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Ellen DeGeneres says 'Miss Congeniality' was 'based on me'

Thought Miss Congeniality was based on the world of beauty pageants? You were wrong — at least, according to Ellen DeGeneres.

In an interview with Parade Magazine, DeGeneres revealed that the 2000 Sandra Bullock comedy was actually inspired by… Ellen. “Miss Congeniality was written based on me,” she said. “When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time — a man — was teaching me, and it was ­hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant.”

With this news, I can’t help but imagine what the film would be like if it had been more true to its inspiration. READ FULL STORY

Once upon a time, Ellen DeGeneres made a Super Bowl commercial -- VIDEO

Love sweet, sweet advertising but hate having to sit through boring old football to get to it? You’re in luck, my friend! In advance of Sunday’s big game, Super Bowl commercials keep trickling out online — including, now, Ellen DeGeneres’s fairy-tale-themed spot for Beats Music, which the comedian debuted on her talk show yesterday.

In the ad, DeGeneres plays a music-loving Goldilocks type who sneaks into the Three Bears’ chic urban apartment. Instead of sampling their porridge or rocking in their chairs, she elects to rock out to Mama, Papa, and Cool Teen Bear’s music — though each one she tries is just a little bit off. (Just go with it.) But when Ellen discovers the smooth sounds of Beats, she’s found an app that’s just right for her — which leads to a wild dance party the likes of which haven’t been seen since “What Does the Fox Say?” (or Shrek‘s DVD extras).

And then, after premiering the clip, DeGeneres gives everyone in her audience a new smartphone, just ’cause. Happily ever after indeed!

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Leonardo DiCaprio casually tells Ellen about the time he almost got attacked by a shark -- VIDEO

For most people, having a close encounter with a great white shark would probably be a terrifying experience. For Leonardo DiCaprio, it seemed like just another day at work.

The Wolf of Wall Street star sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show and told the story about when DiCaprio got stuck in a cage with a shark while filming Blood Diamond back in 2006. The conversation started by talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which the actor started in 1998 to protect endangered species and their eco systems, including sharks. DiCaprio has traveled to numerous places with the organization, including Nepal looking for endangered tigers, but it was during one scuba session with sharks that things got a little choppy.

“They actually said, ‘In 30 years, this has never happened.’ The tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage, and the great white leapt out and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me. Half of its body was in and out and I’m flatted down at the bottom. It was this far away and it chomped a few times, but I survived it.”

Watch DiCaprio tell the story below:
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Katy Perry tells 'Ellen' she and John Mayer don't speak at home -- VIDEO

There’s not a lot of “Roar”-ing in Katy Perry and John Mayer’s house.

In an interview on Ellen, Perry revealed that the pair often end up communicating through an iPad to preserve their voices. According to the singer, Mayer’s vocal cord problems have made it crucial that he not speak — or whisper — as much as possible off stage.

“I understood that he couldn’t talk, and the only way he could communicate was through an iPad,” Perry told DeGeneres in her interview (below). “Some days I have to go on complete vocal rest, like no anything, no whispering. Whispering is actually really bad. There’s just a lot of silence in our house most of the time.”
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Miley Cyrus on Liam Hemsworth: 'I'm just letting that chapter kind of close' -- VIDEO

Miley Cyrus is perfectly happy being Single Miley, the singer told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth called off their engagement in mid-September. DeGeneres recalled, “So the last time you were here, I threw you an engagement party.”

“Do you want your money back?” joked Cyrus, as clips of male strippers cavorting around her on a November 2012 episode were shown. DeGeneres pointed to the screen and said, “You enjoyed it.”

The host’s penchant for lighthearted banter continued with Cyrus revealing she’s in good spirits following the end of her relationship.

DeGeneres asked, “Is that an awkward thing that all this attention is going on and you’re not with him anymore?”

“It’s not really as awkward ’cause I’m living it and I think people spend more time actually thinking about that than I really do, because I just believe that when a chapter is done, you have to close it and start that new one, and that’s kind of where I am right now,” Cyrus said. READ FULL STORY

'Bethenny' talk show premiere: Gratitude, girl power, and man-gazing galore

For a Skinnygirl, Bethenny Frankel’s media diet is sure reaching unhealthy proportions.

The Real Housewives of New York breakout star, who was also a runner-up on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, had her own Bravo spin-off called Bethenny Ever After, pens a book series, and sells both a wildly successful liquor line and a nutrition linephew! It’s brisk business trying to keep up with this reality Renaissance woman. And today, Frankel’s newest venture — a talk show called Bethenny – premiered after a six-week test run on six Fox affiliates during the summer of 2012. Ellen Degeneres, a huge fun of the acid-tongued reality star, serves as executive producer of the show.

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Simon Cowell talks to Ellen about being a dad: 'I'm actually happier than I've ever been' -- VIDEO

The circumstances of Simon Cowell becoming a dad were a tabloid editor’s dream, but now that the dust has settled, the X Factor and American Idol mastermind told Ellen DeGeneres: “I’m actually happier than I’ve ever been.”

News broke at the end of July that Lauren Silverman, the still-married wife of one of Cowell’s friends, was pregnant with the reality-TV judge’s child. In an interview that will air on Tuesday’s Ellen, Cowell told DeGeneres how he reacted when he got the news.

“Oh my god, it’s exciting, and [also] this is going to be a bit of a nightmare now for the next few weeks,” he said, later adding, “I can’t blame the media, because it was a really juicy story. But there was a lot of stuff that was said about [Silverman] — that she trapped me and that she’s a gold digger — and it’s absolute nonsense. She’s a great girl.”

Check out a three-minute sneak peek of the interview before Tuesday’s show:
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Oprah snags top spot on Forbes Celebrity 100

After losing out on the No. 1 spot in 2012, Oprah is once again sitting on top of the Celebrity 100 throne. In my dreams, Oprah is currently lip-synching and dancing along to Yeezy’s “I Am a God” in one of her massive mansions.

In the annual Forbes ranking, pop sensation Lady Gaga came in at No. 2 while direcor Steven Spielberg and singers Beyonce Knowles and Madonna finished in the top five. READ FULL STORY

'Friends' reunion alert! Matthew Perry has some advice for Jennifer Aniston -- VIDEO

Jennifer Aniston appears on today’s episode of Ellen, but not just as a guest — she’s co-hosting the show. Naturally, this gig carries more pressure than a simple guest appearance… which is why Aniston thought it’d be a good idea to stop by her old Friend Matthew Perry’s house and ask him for advice, since he recently co-hosted alongside DeGeneres himself. (Jen: “You’ve got to give me something to go on!” Matthew: “Don’t say Go On.”)

Unfortunately, the rap session doesn’t go completely as planned. It turns out Aniston and Perry haven’t really stayed in touch since Friends went off the air in 2004… and things get even more awkward when Rachel Jen realizes that Chandler Matthew is sleeping with another one of their former co-stars. (Cue “The One Where Everybody Finds Out.”) Thank you, Ellen DeGeneres — by making this video possible, you’ve done us a great national service.

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Ellen DeGeneres congratulates Jason Collins: 'Be proud of who you are' -- VIDEO

Ellen DeGeneres knows what it’s like to come out in the public eye, which is why she had a few congratulatory words for Washington Wizards basketball player Jason Collins, who just yesterday came out as the first pro athlete in a U.S. team sport to be openly gay.

In the opening monologue for her daytime talk show, DeGeneres talks about how “very brave” Collins is, and in her typical fashion, adds in a few jokes. “He’s seven-feet tall so when he came out of the closet, he had to duck,” DeGeneres said.

She went on to “applaud” the player and offer him a congratulatory hug. “I would high-five you, but I don’t think I could reach you. But when I see you, I’m going to hug your knees so hard.”

But in all seriousness (with a little humor thrown in), DeGeneres added, “You’re an incredible role model. Because of you, there is a little boy playing basketball right now who knows that he can be who he is and play the sport that he loves. Now that little boy’s only obstacle is that he’s going to be 5’4″ and terrible at basketball, but you’ve done your part so…”

DeGeneres wrapped things up with one final sentiment, telling viewers to “be proud of who you are.”

“If you’re gay, it shouldn’t stop you from being anything you want to be, whether it’s a Washington Wizard or a regular wizard,” she said. “So thank you, Jason. You did an incredible thing, most importantly for yourself but also for your sport and for everyone, and I dedicate this dance right here to you.”

Watch the monologue below: READ FULL STORY

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