November 30th, 2009
01:57 PM ET

Kimberly Williams-Paisley to star in movie based on Amish school shootings

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Lifetime Movie Network isn’t one to shy away from the tough subjects of pregnant cheerleaders, murderous mistresses or cheating husbands.

Now LMN is tackling a real-life tragedy, producing a feature film based on the 2006 Amish school house shootings in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania.

The film, entitled, “Amish Grace,” will feature former “According to Jim” star Kimberly Williams-Paisley in the lead role and will be based on actual accounts of the shootings as well as the book "Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy" by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt and David Weaver-Zercher.

On October 2, 2006, a gunman walked into a Nickel Mines schoolhouse, took several girls hostage and eventually killed five of them before taking his own life. The story garnered national attention, not simply because of the extent of the tragedy, but because of the Amish community’s all-encompassing forgiveness of the gunman.

Williams-Paisley, who is most famous for her romantic comedy turn in “Father of the Bride” and as the spouse of country crooner Brad Paisley, will play the fictional character of Ida Graber who, devastated by her daughter's death, finds herself struggling to forgive the gunman.

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November 27th, 2009
07:56 PM ET

Celebs sincerely moved by CNN Heroes

There's a famous saying attributed to comedian George Burns : "The secret of acting is sincerity.  If you can fake that, you've got it made."

It's a Hollywood truism, but I really think the stars who turned out for the CNN Heroes show were sincerely moved by the people they honored.  Nicole Kidman, Kate Hudson, Pierce Brosnan, Neil Patrick Harris, Dwayne Johnson and George Lopez were among the celebs who introduced the 10 finalists for "CNN Hero of the Year", each of the nominees an "everyday person doing the extraordinary."
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November 27th, 2009
04:08 PM ET

The Who to perform at the Super Bowl

Classic rock group The Who will perform at the Super Bowl XLIV halftime show at Dolphins Stadium in Miami on Feb. 7, the NFL announced on Thanksgiving.

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band performed at last year's Super Bowl. Past performers have included Paul McCartney, U2, Prince and the Rolling Stones.

The Who famously took the stage at Woodstock and has sold over 100 million records worldwide. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The band's remaining members, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, are a conservative choice for the NFL which has been careful with its halftime choices since the famous wardrobe malfunction between Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson during the 2004 Super Bowl.

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November 27th, 2009
03:04 PM ET

Oh those Salahis

These days we expect certain things from our reality television stars.

The public wants to be privy to every private moment, from weddings to funerals to births and during that time we expect them to be delightfully nutty and willing to go to any lengths to entertain us with their "real lives."

And that is why Tareq and Michaele Salahi, the Washington D.C. couple who crashed the president's first state dinner this week and who have been lobbying for a spot on the capital's edition of the “Real Housewive's” franchise on Bravo are ideally suited to star on reality television.

Bravo confirmed to CNN that their cameras were filming the couple as they prepared for the state dinner. The network said the filming of the Salahis was part of a process to consider them for the “Real Housewives of D.C.,” program.

“The cast of "The Real Housewives of DC" has not been finalized,” a Bravo spokesperson told CNN. “Michaele Salahi is under consideration as a possible cast member. “

Johanna Fuentes, vice president of communications for Bravo, told the Associated Press that the Salahis told producers they had been invited to the White House event.
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November 26th, 2009
08:58 AM ET

Much to be thankful for in 'SYTYCD' results

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Ladies and gentlemen, your top 10 dancers! And... not too shabby. If you had told me a few weeks ago that Mollee, Ashleigh and Legacy would still be in the competition on "So You Think you Can Dance," I wouldn't have believed you.

On this Thanksgiving, I'm thankful that Legacy, Kathryn, Ashleigh, Jakob, Noelle and Russell were safe on Wednesday night's result show. I was definitely less surprised than the judges that Mollee and Nathan ended up in the bottom three - it seems like their "fan favorite" status isn't all it's cracked up to be. It will be very interesting to see how they do with new partners next week. Another disagreement with the judges: I enjoyed Nathan's solo better than Mollee's. I've been betting against Mollee for a while now, and I don't think she'll make it far in the top 10.

Karen and Victor going into the bottom three was pretty obvious from last night, but Ryan and Ellenore in danger was a real shocker. For the life of me, I can't figure that one out (other than to say that Russell seems to be a true "fan favorite"). I enjoyed the couple's solos, though the judges were not too pleased with Ryan's.

After a Shakira performance that reminded me a bit of "Rhythm Nation," judge Nigel Lythgoe didn't seem to have any more of a clue than I did on why Ellenore isn't getting votes. Needless to say, though, she was safe, and Karen's ouster was as certain as a food-coma on Thanksgiving.
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November 25th, 2009
06:33 PM ET

Thankful for stars who care

Kirk Douglas is 92 years old, and still shows the effects of the debilitating stroke he suffered more than a decade ago.  Still, today he was where he usually is on the day before Thanksgiving: serving up a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings to thousands of homeless and hungry folks at the Los Angeles Mission.

Douglas and his wife, Anne, have hosted the event for the last five years, and other celebs always show up to help: this year's servers included "Star Trek" and "Avatar" star Zoe Saldana, "High School Musical"'s Corbin Bleu, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., along with local politicians and other volunteers.  Last year, the street dinner served more than 3,000 people, and this year's crowd figured to be even bigger.  The recession has delivered a double whammy to food banks and pantries: demand is higher than ever, with some people who used to donate now looking for donations themselves, and businesses battling to stay afloat are cutting their usual contributions down, or out.

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