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Wednesday
May252011

Final Episode of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' Airs Wednesday

Barry Brecheisen/WireImage(CHICAGO) -- After 25 years, The Oprah Winfrey Show ends its run on Wednesday.

The 4,561st and final episode, recorded Tuesday in Chicago, had no guests -- just Oprah Winfrey taking a stroll down memory lane, according to the Chicago Tribune, which spoke with some audience members afterward.

Jessica Llamas said Winfrey opened the show by telling the audience that the episode was a "letter to all her viewers."  Another audience member, Curt Evrard, said Winfrey focused in part on the serious topics her show has explored through the years, including child abuse and molestation.  His wife, Tammy Evrard, paraphrasing Winfrey, said the daytime queen encouraged the crowd to "be a beacon for other people" now that she has ended her talk show.

The taping reportedly ended with Winfrey thanking the viewers and staff before tearfully walking past the crowd.  She was then seen on a screen in the studio kicking off her shoes in her office and picking up her dog.

The finale lacked the star power of the two-part tribute to Winfrey that aired Monday and Tuesday, though Maria Shriver, Tyler Perry, and actress Cicely Tyson were in the audience.  Winfrey's longtime partner, Stedman Graham, and her best friend, Gayle King, also were there.

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Tuesday
May242011

Hines Ward Wins 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 12

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Football star Hines Ward is the winner of Dancing with the Stars season 12 after Tuesday night's finale on ABC.

Ward thanked his professional dance partner, Kym Johnson, calling her "an amazing teacher."

"I want to thank all the fans," a beaming Ward said, shortly before being handed the mirror ball trophy.

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver had been battling it out with Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane and actress Kirstie Alley in the competition's final three.

Kane and partner Mark Ballas took third place, and Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy came in second.

"It's like the most extraordinary adventure I've ever been on in my life," Alley said after the results were announced at the end of the two-hour finale, during which the earlier castoffs came back to perform one last time.

After two performances Monday night, Ward and Kane had been tied in judges' scores with a total of 59 out of a possible 60 points. Alley had a total of 54 points.

Last night, the three were given the choice to dance their favorite routine from the season. Alley chose the cha-cha, Ward did the samba and Kane selected the Viennese waltz. Each couple earned a perfect score of 30 for their performance.

Tuesday night's show also included musical performances from the Black Eyed Peas, the Go-Go's and Sara Evans.

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Tuesday
May242011

Cee Lo Green Talk Show Debuting on Fuse Next Month

Roger Kisby/Getty Images for Range Rover Evoque(LOS ANGELES) -- Cee Lo Green is launching an interview and performance show on Fuse next month. Cee Lo Green * Talking to Strangers will debut June 22. Cee Lo will perform on the show, but no guests have been announced yet.

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Tuesday
May242011

New 'Behind the Music' Episodes Premiering This Summer

Rob Verhorst/Redferns(NEW YORK) -- Enrique Iglesias, Adam Lambert, Ricky Martin, Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott are among the artists who will be profiled in new episodes of VH1's Behind the Music, premiering this summer.

The Missy Elliott episode debuts June 29; the Blige episode on July 27; the Iglesias episode on Aug. 3; the Lambert episode on Aug. 10 and the Martin episode on Aug. 17.

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Tuesday
May242011

Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina Both Ready to Win 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Who will be your new American Idol winner: Scotty Mccreery or Lauren Alaina? Both finalists will perform one last time on Tuesday night, about 24 hours before one of them succeeds Lee Dewyze as the new champion of the Fox competition.

Scotty, a 17-year-old aspiring country singer from Garner, N.C., never expected to be in this position. He says, "I didn't come into American Idol looking to win this thing. In my initial auditions I never even thought about it. I never even dreamed I'd make it past the arena. But now that I'm here it's just uh, I want it. I want to win it."

Scotty may want to win Idol, but he won't be upset with Lauren if she receives the most votes this week. He says, "We both tell each other at this point we've both won. So whoever wins Wednesday night it's just uh, it's going to be good times and no hard feelings, and it's a competition but we don't think about it like that."

Lauren, the 16-year-old from Rossville, Georgia, echoes that sentiment, saying she loves Scotty. She sounds like she could use a boost in confidence -- she says Randy Jackson has told her the the number-one thing she has to do is believe in herself. However, she adds, "I'm not always good at that."

Part one of the American Idol season finale airs Tuesday on Fox at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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Tuesday
May242011

Filming Finished on Oprah Winfrey's Final Talk Show

Oprah Winfrey/ABC News(CHICAGO) -- That's all, folks: the final edition of The Oprah Winfrey Show is in the can.

Sheri Salata, executive producer of OPRAY WINFREY's talk show, took to Twitter Tuesday morning, writing "we're ready. she's ready. :-)" in response to a fan's well-wishes for the show's finale. But she offered no clues about the content of the final show.

The final Oprah will air Wednesday, as early as 10 a.m. in some markets. After 25 years of helming the production, Winfrey gave her staff control of her third-and second-to-last shows. They surprised her with performances and appearances by the likes of Will Smith, Beyonce Knowles, Madonna, and Maria Shriver, among a slew of other stars.

Those two shows were taped at Chicago's United Center May 17, which played host to 13,000 of Winfrey's friends and fans. Part one aired Monday; part two was to air Tuesday.

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Tuesday
May242011

Tattoo Suit Won't Stall 'Hangover 2' Opening

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(ST. LOUIS) -- A federal judge has ruled that The Hangover: Part II can open in theatres on Thursday, but said a copyright lawsuit over Mike Tyson's face tattoo duplicated in the movie would be allowed to go forward.

A trial opened Monday in St. Louis threatened to stall the film's opening, but experts say the ongoing case could still shed new light on the murky corners of copyright law.

"We are very gratified by the Court's decision which will allow the highly anticipated film, The Hangover: Part II to be released on schedule this week around the world," Warner Brothers, the production company behind the film said in a statement.

In the sequel to the 2009 blockbuster, actor Ed Helms wakes up in Bangkok after a night of heavy drinking with a face tattoo that very closely resembles that of boxer Mike Tyson, who also appears in the film.

Although the film will roll on, so to will the lawsuit, spawning an interesting legal conundrum that sounds like a joke straight out of the upcoming comedy: who owns the tattoo on Mike Tyson's face?

S. Victor Whitmill, the artist who designed the tattoo and who inked Tyson's face in 2003, filed a lawsuit in April at the federal court in St. Louis, arguing that Warner Brothers, the company producing the film, had violated his copyright.

The reproduction of Helms' face amounts to "reckless copyright infringement" according to the suit.

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Tuesday
May242011

Bob Dylan Celebrates 70th Birthday

Jeff Kravitz/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Blow out a birthday candle for Bob Dylan, because Tuesday is the iconic songwriter and rock legend's 70th birthday.

Dylan's 70th is celebrated in Rolling Stone magazine's newest issue, which features Dylan on the cover and includes a list of his 70 greatest songs, according to a panel of Dylan experts, writers and artists.  Rolling Stone writer Christian Hoard tells ABC News Radio that the magazine decided to celebrate Dylan's 70th birthday because he's "the greatest songwriter of the rock and roll era."  Hoard added, "If he stopped writing songs at the end of the '60s we'd still be talking about him." 

Rolling Stone ranks Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" as his greatest song.  Hoard says the pick was made because the song "was really like nothing else going on at the time...it really expanded the possibilities of what a song could be."  Hoard went on to say that popular music was changed completely by Dylan's writing style.  He said that songs written before Dylan were "two-and-a-half minutes of verse, chorus, verse, chorus.  After Dylan, it was like the subject matter could be anything.  Songs could go on for 10 minutes...they could sound, kind of, dirty and messy and jagged...he just really expanded the form of popular song."

Regarding how Dylan has managed to stay relevant over the years, Hoard chalks it up to his tireless touring.  "For, I guess, 20-plus years now, he's just been on the road and refuses to not be on the road," Hoard says.  He adds that Dylan is in the middle of what's called "the never-ending tour" and that he "does not seem to want to sit still.  Perhaps he's not able to sit still."

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Tuesday
May242011

'Dancing with the Stars': Chelsea Kane, Hines Ward Share Lead

ABC, Inc.(LOS ANGELES) -- A Disney Channel star and an NFL star are tied for first on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars after delivering freestyle performances Monday that received perfect scores from all three judges.

Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas are tied with Hines Ward and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, after night one of ABC’s two-night finale.  Each pair has 59 points out of a possible 60.

The third couple in the quest to win season 12's coveted Mirror Ball trophy, Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, received a total score Monday of 54 out of 60.

Each couple performed two dances Monday night.  They will perform one final dance on Tuesday’s finale.

The results show airs at 9 p.m. ET, following an encore presentation of Monday’s performance show.

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Tuesday
May242011

Ashton Kutcher’s 'Two and a Half Men' Contract Only for One Season?

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- It seems Ashton Kutcher’s replacement role on Two and a Half Men could be short lived.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Kutcher, who has replaced Charlie Sheen on the hit sitcom, has only signed a one-year contract to star on the show.

Sources close to the situation say this is partly due to CBS only having licensed the show from Warner Brothers for one more year.  Of course, if the sitcom is renewed after the upcoming season, Kutcher’s contract may be extended, or he could get the boot.  Kutcher could also decide to walk away from the role.

Sources indicate that both CBS and Warner Bros. are hoping to get two or three more years out of Two and a Half Men. 

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