Rosie O'Donnell to host OWN doc series
January 20th, 2011
08:54 PM ET

Rosie O'Donnell to host OWN doc series

Chaz Bono will get the Rosie O'Donnell treatment following his OWN documentary.

Oprah's network announced on Thursday that O'Donnell will host a one-hour special  following the world television premiere of “Becoming Chaz” in May. The special will  feature Chaz Bono, his girlfriend Jennifer Elia and filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, who will discuss the film.

“Becoming Chaz” will be the first documentary film to air as part of the OWN Documentary Film Club, and the network said O'Donnell "will be a collaborator for the OWN Documentary Film Club, selecting key films and hosting specials that inspire deeper conversations following their on-air premiere."

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Leno takes heat during late night shows
January 20th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

Leno takes heat during late night shows

That NBC late night fiasco is so 2010, but as Conan O’Brien settles into a new network, Jay Leno appears to be taking a lot of heat.

One of his own guests, “Parks & Recreation” star Amy Poehler, even called him a “[bleeping] a**hole” – to his face!

Okay, so she was goaded into it after Leno encouraged her to swear in a Boston accent on Wednesday's “Tonight Show,” but Howard Stern? He didn’t seem to be giving Leno as good-natured a ribbing the other day on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

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Filed under: Late Night comedy • television
Cameron Diaz: I bought weed from Snoop in high school
January 20th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Cameron Diaz: I bought weed from Snoop in high school

Before Snoop D-O-double-G was guesting on Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic,” he may have been selling some to Cameron Diaz.

The 38-year-old “Green Hornet” actress said as much while appearing on George Lopez’s “Lopez Tonight.” After asking Diaz about her green lifestyle - she's been driving a Prius for about ten years, she said - Diaz revealed that she grew up in "the LBC." Of course, Lopez had to ask if she knew Snoop.

“We went to high school together. He was a year older than me," Diaz said of the 39-year-old rapper. "I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails and I’m pretty sure I bought weed from him.”

So, "you were green even in high school?" Lopez asked, to which Diaz enthusiastically responded, "Absolutely!"


Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Snoop Dogg
Kim Kardashian on singing: Kanye convinced me
January 20th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Kim Kardashian on singing: Kanye convinced me

Reality star/entrepreneur Kim Kardashian credits Kanye West with helping her add another title to her resume: singer. The "Kourtney & Kim Take New York" beauty says it was West who convinced her that she possessed the pipes to make a hit record.

"[I thought] 'OK, I'm not a singer, this isn't what I do. I have too much other stuff going on. Is this really something safe for me to do?'" she recalls to MTV News. "And Kanye was actually one of the people who really talked me into doing it and telling me, like, 'Hey, look, what do you guys do for fun? You guys go shopping, you go to the movies. Kind of step into our world for a second and have fun.'"

The result was "Turn It Up," a one-off record that Kardashian, 30, made with Grammy-winning producer The-Dream.

"Dream's mother passed away of cancer and so did my dad, so half of the proceeds are going to a cancer organization," she says. "It's just one song, and it's just for fun."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Kanye West • Kardashians • Music • television
Snooki's novel an (extended) NYTimes best-seller
January 20th, 2011
05:26 PM ET

Snooki's novel an (extended) NYTimes best-seller

Well, given the millions of people who watch “Jersey Shore,” you’d assume one or two of them would pick up Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi’s book, right?

The pickle-loving reality star behind the novel “A Shore Thing” tweeted the news late Wednesday that her fiction debut was officially a best-seller.

“OMG I'm a New York Times Best Selling Author!!! Thank you so much to my fans, family and everyone who made this possible! LOVE YOU ALL !!”

Although AOL’s Daily Finance points out that since its January 4 release Snooki’s novel had pushed just 4,000 copies through January 9, the New York Times confirmed to CNN that the news is true. Yes, “Ms. Polizzi’s book is No. 24 on the extended New York Times Best Seller list for January 30, 2011," a rep said.

Someone order the girl a round of vodka seltzer's!


Filed under: Books • Jersey Shore • Snooki
'Idol' debut ratings down
January 20th, 2011
05:02 PM ET

'Idol' debut ratings down

The ratings are in for the first night of season 10 of "American Idol," and things aren't looking up.

TV By The Numbers reports that the initial night of the competition series was down 13 percent overall from last season's debut with an 18 percent drop in the coveted 18 -49 demographic.

In total, 26.1 million average viewers tuned in for the beginning of season 10 versus the 29.945 million who watched the premiere of season 9. That's more than the usual 10 to 15 percent drop in ratings the show has seen previously.

"American Idol" has seen a decrease in its ratings over the years since the all time high of the season finale in 2006.

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