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
May 26th, 2009
06:39 PM ET

Drama continues for Jon and Kate

Season five of Jon & Kate Plus Eight premiered last night to record ratings.  Jon and Kate Gosselin celebrated their sextuplets' fifth birthday as paparazzi waited in the woods trying to snap photos of the troubled couple.  The show, which normally centers on the everyday chaos of life with eight kids, suddenly focused on a crumbling marriage.

Today, Jon and Kate put out this statement:

"As many couples do, we are navigating a very difficult time. Our current situation brings us together around the children and some times sets us apart. We keep our faith that we will make the right decisions for our
family."

Did you watch last night's premiere? Did the show focus too much on Jon and Kate’s marriage and not enough on the Gosselin kids that you have come to love over the last four seasons?  Should Jon and Kate even be putting their kids in front of the camera during such a difficult time in their family?

We’ve got your burning questions coming up on Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN- don’t miss it!

Update, Wednesday 10:15 a.m. ET: Here's how Showbiz Tonight's panel reacted to the "Jon & Kate" news:

Post your thoughts below.


Filed under: Uncategorized
May 26th, 2009
08:56 AM ET

Adam Lambert and Queen?

"American Idol" finalists Adam Lambert and Kris Allen performed with the legendary band Queen during the show's finale on May 20. But it was Lambert who caught Queen's eye - one band member told Rolling Stone magazine they were hoping to have a "meaningful conversation" with the young singer. Queen hasn't had a permanent lead vocalist since the death of Freddie Mercury in 1991.

And Academy Award nominee Melissa Leo will be a mother to boxing half-brothers Dicky Eklund and Mickey Ward in the film "The Fighter." The brothers will be played by Mark Walhberg and Christian Bale. Plus Billy Joel is being sued by his former drummer; the drummer says Joel owes him money.

CNN's KJ Matthews has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

May 25th, 2009
12:23 PM ET

Ex-Wilco member dies at 45

According to news reports, Jay Bennett, the multi-instrumentalist and producer who was a part of the band Wilco for many years, has died. He was 45.

He died in his sleep, according to friend Edward Burch.

Bennett joined Wilco when the band toured for its first album, "A.M." He and band leader Jeff Tweedy became a creative - and combustible - combination, combining forces for "Being There," the band's pop masterpiece "Summerteeth" and the challenging follow-up, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

But the pair was soon at odds, as detailed in the film "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart." The Chicago Tribune's Greg Kot, in a heartfelt appreciation, quotes Bennett as saying he wasn't surprised. "I wasn't blindsided. I saw it coming," he said. "My enthusiasm had been waning, and apparently that was the case for the rest of the band, too.”

Bennett had recently sued Tweedy, claiming unpaid royalties for his music and his appearance in the movie.

The cause of death was not known. An autopsy was being performed, according to Burch.

– From news reports


Filed under: Uncategorized
May 25th, 2009
11:01 AM ET

Will Smith tells Katrina hero's story

Will Smith is producing a new movie about a Hurricane Katrina hero. The ex-marine saved more than 240 of his New Orleans neighbors in the storm's aftermath.

Before Giants stadium is demolished at the end of the season, The Boss will give it a musical send-off. Bruce Springsteen and his band will play the last concerts at the stadium. Tickets go on sale on June 1.

And "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson was kissing for cash at a charity event at the Cannes Film Festival. Two fathers gave the actor 20,000 Euros (approximately $28,000) in exchange for kisses for their daughters.

CNN's David Daniel has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:


Filed under: movies
May 22nd, 2009
10:52 AM ET

No Doubt goes on tour

Gwen Stefani and the boys are back on the road for a 53-date North American tour after a five-year hiatus. CNN's Denise Quan talks to No Doubt about their tour, families and future plans in today's soundcheck:


Filed under: Music
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