She was the biggest star on the planet and could do what she damn well pleased — and that included taking a job on a daytime soap! It's been 33 years since Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor stunned Hollywood by appearing on ABC's General Hospital as villainess Helena Cassadine, who campily crashed the wedding of Luke (Anthony Geary) and Laura (Genie Francis) and put a curse on them that lasts to this day.
Allan McKeown, Tracey Ullman
Allan McKeown, the husband of Tracey Ullman who also served as a producer and co-creator of her comedy shows, died at his Los Angeles home on Tuesday after a battle with prostate cancer, Variety reports. He was 67.
Colin Farrell, Elizabeth Taylor
If you thought Colin Farrell and Britney Spears made a strange couple, wait until you hear this.
The actor opened up to Ellen DeGeneres on her show Monday about his "romantic relationship" with none other than Elizabeth Taylor.
Farrell met the legendary actress at Cedars Sinai Hospital in 2009, when he was there for the birth of his son Henry and she for getting a stent put in her heart.
"I said, 'Will you tell her I said hello? She probably won't know who I am,'" he said of running into her manager Tim Mendelsohn. "And they go, 'No, she knows who you are.' And I went, 'Wow, cool. Well, tell her I said hello and I wish her the best,' and they said, 'Will do.'"
Unable to shake Taylor from his mind, Farrell had his publicist send her flowers only to find out that Taylor shared a similar idea and sent him an orchid with a handwritten note.
Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter
People who actually knew Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton never called them Liz and Dick. The late actors abhorred the tabloid shorthand. They nicknamed each other Lumpy (referring to her body) and Pockmark (referring to his face). Acquaintances addressed them as Richard and Elizabeth. Otherwise, it was Mr. Burton and Ms. Taylor, thank you.
Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter
It's the battle of the biopics!
Last fall, Lifetimes premiered Lindsay Lohan's "comeback" film Liz & Dick, chronicling Elizabeth Taylor's romance with Richard Burton. Now BBC has responded with its own version of the couple's tumultuous relationship, Burton and Taylor. So is the latest take on the infamous couple actually any better than the Lifetime bomb? Let's take a look:
With Lindsay Lohan starting a 90-day stint in rehab on Thursday, we're hoping that once she gets out in August, she can keep herself busy and gainfully employed with a return to TV.
Lohan's last TV appearance on pal Charlie Sheen's Anger Management in April was a modest success. She played a caricature of her public persona -- named Lindsay, of course -- who consults Charlie (Sheen) for anger counseling, complete with shtick references to her notorious personal life, including drugs (donut powder mistaken for cocaine) and court dates. Despite receiving a mixed chorus of jeers, the Anger Management gig got this endorsement from Newsday: "There was an ember of something that seemed totally lost in all the coverage, headlines and nonsense of the last few years: Lohan actually has some talent."
The biggest news from the Paley Center for Media panel "General Hospital: Celebrating 50 Years and Looking Forward," which I moderated on April 12: Anthony Geary (Luke Spencer) will be writing a...
Our favorite online videos this week range from the cute to the downright weird. In keeping with the holiday spirit, we've got First Dog Bo Obama inspecting the White House Christmas decorations, rapper DMX singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and Jimmy Fallon, Mariah Carey and The Roots teaming up for a spirited rendition of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." But it's not all about the tinsel. We're also re-obsessed with Sesame Street's take on Boardwalk Empire, a patient pug teaching his feline sibling a lesson, and a mashup of the 50 best pop songs of 2012. Check out those videos and more below:
Rashida Jones and Jimmy Fallon
'Tis the season to get into the holiday spirit — and this week, Jimmy Fallon and Rashida Jones helped viewers do just that, with a holiday medley set to the most popular songs of the year. Meanwhile, some pranksters decided to play a practical joke on Black Friday shoppers by dressing up as Target employees and giving the customers some (misguided) information about the store's deals.
Check out those clips in our Top Videos of the Week, as well as a terrifying Brazilian hidden camera stunt, an Inception-inspired parody of 7th Heaven's marijuana episode, the best of Liz & Dick, and more.
Liz and Dick
Lindsay Lohan's highly anticipated turn as Elizabeth Taylor in Lifetime's Liz & Dick failed to make much of a splash with viewers in its premiere Sunday night.
The TV movie, also starring Grant Bowler as Richard Burton, averaged...