June 24th, 2009
05:39 PM ET

Jon Gosselin fights back!

Is this a sign of things to come between Jon and Kate?  While the two may not be communicating on camera, they certainly seem to be doing so in the press.  Jon re-released his prior statement to Showbiz Tonight, this time adding:

“Also, to be honest, I was hurt by the statement Kate made last night about the divorce.  I have always done everything I can to protect our family.  This weekend, I was home with the kids for four days, just being a dad.  No nannies, just the kids and me.  In fact, with the exception of Aaden’s visit to the doctor, I couldn’t have imagined a better way to spend Fathers Day weekend.  The one thing I do agree with in Kate’s statement is her desire to resolve things amicably.  Of course emotions are running high for both of us right now, but for the sake of our children and our family’s privacy, I hope that we can both limit our public comments about the legal proceedings going forward.”

It sounds like Jon was trying to set the record straight while asking for privacy at the same time. Do you think that will work? This all comes on the same day that Kate appears on the new cover of PEOPLE magazine with her side of the story.  Just how nasty will this divorce get? 

Tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for all of the latest developments in this dramatic story- don’t miss it!

June 24th, 2009
01:58 PM ET

Oscars expanding to 10 best pic nominees

Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Sid Ganis dropped a bombshell today: the number of best picture nominees is doubling to 10, from its current five.

“After more than six decades, the Academy is returning to some of its earlier roots, when a wider field competed for the top award of the year,” Ganis said in a press release.  “The final outcome, of course, will be the same - one Best Picture winner – but the race to the finish line will feature 10, not just five, great movies from 2009.”

Decades ago, the Oscars had up to 10 best picture nominees for several years. "Gone With the Wind" famously beat a number of great films for best picture in 1939, including "Stagecoach," "Goodbye, Mr. Chips," "Ninotchka," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

But in the mid-1940s, the system changed to its present five films, and five films it's been ever since. That's led to any number of crowd-pleasing but not "Oscar-worthy" (as the Academy believes) films not making the cut. Just last year, there were howls of protest for the failure of "The Dark Knight" to crack the Academy's top five.

Will the greater number of nominees make you more likely to pay attention to the Oscars?

– Todd Leopold, CNN.com Entertainment Producer


Filed under: movies
June 24th, 2009
12:39 PM ET

'Real Housewives' reunite

There were bubbies, baby bumps and a few tears during the Tuesday night reunion show of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

“Housewives” Jacqueline Laurita, Teresa Giudice, Danielle Staub, Dina Manzo and Caroline Manzo came together in an undisclosed warehouse near their suburban New Jersey community to rehash what has been one of the most buzzed-about seasons of the franchise.

A very visibly pregnant Laurita (she has since given birth to a son) sat between the Manzos while the latter’s nemesis - Staub - sat next to Giudice, who is also expecting a baby.

Of course there was plenty of conversation about table flipping and “the book.”

The rest of the ladies felt it was inappropriate for Staub to pull out “the book” - which reveals her alleged bad girl background - during dinner in the presence of their children, who were asked to leave the room during the discussion.

The New York Post is reporting that Staub's background might be even more sordid than she has admitted to on the show involving allegations of drug deals gone bad, a kidnapping plot and an escort service.

I thought Staub acquitted herself pretty well during the reunion show by trying to explain that she took a shot at discussing the issue since everyone was there and thought that the presence of the kids (who sat at another table) might actually cause everyone to more civil to each other.

Caroline “Mama Bear” Manzo threw out that it would have been better if Staub had just invited them all to her house to chat about “the book." Staub responded how was that supposed to happen, since she was pretty much persona non grata with the group.

While I enjoyed that little exchange, the one that really had me enthralled was Giudice trying to defend her husband against Staub’s charges that he used a gay slur during one of their outings. The rest of the ladies dismissed it as juvenile antics and insisted that he embraces gays, some of whom are his friends.

Host Andy Cohen took the rare position of inserting himself into the conversation by announcing that he is gay and found the reference offensive - to which Giudice promptly shared that their gay friend said anyone who would get offended is stupid.

With that and the discussion about allegations of mob ties, boob jobs, raising kids and infertility issues, who isn’t looking forward to part two of the reunion?

–Lisa Respers France, CNN.com writer


Filed under: television
June 24th, 2009
09:25 AM ET

Tyrese Gibson creates 'Mayhem'

The multitalented entertainer will take on Los Angeles criminals in a new comic book out for release in August. Cher returns to film when she pairs up with singer Christina Aguilera in "Burlesque." Here's a sneak peek:

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