August 19th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

Backlash brewing over Aniston using 'R-word'

Jennifer Aniston’s press tour for “The Switch” hasn’t been without controversial debate, but this time the actress seems to have said one word too many.

The 41-year-old star made her way to “Live! With Regis and Kelly” Thursday and let the word “retard” slip in the middle of a self-deprecating remark.

Aniston was chatting with Regis Philbin and Kristin Cruz from Los Angeles radio station 103.5 about her Harper’s Bazaar Barbra Streisand photos. Cruz asked how she got in the mood to “really embody” Streisand, and Aniston replied, “I play dress-up. I do it for a living, like a retard.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • Jennifer Aniston
Blake Lively: Actually? I'm really shy
August 19th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Blake Lively: Actually? I'm really shy

Blake Lively’s “Gossip Girl” alter-ego Serena Van der Woodsen is the type of girl who eagerly baits the paparazzi, but Lively herself is far from the type who desires that kind of attention.

So when you see the 23-year-old actress on the September cover of Interview magazine wearing the look of a handcuffed femme fatale, don’t assume she’s as bold as that image.

“I'm actually a very shy person,” Lively told interviewer Ben Affleck in the magazine’s cover story. “That's a big secret, so don't tell.”

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Lauryn Hill returns to the charts
August 19th, 2010
05:14 PM ET

Lauryn Hill returns to the charts

It’s been a minute (to say the least), but Lauryn Hill has found her way back to the charts.

According to Billboard, Hill has made her first debut as a lead artist on the charts in more than a decade. The recently-leaked single "Repercussions" debuted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 94.

It was 1999 when Hill last appeared on the charts with "Turn Your Lights Down Low," featuring Bob Marley. That song peaked at No. 49.

“Repercussions” and Hill’s upcoming scheduled appearances on the Rock the Bells tour have stirred speculation that she’s embarked on a comeback.

Chelsea Handler's got big plans for the VMAs
August 19th, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Chelsea Handler's got big plans for the VMAs

Chelsea Handler hasn’t even done a sound check for her MTV VMA’s gig, but we’re already loving her as the host.

Handler told Ryan Seacrest today on his radio show that she has big plans for this year’s awards ceremony, and, if she gets her way, those plans will include a Kanye West and Taylor Swift reunion.

“I’d like to get them together because you’ve never seen them together since then,” she told Seacrest, referring to the infamous incident when West mic-jacked Swift in the middle of her "Best Female Video" acceptance speech and announced that Beyonce's "Single Ladies" music video is "one of the best videos of all time."

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Filed under: Celebrities • MTV VMAs • television
Jason Bateman: Any scandal that'll sell movie tickets will do
August 19th, 2010
02:09 PM ET

Jason Bateman: Any scandal that'll sell movie tickets will do

It looks like Jason Bateman may be a little worried about the box office performance of the movie "The Switch" - the actor has considered creating a scene to boost ticket sales.

“Let’s create a scandal,” Bateman jokingly told Extra in an interview. The kind of scandal doesn’t matter, he said, as long as it makes a profit.

“Anything that’ll affect box office,” he said. “I’ll light my hair on fire.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Aniston losing box office steam?
August 19th, 2010
02:08 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Aniston losing box office steam?

The name Jennifer Aniston conjures up a number of thoughts, including the obvious: she’s beautiful, fit and fabulous at 41.

But our confidence in Aniston as a romantic comedy queen is apparently weakening these days. A new Hollywood Reporter piece has many of us on the “Showbiz Tonight” staff wondering if Aniston is losing her touch as a leading funny lady.

Citing a chart in THR, Executive Producer Dave Levine took us through Aniston’s last few films - “The Bounty Hunter,” “Management” and “Love Happens” - and judging by the big dip in box office numbers, we all agreed: Aniston’s definitely losing steam!

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