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17 items from 2004

Anna Nicole Inheritance Overturned

31 December 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Busty Anna Nicole Smith's new year has started on a sour note - a US Federal Court of Appeals has overturned a previous federal court decision to award her millions in her late husband J Howard Marshall's will. In 2002, a federal court in California awarded Smith over $88 million from the deceased oil tycoon's estate, but the cash has been held-up as Marshall's family fought the decision. And now it looks as if Smith will only get a fraction of the cash she expected. Instead, a Texas court has ruled the cash will go to Marshall's son, according to American showbiz news program Entertainment Tonight. Smith will now have to take the case to the US Supreme Court if she still wants the money. The model married 89-year-old Marshall in 1994. He died less than a year later. »

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Newmar Offers To Back Down In Neighborly Dispute with Belushi

15 November 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Former TV Catwoman Julie Newmar is keen to settle an ongoing dispute with her next door neighbor Jim Belushi by growing flowers on his wall. The 1960s Batman star is being sued by Belushi after he grew tired of her efforts to allegedly destroy his property and defame him in order to drive him out of the neighborhood - all because of a wall he put up around his Hollywood property. Newmar tells American showbiz news show Entertainment Tonight, "It's so petty. It's such small potatoes. Shame on us really. I think this really got out of hand and it shouldn't have. I would like to ask him (Belushi) if he would please take down his wall because I'd like to have the sunshine in my house and I'd love to see the blue sky and I'd love to have the warmth of the California sun. But it isn't something that I wish to keep in my consciousness anymore, and if he doesn't want to take down the wall, well, I'll just put some nice flowers on it... It isn't worth being so hostile." Belushi filed a $4 million complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court at the beginning of the month claiming his neighbor "engaged in a premeditated campaign" to destroy his peace and enjoyment. Newmar reportedly paid out $10,000 in damages and legal fees after Belushi took her to court for throwing an egg at his door. She adds, "That's past history. We resolved that. That's done and gone. We are going to behave like adults again. I'd like to apologize to him and I'd like to tell him how deeply sorry I am if I've caused him any grief or any sorrow." »

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'Insider' tops rookie class; 'Jeopardy!' streak rolls on

29 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Entertainment newsmagazine The Insider led all first-run strips that debuted in syndication during the week ending Sept. 19. Among all syndicated shows, Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Everybody Loves Raymond continued to perform well, taking the top four spots in syndication, respectively. Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider averaged a 2.4 household rating for the week, placing it at the top of the freshman pack, according to Nielsen Media Research data. ET continued to lead all entertainment newsmagazines with a 4.7, up 9% week-to-week. Off-net drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, meanwhile, got off to a good start with its weekend broadcast syndication premiere. The hit show averaged a 4.3, which marked the best national syndication debut or a weekly hour since 1997, when The X-Files premiered with an 8.8. Jeopardy! is still reaping the benefits of contestant Ken Jennings' winning streak, averaging an 8.5, flat compared with the previous week. Wheel was close behind with an 8.4, up 5%. »

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Spears Marries Federline

20 September 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Pop beauty Britney Spears reportedly wed her dancer fiance Kevin Federline in a secret Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday. The wedding was held at a private home in the Studio City area with 20 to 30 people attending, according to American TV network Entertainment Tonight's website. Spears, dressed in a strapless white gown, and Federline, in standard tuxedo, reportedly dined on chicken fingers and ribs in a barbecue-style reception. The "Toxic" star announced her engagement to Federline in June, just three months after they began dating. In January, the singer sparked a media frenzy when she married her childhood pal Jason Alexander in an impromptu Las Vegas wedding, only to have the union annulled 55 hours later. Spears' representative Nicole King has so far refused to return a message to comment on the marriage reports. »

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'Insider' leads syndie bows

16 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Paramount Domestic Television's entertainment newsmagazine The Insider led the pack of new shows premiering Monday in syndication. The strip, a spinoff of Paramount's syndicated Entertainment Tonight, averaged a 2.6 household rating/5 share Monday in Nielsen Media Research's overnight metered markets. That's down 7% from the year-ago time period average of a 2.8/6 for its station affiliates and down 16% from the lead-in average of a 3.1/7. All of the new shows premiering Monday were down from their lead-in average, and most were down from their year-ago time period average. The exception to the latter was Buena Vista Television's freshman talker The Tony Danza Show, whose premiere Monday averaged a 2.1/7 in the overnight metered markets. Tony's performance marks a 14% increase from the year-ago time period average of a 1.8/6, but the show was down 5% from the lead-in average of a 2.2/8. »

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Menounos busy with 3 projects

15 September 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Entertainment Tonight's Maria Menounos is ramping up her acting activities outside the syndicated strip. She has signed on for a part on the big screen in 20th Century Fox's Fantastic Four and inking a deal for an arc on the WB Network's One Tree Hill. She also will guest star on the Sept. 20 episode of UPN's One on One. Menounos joins Jessica Alba, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd and Julian McMahon in Fantastic Four, based on the Marvel Comics property about the adventure-seeking quartet who develop superpowers when their spaceship is exposed to cosmic radiation. Menounos will play a nurse who is romanced by Evans' character, the Human Torch, in the Tim Story-directed production. »

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'Insider' gets scoop from 'ET' staffers

25 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The upcoming Entertainment Tonight spinoff The Insider has tapped several syndication veterans to join its production staff, with many of them moving over from ET. Joining the syndicated entertainment magazine, which premieres Sept. 13, are D.J. Petroro and Ron Vandor, who have been named senior producers; Anthony Beilinsohn, John Palacio, Steve Tseckares and Jonathan Zager, who have been tapped as supervising producers; and Michael Delazzer and Julie Rashid, who have been named coordinating producers. The Insider, hosted by Pat O'Brien and based on an Entertainment Tonight segment, is distributed by Paramount Domestic Television, which also distributes ET. »

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Syndication ratings: Court shows up, others down

18 August 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Syndicated shows were in the doldrums for the week ended Aug. 8 as most were in repeats and fewer viewers were watching television from the previous frame. Court shows exhibited some improvement during the week, which saw HUT (households using television) levels drop by an average of 387,000 households from the previous week, according to Nielsen Media Research figures. Judge Judy averaged a 4.5 household rating, up 7% week-to-week, while Judge Joe Brown was flat at a 3.4. Divorce Court (2.6) was up 4%, Judge Mathis (2.4) was up 9%, and People's Court (2.4) was flat. The entertainment magazine strips also saw some improvement week-to-week, with Entertainment Tonight posting a 4.5, up 5%. Inside Edition was up 3% to a 3.2, Extra was up 5% to a 2.2, and Access Hollywood fell 5% to a 2.1. Celebrity Justice was down 17% to a 1.0. »

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Fed Up Carter Speaks Out About Hilton's Mystery Bruises

4 August 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Backstreet Boys hunk Nick Carter has chosen to speak out himself against reports he beat ex-girlfriend Paris Hilton, after becoming fed up with the constant gossiping. Hotel heiress Hilton set tongues wagging last week when she was seen out and about in Los Angeles with bruises on her arm and lip. Almost immediately, rumors were spread that her pop singer ex was responsible for it. And while Carter has denied the allegations through his lawyer Marty Singer, he's now chosen to set the record straight by talking about it himself. He tells American TV show Entertainment Tonight, "If they need the media attention, let them do their thing. My family, friends and fans know that this is not my character and I would never hurt anyone that I cared for or do anything like the malicious things they are claiming. The truth will come out." Hilton herself is remaining tight-lipped about the bruising. »

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Spencer joins 'Insider' as N.Y. anchor

19 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lara Spencer has been scooped up by The Insider. Paramount Domestic Television, which produces and distributes the upcoming entertainment newsmagazine, confirmed that the former Good Morning America correspondent will become the syndicated show's New York anchor, as expected (HR 6/17). She'll join Pat O'Brien, who is set as host of the half-hour strip, a spinoff of a segment on Paramount's Entertainment Tonight. In other Paramount news, the studio has canceled the weekly movie-review show Hot Ticket in the hopes that stations will pick up the weekend edition of Insider instead. Spencer said she was drawn to The Insider because of its team -- including O'Brien and executive producer Linda Bell Blue -- along with its ET association. »

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Steines set to join 'ET' anchor desk

13 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

There's been another on-air change in the world of syndicated entertainment newsmagazines. Paramount Domestic Television, which produces and distributes Entertainment Tonight, said Monday that Mark Steines has signed a multiyear deal to join Mary Hart as co-anchor, effective immediately. Steines replaces Bob Goen, who has signed a development deal with the studio. In addition, ESPN's SportsCenter anchor Kevin Frazier has been named anchor of Entertainment Tonight Weekend, starting Sept. 18. »

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O'Brien scoops 'Insider' gig at Paramount

12 July 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Pat O'Brien has officially pulled an "Insider" job. The former Access Hollywood co-anchor is set to host Paramount Domestic Television's syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider, as expected (HR 6/17). "This is a huge step for me", O'Brien said. "I have no animosity or beef with 'Access Hollywood'; I've been there for seven years. But this was an opportunity to do something different. It's going to be the show of record for Hollywood." The Insider, which premieres Sept. 13, is a spinoff of a segment on Paramount's Entertainment Tonight. »

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Newsy week boosts TV mags

30 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Most syndicated entertainment magazines saw ratings increases during a flurry of media- and entertainment-related news in the week ended June 20. Entertainment Tonight maintained its perch at the top of the pack for the week, according to national ratings for syndicated series from Nielsen Media Research. The strip nabbed a 5.1 average household rating, up 11% on the week, which included news regarding Michael Moore's documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 and musician Ray Charles' death as well as the start of former President Clinton's promotional push for his top-selling new memoir, My Life. »

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O'Brien off 'Access' for 'Insider' job

17 June 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Two syndicated entertainment magazine strips are playing musical chairs with their anchors. Sources said Access Hollywood co-anchor Pat O'Brien is leaving his post at the NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution show for a new gig as anchor of The Insider, an upcoming spinoff of Entertainment Tonight from Paramount Domestic Television. Billy Bush, who joined Access Hollywood in 2001 as its East Coast correspondent, will now share anchor duties with Nancy O'Dell, who has been with the show since it launched in 1996. She was upped to co-anchor in 1999. »

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Pitt Congratulates Paltrow

24 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brad Pitt has led a chorus of celebrities congratulating his former fiancee Gwyneth Paltrow on the birth of her daughter. Shakespeare In Love beauty Paltrow and her rocker husband Chris Martin welcomed Apple Blythe Alison Martin into the world last Friday near their London home. And the news was broken to Pitt by TV show Entertainment Tonight as he toured Japan promoting his new hit movie Troy. He says, "That's fantastic. It's beautiful. That's great." And Working Girl star Melanie Griffith is highly impressed with Paltrow's unusual choice of name. She coos, "Apple - that's sweet. Congratulations Gwyneth! That's beautiful." Cameron Diaz, on the other hand, is certain the new bundle of joy has already earned her name through a facial feature alone. She explains, "I'm sure with those beautiful cheeks that she bares by her mother that she'll live up to her name Apple." »

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Correction: J.Lo Not Engaged

13 May 2004 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Publicists for Jennifer Lopez are refuting reports that the singer-actress contacted showbiz news show Entertainment Tonight to squelch reports she's engaged again, to singer Marc Anthony. A previous report from WENN had cited that Lopez called Entertainment Tonight's offices in Los Angeles to complain about the show's coverage of her rumored romance with the singer. According to Lopez's publicist, Rob Shuter, "Jennifer Lopez did not call into Entertainment Tonight. The rumors that Jennifer Lopez is engaged are not true." Initial rumors regarding a possible marriage for the two surfaced last week when Lopez was spotted wearing a new diamond band on her wedding finger. (A previous version of this story cited that Lopez had contacted Entertainment Tonight regarding the supposed engagement; we regret the error.) »

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Gibbons to host Lifetime show

27 January 2004 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Lifetime has tapped Leeza Gibbons to host What Should You Do? a reality series the cable network has greenlighted for a second season beginning in June. Produced by 44 Blue Prods., What examines the proper way to deal with dangerous situations. Gibbons formerly was an anchor on Entertainment Tonight and host of her own syndicated talk show, Leeza. »

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