Mon, 13/12/2010 - 06:43 by Prince damin
New York -- High-profile modeling agencies are suing each other in an effort to get or keep the industry's top models, industry insiders in New York City said.
In addition to suing each other, the agencies are suing models for breach of contract, the New York Post reported.
"I've never heard of this happening with top-tier agencies," one working model, who asked not to be identified, told the Post. "Usually, if a girl no longer wants to be with an agency, the agency doesn't want her there, either."
The economic climate is responsible for the increased legal actions, the newspaper reported.
Sat, 11/12/2010 - 22:52 by Prince damin
Los Angeles -- Oprah Winfrey tops the list of charitable celebrities with more than $40 million given away to various programs last year, an analysis of public records shows.
Novelist Nora Roberts was a distant second on the list compiled by The Giving Back Fund, followed by actress Meryl Streep.
Streep donated $4 million to the Silver Mountain Foundation for the Arts and Roberts parceled out $4.45 million to literacy programs through her Nora Roberts Foundation.
Sat, 11/12/2010 - 10:24 by Rakhi
Beverly Hills, Calif. -- Fifteen films have been selected as semifinalists for the Achievement in Visual Effects Oscar, Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said.
The titles were announced Friday.
Listed in alphabetical order, they are: "Alice in Wonderland"; "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader"; "Clash of the Titans"; "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1"; "Hereafter"; "Inception";
"Iron Man 2"; "The Last Airbender"; "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief"; "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time"; "Scott Pilgrim vs the World"; "Shutter Island"; "The Sorcerer's Apprentice"; "Tron: Legacy"; and "Unstoppable."
Sat, 11/12/2010 - 09:17 by Rakhi
New York -- Ben Stiller has signed up for a role in the upcoming revival production of John Guare's "The House of Blue Leaves," representatives for the show said Friday.
Co-starring Edie Falco and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and directed by David Cromer, the play will officially open at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre April 25. Previews are to begin April 4.
Stiller made his Broadway and professional debut as Ronnie Shaughnessy in the 1986 Tony-winning production of "The House of Blue Leaves." Now, 25 years later, he makes his first return to Broadway, in the same play, this time in the role of Artie Shaughnessy. Stiller's mom, actress Anne Meara, was in the original production of "The House of Blue Leaves" in 1971.
Sat, 11/12/2010 - 07:31 by harsheeb
New York -- SIRIUS XM Radio says U.S. talk-show host Howard Stern's new contract allows his program to air on mobile devices.
The satellite radio company confirmed Thursday it had struck a five-year agreement with Stern after the shock jock first reported it during his show.
"On my first day in satellite radio SIRIUS had approximately 600,000 subscribers. Today, the two companies have 20 million; and, in my view, we have just scratched the surface of how many people will get on board," Stern said. "I am especially excited that my show will now be heard through SIRIUS XM on mobile devices. Access to my show on mobile devices will open up additional opportunities for my fans to hear me wherever they are."
Fri, 10/12/2010 - 09:19 by harsheeb
New York -- U.S. media mogul Oprah Winfrey says she and businessman Stedman Graham are still very much a couple.
Winfrey and Graham have been together since 1986. Although they got engaged in 1992, they have never married.
"The love -- the lover -- the man -- the partner -- the mate," CBS.com reported Winfrey said when asked by ABC News interviewer Barbara Walters about Graham's role in her life. "I do not know of another man on this planet -- who could have lived this life with such dignity, with such grace and such respect and humility in it. And still hold his own and be his own."
Fri, 10/12/2010 - 06:44 by Prince damin
New York -- U.S. shock jock Howard Stern said on his radio show Thursday he has signed a contract that will keep him on SiriusXM Radio another five years.
Stern's current 5-year-contract, for which he was paid $500 million, expires Dec. 31.
Although UsMagazine.com reported Stern did not say how much he is to be paid under this new agreement, he said recently he had no intention of taking a pay cut from his $100 million-a-year salary.
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Thu, 09/12/2010 - 11:28 by Prince damin
New York -- Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis reunited for a Vanity Fair photo layout to observe the 20th anniversary of their film, "Thelma & Louise," the New York Post said.
The actresses were flown by private jet from a New Jersey airport to shoot the spread at a mansion in Miami last week, the newspaper said.
The photos they took there are expected to appear in an issue of the magazine early next year in connection with the 1991 movie's anniversary, the Post said.
The film, about two friends whose liberating road trip turns into a crime spree, co-stars Harvey Keitel and Brad Pitt.
Sarandon and Davis were both nominated for the best actress Oscar and Ridley Scott was nominated best director. Callie Khouri won the Oscar for best original screenplay.
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 10:11 by Prince damin
Los Angeles -- Harold Martin Smith most likely killed celebrity publicist Ronni Chasen in a robbery gone bad, police in Beverly Hills, Calif., said Wednesday.
Chasen, 64, was gunned down Nov. 16 as she drove home after a party celebrating the Cher-Christina Aguilera movie "Burlesque." Smith fatally shot himself Dec. 1 as police attempted to serve a search warrant in the lobby of a Los Angeles apartment building.
The Hollywood Reporter quoted Beverly Hills Police Chief David Snowden as describing the investigation as "open and active" in a press conference Wednesday.
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 07:50 by Prince damin
New York -- Artist and musician Yoko Ono took to Twitter Wednesday to mark the 30th anniversary of her husband John Lennon's slaying in New York.
The peace activist, rock 'n' roll icon and former member of the Beatles was 40 when he was gunned down outside his Manhattan apartment building by a deranged fan who remains in prison.
"Today, on this painful anniversary, please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect," The Hollywood Reporter said Ono tweeted Wednesday. "Despite his short, 40 years of life, he gave so much to the world. The world was blessed with fortune to have known John. ... We continue to learn so much from him even today. John, I love you. 2010/12/8 Yoko Ono Lennon."
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 07:43 by Prince damin
Chicago -- U.S. talk show host Oprah Winfrey denies a rumor claiming she is a lesbian in an upcoming interview with Barbara Walters to air on ABC.
"I'm not a lesbian," People.com quoted Winfrey as saying.
"I'm not even kind of a lesbian," she elaborated. "And the reason why (the rumor) irritates me is because it means that somebody must think I'm lying. That's number one. Number two ... why would you want to hide it? That is not the way I run my life."
Particularly vexing, Winfrey said in the interview set for broadcast Thursday, is the fact the lesbian stories focus on her relationship with her longtime platonic friend Gayle King.
Wed, 08/12/2010 - 11:44 by Prince damin
Los Angeles -- The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers says it has reached a tentative agreement with the Directors Guild of America on a new contract.
The three-year collective bargaining pact concerns a new TV/theatrical contract between the two parties, the AMPTP said in a statement Tuesday.
"These early talks allowed us to bridge the gaps created by uncertain economic times and deliver increases in areas critical to DGA members," the statement said.
Negotiations, which began Nov. 16, concluded Tuesday afternoon.
The guild said details of the tentative agreement will be released once the pact has been submitted to the guild's national board for approval at a special board meeting Wednesday.