May 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Tom Cruise always wanted to be a father

Ever since he was a kid, Tom Cruise has known that he wanted to be a father.

“I always loved kids, but it was more than that,” the actor said in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine. “It was this thought: What would it be like, being a father? Being the kind of guy who takes care of things?”

Because, you see, Cruise is big on being the fixer. After his parents separated – his father was an electrical engineer who didn’t support the family “financially or spiritually” after the split, leaving Cruise to live “with the effects of that chaos” – a younger Tom sought ways to help out his mother, who would at times have three jobs.


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May 24th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Sean Hayes to host 64th annual Tony Awards

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes is already nominated for a Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Tony award for his work in “Promises, Promises,” and now the actor will also host the 64th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, June 13.

Hayes' performance in the Broadway musical co-starring Kristin Chenoweth sparked a national dialogue about the ability of gay actors to convincingly portray heterosexual characters, and one has to wonder how this will be addressed at the awards ceremony... if it will be brought up at all.

Hayes, perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of “Will and Grace’s” Jack McFarland, is sure to bring his comedic timing to the event and “make a great show even better,” said executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss in a statement.


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Filed under: Celebrities • theater
May 24th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Paula Abdul headed to CBS with reality dance competition

Simon Cowell isn’t the only one with big post–“Idol” plans: Paula Abdul is now on board with a talent competition tentatively titled “Got to Dance.”

Abdul will be an executive producer, creative partner and lead judge on the CBS show, according to a press release. On top of all that, Abdul “will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for the contestants during the performances and elimination process,” the statement said.

Like Cowell’s "America's Got Talent," Abdul’s show is an American version of a British ratings champ, and, also like Cowell’s forthcoming reality talent competition “X Factor,” people of all ages can sign up to compete, either alone or in a group. The show is also open to all kinds of dancing, from ballroom to bhangra to breakdance, the statement said.


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April 29th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

Rielle Hunter: I was helping John Edwards find his 'authentic self'

Despite many people telling her it wasn’t the best idea to sit down with Oprah Winfrey for an interview, Rielle Hunter - politician John Edwards' mistress - decided to do it anyway.

"I feel in my heart it’s the right thing to do," Hunter said Thursday, especially now that "Johnny," as she calls him, has admitted paternity of their daughter, Frances Quinn.

Hunter said she wanted to set the facts straight about who she is, and that while she understands the judgment that has been heaped upon her, she doesn’t see herself as a home wrecker or gold digger, she told Winfrey.


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March 18th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

Miley Cyrus: I'm a little screwed up in the mind

Teen girls - already misunderstood by plenty of adults - are just as baffling to 17-year-old pop culture mega-star Miley Cyrus.

"I am screwed up in the mind a little bit because I’m not like other 16- or 17-year-old girls," Cyrus said in a recent interview in Parade. "I have no perspective of who exactly my fans are, to tell you the truth. Teenage girls in general are hard for me. I’m not a girl’s girl."

And despite the fact that she got her start in TV, Cyrus isn't a fan of parking in front of the tube - except for RuPaul's "Drag Race," which she can't get enough of. "I love me some RuPaul. I love RuPaul’s motto. It goes something like, ‘A real lady is never bitchy, a real lady is sassy,' " Cyrus said.


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March 5th, 2010
02:42 PM ET

Oscars get their swag on with $85,000 gifts

Academy Awards OscarNot everyone can take home a shiny Oscar statuette, so the Academy offers gift bags filled with the awesome as well as the bizarre.

Let’s start with the good gifts. Since those who lose out on Oscar night may feel the need to get a way from it all, there’s a $45,000 trip voucher for a South African safari, complete with personal chef, a $14,500 trip voucher for a getaway to Monaco, plus a $7,000 trip voucher to a posh resort in Connecticut.

There’s also gift cards, an offer for an iFLY indoor flying session as well as a Tiffany cat collar and designer dog toys. And, because this is Hollywood, Oscar nominees will get gourmet chocolates that can be burned off with the gift bag's offer for personal training sessions and a week at a fitness boot camp.


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