The Ellen DeGeneres Show launches with a bang on Sept. 8.
Jennifer Aniston is the first celeb guest to grace Ellen's couch. Macy Gray will also be on hand to sing something off her new album, The Trouble with Being Myself. The day after that, Ellen does an hour with guest Justin Timberlake. Geez, couldn't she land any names?
Speaking of Cameron Diaz, did you know she's the best-paid film actress? According to the latest book of Guinness World Records, the Charlie's Angels booty-shaker rakes in the most dough with $40 million a year.
Adam Sandler was named the best-paid actor, earning $47 million in 2001 alone.
Shakespeare in Love stars Gwyneth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes will reunite for more Bard-inspired fun on Monday at London's famed Globe Theater. The duo is doing the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet for a charity show hosted by Prince Charles. Proceeds will go to the Prince's Trust for disadvantaged children.
The Los Angeles-based photographer charged with attempted extortion of
Cameron Diaz plead innocent in court on Thursday. To refresh your memory, shutterbug John Rutter is accused of trying to squeeze over $3 million out of the actress by threatening to sell long-lost topless photos. He's due back in court Sept. 10 for a preliminary hearing, and remains jailed until then, unless he coughs up $250,000 bail.
Fox News's Greta Van Susteren will be a judge at the Miss America pageant on Sept. 20... Omar Sharif will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival... Alias re-runs could be coming to Spike TV or FX soon, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the male-oriented networks are interested in tapping into Jennifer Garner's fan base.
Missy Elliott, Justin Timberlake, Coldplay and Beyoncé Knowles were the big winners at last night's 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. Elliott's "Work It" was named video of the year and best hip-hop video, while Timberlake, Coldplay and Knowles won three moon men apiece. For the real winners and losers at Thursday's 20th anniversary VMA telecast, click here. And for red carpet scoop, click here.
David Letterman will celebrate the 10 year anniversary of his move to CBS on tonight's Late Show. According toThe Hollywood Reporter, a special Top 10 list will count down the good things about his decade at the Eye. At No. 8, "No matter how many years you're at the network, you'll never be as old as the 60 Minutes guys." An hourlong prime-time special is in the works for February to commemorate Letterman's 22 years in the business.
After seven seasons on Saturday Night Live, Tracy Morgan bade the skitcom farewell this year. We'll miss his goofball characters, like Safari Planet host Brian Fellowes and Astronaut Jones. His unflattering impersonation of The View co-hostess Star Jones was wicked fun, too! Next up, he'll star in his own self-titled NBC midseason family comedy, The Tracy Morgan Show.
"Nine years ago," Morgan marvels, "when I first came to Hollywood, I played a character called Hustle Man on Martin, if anybody remembers. And there was no way in the world I was going to have my own... I sat there, I was like, 'Wow, he got his own TV show.' And then, I got Saturday Night Live, right?
"And now, nine years later, I'm out here with my own TV show," grins the 34-year-old father of three. "This is surreal and it's happening and I love it. I'm glad I got my own TV show."
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At this point in MTV's illustrious history, we just don't get the point
of the network's annual Video Music Awards. Seriously when's the last
time you channel-surfed past Martha Quinn's old stomping ground and
saw a real, honest-to-God music video? Or a clip that plays out in its
entirety? Or even one that isn't interrupted by cut-aways to caterwauling
mall rats or obscured by a crawl of unintelligible e-mail? That's what we
figured. Don't feel bad, though; we can't remember the last time we saw a
real video, either. But, while the VMAs may have become a joke, we still
wouldn't have missed their 20th presentation for the chance to turn back the
clock all the way to the era in which Madonna was wearing Gautier,
not Gap, and the most offensive statement uttered on VH1's twisted sister
station was "Wubba, wubba, wubba." After all, we need a good laugh as much
as the next guy. And if we had skipped the streetwise ceremony, which aired
live last night, we wouldn'
Keeping track of who's who on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards can be a tall order for the most diehard music fans let alone a journalist whose primary beats are television and film. For every Pamela Anderson and Jason Biggs that whizzed by, there were 16 Simple Plans (Who?). So, what's a dazed reporter to do? Focus on the familiar, avoid the obscure, but never ever let them see you sweat.
The first act to make its way down the carpet was British female duo Floetry not the most recognizable artists around. Luckily, their publicist brought along a stack of flyers chock-full of background information. Turns out, Floetry's Natalie Stewart and Marsha Ambrosius are "the breakthrough story of the year," having landed two VMA nominations for their debut album and single Floetic. Who knew?
What wasn't covered in the flyer, however, was the origin of the duo's unusual name. "A