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November 30, 2009

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PRIMETIME SPECIAL COMING TO ABC

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey will spend at least part of the holidays back at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. filming a primetime special that features an interview with the first couple as its centerpiece.

The network has announced that it will air “Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special” on Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m.

The special, marking the first time Winfrey has interviewed Obama since he took office, will also go behind the scenes as staffers prepare the White House for the holiday season.

Winfrey, who had never before endorsed a presidential candidate, was a strong supporter of Obama during his presidential campaign, stumping for him in key states.

She attended Obama’s victory rally in Chicago last November and the president’s inauguration in January but has not been politically involved since the election and recently interviewed former Alaska governor and Obama rival Sarah Palin. Oprah visited the White House earlier this year to interview Michelle Obama for O Magazine.

She recently announced that she will end her syndicated talk show in 2011 and focus on launching her cable network, OWN.


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November 30, 2009

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WHAT’S THE HOLDUP??

Usher

There appears to be multiple issues going on in Usher’s camp.

According to the New York Daily News, the Jive Records artist is rumored to be dating, Grace Miguel, who used to work as an executive at Jive’s competitor, Island Def Jam.

“Some people see it as a conflict of interest,” a music insider tells the paper. “She’s still under contract with Def Jam, but Grace seems to be calling the shots behind the scenes on Usher’s album.”

Agrees another source: “It has complicated things tremendously. Usher has her calling the shots now. Grace has been taking calls with the big bosses at Jive regarding Usher’s CD, and the label doesn’t like it.”

In a separate issue, Usher’s mother, Jonetta Patton, and Miguel “aren’t exactly getting along,” the paper reported. According to a source, Patton is “mad that Grace is stepping on her toes and meddling in her management affairs.”

Says the insider: “Jonetta sees Grace as a rival for her son’s attention — just like Tameka was — and, even worse, she thinks all of Grace’s meddling could affect Usher’s album.”

Neither Miguel nor Usher — whose new album “Raymond v. Raymond” has been pulled from its Dec. 21 release date and shelved indefinitely — have commented on the rumors.

A rep for Usher, however, insisted that “there is no internal conflict. Usher’s album was pushed back to give it the proper setup it deserves.”

A rep for Jive agreed, saying: “This is a solid album that we believe in. We want [more time] to give it a proper launch.”

The first single from the CD, “Papers,” stalled at No. 31 on the pop charts.


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November 30, 2009

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THIS COULD GET UGLY

Elin and Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods cancelled a third scheduled interview with Florida police in the wake of crashing his SUV early Friday, an incident that has generated questions about whether or not an earlier domestic dispute played a role.

According to TMZ.com, Woods’ lawyer canceled the meeting the Florida Highway Patrol had wanted for 3 p.m. ET Sunday. But he has since broken his silence and released a statement on his Web site addressing the controversy.

“This situation is my fault and it’s obviously embarrassing to my family and me. I’m human and I’m not perfect. I will certainly make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Woods wrote in the statement, posted about an hour before troops were to meet with him at his home. A meeting was not rescheduled.

“This is a private matter and I want to keep it that way,” he added. “Although I understand there is curiosity, the many false, unfounded and malicious rumors that are currently circulating about my family and me are irresponsible.”

Authorities are reportedly interested in viewing the wounds on Tiger’s face to see if they were caused by the accident or during a domestic dispute with his wife, TMZ reported.

Addressing this part of the rumors, Tiger wrote on his Web site: “The only person responsible for the accident is me. My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble. She was the first person to help me. Any other assertion is absolutely false.

“This incident has been stressful and very difficult for Elin, our family and me. I appreciate all the concern and well wishes that we have received. But, I would also ask for some understanding that my family and I deserve some privacy no matter how intrusive some people can be.”

Photo shows damage to Tiger’s Cadillac SUV when he hit tree

Two days before Tiger crashed his vehicle into a fire hydrant and a tree near his mansion in Windermere, Fla, the National Enquirer reported that the golf star had cheated on his wife Elin Nordegren with another model, New York club hostess Rachel Uchitel, while he was in Australia for a tournament.

According to TMZ, Tiger told a friend on the phone Friday that his wife had scratched his face during an argument over the Enquirer story. According to the friend, Tiger said, “I have to run to Zales to get a ‘Kobe Special.'” The person on the other end of the phone asked Tiger what a “Kobe Special” was. The reply — “A house on a finger.”

During the conversation, Tiger said his wife had “gone ghetto” on him.

In the released 911 call made after Tiger’s accident, the caller, a male, can be heard telling dispatchers, “I need an ambulance immediately, I have someone down outside my house … It’s a car accident … My neighbor, he hit the tree. I see him and he’s laying down.”

When the dispatcher asked if the person was unconscious, the neighbor responded, “Yes.”

UPDATE …

TMZ is reporting that the Florida Highway Patrol is now focusing on obtaining a search warrant — allowing them to seize medical records from the hospital that treated Woods — in an attempt to determine if the wounds he sustained are consistent with a car accident or domestic violence.

Their report goes on to say:

We’re told authorities believe they can show probable cause a crime was committed, a necessary step in obtaining a warrant.

One big piece of evidence showing probable cause … sources tell us Tiger’s wife, Elin Nordegren told FHP troopers she went looking for Tiger in a golf cart, came upon the accident and then used a golf club to break the window to gain entry. That’s a very different story from what she first told Windemere cops shortly after the accident — she never mentioned a golf cart. Nordegren told Windemere police she had walked out of her house, saw the crash, went back inside to get a golf club and returned to the vehicle.

TMZ has reviewed 21 photos from the scene — no sign of any golf cart.

As we first reported, according to sources, Tiger told a friend Elin had attacked him after she confronted him with reported allegations he had cheated on her. We’re told Tiger told the friend Elin then followed him out of the house and struck the moving vehicle with the golf club, causing him to get distracted and hit the hydrant.

If the FHP determines Elin attacked Tiger, we’re told she could be arrested for domestic violence.


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November 24, 2009

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JUDGE MAKES INSIGHTFUL RULING

In Florida , an atheist created a case against the upcoming Easter and Passover Holy days. He hired an attorney to bring a discrimination case against Christians and Jews and observances of their holy days. The argument was that it was unfair that atheists had no such recognized days.

The case was brought before a judge. After listening to the passionate presentation by the lawyer, the judge banged his gavel declaring,”Case dismissed!”

The lawyer immediately stood objecting to the ruling saying, “Your honor, How can you possibly dismiss this case? The Christians have Christmas, Easter and others. The Jews have Passover, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah, yet my client and all other atheists have no such holidays.”

The judge leaned forward in his chair saying, “But you do. Your client, counsel, is woefully ignorant.”

The lawyer said, “Your Honor, we are unaware of any special observance or holiday for atheists.”

The judge said, “The calendar says April 1st is April Fools Day. Psalm 14:1 states, ‘The fool says in his heart, there is no God.’ Thus, it is the opinion of this court, that if your client says there is no God, then he is a fool. Therefore, April 1st is his day. Court is adjourned.”

You gotta love a Judge that knows his scripture! ( Judge Joe Brown?)


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November 24, 2009

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OPRAH NOT RIDING INTO THE SUNSET

Gayle King

Gayle King made a visit to “Good Morning America” Monday to clear up some headlines in the wake of her best friend Oprah Winfrey’s announcement that her talk show would end in 2011.

“After 25 years, it’s just time to go while you’re on top,” the editor-at-large of Winfrey’s O magazine told “GMA’s” Robin Roberts. “It really was as simple as that and, maybe have a semblance of a life.

“Hey listen, no pity party for Oprah, because she has a great life, does wonderful things, but you know, at the end of the day it really is her life …,” she added.

King said she wasn’t sure what was next for her BFF.

“I don’t even think she knows,” she said. “She’s riding off from ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ as we know it, but she’s not riding off into the sunset.”

There were reports over the weekend that Gayle was meeting with CBS to discuss a possible talk show. While King didn’t directly address the rumor, she did say she had no plans to “replace” Oprah – because, King said, that would be impossible.

“She is so much a part of the culture that we have to come up with a new model, a new way of doing things …,” King said. “I’m happy because I know for her it’s the right decision … she’s so at peace with it.”


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November 24, 2009

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PERRY MAKES HUGE DONATION

Tyler Perry

Entertainment mogul Tyler Perry continues to give back to the community. The latest recipient of his largesse is the NAACP.

The country’s oldest and largest civil rights organization, announced Monday that Perry has donated one million dollars, marking the largest gift ever given by an individual entertainer.

In addition, Perry purchased several NAACP commissioned Jacob Lawrence lithographs and additional lithographs by celebrated artists Jonathan Green, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam.

The monetary gift, which will be distributed over the next four years, was made to commemorate the organization’s Centennial anniversary.

“We are honored that Tyler Perry chose to support the NAACP,” said Julian Bond, Chairman of the NAACP. “Tyler is a courageous pioneer in bringing positive images of African American culture and struggles to the screen. His remarkable journey from poverty and childhood abuse to become one of the world’s most successful filmmakers and entrepreneurs is an inspiration to us all,” Bond said.


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November 24, 2009

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KATIE GETTING HER MOVE ON

News Anchor Katie Couric

CBS News anchorwoman Katie Couric comes off as pretty rigid right? On TV she’s all tight lipped and stuff, but, obviously, not tight hipped.

Looks like all she just needed was a little “encouragement” (aka Hennessy) to get up to get down and funky.

In fact, as you can see in the photo here, she even gets a little skanky in one of ‘em. Yeah, she’s got some moves, but we don’t know how under the influence she has to get to find her groove.

After katie made her look worse than stupid, we can’t help but wonder what Sarah Palin is thinking about her now.


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November 23, 2009

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OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW NETWORK

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah’s new cable network OWN will debut in January 2011 — eight months before Oprah Winfrey’s syndicated talk show airs its final episode and three years after the joint venture with Discovery Communications was originally formed.

“Oprah has been nourishing people through her television show for nearly 25 years, a legacy that has touched millions the world over,” said Christina Norman, CEO of OWN. “She is the life force behind OWN and will be guiding the effort for this completely new 24-hour television experience premiering in January 2011.”

OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network), which had a full-blown upfront presentation to advertisers in May, was originally expected to launch by the end of this year. Then it was pushed to 2010, and now 2011. The channel will debut in about 80 million homes, rebranding what is currently the Discovery Health Channel.

On Winfrey’s show Friday, she said of her talk show departure: “This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it’s time to say good-bye. Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and it feels right in my spirit. It’s the perfect number — the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show. So, the countdown to the end of ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ starts now and until that day in 2011 when it ends, I intend to soak up every meaningful, joy-filled moment with you.”


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November 23, 2009

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MICHAEL JACKSON WINS FOUR AMA AWARDS

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson made history by posthumously winning four American Music Awards on Sunday night, but he couldn’t beat Taylor Swift as the year’s favorite artist and the evening’s top winner.

The 19-year-old took the show’s top award, giving Jackson his only loss of the night, and giving her five trophies in all.

“Music has never been ultimately about competition,” she said as she accepted the top prize via satellite from London, where she is to perform Monday. “To even be mentioned in a category with Michael Jackson, who we will miss and love forever, is an unimaginable honor.”

Swift was also named favorite female pop/rock and country artist and favorite adult-contemporary artist. Her album, “Fearless,” won favorite country album. Jackson was voted favorite male artist in the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories. His 2003 greatest-hits album, “Number Ones,” also won favorite album in both categories, bringing his career AMA total to 23, making him the most honored artist in AMA history.

The victories came during a performance-filled show that closed with an S&M-themed, sexually charged performance by Adam Lambert (which included him shoving a male dancer’s face into his crotch).

Jackson’s trophies were accepted by his brother Jermaine, who paid tribute to his late brother by wearing glittery white glove. He thanked “Allah for blessing my entire family” and named each of his brothers and sisters.

He said the message of Michael, who died in June at age 50, is more important than any award.

“The message that Michael had will live on forever,” he said. “He saw good in everyone and he wanted everyone to do good. He always started with love.”

Jackson’s victories were among the highlights of the evening, which also featured an eye-popping performance by Lady Gaga, a special award for Whitney Houston and that jaw-dropping number from Lambert, who traded in his “American Idol” image for sex, leather and chains Sunday.


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November 23, 2009

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JANET HONORS MICHAEL IN DANCE AND SONG

Janet Jackson at AMA 2009

Janet Jackson hit the stage of the American Music Awards last night and showed she’s in control — and served up shout-outs to her late brother Michael.

Looking fit and sexy in snug tan pants, top and boots, she performed a medley of her greatest hits, beginning with the 1986 chart topper “Control,” followed by “Miss You Much,” a popular tune from 1989.

As Jackson grooved and shook her long hair to the celebrity-studded audience, which included members of her own famous family, the lyrics seemed to be directed at the King of Pop.

“I miss ya much (boy-oh-I miss you much),” she sang. “I really miss you much.”

Jackson’s 7-plus-minute set included her suggestive tune, “If,” along with a sample of her new release “Make Me,” in which she invites an unseen listener to “make me groove, show me what you do, make me move.”

The 43-year-old pop star finished her act with a happy version of “Together Again” — another message to Michael.

She looked to the sky as she sang, “Everywhere I go, every smile I see, I know you are there, smilin’ back at me.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2009/11/23/2009-11-23_janet_jackson_pays_tribute_to_brother_michael_in_2009_american_music_award_perfo.html#ixzz0XhnUuTXu


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