TOLDJA! Desmond Buys Five For $160M

By | Friday July 23, 2010 @ 10:45am PDT

The UK newspaper baron is apparently thinking of transforming Five into a UK version of E! Entertainment, the US channel which broadcasts a stream of celebrity news and profiles. Apart from owning the tabloid Daily Express, Richard Desmond also owns … Read More »

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Murdoch Holds Annual Summer Bash

By | Thursday June 17, 2010 @ 8:37am PDT

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha attended, as did rival Labour politicians Ed and David Milliband (they’re brothers and both competing to lead the Party). Peter Rice, head of Fox Broadcasting, was there, as was son-in-law Matthew Freud and daughter Elizabeth. Not many celebrities apart from comedian James … Read More »

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Cowell Plans To Take ‘Talent’ Global

By | Monday June 7, 2010 @ 1:15am PDT

Simon Cowell says he is “excited” about creating a worldwide talent show pitting winners of his Got Talent franchise against each other. Such a show would draw on the winners and runners-up from some of the 36 countries that televise the format. It would be broadcast to an international audience … Read More »

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VH1 Renews 3 Freshman Reality Series

By | Wednesday May 26, 2010 @ 10:31am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

VH1 has renewed freshman reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business, Basketball Wives and What Chilli Wants for a second season. All fall under VH1’s core celebreality genre. A Family Business stars singers and siblings Brandy and Ray J Norwood, What Chilli Wants stars former TLC member Rozonda … Read More »

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Paula Abdul To Headline & Produce CBS’ New Reality Series ‘Got To Dance’

By | Monday May 24, 2010 @ 9:49am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Paula Abdul is off the market, at least for now. The former American Idol judge has signed on as executive producer, lead judge and “creative partner” for CBS’ new dancing reality-competition Got To Dance. She had been courted for numerous gigs since quitting Idol last summer, including to topline a … Read More »

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CANNES: Paparazzo Doc Gets Magnolia Deal

By | Monday May 17, 2010 @ 9:30am PDT
Mike Fleming

Smash His Camera movie image (1)Magnolia Pictures has bought world rights to Smash His Camera, the documentary about infamous New York City paparazzo Ron Galella. He is the pioneering yet controversial celebrity photographer who is best remembered … Read More »

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Oprah & Alan Ball To Produce HBO Movie

By | Wednesday May 12, 2010 @ 9:25am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

oprah2_tvOprah Winfrey and Alan Ball are teaming for an HBO movie. HBO Films has acquired the rights to Rebecca Skloot’s non-fiction best seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks to develop a feature-length adaptation executive produced by Winfrey, Ball, Kate Forte … Read More »

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President Obama Makes Fun Of Jay Leno – Who Then Gets Few Big Laughs And Some Groans: “Ooh, This Is A Tough Room!”

VIDEO: Watch Obama And Leno Stand-Ups

obama leno1The First Yuckster at the White House Correspondents Dinner tonight taunted Jay Leno before The Tonight Show host took the podium. “I am glad that the only person whose ratings fell more than mine is here tonight. Great to see you, Jay. I’m also glad that I’m speaking first – because we’ve all seen what happens when somebody takes the time slot after Leno.” Jay was seen laughing, turning red, and then standing up and saying to the people around him, “Goodnight, everybody.”

Leno quickly tried to return the favor during his 4th stand-up appearance at the dinner. But I can’t point to single joke that killed with the crowd. Instead, Leno’s barbs aimed at Obama were mostly dull like this: “When you were elected, I was a little worried the comedy well had dried up. So thank you for picking Joe Biden. I appreciate that.” And Leno’s voice grew soft when he mentioned that “President Obama loves to socialize — health care, car companies”, or that ”he has the most diverse staff at the White House. They represent every ward in Chicago.” As if Jay were embarrassed to get in any real digs at the Prez. Read More »

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PHOTOS: WH Correspondents Dinner

By | Saturday May 1, 2010 @ 6:23pm PDT

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WH Correspondents Dinner Celebrity List

By | Saturday May 1, 2010 @ 9:34am PDT

white_housePolitico has compiled a roster of tonight’s power and glitter at the White House Correspondents Dinner. So, natch, I’ve included only the celebs (below). Jay Leno will entertain at the annual media-politics-showbiz schmoozefest in Washington DC. At the prestigious gig last year, … Read More »

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Baba Booey Signs Big Book Deal For Fall

By and | Wednesday April 28, 2010 @ 12:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Wow, everyone connected with Howard Stern just keeps getting richer and richer (in addition to the King Of All Media himself, of course). gary stern 3The Howard Stern Show’s longtime radio producer, Gary Dell’Abate, has just signed a … Read More »

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Ingenious Boss #1 On UK Film/TV Rich List: Simon Fuller #3, Simon Cowell #9

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 9:45am PDT

This weekend the Sunday Times published its annual Rich List 2010, which always makes headlines over here (even though I personally find it rather nauseating). Patrick McKenna, chairman of Ingenious Media, tops the film and television list with a personal fortune estimated to have risen by £200 million since last year, … Read More »

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Ratings Rat Race: ‘The Apprentice’ Climbs, ‘The Simpsons’ Supports ‘South Park’

By | Monday April 26, 2010 @ 9:12am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice (3.0 rating/8 share in adults 18-49, 7.9 million viewers overall) rebounded by 20% from last week, posting its top 18-49 and viewers numbers since the season premiere on March 14. The ratings spike no doubt was fueled at least in part by the public’s interest in contestant … Read More »

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NYM’s Vulture Hires West Coast Editor From TheCrap Which Keeps Losing Staffers

By | Wednesday April 21, 2010 @ 2:24pm PDT

It’s TV writer Joe Adalian adding to NYmag.com’s expanding celeb coverage. He’s the latest to leave that sinking ship TheWrap (aka TheCrap) which is having terrible money problems, and wholesale staff turnovers, and persistent inaccuracy woes, not to mention only miniscule web traffic. And I almost forgot to mention its … Read More »

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Todd Phillips, Joel Silver Plan To Tap Unknowns For Mystery Laugher ‘Project X’

By | Sunday April 11, 2010 @ 10:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

todd_phillips_02-200x300EXCLUSIVE: Project X has got tongues wagging in Hollywood. Warner Bros, Todd Phillips and Joel Silver are mobilizing a raunchy comedy with a $12 million budget, a hard R-rating, under that working title. British video/commercials director Nima Nourizadeh will be making … Read More »

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Ugh, More Gordon Ramsay Humilitainment

By | Wednesday March 17, 2010 @ 6:37am PDT

Fox has ordered yet another season of Kitchen Nightmares, Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant insult show, it was announced today by Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company. This comes just as his U.S. company, Gordon Ramsay New York, has been listed by the New York State Department of Taxation … Read More »

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Are These Really Britain’s Top Celebrities?

By | Monday March 15, 2010 @ 2:38am PDT

From Deadline|London editor Tim Adler: Piers Morgan, one of the judges on America’s Got Talent, has compiled his list of the top 100 UK celebrities. It’s clearly a case of the Mail On Sunday aping the Sunday Times’ influential Rich List. Except with showbiz names. And guess who Morgan … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: ABC’s Biggest ‘Bachelor’ Ever Joining ‘Dancing With The Stars’

By | Monday March 1, 2010 @ 6:13pm PST

jakepavelka_jakeHere’s a shameless plug for primetime TV fan traffic… He’s delivering ABC its best Bachelor ratings in recent years. Tonight is the finale, and I’ve just learned that airline pilot Jake Pavelka is joining the next installment of Dancing Of The StarsRead More »

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TOLDJA! It’s Ellen vs Simon On ‘Idol’

By and | Thursday February 25, 2010 @ 2:23pm PST

Now everyone is reporting the story we broke on January 25th: TV TUG OF WAR: It’s Ellen vs Simon.

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