August 20th, 2009
07:00 PM ET

Oprah's diet outrage!

Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Oz are taking aim at internet diet claims using their names. They have filed a trademark infringement complaint against 40 internet marketers claiming they are using their names and likenesses to sell products. Showbiz Tonight has just received the following statements:

"Harpo, Inc. has filed this lawsuit to let consumers know that these internet marketers are willfully using the names of well-known figures to deceive the public. Neither Ms. Winfrey nor Dr. Oz has ever sponsored or endorsed any acai, resveratrol or dietary supplement product and cannot vouch for their safety or effectiveness. It is our intention to put an end to these companies’ false claims and increasingly deceptive practices." -Marc Rachman, attorney on behalf of Harpo, Inc.

"The companies that are using my name to hawk these products are duping the public. I do not endorse any of these products. By falsely presenting products as ‘scientifically proven’ and endorsed by well-known figures, these companies do a gross disservice to the public health and could even pose a danger to those who believe their false and unproven claims. I am taking this step in the interest of public safety. I feel compelled to stand up against these companies and their deceitful practices." -Dr. Mehmet Oz

For all of the latest breaking developments, be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN- don’t miss it!

August 20th, 2009
02:54 PM ET

Chart records are made to be broken

Billboard magazine reports that two of its chart records - most consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 pop chart by a single artist, and most consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 by one song - have been broken.

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With its eighth week at No. 1 with "I Gotta Feeling," the Black Eyed Peas have now held the top spot for 20 straight weeks. Prior to "I Gotta Feeling," "Boom Boom Pow" topped the charts for 12 weeks.

The previous record was held by Usher, who marked 19 weeks straight at No. 1 with "Yeah!" and "Burn" in 2004.

As for total weeks on the Hot 100, Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" has now notched its 70th straight week, outdoing LeAnn Rimes' 1998 hit "How Do I Live."

Decades ago, this kind of run would have been unfathomable. The Beatles spent 14 straight weeks at No. 1 in 1964, partly thanks to the free-for-all surrounding the band's early singles (smaller labels such as Swan and Vee-Jay released Beatles singles in the U.S., along with Capitol). Elvis Presley's 1956 run predated the Hot 100, so his "Hound Dog"/"Don't Be Cruel"/"Love Me Tender" streak ran for different lengths on different Billboard charts, which then ranked best-selling and most-played songs separately.

Even the Bee Gees saw their big streak of "Saturday Night Fever" singles, "How Deep Is Your Love," "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" - which logged a total of 15 weeks at No. 1 in 1977-78 - broken up by others.

But in recent years, with Nielsen SoundScan now the standard for ranking records, narrower playlists and highly segmented pop formats, several songs have had double-digit runs at No. 1, as well as many-month stays on the Hot 100. In 1997, the artist formerly known as Puff Daddy and Faith Evans logged 11 straight weeks with "I'll Be Missing You"; Brandy and Monica held the top spot for 13 weeks the following year with "The Boy Is Mine." Just last year, Flo Rida and T-Pain's "Low" was No. 1 for 10 weeks.

So keep an eye on the charts. Songs may stay there longer, but records are still meant to be broken.

August 20th, 2009
02:18 PM ET

Michael Moore is back

Controversial director Michael Moore is at it again.

The creator of such documentaries as "Roger & Me," "Bowling for Columbine" and "Fahrenheit 9/11"  has a new film  titled "Capitalism: A Love Story." The film is due for limited release on September 23, going wider thereafter.

This time, Moore is taking on Wall Street and the economy. According to his Web site:  "It's got it all - lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day."

In the past Moore has been criticized for playing loose with the facts, including an accusation that text from a Bush-Quayle campaign ad was altered in "Bowling for Columbine." His style has also drawn ire: Many people were also upset by his interview with actor Charlton Heston in the same film.

Moore's supporters and critics will surely have something to mull over with his new documentary. Check out an exclusive preview of the trailer:

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August 20th, 2009
11:42 AM ET

Are you smarter than a second grader?

To quote a friend: "The stupid!  It burns!"

Actress Patricia Heaton, longtime foil to Ray Romano on "Everybody Loves Raymond," is the squirm-inducing subject of the latest viral video spreading across the Internet.  No, she wasn't captured in an unguarded moment by the paparazzi - Heaton was in a television studio, fully aware the audience and the cameras were watching.


The occasion was Monday's celebrity edition of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire!"  Just for showing up, Heaton earned $25,000 for her cause - badly-needed medical care in Sierra Leone - and to double the prize, all she had to do was answer a single, second-grade-level math question:

"If a Euro is worth $1.50, five Euros is worth what?"

Her choices were (a) thirty quarters, (b) fifty dimes, (c) seventy nickels, or (d) ninety pennies.

Heaton, who'd already admitted/bragged "I didn't spend enough time in the classroom" as an Ohio State undergrad, immediately began to panic when she saw the question, whining "I can't do math!"  Way to make the Buckeye State proud there, Patty.  Host Regis Philbin tried to help, but from the outset, Heaton seemed more interested in complaining than in trying to answer the question.  At one point, Heaton - who'd begun her appearance by claiming that Midwesterners like her were "smarter" than people on the coasts - told the host "I put everything on credit cards, Regis - I have no idea what this is."  Oh, the pain.

Anyone would get nervous tackling a subject that's not their strong suit on national television.  But for the longest time, Heaton not only didn't know the answer, she didn't seem to know how to figure it out.  She even phoned her husband, because "he's European."  Right, because it was the Euros thing that made it hard.  Finally, after Regis displayed the patience of Job in guiding her through the question, she figured out that $1.50 times five is $7.50 (earning an ovation from the audience) and then, going through all of the answers, that thirty quarters was also $7.50 (another ovation).

Heaton is far from the first celeb to make herself look foolish for a good cause.  But as a parent in California, where budget cuts are primed to drop the state to 50th (that's out of 50, Patricia) in per-student spending for education, the message that being so remarkably clueless in a basic subject is something to laugh about - not to mention far less important than being famous - made me cringe.

August 20th, 2009
10:17 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment today:

  • Disney and Robert Zemeckis ("Polar Express") will remake the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" animated film in 3-D, according to Variety. The new version of the 1968 classic is aiming for a 2012 release.
  • Paula Abdul's manager tells The Los Angeles Times that, despite rumors to the contrary, there have been "no discussions whatsoever" about "American Idol," and Abdul is looking towards her future endeavors.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Tony Danza has been approved to co-teach a class in that city. It begs the question as to which teacher will be "the boss" in that classroom.
  • The five living members of "Monty Python" will reunite in New York to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary on October 15, reports The Los Angeles Times.
  • Finally, the first look at James Cameron's long-awaited special effects spectacular "Avatar" is now online, and fans are already reacting on Twitter.
August 20th, 2009
09:30 AM ET

'Twilight' fans to debate at conventions

First came the books, then the movie ... now get ready for official "Twilight" conventions where fans can debate for "Team Edward" or "Team Jacob."

And Robert Redford will be directing a film about Abraham Lincoln's assassination. CNN's Denise Quan has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

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