Supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer is ineligible to compete for the nation’s top journalism award, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prize board said today, dashing the publication’s hopes to enter the competition for its reporting on the John Edwards’ love child scandal.
When the former presidential candidate confirmed on Thursday that he had fathered a child with his former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, the Enquirer said that it would submit its reporting for the prize.
News of the magazine’s plan sparked fierce debate among journalists over whether an outlet that is allowed to pay sources for information should be eligible to compete for the vaunted award. However, despite the insider bristling and posturing, the mag’s ineligibility is based on a technicality.
"We checked the Enquirer Web site, and it apparently calls itself a magazine. Under our rules, magazines (both print and Web versions) and broadcast entities are ineligible," said the prize administrator Sig Gissler in an e-mail to ABCNews.com.
The National Enquirer broke the Edwards story in July 2008. Eighteen months later, Edwards confessed that he fathered a child outside of his marriage.
I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want: a Spice Girls musical? It’s in the works! Julie Craymer, the producer behind both the stage and film versions of the ABBA musical “Mama Mia!” has announced that her company will create and produce a musical based on songs from the '90s girl-power group.
Tentatively titled, “Viva Forever” it is to be produced by Craymer and “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller.
“I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavor and joyful message," Craymer said in a statement. “It is important to me that the excitement, style and humor of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage.”
Say you’ll be there. We will.
DJs are dusting off their turntables and loading up their iPods, film stars are figuring out what mukluks will stand up to a night of dancing, and open bars are stocking up on liquor.
The Sundance Film Festival is, of course, an opportunity for independent film to shine, but it is also the chance for top actors, actresses, filmmakers and all the folks who help independent films get made to let their hair down and have some fun in the mountains. The festival is a chance to throw some really great parties, most of which are sponsored by companies who have very little to do with the filmmaking process at all.
Entertainment Weekly magazine is kicking off the really big festivities this year with their opening weekend bash at the Legacy Lodge on Saturday night. The magazine and official sponsor of the festival is expecting the likes of P. Diddy, Sandra Oh, Alan Rickman and Common.
Nearing the end of his NBC run, Conan O’Brien has opted to let his guests go wild while he rings up a hefty bill for the network.
As a guest on Thursday night, Robin Williams upped the ante for bad behavior by dedicating an expletive-filled song to NBC, pretending to urinate on the stage and giving the network the middle finger, several times.
The refrain of Williams’ barely printable Irish ditty was “(Expletive) the (expletives) that can't take a joke.” Williams is apparently on Team Coco. FULL POST
Biographer Kitty Kelley is getting set to release her unauthorized biography of the Queen of all Media, Oprah Winfrey.
The 544-page book, “Oprah: A Biography,” will be released on April 13, with a first printing of 500,000 copies. Kelley's publisher Crown claims the writer has spent three years researching the tome and conducted 850 interviews with sources, some of whom have never spoken before about Winfrey for publication.
Kitty Kelley is no stranger to tackling public figures. Her previous books have taken on the Bush family, Princess Diana, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor. FULL POST
Despite a media blitz this week that landed her on the cover of People magazine admitting she had ten plastic surgery procedures in one day, Montag’s album “Superficial” has sold less than 1,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen Soundscan.
Individual songs from the album are doing better and have been downloaded more than 6,000 times. FULL POST
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