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American Horror Story Adds a Few More 'Freaks' to the Show (Recap)

American Horror Story: Freak Show

American Horror Story Adds a Few More 'Freaks' to the Show (Recap)

Originally posted 10/15/2014 11:05PM

If anyone can take on a powerhouse like Jessica Lange, it would have to be someone with the physical prowess of Michael Chiklis.

As a "strongman," Chiklis made his American Horror Story: Freak Show debut Wednesday night and lived up to his title in more ways than one.

Wendell "Dell" Toledo (Chiklis) arrives at the camp of the titular Freak Show along with his wife, Desiree Dupree (Angela Bassett), a hermaphrodite with three boobs. With credentials like that, Dell thinks they should be shoo-ins as the new headliners, but Elsa Mars (Lange) is strapped for cash and hesitant to hire "The World's Strongest Man." However, she is eventually persuaded by his manly strength and his promise to help lead her band of merry misfits.

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Music Legends Mourn Soul Train's Don Cornelius | Aretha Franklin, Don Cornelius

UpdatePosted 02/01/2012 02:00PM

Don Cornelius Remembered by Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle & More

Originally posted 02/01/2012 12:55PM

Soul Train fans and music legends alike mourned the loss of the show's creator, Don Cornelius, on Wednesday.

"It's just so sad, stunning and downright shocking ... a huge and momentous loss to the African-American community and the world at large," the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, said in a statement.

"Don Cornelius single handedly brought about a melding and unity of brother and sisterhood among young adults worldwide and globally with the unforgettable creation of Soul Train."

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Padma & Tom Dish on Star-Studded Top Chef: Texas Season

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UpdatePosted 11/03/2011 02:30PM

Top Chef: Texas: Padma Lakshmi & Tom Colicchio Dish on Celebrity Guest Judges

Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:35AM

With 29 contestants and three cities around the state, Top Chef: Texas is shaping up to be the biggest season yet.

Wednesday's premiere found the chefs split into groups and facing off against each other in two rounds – the final qualifying rounds will air next Wednesday – just to determine which 16 chefs will actually make the final cut.

They will also be facing some major celebrities on the other side of the judges' table this season.

"I think everybody who comes on the show – especially if they're not in the food business – has a certain level of interest in food," host Padma Lakshmi told PEOPLE of the season's array of guest judges on a conference call. "These are cities you have to fly to, and you have to take a day or two out of your schedule."

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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Wants AGT Win to Inspire Hope

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Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. Wants AGT Win to Inspire Hope

Originally posted 09/15/2011 12:00PM

America's Got Talent winner Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr. never doubted his talent or passion. But it was life's obstacles that gave the Season 6 champ reason to believe his dreams wouldn't come true.

Homeless at 19 and working as a West Virginia car-washer to provide for his family just prior to competing on the show, Murphy, now 37, says becoming an overnight star is surreal.

"It's beyond belief," the Frank Sinatra-sound-alike jazz singer told PEOPLE alongside his teary-eyed wife on Wednesday night shortly after winning $1 million and his own headlining act in Las Vegas. "Is this really happening? I'm standing on a red carpet taking pictures. It feels wonderful."

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Jaden & Willow Smith Shine at BET Awards

PHOTO: Jaden & Willow Smith Shine at BET Awards

Originally posted 06/27/2011 10:55AM

The kids were alright at the BET Awards on Sunday night, as Willow and Jaden Smith (at left in the photo) shared the YoungStars Award, much to the delight of proud parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

At center in the photo is Diggy Simmons, who was also nominated in the category.

Chris Brown was the night's big winner, earning four awards, including best male R&B artist, while Patti LaBelle received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

"When anyone asks me who I want to be like, I always say Patti LaBelle," Beyoncé told the audience.
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Inside Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas's Festive Family Dinner | Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Inside Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas's Festive Family Dinner

Originally posted 06/08/2011 06:00AM

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas headed out for a family dinner at SD26 in N.Y.C. with daughter Carys, 8, son Dylan, 10, – and two family friends. The whole group settled in for the meal, and the kids were very well-behaved, a source says. After the Italian meal, which included a cheese and meat course as well as salads and entrees, Dylan got up to explore the open kitchen and greet the chefs.

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Inside Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas's Festive Family Dinner | Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas

Caught in the Act!

Originally posted 06/08/2011 06:00AM

• Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas headed out for a family dinner at SD26 in N.Y.C. with daughter Carys, 8, son Dylan, 10, – and two family friends. The whole group settled in for the meal, and the kids were very well-behaved, a source says. After the Italian meal, which included a cheese and meat course as well as salads and entrees, Dylan got up to explore the open kitchen and greet the chefs.

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Aretha Franklin: I 'Feel Great' Post-Surgery | Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin: I 'Feel Great' Post-Surgery

Originally posted 12/16/2010 03:30PM

Recovering at home from her recent surgery, Aretha Franklin says she's up and about – and feeling better, too.

"I feel great," she tells JET in a new interview, adding that doctors want her to recuperate for eight weeks. "The doctors say I can do whatever I feel like I am up to do. Of course, that doesn't mean any concerts or anything like that. But I can do things around the house, and today I am just piddling around the house."

The singer, 68, still has not revealed the nature of her ailment, though she's been reported to have pancreatic cancer. She promises the magazine that she will speak out on what's ailing her soon. "I am putting Aretha together first," she adds. "I will talk more later."

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Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx Set for Apollo Fete | Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx Set for Apollo Fete

Originally posted 04/07/2009 08:00AM

Good show: Mariah Carey and Jamie Foxx will help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Harlem's historic Apollo Theater at a June 8 gala, PEOPLE has learned. The pair will induct Patti Labelle and Quincy Jones into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame at the celebration, where Anita Baker and the O'Jays will also perform. Steve Harvey will host the evening, which will feature a presentation of the Ruby Dee & Ossie Davis Arts and Humanitarian Award to Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille. For more information about the event, visit www.apollotheater.org.
Mark Dagostino

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Jennifer Lets Loose in London | Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Lets Loose in London

Originally posted 12/09/2004 06:00AM

Brad Pitt isn't the only fun-loving member of his household: Jennifer Aniston let her hair down in London recently at the wrap party for her upcoming film Derailed. Decked out in a trouser suit, the former Friend – sans Pitt – partied with her costar Clive Owen and some execs from the film at Century club in central London until 1 a.m. "She was really enjoying herself and seemed to be happy," says a spy. "She even posed for photographs."

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