December 2nd, 2009
05:15 PM ET

Sarah Jessica Parker: I didn't expect twins

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Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t plan on getting two new babies at once.  Now that her twin daughters are here she feels blessed but regretful that she has taken on so much work outside her home.

“Nothing can really describe what it's like to have two new little girls. It’s been very different than when James arrived, since our family expanded in an untraditional way,” Parker told Glamour magazine about the arrival of her twin girls, Tabitha and Marion, who she had through a surrogate.  “We didn’t plan on having two, but were doubly blessed, and it’s been just wonderful.” FULL POST

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December 2nd, 2009
01:03 PM ET

Tiger: 'I regret those transgressions'

Yesterday, my colleague Douglas Hyde wrote that Tiger Woods had two basic options for dealing with the media firestorm surrounding his late-night car crash and his alleged infidelities: stonewall, or immediately reveal the worst details in order to take the steam out of the coverage.

Today, it appears the golf legend has chosen a third way: a public statement in which he repeatedly apologizes, makes veiled references to "transgressions" and "sins," and asks for privacy.  Call it the "I'm sorry, but I won't say what I'm sorry about" approach.  Here's his statement, posted on his Web site:

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December 2nd, 2009
10:56 AM ET

'SYTYCD' top 10 bring season's best

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There were a lot of memorable moments on Tuesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance," but once again Sonya Tayeh's routine had them all beat. After a respectable but hardly memorable quickstep, it seemed as though two of the most skilled dancers, Ellenore and Jakob, might be in danger. All of those fears were erased as the audience and judges rose to their feet after their pitch-perfect performance of what Adam Shankman called "The Garden, part two," referring to Sonya's classic from season four. As fellow judge Nigel Lythgoe pointed out, it was pure brilliance with great chemistry to boot.

Chemistry, however, was sorely lacking with some of the other new couples in this top 10 group: namely, Ashleigh and Legacy, and Kathryn and Nathan. Don't get me wrong, there were some great moments in some of both couples' routines - except for Ashleigh and Legacy's hip-hop, featuring a flowing, all-too-distracting Dracula cape.

In Kathryn and Nathan's joyous Broadway routine, Nathan was the best he's ever been (Kathryn can certainly be thanked for that) but despite some wonderful technical work in their rumba, the connection wasn't quite there.

Noelle and Ryan had chemistry to spare - not a big surprise as Ryan has lots of experience partnering. So what if their office desk routine was a bit reminiscent of Neil and Sabra in season three? This may have been the best moment for choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha in two seasons ("Calle Ocho" aside).
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December 2nd, 2009
01:42 AM ET

Michael Moore: Obama plan "insane"

"With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

The saying may apply to Pres. Obama who's getting heat from some former supporters over his Afghanistan speech.

Michael Moore just told CNN's Larry King he thinks the Obama troop surge plan is "absolutely insane." He added, "This is going to be his Vietnam."

Moore was one of Obama's big supporters during the campaign. So was Robert Greenwald, who produced anti-John McCain videos during the presidential election. What is Greenwald producing now? Short films arguing for a withdrawal from Afghanistan.

I talked with Greenwald, who is a big-time liberal activist, about the Obama plan and he called it a "tragic" mistake. He's spent time in Afghanistan and said people there view U.S. troops as "foreign invaders" so sending in more of them won't help.

Hollywood stars haven't been anxious to comment on the Obama plan so far. Richard Dreyfuss keeps himself well-informed on international affairs, but when I asked his political adviser where he's leaning on the surge, she said Richard hadn't made up his mind.

It will be interesting to see if Obama's Hollywood base deserts him on this issue.

December 2nd, 2009
12:59 AM ET

Alicia Keys launches more than an album

Alicia Keys doesn't mince words when it comes to the legacy she hopes to leave. "I want to be known as an incredible global citizen, and a person who has made their mark in an inspiring, positive way," she told CNN this year.  That desire was fueled by Keys' first trip to Africa, which prompted the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter to co-found Keep A Child Alive.  The charity is dedicated to providing life-changing treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India.  So far, the group says, it's helped 250,000 people.  That sounds like a lot – and it is – but when you consider an estimated 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have HIV/AIDS, you realize how much more needs to be done.

Keys knows you can't solve such a problem merely by throwing money at it, and she knows first-hand the power of actually seeing the problem, and the victims, up close.  So Tuesday – World AIDS Day – as she launched her new album, "The Element of Freedom," she announced a contest through Keep A Child Alive: five winners will get to travel to Africa with her.  Fans can enter online at the foundation's Web site, or by sending a text.  The $5 text fee will be donated to the charity.

When we cover international relief efforts in this blog, we hear from some readers who think our resources should go to solving domestic problems, not overseas.  Often, there's merit to that argument.  But in this case, the severity of the crisis is unquestionable, and unparalleled in the U.S.: more than 13 million Africans have been orphaned by AIDS.

I congratulate everyone who enters this contest.  Even if you're not one of the five winners, you've volunteered to meet a problem head-on, and "risk" letting it change your life as it changed Keys'.  That kind of spirit, more than donations, is what's needed to solve all manner of problems, foreign and domestic.

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