated talk show host Ellen DeGeneres was treated for chest pains Monday on the Warner Bros. lot.
According to TMZ.com, DeGeneres experienced the discomfort during a producers meeting and someone from her staff called 911.
The 53-year-old was treated at the scene and was reportedly seen walking on her own shortly after the fire department left.
Let’s hope it was nothing more than indigestion. Stay out of that Warner Bros. cafeteria, Ellen.
Although a residence recently put on the market in The Oaks district of Los Angeles is probably not part any star-homes tour itinerary, it definitely belongs in the sights of just about every woman working in Hollywood. That’s because the two-story home at 2249 Mountain Oak once belonged to Dorothy Arzner, the first woman to be admitted to the Director’s Guild of America in 1938.
Mary Forgione spotlighted the property for the always entertaining LA Times feature “Home of the Week.” Arzner relocated to New York in the early 1940s, but until then, she overlooked a city where her on-set collaborators included everyone from Katharine Hepburn to Clara Bow. The home is remarkable in Tinseltown history terms for another reason:
Arzner shared the home with her lifelong partner, dancer-choreographer Marion Morgan.