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ANGIE BEATS OUT OPRAH

Published Jun. 5, 2009

It's time for Oprah Winfrey to call in the spin shock troops, because she's officially been kicked out of the No. 1 spot as the most powerful celebrity in the world on the Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Who is the new top dog in Famousville? None other than Angelina Jolie. The list, an aggregate of entertainment-related earnings and (more importantly) media exposure, says Jolie's $27 million in the last year and three flicks - Kung Fu Panda, Wanted and the upcoming Salt - are waaaay better than Oprah's $275 million from her multimedia empire. We're guessing our numerous items on Angie in the last year are what did the trick. Rounding out the top five are Madonna ($110 million), Beyonce ($87 million) and Tiger Woods ($110 million). Angie's boyfriend and baby daddy Brad Pitt clocked in at No. 9. And while the roster includes actors, models, chefs, athletes and musicians, it also includes authors. That earns President Barack Obama a debut spot at No. 49, with $2.5 million in book sales.

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Franco won't give speech at UCLA

Remember how there were a pack of UCLA students who didn't like the idea of James Franco giving their commencement speech for the College of Letters and Science on June 12, going so far as to put up Facebook groups as a protest? Well, they're getting their wish - the actor has begged off the duty because, well, he's just too busy. "I deeply regret not being able to keep my commitment to giving the commencement speech at UCLA's graduation this year," Franco said in statement, Entertainment Weekly reports. "Unfortunately the date conflicts with me needing to be on location to begin pre-production on my next film." Interesting that he waited until a week before the ceremony to spring this.

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Patridge gets greasy with burger

If you can't get enough of refugees from The Hills, you'll be happy to know that Carl's Jr. shelled out some dough for Audrina Patridge to do an ad campaign for its Teriyaki Six Dollar Burger. That's a long way from Padma Lakshmi's steamy commercial a couple of months back. "It was my first experience shooting a spot with food, and when I pulled up, I was literally salivating looking at all the rows and rows of perfect burgers waiting for me," Patridge told People of the shoot, which will debut with the burger on June 24.

From the editors of tbt* - Tampa Bay Times

Edited by Joshua Gillin, jgillin@tampabay.com

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