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Khloe Kardashian's husband skips 'X Factor' debut

31 October 2012 3:01 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Khloe Kardashian's husband Lamar Odom will miss her 'X Factor' USA debut. The 32-year-old Clippers basketball player - who has been married to the 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' star for three years - is reportedly upset that he cannot support his nervous 28-year-old wife during her first time co-hosting the popular reality series live alongside Mario Lopez tonight (31.10.12) because he has a game at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. A source told HollywoodLife.com: '[Lamar] can't be in two places at one time. Of course he wants to be there with Khloe supporting her on 'X Factor', but he's got a game today and his teammates are counting on him, so that's where he has to be. That's »

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What to Watch Friday: Haven Returns, CSI: NY's Almost-Finale, the Alma Awards and More

21 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

On TV this Friday: You haven’t died and gone to Haven; the sci-fi series is back. Speaking of shuffling off this mortal coil, Mac nearly does so in a CSI: NY encore and the Boss may be one step closer to turning in the keys to the city for good. In happier news, you’re bound to see some of your faves when the 2012 Alma Awards recognize Hispanic achievement in entertainment. Here are nine programs to look for tonight.

8 pm America’s Next Top Model: College Edition (The CW) | The girls work a fashion show to raise funds for singer Alicia Keys’ charity, »

- Kimberly Roots

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George Lopez to Ex-Wife -- Go Ahead, Take My Retirement Money

10 September 2012 4:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

George Lopez is still hashing out divorce settlement details with his ex-wife -- over a year after a judge finalized the split -- in fact, the ex-couple Just decided how to divvy up George's giant retirement stash.According to new court docs, filed this week in L.A., George and his ex Ann Serrano agreed to split the actor's AFTRA retirement fund down the middle ... but only the portion of the fund representing the contributions »

- TMZ Staff

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'George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You' - 'To really be effective, you have to be edgy'

14 July 2012 12:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Zap2it: What's your main thought about doing your third live stand-up HBO special, "George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You" (Saturday, July 14)?

George Lopez: I am probably the only person who still does them live. It scares a lot of people, but I'm a big fan of boxing, and you don't get knocked out and get back in and say, "Let me try that again. That didn't work out too well the first time." I believe that doing it live the night of the show is more compelling and more exciting.

Zap2it: You've had so many different identities - including your current one as a dating contest host on Fox's "Take Me Out" - is doing stand-up material the most comfortable one for you?

George Lopez: I've been the family sitcom guy and the talk show guy, but inside of me is still the »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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'Take Me Out' host George Lopez: 'It's not heavy'

7 June 2012 1:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The debut of another dating show may not come as a surprise, but George Lopez serving as its host might.

The comedian and former sitcom star and "Lopez Tonight" talk show host makes his return to television as the Fox series "Take Me Out" premieres Thursday, June 7.

The hourlong program involves a "Flirty 30" group of women who must determine individually whether a certain bachelor is the man for them. When only two interested women remain in the game, the power of choice switches, and he gets to select one of them ... then the remaining 29 bachelorettes, plus a new one, get another bachelor to assess.

"When they presented it to me, I immediately Googled it," Lopez tells Zap2it of digesting the concept, already used in other countries. "I thought it was interesting, I thought it was fun, and I thought the host would play a huge part in it. It's »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TMZ founder Jim Paratore dies at 58

30 May 2012 9:23 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Jim Paratore, founder of celebrity news website TMZ and executive producer of the TMZ television program, died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday (May 29) while on a bike trip in France, reports TMZ. He was 58 years old.

In addition to his work at TMZ, Paratore was President of Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros., and helped create such shows as "The Bonnie Hunt Show," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Lopez Tonight."

His obituary on TMZ says Paratore was hilarious and that everyone there was touched by his brilliance. Paratore is survived by his wife Jill Wickert and daughter Martinique Paratore.

Ellen DeGeneres tweets of his passing, "My friend, producer and champion Jim Paratore died today. He gave me a chance when no one else would. I love you, Jim." »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Ellen DeGeneres And Tyra Banks Pay Tribute To Producer Pal

29 May 2012 6:36 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres and Tyra Banks have led the tributes to TV executive Jim Paratore, who died after suffering a heart attack while cycling in France on Tuesday.

The 58 year old, who also co-founded celebrity website TMZ, is credited with giving DeGeneres her big break as a chat show host after she came out as a lesbian.

He also served as executive producer on The Bonnie Hunt Show and Lopez Tonight, and helped launch The Tyra Banks Show.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, DeGeneres writes, "My friend, producer and champion Jim Paratore died today. He gave me a chance when no one else would. I love you, Jim."

Banks adds, "Jim, I will miss you! You believed in me & were so influential in my TV career. Thank you for your faith."

Paratore was president of Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros. He teamed up with TMZ boss Harvey Levin to develop the concept of the news website, and he was instrumental in turning the venture in to a daily TV news show.

A statement from Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television Group, reads: "The Warner Bros. Television family has lost an incredibly talented and creative friend and colleague in Jim. He has left an indelible mark not only on our company’s success but on each of us who worked with him during the past 26 years.

"Jim had a passion for life, both inside and outside the entertainment industry, and he will truly be missed." »

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'TMZ' founder Jim Paratore dies at 58

29 May 2012 5:32 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The founder of TMZ has passed away. Jim Paratore died of an apparent heart attack while biking in France on Tuesday (May 29), according to a post on the website. He was 58 years old. Paratore not only developed the celebrity news website, but was also a key player in the establishment of the TMZ on TV series. In addition, he served as an executive producer on Ellen and Lopez Tonight and was involved in developing The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. At the time of his death he was president of Telepictures, a division of Warner Bros. A statement on TMZ described Paratore as "an amazingly creative guy... a great producer... [and] (more) »

- By Tara Fowler

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George Lopez doubts he'd have wanted TBS talk show 'for the rest of my life'

2 May 2012 3:28 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

George Lopez believes, nine months after TBS ended his weeknight "Lopez Tonight" talk show, that it's "probably the best time of my life."

The comedian has a very full plate now: He'll host the Fox dating-competition show "Take Me Out" starting Thursday, June 7; his third HBO stand-up special, "George Lopez: It's Not Me, It's You," will be televised from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on Saturday, July 14; and he has a deal with Debmar-Mercury, the company making Charlie Sheen's "Anger Management" for FX, for another sitcom.

"Doing a talk show was something I'd never imagined," Lopez tells Zap2it. "Being as much a fan of Johnny Carson as I was, and having been on 'Late Show With David Letterman' and all those shows, it was fun to do. That's kind of a lifetime gig, though, and I'm not sure I would have wanted to do that »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Jason Statham interview: Safe, Expendables 2, Crank, Stallone and his prolific career

20 April 2012 2:18 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ahead of the release Safe, we got the chance to chat to Jason Statham about Expendables 2, action franchises, and his ferocious productivity…

“Never meet your heroes” is a commonly used maxim. It’s certainly one that plays on your mind when you’re in the fortunate position to meet and interview one of your favourite action stars.

So bear in mind that, when it comes to Jason Statham, I’ve written more about the man’s work and career than most people write for their final year degree thesis. For me, he’s already a legend.

It’s a long running in-joke here at Den of Geek that any article written about The Stath is always met with a stock supply of comments, so much so that we’ve even taken to supplying some cut and paste options to save time. We’ve championed Statham for many years and will no doubt continue to, »

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George Lopez Makes Date to Host New Fox Series 'Take Me Out'

18 April 2012 5:49 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

George Lopez will host Fox's new reality dating show "Take Me Out." Lopez will serve as main matchmaker for the show, the network announced Wednesday. It's produced by FremantleMedia North America and will debut on June 7 at 8 p.m. His roots are in stand-up comedy, but Lopez is probably best known for starring in his self-produced sitcom "George Lopez," which ran on ABC from 2002-2007. He hosted the TBS late-night talk show "Lopez Tonight" on TBS until it was canceled in August of last year. Also read: George Lopez Canceled: 'I Lost Some »

- Todd Cunningham

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George Lopez tapped to host Fox's dating show 'Take Me Out'

18 April 2012 4:47 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Fox’s new dating show Take Me Out has landed a host: George Lopez will lead the way on the series that follows 30 single women as they search for a match when it premieres June 7 at 8 p.m. In fact, Lopez will be something more of a host — he’ll serve as the show’s matchmaker between the women and the bachelors who are vying for the chance to take one of the ladies out on a dream date. Lopez’s last big TV hosting gig was his own late-night talk show Lopez Tonight, which was cancelled by TBS last August. »

- Tanner Stransky

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TBS Orders Pilot For Panel Comedy Show Starring Tom Papa

19 March 2012 10:47 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: TBS has greenlighted Naked Truth, a panel talk show hosted by comedian Tom Papa (The Marriage Ref) and produced by late-night guru Robert Morton (Late Show With David Letterman). On the show, Papa sits at a desk with three other comedians who form a panel to discuss and riff on topics in the zeitgeist, stories big and small, all with a comedic twist. “We thought it would be fun to have comedians help us sort through the avalanche of information falling on us every day and help expose what’s wrong with everything,” Papa said. He is executive producing the project with Morton and 3 Arts Entertainment’s Dave Becky and Josh Lieberman. This marks Morton’s return to TBS, where he recently served as executive producer on Lopez Tonight. »

- NELLIE ANDREEVA

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George Lopez new deal struck with Debmar - Mercury

27 February 2012 8:53 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

George Lopez has a new TV gig courtesy of Debmar-Mercury, the production house in business with Tyler Perry and Charlie Sheen. Lopez will star in a comedy for the distributor, the network is yet to be determined. Debmar, according to Variety, has given a 10-episode order, with the understanding that more (90 episodes) will come based on ratings' benchmarks. Debmar is responsible for TBS' House of Payne, Meet the Browns and For Better or Worse as well as Sheen's FX series Anger Management, coming summer 2012. The Lopez project has no writer yet attached, according to Variety. Lopez recently completed voice-over work for animated film Rio, and starred in chat show Lopez Tonight, which was canceled by TBS last »

- April MacIntyre

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