June 22nd, 2009
09:21 PM ET

Kate picks her battles

Why am I not at all shocked that Kate disagrees with where Jon wants to put the "crooked houses?"

Jon has picked the spot where he wants the kids' play houses and Kate doesn't want them there. Kate wins, but I almost want to cheer Jon when he takes a stand, even though he ultimately doesn't win.

Jon makes the understatement of the year when he says they have not been communicating well. The fact that she feels like she has to enlist the workers to back her up on where the crooked houses should go is proof to me that she can no longer boss Jon around.

I am slightly annoyed that it seems she is playing the "Mother Goose" role to the hilt - surrounded by the children having a picnic while Jon is over by the truck, seemingly disconnected from the family.

We get that you love your kids, Kate, and I think Jon does too. It's not a contest on who loves the babies more.

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
09:09 PM ET

'Jon & Kate' have something to say

I feel so bad for the Gosselin kids.

I've watched this brood grow up so far, and now as viewers face watching the family possibly break apart, well ... it's so tough.

The show just started and we are treated to Jon and Kate talking about how they don't want to fight in front of the kids. They just want peace, they say. People.com is reporting that divorce papers have been filed, so it will be interesting to see how the show deals with it all.

Regardless, tonight has the potential to be quite emotional for all - long-time viewers included. Watching Jon build play houses for the kids is just reminding me that their real-life house seems to be imploding. The couple can't even agree where the play houses should go.

It's incredibly sad.

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
05:48 PM ET

Report: Jon and Kate divorce papers filed!


PEOPLE Magazine is reporting that "documents to initiate a legal split were filed at the Bucks County Courthouse in Doylestown, Penn., Monday afternoon."

Well folks, it looks like today is D-day for Jon and Kate’s marriage. It is no secret that I have been a big “Jon and Kate Plus 8”fan. Well, that might be putting it a little mildly.  I’ve been a HUGE Jon and Kate fan.  I’ve seen every episode since day one. Not only can I name every kid, but I can pick each of them out in their baby videos- even when they all looked the same!

It’s sad to see that their lives have come to this.  What once was a happy, loving family is now being torn apart by scandal.  Jon and Kate both complain about the constant attention by the press and paparazzi yet they both give competing cover story interviews to magazines. It is hard to feel sympathy for their predicament when you feel that they are putting themselves in these situations. 

As much of a fan as I am of the show, my interest in it has waned.  It isn’t the show I originally fell in love with and it hasn’t been for a long time. After watching the season premiere I felt as if I was watching a family take their hardships and exploit them.

We’ll be live-blogging, right here on the CNN.com Marquee Blog during “Jon & Kate Plus 8” – so be sure to come back and follow along as you watch the show. We want to hear your comments!

And Showbiz Tonight will be the only entertainment news show bringing you the latest, breaking developments on this tonight after “Jon & Kate” airs. Don’t miss it, 11pm ET/PT on HLN.

June 22nd, 2009
05:38 PM ET

Chris Brown cops a plea!

There are breaking developments in the Chris Brown-Rihanna case.  That explosive showdown in court that everyone had been waiting for didn’t end up happening after all.  Chris Brown copped a plea in court today allowing Rihanna to get out of having to take the stand against him. Brown pleaded guilty to count one of assaulting with the intent of doing great bodily injury.  In exchange for a guilty plea Brown will serve 180 days of community service labor and be on probation for 5 years.  The judge, Assistant District Attorney Mary Murray made it clear that Brown was to get no special treatment saying, "I want Mr. Brown treated as any other defendant who comes to this court.” 

We will have much more on this breaking story tonight on Showbiz Tonight, at 11pm ET/PT, including shocking details about why Rihanna didn’t want the judge to issue an order to protect her from Chris Brown!

Showbiz Tonight is the only entertainment news show bringing you the latest, breaking developments on this Chris Brown-Rihanna story.

June 22nd, 2009
04:17 PM ET

Watch 'John & Kate Plus 8' with CNN.com

Jon and Kate Gosselin have an announcement to make, and we are as curious as you are.

Watch the special, one-hour “Jon & Kate Plus 8” airing at 9 p.m. Monday night on TLC and let us know what you think. CNN.com’s Lisa Respers France will be blogging live during the show.

After the announcement, watch A.J. Hammer as they bring you up to date on the controversy on “Showbiz Tonight” 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

Speculation is that the parents of eight will reveal that they are splitting up amid rumors of infidelity and strife. So is it the end of a marriage, the end of a show or both? Post your comments below and let us know your thoughts.

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer

Filed under: Jon & Kate Plus Eight • television
June 22nd, 2009
02:01 PM ET

Springsteen responds to Ticketmaster

The Bruce Springsteen-Ticketmaster war of words continues.

Back in February, as CNN.com reported, Ticketmaster drew Springsteen's ire when it routed some of his fans to a "secondary site," TicketsNow, where they were charged far more than face value for tickets to his show in New Jersey.

Tickets on that site - which Ticketmaster owns - cost between $200 and $5,000, while face value starts at $54. Springsteen, in a message posted on his Web site, accused Ticketmaster of "in effect 'scalping' " the tickets.

Ticketmaster CEO Irving Azoff apologized to Springsteen, saying it wouldn't happen again.

But the blame game has continued. Earlier this month, the Newark Star-Ledger ran an article headlined “Springsteen withheld best tickets from the public at NJ concert, records show.” Ticketmaster head Barry Diller chimed in, saying “Mr. Springsteen held back from his fans all but 108 of the 1,126 tickets closest to the stage.”

Now Springsteen’s manager, Jon Landau, has responded on Springsteen’s Web site.

“The only thing wrong with [Diller’s] spin is that it's flatly untrue,” he wrote. Landau said that the Star-Ledger article is “the same article that the Star-Ledger runs whenever we do a few indoor shows in New Jersey,” and that holding tickets is routine, as they need to be available for Springsteen and his band, radio stations, reviewers, charities and other similar uses – but not for resale.

Landau wrote he’s trying to clear the air. “We do get upset when we see fans being taken advantage of, as they were on February 6th. So, when that stuff stops happening … we will stop complaining. And when the facts cease to be misrepresented, we will stop explaining.”

Ticketmaster, the world’s largest ticket seller, has announced plans for a merger with Live Nation, the giant concert promoter and venue owner. The Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger plan has drawn criticism, with the Justice Department looking into the proposed merger.

Stay tuned.

- Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer

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