“I now have the time to be committed to the nurturing of this network. The vacation I thought I was going to have is kind of over, at least for the time being. I have committed everything I have to this cable venture. I wouldn’t bet against me … I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confessing to me and I am going to make that happen, people. I don’t just want the interview. I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson.”
—Oprah tells The Hollywood Reporter that she is now 100% in over at OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. Her biggest dream for the station? Getting OJ Simpson, who is currently in prison for kidnapping and robbery, to tell the truth about what happened to Nicole Brown Simpson. If anyone can make it happen, it’s the Big O. [PopEater] Keep reading »
We love Kate Hudson. But even moreso, we love her mama, Goldie Hawn. So I am pretty darn excited that Goldie has signed on for a new prospective HBO series called “The Viagra Diaries,” about a woman who, when her husband has a midlife crisis and leaves her at 65, is left single for the first time in three decades. The show is being executive produced and written by Darren Star, the man behind “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Sex and the City.”
This is exciting on so many levels. Keep reading »
Oprah has been gone for three weeks now, and there is a serious void in the daytime television universe. Who will step forward to give us life advice and book recommendations, and just generally take on the mission of keeping us sane? Perhaps … Bethenny Frankel? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bethenny is filming a talk show pilot as we speak. And she’s working on it with heavy hitters—Telepictures, the company behind “The Tyra Banks Show” and “Ellen.” Ms. DeGeneres herself even has a hand in creating the series.
So, could Bethenny be the next Oprah? Keep reading »
“That’s why the character was named Rudy — it was intended to be a boy. That’s my tragic auditioning story. We were all packed up and ready to go to New York and my agent had told my parents that they needed to start looking for places to live out there. Next thing you know, there was one more audition and that was supposed to be a formality at the network. And a little girl comes walking in, and I’m like—even at eight years old—’Who’s she?’ And they’re like, ‘She’s auditioning for Rudy, too.’ So I’m like, ‘Oh, it’s not as much of a formality as I thought.’ That was my first time walking into a room of 30 people staring at you going, ‘O.K., make me laugh.’ They were in such a hurry to get to New York and start filming that they came out and picked the kids one by one right in front of all of us. Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempest Bledsoe … The rest of us all went home crying. It was amazing. Obviously I’m grateful that things worked out the way they did; I think it put a little more money in my pocket. … Let’s get something straight: all of these rejections resulted in me making a s**tload of money elsewhere.”
— Let’s revisit 1995 for a second and let this piece of information blow my mind: Steve Urkel almost wasn’t Steve Urkel! Jaleel White told Oh No They Didn’t! Vanity Fair he was thisclose to playing Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show,” until Bill Cosby cast a little girl for the role instead. It doesn’t sound like the “Family Matters” geek has any hard feelings.
After the jump, Jaleel White talks about the size of his junk. Keep reading »
“So during take three, I stand up — and there [are] a hundred extras and the crew people — and, as [co-star] Breckin [Meyer] likes to say, it was ‘Screech, Slater and Mr. Belding.’ They came out to play on the third take.”
—Mark-Paul Gosselaar talks to “Access Hollywood” about filming a hot tub scene in his new TV show “Franklin & Bash.” Mark-Paul had tape over his nether-regions, but apparently it wasn’t enough to keep his member in check. Ahhh, to be a fly on that wall. [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
Jessica Simpson has decided to give reality TV another chance. She’s signed on to be the celebrity mentor on NBC’s new series, “Fashion Star,” a “Project Runway”-esque design show hosted by Elle MacPherson. This will be Jess’ third attempt at a reality series — “Newlyweds” ended in divorce and “The Price of Beauty” ended in cancellation — so we hope she’s learned a thing or two. [US Weekly]
After the jump, some suggestions for Jess to ensure that “Fashion Star” is a hit. Keep reading »