April 04, 2011
Way back on April 3, 1991 Katie Couric sat down to discuss her new job as a member of NBC's morning show "Today."
"It's a dream job and certainly something that I didn't expect," Couric said when she found out about the job offer.
As for feeling any pressure in moving to "Today" full time, Couric said, "I feel perhaps that I put pressure on myself, but I don't really feel pressure from outside forces. I want to do the best job that I can do because it's important to me."
Couric continued on "Today" until 2008 when she took over the anchor position on "The CBS Evening News."
After Charlie Sheen's "Torpedo of Truth" tour bombed in Detroit on Saturday, the tenacious self-proclaimed "winner" got right back on the saddle for his second show in Chicago, garnering mixed reviews.
"I think it's going pretty good," said Charlie after Sunday's show. "I think the whole thing's an evolution. We'll see how it goes. That's the beauty of performance art."
In spite of the poor reviews that came out of Michigan, Charlie's fans still came out in droves to support the former "Two and a Half Men" star.
"Truthfully, I don't really care," Nancy Amesquita said of the negative critiques. "I'm going to go in. I'm going to see it for myself. I'm hoping that it's good."
No one could argue with Nancy's claim to being a real fan when she showed up wearing a tiger suit.
"The first half was a little slow and then by the second half - he had an intermission - second half it got better," said Kelly, a grad student who saw the show with her friend, fellow grad student Meredith. "He was a little awkward in the beginning and then he kind of let go and let loose and it got good at the end."
Evidently, part of his warming up process involved trading shirts with an audience member.
"He definitely looked skinny to me but he took his shirt off and the chest looked good," said audience member Angie Franchi. "I did not hear any booing. I heard a lot of laughing. I heard a lot of clapping, and I saw Charlie Sheen laughing and really appreciating the love we were giving him tonight."
Charlie Sheen's next tour date is April 5 in Cleveland where he can be seen at the Playhouse Square Center.
Reese Witherspoon's March 26 wedding to agent Jim Toth was one of the most talked about events of 2011 so far, and the actress spilled details on how it feels to have her private life in the public spotlight.
"I think you don't really understand why people are interested in you or your life or your personal life, but I gave up trying to figure out a long time ago," Reese told "The Insider" co-host Kevin Frazier. "And now it really is like a gift in my life. I feel like I'm always met with a lot of positive energy and people wanting to hug me or feel good about me."
Reese stars in 'Water for Elephants' alongside Robert Pattinson, playing a married woman who engages in a love affair with Robert, who plays a circus animal caretaker. The two have a few steamy love scenes, but the actors leaked that it may not have been as sexy as it seemed.
"I never had a love scene with a person that sick in my entire life," said Reese. "He was like infectiously ill."
In addition to Robert's unhealthy state, Reese also had to contend with the general dirtiness of the set while filming in the desert, but she had no complaints.
"It was very authentic," said Reese. "It was very much like the Dust Bowl and California in the 1930s... The privilege and the opportunity of getting to make a movie that's so interesting - you know, movies don't come along like this very often - and it's just such a great story."
'Water for Elephants' stampedes into theaters April 22.
Steven Tyler got a little bit country and Carrie Underwood got a little bit rock n' roll at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas. The "American Idol" stars new and old joined for a crowd-pleasing performance.
Carrie started off solo, but the Aerosmith frontman soon joined for "Undo It." Just when you thought it was over, they kicked the energy right back up with the rock anthem "Walk this Way." It was once upon a mattress for the "California King Bed" duet between the red-hot Rihanna and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles.
"Entertainment Tonight"'s Nancy O'Dell presented the Single Record of the Year award to Miranda Lambert for "The House That Built Me." She also won Top Female Vocalist, Song of the Year, and Video of the Year.
Taylor Swift was elected Entertainer of the Year after fans cast their ballots. A shocked Taylor said in her acceptance speech, "The fact that this is from the fans makes it so beautiful." After touring overseas recently, she continued, "Thank you for this wonderful welcome home gift."
The ACM's aired Sunday night on CBS.
Reese Witherspoon's first interview since her top-secret wedding -- revealing details about her life as a newlywed!
Then, Elizabeth Taylor and Vanity Fair -- the untold stories of Hollywood's most controversial star.
And, a "Dancing with the Stars" judge's wedding -- will Carrie Ann Inaba get married on live TV?
Plus, we have Britney Spears' backstory -- next "Insider"!
Nickelodeon hosted their 24th annual Kid's Choice Awards last night in L.A. and the stars came out in full force to support the children and ET's youngest correspondent, Taylor Arnette.
Among those who expressed their support was 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Romeo. "I love the Kid's Choice Awards, one of my favorite shows," he explains. "The kids are the future and any time I can come show my support, I'm here."
Soon-to-be daddy Nick Cannon also stated similar words on the award show festivities to our correspondent, with some kind compliments as well. "It's about the future. It's about people like you who come out here and impress me with their professionalism. It's amazing to see young people take charge."
Not to be forgotten though is the fact that any day now he'll become a father and Taylor got his view on how to prepare. "I'm trying to be as prepared as possible but I think being unprepared and just ready to improv and improvise at any time, that's the best thing."
Russell Brand came and joked about his film 'Hop' having competition in the top bunny department. "There's still Bugs Bunny and Roger Rabbit, but if something happens to them, and it is hunting season, then I could be number one cartoon bunny in the world!" He also added some more flattering words for the young correspondent. "I think you're one of the best interviewers I've ever met."
Click the video to see more from the orange carpet!
With their goal met and staying true to his word, Stephen Colbert went on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday night and sang 13-year-old viral sensation Rebecca Black's song "Friday."
Stephen originally made the offer to his BFF Fallon to perform the most disliked song on YouTube in order to help raise $26,000 by Friday for Donorschoose.org and their joint venture the Fallon-Colbert project. They more than doubled their goal and the performance came with some cool surprises to boot.
Click to see clips from Stephen singing on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon!
Romeo is giving back. The rapper and "Dancing with the Stars" contender teamed up with "The Insider" and Sam's Club and presented new laptops to ten students who were recognized for their leadership at the school and in their community -- all are part of the Urban Born foundation, a program which helps inner city youth achieve their life goals.
Romeo had a minor fender bender on his way to Audubon Middle School in Los Angeles, but was luckily okay, and "The Insider" host Kevin Frazier tweeted the pic.
Kevin greeted Romeo and Master P as they got up on stage in front of approximately 150 students to speak about the importance of staying in school and believing in your dreams. Romeo talked about losing a family member to gang violence, and P talked about coming from the streets and becoming a multimillionaire. Kevin then presented 10 students with laptop computers provided by Sam's Club, with the 3D TV going to the downtown Urban Born facility where the students can watch the NCAA basketball tournament in 3D!
Urban Born stresses the importance of staying in school and believing in your dreams. With a motto stating, "It's Easier To Catch On Now, Than To Catch Up Later," the organization strives to create a positive change in the urban community and encourage youth to stay in school, off of the streets and drugs, and out of gangs, as well as to inspire racial harmony, primarily between African-Americans and Latinos.
TheInsider.com has a behind-the-scenes look at the anticipated new IMAX movie 'Born to be Wild 3D,' narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman.
The documentary adventure -- which transports moviegoers into the lush rain forests of Borneo in Asia and across rugged African regions of Kenya -- examines the problems of orphaned orangutans and elephants and introduces the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them.
Freeman said one thing he learned from the documentary is the extraordinary courage and dedication the rescuers have to literally saving the animals' lives. Plus he said the technology truly puts the viewer inside the story: "There is an immediacy, it's like you're there. IMAX, 3D, you're in it, you're engulfed, it's great."
Director David Lickley says he was amazed at how particularly playful the elephants were. "I mean they have a serious side to them, they go out and they eat and do what elephants do, but they're playful animals, and they love to bounce up against you occasionally. And one of the things that we filmed was they love to play games too. And so the keepers have been playing with their young orphans and playing soccer or football."
Watch the video to see the incredible interactions between the filmmakers and the animals and be sure to catch 'Born to be Wild 3D,' which opens exclusively in IMAX® theaters starting April 8.
Taking a trip back to April 2, 1996, the cast of the hit show "90210" was busy filming the finale to their sixth season and looking to take a break.
In looking back over the past season of filming, Brian Austin Green said: "It's nine months of a ridiculous amount of episodes. It's going to be nice to sleep for a little while."
When asked whether he still felt good about the strength of the show, Jason Priestley said, "Six years has been a long time to be on TV, but I think that we've been able to keep things new and interesting for ourselves and the show."
"90210" would run for another four years before ending.
Spanish actress Penelope Cruz joins some of Hollywood's biggest names after receiving her own star on the world famous Walk of Fame.
Penelope was joined by family and friends including Johnny Depp for the ceremony Friday in front of Disney's El Capitan Theatre. The actress stars with Johnny in 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,' which hits theaters May 20.
Johnny called his friend Penelope an "incredible talent" and pointed out that she recently became the first actress from Spain to win an Academy Award. "For me what she is, is above all, a magnificent and magical woman. She's an inconceivably phenomenal mommy, which I've witnessed firsthand... it's pretty incredible," Johnny gushed.
Penelope -- who calls Johnny "the man with the hat" -- credits him with helping launch her career. "I came to Los Angeles the first time in 1994, I spoke no English, I only knew how to say two things, two sentences. One was 'How are you?' the other one was 'I want to work with Johnny Depp.' In the last ten years I've worked with him twice, and that has improved my English. So now I know how to say: 'I want to work with Johnny Depp again'" Penelope said.
Watch the video to see Penelope's star unveiled and to listen to her talk about her husband Javier Bardem and their two-month-old son.
Long gone are the days when Katy Perry was mistaken for doppelganger actress Zooey Deschanel. This certified fashion “firework” has embraced her superstar status, establishing a distinctive and enviable style all her own.
Let's rewind the clock on Katy, and check out a few of the best and worst red-carpet moments leading the star to her fashion transformation!
Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon find forbidden love under the big top in their new period drama 'Water for Elephants,' and Reese says the film is "full of peril and drama and danger and love and romance."
"It's that kind of romance that is about second chances," explains Reese. "Sometimes you can be in your life and sort of trapped in a circumstance that you just can't get out of, and one day someone comes along and throws you a rope and you have an opportunity at a new life."
Based on the best-selling novel by Sara Gruen, 'Water for Elephants' follows an elderly man (Hal Holbrook) reminiscing about his days working as an animal caretaker at a circus. A young veterinary school student (Robert) witnessing the beauty and brutality of life under the big top, he falls for Marlena (Reese), the captivating star performer, and suffers the wrath of her charismatic but dangerous husband, August (Christoph Waltz).
"He falls in love with her at first sight," says Robert of his character. "She just seems kind of magical to him, and she doesn't see herself as that at all. She sees herself as just like a work horse, that's it, and thinks there's no fantasy in life and all, and he just refuses to see her as anything else other than this complete fantasy figure."
Watch the sparks fly when 'Water for Elephants' comes to town April 22, 2011.