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TheWrap Makes Like TMZ, Scores Massive Mel Gibson Scoop

It was not quite as shocking as the four-page LASD arresting officer’s report that launched TMZ in the summer of 2006, mainly because it is Mel once removed. Nevertheless, the nine-page Joe Eszterhas letter obtained by TheWrap easily ranks as the website’s loudest scoop so far. Detailing a string of alleged anti-Semitic remarks made by Mel Gibson, TheWrap’s coverage was double-linked Wednesday on the Drudge Report and picked up far and wide.

At least one outlet got a major detail wrong, prompting article author Sharon Waxman to let them know about it via Twitter. At the time of this posting, the mistake has not been corrected:

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Christian Film Producer Hopes to Shepherd ‘God’s Sequel’ to Mel Gibson

California-based Christian Post reporter Alex Murashko caught up with David Wood at the tail end of the March 21-25 K.E.Y.S. conference in LA. The topic of conversation was Wood’s ambitious movie project The Resurrection.

Some in the Christian filmmaking community are referring to the planned feature as “God’s sequel” to Mel Gibson’s 2004 smash The Passion of the Christ. Wood and a team of five other producers are starting to put the word out to churches about the project and hope to crowd-source the entire $40 million budget:

A “Spiritual Producer” is described as an individual who has donated a minimum of $25 or more to the not-for-profit, pledged to pray for the Resurrection project, spread the word (i.e. via Facebook, Twitter) and/or committed a serious capital investment in the project with a financial return…

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Mel Gibson May Have to Testify in LASD Discrimination Trial

Mel Gibson may be called to testify in the discrimination case of Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department deputy James Mee. Mee is the deputy who arrested Gibson back in 2006, and who Gibson allegedly berated with anti-Semitic comments. Mee alleges that supervisors made him scrub Gibson’s anti-Semetic slurs from his report on the incident–and that he was subsequently denied promotions as a result of the incident.

Gibson had worked as a spokesperson for the department prior to his arrest and was seen as close with the top brass. LA Sheriff Lee Baca may also be called to testify.

We here at FishbowlLA typically prefer our news substantial, rather than circus freakshow. But you better believe if these two hit the witness stand it we’ll be down at the courthouse with all the other bozos, throwing elbows while struggling to get one coherent five-word question in.

Ricky Gervais Tries Out a Couple of Golden Globe Outfits

This morning (or this afternoon, UK time), Ricky Gervais asked his Twitter followers what their requests might be for “targets” during his third-return hosting gig at the 2011 Golden Globes. The British comedian also floated opening and closing wardrobe ideas:

“Do I really look like a guy with a plan?”

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Michael Moore Recalls Two Monumental LA Moments

Last night at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, Michael Moore kicked off the 16th year of long-running non-profit literary conversation series Writers Bloc Presents with a couple of great LA stories. He was there, along with journalist-moderator Anne Thompson and a pair of bodyguards, to promote and sign copies of his new book Here Comes Trouble.

Moore explained how, on the weekend of his Oscar win for 2002′s Bowling for Columbine, a casual invite from Tim Robbins turned into a hotel room full of Hollywood stars, each sharing their suggestions for his possible Best Documentary acceptance speech. Sean Penn pitched the idea of 45 seconds of stone-faced silence, while Robbins—with others like George Clooney and Eddie Veder looking on–thought perhaps that Moore could announce he was giving up the Academy Award statuette in honor of Lent.

But the real LA humdinger occurred the following year, 2004, when TIME magazine arranged for Moore and Mel Gibson to travel to LA for a photo shoot and sit-down interview in support of a shared “Person of the Year” cover:

“The night before, Mel went to his church in Malibu and had a revelation,” Moore explained. “Jesus, God, the Holy Ghost, who knows… Or as the lady in the front row here just said, St. Jack Daniels. But a voice told him, ‘You are NOT to appear on the cover of TIME magazine with the Devil.’”

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Say What?! Ricky Gervais Claims Golden Globes Want Him Back as Host

Today, during an interview session at a TV festival in Edinburgh sponsored by The Guardian, comedian Ricky Gervais revealed that he has been invited to return as host of the 2011 Golden Globes. However, he went on to explain that he doesn’t think he will take NBC and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) up on this surprising turnabout offer:

“I love NBC, I love the fact they stuck by me through it,” Gervais said. Asked by interviewer Richard Bacon if he was considering the offer, Gervais replied: “I am but I shouldn’t do it. It’s a second encore. Don’t do a second encore. I don’t think I should do it. What am I going back as?”

Perhaps as a guy trying to clean up his own mess. Although the acerbic funnyman aimed to subvert this past January, most of his jokes fell flat because they were rude rather than cleverly rude.

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Harvey Levin Now Officially the King of All Media

Thanks to a new deal with Premiere Networks that went live June 20, Harvey Levin has crossed over into the final, retro media frontier: radio.

TMZ Radio airs Monday through Friday as two separate one-minute installments, with Levin touching on the day’s latest celebrity news headlines. It can be heard locally on KBIG-FM and via some 50 other stations around the country. Befitting TMZ’s status as a one-man brand, the “About Harvey Levin” section in today’s press release clocks in at 345 words, longer than the body-text portion of the release.

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Liberals!? In Hollywood?! OMG!!

You mean everyone in Hollywood doesn’t lean Mel Gibson?!

Your favorite FishbowlLA editor Tina Dupuy and Cenk Uygur discuss this new revelation from Ben Shapiro on The Young Turks.

Audiences Steer Clear of The Beaver

Last November, we wondered: “Will Audiences Give a Dam About The Beaver?” The answer, based on this weekend’s limited release opening box office, is not really.

While the Mel Gibson drama scored fairly well on RottenTomatoes.com, it likely lost what little chance of success it had by coming out in the midst of Fast Five and Thor. Today, Steven Zeitchik over at LA Times blog “24 Frames” tries to make sense of The Beaver‘s $4,727 per-screen average:

To put that in lay terms, that means that in the markets the Jodie Foster film opened, very few people came out to see it. To put that in other lay terms, the average was lower than that for the recent opening of Atlas Shrugged, a movie so unpopular it prompted its producer to contemplate retirement

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Mel Gibson Pranks HFPA Member

In an interview published today in the Manila Bulletin, actor Mel Gibson is quoted by Hollywood Foreign Press Association card-carrying member Janet Susan R. Nepales as having said the following:

“We were very poor when I was a kid. I asked my father for a pet that goes everywhere I go, eats everything I eat. So he gave me a tapeworm.”

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