With her recent Emmy win for Outstanding Daytime Talkshow and wedding to actress PORTIA de ROSSI, ELLEN DeGENERES’ ratings and popularity have never been higher.

But there was a time when things weren’t quite so certain. When we talked with ELLEN back in 2003, she spoke of the junket for MR. WRONG where she was bombarded with ‘boyfriend’ questions, coming out of the closet and the hopes that her ‘new’ talk show wouldn’t just center on her personal life.

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On this day in 1955, actor JAMES DEAN died in an automobile accident on a California highway.

Although he only made three feature films (EAST OF EDEN, REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, GIANT), he was immediatly recognized as a Hollywood legend.

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CHRISTOPHER MELONI has played Detective Elliot Stabler on LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIM’S UNIT since the show’s inception in 1999. During a chat with HOLLYWOOD OUTBREAK, MELONI talked about the gradual shifts that Stabler has faced as the years progress.

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THE JONAS BROTHERS are the hottest teen group these days despite the fact that they’re essentially a modern day version of HANSON but with acting abilities (Camp Rock). 

THE JONAS BROTHERS recently talked about how crazy their fans can get (a fervor that doesn’t stop when the lads are on their tour bus). 

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On this day in 1960, JOE HANNA and WILLIAM BARBARA premiered the first primetime animated cartoon aimed primarily at adults.

THE FLINTSTONES owed quite a bit to the humor of the JACKIE GLEASON - ART CARNEY hit THE HONEYMOONERS but was set in prehistoric times rather than modern day Brooklyn.

Even the original advertising was geared towards an adult market. Check out the clip below:

 

 


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GOSSIP GIRL star/heartthrob PENN BADGLEY is anything but an overnight sensation. In addition to quite a bit of TV episodic work, he’s been the star of three series (DO OVER, THE MOUNTAIN, BEDFORD DIARIES) that died pretty quick deaths (no fault of his, we’d like to point out).

We spoke with a 15-year-old BADGLEY back in July of 2002 for the ill-fated DO OVER and the relative newcomer filled us in on how he got started in the biz.

Listen in below and we know you’ll be tuning in to GOSSIP GIRL tonight on THE CW:

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Veteran performer CLORIS LEACHMAN is proving to be the x-rated darling of ABC’s hit reality show, DANCING WITH THE STARS, despite the fact that (at 82) she’s the oldest contestant the show has ever hosted.

When we spoke with LEACHMAN for her (very) short-lived sitcom THANKS back in 2000, she joked that she was too old for TV’s demographic but you need old people so there’s something to compare the young people to.

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Forty years ago today (9/29/68) HEY JUDE by THE BEATLES peaked at #1 on the music charts and held that position for nine weeks.

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NBC’s slightly sci-fi series CHUCK returns tonight to start it’s second season. ZACHARY LEVI is back as the accidental super-spy trying to reconcile his normal and abnormal work lives and, again, shares the screen with MICHAEL CLARK DUNCAN, YVONNE STRAHOVSKI and SARAH LANCASTER.

We recently spoke with ZACH LEVI about the character of CHUCK….it appears they share some similarities. Listen in below:

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After thirteen years, THE QUICK & THE DEAD stars LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and RUSSELL CROW are reunited in the upcoming RIDLEY SCOTT thriller BODY OF LIES.

At last week’s press conference for BODY OF LIES, DiCAPRIO and CROW reminisced about the 1995 western that teamed them up with SHARON STONE and GENE HACKMAN. Listen in below:

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