March 5, 2014 |
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.
March 5, 2014 |
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!
March 4, 2014 |
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.
December 13, 2013 |
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.
August 4, 2013 |
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.
July 30, 2013 |
TATTLE WOULD like some smart communications graduate students to perform an experiment. It's our theory that TV shows like " Ellen ," "Modern Family" and "Will & Grace" moved the needle on gay marriage in homes where it was previously less acceptable - the way "Julia" and "The Cosby Show" showed black families in a way that forced the cultural dialogue on race to change. Familiarity, in some cases, breeds fondness. But does it work the same way with the unique characters who populate reality TV?
June 25, 2013 |
When Carol Wolf and Ana Maria Garcia went shopping for wedding outfits, they effectively outed themselves at every store. Yes, they were getting married - to each other. "And I have to say," Wolf said, "we met nothing but joy and happiness. " Which was something of a relief. To be gay, she said, can be to live in wait of the next insult or poor joke. It took years for Wolf's church, the Quaker meeting in Abington, to endorse the concept of same-sex marriage. When it did, people immediately turned to her and Garcia: "So when are you getting married?"
April 18, 2013 |
Boston native Mark Wahlberg was one of many celebs incensed by Monday's bombing attack in Boston that left three dead and more than 170 injured. "It's horrible, man. It's [expletive] disgusting, man. I just - I'm very upset," Mark, 41, said Monday at the New York premiere of his pic Pain and Gain . Later, he told an Us Weekly reporter, "The world obviously needs to change. If you think about all the events over the last couple years, if we can't protect our innocent women and children, then we have a serious problem.
April 6, 2013 |
Getting up close and personal to your favorite celebrity may be all but impossible in many instances, but you can easily follow them on Twitter. Through social media, people are able to interact, chat, and learn more about their idols. Some adoring fans hear directly from their favorite stars, like when talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) tweeted "I hope everyone's ready for a great 3-day weekend, and that none of you are planning on driving on the same roads that I am. " Other celebrities simply talk about what's going on, like when English singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran)
April 4, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie is bringing grrrl power to Afghanistan. Brad Pitt 's partner has opened an all-girls elementary school in a village outside Kabul. She tells E! News she picked the area because of its population of refugees, people often deprived of social services. She says more than 200 girls have enrolled. Jolie will fund the school through sales of her Style of Jolie jewelry line. "Beyond enjoying the artistic satisfaction of designing these jewels, we are inspired by knowing our work is also serving the mutual goal of providing for children in need," Jolie tells E!