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'30 Rock's' Katrina Bowden Is Engaged

January 30th, 2012 8:17am EST
Katrina Bowden
Actress Katrina Bowden is engaged to marry her musician boyfriend Ben Jorgensen after he proposed over the weekend.

The 30 Rock star announced the happy news on the red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, revealing her partner popped the question the day before.

Bowden, who was wearing her new engagement ring, told E! host Giuliana Rancic, "I was so shocked. And I said, 'Oh my God,' and I hugged him... He said, 'Is that a yes?'

"We talked about it, so it wasn't out of nowhere, but I was so surprised. That's why I forgot to say 'yes' at first."
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'The Help' Triumphs At The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 30th, 2012 8:07am EST
Viola Davis
The Help was the toast of Hollywood on Sunday night after landing the two top actress honors and the cast prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who played maids in the period drama, picked up the night's Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, respectively, while they were also among the stars who triumphed with the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category.

The Artist's Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney to the Best Actor award, while Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dying gay fathe...
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Tracy Morgan Returning To Work After Fainting Incident

January 23rd, 2012 8:11pm EST
Tracy Morgan
Funnyman Tracy Morgan has thanked his hospital caretakers for their expertise and swift attention after fainting during a party in Utah at the weekend.

The star was being honored at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday when he reportedly collapsed outside the Park City venue.

Morgan was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and his representative later blamed the incident on exhaustion and altitude sickness.

And the comedian is wasting no time in getting back to work, assuring fans he has made a full recovery and is already back on his feet, ...
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Alec Baldwin Drops 30 Pounds In Four Months

January 23rd, 2012 8:59am EST
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin is showing off a new, slimmer figure after shedding 30 pounds of weight - by cutting sugar from his diet.

The 30 Rock star is known for his bulky frame, but he decided to get healthy last autumn when he adopted a new food and exercise regime - and it's working wonders for his body.

Baldwin, who's dating yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, tells Access Hollywood, "I gave up sugar. I lost 30 pounds in four months. It's amazing.

"(I do) Pilates, spin, not as much yoga as I'd like. When we're shooting (30 Rock) it's tough... When we're shooting and I can't work out, I just ...
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Tracy Morgan Hospitalized After Fainting At Sundance

January 23rd, 2012 8:08am EST
Tracy Morgan
Comic Tracy Morgan has been taken to the hospital after he fainted during an awards ceremony at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday.

The 30 Rock star was honored at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards in Park City, Utah and reportedly fell unconscious outside the venue after giving his acceptance speech, according to TMZ.com.

An ambulance took the star to a nearby hospital for treatment and he was joined by his fiancée Megan Wollover.

The comedian's representative Lewis Kay has put the incident down to exhaustion and altitude sickness and dismissed reports which suggested the sta...
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'The Help' Leads 2012 NAACP Image Awards Nominations

January 19th, 2012 2:40pm EST
The Help
Critically-acclaimed drama The Help looks set to dominate the 2012 NAACP Image Awards after landing eight nominations.

The movie adaptation of Kathryn Stockett's bestselling book of the same name will compete for Outstanding Motion Picture against seven-time nominee Pariah, comedy Tower Heist, Jumping The Broom and The First Grader, while stars Viola Davis and Emma Stone will go head-to-head for the title of Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture.

The Help co-stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Octavia Spencer and Cicely Tyson are also nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actress field, alon...
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Supermarket Bosses Apologize To Alec Baldwin

January 4th, 2012 2:24pm EST
Alec Baldwin
Bosses at a supermarket chain have apologized to actor Alec Baldwin after reinstating a TV commercial he fronts following his scuffle with an airline stewardess last month.

The 30 Rock actor was removed from an American Airlines plane bound for the Big Apple after he ignored a steward's pleas to turn off his cell phone as the crew prepared for take-off.

Dozens of complaining customers prompted chiefs at Wegmans Food Markets to cut all ties with the actor and discontinue the use of his promotional ads, however, market executives have since had a change of heart after receiving comments f...
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Alec Baldwin Abandons Mayoral Bid

December 22nd, 2011 8:01am EST
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin has given up his plans to run for the post of New York Mayor in 2013 after losing his "appetite" for the role.

The actor revealed earlier this year that he was considering swapping acting for politics and wanted to run in the 2013 election as a Democrat in a bid to succeed current mayor Michael Bloomberg.

But now Baldwin has decided against the idea, revealing on his weekly WNYC radio podcast, "I've lost my appetite."

The actor is blaming other candidates for putting him off with their eagerness to land the position.

He adds, "They're like a guy on a date that you c...
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Golden Globe Nominations: Snubs And Surprises

December 15th, 2011 7:43pm EST
The Ides of March
‘Tis the season… for Ricky Gervais to make nasty jokes and make Robert Downy Jr. blush…. Fa la la la la la la la la. That’s right, the Golden Globe nominations were announced this morning. There were a few surprises, a few snubs, and a few nominees that make you go, “Hmmmm”? Let’s break it down by Movie and TV categories.

Movies

Films like 'The Artist' and 'The Help' dominated, not surprisingly.

The most surprising inclusion here? ‘The Ides of March,’ which up ‘til now was considered an also-ran in awards season. But the film picked up nods for Best Drama, Best Director (George Clooney),...
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'The Help' Tops List Of 2012 SAG Film Nominees

December 14th, 2011 10:22am EST
The Help
The Help has been tipped for glory at the 2012 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards after receiving four nominations.

The movie will compete for the coveted Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture prize, alongside The Artist, Bridesmaids, The Descendants and Midnight in Paris.

The film also earned nods in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role category for Viola Davis, as well as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role thanks to Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer.

Trailing with three nominations was silent film The Artist and...
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Flight Attendants Call For American Airlines Alec Baldwin Boycott

December 13th, 2011 12:09am EST
Alec Baldwin
American Airlines flight attendants have requested that Alec Baldwin's hit show 30 Rock is pulled from in-flight entertainment options following last week's bust-up between the actor and a staff member.

Baldwin was escorted off an American Airlines flight bound for New York after disobeying a steward's request to turn off his cell phone in preparation for take-off.

A war of words between airline bosses and the star has since ensued, and Baldwin made matters worse when he appeared on Saturday Night Live at the weekend and made a mockery of the incident.

Now, officials at America's Flight ...
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Alec Baldwin Jokes About Plane Incident On 'SNL' (Video)

December 11th, 2011 10:16am EST
Alec Baldwin SNL
Alec Baldwin has laughed off his removal from an American Airlines flight this week by parodying the incident on "Saturday Night Live."

The "30 Rock" funnyman was ordered off the New York-bound plane at the request of the pilot after he refused to stop playing a word game on his cell phone while the aircraft was preparing for take-off at Los Angeles International Airport.

Baldwin subsequently apologized to fellow passengers for delaying their journey, and Saturday night he joked about the incident in a sketch on "Saturday Night Live."

The actor dressed up as an American Airlines pilot an...
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Victor Garber, Jane Krakowski & Josh Radnor Unite For Musical

December 3rd, 2011 1:36pm EST
Jane Krakowski
Victor Garber, Jane Krakowski and Josh Radnor will band together to stage a musical reading of the comedy "She Loves Me."

"Alias' star Garber, "30 Rock" beauty Krakowski and "How I Met Your Mother" actor Radnor will perform the one-night-only benefit show at Roundabout's Stephen Soundheim Theatre in New York on Monday to raise money for the venue's non-profit organization.

Radnor tells Entertainment Weekly, "I worked with a vocal coach out in L.A. for a few weeks before I got to New York. My trick is the trick that everyone knows - work really hard and prepare. That way you have something...
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'The Muppets' Returning To TV?

November 23rd, 2011 3:00pm EST
The Muppets
The Muppets are hitting the big screen for Thanksgiving, but they could also be headed back into televisions everywhere.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered scripts for a series entitled The New Nabors. The show will follow a family that learns their new neighbors in Palm Springs are puppets.

Jim Henson Studios and Universal Television will work on the project. Executive producer of 30 Rock, John Riggi, will write the scripts. Jim Henson's daughter Lisa will produce alongside John Hoffman.

It appears NBC is on a nostalgia trip, as it has also announced plans to bring b...
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Tracy Morgan Proposed To Fiancée After Three Weeks Of Dating

November 8th, 2011 2:25pm EST
Tracy Morgan
Comedian Tracy Morgan proposed to his new fiancée just three weeks after meeting her on a blind date earlier this year.

The 30 Rock star, who turns 43 on Thursday, announced he is engaged to marry 25-year-old Megan Wollover at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards in September, and now he reveals to New York Magazine that the proposal took place after a whirlwind romance.

He jokes, "I hypnotized her. She called me the Black Svengali!"

The couple plans to wed next year.

Morgan was previously married to his high school sweetheart Sabrina, the mother of his three adult sons. They separated in...
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Alec Baldwin Donates $250,000 To NY Library

November 3rd, 2011 12:39pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin has donated $250,000 to his local New York library.

The funnyman recently shot a number of TV adverts for Capitol One Bank and now he is donating his entire pay check to the East Hampton Library so the organization can expand its children's wing.

The proceeds will also be used to fund new computers and seating and help make the library handicapped accessible.

Library director Dennis Fabiszak tells BroadwayWorld.com, "We greatly appreciate this generous donation for the library's Children's Addition, which will enable us in our ongoing mission to continue to provide ...
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Alec Baldwin Visits Occupy Wall Street Command Center

October 19th, 2011 8:35am EDT
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin showed his support for the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York on Tuesday by visiting the group's base in Manhattan.

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to call for social equality and an end to corporate greed as part of the Occupy Wall Street rally, which has reportedly spread to hundreds of cities worldwide.

Baldwin decided to pay a visit to Zuccotti Park, which campaigners have used as their base, and was inspired by the "dedicated people" who shared their views with him.

In a series of posts on Twitter.com, Baldwin writes, "My thanks 2 Aa...
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Our Favorite TV Bosses In Honor Of National Boss' Day

October 17th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Favorite TV Bosses
Usually celebrated on Oct. 16, National Boss' Day is being observed today because yesterday was a Sunday.

In honor of the non-secular "holiday," Starpulse is honoring some of our favorite television bosses.

Check out the slideshow below (in no particular order), and tell us who YOUR favorite boss is!
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Theatre Talk: 'How The World Began' With Jarrett Sleeper

October 1st, 2011 1:00pm EDT
SCR
Jarrett Sleeper knows a thing or two about How The World Began. He gets to debate that very subject in South Coast Repertory's newest play.

Southern California may be known as the home of film and television, but it also has a vibrant theatre scene. In the same place where you look for your favorite stars, you can see quite a few names from TV and film right in front of you on stage. In recent memory, the likes of Laurence Fishburne, Alan Cumming and Michael Trucco have been found in our regional theatre scene.

At SCR in Costa Mesa, Catherine Trieschmann's How The World Began asks au...
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Eva Longoria & Tina Fey Are The Highest Paid Ladies On Television

September 29th, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Eva Longoria Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria and Tina Fey have been named the highest-earning actresses in television.

The "Desperate Housewives" actress came top of a list of TV's best-paid female stars complied by Forbes magazine, tying the number one spot with "30 Rock" funnywoman Fey. The publication reports they earned $13 million each between May 2010 and May 2011.

Longoria's co-star Marcia Cross, who earned $10 million, came third in a tie with "Law & Order: SVU" star Mariska Hargitay and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's" Marg Helgenberger.

Two more "Desperate Housewives" stars, Teri Hatcher and Felicity Huffma...
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Tracy Morgan Is Engaged

September 19th, 2011 10:06am EDT
Tracy Morgan
Comedian Tracy Morgan is engaged to wed for the second time.

The "30 Rock" star married his high school sweetheart Sabrina in 1985, but they separated in 2001 and he finally filed for divorce from the mother of his three sons in 2009.

However, he's set to exchange vows once again - and he introduced fans to his new fiancee, known only as May, on the red carpet at the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

Morgan reveals they got engaged "six months ago", while his lucky lady tells E! TV presenter Ryan Seacrest of the proposal, "(It was) in San Francisco. It was actually pretty traditional...
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2011 Emmy Predictions: Bad Fashion, Cuss-Ridden Acceptance Speeches & More!

September 17th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Anna Paquin
The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards take place tomorrow. ChaCha recently polled a selection of its users on the nominees fashion choices, expected wardrobe malfunctions, impromptu kisses and more.

Who is going to be fashion's biggest nightmare at the Emmy's this year?
January Jones – Mad Men (24 percent) (She just had her baby, so we don't think she'll show up this year.)
Anna Paquin – True Blood (37 percent)
Mindy Kaling – The Office (37 percent)

Who is most likely to have a wardrobe malfunction?
Christina Hendricks – Mad Men (11 percent)
Evan Rachel Wood – Mildred Pierce (57 percent) or...
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Early 2011 Emmy Predictions: Here's Who Will Win

August 20th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Mad Men
It may be a little early to predict the Emmy winners, but unlike the Oscars, not much changes in the Emmy Awards season once the nominations are out.

The Emmys can be very tough to predict, but we'll take our best shot. Here's who we think will go home with the gold on Sept. 18th. Do you agree?

Outstanding Drama Series
'Boardwalk Empire'
'Dexter'
'Friday Night Lights'
'Game of Thrones'
'The Good Wife'
'Mad Men'

After yet another outstanding season, it looks like 'Mad Men' may make it four in a row. Its only real competition is 'Boardwalk Empire,' which took the Golden Globe, and...
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Tina Fey Gives Birth To Daughter

August 13th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Tina Fey
Comedienne Tina Fey is a mpm again after giving birth to a baby girl. Penelope Athena was born on Wednesday, Fey's representative confirms to People.com.

It is the second daughter for the 30 Rock star and her husband Jeffrey Richmond - they are already parents to five-year-old Alice.

Tina Fey's show 30 Rock also celebrated recently, airing its 100th episode last season.
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'Mad Men' And 'Mildred Pierce' Lead 2011 Primetime Emmy Nominations (See List)

July 14th, 2011 10:19am EDT
Mad Men
Hit drama Mad Men looks set to dominate the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards after scoring 19 nominations, including Best Drama.

Mad Men star Jon Hamm will go up against the likes of Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire), Hugh Laurie (House) and Michael C. Hall (Dexter) for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, while his co-star Elisabeth Moss will battle for the lead actress prize against Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) and Kathy Bates (Harry's Law).

The Outstanding Drama Series category will be a closely-fought affair - Mad Men, Game of Thrones, Dexter, Friday Night Ligh...
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Tracy Morgan Stirs Up Controversy Again With 'Retard' Jokes

June 29th, 2011 11:19am EDT
Tracy Morgan
TV funnyman Tracy Morgan has sparked controversy again after joking about mental and physical disability in his stand-up act on Saturday.

The 30 Rock star prompted outrage earlier this month after making a series of remarks about homosexuality during a comedy gig in Nashville, Tennessee. However, less than three weeks after apologizing for his comments, Morgan has come under fire once again.

Appearing onstage at New York City comedy club Carolines on Broadway, the actor told the crowd, "Don't ever mess with women who have retarded kids. Them young retarded males is strong. They're stro...
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'Mad Men' Wins 3 Awards At Critics' Choice Television Awards; See All Winners

June 21st, 2011 8:39am EDT
Jon Hamm
Hit TV show "Mad Men" was the toast of the inaugural Critics' Choice Television Awards in California on Monday, scooping three top honors.

The series won the Best Drama prize at the Beverly Hills ceremony, while its star Jon Hamm took home the Best Actor in a Drama award. Christina Hendricks rounded out their trio of honors by winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Best Actress in a Drama went to Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" and John Noble won Best Supporting Actor in a Drama for his turn in "Fringe."

Tina Fey was also celebrating at the event after claiming the Best Actre...
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Tracy Morgan Meets Homeless Gay Teens In New York

June 19th, 2011 10:04am EDT
Tracy Morgan
Comedian Tracy Morgan met with homeless gay teens in New York on Friday, two weeks after upsetting activists with homophobic comments during a stand-up routine in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 30 Rock star has apologized for his remarks and agreed to meet with youths disowned by upset parents as a way to show gay rights groups he truly was sorry.

The meeting at the Ali Forney Center was arranged by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Morgan plans to return to Nashville next week to apologize directly to the fans he offended with his homophobic remarks.
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Tracy Morgan: 'I'm Sorry For What I Said...I Didn't Mean It'

June 14th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Tracy  Morgan
Disgraced comedian Tracy Morgan is planning to return to the city where he upset gay rights activists with homophobic remarks to speak out in support of homosexuals.

The funnyman caused a storm of protest when he took to the stage at Nashville, Tennessee's Ryman Auditorium for a comedy show on June 3, and made a series of offensive comments about homosexuality, joking that he would "stab" his son if he discovered he was gay.

The story hit the headlines and invoked the wrath of gay rights groups, with a representative for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) urging Morga...
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Tracy Morgan Wants To Take Part In Gay Rights Rally

June 13th, 2011 11:30pm EDT
Tracy Morgan
Controversial comedian Tracy Morgan is urging gay rights leaders to invite him to a pride rally, so he can prove he's truly sorry for his recent homophobic remarks.

The 30 Rock star hit the headlines last week after making a series of offensive comments about homosexuality during a stand-up show in Nashville, Tennessee.

He has since apologized for the scandal, admitting he went "too far" and insisting his choice of words were "not funny in any context."

A host of Morgan's TV co-stars have since come forward to condemn his actions, including Cheyenne Jackson, Margaret Cho and 30 Rock crea...
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