Judge Judy to keep order in the court through 2015
May 3rd, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Judge Judy to keep order in the court through 2015

She's been hearing trials on TV for 15 years, but Judge Judy Sheindlin isn't ready to put away her gavel just yet. The outspoken New Yorker has just signed a deal to star on "Judge Judy" through 2015.

Sheindlin, whose CBS show premiered on September 16, 1996, reportedly earns $45 million per year, according to the Hollywood Reporter, and remains the top-rated syndicated court show, averaging 10 million viewers. She even beat Oprah Winfrey's ratings in the 2009-2010 season.

"Judy is in a class by herself," president of CBS Television Distribution John Nogawski says. "For 15 years, she's delivered one of the highest-rated shows in all of syndication. She's at the top of her game, and we're excited to be in business with daytime's #1 star."

Star Jones: I don't hang out with people like NeNe
May 3rd, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Star Jones: I don't hang out with people like NeNe

Star Jones’ tiff with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes seems to be aiming for the title of most heated as Jones moved the mud-slinging to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Tuesday.

And if she seemed tame in her recent on-camera spat with Leakes, Jones says there’s a reason for that.

“I was thinking my grandmother is going to watch this,” Jones told DeGeneres. “[I was thinking] Star, if you don’t stand in the space you were raised in and if you start acting ghetto your entire family, every teacher you ever had, your pastor, his wife and their Mama is going to have a big problem with you.”

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Untitled bin Laden movie to start this summer
May 3rd, 2011
05:27 PM ET

Untitled bin Laden movie to start this summer

Art often imitates life, but what do you do when life happens before the art even gets made?

Such is the reported question for Oscar-winning team Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal, who were hard at work on a movie about the U.S. team tracking down Osama bin Laden when the news broke that he’d been taken out by U.S. forces.

Bigelow, who also won an Oscar for directing the “The Hurt Locker,” is on board to helm this feature as well, while “Locker” screenwriter (and investigative journalist) Boal has been busy penning the story for the film.

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Filed under: movies
Guess who auditioned for 'Moulin Rouge!'
May 3rd, 2011
05:24 PM ET

Guess who auditioned for 'Moulin Rouge!'

Ten years after its release, "Moulin Rouge!" still remains a classic, thanks largely to the talents of leads Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

But according to director Baz Luhrmann, several other stars were also seriously considered for the movie musical, including Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal and Courtney Love.

"Heath Ledger [had] incredible scenes with Nicole," Luhrmann told MTV. "Because at one stage, Christian [the role that went to McGregor] was very young, he was a younger guy, and then I was aware of Ewan but I didn't know if he could sing."

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'Daily Show' writer helps Prez with jokes
May 3rd, 2011
05:11 PM ET

'Daily Show' writer helps Prez with jokes

President Obama knows how to surround himself with people who can get the job done.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Comedy Central confirmed that "Daily Show with Jon Stewart" scribe Kevin Bleyer was one of the writers who helped the president with his jokes at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.

The commander-in-chief also received an assist last year from members of the "Daily Show" writing staff, though this year Bleyer was the only one from the hit show to participate in the joke writing.

POTUS had them rolling in the aisles this year with jokes about Donald Trump, the birther controversy and disappointment in his performance in the White House. Last year's dinner won rave reviews for the president, who was said to have upstaged professional comedian, Jay Leno.

Stevie Nicks: LiLo 'needs to get it together'
May 3rd, 2011
03:39 PM ET

Stevie Nicks: LiLo 'needs to get it together'

"In Your Dreams” isn’t just the title of Stevie Nicks' first solo album in 10 years - it’s also what she’s saying to Lindsay Lohan, who reportedly wants to play the iconic Fleetwood Mac singer in a movie.

"She's never going to,” Nicks told CNN. “That's never going to happen unless she cleans up her life and becomes the great actress I feel she can be. Everybody thinks I hate her, and it's not that at all.”

Nicks, who went to rehab twice (the first time for cocaine addiction, the second for pills) earlier in her career, said: “I just want her to get it together.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • Lindsay Lohan • Music
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