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Oprah tops Forbes list of highest-paid celebs, Michael Bay trails close behind

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Oprah Winfrey is the highest paid celebrity in the world. Again. Despite a seismic $125 million earnings loss, the media mogul topped Forbes’ annual list of the 20 highest-earning celebs for the fourth year in a row. Winfrey ended her 25-year reign as talk-show queen last year and her network OWN has been struggling financially, but she still made an estimated $165 million.

Her Harpo productions shows, which include Dr. PhilRachael Ray, and The Dr. Oz Show, her magazine, and satellite radio station helped her nab the top spot, but Forbes won’t count syndication money next year, potentially allowing runner-up director Michael Bay, who trailed behind by a mere $5 million, to garner the coveted spot. Bay’s last film, The Transformers: Dark of the Moon, grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide.

A sizable number of the celebs on the list are producers and directors, including Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Dr. Dre, and Tyler Perry, who rounded out the top six. Dre made a surprise appearance on this year’s list, due to the incredible success of his line of headphones, Beats by Dr. Dre.

Tom Cruise (No. 13) was the only movie star in the ranking. Britney Spears solidified her comeback by tying for the last slot, while Ryan Seacrest, at No. 19, proved that he’s a fixture on every power list.

Here’s the full list: READ FULL STORY

When reality stars sing: Whose tune is the worst of all?

When reality stars sing, the results can be totally inoffensive (Brooke Hogan’s career) or surprisingly decent (Paris Hilton’s “Stars Are Blind” — seriously, it’s like a watered-down “Underneath It All”! In a good way!). More often, though, their songs are auto-tuned nightmares and tone-deaf raps, music that makes you yearn for a sweet shot of Adele to take the pain away.

In that vein, I offer up Teen Mom Farrah Abraham’s new single. Is it the worst piece of “music” in recorded history? It’s possible — though Abraham’s got some serious competition from other misguided reality crooners. Let’s survey the candidates, then decide which is the most rotten apple at the very bottom of the barrel:

Farrah Abraham (Teen Mom), “Getting Up from Rock Bottom”
The Lowdown: Knowing that this 21-year-old mother has endured substance abuse, depression, and her boyfriend’s death might make you feel bad about crapping all over her musical venture. But when a song is this dismal, it’s tough to practice the golden rule. Be sure to turn your speakers down before hitting “Play” on the linked SoundCloud file, unless you’d like to suffer from Pounding Eardrum Syndrome.
Worst Lyrics: Vocal effects are applied so thickly that you can’t really understand a word Abraham is yelping. Blessing in disguise?

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'X Factor' behind-the-scenes footage: Britney talks judging

X Factor judges love San Francisco. The show posted a new behind-the-scenes clip of Britney Spears, Demi Lovato and L.A. Reid (but no Simon interview!) taking in the San Francisco crowd and discussing their judging strategies.

Spears is obviously no stranger to being young and performing. “Sometimes it’s hard because I know what they’ve been through and being so young and achieving their dreams,” she explained in the clip.

She shared that she doesn’t think she’s the toughest judge–Simon has her beat–and that she’s “looking for spark and spunk, and someone who is meant to do what they’re doing.”

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

With the new 'X Factor' panel in place, will Demi and Britney be the must-watch judges on TV? -- POLL

Demi Lovato must be in la la land now that she and Britney Spears have joined the X Factor circus as judges for next season. The new stars will join music industry veterans L.A. Reid and Simon Cowell on the panel for the show’s second season, but are they shaping up to be the hottest crew to give their critiques on TV? Simon seems smitten with the pair of pop princesses, tweeting: “Can’t believe it’s finally happened. Very exciting! @thexfactorusa #xfactor #SimonBritneyDemiLa.”

Will Howard Stern give Simon a run for his money on FCC-friendly insults when he starts judging America’s Got Talent? And will Britney edge out Jennifer Lopez with saccharin-sweet compliments, or will her wild side get the best of her? Take our poll and let us know who’s the fairest judging panel of them all!

Read more:
It’s official: Britney Spears, Demi Lovato to join ‘X Factor’
Fox’s 2012-13 fall schedule revealed
Simon Cowell’s biography — I read it so you don’t have to!

Kim Kardashian talks Kanye, Katniss, Kris, and Britney on 'Today' -- VIDEO

Kimye: It might be the most annoying A-list power couple moniker since Bennifer. Despite Kanye West’s over-the-counter ode to Kim Kardashian, the reality star kept mostly mum about her relationship with the bombastic rapper during a visit to the Today show this morning, save to say that they’re longtime friends and “You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me.”

Oh yeah, and The Hunger Games (the movie she saw on a reported date with West) was “really interesting.”

Kardashian also discussed her divorce, her newfound appreciation for Britney Spears, and, of course, that infamous flour bomb. See the full interview below. READ FULL STORY

If Britney Spears became a judge on 'The X Factor,' would you watch it?

If an empty vessel fell in an empty room, would anyone hear it? Simon Cowell is counting on you to answer YES!

My first reaction to the news that Britney Spears is reportedly nearing final negotiations to be a judge on The X Factor was “Yikes.” But after I thought about it for a few seconds — Simon controlling my mind from afar — I was like “YES.” It’d be Britney vs. Xtina all over again!

This could be a real Crossroads for her. I’ve been wanting to revisit the halcyon days of 2002 since at least 2005. READ FULL STORY

Today is the 10th anniversary of Britney Spears' film 'Crossroads'

In what may be the most deserving entry ever in our “This really only needs one sentence” blog category, today marks the 10th anniversary – literally, down to the day, February 15, 2002 – of the release of Britney Spears’ landmark crime saga drama Crossroads.

The movie starred Britney Spears in her first and only leading film role and featured Zoe Saldana and Taryn Manning as Britney’s two childhood friends – no, best friends – who roadtrip across the country and, according to IMDb, “find themselves and their friendship in the process.” READ FULL STORY

Celebs in Super Bowl commercials: 10 game day winners (and a few losers)

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Though every year has its share of Force-wielding kids and anthropomorphized animals that become part of the national zeitgeist, many companies believe that their millions are best spent on a proven quality: Star power. It’s an age-old formula — Household name (celebrity) + household name (brand) = Winning. But what about the other way around? Do celebrity cameos in game day TV spots lead to an discernible boost in each stars’ careers? For every Betty White, there’s a Robert Goulet. We run down 10 examples of Super Bowl commercials that helped celebrities — plus a few that just didn’t work. Read on…

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Today in 'Yes please!': Britney Spears on 'Modern Family'

As Glee and How I Met Your Mother have handily demonstrated, a Britney Spears cameo is kind of a big deal. Modern Family producers, who are now facing down the barrel of an online fan campaign, would be smart to consider the pop star for a role.

It all started yesterday when Spears tweeted, “I know everybody is excited about the Super Bowl, but I personally can’t wait to see the next episode of Modern Family! Funniest show on TV.” Almost immediately, desirable Family star Sofia Vergara retweeted the post, then Spears’ manager followed up two hours later, asking the fans, “@BritneySpears on Modern Family? What do you guys think?” READ FULL STORY

This year's pop-culture time capsule: What will be your 2011 keepsakes?

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, PopWatchers, is to help me put together a 2011 pop-culture time capsule. It’s been a year of change that swept from the lowest brow (Two and a Half Men) to the highest (the Arab Spring). We saw many great people pass on and many more step into the spotlight. With all this in mind, what cultural relics would you pick to communicate this strange and marvelous year to the future? Check out my picks, then add your own ideas to the mix. READ FULL STORY

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