Farewell season of 'Oprah' starts with a trip
September 13th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Farewell season of 'Oprah' starts with a trip

For the beginning of the end – or, as Oprah Winfrey’s team has phrased it, the premiere of the farewell season – the Queen of Daytime TV rounded up 300 of her “ultimate” viewers to join her in the audience and reminisce about the days gone by, watch as she surprised some hard-core "Oprah" fans – and get free stuff, of course.

“I’m going to treasure for the rest of my life the emails and letters you’ve sent,” Winfrey told the audience at the start of the show, many of whom still had tears in their eyes from flipping out when the 56-year-old host first walked out onto the set. “Some of you I know have grown up with me, you’ve raised your children with me, and you all have been on this wild, wild ride with me and I have deep, deep heartfelt gratitude to you all.”

And what better way to show gratitude than with an 8-day all-expenses paid excursion to Australia? With John Travolta playing the part of the pilot, no less.

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‘Mad Men’s’ office politics
September 13th, 2010
04:58 PM ET

‘Mad Men’s’ office politics

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, September 12 episode of AMC’s ‘Mad Men.'

After last night’s episode, it’s safe to say that the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce could use a "Respect in the Workplace" seminar. (That, and they’re desperately in need of a human resources department.)

We waded into the murky waters of gender roles in the 1960s workplace last night and boy, did it get uncomfortable. Has this show mastered the awkward moment or what? On the bright side, things seem to be looking up for Don, maybe. We’ll start there.

We opened with Don journaling through some rage and mulling cutting back on his drinking. He expressed the desire to gain control of his life and made a bucket list while he was on a roll. He even made an appearance at baby Gene’s birthday party, which was not the horrible disaster that it could have been.

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Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' a real adrenaline rush
September 13th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

Danny Boyle's '127 Hours' a real adrenaline rush

Two years ago, the hottest ticket at the Toronto International Film Festival was Danny Boyle’s “Slumdog Millionaire” - which broke in Toronto days after its buzz-building premiere at Telluride - and went on to take the world by storm.

And while there isn’t much outward similarity between “Slumdog” and Boyle's current offering, “127 Hours," who wouldn’t want to see the movie that had Telluride’s emergency services scrambling not once, but twice, as sensitive audience members fainted left, right and center?

This film – as you have probably already heard – is the true life tale of climber Aron Ralston, who sawed off his own arm with a multi-tool after a freak run-in with a boulder. The Toronto press was out in full force for this one.

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Garth Brooks song inspires movie
September 13th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Garth Brooks song inspires movie

Sounds like someone heard Garth Brooks's "Unanswered Prayers" – the hit country song is being turned into a Lifetime TV movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The 1990 Billboard chart-topper tells the story of a happily married man who has a run-in with his high school sweetheart at a football game in their hometown. Though he reminisces about the days he prayed she'd be his forever, he realizes that his true destiny was to be with his wife.

Lifetime's film, which premieres in November, will star Eric Close ("Without a Trace") as the torn man with Samantha Mathis ("Grey's Anatomy") as his wife and Madchen Amick ("Damages") as his former crush.

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Are Gaga's antics getting old?
September 13th, 2010
03:31 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Are Gaga's antics getting old?

The "Showbiz Tonight" staff was surely on the lookout for part two of the big Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift showdown at MTV’s Video Music Awards last night and we weren’t disappointed!

It was this time last year when Kanye famously swiped the mic from the now 20-year-old when she was delivering her speech for her very first VMA win. Kanye was so berated by the public about the whole incident that he basically went into hiding - until now.

In our meeting this morning, we talked about the performance duel and how Taylor clearly forgave Kanye. She sang an emotional song, "Innocent," about forgiveness next to a TV showing the infamous incident between the two. Kanye, on the other hand, left us somewhat baffled.

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'Entourage' ends season in fantastic fashion
September 13th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

'Entourage' ends season in fantastic fashion

“Entourage” fans, it’s a bittersweet Monday.

The last time I blogged two Sundays ago, there were no NFL football games (that really counted), no Taylor Swift song about Kanye West, no Kanye West song about what he did to Taylor, and there certainly was no Justin Bieber performance on the MTV VMAs that made me openly admit, "Hey, I like this kid!"

(Wait, did I just type that?)

My, how the world has changed. While some of yesterday's gifts were more fun than others, it felt like Christmas all day long. A day full of NFL games was the best present I could wish for after a long summer, but at the end of it all, I got to watch an “Entourage” season finale that made me say "that was absolutely incredible." But, it’s the season finale. The season is now (gulp) over.

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