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Angelina Jolie Named Honorary Dame by Queen Elizabeth

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie has become an honorary dame of the British Empire, ABC News reports.

The honor, which will be celebrated on Sunday along with Queen Elizabeth's 88th birthday, is one of the highest to be awarded by Britain. Jolie was recognized for raising global awareness about violence against women.

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Barbara Walters Reflects On Her Historic Career

Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters started smashing the TV-news glass ceiling in 1961 when she became the first female correspondent on Today. During the following five decades, the Massachusetts native was also the first woman to cohost a morning news show (Today in 1974), to coanchor a nightly news program (ABC Evening News in 1976), and then, for 25 years, to cohost the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. She became known as the Queen of Scoop as she wrangled major stars and world leaders for her trademark in-depth interviews and produced and hosted annual Oscar specials and The 10 Most Fascinating People. Finally, Walters conquered daytime 17 years ago with The View, the all-female talk show that dares to spotlight politics as well as makeup, cooking and gossip... read more

Miley Cyrus Dishes on VMAs, Justin Bieber and Being a "Semi-Nudist"

Miley Cyrus

She's just being Miley.

That seems the theme of the singer's new interview with Rolling Stonewhich chronicles Cyrus getting tattoos, jumping out of a plane and partying all night by drinking Malibu.

Interspersed within the adventures, Cyrus, 20, shares insights on everything from Justin Bieber, the Video Music Awards controversy and her penchant for nudity. While some of these anecdotes are wildly amusing (you'll never guess which actor got a tattoo in her honor), others are slightly disturbing, especially when it comes to one of her childhood chores for her father.

Check out the 12 highlights below.

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Legendary Comedienne Phyllis Diller Dead at 95

Phyllis Diller

Phyllis Diller, the legendary comedienne who paved the way for many female comics, has died. She was 95.

Diller died Monday at her Los Angeles home surrounded by family, TMZ reports. Diller had reportedly fallen recently, but the accident isn't believed to be associated with her death.

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Comedy Writer Hal Kanter Dies at 92

Hal Kanter

Hal Kanter, the Emmy-winning comedy writer behind the groundbreaking series Julia, has died. He was 92.

Kanter died Sunday of complications from pneumonia at California's Encino Hospital, his daughter, Donna Kanter, told the Los Angeles Times.

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"What a dear man," friend Carl Reiner said. "He was considered one of the wits of the industry; there's no question about it. Any time he ...
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Eddie Murphy to Host the Oscars

Eddie Murphy

Brett Ratner got his wish: Eddie Murphy will host the 84th Academy Awards, the academy announced Tuesday.

"Eddie is a comedic genius, one of the greatest and most influential live performers ever," Ratner, who's producing the Oscars, said. "With his love of movies, history of crafting unforgettable characters and his iconic performances — especially on stage — I know he will bring excitement, spontaneity and ...
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Jane Russell, Hollywood Screen Siren, Dies at 89

Jane Russell

Jane Russell, one of Hollywood's biggest sex symbols in the 1940s and '50s, died Monday, The Los Angeles Times reports. She was 89.

Her son, Buck Waterfield, said she died at her home in Santa Maria, Calif., but did not specify a cause... read more

Roush Review: A Long Night at the Oscars

Billy Crystal

So how did everyone like 127 Hours: The Oscar Show?

Past experience has lowered our Oscar night expectations, but the enormity of this year's train wreck was hammered home when the starry audience stood and cheered as Billy Crystal took the stage midway through — as if to say: "Come back, Billy! Do something! Please save this show!"

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The 8-time former host teased, "We're running a little long, so here are the nominees for best picture." Bad boy. Funny boy. Boy oh boy, could the show have used a little more of Crystal's comic polish... read more

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Other Announced Releases

The Tonight Show: Johnny Carson Celebrates Christmas courtesy Respond2 Entertainment

New releases announced today, July 25:Donny & Marie, Sonny & Cher and Bob Hope - A Classic TV Christmas 3-Pack will be coming out November 11 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson - Johnny Carson Celebrates Christmas will be coming out November 11 Visit TVShowsOnDVD.com for the complete stories on these and other news items. read more

Although I really can't stand ...

Question: Although I really can't stand Jay Leno and much prefer Conan O'Brien, I was very surprised when NBC announced Conan would be replacing Leno in the near future. I assumed eventually it would be revealed why this happened, but I haven't read anything about that. I can't see Leno wanting to step down, and his ratings have been stellar for NBC. I could see NBC worrying about losing Conan, but Leno is young and hungry enough to captain The Tonight Show for many more years of big ratings. So do you have any insights about why this is happening? Answer: NBC made the announcement three years ago that Jay would step down from the Tonight throne in 2009 and Conan would succeed him, the idea being to keep Conan at the network and lay the groundwork for a more orderly passing of the torch than what happened when Johnny Carson retired (a bruising and messy tug-of-war involving Leno and Letterman). The reason it's making headlines again is because there's new management at NBC Entertainment ... read more

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