June 16th, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Oprah gives $10K, iPads to magazine employees

It must be a great day to be a new employee at "O, The Oprah Magazine."

Oprah Winfrey swung by the magazine's offices on Tuesday and handed out to all "O" magazine employees an Apple iPad, a personalized leather iPad carrying case and a check for $10,000, regardless of how long the staffer has been with the publication, according to AdAge.

An "O" magazine spokesperson told CNN that Winfrey surprised the staff with the gifts “as a thank you for their hard work and dedication," which, as Gawker posits, just may make her media's most generous boss.


Filed under: Celebrities
June 16th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

Princes William and Harry get friendly with a python

Boys will be boys.

Princes William and Harry couldn't resist taunting each other while handling an 8-foot snake at a nature preserve yesterday in southern Africa.

First, William, 27, made Harry cringe when he draped the African rock python over his little brother's head. Then, Harry, 25, freaked out William by pointing the reptile's face at the future king's crown.

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June 16th, 2010
02:54 PM ET

They’re not called 'pretty little liars' for nothing

Last night’s episode of my new favorite “Veronica Mars” and “Gossip Girl” hybrid revealed just enough to tell us absolutely nothing about what happened to Alison.

But we did learn a little about the relationship the five girls shared before Alison's disappearance and why they’re all terrified of Jenna...but I’ll get back to that later.

The episode opened with the girls – Aria, Hanna, Emily and Spencer – grabbing a bite to eat after the funeral. After Hanna pours the contents of a flask into her soda (how very Chuck Bass of her), the girls realize that while Alison knew all of their secrets, they never knew any of hers.

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June 16th, 2010
01:25 PM ET

'Precious' star's mother gets moment in spotlight

You would think Alice Tan Ridley would have already been signed to a record deal by now.

The mother of Academy Award nominated actress Gabourey Sidibe appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” where she vied with other amateur performers for a chance to head to Las Vegas with the show.

Tan Ridley, who has been singing in the New York City subway for years, had a mini-reunion with the show’s host Nick Cannon, whose wife Mariah Carey co-starred with Sidibe in “Precious.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Music • television
June 16th, 2010
01:18 PM ET

Taylor Lautner: Still eating at Olive Garden

He's thought to be among the highest-paid teens in Hollywood, but Taylor Lautner swears he's just an ordinary guy.

Although he signed a $7.5 million deal to play “Stretch Armstrong” in a movie about the iconic toy, he chose Olive Garden as the lunch venue for his interview with GQ. “Do you like this place?” he asked GQ’s Mickey Rapkin. “My father turned me on to it.”

In the interview, he shares how a series of fateful events brought him from being a regular 7-year-old kid taking karate classes in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to his status as an icon recognized around the world - a fact that never fails to amaze him.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Twilight
June 16th, 2010
12:31 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Make-ups and break-ups

Today on "Showbiz Tonight," we're covering everything from the make-up no one saw coming to the break-up a blind man could see a mile away.

First the rumored break-up: Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller have reportedly signed an agreement that lays out who gets what if they divorce. You are not going to believe how Charlie’s ex-wife Denise Richards is reportedly being dragged into this mess.

And now for the make-ups: Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol is reportedly back together with Levi Johnston. Remember that these two were supposed to get married after the world found out that the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee’s then 17-year-old daughter was pregnant? Well, that all went haywire with Levi and Sarah going at it in the press and Levi’s star turn in Playgirl.

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