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John Ratzenberger's Ex-Girlfriend Denies Being Part Of Guggenheim Scam

February 15th, 2011 5:27pm EST
John Ratzenberger
An ex-girlfriend of former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger has pleaded not guilty to accusations she posed as an associate of the art world's famous Guggenheim family to scam millions out of investors.

Federal authorities allege Catarina Pietra Toumei claimed she was a countess from the famed New York family and said she was married to the TV star in a bid to dupe top businessmen, including executives from soda giant Coca-Cola.

Toumei reportedly teamed up with 67-year-old David Birnbaum and Vladimir Zuravel, 45, who passed themselves off as David B. Guggenheim and Vladimir Z. Guggenheim, ...

John Ratzenberger Distances Himself From Con Suspect Ex-Girlfriend

February 1st, 2011 11:22am EST
John Ratzenberger
Former "Cheers" star John Ratzenberger has distanced himself from an ex-girlfriend who has been accused of posing as an associate of the art world's Guggenheim family to con millions of dollars out of investors.

Federal authorities allege Catarina Pietra Toumei claimed she was a countess from the famed New York family and said she was married to the actor in a bid to dupe top businessmen, including executives from drinks giant Coca-Cola.

The woman reportedly told potential investors she was in charge of brokering deals for the Guggenheim Fund and Guggenheim Bank - both of which were non-e...

John Travolta Treats Kirstie Alley To Birthday Shopping Spree

January 17th, 2011 11:39am EST
John Travolta
Kirstie Alley spent her 60th birthday on Wednesday shopping with her Look Who's Talking co-star John Travolta.

The Cheers actress has remained close friends with the Hollywood actor since they first shared the screen together in the 1980s.

Alley, who recently helped Travolta decorate a nursery for his new baby son, turned 60 years old on Wednesday and her pal was on hand to help her celebrate. The pair hit the shops and Travolta treated his friend to a shopping spree.

Alley writes in a post on her page, "Excellent day!! Kids treated me like a queen & John Travolta took me o...

Gobble, Gobble: Time To Serve Up TV Thanksgiving Classics

November 19th, 2010 1:45pm EST
How I Met Your Mother
With the holiday approaching next week, we'd like to know: what are your favorite Thanksgiving episodes? The very best will always be up for debate – maybe you think it's Brad Pitt's appearance on 'Friends,' or perhaps you think it's a drama from the 1950s. To others, 'A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving' holds a special place in their hearts.

Most of my favorites come from comedies – maybe because half-hour sitcoms just know how to nail the absurdities of holiday stress, drinking too much Thanksgiving cheer, and that ridiculously long wait for the Turkey thermometer to pop.

Narrowing it down ...

Kirstie Alley: 'I've Lost Over 50 Pounds'

September 23rd, 2010 10:00am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is winning her ongoing weight loss battle - she's shed more than 50 pounds since January.

The former Cheers star, who has famously struggled with her weight during her career, vowed to slim down to mark the launch of Organic Liaison, her company to support dieters in the U.S., at the beginning of the year.

She's been sticking to a strict regime on the program - and Alley's showing off a much slimmer figure as a result.

In a post on her page, she writes, "I've lost over 50 lbs... and I'm having the time of my of my life... 30 more to go."

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Kelsey Grammer Wants To Bring Back 'Frasier'

August 31st, 2010 2:00pm EDT
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer is making plans to revive his most famous character Dr. Frasier Crane for a new TV show.

The actor found fame playing the pompous psychiatrist in hit 1980s TV show Cheers, and he went on to star in hugely successful spin-off series Frasier. He spent 20 years playing the beloved character before Frasier came to an end in 2004 after more than a decade on the small screen.

Grammer has since failed to replicate his success and has seen a number of new shows flop including Back To You and Hank, and he's now considering bringing back the cast of Frasier for a "reunion show". T...

TV's Six Most Satisfying Finales

May 20th, 2010 11:13am EDT
TVs Six Most Satisfying Finales
While ABC’s claim that Sunday’s LOST finale is “the Television Event of the Decade” may be a bit hyperbolic, there’s no denying the excitement... and anxiety… that surrounds the final episode of a beloved TV show. Rabid fans of any series demand not just closure, but emotional resonance. After all, we’re saying goodbye to good friends here, not just clearing space off the DVR schedule. With that in mind, here’s our list of the Six Most Satisfying TV Finales of All Time.

SEINFELD “The Finale” (1998)

Granted, the much-maligned two-part ending to the legendary show about nothing is not the f...

Kelsey Grammer's Wife Camille Works The Street At The Premiere Of 'La Cage Aux Folles'

April 19th, 2010 1:10pm EDT
Camille Grammer
You know that thin line between sexy and prostitute? Kelsey Grammer's wife Camille Donatacci just crossed it. Hot pink high heels, a tight black dress, and major cleavage makes her look like she's ready to earn some money.

Camille showed off her look at "La Cage Aux Folles" broadway show opening in New York City last night. Her husband plays a nightclub owner in the production.

Kelsey left his family behind in Hawaii when he landed the role because he couldn't balance fatherhood with his grueling rehearsal schedule. He explained, "To be quite honest, up front I said I won't be able to be ...

Kirstie Alley Regrets Writing Cocaine-Fuelled Journal

April 16th, 2010 4:00pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley regrets writing drug-fuelled journal entries during her battle with addiction - because she once vowed to publish her ramblings while high on cocaine.

The former Cheers star, who has now cleaned up her bad habit, admits she still can't believe some of the eccentric things she did while under the influence.

She recalls, "I was a druggie. Cocaine. That is a bad drug because it makes you think you're really smart and it makes you say really stupid things. I wrote a journal when I was doing coke. It was like, 'This was so profound somebody's gonna find this one day and...

Kirstie Alley's 'Tiny' Blind Date Disaster

April 7th, 2010 11:37am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has banned friends from setting her up on blind dates, after an awkward one night stand with a poorly-endowed potential suitor.

The former Cheers star was looking for a short term romance after her split from second husband Parker Stevenson in 1997, and agreed to be set up.

However, Alley regretted the brief fling after going to bed with her date just hours after they met.

She says, "I have been set up on blind dates. I can't say they're successful. The worst blind date I went on I slept with him. This was a long time ago and I slept with this guy and he was tiny...

Kirstie Alley: 'I Haven't Had Plastic Surgery'

March 26th, 2010 7:30pm EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley refuses to go under the knife to preserve her looks - because she is convinced her wrinkles will help her land more movie roles.

The former Cheers star, 59, insists she is content with her features and would never consider undergoing plastic surgery, especially as more and more actresses turn to the surgeon's knife to stay young in the industry.

She says, "I'm not a surgery girl, I haven't had plastic surgery. I don't wanna have it but it's hard when you see your peers and things and they have. I go back and forth and think, 'Who's gonna play grandmothers in movies...

Kirstie Alley: 'I Miss Being In Love'

March 19th, 2010 9:13am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is eager to meet a man to fall in love with - but only if he has enough money to feel comfortable with her success.

The former "Cheers" star has been divorced twice, splitting from second husband Parker Stevenson in 1997 after 14 years of marriage. She is now on the lookout for romance - but refuses to waste time on pointless dates with inappropriate men.

Alley tells Larry King, "I love, and I do want to be in love with someone else in my life. I miss being in love. I miss missing someone and being in love with someone and waiting for them to call. I went on a date about f...

Kirstie Alley Attempts To Clear Up Scientology Links To Weight Loss Line

March 17th, 2010 11:56pm EDT
Actress Kirstie Alley has blasted reports suggesting her new diet program is a Church of Scientology initiative, insisting only 10 per cent of the project's bosses are Scientologists.

Alley, who is a Scientologist, had to defend her Organic Liaison line during an interview on national TV in America on Tuesday - and now she's speaking out to clear up rumors the weight loss program is a front for the Church.

The former "Cheers" star, who constantly struggles with her weight, has admitted "The Today Show" line of questioning took her by surprise and now adds, "That I would need to clarify or...

Kirstie Alley Launches Weight Loss 'Elixir'

February 25th, 2010 8:28am EST
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is launching a weight loss "elixir" to help overweight Americans slim down - and she has already lost 20 pounds in eight weeks on the program. The former Cheers star has founded Organic Liaison, a company to support dieters in the U.S., and developed a series of slimming remedies.

And Alley, who famously lost weight as a spokes model for diet firm Jenny Craig before piling the pounds back on, is adamant the drink works - as she's already boasting a more slim line figure since starting the program at the beginning of the year.

She says, "I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist -...

Kirstie Alley Lashes Out At Twitter Bullies

February 2nd, 2010 8:57am EST
Kirstie Alley Lashes Out At Twitter Bullies
Actress Kirstie Alley is fuming after online bullies targeted her teenage daughter on social networking site The Cheers star was shocked to discover 15-year-old Lillie had been receiving nasty messages on the microblogging site, and immediately urged the youngster to delete her account.

In a series of posts on her own Twitter page, the actress fumes, "What would you do to people who harass your children viciously on twitter? Since BLOCKING them is not working... somehow they have found a way around blocking... I'm going to request that my daughter leaves Twitter."

"I WO...

'Hank' Gets The Axe

November 12th, 2009 12:03pm EST
Kelsey Grammer's latest TV series Hank has been axed after just five episodes. The former Cheers actor has struggled to resurrect his career after his long-running spin-off series Frasier ended in 2004. Grammer's last comedy outing, Back to You, was scrapped in 2008 after just 17 episodes.

And now Hank, in which Grammer played a tycoon forced to reconnect with his family after losing his job, has met the same fate.

Executives at ABC network have confirmed the show has been shelved after it struggled in ratings during its first few weeks.

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Patrick Dempsey Develops TV Show About Hairdressing

October 23rd, 2009 8:28am EDT
Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Dempsey has sold a new sitcom idea about hairdressing to TV network bosses at ABC.

The actor created the show, tentatively called "Coif," with his wife Jillian, who is a top stylist, and they've brought writers onboard to create the plot for a pilot.

He tells TV Guide magazine, "It's kind of like Cheers or Friends, but it takes place in a beauty school in Los Angeles."

And he has Warren Beatty to thank for perfecting the show: "We watched Shampoo a lot."

See more photos of Patrick Dempsey here!

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Jamie Foxx Fuels Kirstie Alley Romance Rumors

October 13th, 2009 11:55am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has fueled rumors he's romancing actress Kirstie Alley, after confessing he has a crush on the former Cheers star.

Alley started the gossip by posting a series of saucy messages on her blog in recent weeks, hinting at a fling with the Ray star.

In one, she alludes to a leaked nude photo of the actor, writing, "I don't need to see Mr. Foxx's naked picture. I see him naked three times a week... standing over me."

Foxx was grilled on the rumors during an appearance on Conan O'Brien's talk show on Monday night, and he refused to deny he's dating t...

Kirstie Alley Blasts Polanski Supporters

October 2nd, 2009 8:56am EDT
Kirstie Alley Blasts Polanski Supporters
Former Cheers actress Kirstie Alley is one star not supporting filmmaker Roman Polanski as he battles extradition to the U.S. to face sentencing for a 32-year-old sex crime.

The Chinatown director, who fled America in 1978 on the eve of sentencing, has lived in exile in France for 30 years, but he was caught out while attending a film festival in Zurich on Saturday. Swiss police took him into custody and plan to send Polanski back to the U.S., where he faces sentencing after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

Woody Allen, Penelope Cruz and Harvey Weinstein are ...

Q&A: Kelsey Grammer Talks ABC's New Series 'Hank,' His Health And More

September 28th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Kelsey Grammer
Kelsey Grammer should mean gold for any TV series. His long run on Cheers and Frasier is legendary, and he keeps popping up as Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons. It didn't quite work out for Back to You, but that certainly wasn't his fault. His new show, Hank, could be the next winner in his stable.

Hank is a disgraced Fortune 500 honcho who has to adjust to small town sitcom life. Moving back home with his family provides a culture clash with Grammer clinging to the sort of highbrow luxuries familiar to Frasier Crane. Reality provides the humor.

Over the summer, Grammer presented the new...

80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

September 26th, 2009 10:03am EDT
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?


In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...

Carjacking Put Woody Harrelson Off Fast Cars

September 22nd, 2009 3:03pm EDT
Carjacking Put Woody Harrelson Off Fast Cars
Woody Harrelson gave up his need for speed after he was carjacked at gunpoint.

The actor splashed out on a sports car after finding fame in 1980s sitcom Cheers - but the extravagant status symbol attracted the wrong kind of attention. Harrelson was only saved from being shot at or robbed by his own clumsiness.

He tells Maxim magazine, "Right around the time I began doing Cheers, I bought this used Porsche - the same one Tom Cruise had in Risky Business. On the first night, some guy pulled a gun and tried to carjack me. I was so scared I dropped the keys. This guy's got a gun pointed...

Heather Burns Discusses The New HBO Series 'Bored To Death'

September 17th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Heather Burns
Bored to Death is a promising new HBO comedy that stars an excellent cast of comedic players in the form of Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited, Rushmore), Ted Danson (Cheers), Zach Galifianakis (Hangover) and Heather Burns (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality). We recently had the pleasure of talking with the main players, Heather Burns, and here's what she had to say about Bored to Death.

Eric Stromsvold: Based off of the trailers it appears as though you're playing a character named Leah, who is Ray's girlfriend. What else is going on there?

Heather Burns: Well, she's Ray's...

Learn More About SyFy's New Drama And 'BSG' Spinoff 'Caprica'

August 20th, 2009 10:07am EDT
Long ago, in a popular culture period far, far away, to watch or read science fiction was synonymously tied to the then derogatory term of 'geek'. Now that stereotype has somewhat weakened. One of the many reasons for this change was the Ron Moore reimagining of 'Battlestar Galactica' in 2004. 'BSG' was a hit not just amongst the typical sci-fi fan base, as it is most commonly discussed as a space opera, but to more non-traditional fans. When 'Heroes' debuted on NBC it was a break in network format. Many questioned why it was not to air on the sister channel, then, Sci-Fi, and spurred d...

August Celebrity Birthday Milestones: Oh Lordy, Look Who's 40 (And 60!)

August 18th, 2009 2:08pm EDT
Matthew Perry
August is a milestone birthday month for many celebrities who are turning 40 and 60. While 40 may be the new 30, and 60 the new 50, they can still be difficult birthdays to handle.

One of our favorite "Friends" is nearly over the hill. But is 40 really "over the hill" these days? And it's hard to believe one of the celebrities turning 40 was in high school in the least on TV. And let's give three "Cheers" to this star who is turning 60 but still looks youthful.

Check out the new 40 and 60 year olds in the slideshow below!

Edward Norton

Turns 40 on Aug. 18

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Slideshow: Stars Who've Added A Little Meat On Their Bones But We Love Anyway

July 22nd, 2009 10:15am EDT
Jessica Simpson skinny and curvy
Physical appearance is a key component of a celebrity's life. Living under a microscope, celebrities face enormous pressure to maintain Godlike levels of corporeal attractiveness, especially women.

Male celebrities are definitely expected to be in good shape too, but they have a lot more wiggle room. If a man's face isn't entirely Adonic or if he consumes one too many brewskies, it's ok - double chins and love handles are not career killers for men. In fact, they sometimes do the exact opposite.

Take Russell Crowe and Tom Hanks, for example. Crowe packed on the pounds to play Jeffre...

An Open Letter To Paul Abdul: Leaving 'Idol' Is A Bad Idea

July 22nd, 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...

Move Over NBC, USA Is Stealing Your Glory

July 10th, 2009 12:02pm EDT
In the world of television, the big networks - NBC, CBS, ABC, and FOX - are typically considered to be the "A" team, or the major leaguers of TV stations. Now they have a bit of competition.

The network we are most confused by is NBC. NBC used to be a ratings powerhouse with its "Must See TV" marketing campaigns. Weeknights were appointment television nights for millions of viewers tuning in first in the genesis of it all, the 1980s with Hill Street Blues, The Cosby Show, Cheers, and LA Law. The 1990s came in strong with ER, Friends, Frasier, Mad About You, Seinfeld, and the last of...

This Summer, Take A Pop Culture Road Trip!

July 8th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Field Of Dreams
During these hot summer months, nothing is quite as fun as jumping in your car, winding the windows down, turning the radio up, and hitting the blacktop in search of new adventures. Who's up for a road trip?

Now, before you fill up your tank, we should tell you that we're not talking about any old road trip. We're not talking about heading for the beach or the Grand Canyon. We're not talking about following the same itinerary that your parents did when you were just a kid sitting in the back of the family station wagon with no say in the matter.

Sure, the typical tourist spots are gr...

Top Celebrity Freak Outs - Can They Bounce Back?

July 2nd, 2009 2:52pm EDT
Mel Gibson
Celebrity is something of a double edged sword. On one hand you could make millions and be adored by fans all over the world, but it also means the loss of privacy and the constant nitpicking of the mainstream critics. One slip up is all it takes for your face and words to be scattered over magazines and blogs, but sometimes the controversies are worth being taken to task for.

Here's a look at some of the celebrities who lost their mind or temper at the wrong time, and whether or not they have managed to bounce back from the incidents. What do you think of these moments in celeb history...

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