CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: My ‘Oprah’ experience
CNN's Brooke Baldwin (L) attends an 'Oprah' taping with producer Liz Hayden (center) and executive producer Angela Massie.
May 18th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: My ‘Oprah’ experience

Only Oprah Winfrey could bring together the group of people assembled inside Chicago's United Center last night.

From actors and athletes to teachers and students. If Winfrey didn’t realize it before, surely she now recognizes the impact of her 25 years on television.

Tom Hanks opened the evening, calling it a “mission impossible” (and on cue, Tom Cruise appears) to surprise Ms. Winfrey on her own show.

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Jane Seymour: This isn't Schwarzenegger's only love child
May 18th, 2011
04:02 PM ET

Jane Seymour: This isn't Schwarzenegger's only love child

The world may have been shocked by Arnold Schwarzenegger's recent admission that he had fathered a child with a household staff member during his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver, but actress Jane Seymour says she saw it coming.

"I was not even remotely surprised," the actress told CNN during the red carpet premiere of "Love Marriage Wedding" last night. "The moment I heard it, that there was an announcement of their separation—he was obviously jumping the gun before everyone else told the world of the news."

But Seymour didn't stop there...

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Gibson's 'The Beaver' gets standing O at Cannes
May 18th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

Gibson's 'The Beaver' gets standing O at Cannes

He’s gone from Oscars to exile. Can he ever come back? Don’t miss “Acting Out: The Mel Gibson Story” on CNN , Sunday night at 8 ET , to see the many sides of Mel Gibson.

Mel Gibson’s “The Beaver” may not have had a strong open when it bowed in 22 theaters in early May, but the crowd at Cannes loved it.

According to Deadline, the film received a 10-minute standing ovation for both “The Beaver” and Gibson. Directed by and co-starring Jodie Foster, “The Beaver” tells the story of a depressed toy company executive (Gibson) who begins using a beaver hand puppet to help turn his life back around.

Deadline reports that Foster – who rallied around her friend Gibson and encouraged U.S. audiences to take his performance at face value – told the press at Cannes that she’d made the film with a “European sensibility” and expected the audience to be receptive.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Oprah help Maria Shriver?
Maria Shriver and Oprah Winfrey share the stage at Shriver's Women's Conference in October, 2010.
May 18th, 2011
03:51 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Oprah help Maria Shriver?

Oprah Winfrey is at the center of attention today for being what seems to be the shoulder to cry on for her friend Maria Shriver.

Maria, who has been at the center of a firestorm due to her husband Arnold Schwarzenegger’s infidelity, flew to Chicago Tuesday night and right into the arms of Oprah.

Maria shared the stage with Oprah for the taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," and "Showbiz Tonight" was right there.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: I'm not starting a food magazine
May 18th, 2011
03:23 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow: I'm not starting a food magazine

With a full plate that includes raising a family, making movies, guest-starring on "Glee," authoring a lifestyle blog and promoting a new cookbook, it's no surprise that Gwyneth Paltrow has put any plans to launch a food magazine on the back burner.

"It could not be further from the truth," she tells Bon Appétit's June issue of the rumored project. "I literally do not have time to bathe let alone start a magazine."

Slideshow: Bon Appétit's day with Gwyneth

But she does have time to cook, something she enjoys doing and is passionate about. So much so that she has published her favorite family recipes in "My Father's Daughter," a cookbook that celebrates the pleasure of enjoying food with loved ones—a passion she learned from dad Bruce Paltrow.

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Director von Trier apologizes for Nazi remark
May 18th, 2011
12:50 PM ET

Director von Trier apologizes for Nazi remark

Filmmaker Lars von Trier ("Breaking the Waves," "Dancer in the Dark") is no stranger to stirring up controversy, but he took things to a whole new level at a recent press conference in Cannes, where he joked that he was a Nazi and even sympathized with Hitler.

"For a long time I thought I was a Jew and I was happy to be a Jew,” von Trier said when asked about his Germanic roots, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "Then I met [Danish and Jewish director] Susanne Bier and I wasn’t so happy. But then I found out I was actually a Nazi. My family were German. And that also gave me some pleasure. What can I say? I understand Hitler…I sympathize with him a bit."

The director, who was promoting his movie "Melancholia," clarified, "I don’t mean I’m in favor of World War II and I’m not against Jews, not even Susanne Bier,” then added, "In fact I’m very much in favor of them. All Jews. Well, Israel is a pain the a— but…"

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