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Charlie Sheen to be Charged With a Felony

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 5th 2010 11:59AM
Charlie SheenRemember that little incident involving Charlie Sheen and his wife Brooke that happened in Aspen over Christmas? At first it looked like it might be one of those Hollywood stories that would go away after a while (community service, a fine, whatever celebrities get in situations like this). But now it looks like it's going to be a major case.

TMZ is reporting that the 'Two and a Half Men' star is going to be charged with a felony. "Felony menacing," to be precise. He is also going to be charged with misdemeanor assault. Sheen is going to be arraigned in court this Monday.

Not sure on how all of this will affect the taping of the CBS sitcom. The show has been going through a lot of odd incidents lately.

This isn't the only bit of bad news for Sheen: his Mercedes was stolen earlier today and ended up in a ravine.

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Brittany Murphy Died of Pneumonia and Anemia, Coroner Says

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 4th 2010 1:25PM
Brittany MurphyAll of the speculation involving the death of actress Brittany Murphy can stop now. The coroner says that she died from pneumonia and anemia. The drugs that were in her system were all prescription drugs, including cramp medication, and over the counter (cough syrup). The medication she took didn't help things at all (she wouldn't have been as bad off if she hadn't take the medication while being sick) but the actual cause of death was the pneumonia and anemia.

Of course, this doesn't mean that she couldn't have been saved. TMZ is reporting that authorities at the coroner's office say that Murphy's death was "preventable" if only she had been taken to the hospital sooner. This is probably the part of the coroner's report that family and friends don't want to hear about.

According to the IMDb, Murphy had worked on two movies before she died, 'Abandoned' and 'Something Wicked.'

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Leno talks to TMZ about Conan, Letterman, and the Masturbating Bear

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 25th 2010 3:30PM
The ever-present TMZ caught up with Leno getting out of his car the other night (they always seem to catch him getting out of a car) and they asked him about Conan's last show, whether he'll use the Masturbating Bear (that's supposed to be capitalized, right?), and what he thinks of David Letterman.

Leno also says that he hasn't spoken to Conan at all since this whole thing started, and that tells you a lot.

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Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, the FBI and a death threat

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 21st 2010 1:00PM
jon_cryer_two_and_a_half_menWhen I read that there was a plot to kill Two and a Half Men's Jon Cryer, I thought it had to be a joke. Jon Cryer? Seriously, what could "Alan Harper" have done to piss somebody off so badly that they want him dead? Then I read the TMZ item again -- bearing in mind that it's TMZ -- and learned the FBI is investigating a threat on Jon Cryer's life. The FBI doesn't mess around. They're like the IRS, you know -- no sense of humor.

Apparently, Jon Cryer is involved in a very nasty custody dispute with his ex-wife. The situation is so intense that Cryer contacted the authorities because he believed someone was trying to kill him. The word "hitman" was used, and as bizarre as that sounds, people have been known to go to such extremes. Law enforcement took Jon's worries seriously and questioned his ex-wife about her involvement. Nobody has been arrested, but the FBI worked on the case for a week.

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Fox registers website for Conan ... or did they?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 5:17PM
Conan O'Brien Fox Web site?
No, you aren't looking into a wormhole that spits out poor souls into some random point in the future. You are looking at a real Fox website.

TMZ reports that Fox purchased the domain name Conanonfox.com last week and turned it into a link for a Twitter feed featuring the likeness of NBC's redheaded stepchild. And before you go proclaiming that the site is a fake, TMZ also confirms that the domain name is a registered property of "20th Cent Fox."

And here's something interesting: the Twitter feed, which has attracted over 800 followers since it hit the web, has just posted a rather ominous Tweet that reads, "'Triumph means many things to many different people'- SoSH. Stay tuned."

Could this mean that Conan has a new home or is this just another attempt to fake out the entire world? I called Fox's public relations office and when asked about the website, an unidentified Fox spokesperson said, "We wouldn't comment but thank you for calling" and immediately hung up the phone. It's good to see those phone courtesy seminars are finally paying for themselves.

UPDATE (3:53 p.m. Central): Twitter has suspended the account.

UPDATE (6:18 p.m. Central): Kate Aurthur of The Daily Beast reports that the site appears to be a hoax. [via Mediaite]

UPDATE (7:50 p.m. Central): Fox says it has nothing to do with Conanonfox.com.

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Jay Leno explains his side of the NBC late night breakdown

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 19th 2010 2:31AM
A lot of words have been thrown around this whole late night shakeup over at NBC and Jay Leno decided that Monday, more than a week after this whole thing hit the fan, was the right time to address the situation. Sounds like NBC isn't the only entity in this mess with a timing issue.

Leno took some time before a round of "Headlines" during Monday's show to explain the situation from his point-of-view. He insisted that when NBC decided to pull the plug on his show and refused to release him from his contract, the network was sure Conan O'Brien and company would go for the new deal. He also said Conan acted like a complete "gentleman" throughout this ordeal and insisted that no one blame him for this mess. I think everyone is way ahead of you on that last one.

TMZ grabbed some footage of last night's sincere explanation.

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New Tonight Show deal for Leno?

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 14th 2010 5:47PM
Jay LenoAnd the hits in the new late-night war keep on coming:

(UPDATE: TV Guide Magazine says this deal is confirmed.)

TMZ is reporting that NBC signed Jay Leno to a contract to host The Tonight Show from 11:35 PM - 12:35 AM. Of course, TMZ being TMZ, this might just be a rumor.

However, given the fact that -- if Nikki Finke is to be believed -- that Jeff Zucker and the execs at NBC are trying to take a hard line with Conan, and Bill Simmons is saying that Conan's version of Tonight will end next Friday, the pieces of this puzzle might be falling into place.

I don't think we need to go over all the bloody details again, but we all know that Conan is getting the shaft here. Even if you weren't a fan of Conan's Tonight (Conan fan Bryan Curtis of The Daily Beast did a great piece today on why the show just isn't working), the guy doesn't deserve to get jerked around like this.

Now, here's the question: Did Jay get what he ultimately wanted, which was to never leave 11:35?

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Keep Jay's head away from Conan's contract!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 11th 2010 3:09PM
Leno/Conan game
This is a good way to waste an hour at work today.

TMZ has a new game at their site, The TMZ Contract Game with Conan O'Brien. It's actually a pretty simple game. You're Conan O'Brien, and you have to keep trying to grab the NBC contract before Jay Leno's head hits you (if you get hit, the game's over). Be careful. It's not just one Leno head that is gunning for you, they keep growing in number the more contracts you manage to get.

My top score so far is 1134.

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Is Leno going back to 11:30?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 7th 2010 4:44PM
LenoEarlier we posted the news that a web site was reporting that The Jay Leno Show was being canceled. Then NBC released a statement saying that Leno and the network were going to work to see if they could fix things. That wasn't exactly a "Leno isn't being canceled" statement, it was more of a "we'll do something" statement. Now TMZ is reporting that NBC has decided that Leno will go back to 11:30 after the Olympics. What isn't decided is if it will be The Tonight Show or some sort of show leading into The Tonight Show.

Of course, this is all from "sources" right now, but TMZ is often on top of these things. If it is true, what does this mean for Conan O'Brien? Either way, it could make for an interesting TCA press tour next week...

Update: Bill Carter with some perspective.

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Allison's list

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 20th 2009 9:24AM

What a year! Once we got over the WGA strike, the networks kicked it into high gear and got busy making TV. Except for NBC. Even Jeff Zucker has admitted that NBCU has failed to respond to the need for new programming.

Fortunately, the other channels have been busy and there's been a lot of great television... and some that's just plain awful. But I'm a half-glass full kind of person and I have good feelings about 2009. However, since I don't want to repeat my list from last year, I'll just mention that I could put these 2008 best choices -- Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, NCIS, The Big Bang Theory and Mad Men -- on my list again. But I'm going to go for an all new list and, thankfully, I had plenty of 'bests' to choose from.

1. Glee. If there was ever a show that was made just for my personal taste, this is probably it. I love the singing and dancing. I get the characters. It even tickles me that I had just as much angst with bullies in high school as these kids. Every episode hasn't been perfect, but it's perfectly fine that they keep striving.

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'The View' on Tiger Woods and TMZ (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 1st 2009 11:30AM
TMZ Image of Tiger's Crash Tiger Woods may be keeping mum on exactly what happened before his now infamous car crash, but the ladies of 'The View' have a lot to say about it. TMZ is reporting that there was an affair and argument between Tiger and his wife, Elin Nordegren. This got Sherri Sheppard heatedly asking, "When did TMZ become the Bible?" Barbara Walters also questions The National Enquirer's role.

In this clip, the ladies break down the whole situation and Whoopi offers her view and advice for the Woods family.

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What the y'all? Someone throws a ham at Paula Deen

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 23rd 2009 5:01PM
This is no way to wish Paula Deen a Happy Thanksgiving.

At an event in Atlanta this morning, someone threw a ham and it hit Deen right in the face. Now, I'm not sure if they did it deliberately, it seems more like they were shipping/packaging hams and she didn't know it was going to be thrown to her. You can hear someone say "oh my God" in this clip and catch a quick glimpse of her husband as she walks off camera. She's fine though. (Update: I embedded new video.)

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The theme songs of Richard Heene

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 20th 2009 6:32PM
Heene FamilyI was thinking the other day that someone has to write a folk song about the Heene family and Balloon Boy. I'm sure someone is working on one right now.

But a few years ago, Heene and others wrote a couple of theme songs for the TV shows he was pitching to networks, The Contractor and The Psyience Detective (Heene's site is The Science Detective). TMZ has both theme songs.

The Heenes have a big TV connection. Not only did they appear on Wife Swap twice and pitch the above shows, but Richard also asked Jimmy Kimmel for $25,000 a few years ago and lied to Extreme Makeover's producer last month.

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Now Paula Abdul might want to come back to Idol

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 17th 2009 12:09PM
AbdulIf this is true (and it's still in the rumor stage), it's not a big shock: Paula Abdul is thinking about coming back to American Idol.

TMZ is reporting that Abdul is seriously considering coming back to the show she recently left because they didn't offer her enough money. They're also reporting that Abdul is ticked because the show is giving Victoria Beckham $275,000 an episode for her guest judge stint.

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Three montages about Michael Jackson

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 6th 2009 12:02PM
This clip from The Soup will bring a smile to the face of every reader who thinks that TV coverage of Michael Jackson has gone too far. I guess that would be all readers. Joel McHale introduces montages about how the gossip shows and news channels reveal too much info about his death, wonder where his body is, and speculate wildly. The funeral is tomorrow, so we can imagine what coverage is still to come. (Video also here.)

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