May 19, 2011
On May 17, 2011 Oprah Winfrey filmed two episodes of her show at Chicago's United Center for a two-day special titled "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular."
The episodes feature guest appearances from some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry. Each of these special guests were surprises for Oprah from the producers of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
Tom Hanks served as host for the first hour of the show and was eventually joined in celebrating Oprah's career with stars like Madonna, Beyonce Knowles, Will Smith, Jerry Seinfeld, and many more.
These two special episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" will air on Monday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 24.
Watch the video to see Tom Hanks and Tom Cruise surprise Oprah during her show.
Season seven of "Grey's Anatomy" draws to a dramatic close tonight, and although there aren't any crazed gunmen in sight, the staff of Seattle Grace are nonetheless in for some life-changing events.
As word spreads that Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) tampered with Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's trial, Alex (Justin Chambers) gets a leg up in the race for chief resident.
Meanwhile, Cristina (Sandra Oh) finds herself in a compromising situation, forcing her to decide between her career and her relationship.
Special guest stars for finale include: Scott Foley, Rachael Taylor, and James Tupper.
Don't miss all the action as 'Grey's' airs tonight on ABC.
Back on May 19, 1995, Mel Gibson's headline making scandals were non-existent and his Oscar winning film 'Braveheart' made its debut at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.
The cast was in attendance of the event and praised Gibson both as a director and an actor. Co-star Catherine McCormack said that working with Mel was "Wonderful. He was great as a director."
When Gibson arrived on the red carpet, 'The Beaver' co-star and director Jodie Foster jokingly punched Gibson. Talking about 'Braveheart,' Foster said, "I've heard that it's absolutely wonderful, but mostly I expect that it's sincere and truthful, like the guy that I know. I think that's the best thing you can expect from a film, and certainly from a drama like this."
Check out the video above to see Gibson work the red carpet long before his recent scandals came to light.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver in crisis! Does Arnold have more love children?
Plus, did the Botox mom lie about injecting her daughter?
And Arnold's backstory -- next "Insider"!
It's a race to the finale on "American Idol" as the last three contestants face a grueling three rounds of singing to decide who stays and who goes. Unfortunately, one of the finalists experienced a bit of a misstep.
After Scott McCreery and Lauren Alaina sang their songs "Amazed" and "Wild One" respectively, Haley Reinhart slipped on the steps while performing "What Is And What Should Never Be." Despite her slight stumble, judges awarded her the first round thanks to her vivacious performance, even garnishing positive and playful comments from Steven Tyler.
"Haley, did you fall for me," Steven asked playfully. "It's not about how many times you fall, it's how many times you get back up."
In round two, Scott stole the spotlight with his country rendition of "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," as all the judges appreciated his beautifully sung chorus. Lauren came with "If I Die Young" and Haley followed up with "Rhiannon," and although there were no qualms with either performance, they simply weren't enough to overtake Scott's sweet song.
Round three was a different animal as the judges were split when deciding who took the final round. While Steven stuck with his choice for Haley, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez couldn't pick against Laura and her song, "I Hope You Dance." When asked, Jennifer stated, "I think Lauren gave us one of the best performances of the night. Goose pimples don't lie."
Take a look at clips of the contestant's performances and don't miss tomorrow's "American Idol" to see who makes it to the finale!
"The Insider" correspondent Christina McLarty had her hands full on Wednesday, corralling the boys from 'The Hangover Part II' to dish on who was the biggest trouble maker when the cameras stopped rolling.
Zach Galifianakis protested Bradley Cooper's claim that the comedian was "most likely to show up to set hungover," but he did admit that his character Allen causes more trouble in the movie's sequel than in the original.
"There's a layer to him where you see him kind of get upset at his buddies," said Zach. "There's inner turmoil which we didn't really have in the first one."
Ed Helms revealed that the secret to creating the camaraderie seen on film was to create it in real life.
"I think the making of the first movie forged a friendship and then the sort of aftermath when it came out and it became this juggernaut that nobody really expected, that sort of put us through the ringer in a new way," Ed said. "We just kind of had this shared experience that no one else could understand."
The amount of time spent together overseas, shooting in Bangkok, may have helped the cast along in forming their genuine bond. Bradley said that they were able to "utilize the more seedy aspects of the city" simply by filming there. Bradley also raved that the second movie might be better than the first, but he didn't want to speculate too much on a possible third.
"We just hope the second one well, but we don't want to get ahead of ourselves at all," said Bradley. "We're really excited for people to see it and hope that they love it as much as we do."
'The Hangover Part II' hits theaters May 26.
James Van Der Beek is back and stars as himself in the hilarious new sitcom, "Apartment 23," a show that shares a similar vein to another classic sitcom, "The Odd Couple."
The sitcom, created by Nahnatchka Kahn, revolves around the lives of two roommates on opposite sides of the spectrum who learn to co-exist in New York City.
One girl, June (Dreama Walker), is an ambitious, naive Midwesterner ready to reach for the stars and the other, Chloe (Krysten Ritter), is a charming con-artist who takes pride in her conniving ways, especially towards her roommates.
Check out the clips in the video and be sure to look for "Apartment 23," airing this fall on ABC.
The casts of the Nickelodeon sitcoms "iCarly" and "Victorious" were in for a treat when they got the opportunity to visit one of America's most famous landmarks, Graceland, and The Insider has your exlcusive first look!
Elvis Presley was one of the most popular American singers in history and his iconic property has become the second-most-visited private home in the US. Miranda Cosgrove and the crew were all smiles as they took in a slice of music history during their trip. As one member equated walking inside the house like "stepping into a time capsule," Nathan Kress continued on his experience touring through the musician's mansion.
"I walked through the door that Elvis walked through when he gave his press conference after coming back from the army," Nathan said with a sense of nostalgia. "You just get these chills knowing that you're literally just stepping into history."
Jerry Trainor, quite possibly the biggest Elvis fan in the cast, expressed his excitement to grace the halls of his idol's old home.
"Overwhelming. Amazing," Jerry gushed. "Seeing it in person is just incredible. It's so cool."
Hear what else the cast had to say, including Jerry's favorite room, in the video!
'Kung Fu Panda 2' is ready to rock the box office, and we're behind the scenes of the highly anticipated family sequel!
Featuring the return of Jack Black as Po the Panda alongside the vocal talents of Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Jackie Chan and Dustin Hoffman, 'Kung Fu Panda 2' finds Po living his dream as the Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five.
But with a new villain, Lord Shen (Gary Oldman), threatening to conquer China and destroy kung fu, Po must uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins in order to find the strength to fight back and save the day.
Also featuring the voices of Danny McBride, Dennis Haysbert, Michelle Yeoh and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the 3D 'Kung Fu Panda 2' hits theaters May 26.
From Italy to West Hollywood, the paparazzi spotted the celebs and we have all of the fun footage in this edition of Paparazzi GPS!
The cast of "Jersey Shore" was snapped in Italy enjoying a mystery drink while back in the U.S., 'Twilight' vamp Kellan Lutz was seen in West Hollywood.
Check out the video to see which young star mom was seen at Dominick's, also in West Hollywood.
A chorus of boos greeted Mel Gibson in Cannes, France after he arrived for a photocall for his movie 'The Beaver.'
Upon arriving via limousine with an unlit cigarette in his mouth, Gibson initially encounters a vocal crowd of onlookers and photographers who shout at him to stop for pictures and autographs. When he doesn't comply and keeps walking, the crowd boos loudly.
Gibson is attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote his drama 'The Beaver' and later appeared at the photocall with his co-star and the film's director, Jodie Foster.
The Insider's Kevin Frazier takes you inside Chicago's United Center, where thousands of excited fans and prominent celebrities gathered Tuesday to take part in Oprah Winfrey's final tapings after a historic 25-year run.
The star-studded extravaganza was attended by celebrities including: Madonna, Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, Halle Berry, Rosie O'Donnell, Josh Groban, Jamie Foxx, Stevie Wonder, Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Simon Cowell and more. Harpo Studios provided more than 154,000 tickets for the back-to-back show tapings that will air May 23 and May 24.
Pop icon Madonna told Kevin that Oprah has had a tremendous impact on America that will be felt for many years to come. "She's a really important woman in American history. There's no denying it. You know when we look back, and we say what women have influenced America in the 20th, 21st century, she will be on the top of that list, for sure."
Patti LaBelle said that being able to surprise Oprah by performing during her "Farewell Spectacular" marked the highlight of her singing career. Simon Cowell said what surprises him most about Oprah's success is her unprecedented longevity. ""I always say the hardest thing in life is, forget about surviving a year, surviving a decade, and then transcending into another decade, and then another one. That is almost impossible."
Rosie O'Donnell talked about getting her own talk show on Oprah's OWN network that will actually shoot in Oprah's former studio. "It's not only her stage, it's her city, it's her staff, it's the fact that she has set the bar so high, higher than any woman ever in the history of media. She is the most successful ever. And so to have her have faith in me and say, I believe you can do this, is pretty huge."
Watch the video for more backstage interviews and be sure to catch "The Oprah Winfrey Show"'s final episode on May 25.
With news of Arnold Schwarzenegger's love child admission still fresh on the public's mind, The Insider's Christina McLarty asked celebrities in attendance at UNICEF's Playlist with the A-List event Tuesday night for their reactions to Arnold's shocking confession.
When asked if he was keeping up with the latest scandalous news, Jack Black delivered a naughty but humorous response to the question, saying that what he knows about the story is that there was some "groping" which led to a "planting of a seed" and a "baby," but then with a degree of seriousness, Black came to an end with a "no comment" response.
Christina broke the news to Alyssa Milano, who responded with the playfully short and sweet comment, "it's not mine."
"CSI: Miami" star Eva La Rue tells us she heard about Arnold's love child just a few hours before, and jokingly credited his Republican nature for keeping the secret under wraps for so long.
Watch the video to hear more from the stars as they react to Arnold's scandalous admission.
On May 18, 1995, Jim Carrey was filming the sequel to his hit film 'Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,' titled 'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls.'
Carrey liked to joke around on the set a lot, keeping the film shoot very lighthearted and full of laughter. He most notably joked around with director Steve Oedekerk and in one instance said that he wouldn’t leave his trailer unless Oedekerk wore a pink bow in his hair.
'Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls' made over $37 million on opening weekend and made over $200 million worldwide at the box office.
Check out this video to see a young Jim Carrey at work on one of his early films.
When asked if she had heard the recent news of Arnold Schwarzenegger's admission to a love child with a household staffer, a normally naughty Kirstie Alley had to visibly restrain herself in her reply. She did however offer a few lighthearted words of advice for the Former First Lady of California.
Although initially declining to comment on the situation "out of respect for Maria," Kirstie soon reconsidered, and gave the following advice to Shriver: "I think she should go on a really long vacation with some hot dude."
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were overjoyed to make it to the final three, and although Kym admits she "got caught up in the competition" and pushed herself too far, as evidenced in last week's rehearsal injury during, she says she "learned a big lesson" and decided to take "the pressure off themselves for a little bit" which proved a winning strategy.
Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio went home this week, and although they are sad to leave the dance floor, Karina "would not take a second away from what we experienced together as a couple on the show." Ralph agreed, adding that "the memories are awesome."
Watch the video for more backstage action, and don't forget to tune in for the "Dancing with the Stars" finals Monday on ABC.
The backstory on Arnold Schwarzenegger's secret love child.
Then, "The Insider" goes behind the scenes of Oprah's final tapings - next "Insider."
Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley were on the block for Tuesday's "Dancing with the Stars," but only one of them will continue.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy quietly celebrated as Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff were announced as the eliminated couple.
"I will never forget how the fans have driven us through every week," said Ralph, citing the crowd's eruption following his first dance as one of the memories that will stick with him.
Just before saying sayonara to the gleam and glitter of the ABC reality show, Ralph gave a heartwarming speech exulting his beautiful pro partner.
"Karina, you have inspired me in so many ways with your heart, your talent, your class, your integrity as an artist and even more so as a human being," Ralph gushed. "I am proud to have been your dance partner and even more proud to be your friend."
With the 'Karate Kid' headed home, Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie are left to duke it out for the mirror ball trophy. Tune in for the "Dancing with the Stars" finale Monday on ABC.
Only hours after the news broke about Arnold Schwarzenegger's secret infidelity and love child, the former Governor of California tried to leave his office and was greeted with a mass of paparazzi.
As Schwarzenegger was leaving his Santa Monica, CA office today in his black Bentley, he made a wide right turn onto the wrong side of the road to avoid the paparazzi chasing after him for a comment.
Check out the video to see Arnold trying to avoid the press in the wake of his scandal revelations.
Check out these clips from some of Monday's late night performances!
· English rock band White Lies brought their song "Bigger Than Us" from their sophomore album Ritual to the "Late Show with David Letterman" stage.
· Blues rock group Tedeschi Trucks Band performed "Learn How To Love" from their new album Revelator on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
· Oscar and Grammy-winning singer/pianist Randy Newman took to the "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" spotlight to perform "Losing You" from his album The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2.
From Miami to Central Park, the stars were making themselves known across the country and we have all of the fun footage in this edition of Paparazzi Roundup!
It was a mommy and me day for Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri, 5, who enjoyed some pool time in Miami.
Meanwhile, Simon Cowell and "The X Factor" host Nicole Scherzinger were snapped riding a golf cart in NYC's Central Park.
Check out the video to find out who was spotted with her boyfriend outside the famous Ed Sullivan Theater.
TheInsider.com sits down with family attorney Robert Brandt to examine how much of Arnold Schwarzenegger's fortune his love child could get and to explore the possibility that the actor payed hush money to his mistress.
"Child support guidelines will determine the amount of monthly child support that must be paid to this child," said Brandt, an attorney at Feinberg, Mindel, Brandt & Klein in Los Angeles. "The court might take into account Arnold's lifestyle, but for the most part they'll take into account his income."
Schwarzenegger's child was fathered out of wedlock more than a decade ago and Brandt said that fact makes it a very likely there was some agreement between the actor and the child's mother to keep the event quiet. "In these types of cases, when you're talking about a public figure, a celebrity, it is not uncommon at all for there to be a side agreement, an understanding, a confidential agreement between the parties that would keep it out of court, in which there would be some payment made by Arnold to the mother of the child, and an understanding that she would keep it quiet, that she wouldn't go public."
The attorney said given the fact that Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver are both huge celebrities, they will probably try to settle the matter out of the media. "I think the key in this case is we're talking about two incredibly public figures. We're talking about a child of the Kennedy family, the Kennedy clan, the Kennedy legend. We're talking about Arnold Schwarzenegger, one of the most well-known actors in the world. My guess is they're going to do everything they can to keep this as confidential, as quiet as possible, work it out and settle."
Watch the video to hear an explanation of how much money the love child's mother -- who worked as a staff member in the family household -- could be entitled to in addition to child support.
Andrew Morton, author of William & Catherine: Their Story, in stores now, and founder of The Morton Report, dished to us on Prince William and Kate Middleton's honeymoon and why he thinks Princess Diana would have been jealous of the new Duchess of Cambridge.
"Diana loved to be in the limelight," Andrew said, explaining his position. "And for once, she would be in the shadows."
Andrew added that by now Diana would have been almost 50 years old and passing the "fashion baton" to her new daughter-in-law, further distancing herself from the spotlight.
Andrew's new book is a tell-all concerning William and Kate's relationship, which has already seen its fair share of scandal with the release of racy photos of Pippa Middleton. But according to Andrew, Prince William isn't bothered by the gossip.
"William always says that he came with a lot of baggage because it's not just the Middleton family who've got a few skeletons in their cupboard," said Andrew. "The house of Windsor is full of them. You've got the Fergie pictures of having her toes sucked [and] you've got Prince Charles and his racy taped recorded messages to Camilla Parker Bowles."
Right now the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are miles away from their affairs back home, enjoying their honeymoon reportedly in the Seychelles.
Andrew divulged that the Seychelles "is a place where they went to when they reconciled after their split in 2007, so it's got some really fond memories for them."
Click the video to hear who Andrew expects the British media to champion as the next Queen of England.
Last night's airing of Kym Johnson's rehearsal injury seemed to have caught both the dancer, and the entire cast by complete surprise. The Insider's Christina McLarty was on hand backstage to garner the emotional reactions from Kym and the remaining "DWTS" contestants.
With tears in his eyes following their first dance, Hines Ward celebrated partner Kym as a "warrior," and praised God that she could walk after Friday's fall. The duo earned two rounds of perfect scores for their Salsa and Argentine tango.
When Christina asked Hines about the disturbing video of Kym's injury, he said he "tried not to watch it" but ended up catching as it aired the second time. He recalled the moment with disgust, saying his gut reaction was "not a great feeling," adding that he "almost threw up" watching the fall in action.
Despite Friday's accident, Kym Johnson and Hines Ward pulled off two rounds of perfect scores from the judges.
Watch what the cast had to say about seeing the disturbing footage, and don't miss the last round of eliminations before finals, tomorrow on ABC.
On this day in 2002, Rosie O'Donnell talked about the end of her successful daytime talk show, "The Rosie O'Donnell Show."
The comedienne began hosting her own talk show in 1996 after making a name for herself through stand-up comedy, sitcoms and film appearances. Her jovial and light-hearted nature on the show granted her the nickname "The Queen of Nice," while the show itself became a hit, earning numerous Emmy awards in the process. Rosie's career sky-rocketed during that period thanks to the show's accomplishments in what she referred to as "the best six years of my life."
Hear more about the final show from "The Queen of Nice" in the video!
TheInsider.com's Nicole Dabeau shared her prediction for which character is supposed to die on the next "Glee," getting Matthew Morrison to spill a few clues.
Nicole caught up with the "Glee" star at the Songwriters Music Series benefit in New York City for the VHI Save the Music Foundation where he sang for the crowd.
"Not me," Matthew confirmed when asked who will perish in tomorrow night's episode.
"I have a prediction - it's Sue [Sylvester]," said Nicole.
"You're prediction is actually kind of a good one," Matthew replied.
Even with the hit show on hiatus, the actor might not be able to take much of a vacation. His debut solo album is due out this spring and features collaborations with Sir Elton John, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Click the video to see Jenna Ushkowitz's reaction to Nicole's prediction for "Glee" and tune in for an all-new episode Tuesday on Fox.
Royal secrets from the new book, William and Catherine: Their Story.
Then, season finale stunners from "NCIS: Los Angeles" with LL Cool J.
Plus, Cameron Diaz's backstory!
All this and more on the next edition of "The Insider."
How did your faves rank on the "Dancing with the Stars" scoreboard tonight?
Here's the "Dancing with the Stars" scoreboard for season 12 so far! Kym Johnson was poised for perfection after bouncing back from a neck injury. With partner Hines Ward, the couple earned perfect scores of 30 for their first two dances.
When they went head to head with Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, the Disney star won the round, giving her a bonus of 15 points. That boost, paired with a perfect 30, shot her to the top of the leader board going into the results show on Tuesday night on ABC.
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The Insider caught up with James Durbin days after he became the latest castoff from "American Idol." The rocker expressed his disappointment, not for getting kicked off, but for other reasons.
"I was sad but not for the reason that most people think," Durbin declared. "The biggest reason was I knew I wouldn't get to go to homecoming and see my family."
The singer was delightfully surprised when the show runners granted him the chance to join the homecoming episode, an experience he likened to "Beatle-mania." When asked about Jennifer Lopez crying during his announced exit, he almost felt remorseful despite being nearly oblivious to what happened.
Kym Johnson was wheeled out of her "Dancing with the Stars" rehearsal on a stretcher that was brought to Cedar Sinai hospital on Friday and today the show finally revealed the disturbing video of the accident taking place.
"I can't feel my arms," Kym moaned after her rough tumble, collapsing underneath her dance partner Hines Ward. "It's my fault. I shouldn't have made us try that stupid lift."
Hines called the move "difficult," explaining, "I was supposed to swing her through my leg and lift her up and all my weight just came down on the back of her neck."
Hines seemed to be almost physically ill at the sight of his partner in so much pain.
"To be honest, I'm not even thinking about the competition now," Hines said. "[I] just hope and pray she's alright."
Watch "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday on ABC.
It doesn't get any bigger than this. Superstar couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie walked the red carpet for the premiere of Brad's film 'The Tree of Life' at the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival in France, causing a media and fan frenzy in the process. Angelina wore an Atelier Versace mocha colored strapless dress made out of silk mikado, with a full skirt on her left side and a daring slit and long train on her right side, while Brad donned a pair of tinted glasses with his hair slicked back.
Fellow 'The Tree of Life' stars Sean Penn and Jessica Chastain also walked the red carpet in support of the Terrence Malick-directed film, the three stars holding hands for the photographers. Other celebs present for the premiere included Gwen Stefani and husband Gavin Rossdale.
Check out the video for more of Brad and Angelina working the Cannes red carpet.
Enrique Iglesias sat down with our Brooke Anderson to talk about his new tour, why he didn't join Britney Spears on hers, how he handles groupies and dating Anna Kournikova.
Before his current tour which kicks off Sept. 22 in Boston, Enrique was involved in a bit of a touring snafu when it was announced he'd be touring with Britney Spears. "I truly respect Britney Spears and I am a fan. What happened is everything came together so fast, it wasn't finalized and the announcement was made...I felt so bad about it." But don't think Enrique wasn't enthusiastic about working with Britney, saying, "It would have been a great idea and I would have loved to go on tour with her."
Instead of Britney, the "I Like It" singer will be joined by Pitbull and Prince Royce. So how does the 36 year old stay in touring shape? "I'm not," the humble singer laughs, "the doctor told me (I) have one of those South Beach bodies. You look like you're in shape, but you're not really in shape. You look skinny. You don't have a lot of fat, but I can't even run half a mile." If only the rest of us could be so lucky.
Surprisingly, you'd think that with all of those screaming fans Enrique would want to be in running shape or at least have decent security. "You are not going to believe me, but never in my career have I ever hired a security guard." Enrique values his independence saying, "for me, having someone next to me the whole time, taking care of me, is a little too much." Though he adds, "don't get me wrong, there are times you need it."
Unfortunately Enrique fans, the singer is still happily with long-time girlfriend Anna Kournikova. "Its tough to find someone especially in this environment, in showbiz, that understands what you do is not the easiest thing in the world," adding, "I think relationships are tough period." For now you'll just have to check him out at one of his nearly 20 stops as it "should be a fun tour."
From Europe to L.A. to NYC the stars were out and we have all of the fun footage in this edition of Paparazzi GPS!
Just days after exiting her rehearsal on a stretcher, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Kym Johnson was spotted back at rehearsal with a neck brace.
Meanwhile, Pippa Middleton was snapped catching a flight back to her native UK and in New York City, Will Smith chatted with some fans while he took a break from shooting the next installment of the 'Men in Black' franchise.
Check out the video to see which famous exes came together to support their son at his baseball game!