Jennifer Lopez, Oprah Winfrey and Justin Bieber are at the top of Forbes’ annual Most Powerful Celebrities list. Unveiled today, the list is compiled based on earnings as well as TV, press, web and social rankings. So while JLo took home a healthy $52 million last year, that’s chump change compared to Glenn Beck, who, while #23 on the list, is #11 (tied with Elton John) in pay, taking home an estimated $80 million, more than Leonardo DiCaprio ($37M), Brad Pitt ($25) and Julia Roberts ($16M) combined. Beck moves up seven spots from last year’s list.
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Terry Gross: You studied journalism in college. What did you expect to become?
Brad Pitt: I wasn’t really sure. I was just investigating for myself — they have one of the best J-schools in the country.
Gross: This is, where?
Pitt: University of Missouri… It just came to the time of graduation and everyone — all my friends were committing to jobs — and I just realized I was not ready for that yet. I packed up my car. I didn’t graduate — I had two weeks left — and I moved out to L.A.
Gross: Why didn’t you finish those two weeks? I mean, two weeks is a blink of an eye.
Pitt: …I just felt I was done. I was done with it. I knew where I wanted to go. I had a direction. I always liked those moments of epiphany when you have the next destination.
Run Ricky Run, Sean Pamphilon‘s documentary about former retiree Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins, was one of the best in ESPN’s 30-for-3o series. And Pamphilon is reportedly making a follow-up called The Truth Cabin. He told the South Florida Sun Sentinel he has more than 300 hours of Williams footage, dating back to his days at the University of Texas, when he won the Heisman Trophy in 1998. The piece will follow Williams’ abrupt retirement in 2004, his marijuana use and his spiritual sojourns.
In the same way that “Run Ricky Run” went far deeper than Williams’ life as an athlete – he alleged in the film that his father had sexually abused him as a child – Pamphilon makes “The Truth Cabin” sound even less about sports.
“There’s more of Ricky, the element of Ricky and I together and how that impacted me, and the external forces of what brought us together,” Pamphilon said.
YouTube will live-stream all 26 matches from next month’s 2011 Copa America Tournament in Argentina.
The three-week long tournament features 10 South American national teams along with Mexico and Costa Rica and will be streamed to more than 50 countries around the world.
Soccer fans will have access to all 26 matches (July 1-24) on the Copa America channel at youtube.com/copaamerica, including pool play, semi-finals, quarter-finals and the championship match along with highlights, goal compilations and full-game uploads.
Both ESPN and Fox Soccer Channel will televise the historic announcement of the location of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup. The decision will be handed down live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland on Dec. 2.
The United States is bidding against Qatar, Australia, Japan, and Korea Republic for the right to host the latter tournament.
FSC plans to have coverage the day before as well as a one-hour Decision Day 2022: A Fox Soccer Report Special on the second. Curt Menefee will anchor the coverage while Eric Wynalda, Cobi Jones, and Alan Rothenberg provide analysis.
In other World Cup 2022 news, the American Bid Committee is putting the full court press on FIFA, recruiting Bill Clinton to pen an editorial in Sports Illustrated detailing why the tournament should come to the US.
The FSC release is after the jump.
CBSSports.com has long had its own fantasy football league, but now the company is expanding its fantasy presence to a new platform: Facebook.
The network is launching “Franchise Football,” a new variation of fantasy football, which will be available exclusively on the social networking site. Calling it “FarmVille meets Fantasy Sports,” the game will have users selecting real players who will play statistically accurate simulated games. Users can earn virtual cash or “reputation points” depending on how their virtual team plays.
“Fantasy sports is really one of the original social networks so it’s a natural for CBSSports.com to extend these games into the world of social media,” said Jason Kint, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBSSports.com. “Franchise Football will serve as a great extension of our award-winning fantasy football games on CBSSports.com, giving casual players and fanatics alike an avenue to participate in the game on a year round basis.”
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was on CBS’ “Late Show with David Letterman” last week, and while their conversation was wide-ranging, the highlight was an awkward and hilarious exchange about Jay Leno.
Quoth Williams: “Let’s talk about Regis…”
Williams appeared on another NBC News program this morning, moderating “Meet the Press” from New Orleans five years after Katrina. Williams interviewed actor Brad Pitt who is leading an effort to rebuild houses in the city.
Williams interviews Pres. Obama later today and that interview will air tonight on “Nightly News.”