She may have the beauty and the fame to get into any party, but when it comes to President-Elect Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities, actress Eva Mendes got the boot!

“Hottest ticket party in town… I thought I had some pull – I usually do, and I’ve been shut down,” The Spirit star told Access Hollywood. “It’s the hardest party to get into.”

Although Mendes says she’s “still working on” getting in, she understands: “They don’t want to make [it] a celebrity studded event because I understand this in an extremely crucial time in our history and in our world right now.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press

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Oprah Winfrey’s production company Harpo Films has signed an exclusive deal to develop and produce movies and miniseries for premium cable channel HBO.

The new three-year deal which begins in 2009 ends the long standing relationship Harpo Films has had with ABC that produced the Emmy-award winning films Tuesdays with Morrie and Their Eyes Were Watching God.

Kate Forte, president of Harpo Films said, “it just seemed like a natural progression to move to HBO.”

“Over the last year, every time that I was bringing up projects to Oprah, every time she’d say ‘this is perfect for HBO,” Forte added.

Winfrey’s own channel, aptly named OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, is debuting next year but is expected to focus on non-scripted programming.

PHOTO CREDIT: REUTERS

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Blindie can remember when we first got hooked on the Twilight saga, dedicating entire days to reading the four books by author Stephenie Meyer. Now it seems there’s another victim to the vampire series: Rosario Dawson!

“I just read the first book, it’s ridiculous, it’s like crack cocaine. I read it for 10 hours straight until I finished it,” Dawson, told People magazine at the Seven Pounds premiere Monday.

“My dad is going to hate me, because I spend zero time with him, reading these books,” the 29-year-old beauty added. “It’s like Judy Blume and Anne Rice had a child and made this book. I’m so attracted.”

PHOTO CREDIT: Associated Press

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President-Elect Barack Obama has been named Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year for 2008.

“He hit the American scene like a thunderclap, upended our politics, shattered decades of conventional wisdom and overcame centuries of the social pecking order,” the magazine writes.

Runners-up included:
Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson
President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin
Chinese film director Zhang Yimou

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