Ellen DeGeneres Is Generous; Don Mattingly Gets Honest About the Dodgers
Oct. 22, 2013
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Ellen DeGeneres May Be the Kindest Host in Hollywood
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Ellen DeGeneres has taken paying it forward to a whole new level.
The television star presented a 22-year-old single mom and waitress from Henniker, N. H., with a 50-inch television and a $10,000 check Friday for picking up a $27.75 tab at Ruby Tuesday for two National Guard members furloughed by the government shutdown, according to ABC News' Manchester, N.H., affiliate WMUR-TV.
Don Mattingly may be shedding his Dodger blue come next season.
The Dodgers manager got shockingly honest about his future with the Los Angeles organization at a post-season news conference Monday night, venting that while his contract kicked in after the team beat the Braves during the first round of the playoffs, "that doesn't mean I'll be back," the Los Angeles Times reported.
"It's been a frustrating, tough year honestly," Mattingly said. "Because I think when you come in basically as a lame duck and with the [$230 million] payroll and the guys that you have, it puts you in a tough spot in the clubhouse."
Tell us how you really feel, Don.
Netflix to HBO: Watch Your Back
HBO may have been Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings' pay-TV model to match, but now the premium cable network might need to watch out for the little streaming service that could.
Netflix passed HBO in paid U.S. subscribers in the third quarter, according to Businessweek.
In a letter to investors, Hastings credited Netflix's original series and Emmy nods for the growth.
"'Orange Is the New Black' has been a tremendous success for us," Hastings said in a note to investors. "It will end the year as our most-watched original series ever and, as with our other previously launched originals, enjoys an audience comparable with successful shows on cable and broadcast TV."
As long as Hastings promises more seasons of the inmates at Litchfield, the Social Climber is happy.
Getting Crazy, Sexy, Cool With TLC
TLC's VH1 biopic premiered Monday night, and members Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins told Yahoo Music they wish their financial woes were taken a bit more seriously in the made-for-TV movie.
The band filed for bankruptcy and when they confronted their label, Arista, in court, they were told they needed to give their plaques back. Turns out the band had given them away to people in the projects.
"We said, 'Well, go to the 'hood. Get it. Good luck with that," Thomas said.
"I personally would have liked it if it would have showed a little bit more of that because that was a serious thing that we went through," Thomas said. "We talked about that."
Zimbabwe Elephant Poisoning Might be the Saddest News of the Day (So Far)
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Save the Zimbabwe elephants!
More than 300 elephants have died from cyanide poisoning in Zimbabwe's largest game park, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told the AFP news agency.
"The authorities only stepped in in September and by then the numbers had escalated. As at last week, about 325 had died altogether," Rodrigues said.
Four people are behind bars for the alleged poisoning, Rodrigues said.
The deaths have been tied to the illegal ivory-trading business.