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Ava DuVernay faced a daunting task in bringing “Selma” to the big screen. The drama, about the 1965 Civil Rights marches in Alabama to demand voting rights for blacks, had already been through several directors by the time she came on board.
Adding to the challenges, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s estate would not grant the team behind the film permission to use his iconic speeches. Still, DuVernay managed to put together a critically acclaimed drama which debuted strongly at the box office this weekend after Paramount pictures rolled it out in limited release. And thanks to “Selma,” DuVernay recently »
- Anita Bennett
This week I’ve got a bunch of different topics and themes but none of them seem to be developing into a coherent column. So I think I’ll take parts of all of them and just stitch together into a hodgepodge column. It’s the end of the year so maybe I can get away with it.
If you’re doing a Sf tent pole movie, you want to hire Zoe Saldana and use her prominently. She played Neytiri in Avatar, Uhura in the two latest Star Trek films, and Gamora in Guardians Of The Galaxy and she’s going to be in the next installments of all these films. They all made what is technically called a shitload of money. Coincidence? I think not. In fact, I’m beginning to wonder if she shouldn’t be cast as Amanda Waller. (Sorry, Oprah.) I really want the upcoming Suicide Squad »
- John Ostrander
He made history as the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL, and while Michael Sam hasn’t yet become the regular player he had hoped to be, and is currently a free agent, his story remains an inspiration, and a new documentary called Michael Sam, debuting tonight at 9pm Et/Pt on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network, tells that story. (Originally planned as a multi-part series, Michael Sam was transitioned into a 90-minute documentary after shooting was postponed to allow Sam to focus on football.) Following the film, Oprah will speak exclusively to Sam in his first TV interview since being cut … Continue reading →
The post Own debuts Michael Sam documentary, followed by new interview appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Jeff Pfeiffer
If you’re already holiday-ed out by the relentless music and family films recycling through your television, we have a little something strange to lift you out of the Santa insanity. A friend of all things weird, Pee-wee Herman wrote the 1988 episode "Christmas at Pee-wee's Playhouse," which opens innocently enough with a performance from the UCLA Mens Choir. Things grow increasingly surreal — as Pee-wee’s guest list might suggest. Where else will you find a grown man in an ill-fitting suit who hangs out with the likes of Dinah Shore, Joan Rivers, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, Little Richard (on ice skates!), Charo, K.D. Lang, Grace Jones (dressed like a futuristic mannequin and singing yuletide songs!), Magic Johnson and the Del Rubio...
While most rumors about the famous are fleeting, some of them last much longer than 15 minutes--and prove to be denial-resistant, no matter how many times spokespeople have attempted to kill them.
Herewith, we examine the Ebola of celebrity gossip in 2014.
Photos: Beyonce's Best Stage Styles
Search Results: 8,420,000
The Real Deal: TMZ wasn’t the only three-letter news source that kept the rumor mill churning all year long. “Rumors of trouble in paradise started after the now infamous elevator incident in May…there were whispers that divorce was on the horizon,” reported CNN in September, referring to one of the most overanalyzed viral videos of 2014. In it, [link »
Michael Sam told Oprah Winfrey ... he knows of other gay men currently playing in the NFL -- and some of them have reached out to Michael on the phone to talk. Michael sat down with Oprah for a tell-all interview set to air on the Own network this weekend after a 90-minute documentary focusing on his journey to make an NFL team as an openly gay man. During the interview, Oprah asks Sam ... "Gay men »
- TMZ Staff
Seven years into its run, everyone knows that E!’s signature show should have long ago been renamed Keeping Up With Kim…and the Other Ones. But there are still three other Kardashians--and a total of eight Jenners--making cameo appearances and the occasional headline.
That’s why we’ve launched a new, hopefully annual list guaranteed to settle all your family holiday squabbles. Here is the first-ever Definitive Power Ranking of Kardashians and Jenners.*
It doesn’t matter if Kourtney and Khloe take the Hamptons, Miami and South Korea, for that matter--ratings-wise, they’ll never come close to touching their sister’s sizzle. And yet, in the world outside of reality TV, Kim’s appeal is evidently still underestimated and--according to Forbes, at least --drastically undervalued.
Photos: Kim Kardashian Is Getting Her Own Selfie Book
For instance, last year she earned a reported $28 million, which landed her at a respectable No. 80 on the magazine »
Don’t get me wrong: I adore Charlie Brown, Rudolph and the Grinch as much as anyone. But ask me to name my all-time favorite holiday special, and I gotta go with Pee-wee Herman.
Broadcast in 1988--in prime time!--Pee-wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special had everything we can possibly want in seasonal entertainment: music, merriment, snow … even Oprah.
“There’s never been a Christmas special like this, I guarantee you,” Pee-wee told Et’s Jeanne Wolf in 1988. (As was his custom, Paul Reubens did the interview entirely in character as his giggling, bow-tied alter ego.) And he was absolutely right: Until Pee-wee’s Playhouse came along in 1986, no one had ever blended camp, comedy and an art-school sensibility on Saturday morning television before. The result attracted kids and many curious adults.
The Christmas special stands out for a few reasons. In the interview, Pee-wee noted it had a “bigger budget, more time (and »
There comes a time in every child’s life when they have to sit down with mom and dad to have the talk. It can be awkward. It can be uncomfortable. But it’s necessary to talk about: Long term care.
What talk did you think we meant?
We wouldn’t fault you if that wasn’t the first thing that came to mind. It’s not a “hot” issue that many stars are tackling or that many people think about, unless it’s already affecting their life, or they’re big fan of HBO’s Getting On.
Dubbed “the adult birds and the bees,” long term care is an issue Rob Lowe is trying to get people to talk about. And he and Maria Shriver start it by sitting down for a touching discussion for Genworth in which they both open up about »
Public meltdowns and PR nightmares aren't just for celebs you already hate – sometimes even the most acclaimed super stars find new and insane ways to burn through years of good will and popularity.
News: 9 Things That Happened in 2014 That Ruined Your Childhood
Here are the six celebrities who managed to fall from grace the fastest in 2014.
Robin Thicke's downfall really began at the VMAs in August 2013 when he dressed up like Beetlejuice and performed "Blurred Lines" while Miley Cyrus groped his crotch with a giant foam hand. But the real trouble began after the show when a photo was snapped of the singer allegedly grabbing a girl's butt. This spawned a slew of rumors that Robin was cheating on his wife of eight years, actress Paula Patton, with whom he has a 4-year-old son.
The couple shook off cheating rumors for months »
Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
News: Here is Sony's statement about canceling 'The Interview'
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it »
In 2014, celebrities can’t be one-trick ponies. Nowadays, movies are pirated, CDs are leaked, and endorsement deals fall through with one nude photo. Take it from Oprah: If you want to build an empire, you must have numerous side hustles.
This year, a number of famous folks, including a legendary movie vet who realized he needed to take advantage of the technology of 2014, turned a fortune with their quirky passion projects. From a cooking show to a multi-million dollar game, these are the definitive celebrity side hustles of 2014.
Laugh all you want about Kim K’s jaunt into game development exclusively for mobile devices. The app, which is free to download but players are encouraged to buy in-app purchases to advance, makes $700,000 per day. Players get to create their own avatar, explore Hollywood, and become stars themselves, all while being supported by Kim Kardashian. »
- Tara Aquino
The expected: Jennifer Lawrence and Kim Kardashian ranked among the top Google searches of 2014. The unexpected: Quirky moments like Jared Leto's hug felt around the world and Queen Elizabeth's royal dip into social media were Googled again, and again … and again. If you were too busy searching under "chia seeds" or "Flappy Bird," below are some trending topics you may have missed over the past 12 months. "memes jared leto"Sure, the actor won an Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, but the real star of 2014 was Jared Leto's Instagram. In July, the do-gooder posted a photo of himself hugging a tree. »
- Brooke Showell
Alesha Dixon wants to emulate her idol Oprah Winfrey. The 36-year-old beauty - who first found fame as part of R&B group Mis-Teeq - has recently held meetings with TV moguls in the Us and Alesha admits she would like to enjoy success in the country by making a ''difference in people's lives'', just like her hero. Reflecting on her admiration of Oprah, Alesha explained: ''She's so incredible and she uses her fame for good. She tries to help other people. ''Oprah is a powerful woman proving you can do a lot of things against the odds. ''The way she lives her life is »
One thing’s for sure, being best friends with Oprah means you get a great 60th birthday party. The media mogul, who turned the big 6-0 earlier this year, surprised her Bff, CBS This Morning anchor Gayle King, with an early party to celebrate the milestone.
Oprah invited King’s friends and family to celebrate the big day, including her adult children Kirby and William, and This Morning co-host Charlie Rose. The attendees were decked out in yellow, King’s favorite color and feasted on Shake Shack burgers and grilled cheese, more of King’s favorite things.
"Surprise birthday party for @GayleKing," Oprah wrote on Instagram. "Her favorite cohost. Her favorite son and daughter. Her favorite grilled cheese. #happybirthdayGayle"
The guest of honor was completely surprised by the party and was honored by the friends, family and colleagues who turned out to celebrate with her.
"I was so touched by Charlie Rose [attending]," she told Et. "Because it was »
Reality TV changed forever back in 1992, when MTV premiered the first season of "The Real World."Before it became a debaucherous series filled with alcohol-induced hot tub make out sessions and over-the-top brawls, the show was a social experiment that tackled everything from race to sexuality in a way that hadn't really been done before for young audiences.With Season 30 making its debut on the network last night (yes, 30!), three stars from the show's first season returned to their now-infamous loft 22 years later.Heather B., Norman Korpi and Julie Gentry reunited for this Sunday's "Oprah: Where Are They Now?," airing Sunday, December 21 at 9pm Et/Pt on Own: Oprah Winfrey Network.MTV VJ Jesse Camp Resurfaces -- See Him Now!"We shot this show for 13 weeks. We lived here, we hung out, we talked, we cried, we partied, we fought," Heather says in the preview clip. "Eric [Nies] told us »
- tooFab Staff
The Interview will not be released in theaters.
Following the massive Sony hack that leaked everything from embarrassing executive emails to charming messages from huge stars to full-length unreleased movies, the drama has finally culminated in Sony pulling the comedy from theaters entirely.
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"In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release,” Sony said in a statement to Et on Wednesday. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."
The statement continues to explain the situation, "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought »
Oprah Winfrey isn't surprising a talk show audience with lavish gifts ... but she can still uncork a great one for her Bff!We're told Gayle King arrived with Oprah Tuesday night to Pier 59 Studios in NYC with a roomful of close friends and family -- all to celebrate Gayle's 60th birthday. Everyone was wearing 2 of Gayle's faves ... yellow and clogs (now that's love). Best part of the surprise though -- cake ... tons of cake! Oprah »
- TMZ Staff
As Beyonce would say, these stars "woke up like this."
While we're used to seeing celebrities all done up on the red carpet, on Instagram, they are more than happy to share a slew of makeup-free photos.
Photos: 40-Something or 30-Something? Guess Jennifer Lopez’s Age In These Pics!
This fresh-faced movement was embraced by celebrities of all ages, with some looking flawless (what filter are they using?!), and others looking a little more rough around the edges. Either way, we love that these women are not afraid to show us what they really look like without the Photoshop and makeup!
Here are a few of our favorite ladies that willingly shared their makeup-free moments with us this year.
1. Oprah: The Queen of Talk is quickly becoming the Queen of Instagram. With over three million followers, Oprah doesn't hold back when sharing her life with her fans -- even when she's picking vegetables in her sweatpants »
Oprah Winfrey paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday night, where she talked about her "previous life" as a "soap opera star." The ensuing sketch, starring her and Jimmy, features the strangest soap opera concept ever: both of the characters fall victim to hilarious vocal effects midscene. Watch the video above to see Oprah and Jimmy with superhigh voices, very low voices, and ridiculous Auto-Tune. Oh, and brace yourself for a few Oprah slaps along the way. Front Page Image Source: NBC »
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