June 17th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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.
June 11th, 2010
01:14 PM ET
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.
June 10th, 2010
02:31 PM ET
For all of you "Entourage" junkies eagerly anticipating the arrival of the seventh season June 27, we have good news: Mark Wahlberg is still intent on getting the series to the big screen.
“I am more focused on making that movie than my own films,” Wahlberg told MTV News. “I just think we can make a great movie. I think people always wanted [it] and have complained that the episodes are too short - they’ve always wanted more. I think we’re going to do it.”
The plan is to first end strong this season, and then "we're going to have six episodes next year and end with a bang," Wahlberg said. "And then," he added, "in the trailer you see Jeremy Piven and Lloyd waking up together in Vegas not knowing what happened."
How does that sound to you "Entourage" fans - love or hate the idea of a feature-length film?
June 10th, 2010
01:27 PM ET
Oprah Winfrey is known as the Queen of Daytime TV, but in May, she lost her crown to one fiery Judge Judy Sheindlin.
In a victory for courtroom television, "Judge Judy" soared past "The Oprah Winfrey Show" during the May “sweeps” ratings period, ranking first in daytime television. The new rankings represent the ninth time in eleven weeks that Sheindlin has bested Winfrey in rankings.
"Judy" averaged 6.4 million viewers during sweeps, whereas "Oprah" pulled in an average of 6.2 million. "Judy's" viewership is on the up, with an average gain of 637,000 viewers since last year, while "Oprah" saw a net loss of 602,000.
This isn't to say that it's all bad for Winfrey - she still finished last month as the second-most-watched show in daytime television. After 25 seasons, "Oprah" will end its run in September 2011, when Winfrey will move on to her Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
May 28th, 2010
10:16 AM ET
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.
May 27th, 2010
08:59 AM ET
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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