May 27th, 2009
04:08 PM ET

Chris Brown breaks silence!

“I ain’t a monster.”

That’s Chris Brown’s message to his fans as he speaks out for the first time on camera since his February arrest after allegedly beating Rihanna. In a homemade video shot by Brown and his friend Bow Wow the singer talks directly to the camera.

“Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all, I ain’t a monster.”

Brown allegedly attacked Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards after leaving Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Party together.  Pictures later surfaced of a badly beaten Rihanna and both parties have kept relatively mum until now.  The next court hearing in the case is tomorrow.

When Showbiz Tonight contacted Chris Brown’s representative for a statement we received “no comment."

What do you think? Should he have spoken out now or waited until his court case was settled?

For more of Chris Brown’s video- and if he might be planning a comeback- tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.  Don’t miss it!

May 27th, 2009
11:07 AM ET

Did 'Idol' winner have unfair advantage?

Can it be called "Textgate"?

Some of the "Lambs," as the hardcore Adam Lambert fans are known, are up in arms over reports that "American Idol" winner Kris Allen may have gotten a voting boost courtesy of show sponsor, AT&T.

The New York Times reported that representatives from AT&T provided free phones and lessons on how to "power text" at  two fan parties held in support of  Allen in his home state of Arkansas.

Fans of the show could only text in their votes via AT&T's mobile network, and employees reportedly provided demo phones and taught party attendees how to to send 10 or more text messages  at the press of a single button, which is known as "power texting." The story was first reported in an article in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

According to the Times, AT& T released a statement Tuesday. “In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community," a spokesman for the company said. "A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.”

Lambert fans apparently were not afforded the same opportunity.

Fox has so far declined to comment.

At the finale, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest did not announce how many votes separated Allen and Lambert. Moreover, there were initial reports of a huge amount of votes coming out of Arkansas.

But was Allen's home state also his swing state? We may never know.

Was the final vote fair? Post your comments below or head over to iReport to share video of your reaction.

(Update, 10:25 a.m. Thursday: Here's the "Showbiz Tonight" panel on the controversy:

Tell us what you think. )

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


Filed under: Ryan Seacrest • television
May 27th, 2009
09:33 AM ET

Al Pacino as 'Dr. Death'

Oscar-winner Al Pacino knows how to play intense, calculating men, and his new role will only enhance that ability. Pacino will be portraying Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a.k.a. "Dr. Death," in an upcoming HBO film titled "You Don't Know Jack."

Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley memorabilia is going on sale - you can even buy Presley's prescription medicine bottles. And if you're really rolling in the dough, feel free to purchase the $2.3 million home that was featured in the film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

CNN's Doug Hyde has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:


Filed under: Celebrities • movies
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