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  • Kelly Osbourne

    So Star Jones finally admits she had gastric bypass surgery. Really? People, it's like denying you had a facelift, collagen, or breast augmentation. WE KNOW. 177,000 people had gastric bypass last year, nearly double from 2003, making it one of the fastest growing plastic surgery procedures. So is PhotoShop. Check out Kelly Osbourne--I'll have what she's having.

  • Despite all the concern about the credit crunch, a big private equity deal seems to be moving forward. On Monday, John Malone, Chairman of Liberty Media tells the Financial Times he's considering enterting the auction for Richard Branson's Virgin Media. This could be a huge deal--the largest cable transaction outside the U.S.

  • DeLorean Car: Back To The Future Right Now? Monday, 30 Jul 2007 | 11:20 AM ET

    It sounds like a Hollywood script. Futuristic looking car generates the type of buzz needed to become a star: but it never shines as predicted, flames out amid scandal, and years later its devoted fans pine and plan for the icon's revival. It's only fitting I see this story in the Los Angeles Time this weekend. The star car in question is the DeLorean. The famed sports car that has achieved greater popularity since its limited production finished in 1982.

  • 'Simpsons' Movie Enjoys Huge Box Office Open Sunday, 29 Jul 2007 | 1:48 PM ET

    After paying their dues on the small screen for 18 years, "The Simpsons" have become movie superstars in just one day.

  • The Simpsons Movie: D'oh! It's Hotter Than Hot Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | 3:14 PM ET
    Simpsons Movie

    The buzz about Fox's "The Simpsons Movie" has been so hot--and tracking of knowledge of the film so broad--that Fox is expanding the film's debut to 3,922 theaters and about 5,700 screens. Fox is cautiously expecting to hit the mid $30 million dollar range, but the average prediction for the $70 million budget film's opening weekend is over $57 million dollars, and it's sure to take the top spot.

  • Paramount's "Mystery" Movie With No Name: A Big Hit? Friday, 27 Jul 2007 | 10:24 AM ET

    While Wall Street weathers the market drop, Comic Con--the annual comic convention--is at a full roar in San Diego California. And the highlight to any true fanboy is the bit of information producer J.J. Abrams is releasing about his mysterious Paramount Pictures' movie. The trailer premiered right before "Transformers," a guaranteed blockbuster, with that obsessive young male audience, primed to get psyched for a big new idea--perhaps a big new monster. In a summer of sequels, this new movie looked fresh, and there was no title.

  • Lindsay Lohan: The "Real" Business Angle For CNBC Thursday, 26 Jul 2007 | 8:20 AM ET
    Lindsay Lohan

    Note to PR people: please actually WATCH our network and understand what CNBC does before sending pitches. Here's a shortened list of press releases sent my way in the last 24 hours: "Draumr Publishing, an independent U.S. press, has finally released 'Moon Child,' the tantalizing new novel by first time Canadian author Simone Maroney, to the North American public. The book is a rollicking good ride, complete with adventure, betrayal and harrowing escapes from dire circumstances." And then there's Lindsay Lohan.

  • Disney Mouse Takes On Smokin' Joe Camels Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 1:54 PM ET
    Disney Cigarettes

    The "Mouse" is fighting Joe Camel and coming out against the tobacco industry. Just moments ago Disney CEO Bob Iger announced the company's new commitment to remove cigarette smoking from future Disney branded films. Disney made this news public not in Hollywood, but on the national stage of Congress. Iger declaring his company's new commitment in a letter to House Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), who last month held a hearing on smoking in the media, asking media companies to join the anti-smoking effort.

  • Disney-Branded Films to Ban Smoking Depictions Wednesday, 25 Jul 2007 | 12:29 PM ET

    Walt Disney on Wednesday became the first major Hollywood studio to ban depictions of smoking, saying there would be no smoking in its family-oriented, Disney-branded films and it would "discourage" it in films distributed by its Touchstone and Miramax labels.

  • 'Chuck and Larry' Overtakes 'Potter' at Box Office Sunday, 22 Jul 2007 | 7:12 PM ET

    Adam Sandler's faux gay comedy "I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry" charmed $34.8 million from moviegoers its first weekend in theaters to nudge the latest "Harry Potter" film from the top of the box office, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

  • The conflict between Sumner Redstone, chairman of Viacom and CBS, and daughter Shari Redstone, vice chairman of the two media companies, grew more bitter on Friday: The paterfamilias publicized his displeasure with Shari's ostensible ambition to succeed him, in a harshly-worded letter to Forbes.

  • Wallstreet

    A new musical, called "The Street" about Wall Street is having a sneak peak next week in lower Manhattan and opening in the Midtown International Theater festival. The press materials say "stock shorts, long odds, undercover moles and a misanthropic metrosexual all collide." Wall Street worked as subject matter for the movie "Wall Street" as well as some other fantastic street-themed films including "Boiler Room" and "American Psycho" (well, that's the worst part of that culture).

  • Sumner Redstone Family Feud: What Happens To Empire? Friday, 20 Jul 2007 | 9:08 AM ET
    Sumner Redstone

    Sumner Redstone thinks he'll live forever. Last fall on CNBC's "Conversations with Michael Eisner" when Eisner asked what his succession plan was, he said he'd live forever. If Thursday's news is any indication he was serious! It's been widely reported--first in Fortune and then also immediately in The Wall Street Journal, that Sumner and Shari Redstone had a huge falling out and that Shari would be stepping down from Viacom's board--presumably trading her stake in Viacom and CBS for full ownership of National Amusements, the theater chain which she currently runs and also has a stake in.

  • Scholastic, which distributes the Harry Potter book series in the United States, said Wednesday it will take legal action against two companies for distributing and selling copies of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" before it goes on sale July 21.

  • The Warner Bros. fantasy sequel "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" conjured up a $77.4 million debut to lead the weekend box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • DreamWorks Animation Shares Rise on Analyst Coverage Friday, 13 Jul 2007 | 3:41 PM ET

    Shares of DreamWorks Animation SKG, the animation film studio behind "Shrek," rose on Friday after an analyst began coverage of the company with a "Buy" rating, predicting gains from upcoming films

  • Buffett, Murdoch, Among Allen Conference Biz Leaders Thursday, 12 Jul 2007 | 11:46 AM ET
    Rupert Murdoch

    It's been a whirlwind here at the Allen & co. Conference--watching and interviewing all the biggest names in the media world. Everyone's paying close attention to Rupert Murdoch. He rushed into the Sun Valley Inn Wednesday morning just in time for breakfast. .

  • 35 Disney Films Coming to Xbox Live Wednesday, 11 Jul 2007 | 3:10 AM ET

    Microsoft. said Tuesday it struck a deal to make 35 Disney movies, such as the animated hit "Aladdin" and the action title "Armageddon," available for download on its online video game service.

  • "Transformers" Help Paramount Shift Gears Monday, 9 Jul 2007 | 5:25 PM ET
    Transformers

    "Transformers" took the box office by storm this weekend, bringing in a total of $152 million at the domestic box office since it opened on Tuesday, and a total of about $250 million worldwide. This isn't just a nice summer opening--this is huge news for Paramount, which is going to get a huge boost from this hit: not just from its take on this film, but also from the fact that it's Paramount's first potential franchise since Mission Impossible. And unlike the MI series, they're not relying on a huge star (Tom Cruise), nor are they paying him a huge chunk of gross.

  • The shape-shifting robots of "Transformers" have taken on a new form: Huge piles of cash.

Entertainment

Television

  • Actor Rob Lowe, discusses his partnership with Miramax chairman Tom Barrack.

  • NEW YORK— CBS Corp. said Monday that it signed a long-term deal to continue broadcasting its programs on 12 television stations owned by Media General. "We are excited to continue working with Media General to serve millions of viewers throughout the country," said Ray Hopkins, president of CBS Corp.' s television distribution division, in a statement.

  • NEW YORK— Nicholas Sparks' romance-drama novels have already found a second life as film adaptations. Sparks is executive producer of the TV movie " Deliverance Creek," premiering Saturday on Lifetime. "Deliverance Creek," starring Lauren Ambrose, is a departure for Sparks because it isn't a romance and isn't set in North Carolina.