January 8th, 2010


NBC to Conan O'Brien -- The Choice Is Yours

NBC to Conan O'Brien -- The Choice Is Yours

NBC has given Conan O'Brien the option to either do his show from midnight to 1 or leave the network, sources tell TMZ.

As TMZ first reported, after the Olympics, Jay Leno will get his 11:30 PM time period back. We're told network execs have told Conan they will let him decide if he wants the midnight to 1:00 AM time slot. If he does, Leno's show will only be a half hour. If Conan walks, Leno will get a full hour, informed sources tell TMZ.

Our sources say Conan has not decided what he wants. We do know he's pissed, because he was given no advanced warning this was coming. Conan's people told NBC they are considering the offer. Translation: Mr. O'Brien -- I have Rupert Murdoch on line one, Stephen McPherson on line two, John Landgraf on line three, Jeff Wachtel on line four ...

We're told if Conan gets another offer, even though NBC could block the move, they will let him go and give Leno the full hour.

Stay tuned ...


Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres Discuss Homophobia on Idol

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In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres discuss Ellen's upcoming judgeship at the singing competition, and address the gay banter between Simon and Ryan that has been criticized in the past:

DeGeneres: Simon, I guess this is as good a time as any to tell you – I’m gay.

Cowell: Are you serious? No one told me that. Let me tell you something: We are the least racist, homophobic show in the world. What we do have, thank God, is a sense of humor. I hate political correctness. I wouldn’t go into any show saying anything is off-limits. If we have to abide by a ton of rules, we might as well call it a day now.

EW: Is that cool with you, Ellen?

DeGeneres: Well, I don’t go by that rule, where there’s no political correctness at all. If we lived in a world where there was no such thing as racism or homophobia, then obviously there would be no off-limits. Unfortunately, there are people in this world that don’t like other people, and that was one of the issues that was brought up about Adam Lambert. So I’m sensitive to it just because I’ve experienced that kind of discrimination. At the same time, the stuff that Simon and Ryan do – none of that has ever been offensive to me. I’m more offended by people who make jokes about something sounding like an animal that’s been caught in a lawn mower or whatever. Because there are sick people out there that would go, “What’s that sound like?”

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BAFTA: Long List

Today the so-called "Long List" for the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2010 was released. This is the preliminary to the actual nominations which are announced on January 21st. The result of Round One voting by members of the Academy which had 220 films entered this year, the first round of voting reduces the films down to 15 in each category. Round Two voting, which opens today, will reduce these down to 5 nominations in each category. Over 6000 members of the Academy vote in the three rounds, with final awards given out at the Royal Opera House on February 21st:

Best Film
District 9
An Education
Gran Torino
The Hurt Locker
Inglourious Basterds
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire
The Road
A Serious Man
A Single Man
Star Trek
Up in the Air

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'Bachelor' Contestant Did Not Have Sexual Relations With That Producer

my boatThe 'Bachelor' contestant dismissed from the reality show for an alleged affair with a producer insists, "I did not have a sexual relationship with a producer on the show." In an exclusive interview with RadarOnline.com, Rozlyn Papa says that 'The Bachelor' execs fired her for an "inappropriate relationship" with a producer, but "what they mean by inappropriate relationship is not what inappropriate relationship means in the real world."

The episode depicting Papa's termination from 'The Bachelor' will air January 11, during the season's second episode, but the 28-year-old model insists that her actions have been exaggerated by the show. "I had a relationship with someone on the show that didn't benefit them," she says of the producers.

"This is a TV show and it's made for entertainment, but it is a far cry from reality," Papa explains. "I know that things on television weren't always as they seemed, but I had no idea the extent of the show manipulation."

Papa is no longer dating the producer, who was also fired, but she claims they have remained close. 'The Bachelor' host Chris Harrison said after the two were fired, "It was an incident that we've never had to deal with before. It was tough for everyone, the crew, the women and Jake. Hopefully we can quickly move past this and it won't dominate the season. But definitely everyone will see what happens."

Harrison continued, "An unfortunate decision was made by one of the girls and one of the crew members and the rest you'll have to watch and see."

Papa disagrees. "I am going to hold my head high, I do not regret anything that happened," she says.
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Wonder Girls TOP Billboard Year-End Hot Singles Sales

Wonder Girls continues to make its presence felt in the US music market.

Just recently, the K-pop group's song "Nobody" topped Billboard's Year-End Hot Singles Sales chart, beating big stars like Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Beyonce, among others.

Rest of the source here + Billboard chart

Wow, the WonderGirls fans are all shaking & crying right now because they think this is the biggest accomplishment ever/a big deal, and because they beat people like mariah carey, beyonce & etc. lolwat.

H&M (plus Walmart) caves in; will donate unused clothes to the Ke$has of NYC

This week the New York Times reported a disheartening story about two of the largest retail chains. You see, instead of taking unsold items to sample sales or donating them to people in need, H&M and Wal-Mart have been throwing them out in giant trash bags. And in the case that someone may stumble on these bags and try to keep or re-sell the items, these companies have gone ahead and slashed up garments, cut off the sleeves of coats, and sliced holes in shoes so they are unwearable.

This unsettling discovery was made by graduate student Cynthia Magnus outside the back entrance of H&M on 35th street in New York City. Just a few doors down, she also found hundreds of Wal-Mart tagged items with holes made in them that were dumped by a contractor. On December 7, she spotted 20 bags of clothing outside of H&M including, "gloves with the fingers cut off, warm socks, cute patent leather Mary Jane school shoes, maybe for fourth graders, with the instep cut up with a scissor, men’s jackets, slashed across the body and the arms. The puffy fiber fill was coming out in big white cotton balls.”

The New York Times points out that one-third of the city's population is poor, which makes this behavior not only wasteful and sad, but downright irresponsible. Wal-Mart spokeswoman, Melissa Hill, acted surprised that these items were found, claiming they typically donate all unworn merchandise to charity. When reporters went around the corner from H&M to a collections drop-off for charity organization New York Cares, spokesperson Colleen Farrell said, “We’d be glad to take unworn coats, and companies often send them to us."

After several days of no response from H&M, the company made a statement today, promising to stop destroying the garments at the midtown Manhattan location. They said they will donate the items to charity. H&M spokeswoman Nicole Christie said, "It will not happen again," and that the company would make sure none of the other locations would do so either. Hopefully that's the final word.


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Gaga to team up with Boy George & a casting update for Alejandro video

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EYELINER and outrageous outfits unite LADY GAGA and BOY GEORGE. And they've both been mistaken for the opposite sex too.
Now though, the pair are planning to team up - and GaGa will make a childhood dream come true by getting George to join her on stage at London's O2 Arena in February.

The singer has spoken in the past about George's influence on her when she was growing up.

A source said: "GaGa has always been a fan and now he's got his life back on track it's the perfect opportunity to do something with him."

She is also casting the video for single Alejandro - and is eyeing DAVID WALLIAMS' girlfriend LARA STONE.


Boy George? Lara Stone? Exciting!

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1977 claims another Legend ! Elvis to not celebrate his 75th Birthday (irl)

Special Celebrations Mark Elvis' 75th Birthday

On the 75th anniversary of Elvis Presley's birth, the Smithsonian Institution is showcasing the King of Rock 'n' Roll's ubiquitous image through exhibits opening Friday in Washington and Los Angeles.

"One Life: Echoes of Elvis" will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington through August. The one-room exhibit is devoted to the evolution and influence of Presley's image after his death.

"Think of all the entertainers you know, and how many of them do you know the names of their homes?" said curator Warren Perry. "Everybody needs to have a moment with Elvis."

The exhibit features portraits, images from Graceland, Elvis merchandise and a reminder that Elvis' manager put his face on just about anything that could be marketed. The commercial images include an Elvis-imprinted lunch box, nutcracker, action figure and snow globe.

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List of events held today at Graceland in honor of Elvis' birthday.

Watch the Elvis Presley Day Ceremony live 9:30 a.m with special guests Lisa Marie and Priscilla Presley
GracelandCam™ : Graceland Front Lawn

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Your daily dose of Glee

While out promoting her animated guest appearance in this week's upcoming episode of The Cleveland Show, Jane Lynch spoke about Sue Sylvester's immanent return to the popular Fox series Glee. The Golden Globe nominated comedian did reveal that she will be singing her own show stopping tune before season's end, but she was quite tight lipped about her particular song choice. Here is what she had to say about the show's April return.

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Apparently Fake Michelle Pfeiffer goes for a walk

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Has Michelle Pfeiffer been on a long vacation? She looked GORGEOUS as she walked down a street in Beverly Hills today. She showed off a new shorter and straighter hairdo that practically took ten years off of her!

Up next for the veteran actress is a rumored role in Splendid Films, How to Make Love Like an Englishman. She will co-star alongside the hunky Pierce Brosnan who plays an English literature professor who embarks on an affair with the mother of his much younger former wife.

I’ve yet to hear of a confirmation of her signing on to the film but a girl can hope.

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Edit: I'm sorry for Fake Michelle! The source said it was her, and I haven't seen her here in awhile. Keep it for the lulz, though? 

Heroes was the Most Pirated Show of 2009

Heroes was the Most Pirated Show of 2009

by Tim Surette TV.com Staff Writer 01/04/10 01:45 AM

Peter, the Internet is for mortgage payments and porn ONLY!
Way to go, kids! It's all your fault that Heroes will be canceled! Well, not really, but you're pushing it. According to the blog TorrentFreak, which reports on the Internet black market known as file-sharing, NBC's Heroes was the most illegally downloaded television show of 2009.

The stat shouldn't be taken as gospel, however, as the site merely lists the number of downloads for a show's most popular episode and not its entire season run (not to mention that it's tough to swallow empirical data from a site with "freak" in its name). Still, TorrentFreak claims that the most-pirated episode of Heroes (the particulars of the episode were not disclosed) was "stolen" approximately 6,580,000 times. That's over half a million more than the show's average TV audience.
Overall, sci-fi and action dominated the list of most-pirated shows, with Lost (6,310,000 downloads), Prison Break (3,450,000), Dexter (2,780,000), and House (2,590,000) rounding out the top five. Eight of the top ten entries were broadcast shows, and two were premium-cable shows (Dexter and no. 10 True Blood), indicating that TV piracy isn't committed primarily by those who don't want to pay extra for HBO and Showtime, but rather by those who don't want to pay for cable at all and are willing to watch on their dinky computer monitors.

And while online piracy is thought to be the realm of the male basement nerd, both Grey's Anatomy and Desperate Housewives made the top ten list. Either female basement nerds are getting into the act too, or the guys out there are getting soft. That's what happens when you dudes gender-swap and level a female night elf to 70 in World of Warcraft.

Overall, the takeaway from these numbers isn't that there are millions of horrible people out there stealing TV (a large chunk of the downloads is thought to be from foreign markets that can't get the shows legally), it's this: Television viewing habits are changing. Networks shouldn't be looking for ways to stop illegal downloading, but rather to find a way to make it work to their advantage.

The list:
Show Title, Downloads of most-popular episode
1. Heroes, 6,580,000
2. Lost, 6,310,000
3. Prison Break, 3,450,000
4. Dexter, 2,780,000
5. House, 2,590,000
6. 24, 2,440,000
7. Desperate Housewives, 2,180,000
8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 1,960,000
9. Grey's Anatomy, 1,740,000
10. True Blood, 1,600,000


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Nikki Finke played by someone on Sharkboy's new movie

Nikki got fed some really terrible information. According to EW.com, Taylor Lautner's new flick is called Northern Lights but the rest of Finke's info is questionable or wrong.

Plot - Taycob will play an performance stunt pilot but it is a totally different logline:

Costar - Mr. Katie Holmes will not be playing Taycob's billionaire dad. In fact, there is no charater like that. The other pilots have not been cast yet.

Paycheck - The production company rep. had no comment on Taylor's extravagant paycheck.

So who on earth would've done Nikki wrong in order to drum up some publicity?

Taylor's camp -- not that they've ever done stunt publicity (coughTsquaredcough) at all before and definitely wouldn't want the world thinking he's the top-paid American teen actor -- or someone else?


People's Top Celeb Quotes of the Week!

"I got Rob [Pattinson] to sign a copy of GQ: 'To George, Best of Luck. Hang in there. Love, Rob.'I gave it to George [Clooney] and George signed his Esquire back to him: 'Dear Rob, Thanks for all the inspiration. I'm a huge fan. Love, George, two-time Sexiest Man Alive.'"

– Anna Kendrick, on the friendly banter she encouraged between her two witty costars while simultaneously shooting Twilight and Up in the Air, on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Schuyler Fisk releases new single on I-tunes to benefit the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA!

Hello All!!

Happy 2010!! I am happy to announce to release of my new single "Love Somebody" exclusively on iTunes. I had the pleasure of working with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA this past year and I was blown away by what an amazing non-profit organization it is. I decided that in the spirit of my song, we should all try to share the love and give a little to help those in need...So I thought of an easy way for all of my fans to be a part of the giving. All the proceeds of my song "Love Somebody" will go to benefit the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. The SPCA is a non-profit animal welfare organization that provides a safe environment for lost, abandoned, and homeless animals. The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is a no-kill facility, with amazing volunteers. It is very easy to help, just by buying this song on itunes!! Let's make this new year a year of giving.

If you are interesting in donating more, you can also donate online at http://www.caspca.org

Please send me a picture of you and your loved pets so i can post a little video on my page!
Please send all pictures to: LoveSomebodyProject@gmail.com

all my LOVE

It's an adorable and peppy song. :)...if anything, if you haven't heard of Schuyler, this could at least intoduce you to her...or this could become a BSC post. ;)

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A Spy in the House of Chuck (Ryan McPartlin, tv.com interview)

A Spy in the House of Chuck

by Louis Peitzman TV.com Staff Writer 01/07/10 03:46 PM

Supposedly, football player-turned-model-turned actor Ryan McPartlin is just Captain Awesome on the comic spy series, Chuck. But talking to him it doesn't take long to see the similarities. Both downplay their talents, both have a good sense of humor about themselves- and both display washboard abs. TV.com spoke to McPartlin about working on Chuck, developing rapport with his co-stars (especially with his now-wife), and helping transform Captain Awesome from background character to would-be spy.

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Sega has revealed that the Aliens vs. Predator Hunter Edition, announced originally for Europe earlier this month, will be hugging the US in the face as well. That's a good thing.

Aliens vs. Predator has only been in the news due to its battle with the Australian Classification Board but now that the ugliness is over (Sega won their appeal; the game will be released in the land down under), we can turn our attention to the game itself.

This one really does have a ton of potential, and if you're convinced of its impending quality, perhaps you'll spring for the special Hunter Edition.

Previously announced for European territories, it has now been revealed that this jam-packed bundle will also be coming to the US, which only proves that publishers aren't too concerned about pricey packages.

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Jack White Solo Album Stuff

Jack White reveals solo album details

He's considering playing all the instruments himself on the album

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Jack White has revealed details of his solo album, which he says he may record this year.

The White Stripes frontman hinted that he could get around to recording material for the album in the near future, though he admitted to Rolling Stone that he doesn't know what form it will take.

Asked to confirm whether he was still planning to release a solo album, White replied: "Eventually, yeah, for sure."

Speaking about whether he would play all instruments on it, he declared: "I've never done that [played everything himself]. I thought about that. That might be the challenge - to differentiate from anything else that I've done."

White also added that he doesn't know when he will begin work on new White Stripes, Raconteurs or Dead Weather material, explaining that he prefers to work without timeframes.

"It would be a mistake for me to premeditate anything, even in the next six months, to say what I'm going to do," White explained. "I honestly could be working on a White Stripes [album] in the next two weeks. I have no idea if that is going to happen. And the same with The Dead Weather. I'd rather live like this without a calendar in front of me."

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iamamiwhoami... goldfrapp?

The viral campaign posted about yesterday has signed up a twitter account, @iamamiwhoami. Their tweets include messages like "SPREAD THE WORD. IT IS COMING." and "SHE IS HUNGRY". The account has posted a link to its videos, as well as sending this message - "WILL YOU FOLLOW OR FLEE? SPREAD THE WORD. #sheiscoming" - to a number of other celebrities and Twitter users.

Viewers have pointed to a number of artists as a possible source, such as Bjork, Goldfrapp, The Knife, or even Christina Aguilera, who worked with Goldfrapp on her forthcoming album.

Who could it be?

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What a fattie. Bet he can't zip that jacket up

Gerard Butler steps out of the Roger Room lounge in Los Angeles on Thursday (January 7) after celebrating dropped battery charges against him.

The 40-year-old Bounty Hunter actor was charged with a misdemeanor battery charge due to a scuffle with a photographer at the RocknRolla premiere party back in October of 2008. Gerry completed the necessary community service to clear his name. If he had been convicted, he would have faced up to six months in jail.


KOL = Bro Music + Bro Fashion

Are the Kings of Leon the future of Bro Music + Fashion?

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As yall know, the Kings of Leon ‘crossed over’, and have entered the realm of Nickelback fans + bros who are ‘vibing’ for their own sense of high-end consumer individuality. In their hit song “Use Somebody”, they sing, “U know that I could use somebody…Some1 like u.” Little did Americans + bros across the world know that we would rely on them so heavily in the decade of 2k10. Ever since the Strokes put their brand of ‘cool’ into hibernation, the Kings of Leon have built a generic, accessible brand of ‘cool’ that most bros can identify with.

Bros just want good music, that ‘effing rocks’, played by a group of manbros, showing off different combos of muscles + chest hair + innovative facial hair. Bros need bandBros who do ‘kewl shit’ on guitar, and the ideal lead singer must have a voice that ‘gets you fucking jacked’, but can also ‘chill you out.’ Some songs ‘effing rock’ but other ‘are chill ditties that you can play at an open-air party where beer is chilled upon.’ Kings of Leon seem to be perfect for bros. It is also beneficial that they are ‘hot’ according to mainstream broads so that bros+broads can have a common interest.

Feel happy that the KoL just launched their new ‘fashion line.’ I feel like it will really appeal to high-end consumer bros, possibly taking away sales from Ed Hardy. I am always fascinated by general consumer decisions by bros who were born into wealthy families, have never really had any real problems in their lives’ besides ‘fitting in’ and ‘banging hot girls who they though they deserved.’ Feel like their insecurity really manifests itself when they overcompensate with high end bro fashion choices, and excessive early adoption to technology.

Decided to take a look at the Kings of Leon Fashion Line. Think this is actually ‘high end shit’, not mass produced to make mad walmart/target/pacsun/jcpenney sales [via Mary Kate+Ash 'Heath Killa' Olsens].


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Nick Jonas: Loving Life with the Administration

Braving the chilly east coast weather, Nick Jonas was all bundled up while out in New York City on Thursday afternoon (January 7).

The Jonas Brothers hunk was surrounded by security staffers as he got himself ready for an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Currently busy touring on his new solo project, Nick Jonas and the Administration, the 17-year-old recently chatted with MTV News about how things have been going so far.

“I thought it was great,” he tells of the first show in Dallas. “It’s kind of hard to believe it’s all happening, to think I’m on tour now is an incredible thing ... after that was done I realized I’m going to be on the road for the month.”

Nick continues, “I think it is [sinking in] now that I have seen my tour bus. And people are starting to get more familiar with the material ... [Also the fan response has] been great so far, and seeing them and pouring my heart into this performance every night is a lot of fun.”


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Mischa Barton Has Packed On The Pounds

Mischa Barton was spotted in LA carrying a few extra pounds

Mischa got work!

NBC confirms that Barton has been cast as a prostitute named Gladys on the March 3 episode of "Law & Order: SVU." Word is, Gladys has a secret which will create some sort of trouble for Benson.

What Mischa didn't tell Benson is that she secretly replaced a normal, competent Law & Order guest star with an insane one who randomly breaks down crying on set because she doesn't have one of those directors chairs with her name on it. Let's see if anyone can tell the difference!

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Ice Skating Meets Gymnastics on NBC This Weekend

No one will be walking the balance beam in ice skates. . . that I know of. . . but you will see something you've never seen before and that's a match up of top Olympic ice skaters and gymnasts performing together on stage.

The Progressive Skating & Gymnastics Spectacular will air this Sunday at 4 p.m. ET on NBC. Olympic gymnastics gold medalists Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will be leading a team of all-stars including, on the gymnastics side, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Jonathan Horton, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Raj Bhavsar and two-time World All-Around Champion Ivan Ivankov.

On the skating side, you'll see three-time World champion Elvis Stojko, 1996 World champion Todd Eldredge, three-time National champion Michael Weiss and 2007 U.S. National silver medalist Emily Hughes.

Commentary will be provided by Peggy Fleming, Bart Connor and Nadia Comenici.

To add to the excitement, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale will be there to perform her latest hit.

That's this Sunday, January 10 on NBC.



Hit? Ashley Tisdale had a hit? 
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Conrad Murray to be charged with involuntary manslaughter

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LOS ANGELES -- A source in the Michael Jackson death investigation says prosecutors will seek an involuntary manslaughter indictment of Michael Jackson's doctor, Dr. Conrad Murray.

A law enforcement source says Dr. Conrad Murray will be prosecuted on a theory of gross negligence, according to the Associated Press. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation remains open.

Th source told the AP that the Los Angeles Police Department will follow the formality of presenting the case to the district attorney before an indictment can be sought.

Murray, Jackson's personal physician who provided him with the anesthetic propofol that coroner's officials say killed the pop singer, has remained the main focus in the investigation.

Murray has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and insists he gave then-appropriate medical aid when he found Jackson distressed and not breathing on June 25. His attorney has stressed that Murray is fully cooperating with authorities.

The Los Angeles County coroner's office determined that Jackson died from "acute propofol intoxication" combined with sedatives and labeled his death a homicide.

Along with his Houston clinic and a rented storage unit, authorities have also conducted searches at Murray's home and office in Las Vegas, at properties in Los Angeles, and at a Las Vegas pharmacy where police say Murray bought five100-milliliter bottles of propofol.


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Ugly Betty 4.11 "Back In Her Place" Promo

"BACK IN HER PLACE" synopsis: A battered but unbowed Betty recounts her worst week EVER to Mr. Z (guest star Fisher Stevens) as the show flashes back to her horrible last few days. Frustrated over the frivolous assignments Wilhemina gives her at Mode, and inspired by Audrey Hepburn's memoir, Betty creates her own blog about amazing charitable ventures that inspire her. However, as her hobby enriches her, her job is nearly killing her, since Wilhemina tortures Betty with beauty experiments for future stories. Meanwhile, Daniel fears Marc is sabotaging him -- and he is; Bobby treats a hormonal Hilda to some pampering during "Hilda Week," which goes awry, and Wilhelmina makes a long-term commitment to the incarcerated Connor, on "Ugly Betty," WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET).


Ask 'Dear John' Stars a Question for Moviefone's Unscripted!

is looking for fans to submit questions for an upcoming episode of Unscripted for 'Dear John' starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried.  If you're unfamiliar with Unscripteds, they are when stars of a movie interview one another with questions sent in by fans.

"On Saturday, Jan. 9 Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried will be filming an Unscripted interview where they'll be asking each other questions submitted by you. Ask Channing Tatum about his upcoming projects. Or ask Amanda is she's a fan of Nicholas Sparks...Really, you can ask anything you want..."

Questions must be submitted by TODAY since the interview tapes tomorrow --- and all questions need to be submitted to the original MOVIEFONE post here or click on the pic above!

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First A-Team Trailer Hits Net

Joe Carnahan’s film re adaptation of Steve J. Cannell’s classic A-Team series has finally gotten its world preview with a new trailer. (Via FilmStage) A Canadian newspaper had posted it online and it was previously only available to those in that country. Now we have our first look. The film also stars Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson, Sharlto Copley. Ridley and Tony Scott are producing. Check it out below quickly, as it may get taken down. It’s low quality, but that’s all we have for now. The film plans to be attached to this weekend’s release of Daybreakers. I am sure we will have a high-rez version soon.

The plot of the film will be the same as the original series but the tone will be that of Mission: Impossible meets Ocean’s Eleven rather than the campy style of the classic TV show. Like the theme song used to go. This follows a group of wrongly imprisoned soldiers who escape from military prison in order to prove their innocence. they become soldiers of fortune by helping people edging closer to being cleared of their crimes.

Source- http://www.fusedfilm.com/2010/01/bad-ass-must-watch-first-a-team-trailer-explodes-online/

o hai shirtless B. Coops.

Slow News Day? Here's A Bit of Online Pop Culture News

Apparently membership to BeautifulPeople.com should come with an anti-eggnog advisory -- 5,000 of its users have been banned for gaining too much weight over the holidays.

The boot came after the site began receiving complaints from some of its users about meeting up with people who had gained weight since the holidays or whose recently uploaded pictures showed visible weight gain.

To join the online dating site already existing members have to vote on whether an applicant is attractive enough. Apparently the cumulative effects of pumpkin pie, spinach dip and hot buttered rum were more than some people could handle.

In an interview with BBC, site founder Robert Hintze said, "Letting fatties roam the site is a direct threat to our business model and the very concept for which BeautifulPeople.com was founded." Call us crazy, but we wouldn't want to date anyone with this mentality, regardless of whether or not they think we're hot.

The site now only lets members of the opposite sex vote members out because, Hodge noted, lots of women were voting other women out to simply cut down on the competition.

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Sean Penn: 'Hurt Locker' Most Significant Film in Years

“The Hurt Locker” has picked up plenty of high-profile fans over the past year, starting with the critics groups that have named it the best film of the year. Kathryn Bigelow’s tense drama about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq has scored a rare trifecta with the three most prestigious groups – the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle and the National Society of Film Critics – plus top honors from close to a dozen other critics groups.

And actor Robert Duvall said that the film was “the best movie I have seen in years – one of the ten best movies of my life.”

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because there have to be at least a few aging riot grrrls here

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Kathleen Hanna has donated a bunch a collection of her zines + assorted writings to the NYU's Fales Library, for their brand new Riot Grrrl Collection?
And we just heard from Soul Ponies that Kate Wadkins is gonna be moderating a Riot Grrrl panel during Sarah Lawrence's Women's History Month conference??

Two things are happening here:
1. New York as a whole just got a million times cooler
2. 2010 is clearly the year of the long awaited Riot Grrrl comeback!!

Super exciting for aging ladies like myself who were just a litttlleee bit too young to enjoy the scene to it's fullest during it's heyday. It's wonderful and perfect that the movement is getting the academic recognition it deserves, and being treated like an legitimate part of feminist history!

So jealous of New York right now! I need to get there ASAP, or you know, around March 5th & 6th for the Women's History Conference. Please donate Buddy Passes to Young Creature: stuck in Chicago, IL.

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Chris Brown's Photoshoot with MTV



In these new MTV photos, Chris Brown, who recently released his album, Graffiti, to an audience wildly divided over his relative guilt or innocence and his worth as an artist, looks like a different man.

Just on the surface, Chris Brown looks more pensive; and that this whole ordeal has changed him.

At the very least, the post-teenage boy that so many fell in love with definitely seems to be going through some growing pains. Check out the pictures and read into them what you will.

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Ask 'Lost' Stars a Question for AOL Television's Outside the Box!

AOL Television
is looking for fans to submit questions for an upcoming episode of Outside the Box with the cast of LOST!  If you're unfamiliar with Outside the Box, they are when stars of a television show interview one another with questions sent in by fans (similar to Moviefone's Unscripteds).

"The final season of 'Lost' is almost here and we're giving fans the chance to pose questions for the cast that we'll ask in our Outside the Box interview.

This Tuesday, AOL TV will sit down with cast members including Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Jorge Garcia, Michael Emerson, Daniel Dae Kim and Emilie de Ravin."

All questions must be submitted to the original AOL TV post here or by clicking on the pic above.

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Directors Guild of America announces its TV nominees for 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA: The Directors Guild of America today announced the Guild's nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials for the year 2009.

"Television directors play a crucial role in eliciting performance, advancing the story and establishing the look and feel in all genres of television," said DGA President Taylor Hackford. "The DGA Awards highlight the most outstanding examples of excellence in television each year, and our 41 nominees in eight categories have distinguished themselves with creative, compelling projects that entertained and informed a diverse worldwide audience. Congratulations to all of them."

The winners will be announced at the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

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Rpattz to have onscreen sex with Uma Thurman .

The ladies love to see Robert Pattinson getting steamy with Kristen Stewart in the “Twilight” films, and now he’s set for an on-screen hookup with Uma Thurman.

According to a report, the “New Moon” stud has signed on for the lead in “Bel Ami,” playing an ambitious young journalist named Georges Duroy.

And in the process of sleeping his way to the top, Pattinson’s character ends up in the sack with Thurman’s character Madeleine.

Robert recently admitted that he’s a bit apprehensive with anything outside his mainstay vampire role. “You get offered stuff that you would never dream of getting offered before, but that’s also scary. You don’t have to audition for anything. But I don’t want to do a movie just so it gets made. You have to question yourself a lot more. Before Twilight, I did any movie that I got offered, and you’d try and make the best of it afterward. But now, you’re expected to come into the movie and provide not only economic viability, but also a performance as well.”


McGregor, Douglas, Fassbender in Soderbergh's 'Knockout'

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Steven Soderbergh promised to surround mixed martial artist Gina Carano with strong actors for her feature debut when he first spoke about his revenge spy movie “Knockout,” and he is now delivering the goods.

Michael Fassbender, Ewan McGregor and Michael Douglas are in negotiations to join the cast of the production, which is being financed by Relativity. Dennis Quaid is also in negotiations in join the cast.

Written by Lem Dobbs, the story sees a female spy (Carano) working for a Blackwater-style security contractor who is betrayed by one of her teammates.

McGregor would play the owner of the company, a one-time confidant of Carano who switches allegiances.

Fassbender will play a British agent who teams up with Carano but proves untrustworthy while Douglas will play an American executive of McGregor’s company who works with her to take down the company.

The movie is scheduled to go before cameras in February in several locations around the world and will be selling at the European Film Market in Berlin. Lionsgate is distributing the movie domestically.

Fassbender, repped by WME, is coming off Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” where he played Lt. Archie Hicox. McGregor, repped by WME and United Agents, next appears in Roman Polanski’s “The Ghost Writer” while WME-repped Douglas, who worked with Soderbergh on the Oscar-winning “Traffic,” wrapped “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” last month.



Btw, I totally shared the same breathing air as Fassbender last night at the Fish Tank screening in Brooklyn. Was anyone else from ONTD there? Didn't meet him 'cause I had to get to Queens asap, but it looked like I would've had to wade through a sea of yuppie film buffs to talk to him and I didn't have the time. No pics. Fail. 
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Done with “Hannah Montana” in 2010

Ready to move her career in a different path, Miley Cyrus’ hit show “Hannah Montana” is coming to an end this year.

With reps for Disney confirming the news to the New York Post earlier today (January 8), Miley and the gang will begin filming the fourth and final season starting on January 18th through the summertime.

Meanwhile, the theme of Miley’s departure will be seen in the season-three finale, “Is Miley Saying Goodbye?”, which airs on the Disney Channel in mid-March.

Of the departure, Disney Channel executive Andy Bonnett tells: “It’s one of the things [her character Miley Stewart] has been wrestling with for months. Whether it’s time to make a decision to continue being Hannah Montana or just be a regular, ordinary girl.”


Sam UNFington wasn't the first choice for Avatar

James Cameron: Damon, Gyllenhaal Could’ve Been In ‘Avatar’

LOS ANGELES, Calif. --

The box office behemoth “Avatar” has served as a big break for Sam Worthington, but James Cameron said the Australian actor wasn’t always up for the lead role.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Matt Damon] were bandied about,” the director told MTV News. “The studio was interested in having a name, I think really just for the part of it we’re doing right now, which is, ‘How do you sell this movie? What are the handles on this thing that we can sell it to the media somehow or get media attention?’ Well, having a name actor gets you on talk shows and all that sort of thing. So there was some value to that idea, and we explored it.”

However, he decided it was Sam who best personified the character of Sully.

“Ultimately we kept coming back to Sam,”
he said. “Sam was the guy who just — he was the guy. Even with the accent and everything. You hear Sam talk and he sounds like Crocodile Dundee — but you hear him in the character and he’s utterly and completely the guy.”

Audiences seem to agree – as previously reported on AccessHollywood.com, “Avatar” recently overtook “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” as the second-highest grossing film in box office history with $1.14 billion – with no signs of slowing down yet.

And according to
Ain’t It Cool News, Sam may get another shot at the world of Pandora. A fan in attendance at a Los Angeles “Avatar” screening and Q&A told the site that James said, “Yes, there’ll be another,” adding that the plan had always been to make a trilogy".

However, a possible “Avatar” sequel isn’t the only project on the director’s plate. According to
Variety, James has optioned the rights to the book “The Last Train To Hiroshima: The Survivors Look Back,” which will hit bookstores on January 19. He reportedly met with Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived the World War II bombings of both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in December during a trip to Japan. Yamaguchi, 93, died on Monday.



Christina Ricci joins RPattz, Kristen Scott Thomas in Bel Ami

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There’s yet another woman starring alongside Robert Pattinson in Bel Ami to envy! We’ve already had to accept Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas will get a piece of our R-Pattz action and now we’ll have to make nice with Christina Ricci.Christina will reportedly be taking on the role of Clotilde, the wife of a railway inspector who is gone for long periods of time, Gossip Cop reports.

Robert is reported to play the lead character Georges Duroy, described as a man who make it to the top by manipulating multiple wealthy and powerful mistresses.

Uma is set to play a woman who is well-connected in Parisian society before she later becomes Rob’s wife — lucky girl!

Kristin will play a socialite who falls for Rob’s character and gets too clingy — who wouldn’t!

The film is an adaptation from Guy de Maupassant’s short story Bel Ami and is reported to begin filming in February in London and Budapest.

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Craig Ferguson Talks Leno/Conan Rumors, Remains Awesome

With the rumors of a late night shake up at NBC swirling, Craig Ferguson didn't shy away from mocking the situation during his monologue last night. While he expressed the utmost respect for both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, he relished in the mess that the NBC execs had made, knowing that his own show would be safe.

He then assured the audience that he would continue to make the "crappiest late night TV show" on a consistent basis:

We'll be the ones who sucked the most. But what did we do? We sucked at the same damn time ever night. Every night join me right here and you will get your regular dose of suck."



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First Look: Jack Black joins 'Community' (EW Popwatch)

First Look: Jack Black joins 'Community'

by Jeff Labrecque

Jack Black crashes the Community clique in an episode airing Jan. 14. The frenetic funnyman plays a flaky classmate who’s been stalking Jeff (Joel McHale) and the study group. “There’s this awesome way we go back and show you that he’s been in all of our classes,” says McHale. “We just didn’t realize it.” Black’s possibly unstable student strums his guitar and tries to win over the gang with homemade lemon bars. “This character was perfect for Jack,” says McHale. “He makes so much out of every word that it was inevitable that he’d be terrific.”

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London (ANI): Russell Brand will tie the knot with Katy Perry in the next six months after the British comedian popped the question during their holiday in India, according to reports. The lovestruck couple, who have been together for four months, were said to be already in the process of making arrangements for the big day.

Buzz up!
"Russell caught everyone off-guard with the engagement. They've decided they won't be messing about and have already made a start on the plans for the big day," the Sun quoted a source as saying. The 34-year-old comic reportedly proposed the 25-year-old singer at the posh Taj Rambagh Palace hotel in Jaipur.

A hotel worker revealed: "He had organized a special dining experience. We set a table in a garden with candles everywhere. They arrived in a horse and carriage with a glass of champagne and we served them dinner. At midnight they enjoyed fireworks while sitting on an elephant, which Mr Brand specially requested. Then they were taken to the Mughal Garden - which was decorated by flowers and candlelight.

"Mr Brand had given his butler the diamond ring to hide among the flowers. Miss Perry found it, he proposed, and she immediately said 'Yes'. After that they requested 45 minutes' privacy. They looked like they were beautifully in love."


my boyfriend would never do this shit. very jealous.

Beyoncé's Team Releases Statement

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Remember that
post of Beyonce performing at a party in St. Bart’s on New Year’s Eve? It was also reported that she was paid a tasty $2 million dollars. Well, it turns out that the party she performed at was hosted by a member of the Gaddafi family, who are known supporters of terrorist acts. As a result, this has caused much uproar in the media this week, forcing the 28-year-old’s camp to release an official statement on her website.

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Kick-Ass releases a new trailer

One of the most anticipated comic-book movies this year -- aside from Iron Man 2 -- is Kick-Ass, the funny, violent and action-packed flick about a teen who decides to become a real-life superhero.

Last year the movie previewed at Comic-Con to an enthusiastic crowd, and it landed a distributor shortly thereafter. I was lucky to see some of that footage, and I can't wait to view the whole thing when it opens April 16.

Today Yahoo posted a new trailer for Kick-Ass, which stars Aaron Johnson, Nicolas Cage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Chloe Moretz.

To see more of what you're in for, here are a few pages from the Marvel comic, written by Mark Millar and illustrated by John Romita Jr.

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I Hope This Shit Ain't True Morgan!!

Morgan Freeman agrees to start a family with step-granddaughter

Last summer, the National Enquirer ran two stories within a month that pretty much grossed out every single person in the world. According to their reporting and sources, Morgan Freeman 72, had been engaged in a decade-long affair with his 27-year-old step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines. Hines is the granddaughter of Morgan’s first wife (Jeanette Adair Bradshaw), and they are not related by blood, although Morgan did help raise E’Dena for a significant part of her childhood. The Enquirer also claimed that it was Morgan’s affair with E’Dena that lead to the split with his second wife Myrna. Apparently, when Morgan began romancing E’Dena, then a teenager, E’Dena went to Myrna for help, Myrna confronted Morgan, he promised not to do anything, and yet his decade-long affair with E’Dena began around that time.

After that story, the Enquirer went on to claim in a follow-up that Morgan and E’Dena were preparing to marry, although both were “dating other people”. After that, the story kind of died out, and I don’t think I’m alone in hoping that the stories were some kind of fluke. Well… after six months, the Enquirer’s got a new scoop: not only are Morgan and E’Dena still together, they’re planning for a baby! I think I’m going to throw up.

Morgan Freeman’s step-granddaughter E’Dena Hines is pushing the actor to start a family with her - and he’s agreed! Morgan plans to marry his mistress E’Dena once his messy divorce from wife Myrna is finalized.

“E’Dena wants Morgan’s baby,” a close source told The Enquirer. “She believes that will give her a final hold on Morgan and, after his divorce with Myrna is over, she will end up marrying him.”

Morgan and Myrna continue to battle out of court over how to divide his complicated state worth more than $120 million. And now, in a twist worthy of any movie melodrama, the accomplished actor has to keep a second woman happy.

“Morgan has gone along with E’Dena’s wishes of having a baby,” said the close source. “he knows it would be disastrous is E’Dena blew up and went public with everything she knows.”

Myrna knows about Morgan’s relationship with E’Dena, but when she heard about E’Dena’s plans to get pregnant by Morgan, Myrna was furious, say sources.

Confided an insider: “Myrna told E’Dena, ‘If you think you’re having his baby, you’ve got another thing coming’”

Although E’Dena is convinced Morgan loves her and wants to start a family with her, Myrna made it clear she would do everything she could to talk Morgan out of it.

“But E’Dena knows Morgan wants her and that is all that matters to her,” divulged an insider.

“Myrna never gave Morgan children of his own,” said the close source. “E’Dena believes if she can give him a baby, she would win his heart forever. And if she can’t give him a child of their own, she wants to adopt.”

E’Dena’s youth is “very attractive” to the grandfatherly actor, according to“She uses her youth to her advantage. She knows it really feeds Morgan’s ego to have a young woman hanging all over him. E’Dena believes that getting pregnant would make sure she becomes the next Mrs. Morgan Freeman.”

[From The National Enquirer, print edition. January 18, 2010]

The Enquirer also notes that following their first two stories about the relationship, Morgan never issued any kind of denial about anything involving E’Dena or anything else. Now, that could just mean that he doesn’t feel like denying something so gross. Or it could mean that he has no room to deny anything. In any case, isn’t this situation disgusting? I mean… if it was just some random 27-year-old woman who was all up on a 72-year-old, trying to get pregnant, I would still think it was gross, but the whole thing with Morgan and his wives and step-children and seducing his step-grandchild who he’s now going to impregnate? I need a shower.


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The Ginger Messiah: Tackling 'Tanorexia'.

GIRLS Aloud star Nicola Roberts has landed her own TV show where she will explore how far people will go to get a tan.

The pale singer, 24, who admits to being a ‘tanorexic’ in the past, will discover the dangers folk face by wanting to be orange – as shown in this picture.

She said: “I tried to cover up my insecurities by turning into a big-time tanorexic. I had every product from every range. I needed my fix.”

Meanwhile Hollywood actress Lindsay Lohan, 23, will investigate child trafficking in India for a TV project.

Both shows will air on BBC3 this spring.

Can't believe I'm sourcing this newspaper

Even with cancer-ridden scabby arms, she is still a fierce bitch who I want to touch inappropiately.

ONTD, pale vs. tanned? How tanned is too tanned? And etc.
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Artie Lange Released From Hospital After Suicide Attempt

Here's hoping Artie Lange does as great a job in his role as recovering patient as he did playing sidekick to Howard Stern.

The King of All Media's court jester has been released from Jersey City Medical Center after undergoing surgery in the wake of a suicide attempt, the details of which have finally been confirmed by police.

"Mr. Lange was found by his mother at 9:36 a.m. on Saturday," Hoboken Police Det. Lt. Mark Dompetello told E! News. "She called 911 when she found him in a pool of blood. He was semiconscious [and] then became unconscious.

"Our medics came. Apparently he had nine self-inflicted knife wounds, and it was ruled to be an apparent attempted suicide. There's no active criminal investigation."

Lange's family has yet to remark on the funnyman's condition, standing by their comment earlier this week that the traumatic incident was "a family matter."

But Lange's other family hasn't kept as quiet on their feelings—mostly anger—on the situation.

While Stern acknowledged on yesterday morning's Sirius XM radio show that he had not spoken to Lange since the weekend attempt—which police said the 42-year-old carried out with a 13-inch kitchen knife—cohost Robin Quivers had.

"He's doing well, physically," she said.

But while the team offered nothing but support and well-wishes to their troubled colleague, they had a different set of feelings for the person and paper responsible for first leaking the morbid details.

"I'm so upset about the story," Stern said. "I was actually hoping it wouldn't come out. I thought we were out of the woods with that...I really would love to know who the scumbag is who releases that information to the press. You know, who sneakily finds something out and tells the press, 'cause this really is a private matter and something that has gotten me so distressed, so upset and so bewildered, I don't even know what to think.

"I'm angry about it, I'm sad about it, I'm just all over the place emotionally about this whole thing.

"I'm pissed off that this story got out there. I'm pissed off at the s--thead who maybe got paid 10 bucks to tip off Page Six. And honestly. I don't know what to say about this story. It's such a mind-boggling thing that's gone down, I don't even wanna in any kind of way say the wrong thing, or—I think the word is— exacerbate the situation."

Stern, who refused to read the then-unconfirmed self-stabbing report on air, said he has "always tried to maintain my loyalty to Artie," and now would be no exception, even if he was at a loss at to how, exactly, to do that.

"I don't know what to do in this situation. There's nothing to do. Artie's demons ran deeper than I ever knew.

"I certainly wish Artie well," he continued. "I'm just freaked out. The whole thing's a mess."

Though a mess with a better than expected ending.

"It's a miracle he's alive," Stern said. "It is, it's a miracle."


I'm so glad he's doing better!!


Will Arnett and his girlfriend Jason Bateman are DumbDumb partners

"Arrested Development" duo Jason Bateman and Will Arnett have partnered with Ben Silverman's new Electus shingle to launch a digital-driven production company.Bateman and Arnett's DumbDumb label will focus on developing commercials and shorts for advertisers, as well as other original content that might eventually be adapted into big-screen properties.

Bateman, Arnett and Silverman were set to announce the launch of DumbDumb on Friday at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

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Why Cory Matthews, why?


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Ben Savage, aka Cory Matthews of Boy Meets World, spent New Year's Eve partying it up in Vegas, thereby proving that old proverb, "Make one popular sitcom in your teens and get laid the rest of your life."

Though somewhat off the radar, Ben Savage has been pretty busy since Boy Meets World ended: He went to Stanford, he interned with Arlen Specter, he died in a car accident, and made a guest appearance on "Without A Trace". It's no wonder he needed to let off steam in Vegas!

Savage spent the evening of December 31st at Wasted Space, along with his friend, the somewhat maligned Ben Lyons. While there, he met a group of pretty young things who were impressed enough with his TGIF pedigree and dance moves to spend the entire evening with them (or maybe they just thought he could hook them up with Rider Strong?)

Ben certainly didn't shy away from the camera, nor does he shy away from the numerous girls who seem to be throwing themselves at him. And based on the expressions on his face (and the sheer amount of photos!), he seems to be LOVING the attention.

Maybe it's because he knows that deep down, despite how much we all love Cory Matthews, he doesn't really hold a candle to Kevin Arnold…

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The New Kids: Chloe Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee

Lest Twilight fans worry that vampire-chic has lost its momentum, rest assured: with the 2010 release of Let Me In, blood is still the new black. The American remake of Let the Right One In, a Swedish coming-of-age tale about a young boy who befriends a young girl (who is actually an ancient vampire), joins a field already littered with creatures of the night. Taking over for the boy and the bloodsucker are 13-year-old Kodi Smit-McPhee and 12-year-old Chloë Moretz. McPhee, already an Australian Film Institute award winner for his role in 2007’s Romulus, My Father, appears next in this winter’s grueling, apocalyptic adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, scrounging for food and safety in a decimated landscape with Viggo Mortensen. The Australian, whose real father is also an actor, attends school when he’s home, but readily admits, “I like being different from the other kids.”

Moretz, who has appeared in (500) Days of Summer and the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror — which, until recently, her parents wouldn’t let her watch — just filmed Matthew Vaughn’s ultra-violent Kick-Ass, about a boy who becomes a superhero. For that movie, the home-schooled Moretz, who plays Hit Girl, completed four months of martial arts training, learning to roll, flip and run up walls. She also learned to assemble and disassemble guns like an NRA lifer.

Moretz, who precociously insists, “I am mature but I’m still only 12,” thinks she’d like to be an actress for the rest of her life. If that doesn’t work out, however, she’s got her head in the clouds. “I would love to fly airplanes,” she says. “I think being a pilot would be really fun. Especially helicopters.”

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Charmed is Coming Back!

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BF has stumbled upon some unconfirmed information that Zenescope Entertainment has obtained the license to the TV show Charmed. The publisher is likely to release a Charmed comic somewhere in 2010.

Charmed is the hit TV series about three sisters that are descendants of a long line of female witches. They discover they have special powers - enforced when they use their power as a unit - and go out to kick some demon and warlock butt. The show starred actresses Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and Shannen Doherty as sisters battling evil forces for over 60 episodes. Doherty was replaced by Rose McGowan for the next 112 episodes.

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Anti-smoking activists go after Avatar

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Single-issue viewers, who reduce the experience of watching a movie to the sole object of their obsession, do exactly the opposite of what critics do, or should do. But several notable critics have taken seriously the complaints of such anti-smoking activists as Stanton A. Glantz—who recently told the New York Times , about the depiction in “Avatar” of Sigourney Weaver’s character smoking, “This is like someone just put a bunch of plutonium in the water supply.” The ways in which such hysteria poses risks to our cinematic health became quickly apparent.

On Tuesday, A. O. Scott, in a Times blog post called “Movies and Vices: Made for Each Other,” links to the post about Glantz while nonetheless defending Cameron’s representation of a smoker:

As long as there have been movies, there have been scolds who condemn the movies for glamorizing vice. And the scolds have generally been right: one of the great pleasures of movie watching is that it allows us to witness and vicariously take part in all kinds of behavior we wouldn’t dream of (or would only dream of) undertaking in our daily lives.

Scott comes to the conclusion that “an on-screen smoke should remain an available pleasure, a signifier of the kind of romance only movies can deliver.” So much for realism. Rather, I’d say—starting with Scott’s title—that “Movies and X,” where X is any human activity, are “made for each other.” When I see a movie, I don’t need to have smoking confined to contexts of arrant fantasy or rank moralism; there are many people who are admirable in many ways and who also smoke, and I’d be shocked to find them, or the fullness of their characters, excluded from the screen (and surprised to learn that Scott, who has written eloquently in favor of realism in the cinema, would want them so excluded).

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Update on Conan

Conan O’Brien May Have Options at Fox

The future of NBC’s late-night plans may wind up in Conan O’Brien’s hands.

One day after NBC executives said privately that they were contemplating a plan to move Jay Leno back to 11:35 p.m., representatives of Mr O’Brien made it clear the comedian has not accepted NBC’s plan and was likely not to agree any time in the near future.

At the same time a new possibility may be emerging for Mr. O’Brien — at a rival network. The Fox network apparently wants Mr. O’Brien — and the public — to know that it thinks very highly of the late-night star.

“We’ve always been interested in late night and we’re always looking to bring great new talent to Fox. While Conan would be a great fit for Fox, he’s still under contract with NBC, so we’ll just see how all of this plays out,” said a Fox employee who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the issue.

Several news organizations published similar comments Friday afternoon.

And one Fox executive amplified by saying a late-night show has always been at least loosely on the network’s agenda. “We love Conan,” the executive said.

Mr. Leno has already made an oblique reference to the possibility of an opening at Fox. On Thursday night, Mr. Leno joked in his monologue: “If we did get canceled, it will give us time to do some traveling. I understand that Fox is beautiful this time of year.”

Unlike Mr. Leno, Mr. O’Brien made no jokes Thursday night about the public speculation about both men’s late-night careers.


Point of interest: Bill Carter is the author of The Late Shift, the book about Leno and Letterman's battle over The Tonight Show

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Sarah Chalke is a mom

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t's a boy for Sarah Chalke!

The Scrubs star and fiancé Jamie Afifi, an entertainment lawyer, welcomed son Charlie Rhodes Afifi on Christmas Eve, her rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

The baby boy is the first child for the actress, 33, and Afifi, 36, who were engaged in Dec. 2006. The couple announced the pregnancy in August.

Charlie will have some company in the Scrubs nursery – Chalke's costar Judy Reyes welcomed daughter Leila Rey in November.
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Yay! I'm happy for her.
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Nick Jonas & the Administration Exclusive Pix and Set-List!

 I'm not the biggest Jonas Brothers fan, but some of their tunes are catchy.  I have to say baby JoBro Nick Jonas is surely my fave...he's surely got the most talent and should stick to his band "Nick Jonas & the Administration" who performed at the Beacon Theatre stage Thursday night and will perform again tonight! Check out the exclusive photos by clicking on the source below and see the full set-list here only on ONTD! 

January 7 set list (via NickJOnline.com)
  • Last Time Around
  • State Of Emergency
  • Olive & An Arrow
  • Inseparable (Remix)
  • While The World Was Spinning
  • Fireflies – Owl City cover
  • Use Somebody – Kings of Leon cover
  • Before The Storm (Solo version)
  • Black Keys / A Little Bit Longer (2010 Speech)
  • Vesper’s Goodbye
  • Conspiracy Theory
  • Signed, Sealed, Delievered (I’m Yours) – Stevie Wonder cover
  • Stay
  • Rose Garden
  • Stronger (Back On The Ground)
  • Tonight (Remix)
  • Who I Am
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The end of 'Lost'? Maybe not! Plus: What's your idea for a new 'Lost' show?

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The end of Lost is coming in May. Or is it? In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof acknowledged that it was entirely possible that The Walt Disney Co., which owns Lost, could sooner or later produce more of Lost in some form or multiple forms—a movie, a new TV series, books. Said Cuse: “It’s a franchise that’s conservatively worth billions of dollars. It’s hard to imagine Lost will rest on the shelves and nothing will ever be made with Lost. Eventually somebody will make something under the moniker of Lost — whether we do it or not. We just made a commitment to this group of characters whose stories are coming to a conclusion this May.”

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 The CW has released the official description and stills from episode 12, Unpleasantville, airing January 28th. The stills feature all the usual actors from the TV show with the addition of Malese Jow as Anna and Sean Faris as Ben, the new bartender, in some 50's themed event. I'm assuming it is a school dance, or something.

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Brittany Murphy's husband suicidal


Brittany Murphy's husband Simon Monjack struggles daily without his wife - and has considered killing himself since her sudden death last month, according to his mother.

The Clueless star, 32, died on 20 December after suffering a cardiac arrest at her Hollywood Hills home. She was laid to rest on Christmas Eve, but the cause of her death has been deferred pending toxicology results.

Monjack, who married the actress in 2007, is grief-stricken over his loss and often breaks down in tears, his mother Linda reveals.

She tells People.com, "Simon is exactly as you would expect someone to be who has just lost the woman he loved. Some days he wants to kill himself, and other days he seems to be coping better. He is distraught. I speak to him everyday, and he is often in tears."

Monjack's mother also opens up about her son's initial reaction to decline an autopsy on the star - revealing he didn't want his beloved wife "cut open".

Linda explains, "He didn't want the autopsy (in the beginning) for the reason that anybody wouldn't want his nearest and dearest to be cut open. He realised pretty quickly that he had to agree to it, and he's waiting for the results. He wants to know what happened."

Since Murphy's death, Monjack has formed a close bond with her mum, Sharon - and turns to her for comfort in his darkest moments.

Linda adds, "He's very strong, and he's got Sharon. They're very close, and they're keeping each other going. Simon's life has been shattered. He needs closure to be able to get on with it.

"They truly loved each other. I don't think they ever spent more than a few days apart. They were going to start a family this year."

And grieving Linda admits she will always cherish a conversation she had with Murphy and Monjack the day before her death: "Everything sounded normal and fine. It was a three-way conversation, with her laughing and talking to me in the background... She seemed in good spirits."

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Rihanna Not Dating Dodger Dawg, Just Rounding Second Base

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With friends like these, who needs a love interest?

Proving that a little gropefest between friends never hurt anybody—or their status as mingling singles—a rep for L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp is denying that the athlete is dating Rihanna and says that the PDA purveyors are simply having a good time.

Apparently, he has exotic vacations, plays grab ass and drapes himself over all of his platonic buds.

"I think dating might be a stretch at this point,"</a> Kemp's agent, Dave Stewart (who, despite what his statement would lead you to believe, is actually aware of the photos circulating of Rihanna and Kemp in Cabo San Lucas). told E! News.

"They are in Cabo, but past that they are just good friends, and I don't think we can label it as anything other than friendship right now. Who knows what will develop past the friendship."

Only time. But not for long. The twosome is expected to return from their getaway sometime tomorrow.



Just months after Slayer postponed a handful of Canadian tour dates due to singer/bassist Tom Araya's back problems, the Huntington Park, CA, metal band has been forced to scrap all 49 dates of their U.S. and European Carnage Tour with Megadeth and Testament this spring. The reason: Araya's back problems just won't go away.

"Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," Slayer's manager Rick Sales explained in a statement. "But they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."

"As unfortunate as this is for so many people -- the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans -- Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen," Sales added.

The extensive tour in support of their new album, World Painted Blood, was set to kick off in Seattle on Jan. 18 and continue across the U.S. and Canada, before crossing the Atlantic to Europe in March and April. Both bands' camps are working to reschedule the shows now; all ticket holders are urged to await further information.

According to the statement, Araya's back troubles began during Slayer's tour of Australian, New Zealand, and Japan last October. He was soon diagnosed with Cervical Radiculopathy, and attempted to treat the condition with non-surgical procedures. But the 48-year-old rocker -- who is renowned for his whiplash-inducing stage antics and head-banging -- continued to experience severe pain, numbness, and muscle spasms, forcing him into surgery in an attempt at a full recovery.

Get well, Tom!


Jersey Shore keeps blowing up in the ratings

The media blitz is working. MTV’s controversial series Jersey Shore posted its best ratings to date on Jan. 7. The reality show attracted over 3.2 million viewers, a series high, and was Thursday’s No. 1 cable telecast among persons 12-34. The show is up more than 200 percent versus last week’s telecast and is also up 68% percent versus its season-to-date average in the young demographic. The show, which critics contend builds on negative stereotypes and bad behavior, follows a group of people renting a beach house at the Jersey Shore.

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911 Call & Funeral Plans Released

Following her shocking and saddening passing earlier this week, the 9-1-1 tape from the discovery of heiress Casey Johnson’s death has been released by authorities.

The woman who found Miss Johnson in her guest house is recorded as saying, “She’s ice cold and her hands are turning blue. I have two other people with me and we all think she’s dead.”

Not identifying herself during the 9-1-1 message, the caller simply stated the she’s “in my guesthouse, so I need somebody right away.”

When asked if suicide was suspected, the female caller replied, “I don’t know if it’s a suicide. Very often, her medications get all screwed up. It’s probably because of that.”

Meanwhile, it has also been announced that Casey’s funeral will be held on Sunday in New Jersey, with a memorial planned to take place the following day.

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flawless redhead julianne moore for bulgari

A behind-the-scenes tease of her new Bulgari ads. The campaign, slated for February '10 release, will depict a lifestyle called "Eccentric Charisma." Each image features items from several of Bulgari’s jewelry, watch, and accessory collections. Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot shot the campaign where Moore is shown lounging about in an exotic and opulent salon decorated in rich brocades, sumptuous jewel-tone satins, and plush peacock feathers. One word: emeralds.

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Billie Piper in Marie Claire UK

It's official. We're big fans of Billie Piper.

Our latest cover girl spills the beans on marriage, babies and domestic bliss in the February issue of Marie Claire.

And she doesn't hold back either, going into particular detail about the passionate conception of her baby boy Winston, with her actor husband Lawrence Fox.

We were in our house in the country, and we'd just got back from our honeymoon,' she reveals. ‘It was literally jet-lag sex.'

When asked if the baby was planned, she responded: ‘You do make an active decision that you're not going to use condoms, or whatever.'

‘Then there's that, "I am so in love, I want to have your baby.''

'It's such a hot thing, it's so gorgeous. "We fell in love, I want you to impregnate me" I don't know what's not hot about that,' she continues.

'And also, making a child in the throes of love instead of, "Oh, I suppose we should knock one out."'

For the full inteview look out for the February issue of Marie Claire, which hits newsstands on Friday!

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C.Crawford & T.Momsen: Filming in NYC

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Still cranking out new episodes, Chace Crawford and Taylor Momsen were spotted hard at work in New York City today (January 8).

The “Gossip Girl” costars filmed several scenes together inside a Manhattan diner as curious paparazzi gathered outside.

And coming up on January 17th, Chace will be joining the illustrious list of celebrities presenting awards at the 67th Annual Golden Globes.

Crawford’s company will include Cameron Diaz, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell, Matthew Fox, Nicole Kidman, Christina Aguilera, and Julia Roberts.

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Ashley Greene in a Body Paint Bikini

Here's the final product of Ashley Greene's nude, Sobe-sponsored photo shoot for Sports Illustrated that's been leaking in bits and pieces all week. I'm not an energy drinker myself, but thanks to this genius marketing decision, I'm now paying a homeless man to run to the store for Crisco because my penis is stuck in a Sobe bottle. (Someone better pay me for that endorsement.)

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Twister 2 Possibility?

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Bill Paxton sure is! Bullz-Eye got a chance to talk to the "Big Love" star, who revealed he has pitched an idea for a 3D sequel to Twister to producer Kathleen Kennedy. The original was released in 1996 and earned $494.5 million worldwide.

Paxton told the site that the idea for a sequel came as a result of a trip that he took to the Ozark Mountains last spring:

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Omg, I loved the first one. I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel but only a good one

For the Nerds who care...

Edgar Wright's friend compiled a video of his picture of the day blog from all of 2009. This includes 525 Photos and 1 Video in 365 days. Many of which come from his shoot as well as some pre/post production of Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Featuring Photos of: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Micheal Cera, Jason Schwartzman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick and more.

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Cudi Karmaloop TV Interview

For those who didn't watch:

1] Wants to make a short film based on Man on the Moon.
2] Working on his new album, Cudder. Expect it late spring/summer. Will be a club album.
3] Tries to not drink or smoke before preforming. Afterward, that's just how he rolls.
4] Smoked the other day, tripped balls.
5] Old him tots loves new him's jacket and is simply qt all the time.


Inside Source Says B2K Singer Is Lying, Beating Girlfriend Was A Regular Thing For Him

my boatJust a day after former B2K singer Jarrell “Boog” Houston released a statement blaming his arrest Sunday on traffic violations, an inside source contacted BOSSIP to spill the beans on the entertainer.

The source told BOSSIP exclusively:
“The statement he released was a lie. He did hit her and it wasn’t the first time. It’s a regular thing for him. He throws her up against the wall. Slams her into things. He beats her all the time and he’s been doing that to his girlfriends for years. The mother of his kids is really small, she’s 4′11 and not even 100 lbs and it’s not right that he thinks its okay to hit her.”

Boog we know you had warrants out on your traffic tickets too, but what’s your excuse going to be next time? It sounds like you got a serious problem. It’s time to man up and admit you got issues.
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Dannii Minogue Pregnant?


X Factor judge Dannii Minogue is expecting her first child, reports have claimed.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Minogue was spotted with a baby bump earlier this week as she left a private maternity hospital in Melbourne with boyfriend Kris Smith.

Meanwhile, sources have told The Mirror that the 38-year-old is "over the moon" and has shared her news with family members.

One insider said: "Dannii thought the time was right to start trying for a baby. The whole family are delighted for her - especially [sister] Kylie, who is so excited about having a little niece or nephew.

"Dannii really doesn't know what this means in terms of X Factor. The show is the last thing on her mind right now."

It is thought that the star is due to give birth in the summer, when the ITV1 show's audition rounds usually take place.

A source explained: "At present, she's not even thinking that far ahead. She is over the moon at being pregnant and can't stop smiling."

Minogue started dating Smith in 2008 after they met in Ibiza. She later described the former rugby player as "the one" and confirmed that she had "never been happier". 


Congrats to them if it is true! Dannii would be a great mother and Kris seems really sweet (and he's really hot...not that that matters much but just saying...)

M.I.A. Teams With Blaqstarr, Verizon Workers for Summer Disc

When Rolling Stone’s Brian Hiatt chatted with global party-starter M.I.A. for our decade-end issue, the 34-year-old singer revealed that after five months of work, she was putting finishing touches on her follow-up to Kala, due this summer. She did much of the recording with producer Blaqstarr, who she says “simply makes music that sounds good, and I needed that. I definitely needed to come to music on this album, to make music. I don’t want it to be gimmicky or silly or hipstery.”

Saying she wants the album to be “honest,” M.I.A. admitted the globe-trotting she did recording Kala had a large impact on that album’s lyrics as well as sound. “The last album, I didn’t actually sit anywhere long enough for it to really be in my life and to really think about it. Now I’m putting out my next album, and the world has changed. I came up talking shit about Bush, and it’s great that it’s changed, but I don’t know how much it’s changed, and I’m exploring that.

“I just want to be real, whatever that is,” she adds. “Even if my songs are shit, and if I have flaws and if I’m confused, if I offend people or if I don’t offend people, I might try to work it out in public, just so you know that it’s OK to think, that thinking’s not a dirty word.”

M.I.A. promises different-sounding beats and both singing and rapping on the as-yet-untitled disc, noting, “I just stopped singing on the last one because I put more emphasis into production, so I was more about making beats and sang less on my last album.”

The new tracks include “I Fight the Ones That Fight Me” and “I’m Down Like Your Internet Connection,” which actually features Filipino Verizon workers singing the hook. “I was having issues with my cable and wireless, and I was on the phone [with tech support] for three hours, and I thought, ‘Maybe this needs to be part of my music, could you just learn these lyrics and sing it down the phone to me?’ Ten phone calls later, I have Internet that sticks and a song.”

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Because this is definitely going to end well.

Michael Bublé is Engaged

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Sorry girls: Canadian crooner Michael Bublé is off the market!

The 34-year-old singer popped the question to his Argentinian girlfriend Luisana Lopilato, 22, over the holidays. And with tears of joy she said "yes" as Michael slipped a Tiffany diamond ring on to her finger.

"He proposed in Argentina, in front of Lu's whole family," a close pal tells Star. "They both cried — they're ecstatic."

After she accepted his proposal, Michael whisked his new bride-to-be — whom he met at a concert in Buenos Aries in November 2008 — off to Hawaii, where they stayed in a Maui beachfront mansion owned by friends.

And at a dinner Jan. 1 at Maui’s Spago restaurant, Michael couldn’t contain his excitement over his engagement. “He was introducing Lu to everyone in the restaurant, proudly proclaiming, 'We're engaged,'" says the source. "He was so happy to show her off.

“The next day Michael was sad because he had to put Lu on a private plane to Buenos Aires — she stars in an Argentine TV soap opera and she had to be on set. But she’ll be back in Vancouver or Los Angeles with him in a few weeks.”

Vancouver-based Michael, who had a three-year relationship with British actress Emily Blunt (who is now engaged to The Office's John Krasinski), and Luisana haven’t set a date yet for their nuptials. But, adds the friend: “They’re looking at some time next year.”

Michael’s rep declined to comment on his engagement.

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The greatest show on TV was even more real than we all thought....

E1 Music is excited to announce the release of The Avon Barksdale Story- Legends Of The Unwired – in March 2010. This gripping film won Best Docudrama at this year’s NY International Independent Film & Video Festival and reveals the raw truth about death, drugs, and violence in the streets of Baltimore, MD. In The Avon Barksdale Story, the real Nathan Avon “Bodie” Barksdale tells all to actor Wood Harris, who played his on screen character in HBO’s critically acclaimed series The Wire.

The Wire was based on the lives of real gangsters. The Avon Barksdale Story is the first to chronicle the actual lives of these real people. Barksdale’s real name, Nathan Avon Barksdale, and his nickname, “Bodie,” were both used in the series as composite characters. Avon Barksdale was The Wire’s first season’s central character. The storyline focused on the Barksdale clan and their ruthless hold on Baltimore’s underworld and the intense efforts of law enforcement to stop them. Barksdale was a real crime figure in Baltimore.

Barksdale says he consulted David Simon, the creator of The Wire, during the early filming of the highly successful mini-series. He says, “The Wire was one long commercial for this!

During the drug wars of the ‘80s, long before The Wire’s drug kingpin Avon Barksdale entered the mind of David Simon, a young man (named Nathan Avon “Bodie” Barksdale) was in the belly of one of the most violent neighborhoods on Baltimore’s Westside. The Lexington Terrace Projects was one of the most notorious areas in the city making it the perfect backdrop for HBO’s The Wire. But unlike David Simon, an admitted outsider, this story possesses the intimate detailing which can only come from an insider’s view. The real Barksdale brings the riveting fact-filled account of his world now known as The Avon Barksdale Story – Legends of the Unwired. A must see story for all true fans of The Wire!

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Granted the trailer is a little Smack TV/Killa Season straight to DVD, but Im intruiged to hear from this guy. We knew that all the stories were inspired from Simon's days as a reporter, but  It does make you wonder though: Are there more ACTUAL people from the Wire? Is or was there a Stringer Bell? A Jimmy McNulty? An Omar?! How bout a Brother Muzone?
And yes I meant The Wire when I said the Greatest Show on TV. Not any other overrated show. You think there's an actual flying telephone box or  an off the map island with a group experiment?....

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MONTREAL – Canadian police said Friday that it was wrong for one of their officers to whisk Halle Berry, her model boyfriend and baby through airport security at Montreal's Trudeau airport.

A constable at the airport decided to let the couple pass a long line after a spur-of-the-moment request on Monday by Gabriel Aubry, a Quebec model who is Berry's boyfriend and father of her 22-month-old daughter, Nahla.

"The (boyfriend) of Ms. Berry asked if they could go faster through the line because they were late and they had the baby," said Insp. Jimmy Cacchione, who heads the 36-member unit that patrols the Montreal airport.

"The officer took the personal initiative to allow them to go through the line faster, but that's not something the Montreal police supports."

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IDGAF, Nahla >>>> commoner babies any day.
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5 Suggestions for Disney's Hoped-For Lost Theme Park Attraction

It’s not easy to deal with the fact that this is Lost’s final season, and some of the show’s fans have taken it out on Disneyland. Online petitions suggest that Disney (which owns Lost’s parent company ABC) should either redo Tom Sawyer Island to become a Lost attraction or devote a new space to it entirely. “While I like the idea of Tom Sawyer’s island getting a LOST do-over,” tweeted executive producer Carlton Cuse, “I’d rather see Disney make a big LOST E-ticket ride.”

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Explanations, Breaks And Personality Makeovers: A Baby-Sitters Club Revamp Wish List

The Baby-Sitters Club is getting a revamp to take them into the 21st century. With this in mind, I've put together a list of things it might be nice to see in Baby-Sitters Club 2.0.

1. An Explanation Of "California Casual": Look, I know that Dawn is from California. And I also know that she likes to keep things casual. But I still don't know what the hell "California Casual" is supposed to mean. On the covers of the books, Dawn was always wearing jeans and a long shirt. As a kid who grew up on the East Coast, I knew this look as "jeans and a long shirt." But if Dawn was wearing it, it was apparently "California Casual." For years I thought this meant that California girls had some secret way of wearing jeans and long shirt that us East Coast kids just couldn't handle. Then I thought perhaps it meant that Dawn bought said jeans and long shirts at Casual Corner, so I made my mother take me there, only to find it was mainly clothing for 40-year-old working women as opposed to 12-year-old professional babysitters. I still have no idea what "California Casual" is supposed to mean. FIX IT, BSC 2.0.

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Got any more to add? I was obsessed with these books growing up, so I'm excited they're coming back and I have a reason to talk about them again
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Art Clokey, creator of Gumby, dies at 88

The filmmaker's work enchanted generations of children.

Art Clokey, the creator of the whimsical clay figure Gumby, died in his sleep Friday at his home in Los Osos, Calif., after battling repeated bladder infections, his son Joseph said. He was 88.

Clokey and his wife, Ruth, invented Gumby in the early 1950s at their Covina home shortly after Art had finished film school at USC. After a successful debut on "The Howdy Doody Show," Gumby soon became the star of its own hit television show, "The Adventures of Gumby," the first to use clay animation on television.

After an initial run in the 1950s, Gumby enjoyed comebacks in the 1960s as a bendable children's toy, in the 1980s after comedian Eddie Murphy parodied the kindly Gumby as a crass, cigar-in-the-mouth character in a skit for "Saturday Night Live" and again in the '90s with the release of "Gumby the Movie."

Today, Gumby is a cultural icon recognized around the world. It has more than 134,000 fans on Facebook.

As successive generations discovered the curious green character,
Gumby’s success came to define Clokey's life, with its theme song reflecting Clokey's simple message of love: "If you've got a heart, then Gumby's a part of you."

"The fact is that most people don't know his name, but everybody knows Gumby," said friend and animator David Scheve. "To have your life work touch so many people around the world is an amazing thing."

Clokey was born Arthur Farrington in Detroit in October 1921 and grew up making mud figures on his grandparents' Michigan farm. "He always had this in him," his son, Joseph, recalled Friday in an interview.

At age 8, Clokey's life took a tragic turn when his father was killed in a car accident soon after his parents divorced. The unusual shape of Gumby's head would eventually be modeled after one of the few surviving photos of Clokey's father, which shows him with a large wave of hair protruding from the right side of his head.

After moving to California, Clokey was abandoned by his mother and her new husband and lived in a halfway house near Hollywood until age 11, when he was adopted by Joseph W. Clokey. The renowned music teacher and composer at Pomona College taught him to draw, paint and shoot film and took him on journeys to Mexico and Canada.

Art Clokey attended the Webb School in Claremont, whose annual fossil hunting expeditions also inspired a taste for adventure that stayed with him throughout his life. "That's why 'The Adventures of Gumby' were so adventurous," his son said.