November 10, 2007 |
JUST WHEN we were getting over the emotional trauma of Ellen DeGeneres losing her dog to some mean and nasty old animal-rescue service, she has to go and do something that makes us want to bite her ankle. Apparently, unlike many of her talk-show colleagues, Ellen has decided to thumb her nose at the Writers Guild strikers hitting the bricks outside her Burbank studio, has crossed the picket line and is taping her shows. And, according to Usmagazine.com, the East Coast branch of the union is ready to disrupt the shows and on-location skits she might have planned during her upcoming stay in the Big Apple on Nov. 19 and 20. Said the Guild: "We find it sad that Ellen spent an entire week crying and fighting for a dog that she gave away, yet she couldn't even stand by writers for more than one day - writers who have helped make her extremely successful.
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?
October 18, 2007 |
THE ASSOCIATED Press writes that newlyweds Pamela Anderson and Rick Salomon took their 17-year friendship to the next level during a poker game. Tattle's response: Uh, can we get a fresh deck? "I left the table and Errol [Lyon, Pam's driver] played in my place," Pam tells OK! magazine. "I came back to find myself $250,000 in the hole to Rick!" (It's only because this is a family newspaper that we're leaving that one alone.) "Rick, being the gentleman, said he would wipe my debt if I gave him a kiss, so I have to thank Vegas for our relationship switching gears!"
May 2, 2007 |
Anna N.'s babe in bluegrass Dannielynn, the 7-month-old daughter of Anna Nicole Smith, left her Bahamas birthplace yesterday in the arms of her DNA-designated daddy, Larry Birkhead. A few hours later, father and child touched down in Louisville, Ky., where Birkhead and Anna Nicole first met a few years ago at a Kentucky Derby party. The small jet carrying Anna Nicole's baby lifted off at 9:52 a.m. (Do you remember where you were?) Kentucky native Birkhead, 34, plans to introduce his offspring to her new family, but doesn't seem to think he'll stay there.
February 28, 2007 |
Just short of 40 million viewers tuned into Sunday's 79th annual Academy Awards, according to Nielsen Media Research. The nearly four-hour awards show drew an average audience about a million people larger than the previous year, but far short of the 1998 Titanic-fueled Oscarcast, which was watched by 55 million viewers. "It felt really good," show host Ellen DeGeneres said on her daytime program Monday. "There was just an energy in that room you cannot describe. " DeGeneres did her daytime show live Monday and also appeared on Oprah Winfrey's show, recorded Monday morning.
February 26, 2007 |
Best-actress winner Helen Mirren, at age 61, showed Hollywood - and the millions of mere mortals who take their cues from there - that it is possible to have gotten past the age of, say, 30 and still look beautiful and glamorous. Mirren's champagne Christian Lacroix gown with an exquisite, encrusted bodice and full chiffon skirt was dazzling, as were her white-haired bob and lived-in face, perhaps the bravest fashion statements of the evening. A veteran actress of four decades, Mirren seemed so at home on the stage, as she does in the world, while many of the younger actresses seemed like exceptionally well-groomed yet undernourished deer caught in headlights.
April 30, 2006 |
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)
September 16, 2005 |
"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.
September 10, 2005 |
Last night's star-fortified telethon, Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast, turned out to be an efficient but awkward TV event. Even for a live production, it seemed markedly underrehearsed. But by any measure, Shelter From the Storm took care of business. Shown simultaneously on all six broadcast networks, PBS, and a number of cable outlets, the telethon boasted an elite cadre from song (Paul Simon, U2, Rod Stewart) and screen (Jack Nicholson, Julia Roberts, Cameron Diaz)