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Chelsea Handler has become one of entertainment’s most sought after and versatile rising stars. In July 2007, Chelsea broke into the world of late-night talk shows with her E! Entertainment series, “Chelsea Lately,” airing eeknights at 11:00 p.m. Consistently the network’s highest-rated program, “Chelsea Lately” offers a tongue-in-cheek look at entertainment news, celebrity truths and rumors that just won’t die, along with other hot topics of the day. Bringing refreshing new energy to and redefining perceptions of the talk show, “Chelsea Lately” is an authentic and hilarious commentary on the celebrity culture around us. Both Handler and the show have also been recognized as pioneers in late night with the show boasting five female writers to account for half of its writing staff. This is unprecedented in the late night arena that has historically been dominated by male hosts and writers.
In addition to her wildly successful television series, Chelsea is equally well-known as a best-selling author. On March 28, 2010, she achieved a spectacular feat when her three books took the #1, #2, and #3 spots on the New York Times Best Seller list. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang, from Grand Central Publishing, was the #1 nonfiction hardcover; Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea, from Simon Spotlight Entertainment, was the #2 nonfiction paperback; and My Horizontal Life, from Bloomsbury, was the #3 nonfiction paperback. In hardcover, Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Seller list when it was published in April 2008; and My Horizontal Life has been a bestseller for 80 weeks.
As a testament to her versatility and tireless work ethic, Chelsea’s 21-city comedy tour, also entitled “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” and sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, kicked off in March 2010. After tickets sold out immediately, Live Nation added 15 more shows. As one of the nation’s most acclaimed and cutting edge-comedians, Handler delivers a sharp combination of fearless honesty, ironic riffs and self-deprecations with no shortage of material.
With her roots in both stand-up comedy and television, Chelsea was also the star of Oxygen’s “Girls Behaving Badly” (now syndicated in over 90 markets ) for all of its four seasons. She also starred on E! in “The Chelsea Handler Show.” In 2007 – 2008, Chelsea starred with Jenny McCarthy and Leah Remini in the hugely popular MSN online web series “In The Motherhood.”
In March 2009, Chelsea was honored the prestigious Ally for Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign, recognizing the outstanding efforts of those who dedicate time, energy, spirit and whole-hearted commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. She continues to be an influential and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.
Handler, who grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Los Angeles.
Cher has had three careers that place her indelibly in the public consciousness, and two have been in association with her then-husband, composer/producer/singer Salvatore “Sonny” Bono (February 16, 1935-January 8, 1998). She charted major hit records in the 1960s and 1970s, working in idioms ranging from early-’60s girl group-style ballads to Jackie Deshannon folk-influenced pop, to adult contemporary pop in the manner of later Dusty Springfield. She also embarked on an acting career,
initially in the late 1960s in association with her work as part of Sonny & Cher but later on her own, which led to a series of increasingly polished and compelling performances in Silkwood, Mask and Moonstruck, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Cherilyn Sarkisian was born in California in 1946; she was 17 when she first met Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, a songwriter and protégé of producer Phil Spector. Bono brought her to Spector, who used her as a backup singer and produced one single by her, a novelty Beatles tribute record called “Ringo I Love You” issued under the name Bonnie Jo Mason. It disappeared without a trace, but the couple were undaunted — they emerged as a duo, initially called Caesar & Cleo, later that year, and cut “The Letter,” “Do You Wanna Dance” and “Love Is Strange.”
Caesar & Cleo didn’t trouble the chart compilers with any degree of success, but late in 1964, Cher (then known as Cherilyn) was signed to Liberty Records’ Imperial imprint, and Bono came along as producer. A Spector-ish version of “Dream Baby” managed to get airplay in Los Angeles, becoming a local hit, and they suspected they were onto something. That same month, Sonny & Cher, as they were now known, signed to Reprise Records and released their first single, “Baby Don’t Go.” The song became a major local hit in Los Angeles, after which the duo jumped from Reprise to the Atco label, a division of Atlantic Records. In April 1965 their first single, “Just You” was released and rose to number 20 on the charts. The duo was on its way, and Cher also had Imperial Records after her for a second single. The couple had seen the Byrds pioneer commercial folk-rock with Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” and had witnessed them performing another Dylan number, “All I Really Want to Do” at a club in Los Angeles. The group intended to issue their own recording of “All I Really Want to Do,” but Cher, with Sonny producing, beat them to the punch with her own recording of the song.
She pursued a dual career for the next two years, cutting solo recordings under Sonny’s guidance that regularly harted, and duets with her husband for Atco. A month after “All I Really Want to Do,” they released “I Got You Babe,” which was one of the biggest-selling and most beloved pop/rock hits of the mid-’60s, and the couple’s signature tune across two eras of success. Cher’s solo career ended up slightly overshadowed by her work with Sonny & Cher, but at the time she was fully competitive on her own terms — her first LP reached the Billboard Top 20 and was on the albums charts for six months. “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” was another hit, a million-seller that made number three in America and England, and she made the Top Ten once more with her 1967 single “You Better Sit own Kids.” The latter song, written by Bono (and which was also a hit for Glen Campbell), dealt with divorce, an unusual subject for a 1960s pop record, and was one of a series of releases on which Cher’s music broached difficult areas — others were “I Feel Something’s in the Air,” which dealt with unwanted pregnancy, and “Mama (When My Dollies Have Babies),” both written by Bono.
Cher’s solo career at Imperial, which had created some political problems for the couple at Atlantic, ended with the lapsing of her contract in 1967, and she moved to Atlantic. Ironically, it was this move that contributed the unhappy reversal of the couple’s fortunes at the end of the decade.
By the end of the 1960s, Sonny & Cher were no longer selling records. A series of commercial missteps, coupled with a change in public taste, had sharply curtailed their sales, and a pair of movies (Good Times, Chastity) had lost millions. Additionally, they were no longer recording for Atlantic — though they were still under contract to them — owing to the label’s decision to take Cher’s solo recordings out of Sonny’s hands and assign a new producer to her.
Coupled with the presentation of a bill from the Internal Revenue Service for $200,000 in back taxes, these events left the couple in dire financial straights at the end of the 1960s. They were forced to play club dates, opening for artists like Pat Boone, and it was there that their second career, and a second career for Cher, took shape. A new contract with Decca Records in 1971, coupled with a chance at a summer replacement gig on the CBS television network, brought them a second chance at success.
The try-out on television was a success, as the couple proved to be as funny as they were musically diverse. It took a little longer to find a new formula for Cher’s music — her initial single on Decca’s Kapp label, “Classified 1A,” written by Bono, was a failure; a serious song dealing with a girl’s feelings for a boyfriend killed in Vietnam; it was topical in all the wrong ways to become a pop chart success. Producer Snuff Garrett was recruited to work with her, and he found a series of songs that were perfect for Cher’s maturing talent.
“Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves,” a conscious attempt to emulate Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” (which also recalled Cher’s own “Bang Bang”) was released late in 1971 and became a number one hit and a million-seller. To some listeners, “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” was the epitome of schlocky pop/rock, but the song’s subject matter, unusual tempo changes, and an incredibly memorable chorus-hook became a vehicle for a transcendent performance by the singer, marking Cher’s maturation as an artist (the B-side, “I Hate to Sleep Alone,” written by Peggy Clinger of the Clinger Sisters, curiously enough, managed to recall Sonny’s Spector-influenced productions from the Imperial years). A follow-up album, featuring her covers of contemporary hits such as “Fire and Rain,” sold well also, and her next single, “The Way of Love,” a revival of a mid-’60s Kathy Kirby hit, solidified the image of a new, more confident and powerful Cher. And the debut of the couple’s regular network variety series on CBS in January 1972 brought them back to the center of American and international popular culture in a more mature, wittier guise, and one that concentrated much more on Cher as a personality.
Her 1960s music ran the gamut from Spector-style miniature teen-pop symphonies to covers of contemporary adult pop (“It’s Not Unusual”) and folk-rock, all cut under Bono’s guidance. Her voice wasn’t very rich or powerful, but it was expressive and surrounded by Bono’s radiant Spector creations, and she could put over an almost inappropriately cheerful sounding version of “The Bells of Rhymney” or “Blowin’ in the Wind.” By contrast, her early- 1970s material, solo or with Sonny, had a more adult point of view and personality. “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” and the later number one solo hits “Half-Breed” and “Dark Lady” were dramatic, highly intense performances, almost as much “acted” as sung, and very different from her 1960s output.
In 1974, it was revealed that the couple’s marriage was coming to an end. Ironically, Cher came out of this split more secure than her husband, despite his having guided her career for a decade and having all of the real training in the entertainment business. She embarked on an acting career, even as she continued to make headlines for her romantic exploits, including an affair with (and two marriages to) Gregg Allman. She became a far better actress than she was a singer, first revealed in Mike Nichols’ Silkwood (1983) and then in Peter Bogdanovich’s Mask (1985) and George Miller’s The Witches of Eastwick (1987). Her acting peers caught on to the worth of her work in time for an Academy Award for
Best Actress for her performance in Norman Jewison’s 1987 romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since the mid-’70s, Cher has been known more for her acting than for her music, although she has continued to record for numerous labels, including Columbia, and in 1998 scored an international chart-topping smash with the club-friendly single “Believe.” She is, by Garrett’s analysis, more of a stylist than a singer, and almost as much a personality as an actress, almost a modern-day Helen Morgan (Showboat, etc.) with better luck in life and career. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
Christine O’Donnell shocked the GOP establishment with Tuesday night’s upset primary win over Rep. Mike Castle, whom early polls had pegged as the odds-on favorite to capture the Senate seat vacated
by Vice President Joe Biden. And as the insurgent tea party nominee gains a greater national profile, she’ll also be drawing greater scrutiny — particularly for her offbeat political biography and her strongly
held conservative cultural values.While O’Donnell is an establishment outsider, she’s no stranger to statewide political campaigning. This marks her third run for a U.S. Senate seat. She ran initially in 2006, seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic incumbent Thomas R. Carper. She finished third in that GOP primary, but refused to give up her bid, mounting a failed write-in campaign against Carper in the November general election. In 2008, she got the GOP nod (having run unopposed), but lost badly in November to the longtime incumbent.
[Related: Will surprise tea party victory drastically change the GOP?]
Now O’Donnell’s victory is one of the strongest signs of how drastically Republican politics are in upheaval this election cycle. And her 2010 general election campaign will serve as a litmus test for how far the tea party can carry an unconventional candidate toward a full rejection of politics-as-usual in the November balloting.
She’s been a Delaware resident since 2003, moving to Wilmington to work for the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, a conservative think tank and book publisher. That experience seems to have cemented O’Donnell’s reputation as a firebrand in conservative circles: She ended up suing that (now-former) employer for $6.9 million, alleging gender discrimination. In 2008, she dropped the suit, citing the burden of legal fees.
More recently, O’Donnell has worked as a marketing and media consultant. She counts her work for el Gibson’s controversial 2003 film “Passion of the Christ” as one of best-known campaigns.
Like Gibson, O’Donnell was raised as a Catholic — though she’s variously indicated that she now attends Catholic and Protestant services. Before attaining renown as an office-seeker, she’d been best known for aggressively promoting conservative sexual morality, particularly for young women. O’Donnell began her public quest to promote chastity shortly after completing her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. (O’Donnell attended FDU’s cap-and-gown ceremony in 1993, but only received her diploma this month — her staff told news outlets that she just recently met a final course requirement, though O’Donnell had previously stated her diploma was withheld due to
outstanding tuition debt.) As she explained to the Wilmington News Journal in 2004, she did “things she regrets” in college, such as drinking to excess and becoming somewhat sexually promiscuous. Those regrets spurred her to
promote chaste values, and to seek out a national forum to advance related policy aims such as abstinence education.
VIDEO FOR EMINEM’S SMASH SINGLE “LOVE THE WAY YOU LIE,” FEATURING RIHANNA, TO PREMIERE ON MTV AND VEVO THIS THURSDAY, AUGUST 5TH, AT 9 PM EDT EAGERLY AWAITED CLIP FEATURES RIHANNA, MEGAN FOX, AND DOMINIC MONAGHAN
Eminem, the Nielsen SoundScan Artist of the Decade for 2000-2009, will premiere the eagerly awaited
video for his No. 1 single “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, on MTV and VEVO.com on Thursday, August 5th at 9:00 PM EDT. Shot in Los Angeles, the video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who, in addition to his work on previous Eminem videos, has also directed clips for Lady Gaga, Gwen Stefani, and 50 Cent among many others. Rihanna appears in the video, which also features Megan Fox (Transformers) and Dominic Monaghan (The Lord of the Rings, Lost) playing a couple going through the extremes of an abusive relationship.
“Joseph and I worked pretty closely together to make sure we got this right,” commented Eminem. “Trying to make this tough subject work visually is a challenge. It was great to have Rihanna, Megan and Dominic on board for this….they really brought it and made this video super-powerful.” “Love The Way You Lie” is Eminem’s fourth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. It has reigned at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart for five consecutive weeks and has sold more than 1.4 million downloads. The track is the second single released from Eminem’s latest album Recovery (Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records), which bowed at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart in June
with sales of 741,000 copies, and held the top slot for 5 weeks. The album easily outpaced any other release for this year, and set a bar that no other album has reached for first-week sales in nearly two years.
In May, Recovery’s first single, “Not Afraid,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the first rap song to do so in 13 years. Recovery has being hailed as a tour de force for the rapper, earning a four-star review from Rolling Stone, which described it as “his fiercest and most focused work in a long time,” while USA Today proclaimed it “a strong return to the form that made him a star in the first place.”
Yesterday, Eminem received 8 nominations for the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards. Eminem and Jay-Z will perform co-headlining dates at Detroit’s Comerica Park on September 2nd and 3rd and at New York’s Yankee Stadium on September 13th and 14th. Tickets for the four shows are sold-out. Eminem will also be performing at the Epicenter Festival in Southern California on September 25th. Tickets are still available from http://www.epicenterfestival.com/
Megan Fox donated her fee for her video appearance to Sojourn, a shelter for abused women. Sojourn provides battered women and their children a safe space to regroup, rebuild, and reestablish their self-esteem and lives. For more information on Sojourn please visit http://www.opcc.net/
The complete Halo: Reach collection. In addition to the game disc, manual, and the complete contents also found in the Limited edition, the Legendary edition includes: * Noble Team statue expertly crafted by the artisans at McFarlane Toys. Individually molded, hand-painted and individually numbered, this statuette is a must have for any serious Halo fan * UNSC-themed custom packaging * An exclusive multiplayer Spartan armor effect, “Flaming Helmet” (pictured below)
September 12 at 9/8cHosted by: Chelsea Handler Location: Los Angeles, CA MTV brought the VMAs back to the west coast for a live, star-studded show in Los Angeles, packing a powerful punch of side-
splittingly funny entertainment, awe-inducing performances, and twitter trend-worthy moments. Host Chelsea Handler was uncensored and all-out hilarious as she riffed on everyone from Justin Bieber to
Jersey Shore. But the night truly belonged to another lady—Lady Gaga. Gaga dominated, winning in eight categories and wowing in wardrobe changes, which included a gown made of meat. Yes, meat. Handing out Moonmen and marvelling at outrageous celebrity fashion moments is a part of the VMAs, but the night is really about the music. Eminem opened the show with surprise special guest Rihanna
for “Love The Way You Lie.” Usher KILLED it with a mash-up of “DJ Got Us Falling In Love” and “OMG” that had everyone, Jersey Shore included, wanting to beat the beat. Justin Bieber earned his place as Best New Artist during his outdoor set (with drum solo!), and fellow performers Florence + the Machine, Drake, Mary J. Blige and Swizz Beatz, B.o.B, Bruno Mars and Hayley Williams, deadmau5, Jason Derulo, Robyn, Travie McCoy and Linkin Park (phew!) all nailed it on stage. The most talked about performances of the night went to Taylor Swift and Kanye West who each settled their infamous 2009 VMA Beef through song. The VMAs have etched their place in pop culture as the go-to source for an unforgettable night that EVERYONE will be talking about. That is, until next year’s show.
* Harpo Films, Alan Ball and HBO team up for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
* HBO and Harpo Films hourlong series pilot in the works for a woman who walks out on her life Variety reports * Lionsgate and Harpo Films say yes to Will You Be My Black Friend? * Harpo Films and Neal Street Productions for Focus Features to produce Netherland * HBO and Harpo Films miniseries to focus on Ida Tarbell, the journalist who exposed John D. Rockefeller and his Standard Oil monopoly Variety reports * Universal Pictures acquires the David Wroblewski novel The Story of Edgar Sawtelle to adapt into a feature to be produced by Playtone’s Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman and Harpo Films partners Oprah Winfrey and Kate Forte Variety reports * HBO and Harpo Films enter into multi-year relationship * About Harpo Films