January 22nd, 2010
11:25 PM ET

Friday night at the Sundance Film Festival

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6:15 p.m.: Sitting in the Film Lounge listening to Kelis' sound check. If the party at midnight is anything close to her sound check, this is going to be a good night.

6:35 p.m.: Josh Radner just walked in the door at the Supper Club. He's in the movie, "HappyThankyouMorePlease".

7 p.m.: Malin Ackerman is milling around the Supper Club, waiting to get seated for Chef Philippe Chow's special masterpiece of a dinner.

7:30 p.m.: The cast of "HappyThankyouMorePlease" just sat down for dinner at the Supper Club. I just chowed down on some beef and chicken skewers with the most amazing Hollandaise sauce. I have determined that Chef Philippe is the man.

9 p.m.: Bill Gates just walked in. He's doing an interview with us about "Waiting for Superman," which he is featured in. He is talking about the Gates Foundation and education right now.

January 22nd, 2010
10:09 PM ET

Transcript: Conan O'Brien's January 22 monologue

Below is a transcript of "The Tonight Show" opening monologue from January 22:

Ladies and Gentleman, we have exactly one hour to steal every single item in this studio.

We’ve a had a lot of fun being here these last 7 months, but like everything in life, the fun has to come to an end a decade too early. FULL POST


Filed under: Late Night comedy • television
January 22nd, 2010
06:01 PM ET

No Pulitzer for the National Enquirer

Supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer is ineligible to compete for the nation’s top journalism award, the administrator of the Pulitzer Prize board said today, dashing the publication’s hopes to enter the competition for its reporting on the John Edwards’ love child scandal.

When the former presidential candidate confirmed on Thursday that he had fathered a child with his former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, the Enquirer said that it would submit its reporting for the prize.

News of the magazine’s plan sparked fierce debate among journalists over whether an outlet that is allowed to pay sources for information should be eligible to compete for the vaunted award. However, despite the insider bristling and posturing, the mag’s ineligibility is based on a technicality.

"We checked the Enquirer Web site, and it apparently calls itself a magazine. Under our rules, magazines (both print and Web versions) and broadcast entities are ineligible," said the prize administrator Sig Gissler in an e-mail to ABCNews.com.

The National Enquirer broke the Edwards story in July 2008. Eighteen months later, Edwards confessed that he fathered a child outside of his marriage.

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Filed under: Celebrities
January 22nd, 2010
03:44 PM ET

Spice Girls headed to Broadway

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I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want: a Spice Girls musical? It’s in the works! Julie Craymer, the producer behind both the stage and film versions of the ABBA musical “Mama Mia!” has announced that her company will create and produce a musical based on songs from the '90s girl-power group.

Tentatively titled, “Viva Forever” it is to be produced by Craymer and “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller.

“I want to create a unique celebration of the band and its music, with its own flavor and joyful message," Craymer said in a statement. “It is important to me that the excitement, style and humor of the Spice Girls is well represented on stage.”

Say you’ll be there. We will.

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Filed under: Music
January 22nd, 2010
03:06 PM ET

Sundance is a reason to party

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DJs are dusting off their turntables and loading up their iPods, film stars are figuring out what mukluks will stand up to a night of dancing, and open bars are stocking up on liquor.

The Sundance Film Festival is, of course, an opportunity for independent film to shine, but it is also the chance for top actors, actresses, filmmakers and all the folks who help independent films get made to let their hair down and have some fun in the mountains. The festival is a chance to throw some really great parties, most of which are sponsored by companies who have very little to do with the filmmaking process at all.

Entertainment Weekly magazine is kicking off the really big festivities this year with their opening weekend bash at the Legacy Lodge on Saturday night. The magazine and official sponsor of the festival is  expecting the likes of P. Diddy, Sandra Oh, Alan Rickman and Common.

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January 22nd, 2010
03:00 PM ET

A look back at the 'Jersey Shore' season

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Last night, the talented videographers of MTV concluded their field research into how 20-somethings behave when subjected to heat, large quantities of alcohol, and the temptations of the “Jersey Shore.” In the end, the study was a success, giving ample insight into this subset of young Americans who refer to themselves as “Guidos” and “Guidettes.”

Vocabulary

Understanding the happenings of Seaside Heights requires deciphering the unusual diction used by its residents. Here are some of their most unusual terminology:

* GTL. An abbreviation for “Gym, Tan, Laundry,” which is what the men of the house do every day in order to keep their appearance in tip-top shape, in the hopes of attracting a female of the species. FULL POST

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Filed under: Jersey Shore • television
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