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Judy Kurtz is a celebrity news junkie and a reporter for FOX45, a T.V. station in Baltimore, Maryland. A graduate of New York University, Judy got her start at People Magazine, where she covered some of Manhattan’s hottest parties and interviewed some of Hollywood’s most buzzed-about stars. When she’s not reading the latest gossip magazine, you can find Judy playing with her dog, trying new recipes, working out, and spending time with her f

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Dr. Drew and LeAnn Rimes

4/8/2011 11:00am EDT
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Shining Star - Dr. Drew: It’s official – an hour of Dr. Drew a day does a network good!

T.V. doc and real-life addiction medicine specialist, Dr. Drew Pinsky, pulled in big numbers this week for the debut of his self-titled show on HLN.

According to Variety, the first episode of “Dr. Drew” on Monday attracted 401,000 viewers, which is 24% higher than the previous four-week average.

The premiere episode of the primetime news/medical/entertainment show featured an interview with rocker Sammy Hagar and diagnosed the antics of Charlie Sheen.

While the good doc may not be able to sustain t...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Bethenny Frankel And Britney Spears

4/1/2011 10:30am EDT
Bethenny Frankel
Shining Star – Bethenny Frankel: Bethenny Frankel is trading in her nutritious recipes for the sweet and satisfying taste of success.

The reality star and chef had one victorious week – getting her T.V. show renewed for a third season and having her latest book land on an exclusive list.

Bravo announced on Wednesday that it’s renewing “Bethenny Ever After,” the show that follows Frankel and her family. The episodes have reportedly been pulling in a million viewers each week – big numbers for the cable channel.

And Frankel, who’s known for tirelessly promoting her products (along with her...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Kirstie Alley And Chris Brown

3/25/2011 10:15am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Shining Star - Kirstie Alley: Who expected Kirstie Alley to be a dancing queen? The "Cheers" alum sure proved she can cha-cha.

Alley made her debut on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday. The 60-year-old actress was affectionately(?) dubbed "G, for Grandma" by her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Not exactly a confidence-booster, right? Yet Alley wowed the crowd with moves befitting a high-stepper half her age. Judge Bruno Tonioli dubbed the dance "the best of the night".

Alley, who's aggressively marketed her struggles with her weight, also appeared light on her feet while she boogied. Despi...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Sandra Bullock And Vanessa Hudgens

3/18/2011 10:30am EDT
Sandra Bullock
Shining Star – Sandra Bullock: Saint Sandra to the rescue! Sandra Bullock is becoming the fairy godmother of natural disaster relief efforts.

According to The Blind Side star’s rep, this week Bullock donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The non-profit issued a statement calling Bullock’s bucks, “vitally important as the Red Cross works to provide critical assistance and essential relief items in this time of urgent need for so many people in Japan.”

And while many celebs step up and donate massive amounts of cash to charity, ...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Lady Gaga And Donald Trump

3/11/2011 10:44am EST
Lady Gaga
Shining Star - Lady Gaga: Lady Gaga deserves some credit this week for putting her money where her outspoken (and usually wildly-fashioned) mouth is.

The eccentric entertainer reportedly put the kibosh on a deal with Target because of the retail chain’s donations to politicians who oppose gay marriage. The retailer had made a $150,000 contribution to a political action committee that supported Minnesota Republican gubernatorial candidate, Tom Emmer. Emmer, who had spoken out against same-sex marriage, ended up losing the election.

Under the now nixed agreement, Target would have sold an e...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Charlie Sheen and Christina Aguilera

3/4/2011 10:45am EST
Charlie Sheen
Shining Star - Charlie Sheen: Just last week, if someone mentioned a "goddess" you might think of Aphrodite, the word "winning" just meant you weren’t a loser, and "tiger blood" would probably be a reference to the stuff that runs through the veins of a big cat. That is, until Charlie Sheen revealed that, equipped with animal-like vital fluid, he was achieving victory by shacking up with two hotties.

Now before you get your Adonis DNA all twisted, Charlie Sheen's extraordinarily wacky/frightening/bad behavior isn't being rewarded with the title of "Shining Star". The former(?) "Two and a H...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Justin Bieber and Kellie Pickler

2/25/2011 9:27am EST
Justin Bieber
Shining Star - Justin Bieber: Donating your highly adored locks to charity is a good thing. Getting a pretty dopey 'do in the process? Eh, not so good.

Teen sensation Justin Bieber was the talk of the Twittervese this week after finally chopping off his overhyped hair. The pint-sized pop star appeared on "Ellen" to show off his revamped coif. But when it came to his haircut, not everyone was a true "Belieber". The Tweets were fast and hair-ocious.

Proto314 tweeted that Bieber is now "sporting the same haircut as Ellen. Ellen wears it better!" A hair expert dubbed the Biebs' new shorter cu...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga

2/18/2011 10:00am EST
Jennifer Hudson
Shining Star - Jennifer Hudson: The folks at Weight Watchers must be busting out in a happy dance because Jennifer Hudson might just be the ultimate spokeswoman – lady’s looking good!

The former “American Idol” contestant and Academy Award-winning actress was bangin’, and barely recognizable, at the Grammy Awards, appearing in a super slender blue dress.

Hudson revealed on Thursday’s episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” that she’s lost a whopping 80 pounds. That’s like getting rid of two Justin Biebers! I kid, I kid. The singer, who gave birth to a son in 2009, told Oprah, "After being pre...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Khloe Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan

2/11/2011 10:30am EST
Khloe Kardashian
Shining Star - Khloe Kardashian: The younger sis of Kim and Kourtney may not feel like the most beautiful sibling in the Kardashian clan, but Khloe Kardashian's certainly the most relatable.

In an interview with the U.K. mag, LOVE, the 26-year-old reality star dishes on how she measures up to the older Kardashian ladies, saying, "I'm the ugly sister. I'm the fat one. I'm the transvestite. I have had those mean things said about me at least twice a day for the last five years. It's horrible, you know? But I can brush that stuff off."

Compare Khloe's lamenting about her looks to othe...

This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Beavis and Butt-head and Charlie Sheen

2/4/2011 10:00am EST
Beavis and Butt-head
Shining Star – Beavis and Butt-head: Congrats, Beavis and Butt-head (even though I’m still not sure who’s who)…you both have the distinct honor of being the first animated “Shining Stars”!

The grunting and cackling duo are making quite the comeback – returning to MTV, the channel that made them famous back in the 90’s. The cable network announced that the perpetually immature pair would be featured in new episodes of their self-titled series that are set to air this summer.

Could a show that was a hit 20-something years ago rise to the top once again? This could potentially be the greates...