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Gabourey Sidibe booked another movie -- quick, call Howard Stern!

Gabourey-sidibe Seems Howard Stern was wrong about Gabourey Sidibe

"Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business," he said back in March, "and she's never going to be in another movie."

But as of Wednesday, the Oscar-nominated star of "Precious" is part of the cast of "Tower Heist," a comedy starring industry unknowns Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy, the Wrap reports.

Sidibe has also stayed in the spotlight this year on Showtime's "The Big C," opposite Laura Linney.

Stern, who called the actress "the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen" as he declared her career dead, followed up a day later by explaining he was really interested in her health and that applauding and rewarding Sidibe might keep her from getting what he sees as help she very much needs to lose weight.

There aren't specifics yet about Gabby's role in the film, the Wrap says, in which a building manager and some low-level employees embark on a plan to get even with a Wall Street crook under house arrest in the building's penthouse.

Tragically, the role of penthouse villain went to Alan Alda before Stern could be recommended for the gig.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Gabourey Sidibe attends a screening of "The Social Network" on Sept. 29 in New York. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press.

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Gabby-shout-web When "Precious" came out in last year, it was hailed not only as a triumph for moviemaking in general, but also as the birth of a blazing -- yet humble -- new talent: Gabourey Sidibe. But, turns out, when it comes to Sidibe, only the “blazing” part is true.

“Gabourey Sidibe ‘Mean’ to Reporters, Fans,” the HuffPo trumpeted today. “Maybe she was just having a bad day, but Gabourey Sidibe was rude to several reporters at the White House Correspondents Dinner last weekend, according to various media outlets.”

Specifically, one report goes, Sidibe responded to an admirer’s praise by snapping, “I guess I should say 'thank you.'" Sidibe also reportedly shooed away another reporter during the dinner, telling him to come back "in five minutes." That doesn’t sound all that obnoxious, but from there, the stories grow a bit more painful. Mediabistro reported the following incident, which took place at an after-party that same night: “When asked for a picture, the less-than-enthused newbie star could barely crack a smile. One photo-seeking fan said jokingly, "That's all you're going to give me," to the pouty Precious. Gabby responded, "You'll get what I give you."

We at MOG also have it on very good authority that Sidibe was less than sweet to reporters during the Oscars, shooting them the stink-eye and denying interviews -- during what is arguably the biggest movie press event on Earth.

We tell you all this not because we enjoy shredding your illusions about rising stars -- I mean, not that we enjoy it a whole lot. We’re not even saying Sidibe is the only deceptively sweet-looking person in Hollywood. (“Excuse me, ma’am,” jocular actor John Goodman once snapped at a reporter friend of mine during a routine interview, “do I work for you?”) What we’re saying is this: Know our pain, America! When you’re an entertainment reporter, you never know when a star will be friendly and docile -- or in the middle of a dangerous snit fit. We gossip writers are, like, out there every day, risking our very sanity in the glittering trenches! It’s like a sparkly, Botox-plumped Waziristan out there!

Well, OK, maybe we exaggerate just a little. But we’re gossip reporters. That’s our job. And now you know: When you see Gabby Sidibe, don’t ask her for a photo. Unless you’re willing to take what she gives you.

-- Leslie Gornstein

Photo: Gabourey Sidibe arrives for the 2010 White House Correspondents Dinner on May 1 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Mandel Ngan / AFP/Getty Images.

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Ben Stiller, Ashton Kutcher, Will Ferrell have tweet reading for Haiti

Demi and ashton twitterSome of Hollywood's most enthusiastic social media fans -- including Ben Stiller, Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Will Ferrell, Rainn WilsonMindy Kaling, Samantha Ronson and Diablo Cody -- got together to get their Tweet on Friday night in Hollywood.

At the Upright Citizens Brigade, the organization Artists for Peace and Justice hosted more than 160 people sharing their favorite tweets, twitpics and twitvids, with ticket sales benefiting earthquake victims in Haiti. 

Demi showed her famous dentist visit photo captioned "Keeping it real." Kutcher offered a YouTube clip about the rise of Twitter and other networks called "The New Dork (Entrepreneur State of Mind)," which name-drops him. 

Stiller read his all-time favorite tweet, "On a remote island vacationing, really enjoying dropping off the grid, totally disconnecting from the world."

The comic-heavy crowd wasn't shy with their 140 characters, taking on popular targets like "Precious" actress Gabourey Sidibe and Justin Bieber

Writer Cody sported a fake baby bump and, with a grimace, admitted "@justinbieber, you're the father." 

"Christian Bale lost 80 pounds to play 'The Machinist,' " noted Justin Long. "Big deal. Gabourey Sidibe lost 300 to play Precious."

Rich Sommer, from AMC's "Mad Men," stood and delivered his tweet completely in the nude -- the tweet not so coincidentally pertaining to a bad dream about speaking before a crowd in his birthday suit. 

The reading was taped for future sale on iTunes and also featured live readings from "The Hangover" star Ed Helms; comedians Michael Ian Black, Jenny McCarthy and Dane Cook; "Lost" creator Damon Lindelof; Mary Lynn Rajskub, John Cho, Nia Vardalos, Dave FoleyLake Bell, Busy Phillips, Al YankovicWilmer Valderrama and MTV VJ Dave Holmes

Rob Corddry, Questlove of the Roots and nerd pin-up Olivia Munn all sent twitvids in their absence. 

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Social media spouses Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Credit: WireImage

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Howard Stern's not hiring, so Gabourey Sidibe's mom isn't worrying

Oprah gabby In the wake of Howard Stern's comments Monday about Gabourey Sidibe's weight and the future of her career, the best actress nominee's mom spoke to "Inside Edition" on Thursday, saying pretty much that she doesn't care what the shock jock says.

“He can see, you can see, I can see Gabby is a big girl," said Alice Tan Ridley, Gabby's mom. "She’s a big woman, so what’s wrong with that? She’s not like everyone else in the world." She continued to make the point that you don't have to be "thin as a stick" to act.

Said Ridley: "I don’t see him giving jobs out to anybody, so why should we care what he says? He might not hire her, but someone else will.”

(Someone else already has, incidentally, for a movie called "Yelling to the Sky." And another someone else -- Showtime -- has wrapped up talks that started in October and cast her in "The Big C." That's in addition to her "America's Best Dance Crew" appearance Thursday night.)

Stern, however, on Wednesday had already expanded upon and defended his comments, saying that even though he liked her performance in "Precious," applauding and rewarding Sidibe might be keeping her from getting what he sees as help she very much needs. 

"I kinda don’t see a difference between what our Artie [Lange] did -- Artie tried to kill himself -- and I feel like this girl -- in a slower way, but nevertheless the same outcome will be -- she’s going to kill herself.”

"I did enjoy her performance, I have nothing against her.... The girl's got tremendous problems and she needs help. But anyway, so, we got slammed."

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Howard Stern has declared the era of Gabourey Sidibe officially over. On his satellite radio show Monday,  Stern went off on the Oscar-nominated lead actress from “Precious,” essentially saying she’ll never work again.

“There's the most enormous, fat black chick I've ever seen,” Stern said. “She is enormous. Everyone's pretending she's a part of show business, and she's never going to be in another movie. She should have gotten the best actress award because she's never going to have another shot. What movie is she gonna be in?"

He and co-host Robin Quivers also called Oprah Winfrey a “liar” for saying that Sidibe is embarking on a “brilliant career.”

The two of them have a point; Sidibe isn’t exactly a classic Hollywood beauty. Jennifer Hudson, also not a skinny woman, has had some acting work since her Oscar win a few years ago, but nothing as rich or varied as other Oscar winners, say, Renee Zellweger.

Then again, Sidibe isn’t exactly begging for roles right now either. She’ll appear as a student on the new Showtime series “The C Word,” and her next movie gig is opposite Zoe Kravitz in the drama “Yelling to the Sky.”

So here comes our poll: Is Howard just saying what most people are thinking? Or should he shut his mouth? You tell us:

— Leslie Gornstein

Howard Stern photo credit: Neilson Barnard / Getty Images

Gabourey Sidibe photo credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images

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Star Sightings: Bold names spotted from Oscars, Indie Spirits and beyond

Rachelle levefre 3 Stargazing has been easy lately, but it has had nothing to do with the weather and everything to do with an influx of red carpets and shutterbugs.

While the cinematic giants were toasted at the Oscars on Sunday, the little guys had their own party with the Independent Spirit Awards on Friday.

Backstage, Elle magazine hosted its own fashionable viewing party with Smashbox cosmetics. "Twilight" gal Rachelle Lefevre turned up, as did "True Blood" hottie Ryan Kwanten, Laura Dern, Emile Hirsch, Vera Farmiga and Elle creative director Joe Zee

Next door, On 3 Productions hosted the awards' official presenters gift lounge, which saw the likes of Gabourey Sidibe, Jeremy Renner, Johnny Weir, Olivia Wilde and Sherri Shepherd

The nominees received goodies such as LG's Kompressor vacuum, delights from the Fage Yogurt Bar, a year of free movies from AMC Entertainment and face and body products from the Body Shop.

And before the movie hype got started, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted an evening with the cast of "Modern Family." Among the highlights: star Julie Bowen turned 40, and fellow cast members and the audience all pitched in to sing -- including Ty Burrell, Sofia Vergara and Ed O'Neill.

-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Rachelle Lefevre poses at Elle Magazine's backstage lounge at the Spirit Awards. Credits: Stefanie Keenan / WireImage

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Stars galore at the 2010 Academy Awards Governors Ball

Bridges puck "How can the governor have a ball? California's out of money, isn't it?" We definitely heard that crack more than once Sunday at the Academy Awards.

No, sillies, it wasn't Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's ball -- rather, it was the official after-party presented annually by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And this Sunday night the 1,500-capacity ballroom, glowing in gentle purple tones, was packed. Definitely a larger turnout than last year, event staff said.

It was good to be Jeff Bridges: Once the best actor winner made it into the party, flashes were popping like mad as he clapped chef Wolfgang Puck on the back and they both smiled broadly for the cameras, talking all the while.

When Bridges was whisked away for more interviews -- glass of water in his hand, though he'd been sipping Champagne during his victory interview backstage -- a pack of photographers floated along in his wake like a train on a diva's gown. He appeared to be enjoying the ocean of congratulations -- can you blame him? -- and was spotted later, out of the crush ... 

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Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King celebrate Oscar nominee Mo'Nique's success with an L.A. luncheon

Oprah monique oscarBest-supporting-actress nominee Mo'Nique has a strong chance of walking away with an Oscar, though some would say she received an even bigger prize on Saturday when Oprah Winfrey turned up at a ladies luncheon in honor of Mo'Nique's performance in "Precious."

Held at West Hollywood's Philippe Chow and hosted by  MAC Cosmetics and actress Shondrella Avery, Oprah swept in with best friend Gayle King. The entire party was given white gloves and faux pearls to don for the fete, which had a French theme.

"Precious" lead Gabourey Sidibe, Natalie Cole, Macy GrayAlfre Woodard, Vivica A. FoxAli Landry, Nia LongKeisha Whitaker, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Ruby Dee joined in giving kudos, with Champagne cocktails and chicken lettuce cups. Dessert, a cake, was a free-standing replica of the Eiffel Tower decorated with icing pearls. 

Event runners Ben Russo and Jack Ketsoyan of EMC Bowery mingled with the daytime queen, who indicated she was rooting for Mo' to sweep her category.

"Her performance was legendary," Oprah said.

As if a Golden Globe, a Spirit Award, an Oscar nom and lunch with Oprah weren't enough -- MAC AIDS Fund Chairman John Demsey announced a $25,000 donation to HIV/AIDS organization Women Alive in Mo'Nique's name.

Her fellow actresses and pals ...

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The 'Precious' posse celebrates after sweeping Film Independent Spirit Awards

Precious After sweeping Friday's Film Independent Spirit Awards, the "Precious" posse was already planning its Oscar onslaught on Sunday.

Best actress winner Gabourey Sidibe, who literally kicked off her shoes before arriving at the press tent at L.A. Live, said she's looking forward to focusing on one thing. "Usually during the Oscars, I'm pissed off because there's a new ‘Simpsons' episode," she gleefully told reporters after snagging her honor. "This time, I'll be paying attention because I'll be there."

Best supporting actress Mo'Nique, who's considered by many to be a shoo-in for an Oscar, said she was planning on not planning an acceptance speech "because I think the universe will say, ‘You've got a lot of nerve.'"

And director Lee Daniels revealed his plans for Oscar night attire: "I'm wearing Spanx."

Hey, what do you expect from a guy who managed to make Mariah Carey look frumpy?

La Carey was definitely frump-free Friday, although ...

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Skirting danger, sipping cocktails at Women in Film's pre-Oscar bash

Women in film Peter and Tara Guber may have opened their Bel-Air manse to Women in Film for the group's third annual pre-Oscar cocktail party Thursday evening, but that was definitely the Most Dangerous Man in America staring intently at his PDA in a corner of the producer's screening room.

OK, so he didn't look that scary.

For a guy who's 78.

Unless you happen to be Richard Nixon.

After all, Daniel Ellsberg's expose of the Vietnam War was one of the major scandals of the late president's scandal-ridden administration -- which is coming to a theater near you in the new Oscar-nominated doc, "The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers." Doc director Judith Ehrlich was there to toast her Oscar nod.

"He's still kinda dangerous," she mused, while the Gandhi Peace Award winner tapped away on his PDA. "I follow him around carrying his raincoat while he gets arrested."

Ellsberg's wife, Patricia Marx, beamed with pride. "He's been arrested 79 or 80 times," she said.

Nominees like "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" costume designer Monique Prudhomme and "Precious" producer Sarah Siegel-Magness wore gardenias that made them stand out from the crowd packing the Gubers' cavernous living room.

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