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Friday
Apr292011

Casey Abrams Gets the Boot Once and for All on 'American Idol'

PRNewsFoto/Zumobi(LOS ANGELES) -- Five weeks after he was initially voted off but saved by the judges, Casey Abrams was eliminated from American Idol Thursday night.

He sang "I Put a Spell on You" for his farewell song and hugged all the judges and several audience members during the performance.   As you know, the judges only get one save per season, but that early vote of confidence wasn't enough to keep one of their clearly favorite contestants in the running.

The top six contestants opened the show with a medley of songs written by and/or performed by Carole King, echoing Wednesday night's theme, including "It Might as Well Rain Until September," "Take Good Care of My Baby," "One Fine Day," "Go Away Little Girl" and "It's Too Late."

Season nine finalist Crystal Bowersox returned to the show to sing her song "Ridin' with the Radio," and Bruno Mars made his first appearance on American Idol to deliver his latest single, "The Lazy Song."

American Idol's top five will perform next Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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Friday
Apr292011

'Two and a Half Men' Creator to Reboot Show Without Charlie Sheen?

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The chances of Charlie Sheen convincing his old bosses at Two and a Half Men to rehire him appear slim at this point.

Series creator Chuck Lorre has a plan to reboot the hit comedy with a new cast member taking the place of Sheen, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Lorre, whom Sheen has harshly criticized numerous times over the past two months, has reportedly met with Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer to discuss the show's proposed new direction.  He hasn't yet hired a star to replace Sheen, but a spokesperson for Warner Bros., which produces Two and a Half Men, denies rumors that Woody Harrelson, Jeremy Piven and Bob Saget are being considered for the role.

Sheen, who's filed a $100 million lawsuit against Lorre and Warner Bros., has said that he'd like to rejoin the cast of Two and a Half Men.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sheen earlier this week tried to arrange meetings with his former co-stars in an attempt to get back into their good graces.  However, Lorre reportedly has no interest in clearing the air with his former star.

Despite the reports, it's not certain that Two and a Half Men will even return for a ninth season.  Though The Hollywood Reporter says the show likely will be back in midseason, rather than the fall, TMZ.com claims it's a 50/50 proposition that it'll return at all.

CBS will likely address Two and a Half Men's future when it announces its 2011-2012 schedule next month at its annual upfront presentation in Hollywood.

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Friday
Apr292011

Tears, Laughs as Steve Carell Leaves 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night marked Steve Carell's final episode of The Office.

During the 60-minute send-off to his character, the lovably clueless Michael Scott, Michael hid a secret from his co-workers.  Unbeknownst to them, he planned to leave a day early to start his new life with Holly in Colorado.

While the party planning committee worked on plans for his farewell party, Michael imparted a final gift, whether an actual present or words of wisdom, to each of his co-workers.  Michael gave Dwight the recommendation letter he'd been craving -- despite Dwight feeding Michael bull's testicles out of spite in the belief he'd been overlooked for Michael's job -- before meeting him for a final paintball duel.  However, Michael can't find Pam, who was supposed to be pricing out paper shredders but in reality went to see The King's Speech.

Jim figured out that Michael is leaving early but kept his secret, except to Pam.   After confronting Michael about his deception, the two say their emotional non-goodbye goodbyes, with each pretending Michael will be back the following day.

Michael arrived at the airport, finally shedding his microphone the documentary crew had been using for years to record his voice.  He asked the crew to let him know "if this ever airs," just before Pam finally caught up with him.  The pair shared a long embrace, and Pam then watched as Michael's plane took off.

Back at the office, Michael's co-workers stood around the conference room, which was decorated for Michael's farewell party, not knowing Michael was already gone.  His temporary replacement, formerly obese manager DeAngelo Vickers -- played by Will Ferrell -- attacked the cake with his bare hands, shoveling fistfuls into his mouth.

NBC also aired a tease of upcoming episodes of The Office, hinting at possible replacements for Carell.  The tease included footage of Ray Romano, British actress and comic Catherine Tate, Will Arnett, James Spader, Jim Carrey and the creator and star of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais.

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Friday
Apr292011

Report: Meredith Vieira Leaving 'Today' Show in June

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Meredith Vieira could take a cue from her Today show predecessor, Katie Couric, and leave her job in the near future.

The Hollywood Reporter is apparently confirming earlier rumors, saying Vieira will depart NBC's Today show in June, nearly three months before her contract expires.  The publication's website reports Today newsreader Ann Curry will replace Vieira as co-anchor alongside Matt Lauer, while Today correspondent Natalie Morales will be named to Curry's current position.

Previously, The Hollywood Reporter said Vieira, who joined Today in 2006, would exit the program to spend more time with her husband, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Couric earlier this week announced she'll step down as CBS Evening News anchorwoman by early June.  Matt Lauer is rumored to be considering leaving the Today show at the end of next year, though he downplayed the reports during an appearance on NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week.

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Friday
Apr292011

Gilbert Gottfried Defends Jokes About Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami

Shawn Ehlers/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Comic Gilbert Gottfried remains baffled by the fact some people were upset with him last month for joking on Twitter about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The tweets cost him his job as the voice of the Aflac duck, but Gottfried says the controversy was much ado about nothing.

He sarcastically notes, "The first people to blow it up totally and were the most outraged and shocked and hurt were TMZ and Perez Hilton, because they are, like, the arbiters of good taste."

Gottfried says the jokes were no different from the kind of humor he's exhibited on Comedy Central roasts, as well as in the profane and intentionally tasteless film, The Aristocrats.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Movie Review: 'Fast Five'

AbleStock/Thinksto(NEW YORK) -- It's best to approach Fast Five as science fiction or sci-fi fantasy. Otherwise, it's hard to accept the gravity defying, reality defying, good-storytelling-defying antics of the fifth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise. Better yet, perhaps it's best to think of it as car-racing porn, because like porn, the plot doesn't really matter.
 
Improbable car theft from a speeding train? CHECK.
Improbable survival after driving a car off of a cliff into a river? CHECK.
Improbable theft of a vault from a police station? CHECK.
Improbable science and transfer of information to aid that theft? CHECK.
Improbable life circumstances of every character in order to neatly fit the improbable plot? CHECK.
Improbable butt-kicking of The Rock, a.k.a. Dwayne Johnson, by a bloated Vin Diesel? CHECK.
Improbable enjoyment of a film that is unapologetically stupid? CHECK!
 
Suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride.

Three and a half out of five stars.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Movie Review: 'Prom'

AbleStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Question: Name the world in which high school students don’t curse, don’t drink, don’t smoke, engage in sexual activity or have acne.
 
Answer: Disney World!
 
Aimee Teegarden’s Nova is the class valedictorian and prom committee chairperson and she’s going to make sure her high school has the best, most original prom ever, gosh-darnit! When all of the prom decorations are destroyed in a fire, Nova has just three weeks to construct new ones, but the members of her committee are too busy to help.
 
Enter Jesse, the motorcycle-riding, misunderstood high school bad boy whose punishment for his rebellious behavior is to help Nova prepare for the prom.
 
While many high school comedies are explicit in depicting teen life, Disney’s Prom strives to superficially depict teen life, but thanks to several strong and realistic performances from a few promising young actors -- Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, Danielle Campbell, Nolan Sotillo, Cameron Monaghan and Nicholas Braun -- Prom isn’t a complete wash.

Two out of five stars.

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Thursday
Apr282011

'Star' Apologizes to Katie Holmes for Drug Story

George Pimentel/Getty Images for Creative Artists Agency(LOS ANGELES) -- You can bet Katie Holmes won't be subscribing to Star magazine anytime soon.  The tabloid has published an apology to the actress in its latest issue for a story linking her to drug use. 

The magazine wrote, "Star did not intend to suggest that Ms. Holmes was a drug addict or was undergoing treatment for a drug addiction.  Star apologizes to Ms. Holmes for any misperception." 

The article in question was featured on the cover of a January 2011 issue with a headline reading, "Addiction Nightmare.  Katie Drug Shocker!"

Holmes had filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the magazine, but her rep tells TMZ.com the suit has been settled and Star's publisher, American Media, has agreed to make a "substantial" donation to a charity of her choice. 

Holmes released her own statement on the matter Wednesday, saying, "I'm pleased that this lawsuit could be resolved amicably and accept American Media's apology."

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Thursday
Apr282011

Chris Rock Saying No to Tonys?

Jemal Countess/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The New York Post reported Wednesday the producers of the usually ratings-challenged Tony Awards telecast were eager to shake things up for the 2011 show in June, and had comic Chris Rock at the top of their hosting wish list. 

Rock, who hosted the Academy Awards in 2005, has been winning raves on Broadway with his performance in the play Motherf**ker with a Hat, and is expected to nab a Tony nomination for it. However, as much as the producers of the show want him, Entertainment Weekly reports Rock won't host.

His rep tells the magazine he's willing to be involved with the show in some other way, however.

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Thursday
Apr282011

Report: Rob Lowe's Book Hurts Melissa Gilbert

Mitchell Haaseth/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Did the romance between Rob Lowe and Melissa Gilbert mean more to her than it did to him?  Gilbert wrote extensively about her relationship with the actor in her 2010 autobiography Prairie Tale, but he barely mentions her in his new book, reports PopEater.com. The former Little House on the Prairie star reportedly mentioned Lowe 77 times in her book, but Lowe only discussed her four times in his book, Stories I Only Tell My Friends.

In her book, Gilbert wrote at length about her on-again, off-again relationship with Lowe in the 1980s and her pregnancy miscarriage when they were together.  A friend of Gilbert's said Lowe's decision to slight her in his book has hurt her. 

The source said, "She's devastated that someone who meant so much to her, someone who dominated her young life, doesn't think she was as important to him as her was to her."

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