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Goldderby.com Generates Another Sparkling Awards Season Scoop

Here’s a vivid reminder of just how well Tom O’Neil and his group of goldderby.com editors know the Emmy Awards beat.

Thanks to a recent Skype discussion between O’Neil, Chris Beachum, Matt Noble and Daniel Montgomery about the Best Supporting Comedy Actor chances of New Girl’s Max Greenfield (pictured), the performer’s Hollywood agents realized the wrong episode had been submitted on the co-star’s behalf. Instead of “Control,” which Greenfield’s reps had selected, the DVD reproduction house somehow pressed copies of the episode “Bad in Bed.” Tipped by Gold Derby, the TV  Academy worked with the actor’s team to remedy the mistake and get new discs out to voters with special instructions in time for the September 17 deadline.

“It’s definitely one of Gold Derby’s top ten scoops,” O’Neil tells FishbowlLA via telephone. “But nothing will likely surpass our story about Katherine Heigl lashing out at her writers after having withdrawn from Emmy consideration for Grey’s Anatomy. She was ticked off at her writers, and then there was that whole backlash against her after the story broke.”

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The Daily Show Has a Few Sarah Palin Today Thoughts

Obviously, The Daily Show had a few things to say about Sarah Palin‘s protracted Today appearance yesterday. Jon Stewart had a pretty good rant, but we prefer John Oliver‘s shenanigans.

Jon Stewart Takes on Limbaugh Media Apologists

Pretty big target. But Jon Stewart‘s take on the latest Rush Limbaugh debacle was particularly good last night–not for its takedown of Rush, but for showing just how many media creatures have been saying the exact same things as Rush in recent weeks, in only slightly more politic terms.

George Lucas’ Red Tails Travails Highlight Hollywood’s Racism

The film studios have so little interest in all-black films that even Hollywood royalty like George Lucas struggled to find a distributor for his latest work, Red Tails. Lucas didn’t mince any words when explaining to Daily Show host Jon Stewart the source of the problem:

It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made.

Lucas spent 23 years making the film, which is based on the true story of a crew of African American pilots who fought in World War II and helped start the civil rights movement. “I financed it myself. I figured I could get the prints and ads paid for by the studios and that they would release it,” he explained to Stewart. “And I showed it to all of them, and they said, ‘Noooo. We don’t know how to market a movie like this.’ It’s not green enough.” And by green, Lucas means profitable.

These are the same yahoos who brought us Mars Need Moms, a film that lost over $100 million. A whackadoodle story about motherless space aliens strikes these dunderheads as a better investment than a classic tale about real American heroes. Because they happen to be black.

Get it together, Hollywood.

View the full Lucas/Stewart interview after the jump.

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CNN’s Anderson Cooper Reportedly Most Searched Media Personality

New York based-Zeta Interactive has once again compiled its annual Most Buzzed Report of the media personalities who generate the intense online traffic. Using keywords and phrases online and on social media sites, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Anderson Cooper is number one. Cooper, already an established prime time star at CNN, started a daytime syndicated talk show in September.

The additional workload may be a major reason why Cooper saw huge gains in this year’s Zeta report, up from ninth place in 2010.

The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart is as steady as ever, holding at number two for the second straight year.

Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido says his company uses a specific algorithm to create the report.

“It basically kind of jogs the most often used word,” DiGuido says.

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Rock Center Debut | HarperCollins Acquistion | Kardashians Done

Jon Stewart Talks Daily Show Sausage-Making with Rolling Stone



Jon Stewart
recently sat down with Rolling Stone‘s Eric Bates to talk about his media consumption habits and how The Daily Show gets made four times a week.

Stewart’s take: “The best shows are made of the smallest moments. Donald Trump eating pizza with a fork, and making that into eight minutes of a completely overblown sanctimonious rant on the apostasy of eating pizza with a fork.”

The Economist Does the Emmys

When it comes to cheeky headlines, few publications are as consistently on target as The Economist. Today, for their wrap-up of the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards, the austere UK mag has chosen to go with “Up Close and Impersonal.”

The article by “Prospero” wastes no time in taking down the host city. After calibrating our high density of tanning salons and frozen yogurt stores, it segues to this:

Los Angeles is a city where Michael Bay, a filmmaker lately known for directing the Transformers franchise, and the Kardashian sisters are held up as glowing examples of something, but no one really knows quite what (perhaps LA-ness?).

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Top-Flight Journos Land USC Annenberg Religion Reporting Grants

The list of reporters awarded USC Annenberg 2011 Knight Grants for Reporting on Religion and American Public Life is extremely impressive. And the topics aren’t too shabby either.

G. Jeffrey MacDonald, a senior correspondent for the now online-only Christian Science Monitor, will look at the soon-to-be-cut federal program Mentoring Children of Prisoners. More than 100,000 children with incarcerated parents rely on mentors provided through this initiative connected to faith-based groups. Funding is set to be cut next month.

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New Home | Maternity Madness | S-U-I-N-G

  • FishbowlLA:  Lots of accolades from CNN as its longtime business reporter Stephanie Elam joins KNBC.
  • TVNewser: Fox News Channel’s Megan Kelly is back from maternity leave, meaning Jon Stewart can resume his jabs at her.
  • SportsNewser: Former Village People frontman Victor Willis is planning to sue the Tampa Bay Rays because of using his name and likeness without permission.  And yes, that’s Willis in his cop costume for the 1970s disco group.  

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