Something else fell out of the sky on New Year's...
January 3rd, 2011
12:02 PM ET

Something else fell out of the sky on New Year's...

Worried about thousands of birds dropping dead from the sky or fish popping up floating in Arkansas?

Come on, we can do better than that when it comes to signs of the Apocalypse.

We are currently checking to see if Nostradamus made any mention of tiny reality star's emerging from a giant, clear plastic ball to ring in 2011 in any of his doomsday predictions, but we wouldn't be surprised.

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Brad & Angelina donate $2M to Namibia charity
January 3rd, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Brad & Angelina donate $2M to Namibia charity

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have made a special gift to the land of one of their children's birthplace.

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has committed $2 million  towards the N/a'an ku sê Mission in Namibia. The Mission aims to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of the African county and to rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat.  The charity also works  to improve the lives of the San Bushman community in Namibia through better education, employment, healthcare and improved living conditions.

According a a press release from the Mission, Pitt and Jolie have a close friendship with Rudie and Marlice van Vuuren who are the directors and Founders of N/a'an ku sê. Namibia is also where the celebrity couple chose to deliver their daughter, Shiloh.

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Oprah's OWN debuts to mostly positive reviews
January 3rd, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Oprah's OWN debuts to mostly positive reviews

After much hype, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network launched on January 1 to mostly positive reviews, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"OWN is a place where cynicism takes a holiday and mockery hasn’t yet been invented," the New York Times's Alessandra Stanley said of the reality-program-packed channel. "There is no Chelsea Handler baring her big, sharp teeth on OWN; there is no Kathy Griffin or Joan Rivers standing up to take a crack at other people’s appearances or ages. There isn’t even an Oprah Winfrey standing in the studio audience, raising a quizzical eyebrow at a guest’s self-deceptions. Ms. Winfrey has created a ridicule-free zone where people like Tatum O’Neal and her father, Ryan O’Neal, and Naomi Judd and her daughter Wynonna can explore their personal growth in public."

IndieWire.com's Caryn James said that the network – which boasts lineup that includes the "Cristina Ferrare's Big Bowl of Love" cooking show, the "Master Class" celebrity profile series, and the investigative "Miracle Detectives" - "displays a whiff of spirituality, a huge amount of lifestyle fluff, and a surprising layer of substance." FULL POST

Gwyneth Paltrow's unlikely inspiration
January 3rd, 2011
10:39 AM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow's unlikely inspiration

"Country Strong" star Gwyneth Paltrow didn't look to Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift as inspiration for her role as guitar-strumming singer Kelly Canter. Instead, she sought advice from an unlikely source: Robert Downey Jr.

In the film, Paltrow plays a country singer who attempts to stage a comeback after being treated in rehab for drugs and alcohol. "I just couldn't understand how you could be so drunk that you could wreck people's lives and then wake up the next day and pretend everything was fine," the 38-year-old Oscar winner says. "I struggled with that."

So, she turned to "Iron Man" costar Downey, who has worked his way back onto the top of Hollywood's A-list after conquering his own demons. "I asked Robert, 'How does this work?'" Paltrow says. "He was really articulate about addiction and the psychology behind it. He really helped me a lot." FULL POST

Kathy Griffin's next target: Willow Palin
January 3rd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

Kathy Griffin's next target: Willow Palin

Kathy Griffin has decided to lay off of Bristol Palin after getting booed for making fun of her weight at the December VH1 "Divas Salute the Troops" event. Instead, the 50-year-old comedian is focusing on Palin's kid sister Willow.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, CNN New Year's Eve special co-host Griffin says that besides "going to church more," she intends to take on Sarah Palin's 16-year-old daughter in 2011.

"I've already gone for Sarah, Todd and Bristol obviously," explained Griffin. "But I think it's Willow's year to go down."

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New Year's weddings: Valerie Bertinelli, Shania Twain
January 3rd, 2011
09:35 AM ET

New Year's weddings: Valerie Bertinelli, Shania Twain

Valerie Bertinelli and Shania Twain both kicked off the new year with a fresh start – each of the stars got married over the weekend.

Bertinelli's rep confirms to CNN that the "Hot in Cleveland" actress tied the knot with boyfriend of seven years Tom Vitale at her Malibu home on Saturday night. The couple, who met in 2004 and got engaged in Italy last March, said "I do" before 100 guests including 19-year-old Wolfie, Bertinelli's son from her marriage to rocker Eddie Van Halen. "We're so happy!" the 50-year-old former "One Day at a Time" star told People.

Meanwhile, country superstar Twain exchanged vows with Frédéric Thiébauld at a private mansion in Rincon, Puerto Rico, on Saturday as well, the singer's rep confirms to CNN. The 40 guests at the intimate ceremony enjoyed a private fireworks show. Twain, 45, and Thiébauld, 40 – who announced their engagement in December - began dating in 2008 following her split from husband of 14 years Robert "Mutt" Lange. Lange, incidentally, began dating Thiébauld's then-wife Marie-Anne.

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