Ellen DeGeneres wins 14th People’s Choice Award
The fans made their top picks in television, music and film at the 2014 People’s Choice Awards and deemed Ellen DeGeneres their favorite daytime TV host, making her the woman with the most People’s Choice honors — a total of 14 trophies.
“As a young girl growing up in New Orleans, if anyone would have told me I was going to win 14 People’s Choice Awards, I ... I mean 12, yes. Thirteen? Maybe. But 14?” joked DeGeneres, who said she wanted to make “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” the show for everyone — old, young, black, white, gay or straight.
“As a matter of fact, just yesterday I was talking to this lovely African-American woman and she told me she was single and she works 80 hours a week to get by and she looked forward to coming home every night and watching me, and that woman’s name is Oprah Winfrey. I think I am doing something right.”
The show kicked off Wednesday night with Sandra Bullock receiving the award for favorite movie actress.
Presented the award by fellow actor Sean Hayes, Bullock said, “I know this looks like I spent lonely Friday nights just voting for myself, but I didn’t. An actor can’t do what they do without hundreds of amazing people working for them, with them, alongside them.” She went on to thank her “The Heat” co-star, Melissa McCarthy, the crew of her hit space film “Gravity” and her son, Louis.
“The Heat” was chosen as favorite comedic movie.
Justin Timberlake picked up an award for favorite album, “The 20/20 Experience.” He thanked his “beautiful wife,” Jessica Biel, “for teaching me patience and the little things like just putting the dishes in the dishwasher. It goes a long way. Fellas, you’re welcome.”
A pregnant Drew Barrymore, who joked that DeGeneres had called her fat backstage, presented her “Blended” co-star, Adam Sandler, with the comedic movie actor award.
After debuting her talk show “The Queen Latifah Show” in 2013, fans crowned Queen Latifah their favorite new talk-show host.
The star-studded show featured appearances by Jessica Alba, Heidi Klum, Zac Efron, Anna Faris and Michael B. Jordan.
Sara Bareilles performed her hit “Brave,” and country star Brad Paisley took the stage to sing “The Mona Lisa.”
Hosts Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs kicked off the show with a gut-busting set of wisecracks. Dennings’ dry delivery cutely blended with Behrs’ quirky disposition, making the stars of hit show “2 Broke Girls” a savvy riot.
‘Modern Family’ cast heading to Australia for two weeks to film
Typically, one sign a TV series is doing well is if there’s a budget to travel and film on location. By that definition, “Modern Family” is doing extremely well — the cast is heading across the globe.
Qantas Airlines says it is partnering with the show’s production company, 20th Century Fox Television, to fly the cast to Australia next month for a two-week shoot of the ABC comedy.
“Modern Family,” now in its fifth season, has aired previous vacation episodes that were filmed in Hawaii and Wyoming.
In a statement, show creator Steve Levitan says: “We promise to feature a kangaroo, a koala and a boomerang.”
“Modern Family” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on ABC.
Hancock named 2014 Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard
Jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock will soon be a Harvard man.
Hancock has been named the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. He’ll be delivering six lectures on “The Ethics of Jazz” in February and March at Harvard University, covering such topics as “The Wisdom of Miles Davis” and “Cultural Diplomacy and the Voice of Freedom.”
Hancock says his lectures will cover the practical lessons he’s learned about the harmonious connection between “the essential values in jazz and the values of Buddhism.”
Established in 1925, the Norton Professorship has been awarded to important figures from across the arts, including T.S. Eliot, Igor Stravinsky and Leonard Bernstein.
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