April 25, 2014

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The Oscars® were no enormous shame, a few good jokes, no great shocks

I’m a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres and her understated, often brilliant humor. This was most evident when she hosted the 2001 Emmy Awards after the horrific events in New York and Washington that year. The show was postponed twice, and when it finally aired a couple of months later the big question was how it could be entertaining?
Almost from the outset Ellen delivered. To paraphrase what she said, it was something like the terrorists could not break our spirit. Then she paused and deadpanned that only network executives could do that.

It was funny, unexpected yet absolutely true. It related to the events just passed, but broke the ice and allowed the show to go on to its true purpose after the long delay.

The Oscars Rate a B-Minus.
I wish I could say Ellen’s performance last night rose to that occasion. Though it generally retained the dignity and glamour that audiences expect, something lost in last year’s show hosted by Seth MacFarlane, it was mostly bland with repetitive jokes and occasional good moments. Having said that, I cringed a bit when Ellen repeated out loud and very slowly a compliment to Nebraska supporting actress nominee June Squibb, whom Ellen had termed the oldest Oscar nominee ever, as if the actress were almost deaf and needed careful attention to hear her remarks.

Throughout the ABC show, Ellen drew from a past playbook and redid bits from the last time she hosted in 2007, often appearing in the audience, talking with this celebrity or that and taking photos. In one segment she asked if anyone was hungry, which drew very few responses and went on much too long. However, when a pizza man arrived later in the show, though only with three pizzas, it was amusing to see how many celebrities accepted a slice, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Harrison Ford. And that no one initially responded to Ellen’s request for donations to pay the man.
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I’d thought sometime later it would have been funny if the delivery man, denied payment, started taking back the pizza slices from Meryl, Julia and the others. However, they eventually paid the bit off when Ellen passed a hat into which producer Harvey Weinstein threw two hundred dollars and several celebrities forked over twenty or more dollars each. By my count that was over three hundred [...]

Lamar Odom talks poor basketball playing and future plans

HollywoodNews.com: Lamar Odom was just recently let go from the Dallas Mavericks after being picked up by them this year when the Los Angeles Lakers traded him.
However, he is now opening up about why he had such a hard time this past season and what he hopes to do now that he’s addressed it, states RadarOnline.com. “It was hard to 2 get the picture of my cuz who was 24 was shot in the head out of my mind! Thanks 4 support,” Odom said about his recent struggle with his cousin’s death.
But, he now plans to move forward and continue with his basketball career: “Being the best basketball player I can possibly be will allow 2 become the next P.Diddy. I know whats fly! Dis the Year. ThecomeBackKid!”
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Khloe Kardashian talks focusing on marriage during difficult time

HollywoodNews.com: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have certainly been through a lot recently as Odom was let go from the Dallas Mavericks after just being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers.
The two have also openly struggled with conceiving a child, but they are trying to not let this get them down, states People. As the two are taking a break from their reality TV show, it seems it is because they want to get back to their marriage.
“I’m a modern girl, but you should put your husband first,” Khloe said about the two taking a break from filming.
And it seems they are going to try to make everything work out despite any problems: “I like to think divorce is not an option.”
Do you think they will get through all this together?
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Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom reportedly done with reality TV show

HollywoodNews.com: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom recently signed back on with E! to continue working on ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ but it seems they no longer want to do their spin-off show.
It is rumored that the happily married couple plan on quitting their reality TV show after this second season finishes airing, states TMZ. The two are reportedly moving away from the show as Odom wants to focus on his basketball career that has been struggling as of late.
While he has been let go from Dallas, it is unknown if he will get picked up by a new team next season.
And as far as ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians,’ the two will reportedly still be on that show, but that will be it.
What do you think about this decision?
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Giuliana, Bill Rancic to host Eva Longoria’s dating show

HollywoodNews.com: Giuliana and Bill Rancic seem pretty happily in love on their reality TV show, but now they are going to try to help others achieve that on Eva Longoria’s new dating show.
The two will reportedly be hosting Longoria’s NBC show, ‘Ready for Love,’ which will have three bachelors looking for love, states UsMagazine.com. The show will allegedly enlist the help of professional matchmakers in order to find the right women.
The bachelors are reportedly going to be Dallas financier Ben Patton, Plain White T’s band member Tim Lopez and Miami entrepreneur Ernesto Arguello.
Will you tune in?
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Khloe Kardashian talks Lamar, Kim, Kanye and Kris Humphries

HollywoodNews.com: Khloe Kardashian has a lot to talk about these days as so much gossip is going on around her in regard to a few people in her life.
Khloe recently sat down with Ellen DeGeneres to cover a few different topics that included her husband, Lamar Odom, and her leaving the Dallas Mavericks, states RadarOnline.com. “We’re sad that especially with the season almost over and we’re not able to finish the season with the Mavericks. But it’s been such an amazing organization to be part of and to move to Dallas even though it was short, except for those tornadoes!” Khloe commented on the tough situation of Lamar being let go from the team.
However, things got juicier when she spoke to Ellen about the Kim Kardashian, Kanye West dating rumors: “I think they’re cute together … I like Kanye. I think Kim and Kanye have known each other for a long time. I think that they’re good friends and they’re compatible.”
And Khloe wanted to make it clear that she prefers Kanye to Kris Humphries: “I just did not like them together.”
What do you think about her comments?
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Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom finished in Dallas

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom may be moving home to Los Angeles as they are reportedly done with their time in Texas.
Odom has just announced that he will be stepping away from the Dallas Mavericks immediately, but will be listed as inactive on their roster, states TMZ. With this note, Odom could still be traded to another team although, with how he has been playing, it’s unknown if that will happen.
“I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for both of us, but I wish the Mavs’ organization, my teammates and Dallas fans nothing but continued success in the defense of their championship,” Odom commented about the situation.
Kardashian and Odom were supposed to start filming in Dallas, but it looks like things will be changing.
What do you think about him leaving?
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Khloe Kardashian reveals Kourtney’s pregnancy cravings

HollywoodNews.com: During the early months of her second pregnancy, Kourtney Kardashian revealed that she wasn’t craving any food in particular, but now it seems all that has changed.
Khloe Kardashian recently spoke with Rachael Ray about the one item Kourtney just had to have while visiting her sister in Dallas, states UsMagazine.com. “She wanted to go somewhere, some Spanish restaurant … she was, like, hyperventilating, and I was like, ‘Oh my God, it’s just queso dip!’” Khloe said about the food Kourtney wanted.
And while she was apparently out of control before eating, it seems the queso dip solved everything: “That’s all she wanted. She was a sweet little pie after that.”
Do you think she’ll be having a boy or a girl?
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Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom not settled into Dallas just yet

HollywoodNews.com: Although they have been in Dallas, Texas for a few months, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom aren’t feeling all that settled in just yet.
Khloe recently revealed that their home isn’t all together because they don’t actually have that much furniture in it as of now, states People. “We’re still waiting on furniture, because my husband is so big a lot of the furniture has to be custom made,” Khloe revealed about settling in from their move.
And while the move has been stressful, the two are planning on changing that very soon: “Lamar and I haven’t even had a honeymoon yet, so we were kind of thinking of just going on vacations and doing more laid-back things.”
Do you like their relationship?
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Elton John Does a Lot of Good – Donated $8.3 million last year

HollywoodNews.com: The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) today announced over $3.2 million in new grants that will further its mission to assist the most marginalized populations vulnerable to HIV infection. These new awards brought EJAF’s final total grant-making commitments for calendar 2011 to a record $8,316,871, with disbursements totaling $7,006,871 last year.
These grants represent EJAF’s continuing commitment to fund demographics and geographic regions that are seriously impacted by HIV/AIDS and under-served by traditional funders. Grant expenditures totaling $3,221,622 were awarded for 19 new and 29 renewal grants, including:
* health services for Black women, one of the highest HIV-impacted populations in this country;
* innovative programs focused on the health and rights of gay and bisexual men throughout the U.S.;
* programs designed to help people with HIV who are leaving prison to access and stay on treatment and maintain their health as they reintegrate into society;
* small community grants supporting services for gay men throughout Latin America;
* clinical and mental health services for vulnerable populations in the Caribbean; and
* additional funding totaling $1.6 million over two years to support over 50 community organizations providing needle exchange and harm reduction services for injection drug users.
“Through the efforts of hundreds of privately-funded syringe access programs, HIV incidence due to injection drug use in the U.S. has declined from 25% of all infections in 2000 to 9% today,” said Executive Director Scott Campbell. “Scaled-up syringe access programming could bring injection-related HIV infections down to zero. Given Congress’ unfortunate reinstatement of the ban on the use of federal funding for syringe exchange programs, EJAF’s increased investments as one of the top three funders in this field are particularly crucial.”
“For twenty years, EJAF has remained consistent in our mission, even as we’ve increased the scope and reach of our grant-making,” added Chairman David Furnish. “Our most recent grants continue this historic focus, dedicating critical funding to the most urgent and under-resourced aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
About EJAF
The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established as a nonprofit organization in the United States in 1992 and as a registered charity in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception. Today, the Foundation is [...]

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