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Liza Minnelli Recalls a Surprising Dinner With Salvador Dali on 'Rocco's Dinner Party' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 18th 2011 3:53AM
Liza Minnelli, 'Rocco's Dinner Party'At 'Rocco's Dinner Party' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo), Alan Cumming revealed that his next film role would be Salvador Dali. After joking around about his crazy-eyed impression of Dali, it was discovered that fellow guest Liza Minnelli had actually met the artist.

"I went into this restaurant, and I was sitting at the table with Salvador Dali and I saw the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen," Minnelli said. Only, things weren't quite as they seemed.

It turns out the most beautiful woman Liza Minnelli had ever seen was actually a man in drag. And rather than be cool and sophisticated about it when she found out, Minnelli shouted out, "You're kidding!"

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Contestants on 'Today's Voice' Pay Tribute to Guest Judge Liza Minnelli (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 22nd 2011 1:20PM
Today's Voice competition on 'Today'It's not often that reality show contestants kiss up celebrity judges in three-part harmony, but it happened Wednesday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). It was the final elimination round on 'Today's Voice,' a singing competition inspired by the hit show 'The Voice,' and Liza Minnelli returned once again a guest judge.

There were three contestants left, singing 'New York, New York,' which Minnelli sang in Martin Scorsese's 1977 film of the same name. They used the original closing lines, but added a lyrical twist: "If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere/Come on come through, New York/This song was made famous by Liza Minnelli."

That made Minnelli so happy, she burst into song herself, making a little coda of "My little town blues." They may have missed out on any competitive edge resulting from the flattery, though: No one has an advantage if they all do it.

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Liza Minnelli Helps Judge the Finalists on 'Today's Voice' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 15th 2011 2:30PM
Kathie Lee Gifford and Liza Minnelli on 'Today'On a slick, well-produced reality show like 'The Voice,' every second of an announcement is timed to wring as much drama from the proceedings as possible. There are dramatic pauses, lighting cues, and the producer's favorite technique, holding the announcement until after the commercial break. When Liza Minnelli came on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to help judge the finalists for the 'Today's Voice' competition, she took a more direct approach, albeit by accident.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb each have teams of singers they work with and "train," just like 'The Voice.' Wednesday, Minnelli choose who would move on in the competition after everyone had performed. Without any frills, Minnelli just looked at the paper and read the name. She was supposed to have read the results for "Team KLG" first, but instead announced from Kotb's group. She was quickly corrected and wound up announcing that winner twice. Hey, a comedy of errors counts as comedy, right?

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Delta Burke on 'Modern Family'? Make it Happen!

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 13th 2010 1:20PM
delta_burke_fan_smilingThere's a rumor buzzing around the Internet that Delta Burke will guest on 'Modern Family' as Cameron's mother. TV Guide had something in the print edition, and it was also repeated here, but the real culprit behind the tale is actor Eric Stonestreet who plays Cam. He said he would love Delta Burke to play his mama ... and it's a great idea.

Listen to how Eric described his character's background in a November interview: "Cameron is from a rural area in Missouri, he grew up on a farm. We don't know quite how he came out of the closet yet. You're going to find out little tidbits in the next few episodes about how my parents knew I was gay, but I think the thing is my parents are very supportive, very passionate and funny people. I can't wait for America to meet Cameron's mom -- I think Cameron's mom probably has a lot to do with his vivaciousness."

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Liza Minnelli will get all dramatic on Ugly Betty

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 23rd 2010 3:00PM
liza_minnelli_red_sweaterWhen Liza Minnelli guests on Ugly Betty will the cast be channeling their inner Glee? You know, do a song or dance or two? That's my wish! Miss Liza is reportedly slated to appear in a coming episode as a drama teacher who has a profound effect on Justin, Betty's nephew.

Justin, as anyone who follows the show knows, is already a theater fiend. In fact, Ugly Betty as a show has been very musical-friendly (kind of like Pushing Daisies was before ABC pulled the plug).

There was the terrific Wicked themed episode that included the song, "I'm Not that Girl," and another episode in which Justin was stuck on a subway with his parents and enacted "Good Morning, Baltimore" from Hairspray.

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Who Has an EGOT?

by Sharon Knolle, posted Dec 4th 2009 12:00PM
The question was once raised on '30 Rock,' so we've just got to know, who has scored that amazing feat of winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony award, a.k.a., the rare and elusive Egot?

The Academy Award wins, you probably know (check out Moviefone's list of 2011 Oscar Nominees). The Emmy wins might surprise you (did they really give out Emmys for 'The Muppet Show?') As for the Grammys, well, let's just say 'Spoken Word' has gotten a lot of actors in the door on that one. Being a prolific bunch, there's also a Dame, a Knight and, between them, more awards and honors than you can shake a heavy statuette at.

Here now is the list of EGOT winners, in chronological order:

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Coming soon: the Susan Boyle TV special

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 24th 2009 11:25AM
susan_boyle_faceIf you don't already know her story, get ready to hear all about it. On December 13, the TV Guide Network will present a Susan Boyle special. An hour all about the unlikely Scottish singing sensation. I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story is a one-hour documentary/interview/performance special chronicling the rise of the Britain's Got Talent performer who became a You Tube phenom and has just released her first CD.

American Idol's Simon Cowell is the mastermind behind this production, which will also be broadcast in England on the ITV1. It'll have celebrity interviews including Simon himself, footage of Susan's hometown, her TV appearances till now, and -- naturally -- Susan singing songs from I Dreamed A Dream, the new CD.

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Lifetime loves the Diva

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 20th 2009 9:02AM
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See, this is a reason why cable is becoming the best place to watch TV. Lifetime has picked up Drop Dead Diva for a second season. The show is a real chick-flick kind of comedy/drama that has done well in the ratings ... for Lifetime.

The 2.6-3 million viewers would mean a cancellation on the networks – think Pushing Daisies – but on Lifetime, the charm and whimsy of Drop Dead Diva, the appeal to the female demographic, and the pairing with Army Wives on Sunday nights spells success.

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FX Announces Fall Premiere Dates & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Jul 1st 2009 1:00PM
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Hung

FX schedules premiere dates for 'Nip/Tuck,' 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and others, 'Hung' has a big debut, Liza Minnelli is a 'Diva' and more TV news.

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Neil Patrick Harris saves the Tony Awards

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 8th 2009 12:02PM
NP Harris TonysIf you had DVR'd the Tony Awards on CBS last night, or switched off the set after Elton John's Billy Elliot, The Musical won the final big award of the night -- Best Musical -- you missed the best thing in the entire show. In a word, Neil Patrick Harris.

At a few minutes after 11 o'clock, Tony host Neil Patrick Harris wrapped up the broadcast, but instead of just saying goodnight and urging viewers to go see a Broadway show, Neil did a musical number and it was the high point of the night. In true Barney Stinson style, the How I Met Your Mother star (and sure bet Emmy nominee), performed a song that was as good as any Billy Crystal Oscar opening. Funny, snarky and pointed, it really skewered the Tonys, almost like a Mad magazine parody.

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Saturday Night Live: Neil Patrick Harris/Taylor Swift - VIDEOS

by Annie Wu, posted Jan 11th 2009 1:29PM
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It's just as we thought, everyone: Neil Patrick Harris is awesome. Why did it take SNL so long to bring in NPH? It seems cruel, almost, to make us wait like this. Even though the sketches this week were not particularly spectacular or groundbreaking, NPH's delivery and enthusiasm made the ride really fun. Unless his backstage demands and antics were too crazy for the SNL gang to handle, there's no reason to hold back on multiple returns.

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The Rachel Maddow Show (series premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 9th 2008 10:05AM
Rachel Maddow portraitThe most famous Rachel on TV today isn't the same one that made Jennifer Aniston a star. And it's Rachael with the extra "E" that's the syndicated star of a talk show that won the Emmy in 2008. But the newest Rachel on the air is MSNBC's plucky new host of her own show, Rachel Maddow. Like Aniston, Rachel Maddow's hairdoo is fashionable, and like Ray, Maddow's very personable. However, The Rachel Maddow Show is worlds apart from Friends or 30 Minute Meals/The Rachael Ray Show. Maddow is all about politics, current events and things that, by and large, are important.

In some ways, The Rachel Maddow Show is a spinoff of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Maddow has been a regular sub for Olbermann, proving her prowess to MSNBC, and her show has a cushy spot between the first run of Countdown at 8 p.m. ET and the replay at 10 p.m. For the premiere episode, in fact, Keith appeared as Rachel's first guest -- a crossover from the end of Countdown where Rachel was interviewed in the last segment before the close. This was a smart move, sort of like a bridge from his show to hers, a bridge to somewhere if you will.

The new studio for Maddow has the quality MSNBC look, glass top desk, plasma screens, obnoxious -- but expected -- graphics on the bottom and bugs and flags reinforcing information as it's spoken.

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Liza & David's unaired pilot is up on YouTube, Google

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 19th 2006 9:31AM
liza minnelli; david gestI think I know why Liza Minnelli and David Gest got divorced: She's way out of his league. I came to that conclusion after watching the unaired pilot for their VH1 Celebreality show, which all came to a crashing halt when they split.

Despite the caliber of the stars, there really isn't anything shocking or too weird in the pilot, but I did delight in watching the Liza scenes. She seems to be a genuine sweetheart-- crossing the street to sign autographs, snuggling a stranger's dog in her car, and talking her godson into doing his impression of her. I found Liza to be surprisingly unaffected by her fame and, quite frankly, I adored her. She's very old Hollywood. Plus, she shares some great moments with the late Luther Vandross and Ray Charles.

Then there's David Gest... who is weird in a Howard Hughes sort-of way. He lives in Liza's shadow. This line pretty much sums him up, while shopping at a furniture store, he says, "I just bought the elephant man's bones from Michael Jackson and I need an incubator."

Was it good? Not really. But it is worth watching, just to get a glimpse of Liza.

The pilot is in three parts on YouTube and Google Video.

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