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Hugh Grant Divulges The Meaning Behind Daughter's Name

4/27/2012 4:02pm EDT
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant has explained why his baby daughter has a Chinese name meaning 'Happy Surprise' - she was an unexpected addition to the movie star's life.

The Four Weddings and a Funeral actor became a first-time father last year after a fleeting affair with Chinese model Tinglan Hong. They welcomed a baby girl called Tabitha, and although they are not a couple, Grant is determined to be a part of his daughter's life.

He has now confirmed his little girl also has a Chinese name, Jingxi, and it reflects her unexpected arrival.

Grant tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I can't pretend it ...
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Ellen DeGeneres Narrates The Audiobook Version Of Best-seller 'Fifty Shades Of Grey'

4/27/2012 11:19am EDT
Ellen DeGeneres, Fifty Shades of Grey
If you haven't heard of "Fifty Shades of Grey" yet, ask a friend about it because chances are someone you know is reading E L James' hit erotic novel, which is proving to be this year's hottest (in more ways than one) read.

The book and its two sequels (it's a trilogy), "Fifty Shades Darker" and "Fifty Shades Freed", are currently the top three selling novels on Amazon.com, and have everyone talking, namely because the books are written with very explicit sex scenes and lots of naughty language.

So who better to narrate the audiobook than Ellen Degeneres?

In a hilarious clip from her sho...
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Ellen DeGeneres & 'Glee' Creator Ryan Murphy Make Out's Power 50 List

4/27/2012 10:07am EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
OUT just released the sixth annual Power 50, featuring prominent gay men and women representing all walks of life. From entertainers and politicians to activists and entrepreneurs, the Power 50 spotlights individuals who influence the way others live either through their public personas, politics, or wealth and affect cultural and social attitudes.

Apple CEO Tim Cook leads this year's list with daytime talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy, and TV host and political commentator Rachel Maddow rounding out the top five.
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GLAAD To Honor Chaz Bono With Equality Award

4/10/2012 12:12pm EDT
Chaz Bono
Cher's transgender son Chaz Bono is to be honored with a special award from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) for his work in promoting equality.

Bono, who was born a woman, became the first transgender contestant on TV talent show Dancing With The Stars last year, earning the series the Outstanding Reality Program trophy at the GLAAD prizegiving in New York last month .

He will now be honored with a special accolade in his own right after GLAAD bosses named him the recipient of the organization's Stephen F. Kolzak Award.

's Stephen F. Kolzak Award. Chaz has opened...
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Justin Bieber & Meryl Streep Sign Petition To Lower 'Bully's' R Rating

3/15/2012 9:03am EDT
Bully
Justin Bieber and Meryl Streep have added their names to an online petition aimed at landing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's new movie "Bully" a lower age rating.

Censors at The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) slapped the documentary with a restrictive R rating, which bans young children from seeing it without their parents, despite Weinstein arguing that "Bully" was essential viewing for kids in the fight to combat bullying among youths.

The decision angered many film fans and social campaigners, and Katy Butler, a high school student from Michigan, subsequently started a pet...
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Giant Banana Scares Megan Fox (Video)

3/9/2012 8:23am EST
Megan Fox giant banana
Megan Fox almost jumped out of her skin when she was pranked during a TV appearance on Wednesday.

The actress was getting interviewed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" when she was asked about her early, pre-fame jobs.

Fox revealed she once worked in a smoothie shop where she had to dress up as a banana. As the star recalled the humiliating fruity task, one of DeGeneres' staff members crept up behind her dressed as a giant banana.

Startled Fox yelped, "Jesus!" as the creepy banana surprised her.

The actress is promoting her upcoming film "Friends With Kids."
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Invisible Children's Short Film 'KONY 2012' Gets Celeb Backing & Raises Awareness Of Ugandan War Criminal Joseph Kony's Atrocities (Watch The Film Here)

3/8/2012 11:47am EST
Joseph Kony
Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Bono and Rihanna are just a handful of the big names that are helping raise awareness of a new campaign by Invisible Children.

A new 29-minute video that hit the web on Monday called KONY 2012 is bringing attention to Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which is based in central Africa. Kony and his terrorist group got their start in northern Uganda and have since left the region but are still active in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, and South Sudan.

Kony is a monster and needs to be stopped. Th...
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Reese Witherspoon Dreams Of Becoming Friends With Kate Middleton

2/17/2012 8:47am EST
Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon was "super excited" to meet Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge at a fundraising event because she dreams of becoming friends with the British royal.

The Hollywood actress was introduced to the duchess and her husband, Prince William, during the couple's 2011 royal visit to the U.S., and the Legally Blonde star admits she was delighted to be given a chance to meet her idol.

She tells TV host Ellen DeGeneres, "Somebody called me and said, 'We're having a really small fundraiser would you want to come over and meet the prince and princess?' I was like, 'Yes!' My husband (age...
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Portia De Rossi To Star In ABC Series Produced By Ellen DeGeneres

2/6/2012 8:43am EST
Portia De Rossi
Portia De Rossi is heading back to TV thanks to a new script developed by her comedienne wife Ellen DeGeneres.

The former "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development" star will lead the cast of comedy "The Smart One," which has just been picked up by bosses at ABC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The plot centers on an intelligent professional who agrees to work for her dumb but popular sister who is a city mayor.

DeGeneres will executive produce the project.
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Daniel Radcliffe Bets $5,000 On The Giants To Win Super Bowl

2/3/2012 2:57pm EST
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe has made a $5,000 charity bet on the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl.

The Harry Potter star is a huge New York Giants fan and he's so convinced his team will beat the New England Patriots he has challenged TV host Ellen DeGeneres to a wager.

Taping a pre-Super Bowl chat on her show on Thursday, the young Brit challenges the host to the big bet, suggesting the loser should hand over the cash to the Trevor Project - a gay rights charity they both support.

He said, "I have a proposition for you... We obviously both support the Trevor project. I was wondering if you would ...
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Brad Pitt To Host Star-Studded Gala For New Orleans

1/26/2012 8:22am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has rounded up celebrity pals including Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Rihanna to support his upcoming fundraiser for New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Hollywood actor launched the Make It Right Foundation to raise funds for housing in the city after the devastation caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt has handed over millions of dollars of his own cash to boost the cause, and he's hosting a charity event in March to raise more money for the sustainable living initiative.

Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers and Seal will perform at the event, while guests slated to attend ...
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Seal To Appear On 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' Today

1/24/2012 10:05am EST
Seal
Singer Seal is refusing to let his shock marriage split get in the way of work - he's facing the media to promote his new album SOUL 2.

The British star has already taped interviews with U.S. hosts Tavis Smiley and Ellen DeGeneres - a day after he and wife Heidi Klum confirmed reports suggesting they had split.

And he's not steering away from the shock news.

In his chat with late-night host Smiley, which will air in America on Friday, Seal was asked about the break-up and insisted that he and Klum would be handing their affairs with love and consideration for their kids.

Asked how he an...
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Colin Firth Meets Wax Likeness On Ellen DeGeneres' Show (Video)

1/18/2012 7:42pm EST
Colin Firth
Oscar winner Colin Firth came face-to-face with himself during a recent TV appearance when comedienne Ellen DeGeneres had his new Madame Tussauds waxwork shipped in from London for her show.

The actor confessed he had yet to see his likeness - because he found the idea a "little creepy", prompting the chat show host to reveal she had it backstage.

Firth put his fears aside and looked himself in the eye, admitting it was a great honor to get waxed.

He says, "Madame Tussauds was one of the first tourist attractions I visited, I think, when I went to London. That was a big deal for me, eve...
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Katy Perry & Emma Stone Were Big Winners At 2012 People's Choice Awards

1/12/2012 8:24am EST
Emma Stone
It was a huge night for Katy Perry at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday - even though the pop star's marriage break-up prevented her from attending.

The I Kissed a Girl star pulled out of the event earlier this week via a tweet but it was still very much her night as she picked up five awards, including one for her guest spot on TV comedy How I Met Your Mother.

Perry also claimed trophies for Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Song of the Year (E.T.), Favorite Music Video (Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F)) and Favorite Tour Headliner.

It was also a great evening for the ...
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The Top Viral Videos Of 2011

12/29/2011 4:00pm EST
Rebecca Black
What would the year be without viral videos taking over the Internet to give random people their 15 minutes of fame? Here are the Top Viral Videos of 2011.

Rebecca Black's Friday video made the rounds on social websites thanks to its production values and... well, how bad it was. Then Tosh.0 picked up on it, and by that weekend (after Friday, Friday) it was on the homepage of Yahoo! under the title "Is YouTube Sensation Rebecca Black's 'Friday' The Worst Song Ever?" It currently has 15 million views on YouTube, Rebecca got to meet Katy Perry, and then she made another song no one really ...
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Bono: 'My Voice Annoys Me'

12/1/2011 8:41am EST
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Rocker Bono is tired of his own voice and rarely listens to U2 songs when they are played on the radio.

The Irish star admits he's particularly turned off when he hears songs U2 recorded at the beginning of their career.

In a pre-taped interview with TV host Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on her show on Thursday, Bono says, "I do try to avoid it. If I hear our songs on the radio I tend to turn them down. Not because I don't like them or believe in them. Actually, my voice annoys me. I always think I could have sang it better."

"I am sort of a macho, Irish guy and particularly in those...
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Exlcusive: On The Set Of 'Hold On 'Til The Night' With Greyson Chance

11/28/2011 2:36pm EST
Greyson Chance
It's been only a short year and a half or so since Greyson Chance's performance of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" exploded on YouTube. The viral video provoked an invite from Ellen DeGeneres to perform on her show and eventually she signed him to eleveneleven, her newly launched record label. With his first album already in stores, we hit the set of Greyson Chance's spankin' new music video, "Hold On 'Til The Night'" to bring you a sneak peek before it comes out.

Check it out!
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Rihanna: 'I'm Not Happy Being Single'

11/18/2011 12:13pm EST
Rihanna
R&B star Rihanna has dismissed rumors she is dating her love interest from her We Found Love video, but admits she is bored of single life.

The Bajan beauty was spotted partying with British boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy in London last month after striking up a friendship with him on the set of her promo and gossips claimed the pair was more than just friends, but Rihanna is adamant she is not romancing the sportsman.

She tells talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, "I'm not dating anyone right now. I'm not dating at all," but adds, "I'm not necessarily happy being single. It's not really that co...
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Katy Perry: 'I Would Love To Have Children'

11/11/2011 2:01pm EST
Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Not only does Katy Perry want kids with Russell Brand, but she wouldn't mind having more than one!

Katy was on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and she was asked if she had baby plans following her California Dreams Tour.

She said, "I would love to have children. I think that's one of the reasons you get married, and especially to the person that you marry. You think, 'Hmmm, that person is going to be a good partner, a good parent.' But I'm not sure it's yet. We'll see, you know?"

She then joked, "If it doesn't hurt the first time, I'll keep popping them out."

As for busy schedules keeping the...
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Katy Perry To Play Free Concert For L.A. Fans

11/11/2011 10:37am EST
Katy Perry
Pop superstar Katy Perry is to celebrate the end of her California Dreams tour in style by playing a free concert for her fans in Los Angeles.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker has hired out the Staples Center for a big celebration on November 23rd - the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Announcing the news in a taped interview for Ellen DeGeneres Show, which will air on Friday, Perry explains, "I am giving thanks to all of my fans. This is my big announcement on Ellen that no one has heard about or knows about.

"I played 121 shows... and I want to finish it off by renting out Staples (Cen...
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Ellen Degeneres Named Special AIDS Envoy

11/8/2011 7:22pm EST
Ellen Degeneres
Comedienne Ellen Degeneres has been appointed a special envoy in the global fight against AIDS by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The lesbian TV star will use her celebrity status to help raise awareness about the deadly disease.

In a statement, DeGeneres says, "The fight against AIDS is something that has always been close to my heart. And I’m happy that I can use my platform to educate people and spread hope."

Clinton announced the new role during a speech at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.
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Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi To Launch Vegan Eatery In LA

10/29/2011 3:30pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres & Portia De Rossi
TV personality Ellen DeGeneres and her actress wife Portia De Rossi are opening a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles.

The health conscious vegan couple will launch the eatery with fellow celebrity investors singer Chrissie Hynde and "The Hangover II" producer Steve Bing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The posh restaurant, located in San Fernando Valley, will feature a menu by celebrity chef Tal Ronnen and an interior designed by Waldo Fernandez, who has decorated homes for clients such as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and Tobey Maguire.

This isn't DeGeneres' first foray into the culin...
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Michelle Williams Refused To Let Daughter Give Puppy A Stripper Name

10/27/2011 8:27am EDT
Michelle Williams
Actress Michelle Williams talked her young daughter out of giving the new family puppy a stripper name because she thought it inappropriate to call a spaniel Crystal or Diamond.

Matilda, the Brokeback Mountain star's daughter by ex-boyfriend Heath Ledger, eventually settled on the name Lucky.

In a taped interview with Ellen DeGeneres, which will air on TV on Friday, Williams says, "Her first ideas... sounded like stripper names. She wanted something like, Crystal, Gem or Diamond."

"At first I was going to be a controlling mom because I was like, 'We can't have a dog named...' Then I w...
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Ellen DeGeneres Urges Fans To Give Up Tradition And Adopt A Turkey For Thanksgiving

10/22/2011 2:30pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres is urging her fans to avoid turkey feasts this Thanksgiving and instead adopt a bird for charity.

The talk show host is backing the Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project ahead of America's November holiday in a bid to boost the population of the feathered creatures.

She says, "Did you know that every year between 250 and 300 million turkeys are bred for slaughter in the United States? More than 46 million for Thanksgiving alone.

"So, this Thanksgiving instead of eating a turkey, please join me in adopting one from Farm Sanctuary's Adopt-A-Turkey Project and y...
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Hilary Duff: 'It's A Boy!'

10/14/2011 3:00pm EDT
Hillary Duff and Mike Comrie
Spoiler alert! While some celebrities prefer to be coy about the gender of their expected newborn, Hilary Duff was all-too happy to reveal on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she's having a boy.

The 24 year-old said on the daytime talk show, "I haven't told anyone yet. I wanted to tell you first. I just found out. It's a boy! I had a feeling it was a boy the whole time." She also revealed she's about four months along in her pregnancy.

She said that the experience of being pregnant is "kind of like a little alien has taken over your body. You just don't quite feel normal. But it's cool."

Hi...
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Keith Urban & Ellen DeGeneres Get Sexy In Faux Cologne Commercial

10/14/2011 11:14am EDT
Keith Urban & Ellen DeGeneres Phoenix
Keith Urban has a new cologne called Phoenix, and the country star had no problem making fun of it in a new "ad" with Ellen DeGeneres.

Featured on her talk show, Ellen donned a long blonde wig while Urban unbottoned his shirt and showed off his chest tattoo for the commercial.

At one point Ellen licked Urban's face and threw ice chips at the musician. So how would Urban's wife Nicole Kidman react to the ad? He explained, "You know that you're the only women on the planet that would be ok with my wife."

DeGeneres is married to actress Portia De Rossi.

The spoof is quite clever, and we ...
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Nicki Minaj Surprises Little Girl Who Became Internet Sensation For Covering Her Hit 'Super Bass' (Video)

10/12/2011 8:35pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj made a special visit to comedienne Ellen DeGeneres' show on Tuesday to surprise two little girls who have become YouTube.com sensations by performing her song "Super Bass."

Eight-year-old Sophia and her five-year-old cousin Rosie, from Essex, England, have become Internet sensations after their video performance picked up over six million views and Minaj, who tweeted the link to the footage of the adorable duo to her Twitter.com followers, was so impressed she agreed to meet them on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

But no one told the girls, who were left stunned when the star walked...
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Ellen DeGeneres 'Fine' After Suffering Chest Pains

9/27/2011 8:23am EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres was caught up in a health scare on Monday after suffering chest pains during a production meeting.

The comedienne was planning ahead for her hit daytime talk show on the Warner Brothers lot in Los Angeles when she started complaining of problems.

TMZ.com reports the Burbank Fire Department dispatched a crew to the scene just before noon local time and DeGeneres was checked out by paramedics.

Feeling fine hours after the medical emergency, DeGeneres sent a statement to WENN, revealing the problems started at home on Sunday night.

She writes, "I woke up in the middle of th...
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Wanda Sykes: 'I Had A Double Masectomy'

9/23/2011 2:00pm EDT
Wanda Sykes
In an Ellen Degeneres Show interview set to air Monday, Wanda Sykes revealed that she found out she had breast cancer when she went into surgery for breast reduction.

She joked, "I had real big boobs and I just got tired of knocking over stuff." After her reduction, lab work by doctors revealed that she had early stage breast cancer. Instead of going in for regular check-ups, Sykes opted for complete breast removal so the cancer would not spread.

"I had the choice of, you can go back every three months and get it checked. Have a mammogram, MRI every three months just to see what it's doin...
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Brad Pitt And Angelina Jolie's Children Want Them To Wed

9/21/2011 8:33am EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's kids are "putting the heat on" the celebrity couple to wed, according to the Troy star.

In a taped interview for Ellen DeGeneres' TV show, which will air on Wednesday, the movie star admits he and Jolie might have to make their romance official sooner than expected.

Pitt and his partner previously insisted they will only wed when gay marriage is made legal across America - but their children don't want to wait for the laws to change.

He says, "I've said that we would not be getting married until everyone in this county had the right to get married... We ...
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