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Gloria Steinem, Queen Latifah Talk Careers at the 2014 Matrix Awards

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The New York Women in Communications held its annual Matrix Awards in April, and our MediaJobsDaily editor Vicki Salemi was on hand to chat with powerful women in media on their careers. Presenter Gloria Steinem remarked on the importance of female mentorship; honoree Eileen Naughton, vice president of sales at Google, revealed what makes an outstanding Googler; and Grammy winner and actress Queen Latifah, also honored that night, shared why she made the leap from performer to daytime host. Also doling out nuggets of advice: Today show co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. Watch:

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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 “But nothing will likely surpass our story about Katherine Heigl lashing out at her writers after having withdrawn from Emmy consideration for Grey’s Anatomy.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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Grammy Awards Hires First Host in Seven Years

The ladies aren’t the only ones that love LL Cool J.

For the first time in seven years, the Grammy Awards have decided to go with a host in the rapper-turned-actor and co-star of NCIS: Los Angeles on CBS.

LL Cool J has previously served as host of the Grammy nominations concert. Queen Latifah was the last host of the Grammys back in 2005.

The Foo Fighters, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean and Kelly Clarkson are scheduled to perform on Feb. 12 from Staples Center.

“I will always have fond memories of my first Grammy Awards and to now be hosting the Grammy show, in the company of so many other incredible artists, is a dream come true,” LL Cool J said in a statement.

HP, Paper Magazine Party It Up At NYPL

hppaer.jpgLast night, HP and Paper magazine threw a swanky soiree at the New York Public Library at Bryant Park to “celebrate 25 years of paper and ink.”

Entertainment at the black tie affair included sets by DJ Mark Ronson, The Virgins, Queen Latifah and Liza Minnelli. And in case anyone forgot what they were there to celebrate, HP and Paper logos swirled on the ceiling of the library’s Astor Hall (see photo at right).

More photos from the swanky night, after the jump

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Queen Latifah and Michael Jackson Had Never Met

Queen Latifah gave Michael Jackson‘s eulogy on Tuesday but kind of telling of the life of the super star, she never met him personally. She admits as much on David Lettermen last night.

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Jury Still Out on Butcher ‘Guru to The Stars’ Trial

queenlatifah.jpgThe jury is still out on the Feline Butcher — holistic health guru to such stars as Tom Cruise, Lisa Marie Presley and Queen Latifah — who is facing 17 counts of practicing medicine without a license and one count of grand theft.

The jury’s verdict could put Butcher’s holistic health clinic out of business, but it could also put her behind bars. It would weigh heavily on the Church of Scientology, which is a big supporter of Butcher’s anti-drug regimen for treatment. Butcher is an avowed high-ranking church member.lisamarie.jpg

The trial for the faux practitioner came to a close Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court with numerous Scientology disciples present in the courtroom and the jury has been deliberating ever since.

Butcher, who has treated with holistic techniques other stars like Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson, was investigated specifically by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Halt Authority Task Force in the case of photographer Clive McLean, who died in 2005.

Mclean’s widow, Erica McLean, says that Butcher, being a Scientologist, encouraged her husband to abandon chemotherapy in favor of a regimen of “vitamins and magic drops.”

McLean, who was assisted by private investigator Paul Barresi, claims that the couple paid close to $120,000 on useless treatments. Barresi was a friend to Clive McLean as well, having been photographed by McLean for Hustler Magazine. Barresi turned over a cache of information about Butcher to the Halt Authority Task Force.

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Just When We Thought It Was Safe — PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS Rears Its Gnarly Head

peopleschoice.jpgIt’s already that time of year, time to cover your ears and head for the hills — awards time is starting.

Already, respectable outlets like MSNBC are publishing stories about how “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” will battle it out for favorite movie at the 35th Annual People’s Choice Awards.

A passel of other actors, films, TV shows and directors are in line to be voted on by viewers. Who knows how may lives will be risked? Who knows how many careers will be ruined? Oh, the humanity.

Queen Latifah is set to host the show, which will air on Jan. 7, 2009.

LAT In 90 Seconds

34350548.jpgSlow News Day: We admit that we laughed in places at this piece, but, c’mon, Mary McNamara. Is Tina Fey’s Amex commercial really worth 12 inches?

34251996-13123702.jpgPeople’s Choice Scales Back: The writers’ strike strikes again. The People’s Choice Awards hopes to avoid picket lines at its Jan. 8 show by presenting the awards “magazine-style” rather than in a live ceremony with presenters. Queen Latifah, will still host, but the show will consist of taped pieces. Don’t worry, though, viewers. It will probably be as awful as it always is.

34347376.jpg‘Into the Wild’ Gets Four SAG Noms: And in other shows-no-one-watches news, that Sean Penn movie is apparently pretty good.

Elle’s Women in Hollywood Roundtable

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Salon’s Rebecca Traister sits in on Elle’s Women in Hollywood round table discussion on the state of show biz, why there aren’t more women directors, and so on. The group wonders why women don’t go to opening weekends, forgetting that people watch movies lots of other ways than at the multiplex, not than any of them ever see films with the public. While distinguished and credible, the ten are sort of randomly chosen. At the table are:

Moderator/producer Lynda Obst (called one of Tinseltown’s great brains, which is a frightening thought)
Claims Kate Hudson has same power as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon in getting girly movies green-lit. Because the audience is clamoring for more.

Writer/director Nora Ephron
Thinks Transformers had a great emotional theme, sucks up to Spielberg. Claims to meet only timid girls at film schools. Ever wonder if she still takes calls from Meg Ryan?

Writer/producer Laura Ziskin
Discussing the lack of female directors, drops a bomb,

Our children watched their mothers and said, “Oh, no thank you. I don’t want my life to be like that.”

Writer/director Callie Khouri
Claims she wanted to make a NASCAR movie. So she directed Ya-Ya Sisterhood instead? Just made indie movie with Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes and wonders why no studio wanted it. Then complains about the lack of wish fulfillment in Judd Apatow movies.

Writer/director Patty Jenkins
Liked Spiderman. Admits to concentrating on personal life after making Monster.

Producer Cathy Konrad
Has small child, married to business partner Jim Mangold, admits to scaling back work for family.

Writer/director/producer Kimberly Piece
Loves blowing things up, just made second film.

Writer/producer Andrea Berloff
Has little kid, wonders why more women aren’t in film biz. But she’s fairly new to the business, as World Trade Center was her first produced script.

Writer/producer Margaret Nagle
Breaks away from approved party line by believing babe/nerd hookup in Knocked Up.

Universal president of production Donna Langley (called “that rarest of Hollywood breeds, a female studio head”, as Amy Pascal, wasn’t in the room.)
Points out that despite Jodie Foster’s tiny cameo, lots of women went to see Inside Man starring Denzel Washington. See Queen Latifah, wish fulfillment above.

The discussion was held in August, so Jeff Robinov’s foot hadn’t entered his mouth yet.

These women don’t pay attention to the few women working as TV directors and that reality TV could be a training ground for women (who are usually credited as field producers). Michael Apted started in documentary, after all.

But there’s a big snob factor in features, and never underestimate the insularity of Hollywood. Directors who came from TV, like Dennie Gordon, Betty Thomas, and Mimi Leder, and those who go back and forth, like Nicole Holofcener tend to not get called for big tentpole pictures.

Nikki Finke picks out some high points, but think how lively the discussion could have been, had she sat at the table.

Elle hosts the 14th annual Women in Hollywood Tribute at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills on Oct. 15, when it will honor actresses Lauren Bacall, Scarlett Johansson, Diane Lane, Kate Bosworth, Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams and director Julie Taymor.