Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time
September 20th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

Ellen, Tyra are top-earning women in prime-time

Her job as a judge on "American Idol" may not have worked out, but it's unlikely that Ellen DeGeneres is singing the blues. That gig helped the comedian land the top spot on Forbes's list of Prime-Time TV's 10 Top-Earning Women.

According to Forbes, DeGeneres raked in an estimated $55 million between June 1, 2009 and June 1, 2010, thanks to her brief stint on "Idol," her ads for American Express, CoverGirl and Vitamin Water, as well as her daytime chat show.

Coming in at No. 2 is Tyra Banks, who banked $25 million within the same time frame. Besides producing and appearing on "The Tyra Banks Show" and "America's Next Top Model," Banks also produced ABC's reality show "True Beauty" and recently signed a deal to release a teen book series called "Modelland."

Former "Grey's Anatomy" star Katherine Heigl comes in third with a cool $15.5 million, owing many of her megabucks to her success on the big screen. Because of hits like "Knocked Up" and "27 Dresses," Heigl, who co-stars with Josh Duhamel in the upcoming dramedy "Life As We Know It," now commands $12 million per picture.

Rounding out the rest of the list of gals who are in the green: Eva Longoria Parker ($12 million); Marg Helgenberger ($10 million); Mariska Hargitay ($9.5 million); Tina Fey ($7.5 million); Ellen Pompeo and Marcia Cross (tie; $7 million); and Jennifer Love Hewitt and Calista Flockhart ($6.5 million).

Katy Perry's weekend: Defend fiancé, party in Vegas
September 20th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Katy Perry's weekend: Defend fiancé, party in Vegas

Katy Perry’s fiancé Russell Brand may have been snapped up by police after getting into a row with a paparazzo on Friday at Los Angeles International Airport, but the bachelorette party had to go on.

“If you cross the line & try an put a lens up my dress, my fiancé will do his job & protect me. #standbyyourman,” Perry tweeted on Friday, and by Saturday, the "California Gurls" singer, 25, was spotted at Las Vegas's Hard Rock Hotel Beach Club with a 25-person entourage, including fellow pop sensation Rihanna, in tow.

The crew was also seen with some “inflatable objects consistent with bachelorette parties,” according to People.

After a day by the pool, Perry’s party moved to the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino, where she and Rihanna were spotted getting to know the cast of Cirque Du Soleil's “KA.”

The bachelorette fiesta seemed to end at Sapphire strip club, where the soon-to-be-Mrs. Russell Brand got a performance from a blonde dancer, People reports.


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'Boardwalk Empire' HBO's newest gem
September 20th, 2010
12:53 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire' HBO's newest gem

As a big fan of Hollywood's mafia stories, I've been in "mob withdrawal" for the past few years. The box office hasn't offered much since the release of "The Departed" in 2006, and television hasn't fared much better since “The Sopranos" ended in 2007.

Sure, there are a few store-brand crime dramas like "Law & Order" and "CSI: Wherever” out there, but they just don't move me, you know?

So if you, too, have been aimlessly wandering the wilderness of the multiplex and feeling around in the darkness of nighttime television searching for that new organized-crime "something" to fill the void, ladies and gentlemen, the search is over. The TV gods have hereby granted us "Boardwalk Empire."

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Katie Couric wants to dance 'with the Stars'
September 20th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Katie Couric wants to dance 'with the Stars'

Sure, she's interviewed presidents and movie stars, but can Katie Couric do the cha-cha? The "CBS Evening News" anchor would welcome the chance to let the world find out.

"My secret fantasy, sadly, is to be on 'Dancing With the Stars,'" Couric confessed to Us Weekly. But as far as those splashy sequined costumes, Couric admits that she'd prefer to keep things modest - much like Bristol Palin, who competes in tonight's season premiere of the ABC dance competition.

"I don't know, those skimpy outfits!" the 53-year-old mother of two said. "Seriously, it'd be like, 'Paging Jenny Craig, stat!'"

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Michael C. Hall opens up on cancer diagnosis
September 20th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Michael C. Hall opens up on cancer diagnosis

For “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall, his 39th birthday in February was a loaded one. Not only was he facing his own mortality after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma last January, but his own father succumbed to prostate cancer at 39.

"I think I’ve been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: Would I live that long? What would that be like?" Hall told the New York Times. "To discover that I had the Hodgkin’s was alarming, but at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: Wow. Huh. How interesting.”

Hall received his diagnosis in the middle of shooting the fourth season of his hit cable series, but kept it a secret from cast and crew and waited until production wrapped before undergoing chemotherapy. His cancer is now in remission, and besides being back to work on "Dexter," he also filmed the movie "East Fifth Bliss" during the show's hiatus.

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Randy and Evi Quaid arrested again
September 20th, 2010
10:17 AM ET

Randy and Evi Quaid arrested again

Actor Randy Quaid and his wife, Evi, have run into legal trouble once again – the couple was arrested Saturday after police were called to a Montecito, California residence to investigate a report of squatters.

According to a press release from the Santa Barbara Sheriff's department, a representative for the owner of the property came by the house to check the security alarm because it had gone off earlier that day, and then discovered that someone had been resting their head in the property’s guest house.

The Quaids weren’t around at the time, but upon their return later that evening the couple told the police that they have “owned the property since the 1990’s." According to the statement, the owners had documentation that someone had purchased the property from the Quaids several years earlier.

A contractor who worked on the residence believes the couple caused more than $5,000 in damages in the guest house, and the Quaids were taken into custody for residential burglary. Bail is set at $50,000 a piece.


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