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Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a local reporter in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

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Shepard Smith: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s My First Big Break, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith recalls how he got noticed working as a local reporter in Orlando. The story involves puppies, explosions, and Mel Gibson.

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Maria Menounos Starts Hilarious Mel Gibson Rumor

Stranger things have happened, although even just the imagined sight of Mel Gibson in this context is enough to give FishbowlLA whiplash.

During a chat this morning with K-Earth 101′s Gary Bryan, the Extra! co-host picked up on Mad Mel’s recent boogie-down appearance at her Bud Light sponsored birthday party with the following playful suggestion:

“I think he’s auditioning for Dancing with the Stars to be honest, and I think he has a really good chance. You should have seen his moves, he was great.”

“I don’t know, I’m going to start that rumor.”

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Mel Gibson Exclusives a Watershed Moment for TheWrap

It’s been an absolutely insane seven days at TheWrap as a result of the site’s exclusive coverage of Mel Gibson’s December 2011 Costa Rica meltdown. First came the nine-page letter written by Joe Eszterhas, followed yesterday by some frightening audio corroboration, recorded by the screenwriter’s son Nick.

“It’s a phenomenal shift moment for the site,” confirms Sharon Waxman via telephone to FishbowlLA. “We’ve never seen traffic coming in the way it has in the past week.”

TheWrap has registered hundreds of thousands of page views for each Gibson story, while social media shares have been in the tens of thousands. The Gibson coverage has also buffeted TheWrap’s international profile, with lots of UK and German linkage. When we spoke to Waxman, there was a Russian TV station crew setting up at her offices for an interview.

TheWrap’s numbers would be even larger if the audio of a sober (and perhaps severely bi-polar) Gibson had remained exclusive to the site. But because the file was shared, The Drudge Report is linking today for example to a TMZ story (with full credit to TheWrap) about the audio.

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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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