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'Titanic' 3-D: What if the romance included Ellen DeGeneres?

 

Looks as if Ellen DeGeneres was feeling a bit left out of the "Titanic" 3-D release over the weekend — because on Monday she inserted herself smack in the middle of the famous nude scene featuring Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio and that big blue diamond.

If this video, above, reflects how it really went down, we have much more sympthy for Winslet, who declared at the 3-D premiere that she'd didn't want to look at her naked young self and would, in fact, be in the bar by the time the nude scene rolled around.

As for who else went to see the nude scene and more: If you ignored its Wednesday opening, which gave it a two-day jump on the competition, "Titanic" finished third at the weekend box office behind "The Hunger Games" and "American Reunion." Counting those two extra days, the story of the world's most famous shipwreck still came in behind the dystopian fight to the death starring Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson.

So much for romance -- but at least Ellen stayed out of the car scene, right?

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Ellen DeGeneres thanks supporters in JCPenney kerfuffle [Poll]

 

Ellen DeGeneres used her TV monologue on Wednesday to express her gratitude to those supporting her against criticism that JCPenney should not keep her as its spokesperson. She also reminded people that, well, she's gay. 

Hey, she is a comedian, people.

The traditional values organization One Million Moms "doesn't think that I should be the spokesperson because I'm gay," DeGeneres said, and continued in her trademark deadpan delivery. "For those just tuning in for the first time, it's true. I'm gay. I hope you were sitting down. I hate to break it to you this way."

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One Million Moms defines itself on its Facebook page as "an online activism campaign which gives mothers an impact with entertainment media decision-makers, and lets them know we are upset with the messages they are sending our children and the values being taught."

A week ago, One Million Moms put out a statement asking that JCPenney remove DeGeneres as its spokesperson, saying in part, "The majority of JC Penney shoppers will be offended and choose to no longer shop there. ... By jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon, JC Penney is attempting to gain a new target market and in the process will lose customers with traditional values that have been faithful to them over all these years." The group asked supporters to make personal phone calls to the company demanding it lose DeGeneres as its new face.

In thanking JCPenney and others who are supporting her, Ellen defined her own traditional values: "I want to be clear. ... I stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated, and helping people in need. To me those are traditional values, and that's what I stand for."

Among those supporting DeGeneres? Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, whom she thanked on Twitter and also on the show.

"What is the difference between a McCarthy-era communist blacklist in the '50s and the Million Moms saying, 'Hey, JCPenney and all you other stores, don't you hire any gay people. Don't you dare.' What is the difference? ..." the news anchor said Tuesday on "The O'Reilly Factor."

"This JCPenney thing is a witch hunt, and it shouldn't happen."

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J.C. Penney stands behind Ellen DeGeneres as spokeswoman

Portia and Ellen DeGeneres

As an openly gay couple, Portia and Ellen DeGeneres have faced plenty of challenges, but one worry they can safely put to bed is Ellen getting dropped by J.C. Penney.

The company has signaled that it is standing by DeGeneres as its spokeswoman, despite the group One Million Moms -- part of the American Family Assn. -- having launched a campaign to force J.C. Penney to end its association with DeGeneres and "remain neutral in the culture war."

In a statement Friday, J.C. Penney responded with support for the comedian, saying it "stands behind its partnership with Ellen DeGeneres."

GLAAD was understandably overjoyed with the news. A site the group had launched to show support for DeGeneres changed focus to show support for J.C. Penney over its decision. As of Friday afternoon, #StandUpForEllen had received more than 26,000 signatures.

"This week Americans spoke out in overwhelming support of LGBT people and J.C. Penney’s decision not to fire Ellen simply for who she happens to love," GLAAD spokesman Herndon Graddick said in a statement. "But while Ellen has the nation on her side, in 29 states today, Americans can still be legally fired just for being gay. Our elected officials should use this incident as yet another example of the support for legal protections for all hard working employees."

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Photo: Portia de Rossi, left, and Ellen DeGeneres. Christopher Polk / Getty Images


Kristen Bell: It's her party sloth, and she'll cry if she wants to

 

Oh, Kristen Bell, where do we begin with you and the sloth? In a showcase of the adorable, the absurd and the so insanely funny, the actress revealed to Ellen DeGeneres that her fiancé Dax Shepard really outdid himself with her latest birthday gift.

For her 31st birthday this summer, Dax declared that he would give his lady "something no one else will ever get in their lifetime." But this gift wound up being something we all can share.

On the big day, Shepard informed Bell that her present had arrived and she should sequester herself for the reveal.

"I immediately was overcome and I thought, 'There's a sloth near ... it's close, it's gonna happen.' And I didn't know how to process that, because my entire life had been waiting for this moment," she told the daytime host Tuesday.

So Kristen Bell loves her a sloth. But — wait for it. 

"If I'm not between a 3 and a 7 on the emotional scale, I'm crying ... ," she explained. "I start to have a full-fledged panic attack."

Yes, the anticipation of the sloth proved too much to bear. She went fetal on their bed with the family dogs and erupted into full blown, little-girl-in-love-with-Bieber tears. Witness the magic in the video above.

As if that experience weren't emotional enough, Ellen proceeds to pull, well, an Ellen: She's perhaps decided to surprise Bell with an even cuter sloth. Reaction prediction? Bell goes "Sad Packer Fan." 

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Katy Perry plans to deliver a free concert and, one day, babies

Katy Perry announced a free concert

Katy Perry wants babies. Little Katy and Russell babies. Unless the first one hurts too much, in which case there will be just the one little Katy or Russell.

"If it doesn't hurt the first time," a bouncy Perry told Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show Friday, "I'll keep poppin' em out!"

DeGeneres broke sad news to Mrs. Russell Brand: "Word around town is, it hurts."

"I'm not sure it's yet" time to start poppin', the pop star said, adding that having a family was a big point of getting married and that she thought Russell would be a good partner in that undertaking.

To mark the occasion, Ellen gave the couple a semi-traditional firs -anniversary gift: a cupcake-covered clock in the rainbow hues Perry is known for. It was also a cuckoo clock — with Brand's mug where the cuckoo should be.

"Oh, it's Russell!" Perry chirped when she saw the custom addition. "That is a beautiful gift, and he's perfect to be the cuckoo."

Gee, ya think?

Perry had a gift of her own to deliver Friday, via Twitter, for fans who can make it to L.A. later this month: A free concert Nov. 23 at Staples Center, tagged on the end of her California Dreams World Tour.

There's a code involved to get up to four tickets to the "Katy Perry Gives Back" show; info is available on her Facebook page.

 

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Photo: Katy Perry, center, performs in concert during the Pepsi Music festival in Buenos Aires in September. Photo credit: Victor R. Caivano, Associated Press.

 

 


Wanda Sykes reveals double mastectomy, cancer, dislike of walking

Wanda Sykes reveals breast cancer, double mastectomy
Wanda Sykes had a double mastectomy earlier this year, sparked by a breast cancer diagnosis that came after a breast reduction back in February.

Sykes' original equipment was "real big," the actress and comic told Ellen DeGeneres in an interview set to air Monday, "and I just got tired of knocking over stuff. Every time I eat -- oh Lord, I'd carry a Tide stick everywhere I go. My back was sore so it was time to have a reduction."

Funny stuff, until her pathology reports came back revealing what she called a "stage zero" cancer in her left breast. With a history of cancer on her mother's side of the family and faced with a future of having to stay on top of the situation with exams every three months, she opted for the double mastectomy. 

"I had both breasts removed," Sykes said, "because now I have zero chance of having breast cancer."

Gossip Cop first reported the news Thursday. Sykes said she had DCIS, or ductal cancer in situ.

Months later, she was still uncertain about going public with her experience, she said. "I was like, I don't know, should I talk about it or what? How many things could I have? I'm black, then lesbian. I can't be the poster child for everything," she joked

Now the problem is too many cancer-charity walks. "I hate walking," she said.

Sykes, who came out in 2008, is a parent of twins with wife Alex, whom she married in California that same year. Olivia and Lucas were born in May 2009.

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Photo: Wanda Sykes in 2009. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

 


Robert Pattinson reveals a 'Twilight' cameo by his Ellen underwear

Robert Pattinson doesn't know how to use a washing machine, so when he's running low on underwear, he has Ellen DeGeneres to thank for replenishing his supply.

"I save your ones [Ellen underwear] for special occasions," Pattinson told DeGeneres on Wednesday's show. "I was doing the last 'Twilight' movie and I only had one pair left and they were those ones. We were doing this big fight scene and for some reason, I think the shape of my body, my back is too long or something, my ass is constantly hanging out."

Oh, my. We can't imagine how those scenes didn't make the cut.

"I genuinely think I have a few too many extra vertebrae or something," he added about his rear-rearing dilemma.

"We were doing this big fight and every shot has these Ellen underpants. It came to a point where producers are calling up my agent going, 'I don't know what he is up to, but I don't like it' ... It's like they never questioned Fruit of the Loom before."

So, the all-too-generous DeGeneres gifted Pattinson a basket full of knickers. We bet a few Twi-hards would like to get their paws on those Edward Cullen underthings ASAP.

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Jane Lynch, Ellen DeGeneres and more sign letter to Obama to kick off same-sex marriage campaign

Jane Lynch and Lara Embry sign same-sex marriage letter to Obama This post has been updated. See the note below for details.

Celebs and VIPs including Jane Lynch, Anne Hathaway and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the "Say I Do" campaign Monday with a letter to President Obama asking him for clarity on the topic of same-sex marriage and urging him to support an end to "exclusion from marriage."

The campaign will continue until Obama expresses his support, according to Freedom to Marry, the group behind the effort.

Other signers from the entertainment ranks include actors Eric McCormack, Martin Sheen, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner and Portia DeGeneres, musicians Melissa Etheridge, Mya and Rufus Wainwright, playwright Tony Kushner, and studio honchos Bob Wright, with wife Susan, and David Geffen, The Times has learned exclusively.

Tech VIPs signing their names along with those of civil rights leaders and other activists include Twitter creator Jack Dorsey, Chris Hughes of Facebook, Sean Parker of Napster and Mark Pincus of Zynga, along with athletes Brendon Ayanbadejo and Scott Fujita of the NFL.

"My wife and I were married in May of 2010, and I can say without a doubt that marriage matters," Lynch said in connection with the letter, which will be delivered to the White House by same-sex couples and families this spring.

"As President Obama continues his journey toward recognizing our right to equal taxation, protection and dignity under the law, I encourage him to listen to gay and lesbian couples and families so he can better understand how marriage equality affects us all."

Tony Kushner signs same-sex marriage letter to Obama Lynch and Lara Embry got hitched in Massachusetts, one of five states -- plus the District of Columbia -- where same-sex couples can marry. Ellen DeGeneres married Portia de Rossi locally in 2008, during the window when same-sex marriage was legal in California. De Rossi has since changed her name to Portia DeGeneres.

Kushner and editor-writer Mark Harris, another signatory, had a commitment ceremony in New York in 2003 and planned to be wed in California in 2008, but ultimately tied the knot that year in Massachusetts. Tomlin is not married to Wagner, her partner since 1971, but said in February that although it's not her thing, "I certainly want anybody in the gay community to marry if they wish to."

"In law, in love, in life, marriage says 'we are family' in a way that nothing else does," the letter reads. "Marriage is the coming together of two lives, marked by a public promise of love and responsibility in front of friends and family. And marriage brings not only public respect and personal significance, but also a safety net of legal protections, rights, and responsibilities for which there is no substitute."

Portia and Ellen DeGeneres sign same-sex marriage letter to Obama A Pew Research Institute poll released the first week of March shows, among those expressing an opinion, about equal numbers for and against same-sex marriage, a significant change from 2-to-1 opposition a decade ago. In the West and Northeast, a majority of people give it the thumbs-up, the poll said.

In addition to the letter, the "Say I Do" campaign will spotlight stories of same-sex couples and their family members across a variety of media, organizers said.

Updated at 10:40 a.m., March 14: This post originally neglected to mention the District of Columbia as a spot in the U.S. where same-sex marriage is licensed. Thanks to commenter @Fabrisse for the reminder.

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Upper photo: Jane Lynch and Lara Embry. Credit: Craig Barritt / Getty Images

Middle photo: Tony Kushner. Credit: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Lower photo: Portia and Ellen DeGeneres, lower left. Credit: Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times


Lady Gaga, 10-year-old Maria Aragon sing 'Born This Way' together in concert [Videos] [Poll]

 

Did Maria Aragon expect to make it on stage with Lady Gaga when she uploaded her cover of "Born This Way" last month? That's what happened Thursday night in Toronto, when Maria, 10, took the stage and then sat on Lady Gaga's lap to perform a duet in front of a massive audience.

"Maria represents what this song is all about," the singer said before kicking off the song with her young fan, and her young fan's orange rally monkey. "It's all about the next generation and the future and no more divisiveness, only unity." (The lyrics of "Born This Way" celebrate all ethnicities and sexualities, with a chorus that starts, "I'm beautiful in my way / 'Cause God makes no mistake."

A Canadian radio station sent the Little Monster to her Mother Monster's Toronto concert show after hooking the two up over the phone and on the air on Feb. 18. It was a phone call that reduced the younger monster to tears, which you can see and hear in the video embedded below, along with video from their duet in concert.

The kid, who said she's been singing since she was 3, appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show a few days later, performing the tune live. "It not every day you get to talk to a superstar, you get, like, feedback from a superstar that you did a great job on a cover of her song," Maria told Ellen.

Which rendition of the tune do you prefer, the one in Gaga's new music video, or Maria's viral version, above?

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Jon Cryer finds work: 'Two and a Half Men' star is Ellen's receptionist

Jon Cryer gets a new job, without Charlie Sheen Don't count Jon Cryer among the out-of-work employees of "Two and a Half Men" -- the Emmy-winning actor has a new job: Ellen DeGeneres' receptionist.

In a short clip leading up to her Thursday show, DeGeneres walks through her offices only to discover that Cryer is her new receptionist.

"I needed the work," he says, just before answering the phone.

Historically, Cryer has refrained from commenting on costar Charlie Sheen's off-set antics -- but it seems some people were willing to accept that the shutdown of "Men"  by creator Chuck Lorre would finally push him to opine.

So when "Jon Cryer" showed up on Twitter over the weekend, with tweets claiming that he was "shocked" the show was "axed," the fact that the account wasn't verified didn't get in the way of several outlets that quickly reported Cryer had finally weighed in.

Alas, Cryer doesn't have a Twitter account -- and his rep has since debunked the notion that his client spoke out about his costar.

Perhaps taking the receptionist job is one comical way to silently protest Sheen's media blitz? Despite his high-profile boss, manning the phones is definitely is a downgrade from "Men."

"This is a trainwreck," he sighs in the clip. We're guessing he's talking about his tiger-blooded warlock costar, not his new gig. Watch the full clip on Show Tracker.

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Photo: Charlie Sheen, left, and Jon Cryer celebrate backstage at the 2009 People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Phil McCarten / Reuters


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