January 7th, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Mariah Carey explains her speech

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Mariah Carey would like the world to know she was just having a little fun.

Backstage Wednesday night at the People's Choice Awards, the singer addressed all the hoopla over her rambling acceptance speech at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Tuesday night.

Carey said she and "Precious" director/producer Lee Daniels were enjoying the evening's festivities and all they had to offer.

"The thing is me and Lee hadn't seen each other in a long time," she said. "We were really celebrating for the movie ... and there's so much exciting stuff going on with Precious. "

"There's a time for celebration, and a time for not. It's kind of like a party atmosphere, but they trick you!"

Carey continued, "If people don't understand me and they just think I'm this girl that stands by a microphone and sings Hero then they're definitely not gonna get me. But if people knew me they'd understand and have a sense of humor. And basically that's what gets me through life."

So should we blame it on the alcohol?

"We had splashes of Champagne, and I love Lee, but he's a bad influence," Carey said before she quoted a rap song by J-Kwon: "Everybody in the club getting tipsy!"

January 7th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

NBC: Leno show 'has performed as we anticipated'

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Jay Leno fans, you can breathe again - those reports about NBC pulling the late-night mainstay from their lineup aren't accurate, an NBC spokeswoman said in a statement.

"Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today," NBC representative Rebecca Marks said. "As we have said all along, Jay's show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network."

But, Marks added, the show has represented some issues for NBC's affiliates - issues she declined to comment on.

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January 7th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Cameron, Bigelow among DGA nominees

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The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for its best director award, and the list reads like a now-familiar rundown of 2009’s critical darlings.

“Avatar’s,” James Cameron, “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Precious’ ” Lee Daniels, “Up in the Air’s” Jason Reitman and “Inglourious Basterds’ ”Quentin Tarantino are the five nominees competing for the honor.

For directors, this award is “especially meaningful” because it’s awarded by their peers, Directors Guild president Taylor Hackford said.

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January 7th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Mariah Carey's goofy acceptance speeches

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Mariah Carey is becoming a pro at the wacky acceptance speeches.

Two awards shows in a row she has managed to deliver a zany performance that had folks buzzing.

On January 5, while accepting the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Palm Springs Film Festival for her role in the film “Precious,” she clung to the movie’s director Lee Daniels (who lifted her into the air) before she launched into a strangely paced ramble. FULL POST

January 7th, 2010
09:34 AM ET

Sharon Stone to appear on 'Law & Order: SVU'

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Sharon Stone is bringing her basic instincts to the “Law & Order” franchise.

The actress is getting set to guest star in four episodes of “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” where she will play a former police officer, turned prosecutor.

This isn’t the first time that the 51-year old actress has dipped her toes into television's legal waters. In 2004, Stone won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance in ABC legal drama "The Practice".

Network censors be wary. I can only imagine what this lady will do to win a case!

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