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10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Education

April 5th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Educatio
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Tell that to this fine group of celebrities, who took a leap of faith and followed their hearts towards their college campus of choice. While some did not finish, the tenacity to try and further their education in an industry where many choose another path is commendable.

The following 10 celebrities did just that, and had many different ways to achieve their goals. We also gave honors to the celebrities that had a resume of outstanding academic achievement - so keep an eye out for our praiseworthy (but completely arbitrary) Latin honors!

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'Criss Angel BeLIEve' Sneak Peek: Exclusive Video From 'Levitating Shaq'!

November 4th, 2013 2:49pm EST
Shaq
This week's episode of Criss Angel BeLIEVE features a very special guest star - and Spike has kindly provided us with some exclusive video of just what exactly he gets into!

In 'Levitating Shaq,' as it says on the tin, Criss Angel tries his hand at making NBA star Shaquille O'Neal levitate - all 7'1" of him. Clearly, this is no small task, but as we've established over the previous four episodes, Criss is pretty good at tackling the biggest of challenges. Watch below to see a preview of Shaq's guest appearance.

Of course, before trying to move the mountain that is Shaq, it helps if you ...
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Adam Sandler Tried To Look At Shaq's Member On 'Grown Ups 2' Set

April 10th, 2013 9:21am EDT
Adam Sandler & Shaq
While filming "Grown Ups 2," Adam Sandler had a quest - sneak a peek at retired basketball star Shaquille O'Neal's penis.

The actor took the opportunity while Shaq was showering after a basketball game on the set of the film, but it didn't turn out quite as Sandler expected.

The actor explained: "Everyone else left and I'm like, 'OK, let me see that thing...' I go back there... and his bodyguard is there and his bodyguard is just so strong... so I said, 'Sorry, I was just trying to see Shaq's penis... I'm outta here. Please don't tell Shaq this happened.'
 
"I see Shaq later on the set an...
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Will Ferrell Works Security, Ejects Shaq From Lakers Game

February 13th, 2013 3:03pm EST
Will Ferrell
Maybe Will Ferrell is doing some research and getting into character for an upcoming film. But for whatever reason, he was working security at a Los Angeles Lakers game Tuesday night.

While working the floor, someone drew the ire of Ferrell while he was on duty: Laker great Shaquille O'Neal. Ferrell ejected Shaq from the game, pulling him from the stands and escorting him away. We're not sure what Shaq did - maybe Will just wanted an autograph. Maybe Shaq wanted to leave the game early, as the Lakers were beating the Phoenix Suns team handily.

We think Will had a great moustache for the p...
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The Most Sociable Celebrities In Social Media

December 29th, 2012 1:00pm EST
George Takei
Some Celebrities love us (and you) more than others. Some celebrities are reclusive nomads who do a movie and then crawl back into whatever hole they live in away from the world, with no communication whatsoever until we hear about their next upcoming movie.

Other celebrities however, engage themselves with their fans. This used to mean interviews and autographs, but now, it means something slightly different. Social media has allowed the celebrity crowd to communicate with their thousands of fans instantly and with a great deal of personality.Even if they don't talk with each individual...
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Shaquille O'Neal Earns Doctoral Degree In Education From Barry University

May 7th, 2012 9:43am EDT
Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal has brains and brawn. The retired basketball star earned his doctoral degree in Education from Barry University and he accepted his award during a commencement ceremony at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Saturday.

He wore the school's traditional cap and red gown, which had been custom-made for the 7-foot, one-inch icon. The former Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers player had to bend down on one knee so his professor Dr. David M. Kopp could place a light blue hood around his neck in recognition of his studious achievements.

Accepting the degree, he explained, "Ever...
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Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed

April 15th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Celebrity Business Ventures That Failed
Not everything that celebrities touch turn into gold. Recently, Oprah Winfrey admitted that she made "101 mistakes" when she decided to launch her network OWN, which attracts just under 200,000 viewers daily. The former "Queen of Daytime TV" admits, "The idea of creating a network was something I wanted to do. Had I known that it was this difficult, I might have done something else." Oprah's network may eventually become a failed business amongst the long list of failed celebrity business ventures. Let's take a look at some of the other celebrity businesses that have flopped due to disorgan...
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David Beckham Named Best Dressed, Gets Icon Trophy At Game Awards

February 20th, 2012 9:48am EST
David Beckham
Soccer ace David Beckham ruled over the Hall of Game Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday after picking up two prizes, including one for best style.

The Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards lets young program viewers vote for their favorite sports stars and on Saturday Beckham emerged victorious in the fashion category by scooping up the "That's How I Roll" trophy.

The athlete and husband of designer Victoria Beckham beat out tennis pro Serena Williams and basketball star Dwayne Wade for the honor.

The Brit also landed the coveted "Icon Award."

Others winners of the evening included rapper...
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Russell Brand Stole Larry King's Wife's Panties

December 2nd, 2011 9:14am EST
Russell Brand
Russell Brand spiced up a recent roundtable interview with Larry King by stealing a pair of his wife's panties.

The veteran newsman invited the Brit, basketball player Shaquille O'Neal, Tyra Banks and chat show host Conan O'Brien into his home for the CNN special "Dinner With The Kings," which will air on Sunday.

And things took a turn for the hilarious when prankster Brand sneaked into the Kings' bedroom.

Brand tells Ryan Seacrest, "It (set up) didn't seem normal... People asking questions about whether or not you loved your mum... so, to ground myself, I thought the only way of making ...
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Nina Dobrev And Joe Jonas To Take A Vow Of Silence For Charity

November 7th, 2011 8:39am EST
Nina Dobrev
Actress Nina Dobrev and pop star Joe Jonas are among the celebrities taking part in a sponsored silence to raise money for a children's charity.

The Vampire Diaries star is joining the singer and other celebrities including Shaquille O'Neal and The Buried Life cast, who have all vowed to stay quiet for 24 hours on November 30th.

The stars are raising money for Free The Children's Vow of Silence campaign, which benefits youngsters living in poverty around the world.

In a post on her Twitter.com page, Dobrev writes, "Stand with me & Free The Children in silence to support those without ...
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Madonna, Jay-Z & Other Celebs To Create YouTube Channels

October 31st, 2011 9:47am EDT
Madonna
Madonna and Jay-Z are to create their own video channels on YouTube.com as part of a new business venture to expand the website.

Bosses at the video-sharing site have shelled out over $100 million to dozens of producers to create fresh new content, and as part of the deal, both superstars have signed up to lend their support.

Other participants include actor Ashton Kutcher, "Modern Family" beauty Sofia Vergara, "The Office" star Rainn Wilson, "Parks and Recreation" actress Amy Poehler, former basketball star Shaquille O'Neal and skateboarding legend Tony Hawk.

Not much information ...
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Shaquille O'Neal Requests Kidnapping Lawsuit To Be Dismissed

August 16th, 2011 8:26am EDT
Shaquille ONeal
Retired basketball star and rapper Shaquille O'Neal is insisting a lawsuit accusing him of masterminding a kidnapping plot should be dismissed - because his accuser filed the legal papers too late.

Earlier this month, a Los Angeles judge dismissed charges against alleged gang members accused of kidnapping record producer Robert Ross, who boasted of owning a sex tape featuring O'Neal - citing problems with his credibility.

Ross, a former gang member who claimed he was assaulted and robbed during the incident in 2008, also filed a civil lawsuit against O'Neal and a business partner, claim...
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Dina Lohan Could Join 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 13

July 11th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Dina Lohan
Dina Lohan may join the cast of Dancing with the Stars for its 13th season. According to the NY Post, Dina was at a party when it was overheard that she was in talks with ABC to join the reality competition.

If she signs on, she'll be in a cast that allegedly includes Shaquille O'Neal, Donnie Whalberg, Khloe Kardashian, Nick Jonas, Queen Latifah, Regis Philbin, and Mike Tyson.

In other Dancing news, Season 12 champion Hines Ward was arrested over the weekend for DUI. His lawyer has since refuted the police's claims of intoxication.
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Shaq Announces NBA Retirement Online

June 1st, 2011 9:23pm EDT
Shaq
Basketball icon Shaquille O'Neal is hanging up his jersey for good after 19 years in the National Basketball Association.

The towering sportsman, 39, has enjoyed a glittering career on the court, playing for teams including the Orlando Magic, the Miami Heat and the Los Angeles Lakers, with which he won three NBA titles. He also won Olympic gold representing the USA at the 1996 Games.

Announcing the news in a Tout video posted via his Twitter.com page on Wednesday, O'Neal, who has also dabbled in movies, rapping and reality TV, says, "We did it. Nineteen years baby. I want to thank you ver...
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Snoop Dogg Slimed At Kids' Choice Awards - Pics & Full List Of Winners

April 3rd, 2011 2:11pm EDT
2011 Kids Choice Awards
Russell Brand, Jim Carrey, Jack Black, Snoop Dogg, Heidi Klum and Josh Duhamel went green at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday - they got slimed.

Host Black, Klum, Carrey, Snoop Dogg and the night's Arm Fart Hall of Fame inductee Duhamel, who dressed up as Justin Bieber for his sliming, were all prepared for the messy 'honor' but Brand was caught out when he stepped onstage to present the award for Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie to birthday boy Eddie Murphy.

Favorite Movie Actor Johnny Depp opened the proceedings by squirting the audience with a slime canon and settin...
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Poplopedia: Former 'Real World' Cast Member Brings The Drama To 'Basketball Wives 2'

November 11th, 2010 12:59pm EST
Basketball Wives
A former reality star from “The Real World” helps to bring the drama that reality fans have grown to love on the new season of “Basketball Wives 2.”

Some of us have come to accept that the women, who appeared on the first season of “Basketball Wives,” hardly count as actual wives of ballplayers. They were either ex-girlfriends/wives or baby mothers of players (with probably one “wife” actually being a wife), but fans of the show didn’t really mind the contradiction in cast members because the entertaining feuds that this guilty pleasure programming offered sufficed.

The new season of “Bas...
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Shaquille O'Neal Proposes To Girlfriend?

August 26th, 2010 3:30pm EDT
Shaq
Basketball icon Shaquille O'Neal has sparked reports he's set to wed reality TV star Nicole Alexander after he was spotted slipping a ring on her finger during a recent night out.

The "I Love Money" reality show winner, who has dated the athlete since his split from estranged wife Shaunie, reportedly got a marriage proposal during a dinner with friends in St. Louis, Missouri.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, O'Neal took Alexander and friends to Sahara Mediterranean Cuisine and Hookah Lounge for dinner on Monday night, and Lounge owner Sam David believes that is where O'Neal may h...
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Shaq Demands Wife Halts Reality TV Show

April 14th, 2010 3:30pm EDT
Shaquille ONeal
Basketball icon and rapper Shaquille O'Neal is demanding TV bosses shut down production of his estranged wife Shaunie's new reality series - or face legal action.

Basketball Wives premiered last week, five months after Shaunie O'Neal filed for a legal separation from the sportsman. Reports suggest the second episode of Shaunie's series will focus on the estranged couple's relationship - and that's not OK with the Cleveland Cavaliers star.

Shaq's lawyer, Michael J. Kump, claims Shaunie will violate a confidentiality agreement between the pair if the private details about her husband air ...
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Celebrities Who Overspend

March 1st, 2010 9:00am EST
Jennifer Lopez
It’s sad when most Americans are struggling to get by in the recession while certain celebrities are busy buying yachts, $1,000 handbags and other frivolous things to show off their wealth. Stars are earning more money than ever before, and they aren’t afraid to spend it.

Jamie Foxx dropped $20,000 on a crocodile skin jacket, and Beyoncé once spent $20 million to fly her hubby, Jay Z, out to her video shoot.

The list of famous over-spenders doesn’t end there - here are a few more over the top celebrity splurges:

Jennifer Lopez – When her twins Max and Emme were born, she reportedly hired...
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Hollywood Muscle Guys Who Have Starred In Ridiculous Movie Roles

January 28th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tooth Fairy
Dwayne Johnson's latest movie role as a tutu wearing male Tinkerbell in "Tooth Fairy" is another embarrassment in the long line of embarrassments for Hollywood muscle guys. For some reason, the muscle guys of Hollywood think it's a good idea to go from starring in action movies to starring in Disney kid movies or movies that muscle guys shouldn't be in. Let's take a look at some of the muscle guys who have starred in the most ridiculous movie roles.

Sylvester Stallone

Famous for his movie roles as Rocky Balboa and John Rambo, Sly Stallone is one of the biggest movie muscle guys in Hol...
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Top 10 Celebrity Twitterers You Should Check Out

May 22nd, 2009 9:56am EDT
Twitter
What is Twitter and why does everyone seem to talk about it these days? Well Twitter is a social networking device where you register an account and update in 140 words or less what's on your mind. This can be commentary on life, media, politics, movies, food, or responding to people who start to 'follow' you. This website has become a national hit, leading its name to be plastered everywhere and people constantly using their phone to send 'tweets.' A lot of the credit (or blame) can be placed on the shoulder of the various celebrities who embraced Twitter and love to give their fans insigh...
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The Elite Eight Of Basketball Movies

March 16th, 2009 10:25am EDT
Glory Road
March Madness has arrived! This is the time of the year when people set up betting pools and eagerly watch as their teams try to make it to the Final Four. March Madness is marked by buzz beaters, upsets, blowouts, Cinderella teams who are destined to win the tournament, Underdog teams who defy their critics, and the love and passion for the game of basketball. These underlying moments and themes have all been a major focus of basketball films. In honor of March Madness, we've compiled a list of the best basketball films ever. Here are the Elite Eight:

1. Hoop Dreams (1994)

Any kid w...
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Q&A: Tom Arnold On Being A Redneck, 'True Lies' Sequel Rumors & Goldilocks

January 20th, 2009 9:06am EST
Tom Arnold
Tom Arnold is a sports fanatic, a redneck, and a pretty cool guy. Arnold voices the role of Mac Bear in a new CGI animation film called Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, and he talked to Starpulse about this film and other projects that are keeping him busy these days.

1. What's different about this Goldilocks version and the traditional tale?

This is the same close, funny family at its core but with a contemporary storyline. These bears live in this new, contemporary, reality TV Paris Hilton world, but they hold onto their innocence and sense of family, which makes i...
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Lucid Absinthe: Hollywood's Hot New Drink

December 1st, 2008 12:04pm EST
Sarah Jessica Parker
Whenever a new trend in Hollywood emerges all the celebrities need to have a piece of it! They will throw their assistants out in the streets if they aren't the first to be pictured with the hot new trend! UGG boots, Toyota Hybrids, Hermes Birken bags, skinny jeans and now Absinthe. It's the drink of choice for lots of celebrities since its recent comeback after being banned for almost a century. Lucid is one of the hottest labels to bring Absinthe back onto the market. Drinking it makes you feel a little rebellious and bad ass. Hollywood loves edgy!

Absinthe is a distilled, highly al...
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Will 'The Dark Knight' Need Darker Villians For Future Films?

July 17th, 2008 9:20am EDT
The Dark Knight
Purple suit, caked-white face, delirious, hand-in-the-cookie-jar grin: the Joker. In 1989's Batman, Jack Nicholson played the role as a coked out 'toon far past loony, at ease in the company of rapists or ravers. In 2008's The Dark Knight, Heath Ledger plays the role like a congenitally hallucinogenic child tight roping over hellfire, dragging behind him the world like limp teddy bear. The newer version is obviously a dark turn for a character with such a light-hearted name, but, so it seems, the entire Batman franchise has taken a dark turn since Batman Begins. In honor of Ledger's, not t...
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Set Your TiVo For 'Black Magic' - An ESPN Special You Should Check Out

March 14th, 2008 12:05pm EDT
John McLendon
Barkley. Lebron. Shaq. Kobe. And of course, His Airness, Jordan. Sound familiar?

John McLendon. Clarence "Big House" Gaines. Bob Love. Earl Lloyd. John Chaney. Who?

They're not as familiar to most of us. Many people have never heard of them at all. However, these men paved the way over a very rocky road for the stars we are on a one-name basis with today. Their stories, as well as the stories of other basketball greats, are highlighted in the upcoming ESPN special "Black Magic," a four-hour, two-part film that will be shown on Sunday, March 16th and Monday, March 17th at 8p.m. CS...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 6

March 6th, 2007 3:00am EST
David Gilmour
Happy Birthday to "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" actor Eli Marienthal (1986), Miami Heat star Shaquille O'Neal (1972), comedian D.L. Hughley (1963), comedic actor Tom Arnold (1959), Canadian actress Alberta Watson (1955), "General Hospital" actress Jacklyn Zeman (1953), actor/director Rob Reiner (1947), English singer Kiki Dee (1947), Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour (1946), baseball players Willie "Pops" Stargell (1940; d. 2001) and Ted Abernathy (1933), jazz musician Wes Montgomery (1923; d. 1968), TV personality Ed McMahon (1923), comedic actor Lou Costello (1906; d. 195...
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Nickelodeon Announces Kids' Choice Award Nominees

February 8th, 2007 10:33am EST
SpongeBob SquarePants
Star slime fest is back! Justin Timberlake hosts this year's Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards 20th Anniversary celebration, airing live March 31, from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. Kids will be able to vote in advance in a total of 16 categories. Surprise awards also will be announced during the show.

Voting begins online March 5 on Nick.com. Kids also will be able to vote via their cell phones. Beginning Sunday, March 11, in TEENick with the Kids' Choice Awards nominee a different category will be featured on-air each week, and kids can then cast their vote online at Nick.c...
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Hip Hop 'Beefs' Are Examined on New BET Series

September 28th, 2006 12:02pm EDT
From the music industry and the sports arena to everywhere in between, “Beef: The Series” explores the pop culture conflicts between rivals in every trade. Rapper The Game's numerous skirmishes have made him an authority on legitimate beef. MC battles like Tupac vs. Biggie have captured the attention and imagination of modern Hip-Hop fans for decades.

But the controversy and personal clashes have expanded beyond music. From Kobe vs. Shaq, to Bow Wow vs. Romeo, BET goes beyond the word on the street to bring you both sides of the story from the people closest to the friction. Sometime...
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BET Announces Original Shows for Fall 2006 Lineup

August 15th, 2006 11:30am EDT
Bow Wow
“Beef: The Series” (Oct. 4) explores the conflicts of America's hottest celebrities. From the music industry and the sports arena to everywhere in between, the show explores the pop culture conflicts between rivals in every trade. Whether it's Kobe vs. Shaq, Bill O'Reilly vs. Ludacris, or Bow Wow vs. Romeo, the controversy is thick and the players are talking in this 6-part series.

“Next Level: Vince Young” (Oct. 4) kicks off a chain of series highlighting the lives of star athletes making a ransition in their careers. In this installment, BET will follow Rose Bowl MVP star quarterback...
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