Oscars Recap

There were no huge surprises at the Oscars this year. "The Departed" picked up the best picture of the year, while its director, Martin Scorsese, finally picked up his first Oscar after 26 years. Here's a look at all the other big winners:

Best Picture: "The Departed"
Best Director: Martin Scorsese for directing "The Departed"
Best Actress: Helen Mirren for her role in "The Queen"
Best Actor: Forest Whitaker for his role in "The Last King of Scotland."
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Hudson for her role in "Dreamgirls"

Supporting Actor: Alan Arkin for his role in "Little Miss Sunshine"
Feature-length Animation: "Happy Feet"
Best Documentary: former vice president Al Gore for "An Inconvenient Truth"


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WeekEnder: February 18-24

The Big Stories
Britney Loses Her Mind
Britney Spears went into rehab three times this week. It all started last Friday with a brief stay at a rehab in the Bahamas. She shaved her head and got some ink when she got home, prompting many to think she lost her mind. Early in the week, she went into promises Malibu but again left only after a few hours. Wednesday night, the newly bald Britney showed up at K-Fed's house, but when he wouldn't answer the door, she attacked a paparazzi's car with an umbrella and screamed at them in rage. Her mother apparently saw the incident and brought her to rehab for a third time.

Anna Nicole Smith Court Circus
Judge Larry Seidlin was supposed to calmy determine where Anna Nicole Smith would be buried. All the players were there: Anna's mother, Vergie, her lawyer/lover Howard K. Stern and Larry Birkhead who claims he's also the father of her kid. All these people were enough to make this a sideshow, but Judge Seidlin only added to the drama. He constantly mentioned his personal life and even cried when he handed down his verdict. Rumor has it he wants his own syndicated court show and this was all one big audition.

Quick Hits
  • Financial expert and TV host Suze Orman tells the New York Times she is a lesbian. "I have never been with a man in my whole life. I'm still a 55-year-old virgin." She also says she has a "life partnet" named Kathy Travis, who she's been with for seven years.
  • Sexy photos of American Idol contestant Antonella Barba have surfaced on the Internet. Will this get her kicked off the show like Frenchie Davis was? Stay tuned...
  • Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and Bon Jovi are among nine musical stars who are set to appear on "American Idol" this season.
  • R n B singer Usher is reportedly engaged to his girlfriend of a year.
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    Dancing With The Stars Line-up Announced

    The line-up for the new season of "Dancing With Stars" has been announced. I'll fully admit I don't watch this corny show, but it's always interesting to see who will be making a fool of themseleves on national television. Country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Leeza Gibbons and The Sopranos' Vincent Pastore are among the dancers. The most controversial contestant: Paul McCartney's ex, Heather Mills. This woman is hated overseas and isn't exactly loved here. People think she's a gold digger. Not to mention, how in the hell is she going to dance with a prosthetic leg?


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    Sirius Hoping to Acquire XM

    After months of speculation, it looks like Sirius Satellite Radio and XM are going to merge. Sirius is planning to buy XM for $4.6 billion in stock. The move would bring entertainers like Howard Stern and Oprah Winfrey under one radio roof. The deal faces substantial obstacles in Washington, including a Federal Communications Commission provision that specifically forbids the two companies to combine. If it overcomes a series of regulatory hurdles, Sirius' Chief Executive Mel Karmazin will lead the combined company.


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    The Music of Howard Stern

    There have been so many incredible music performances on the Howard Stern show over the years. This weekend, Howard celebrated 25 years of music with a music marathon on Howard 101 on Sirius Satellite Radio. Howard, Robin, Artie, Fred and the rest of the crew introduced all of the performaces with interesting stories of when each artist/band was on the show. It was really amazing to see how many classic music acts have performed on the show over the years. Elton John, The Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Alanis Morrisette, Def Leppard, Bon Joni, Train, David Bowie, James Taylor, Lenny Kravitz, Weever.... the list goes on and on. It was great to check in on the show all weekend for a look back at these classic performances. Special programming like this makes Howard that much better on satellite.


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    WeekEnder: February 11-17

    Britney Spears Shaves Her Head!
    Britney Spears has officially lost her mind. She's back in the U.S. after a few hours in rehab and has shaved her head. KABC in Los Angeles caught her as she got a new tattoo and showed off her new uglier than life look.

    You Know It's Sweeps When...
    ... every show tries to help a morbidly obese person. On Friday, Dr. Phil spoke to a 1,000 pound man via satellite. Entertainment Tonight had a 500-pound man, while The Insider had a 1,000-pound man and his 100-pound girlfriend. Apparently, being fat equals big ratings.
    ... there's the inevitable visit to the Moonlight Bunny Ranch. Tyra took her show behind the scenes of the legal Las Vegas brothel on Wednesday. It just wouldn't be sweeps without seeing these whores.
    ... David Letterman does another "Ventriloquist Week."

    ... Dr. Phil continues his stupid "Dr. Phil House: Man Camp" series.
    ... a woman calls into the Greg Behrendt show saying she's sleeping with her father-in-law and is pregnant by him. With more guests like this, maybe his show would not have been cancelled.

    Quick Hits
  • Anna Nicole Smith's bodyguard, Moe, tells E.T. and The Insider that Anna Nicole would have never wanted her estranged mother to get custody of her baby girl. He also reveals that Anna Nicole bought four burial plots. one for her, her son, howard K. Stern and the fourth was likely for Dannielynn.
  • Meantime, Anna Nicole's will was written in 2001 and leaves everything to her dead son, Daniel.
  • FOX has renewed House for a fourth season and Bones for a third season.
  • Chris Cornell leaves Audioslave
  • Howard Stern gets engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky.

    "I can't stand him. He's an absolutely horrible person, and he gets worse every day...I vomit in my mouth whenever I'm around him or I hear his name. There's nothing left in me for him. Nothing at all." - Eminem's ex, Kim Mathers, talking about the rapper on a Detroit radio station

    “You know, I hate gay people, so I let it be known. I don’t like gay people and I don’t like to be around gay people. I am homophobic. I don’t like it. It shouldn’t be in the world or in the United States.” - Former NBC star Tim Hardaway when asked if he would want a gay teammate
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    Britney Spears Enters Rehab, Then Quickly Leaves

    People magazine is reporting that Britney Spears checked herself into a rehab facility, but left faster than you can say "alcoholic." According to People, Spears checked herself into Eric Clapton's Crossroads Centre in Antigua two or three days ago, but jumped ship after only a day to head to Florida. Of course, Spears has been the queen of the night since divorcing Kevin Federline. A recent boyfriend says she is not over Fed-Ex and even has her wedding dress hanging in a glass case.

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    Howard Stern Gets Engaged!

    Howard Stern said he would never get married again, but lately he's been hinting to taking a walk down the aisle with longtime girlfriend, Beth Ostrosky. Today, Stern told his listeners that he proposed to Beth last night and she said "yes." He gave her a 5.2 carat diamond ring as he popped the question. Stern says they plan to be engaged for a long time because actually getting married is something they don't have time for in the near future. This will be Stern's second marriage. He split from his first wife, Alison, in 2000.


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    WeekEnder: February 4-10

    Space Case
    What a difference a few monthsd can make. Astronaut Lisa Nowak was aboard a space shuttle last July. Earlier this week, she was arrested for driving 900 miles from Texas to Florida to get revenge. She's been charged with attempted murder for plotting to kill a woman who was vying for the affections of an astronaut she wanted to be with. Police searched her car and found a knife, pepper spray, a disguise and diapers. She told police she urinated in the diapers during the long drive to Florida so she wouldn't have to stop driving. The bizarre story spawned all sorts of creative headlines like, "Dark Side of the Loon." Nowak has posted bail and has returned home to Texas.

    Anna Nicole Dies
    Lisa Nowak would have been the big story of the week, until Thursday when we learned Anna Nicole Smith had died just five months after her 20-year-old son died. The cable networks did wall to wall coverage on the story, prompting some to ask the question if this was really a serious news story. An autopsy performed Friday did not determine a cause of death. Now, a battling is brewing about who the father of her infant daughter is.

    You Know It's Sweeps When...
    Kind of a slow week for sweeps...
  • Dr. Phil talks to a man who says he's flashed more than 50,000 women.
  • "Divorce Court" does a week of paternity test-themed shows.
  • "1 vs. 100" does a Last Man Standing special that put mob members against each other and brought back memorable mob contestants like Ken Jennings.


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    In a chilling coincidence, Rosie O'Donnell talked all kinds of smack about Anna Nicole Smith on The View yesterday, just hours before she died. The clip is on YouTube.

    "That woman and her paternity tests. She can hardly even speak now. She can't even speak. (mimmicks Anna Nicole) It's a tragedy all around. Her son died. She has this little baby. Obviously, some kind of medication or substance involved..."


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    Anna Nicole Smith died today after collapsing in a hotel. She was only 39 yers old. She was staying at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino and when a nurse found her and called 911. Anna Nicole's bodyguard tried doing CPR, but it was no use. Anna Nicole died at the hospital. There's no word on a cause of death and an autopsy will be performed on Friday. All this coming just five month's after Anna Nicole's 20-year-old son died suddenly in the Bahamas.

    There's already drama surrounding what will happen with her new baby girl. Smith's estranged sister, Donna Hogan, tells Larry King that he does not want Smith's longtime lawyer/lover Howard K. Stern to have custody of the baby. Needless to say, this story is going to be grabbing headlines for weeks.


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    Andy Dicked Kicked Off Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Comedian Andy Dick is known for his bizarre antics, but this time he went a little too far. He appeared on Jimmy Kimmell Live last Friday night with Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka. Things got uncomfortable when Dick couldn't keep his hands off the Don's daughter. Security was brought in and Dick was tossed out in a rather humorous way.

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    Super Bowl Commercials

    The Super Bowl commericals were not so great this year. The Doritos commercials were okay and so was the Bud commercial where Carlos Mencia was teaching an English class. Here's one of the DE's favorities, a promo for David Letterman that features Oprah Winfrey.


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    WeekEnder: January 28-February 3

    A cartoon puts the city of Boston into a panic. Lighted panels of Irr, a cartoon from a Cartoon Network show, were placed all over the city. Police were inundated with calls from people who thought the panels were bombs. Bomb squards spent Wednesday diffusing the panels, which turned out to be part of a marketing plan by Turner Television. Two men have been arrested for putting up the boards, while Turner has apologized to the city and plans to pay Beantown back for the money wasted on the marketing campaign gone wrong.

    You Know It's Sweeps When....
    It's February sweeps, which means it's time for all of your favorite shows to put on their most outrageous, audience-grabbing episodes to get ratings. Here's a look at the sweeps stunts we've seen in the first two days of sweeps:
  • Tyra Banks was photographed looking big in a bathing suit, so she wears the same bathing suit on her show. After giving a rambling speech about how it's okay to gain weight, Tyra dramatically tells her critics to, "Kiss my fat ass!"
  • Miss USA Tara Conner appears on the Today Show to give her first interview about the drinking and drug charges that almost cost her her crown.
  • Miss USA Tara Conner is grilled by Mark Steines on Entertainment Tonight and The Insider's Pat O'Brien.
  • Dr. Keith Ablow talks to a panel of strippers.
  • Anger boils over as Dr. Phil reunites a family with the man who killed their mother.

  • Changes At MyNetwork TV
    The brass at the struggling MyNetworkTV have finally realized that poorly-acted telenovelas are not the key to big ratings. Or any ratings for that matter. So, they've announced a new spring schedule, which they hope will get at least one person interested in the new network. On Monday's, look for martial arts competition, International Fight League’s Total Impact. Telenovelas have been cut down to two nights a week. American Heiress and Saints and Sinners will air on Tuesday's and Wednesdays. Movies will fill the programming void on Thursday and Friday. Gotta say, if showing movies from 1993 is their best idea for bringing up the ratings, MNT is in trouble.

    Quick Hits
  • Dr. Keith Ablow has been cancelled because of poor ratings. A mix of new and old shows will air through September.
  • Viacom demands YouTube to pull some 100,000 clips of its programming off its Website.
  • NBC's Last Comic Standing will return this summer, along with CBS's Big Brother.
  • Farrah Fawcett's doctors have told her that she's cancer-free.
  • Actress/singer Brandy is being sued for $50 million by the family of a woman whose car she hit in a deadly accident.
  • Anne Heche's husband has filed from the divorce from the actress.

  • Song of the Week
    Mika - "Grace Kelly"

    "Kiss my fat ass!" - Tyra Banks on her talk show to her critics who have been calling her fat


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    Boston Cartoon Chaos Presser

    Sean Stevens and Peter Berdovsky were arrested in connection with the Cartoon Network marketing scam that shut down Boston last Wednesday. After appearing in court on Thursday, they held this press conference. Their lawyer told them not to talk about the bomb scare, so instead they talked about haircuts of the '70s. This aired live on local and national television. Pressers like this don't come around too often.

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    MTV, Mondays 10pm/ET

    Based on a popular documentary film, this weekly series follows people who are in online relationships. They meet their longtime loves with the help of the show, but things aren't always what they seem.

    If you listen to the Howard Stern show, the you already know that Jon Hein is the biggest fan of fast food around. Join Jon as he checks out the best places to chow down for cheap on this new show on the new network, Destination America. If you're not craving something greasing after watch this show, then something is wrong with you.

    Syndicated, Weekdays/ET
    Trisha Goddard hosted talk shows overseas for years. Now, she's the star of her own show, a spin-off of Maury, here in the states. Topics have included a man with 5 wives and women who eat strange objects like drywall and dirt.


    The Daily Edition blog brings you the stories you'll be talking about at the water cooler. Follow The Daily Edition on Twitter: @JCers.

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    The Trisha Goodard Show and The Steve Harvey Show have both been renewed for second seasons. Renewal is not looking promising for Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake.

    The Bill Cunningham Show has been renewed for a third season.

    Howard Stern has signed on for a second season of America's Got Talent.

    Kate Middleton is pregnant with her first child.

    Anderson Cooper's talk show, "Anderson Live," has been cancelled due to low ratings. New shows will air thru summer 2013.

    Arsenio Hall will return to the world of syndicated late night tv talk in 2013.

    HBO has renewed "Veep" and "Girls" for second seasons.



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