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28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names

11/14/2013 1:03pm EST
28 Celebrities Who Use Stage Names
Many celebrities have changed their names before they hit it big, and for many reasons. Let's take a look at some of the biggest stars who didn't take their birth name to Hollywood.

Katy Hudson didn't want to be confused with Kate Hudson, so she took her mother's maiden name and became Katy Perry.

Oprah Winfrey's name is iconic, but it's not actually her real name. It's Orpha, after the biblical figure. However, so many people mispronounced her name while she was growing up that the mispronunciation stuck.

Barry Manilow was born Barry Alan Pincus. He took his mother's maiden name...
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Alan Alda And Norman Lear Honored At 40th International Emmy Awards

11/20/2012 9:41am EST
Alan Alda
Veteran actor Alan Alda and TV producer Norman Lear were honored at the 40th International Emmy Awards in New York on Monday.

M*A*S*H star Alda and Lear each received a Special Founders Award from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at the star-studded ceremony, hosted by retired talk show host Regis Philbin at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan.

Lear, best known as creator of hit 1970s TV show All In The Family, said in his acceptance speech, "The world will, and needs to, come together through the arts."

Alda paid tribute to "the men and women in the hospital tents," ...
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Alan Alda Choked, Set Himself On Fire & Was Nearly Crushed On Stage

2/24/2012 9:20am EST
Alan Alda
Alan Alda regularly snubs offers to hit Broadway because the theatre is a dangerous place for him - he was almost killed onstage three times.

The M*A*S*H veteran starred in a number of theatre productions in his youth, including "The Apple Tree," which earned him a Tony Award nomination in 1967, but Alda eventually turned his back on his thespian pursuits - because he couldn't escape his string of bad luck.

He recalls, "I was playing Job from the Book of Job, from the bible. I was very young, I was 24. I was about 40 years too young to play him. So I had all this crepe hair on my face and...
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Two Jews' Review 'Wanderlust': One Laughs And The Other Chuckles (Video)

2/23/2012 2:00pm EST
Wanderlust
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Things aren't going well for married couple Linda (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd). HBO has rejected Linda's documentary on Penguins suffering from testicular cancer, they felt it wasn't sexy or violent enough. And George's company has just been raided by the FBI… Oh, he's also been fired.

To make matter worse, Linda and George can no longer afford their West Village 'micro loft' that they moved into two days ago. They were assured by Real Estate lady, Shari (Linda Lavin) that in today's market, it was a steal. Of course, when they tel...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Tower Heist'

2/22/2012 12:10pm EST
Tower Heist photo
Is legendary funnyman Eddie Murphy still, well, funny? We’re gonna answer that one with a review of his latest outing that teams the comedian with a wry Ben Stiller in "Tower Heist," out Feb. 21 from Universal Home Video. Check out the stolen goods below!

Title: "Tower Heist"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick

Director: Brett Ratner

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 105 minutes

Release Company: Universal Home Entertainment

Website: www.UniversalHiDef.com

The Flick: While not one of Eddie Murphy’s most amazing outings, "Tower Heist" is by far his bes...
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Two Jews' Review 'Tower Heist' And Find This Caper Comedy Not Very Funny (Video)

11/5/2011 10:00am EDT
Tower Heist
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: All I can say is thank the Movie Gods for Eddie Murphy because he single handedly put the funny in this new so-called, comedy entitled, 'Tower Heist,' directed by Brett Ratner.

So here's the story in a nut shell.

There's this super sleazy, super rich, Wall Street dude named, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) - No, this film isn't a fantasy. Sleazy Wall Street dudes really do exist.

Arthur occupies the Penthouse apartment of New York City's tallest high rise called 'The Tower.' Arthur is charming, friendly to the staff, loves to play chess with the...
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Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

5/20/2011 5:00pm EDT
The Office Goodbye Michael
With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....
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Classic TV Comedy Icons: Where Are They Now?

1/28/2011 11:16am EST
Hot In Cleveland
In the season premiere of TV Land’s ‘Hot in Cleveland,’ Betty White’s character, Elka, found herself in jail. A slim cell mate who called her “fresh meat” turned around and turned out to be none other than Mary Tyler Moore. The cameo was more a wink at the two icons’ history together, with the characters noting it had been 33 years since they’d seen each other – exactly as long as it had been since Moore and White worked together on ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show.’

This sequence made me wonder – what are all the iconic TV actors from the glory days up to? Aside from this cameo, Moore re-eme...
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And The Best TV Christmas Episodes Ever Include...

12/17/2010 12:20pm EST
The Office
It’s quite hard to narrow down the best TV Christmas episodes ever. To help accommodate this dilemma, I am limiting myself to three classic TV specials – cartoons, variety shows, what have you. The rest will be regular TV segments from some of your favorite series. Here, in my opinion, are my favorite Christmas episodes of all time. Are they the best? Not necessarily. With a certain degree of schmaltz, you can’t always expect the best. In descending order:

10. ‘The Office’ – ‘Christmas Party’ – Dec. 6, 2005

This series’ first Christmas episode features the “Yankee swap” in which Mi...
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Alan Alda Returns To '30 Rock' With Relish

12/9/2010 10:38am EST
Alan Alda
Alan Alda returns to ’30 Rock’ tonight, Dec. 9, as Milton, the father of Jack (Alec Baldwin). Alda, who has guested twice before, returns in the episode ‘Christmas Attack Zone’ in which Liz (Tina Fey) and Avery (Elizabeth Banks) apparently convince Jack to tell his mother (Elaine Stritch) two secrets – one of which involves his father.

In a conference call, Alda says Jack gets his mother and Milton together at a holiday dinner in a vengeful sort of way. “And he doesn’t expect what happens after that,” Alda teases, in what he calls a “backwards holiday story.”

Alda, who over the course o...
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TV Holiday Roundup: Check Out Your Favorite Holiday Shows

11/25/2010 1:00pm EST
Grinch and little Cindy Loo Hoo
The Christmas season is upon us. That means holiday specials abound! Here’s a roundup of the classic – and the new – TV material coming soon to help you celebrate the holidays.

Here are some highlights for the holiday season. All times are Eastern. Watch your local listings, as many of these specials will air more than once, and on more than one channel.

‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’ – ABC, Nov. 25, 8 PM

In this classic holiday special, Charlie Brown must juggle obligations between family and friends – namely, Peppermint Patty, who is set on spending her holiday with Chuck. Watch...
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NBC's 'Community' Handles Jack Black And Other Guest Stars Well

1/15/2010 9:34am EST
Community
During all the NBC internet chatter this week, I couldn't wait for new episodes of scripted comedy. The Thursday lineup was loaded with guest stars, none bigger than Jack Black's appearance on Community, which says one if not two things: the show is underperforming ratings-wise, and A-list actors want to be a part of a comedy they enjoy watching.

The question is not how the Kung Fu Panda would interact with the tight ensemble cast, but how the show's producers would buck the tired traditional sitcom celebrity guest tropes.

Viewers tune into Community because it takes familiar sitcom...
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Check Out '30 Rock' Season 3 On DVD Sept. 22

9/20/2009 7:48am EDT
30 Rock
On the third season of "30 Rock," Liz Lemon tries to avoid jury duty by dressing as Princess Leia, Jenna stars in a biopic about Janis Joplin, and Steve Martin plays a fabulously wealthy agoraphobe. Liz increasingly yearns for a normal life while she navigates two doomed relationships, one with a little person, whom she initially mistakes for a child, and the other with a neighbor, who doesn't realize people have allowed him to skate through life because of his impossibly good looks.

"30 Rock" stars Tina Fey as Liz Lemon, show runner of the fictional variety series “TGS with Tracy Jordan...
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An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

7/22/2009 9:31am EDT
Paula Abdul
Dear Paula Abdul,

I am writing on behalf of the Shelley Longs, Geri Halliwells, Wayne Rogers and Sherry Stringfields of the world when I give you three simple words of advice regarding your decision to leave American Idol: Don't do it.

I'm not really sure why you'd need me to tell you this, but based on the rumors flying across the Internet and the statements of your own manager, you're really thinking about leaving the most successful television series of the decade over some sort of personal insult. Or is it money? Nobody can really be sure what's going through your pill-filled head...
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2009 TV Finales: In Case You Missed It

6/1/2009 11:46am EDT
Lost
Though television, particularly on cable, is crawling towards the idea of a year-round schedule, May remains Sweeps Month, that time of year when dozens of shows leave you hanging for the summer. Here's all you need to know from some of this year's season finales, in case you missed them. WARNING: SPOILERS.

30 Rock - "Kidney Now!": Jack hosts a telethon to get his long-lost father (Alan Alda) a new kidney, and bribes and/or blackmails Sheryl Crow, Clay Aiken, Elvis Costello, Mary J. Blige, and many more into performing. Liz gets crazy after a sketch she wrote turns her into a rela...
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If Celebrities Posted On Match.com...

3/2/2009 9:58am EST
Drew Barrymore
Finding a suitable significant other can be difficult for everyone. As a result, more and more people are turning to dating websites to find their perfect matches.

But before you can get to the actual matching, you have to describe yourself. It's a bit of personal ad where you talk about who you are and what you're looking for in a mate.

Since celebrities aren't strangers to singledom, Starpulse started thinking about what their profiles might look like. Check out a few hypotheticals:

Paris Hilton

What's up, bitches? I'm looking for the next love of my life (there have...
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In The End: Best Series Finales

2/20/2008 1:15pm EST
Star Trek The Next Generation
The series finale. There is nothing quite like it in television. Many shows aren't given the luxury of a proper final episode, instead they are canceled prematurely and often without advanced notice. Often times those series exit after airing just a normal episode, or even worse - a cliffhanger. Then there is another group, and it consists of popular and long running series' that either go out on their own terms or are given warning of their impending doom.

We are not going to concern ourselves with the first group; after all it is hard to criticize the creative decisions of writ...
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Alan Alda To Release Memoir Sept. 4

7/14/2007 8:12am EDT
Alan Alda
After actor Alan Alda recovered from a nearly fatal intestinal obstruction, he decided to live as if he'd been given a second life. To make his new life as meaningful as possible, he wanted to remember those rare moments when a special stillness had come over him, the kind that hits you when you hear something that goes to the core of who you think you are.

These were moments when he'd had some understanding about the meaning of his life, his reason for living — the central questions that Alda grapples with, as he looks back over his life in "Things I Overheard While Talking To Myself...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

1/28/2007 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981), Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980), *NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977), Minnesota Viking Daunte Culpepper (1977), "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969), Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968), Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), model/actress Barbi Benton (1950), English musician Robert Wyatt (1945), MASH actor Alan Alda (1936), and modern artist Jackson Pollock (1912; d. 1956).
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'24' Wins Best Drama & 'The Office' Is Best Comedy

8/28/2006 8:45am EDT
24
Last night the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 58th Annual Emmy Awards. The Fox drama 24 was named Outstanding Drama Series for the first time after five nominations in the category, and in its first season, the NBC series The Office, a U.S. adaptation of the hit British series of the same name, was named Outstanding Comedy Series. Winners in the lead categories follow in bold:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The So...
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'24' Gets 12 Emmy Nods, 'Grey's Anatomy' Receives 11

7/6/2006 10:36am EDT
24
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences just announced the complete list of nominations for the 58th Primetime Emmy Awards. The TNT miniseries Into The West garnered the most nominations (16), followed by Elizabeth I (13), Mrs. Harris and 24 (12), Grey's Anatomy (11), and Bleak House and Will & Grace (10).

Nominations in the lead categories are:

Outstanding Comedy Series

Arrested Development

Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Office

Scrubs

Two And A Half Men

Outstanding Drama Series

Grey’s Anatomy

The Sopranos

24

The West Wing

House

Outstanding Miniser...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 28

1/28/2006 3:00am EST
Sarah McLachlan
Happy Birthday to "Lord of the Rings" hobbit Elijah Wood (1981), Backstreet Boy Nick Carter (1980), *NSync elder Joey Fatone (1977), Minnesota Viking Daunte Culpepper (1977), "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris (1969), Eric B.'s partner Rakim (1968), Cypress Hill's DJ Muggs (1968), Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan (1968), model/actress Barbi Benton (1950), English musician Robert Wyatt (1945), MASH actor Alan Alda (1936), and modern artist Jackson Pollock (1912; d. 1956).
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'The West Wing' Series Finale To Air in May

1/23/2006 11:51am EST
The West Wing
NBC just announced that The West Wing will conclude its run on Sunday, May 14, after seven seasons with an hour-long retrospective (7-8 p.m. ET) followed by a special series finale (8-9 p.m. ET). "We are proud to have had the opportunity to bring television viewers one of the most acclaimed series in television history," said Kevin Reilly, President, NBC Entertainment. "From the venerable, moving performances by the first-rate cast to the sterling creative team behind the camera, this series has left an indelible imprint on the landscape of television drama."

“The West Wing” has offer...
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'Empire Falls,' 'Boston Legal' & 'Grey's Anatomy' Lead SAG Nominations

1/5/2006 11:58am EST
Boston Legal
Nominations for the 12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2005 in five film and eight primetime television categories were just announced. In the television categories, the HBO miniseries Empire Falls garnered four nominations, including one for Paul Newman and one for Ed Harris. Boston Legal is tied with Grey's Anatomy, both of which lead with three nominations.

The television nominees are:

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Alan Alda / THE WEST WING – Arnold Vinick

Patrick Dempsey / GREY’S ANATOMY – Dr. Derek Shep...
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Broadway Hits It Big in 2005

12/28/2005 10:45am EST
Brooke Shields starred in Chicago
The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. has reported that Broadway has grossed a record-breaking $825 million in New York for the 2005 calendar year -- the highest grossing calendar year in history for Broadway. This figure is up 10.2 % from the 2004 total of $749 million.

Factors for this year's success include:

1. An impressive list of celebrities took a turn on Broadway this year, demonstrating all-around excellence in performance categories. Among the highlights: Alan Alda (Glengarry Glen Ross), Christina Applegate (Sweet Charity), Hank Azaria (Monty Python's Spam...
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Late Night With Conan O'Brien Guests & Musical Acts For December

11/29/2005 3:33pm EST
Conan O
NBC has released the list of guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the month of Decemeber. Some notable guests include Heidi Klum, Jim Carrey, Lara Flynn Boyle, Adrien Brody, Coldplay and The White Stripes. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Thursday, Dec. 1:

Alan Alda, Billy Joel

Friday, Dec. 2:

Gisele Bundchen, Dane Cook, The White Stripes

Monday, Dec. 5:

Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher, Common

Tuesday, Dec. 6:

Adrien Brody, ...
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'Alias' Spy is America's Favorite Government Character

11/11/2005 2:11pm EST
Alias
CIA agent Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) of Alias is America's “Favorite TV Fed,” according to a new poll by the Council for Excellence in Government. Agent Bristow earned 29.6 percent of the vote, squeaking out White House Chief-of-Staff C.J. Cregg (Allison Janney) of The West Wing by less than one percentage point (28.7 percent). Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on 24 came in third with 16.2 percent of the votes.

The West Wing's President Josiah “Jeb” Bartlet dominated his competition in a hypothetical presidential election. Bartlet—play...
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Guests & Musical Acts on Conan This Month

11/2/2005 4:47pm EST
NBC has announced the guests and musical performers on Late Night With Conan O'Brien for the rest of November. Guests on the show this month include Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria; plus musical performances by Green Day, Neil Young, Big & Rich and many more. The full list is below...

These listings are subject to change. More performers/guests are still TBA. Check local listings for exact showtimes.

Wednesday, Nov. 2:

Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Krasinski, Neil Young

Thursday, Nov. 3:

Jake Gyllenhaal, Neil Young

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