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August 24, 2004 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the world continues its sustained shriek at the loss of Edvard Munch's definitive portrait of proto-existentialist angst, The Scream, we shriek "Oh God!" in cinephilic angst (or is it a cinephobic angst?) over a surreal cinematic move: a remake of the '77 New Age-ish comedy Oh God! starring Ellen DeGeneres in the title role. According to Variety, prolific producer Jerry Weintraub (Ocean's Eleven and Twelve, The Firm, The Karate Kid) is remaking his own sappy but charming flick about a grocery manager chosen by God to spread kindness and such.
NEWS
November 9, 1997 | By Carol Rosenberg, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU This article contains information from the Associated Press
President Clinton burst a political taboo last night, addressing a $500-a-couple homosexual-rights benefit and telling a black-tie crowd of gays and lesbians, "I am delighted to be here. " No sitting president has ever before spoken to a gay civil rights group. The affair benefited the Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies against discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace and in favor of more funding for AIDS research. "I want us to come together across all our lines of differences into one America.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 1996 | By Gail Shister Inquirer TV critic Jonathan Storm contributed to this report
Ellen DeGeneres is no Roseanne or Brett Butler, and she likes it that way. Unlike her caustic ABC sitcom colleagues, "I'm like a wimp," DeGeneres told TV critics gathered here yesterday. "I really don't like to offend anybody or get a laugh at someone else's expense. I'm not saying that's bad. " Roseanne and Butler "don't pull any punches. I think that's great. I deal with that in therapy all the time, to try to get to that point. I just try to find humor in things we can all relate to instead of making fun of someone else.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2005 | By VALERIE KUKLENSKI Los Angeles Daily News
"How come this keeps happening to me?" Ellen DeGeneres says that was her gut reaction when it struck her that she would once again be hosting the Primetime Emmy Awards following a deadly national crisis. In 2001, she'd signed up for what should have been a routine annual tribute to the best of television with all its glitz and laughs. Two postponements later, it was an unusually solemn occasion, acknowledging the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Armed Forces who had gone into Afghanistan in response.
NEWS
April 30, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Awards season goes on. Friday night, Ellen DeGeneres swept Daytime Emmy awards for best talk show and best host for the second year in a row, and General Hospital and Guiding Light also won big at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, also home of the Oscars. It was the first prime-time showing for the Daytime Emmys in its 33-year history and its first time in L.A. Kim Zimmer, Reva on Guiding Light, won her fourth Emmy as lead actress (after a season in which Reva endured menopause and a fall down an elevator shaft - it pays the rent)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
NEWS
September 24, 2001 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
A couple of our TV gal pals return to the tube tonight in new series that play to their strengths, but that are nothing to write home about. Neither of their characters needs to write home, since both wind up there, following the old prodigal-child-returns format that has been popular for about 5,000 years. The reason the format's back on TV this year is that it was successful last year, in the guise of Ed, the bowling alley lawyer, on NBC. Tonight's new series are pleasantly watchable, but neither has a shard of the originality that makes Ed distinctive.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2011
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Roseanne Barr; reality TV star Pauly D; Baron Vaughan. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Ellen DeGeneres; Bob Harper; Cobra Starship. Jimmy Kimmel Live (midnight, 6ABC) - Judy Sheindlin; Emily VanCamp; Staind performs. The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (12:37 a.m., CBS3) - James Woods; Kathryn Hahn.
NEWS
October 24, 2007
IN JOEY Bishop's obituary, you quote Jerry Blavat as saying, "He never used dirt or smut in his acts. Today, you can't do that. Don Rickles is the only one left, and he's 80. " Plenty of comics work clean. I produce a clean comedy show, the Ivy League Comedy Showcase. To name some prominent comedians who work clean: Bill Cosby, Brian Regan, Jim Gaffigan. Jay Leno does 10 clean minutes of television five nights a week. Perhaps you've heard of Jerry Seinfeld? Ellen DeGeneres?
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July 18, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sheryl Crow still single Dating's for the birds, man. Just look at Sheryl Crow , a 52-year-old single mom of two, who has survived breast cancer and a brain tumor. Whenever she's on a date, she feels as if she has to dumb herself down. "I had always gone out with guys who were highly successful, which would seem like it would put me at an equal level. But what ends up happening is that one of you becomes smaller - and it was always me. It's always the woman," the singer tells Good Housekeeping.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WHETHER OR NOT you love Ellen DeGeneres as a talk-show host, Tattle is confident you'd love her handling your real estate. According to E! News, just six months after moving into her $40 million, 13,511-square-foot mansion in the Holmby Hills section of Los Angeles, Ellen has flipped the slightly-bigger-than-a-trinity home to social media billionaire Sean Parker for a reported $15 million profit. TMZ.com said the recently married Napster creator - kind of makes you wonder why he didn't try to enjoy the home without paying for it - was so impressed with what Ellen (and wife Portia de Rossi )
NEWS
July 7, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
IT FEELS LIKE this week started a year ago, what with the July Fourth holiday and all, but no, it began Monday with a lot of nonsense (we're looking at you, Mr. LaBeouf) and some good news for the Queen of Celebrities (we're looking another way, Miley Cyrus). Enjoy your Independence Day weekend with a side trip to Celebrityville. Friday Esquire "sexiest woman alive" Scarlett Johansson won a lawsuit against a French novelist, Gregoire Delacourt, whom the star claimed "fraudulently exploited her name, her image and her celebrity" in his book, the Guardian reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  F ORBES has issued one of Tattle's favorite lists of the year, its Celebrity 100, and it should be no susprise that the biggest star in the world is Beyonce . Not only did Queen Bey grace enough magazine covers to score her all kinds of Forbes fame points, she also took in $115 million between June 2013 and June 2014. With income like that, Jay Z could be a stay-at-home dad, but he finished in sixth place and added an additional $60 million to Blue Ivy 's college fund.
NEWS
May 4, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rejoice! A 'Scandal'-ous baby! Scandal beauty ('n' brains) Kerry Washington , 37, gave birth April 21 to a girl, Isabelle Amarachi Asomugha , under the most secret conditions imaginable, says TMZ. Why hide it from the media? Who knows? Isabelle's middle name is rich in signification. "Amarachi originates from the Igbo people of southeastern Nigeria and means 'God's grace' or 'grace of God,' " says Babycenter.com. This is the first baby for Nnamdi Asomugha , 32, the former Eagles cornerback, who'll celebrate their one-year wedding anniversary next month.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
WE WON'T know which Oscar-winning movies will see a bump at the box office until this weekend, but the telecast has already resulted in a number of winners who didn't leave with little gold men: * ABC, Ellen DeGeneres and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences had a good night, as ratings for the telecast in the nation's 56 largest TV markets were up 7 percent over last year. Nielsen said yesterday that New York, Kansas City, Mo., and Chicago were the strongest markets for Sunday's telecast, in which "12 Years a Slave" won the Academy Award for best picture.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mega-selfie crashes Twitter!!   They're calling it Mega-selfie !! Ellen DeGeneres , host of Sunday's Oscar knees-up, took a selfie with a constellation of stars, posted it to Twitter, and told the world to retweet it till it broke the record. Success! In 34 minutes , yo. Smashed the old mark, set by President Obama 's election night 2012 selfie (a measly 780K retweets). So thick did the retweets tweet that for many users, Twitter seized up. Fail screen!
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
NOT EVEN a mid-show pizza order can turn Hollywood's biggest night into a dorm party. Ellen DeGeneres, on her second go-around as host, steered the 86th Annual Academy Awards on a safe, only slightly wacky course last night, popping in and out of the audience, taking selfies with some of the world's biggest stars and, yes, ordering pizzas. Here's some of what we noticed: So that's what she was doing there: Doylestown's own Pink, whose place in the show had been left something of a mystery, sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in front of Judy Garland's kids - Liza Minnelli and Lorna and Joey Luft - to mark the 75th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz. " Best sport: Minnelli, of whom DeGeneres quipped: "One of the most amazing Liza Minnelli impersonators I have ever seen.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sofia Vergara likes to earn Sofia Vergara , 40, is one of the best-paid TV stars, having reportedly made $30 mil last year. And she's OK with it. "I'm not ashamed to say I love making money," the Modern Family star tells Glam Belleza Latina magazine. "I like business, and the truth is I save way more than I spend. I invest. I plan for the future. " The Colombian thesp said she'd been serious about money since she gave birth to her son, Manolo , when she was 19. "I had a child to support," she says.
NEWS
August 4, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
   Are Kenny Chesney fans racist? Or is Eagles wideout Riley Cooper - whose racial slur at a June 9 Chesney concert at Lincoln Financial Field was caught on a vid that went public Wednesday - an outlier whose actions are his and his alone and should not be used to stereotype country pop fans? Chesney smartly spoke up on Thursday to argue strongly for the latter. He said he was "as shocked as anyone" at the video. "I don't believe in discrimination in any form, and I think using language like that is not only unacceptable, it is hateful beyond words," he told ESPN.
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