June 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

A walk down Oprah's generosity lane

The Hearst and Harpo job boards have undoubtedly gotten a workout since news broke yesterday that Oprah Winfrey had given her magazine staff perhaps one of the best gifts a boss can give these days: iPads, leather carrying cases, and – clearly the best part of the present – checks for $10,000.

While that kind of generosity is jaw-dropping in an economy where just holding onto a job can be difficult, let alone getting a tidy lump sum from the boss, Winfrey’s staff is likely used to it.

Back in 2005, Winfrey unloaded checks for $5,000 on her magazine staff to celebrate what was then the publication’s 5th anniversary. That same year, Winfrey took her staff on an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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June 11th, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: Stanley Tucci joins 'Captain America'

Fresh off his lauded turns in "The Lovely Bones" and "Julie and Julia," Stanley Tucci has signed up to play "Captain America's" creator, Dr. Abraham Erskine. Tucci joins Chris Evans, who plays the "Captain," and "Gossip Girl's" Sebastian Stan. The first film in the franchise will open next July.

Paul Rudd’s comedy “My Idiot Brother” filled in some female leads this week: Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, Emily Mortimer and Elizabeth Banks have all signed on to the film.

Rudd's character is an idealist with an overbearing mom who intermittently stays at the homes of his three ambitious sisters, somehow simultaneously spreading joy and havoc in the lives of his siblings. Mortimer, Banks and Deschanel will star as his sisters, and Jones will play the girlfriend of Deschanel’s bisexual character.

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May 28th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

M.I.A. tweets NYT writer's phone number

M.I.A. has no qualms about using Twitter to express her distaste, and this time she aimed and fired at NYT Magazine contributor Lynn Hirschberg.

The artist –- who made headlines in April with a violent video for “Born Free” –- doesn't appear to care for the feature Hirschberg wrote about her for the publication. She tweeted the reporter’s phone number to her thousands of followers Thursday.

Her tweet read, “CALL ME IF YOU WANNA TALK TO ME ABOUT THE N Y T TRUTH ISSUE, ill b taking calls all day [expletive] ;),” which of course caused Hirschberg’s phone to blow up with callers expecting to get in touch with the music artist.

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May 27th, 2010
08:59 AM ET

Andy Richter, Team Coco writers head to 'Just for Laughs'

Good comedy, among other things, takes a village, and the village behind Conan O’Brien is scheduled to take the stage at TBS’ Chicago comedy festival, “Just for Laughs.”

The one-hour, one-night-only performance will feature Andy Richter, Reggie Watts and a slew of O’Brien’s writers; “Team Coco presents Conan’s Writers Live” is the working title for the special.

The event is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. CST at the Bank of America Theater but it will also be taped, so if you can’t go you’ll be able to watch it on TBS on June 27 at 10 p.m. EST.

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May 26th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Jesse James: I was trying to self-sabotage

The implosion of Jesse James’ marriage to Sandra Bullock played out in the media for weeks, but everyone could only dance around the essential plot point: Did Jesse James actually cheat? Now, we all have the answer.

When ABC News correspondent Vicki Mabrey asked James during the "Nightline" interview Tuesday if he cheated on Bullock, he only had one thing to say: “Yup.”

So yes, he did cheat, but with how many women? James wouldn't confirm the allegations that he broke his vows with all five women who have described themselves as his mistresses, because to him, the number itself doesn’t really matter. “It could’ve been a million,” he told Mabrey in the interview. “Bad is bad….It’s just that I took a perfect marriage, a perfect wife, a perfect life, a perfect stepmother and threw it away with my actions.”

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May 26th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

T.I. 'made the best' of prison sentence

Rap star T.I. wrapped up his one-year-and-a-day prison sentence in December after serving only seven months, and he’s wasted no time getting back to work.

The artist's single "I'm Back" has been a hit on Billboard charts, his new movie "Takers" will hit the big screen in August and fans are waiting in anticipation for his next album release.

That's because from the first day of his release, "The first thing on my mind was, ‘Alright, let’s get to it,’ ” T.I. told Access Hollywood in an interview. “I was told that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’m out there trying to do the things that I love, and if I love it, I’ll want to do more of it. I love surprising people and myself.”
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