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Before there was James Frey, there was Stephen Elliott. Two years before Frey’s bestselling, Oprah-approved “A Million Little Pieces” hit shelves in 2003 (only to be notoriously debunked three years later), Elliott’s “A Life Without Consequences” arrived. A mish-mash of memoir and autobiography and fiction and imagination, Elliott’s book detailed his (or was it his? the details are muddy and they stay muddy) childhood experiences of abuse, deprivation, homelessness, and drug addiction. That not all of it was exactly true wasn’t the points— and, Elliott, who continues to write fiction and non-fiction, both on the printed page and on the web, doesn’t argue that — but it is the crux of Pamela Romanowsky’s “The Adderall Diaries,” the filmmaker’s feature film version of Elliott’s 2010 “memoir” of the same name. Read More: Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'The Adderall Diaries' In “The Adderall Diaries, »
- Kate Erbland
Whether you like it or not, the summer movie season is right around the corner! Of course, blockbusters sprout up all throughout the year, with movies like The Divergent Series: Insurgent and Furious 7 setting the box office on fire even before the "official" summer movie season kicks off...But the four-month period between May and August is simply jam-packed with big-budget tentpoles, outlandish comedies and even a few memorable indie dramas. Before you start snatching up tickets to your favorite summer movies, we have a handy guide breaking down all of the major studio blockbusters, and even a few independent flicks that have the potential to break out into the mainstream. Here our the 35 movies you simply can't miss this summer!
1Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1
Stewart’s decision to retire as host of the satirical news show after 16 years has left liberal America in mourning. So why is he leaving just before an election – and what will happen when he steps out from behind the desk?
There was no one moment when Jon Stewart knew it was time for him to leave what he describes as “the most perfect job in the world”; no epiphany, no flashpoint. “Life,” he says, in the lightly self-mocking tone he uses when talking about himself, “doesn’t really work that way, with a finger pointing at you out of the sky, saying, ‘Leave now!’ That only happens when you’re fired, and trust me, I know about that.”
Instead, he describes his decision to quit The Daily Show, the American satirical news programme he has hosted for 16 years, as something closer to the end of a long-term relationship. “It »
- Hadley Freeman
The Oprah Winfrey Network has filed a lawsuit in Florida alleging that a man named Justin Jackson pretended to be Oprah's nephew and even impersonated network employees to get lavish gifts and benefits. Additionally, per the specifics of the suit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint alleges that Jackson has a history of impersonation and once claimed to be President Barack Obama's aide as well as Madonna's manager. Reggie Love, a former personal aide to Obama, and Scott Garner, Own's Senior Vice President of Scheduling and Acquisitions, were both listed as co-plaintiffs. An Own spokesperson released the following statement to E! News: "A lawsuit was filed today against Justin »
You get a lawsuit, and You get a lawsuit ... the Florida couple who thought they could pull a fast one on Own by pretending they were Oprah Winfrey's assistants, employees and even family members are about to find out in court why that was a very bad idea. According to the lawsuit Justin Jackson and alleged accomplice Angel Agarrat pretended to be tight with Oprah in order to scam businesses like Converse, Pandora and »
- TMZ Staff
I'm currently re-reading "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks," the non-fiction book by Rebecca Skloot, which Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films optioned in 2010, to adapt into a feature film for HBO. Although there hasn't been much development news since that initial announcement, which is unfortunate. I hope the project isn't dead. If you know otherwise, or have some insider info on it, fill the rest of us in. It's a book I first read when the announcement of Oprah's option was made, and I picked it up again over the weekend, looking for a specific passage in it, and instead found myself re-reading the book all over again, if only because I couldn't »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Kristen Wiig's work in "Welcome To Me" is pretty terrific, and she pulls off something that could have easily blown up in her face. She plays a character who is deeply, profoundly mentally ill in a film that is funny and sad in equal measure without ever taking a cheap or sensational approach to whatever it is that's wrong with her. Not easy. Today, we've got an exclusive clip from the film for you, and I'll set it up by saying that the movie is about a woman who is obsessed with Oprah and her show. She tapes and watches all of the episodes, over and over, memorizing them. When she wins a massive lottery prize, she contracts a small local public access station to produce 100 episodes of her very own Oprah-like talk show. It is much stranger than it sounds, if you can believe that. I like the film a lot, »
- Drew McWeeny
The middle of Spring actually means a new selection of summer blockbusters to look forward to, and with a ton of big-budget films slated to come out within the next few months and beyond, the summer of 2015 looks like one to remember.
From the new Mad Max (which is already on our end-of -year top ten list event though we haven’t yet seen it) to Avengers, Poltergeists, male strippers, talking teddy bears, and a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, this summer’s trips to the theaters will be jam-packed with sequels and new tales. From May 1st right through to the end of August, some of the movies on our list could wind up on year-end “best of” lists or even receive some Oscar talk by December.
Grab your calendar, because Wamg has a rundown of this summer’s films we’re most excited about, so check them out below! »
- Movie Geeks
Real-life couple and reality stars Ice-t and Coco have landed their own daytime talk show from Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution, which will air across Fox stations, as a three-week daily test run this summer.
The announcement was made Monday by Frank Cicha, senior VP of programming, Fox Television Stations’ Ken Werner, president of Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution; and Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros. unscripted and alternative television.
“Ice & Coco” will cover topics of the day including Hollywood news and even puppy bits, and will feature celebrity guests, fun segments, games and open interviews, presented in a “fun, authentic vibe” by the husband-and-wife duo who will bring a “fresh perspective to the daily talk show format.” The series will premiere Aug. 3 on select Fox-owned stations in markets, including New York and L.A.
“We see this as another attempt to do something different — big personalities, new to the daypart, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The celebrities have begun lining up to say goodbye to David Letterman as the Late Show host gets ready to say sign off next month. CBS has revealed the full guest list for Letterman’s final 28 Late Show installments, which will feature guests, such as Bill Murray, Oprah Winfrey, Jerry Seinfeld, John Travolta, and Julia Roberts, who will all help the talk show host end his two decade-long run on the Late Show with a bang, leading up to Letterman’s final broadcast on Wednesday, May 20. And while Murray, Oprah, Seinfeld, Travolta, and Roberts on their own are a pretty terrific lineup of guest, there are plenty more A-List celebs joining them to help to give a star-studded farewell Letterman. Those many guests include George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Tom Hanks, Jack Hanna, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Keaton, Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Don Rickles, Ray Romano, »
- Chris King
Mariah Carey insists her publicist didn't quit her ... she canned the publicist. TMZ obtained a letter which Mariah claims she wrote to famed publicist Cindi Berger, who has repped the singer for 15 years. Mariah says in the letter, "I've done a lot of soul-searching this past year ... and I found myself asking if I was truly employing a healthy perspective (not to sound too Oprah about it all :)." The singer goes on, "So I »
- TMZ Staff
"Empire" will have a ton of big stars on Season 2, but there's someone who's about to be approached that will up the ante even higher. Brian Grazer was out and about in NYC Wednesday when our photog fired off some names. It seems like Oprah's in the bag. There are rumors producers are going after Eminem and Mariah Carey ... both of whom would be awesome. But Grazer's big wish is even more elusive. But these days, »
- TMZ Staff
“You get eliminated! And you get eliminated! And you get eliminated!” cries Carson Daly. “You’re all getting eliminated!”
Ok, maybe my re-enactment is a tad dramatic — a common problem of mine — but the basic concept remains true. By the end of Wednesday’s hourlong broadcast, the Top 20 of Season 8 had become the Top 12, booting eight hopefuls faster than Christina Aguilera can upstage »
Empire quickly became known for many things: Its insanely addictive storytelling, the amazing performances by the all-star cast and the chart-topping hit music the show produces. But one thing that's just an extra cherry on top of Fox's ice cream sundae and crown jewel of the 2015 TV season? The incredible guest stars that show up episode after episode! Season one boasted the likes of Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Courtney Love, Naomi Campbell, Gladys Knight and so many more. And there's already talk of Denzel Washington or Oprah making an appearance next! But who else will we get in season two? When E! News caught up with Empire's breakout star Jussie Smollett after he hosted the 2015 »
It's hard to believe that Princess Diana was thrust into the spotlight at just 19-years-old. News of the late royal's engagement to Prince Charles became public in February of 1981, just five months before she tied the knot in front of 3,500 guests (and millions upon millions of viewers around the world). And now, Earl Charles Spencer is opening up to Oprah Winfrey about his perspective on the memorable engagement news. After recalling just how young Diana was, both Oprah and Spencer agree that "19 [years old] is just astonishing." "Well, do you know I was away at school and it was boarding school so I was really in an isolated place," he told the media mogul when asked how »
Khloé Kardashian calls the comment "a low blow" - Us Weekly A Grey's Anatomy star is getting heat for his racial-profiling advice - Et Nick Cannon reportedly wants to write a tell-all about Mariah Carey - Gossip Girl This actress was told she wasn't "pretty enough" - HuffPost Celebrity Is Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting's marriage in trouble? - Ok! Kellan Lutz is the host of a new show - Lainey Gossip Members of The Suite Life of Zack and Cody reunite - BuzzFeed Princess Diana's brother talks to Oprah about raising a royal - People »
Among the many legacies Princess Diana left behind, the seemingly "average" way in which she raised her privileged sons William and Harry stands as one of the most intriguing and relatable. Nearly three decades after Diana's unexpected death, Prince William, 32, and his wife Kate, 33, are bringing up their 20-month-old son George with a normalcy that speaks to the values that William's mother held dear - even as she looked toward the throne of England. This Sunday, as revealed in an exclusive clip, Diana's brother Charles Spencer sits down with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the reality, and the challenge, of raising a royal child. »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
It's hard to believe that O, The Oprah Magazine is 15 years old! Oprah Winfrey celebrated the momentous occasion with, what else, a cover shoot showing her looking possibly more stunning than ever before. The incomparable Ms. O donned a custom Xscape blue Swarovski crystal-adorned gown with sheer cutouts, Leviev earrings and sultry smoky eye that made her famous features pop. The media mogul wanted to go full-blown glam for the special anniversary cover, and she did just that! "For the past 15 years, we've been able to fulfill on a monthly basis, the original dream for this magazine. The original dream is that it would be a manual or a guide to meet women exactly where »
Oprah Winfrey must be thanking her lucky stars that she went into business with Tyler Perry. The arrangement has proven to be a very beneficial one to her and to the Oprah Winfrey Network and now even more so. This past Tuesday Tyler Perry’s “The Have and Have Nots” and “If Loving You is Wrong” both delivered viewership highs in the history of Own. Both shows pulled in an average of 2.5 million viewers and The Have and Have Nots, which aired it's season’s finale, pulled in alone 3.5 million viewers. Not only was the show the most watched show on cable Tuesday night, but it also was the most watched show ever on the network breaking the previous record holder of Oprah’s interview with Bobby Kristina Brown on Oprah’s Next Chapter, a month after the death of her mother, Whitney Houston.
A strong finish by “The Haves and the Have Nots” and the return of “If Loving You is Wrong” — a pair of soapy dramas created by Tyler Perry —combined Tuesday to give Own its most-watched night on record.
Nielsen estimates that the midseason finale of “Haves and Have Nots” averaged a 1.1 rating/4 share in adults 18-49 and 3.5 million viewers overall — up nearly 20% in both categories from the previous week. Among cable programs, it was No. 1 in its 9 o’clock hour in 18-49 and No. 1 among all cable programs for the night in total viewers.
It was followed by the second-season premiere of “If Loving You is Wrong” (0.9/3 in 18-49, 3.0 million viewers overall), which set series records across the board. It retained a strong 85% of its “Haves” lead-in among women 25-54 (1.56 rating vs. 1.84), and the programs ranked as cable’s top two for the night in Own’s target demo.
For the night, »
- Rick Kissell
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