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Five Fun Facts about 2012 Mark Twain Prize Winner Ellen DeGeneres

May 17th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Ellen DeGeneres
This week it was announced that comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is the 2012 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. The honor goes to people “who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th-century novelist and essayist Samuel Clemens”. While her talk show was always popular, DeGeneres went from being a stand-up comedian to being America’s favorite daytime host after Oprah Winfrey gave up her daytime show. Today we visit five fun facts about America’s unlikely sweetheart.

1) Television didn’t always mean success for her. He...
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Five Fun Facts About 'Dark Shadows' Actor Johnny Depp

May 10th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows
Johnny Depp is an American icon. Love him or hate him, his is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today, even when hidden behind make-up. Among his roles, he’s transformed himself into a cross-dressing movie director, a Frankenstein-like monster with a soul and now a gothic vampire trying to come to grips with living in the 1970s. He’s renown for his versatility and whether it’s a musical, a romance, a tragedy, horror or action, a Johnny Depp movie is always an adventure. But for someone who has been making movies since his role in the original “A Nightmare on Elm Street” in 1...
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'Beauty And The Beast' Stars: Where Are They Now?

October 1st, 2010 9:37am EDT
Robby Benson
Possibly Disney's crowning jewel in the company's "renaissance" -- the period from the late '80s to the late '90s that produced wildly popular and widely acclaimed animated flicks that became classics -- "Beauty and the Beast" is being released on DVD and Blu-ray in a combo pack on October 5.

The combo pack includes all kinds of goodies and extras: fully-restored footage (it's the first time it'll be in high def), a sing-along mode, games, a virtual tour of the castle, deleted scenes (including a never-before-seen one), and more.

Until last year's "Up," 1991's "Beauty and the Beast" was...
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Eddie Fisher Dies At Age 82

September 24th, 2010 8:12am EDT
Eddie Fisher
Singer Eddie Fisher, who was once married to Elizabeth Taylor, has died at the age of 82.

The entertainer, who sparked outrage in the 1950s when he left wife Debbie Reynolds for her pal Taylor, passed away in California on Wednesday. Fisher died as a result of complications stemming from recent hip surgery, according to his family.

A statement reads, "He was loved and will be missed by his four children: Carrie, Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh as well as his six grandchildren. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch (admirable person)."

Fisher became a teen idol in the 1950s wi...
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Grammy Winner Corinne Bailey Rae's 'The Sea' Set For Jan. 26 Release

December 9th, 2009 7:56pm EST
Corinne Bailey Rae
"I'd Do It All Again," the first single from Grammy winner Corinne Bailey Rae's forthcoming album, "The Sea", goes to radio this week and will be available at all digital retailers in early January. A sweeping, defiant declaration of love and faith, the song is one of many highlights on "The Sea", set for January 26th release on EMI's Capitol Records.

"Rae has undergone a tidal shift towards a raw, less manicured sound," said The Times of one of her recent London performances. "'Are You Here' was a spiraling elegy in which she eschewed lyrical enunciation in favor of elemental anguish… ...
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Best Celebrity Voice Acting Roles

June 12th, 2009 9:22am EDT
Kung Fu Panda
Voice acting is a much more lucrative business than one might imagine, with the actors in question providing their voice for animated movies, video games, television shows, voice overs, and anything else that requires a voice but no face. Some actors do only that kind of work, giving themselves a certain amount of fame in that industry, such as "The Simpsons" cast.

Everything changed when voice acting became a business not only for unknowns, but also an attractive fad for celebrities who wanted to broaden their horizons ... or make a movie "for the kids." Now it seems that no animated...
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A Profile/Interview with Actor/Producer/Talk Show Host Ryan O'Connor

December 7th, 2008 12:13pm EST
Ryan O
Ryan O'Connor is a tough man to pin down. When I first approached O'Connor to do an exclusive one-on-one interview, it was for my "Break-Out Internet Star" piece, but his busy shooting schedule, coupled with awareness events around the election did not allow it. Still, I pursued onward because I knew I had to lock him down now, so I could say I "knew him when." And O'Connor was eager to chat and excited about his "first real piece of press," but as we got into the meat of what makes him and his show tick, I began to realize just how media savvy he must be because in rescheduling, he did no...
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The Emmy's 60th Anniversary: Fans Get To Vote For Best Comedy And Drama Moments

August 28th, 2008 11:27am EDT
All In The Family
As a means of celebrating its 60th Anniversary (really, are we just going to have a garish celebration for any year ending in 0 or 5 now?) Emmy has decided to name the most memorable moments from both Drama and Comedy on TV.

The best thing about this countdown is that the fans get to decide. On the Emmy website are a list of 20 funny moments and 20 serious scenes just begging for your vote. You only get to choose one in each category, so you're going to need some help. You'll find it below as each category is narrowed down to the five best. Also listed are some moments that shouldn...
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Ellen Degeneres Banned From Using Her Own Sitcom Clips

September 14th, 2007 3:06pm EDT
Ellen Degeneres
Talk show host Ellen Degeneres has been refused access to clips from her own former sitcom. The comedienne asked ABC/Disney bosses to let her show a segment from her old program, which featured a guest appearance from actress Mariska Hargitay - and was told the footage was off limits.

DeGeneres, who hit the headlines a decade ago when she 'came out' as a lesbian on the sitcom and in real life, was hoping to use the clip to show Hargitay when the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit star made her debut on the Ellen show on Friday.

"She was a guest star on my original sitcom and it w...
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Suzanne Somers Thanks Friends For Their Support Following House Fire

March 20th, 2007 9:20am EDT
Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers has publicly thanked pals Farrah Fawcett and Ellen DeGeneres for their support after her Malibu, California home burned down in wildfires at the beginning of the year. The two ladies were among the first people to call and give the devastated actress their best wishes after the tragedy hit the headlines.

Somers agreed to appear on yesterday's Ellen show so she could thank the caring celebrities who took the trouble to pick up a phone.

After thanking DeGeneres personally, Somers told the host's studio audience and viewers, "She called me in the height of this momen...
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New TV on DVD, Nov. 28

November 28th, 2006 8:00am EST
Joan of Arcadia
The second season of the shortly lived Friday-night drama Joan of Arcadia arrives on DVD this week. On this whimsical CBS dramedy with mystical overtones, Amber Tamblyn starred as Joan Girardi, an awkward, underachieving teenage girl who happened to receive visits from God, who showed up in various mortal guises. Also on DVD: season 1 of Bones, Criminal Minds, and St. Elsewhere; season 3 of 7th Heaven and season 5 of Ellen.
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Anthony Clark To Host 'Last Comic Standing'

March 3rd, 2006 12:56pm EST
Anthony Clark
Yes, Dear's Anthony Clark will host the new summer edition of Last Comic Standing. "Anthony is a very funny comedian whose engaging wit and personality have made him a favorite with audiences," said Craig Plestis, senior vice president, alternative programming and development. "We're delighted to have him host the show when it returns to NBC this summer."

Perhaps best known for his starring role for six seasons in the television series "Yes, Dear," Clark also starred in the NBC comedy series "Boston Common" and in "Soul Man," opposite Dan Aykroyd.

Additional television appearance...
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New TV on DVD, Feb. 28

February 28th, 2006 8:00am EST
The complete fourth season of Charmed is now available on DVD. This season introduces Paige (Rose McGowan), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) and Piper's (Holly Marie Combs) half-sister. With oldest sister Prue dead, the power of three is reconstituted with Paige. Also on DVD this week: the third seasons of Ellen and Newsradio.

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