February 1st, 2010
09:17 PM ET

Michael Jackson’s 'Earth Song' needs trees for the watching

Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. From the outfits on the red carpet to the performances during the telecast, everything was fantastic. There are so many things I could write about, like seeing Lady Gaga’s spectacular outfit in person, and even questioning whether every Grammy winner was truly happy with the category they won in. However, there is just one topic that I’m going to bring attention to: the Michael Jackson’s tribute performance.

Yes, I thought that the “Earth Song” and its performers were great. The 3-D effect was very cool as well. However... Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” is a pro-environment, save the rain forests-themed tune. But aren’t 3-D glasses made of paper, from trees? Exactly how many trees were cut down to provide viewers with 3-D glasses in order to watch a performance that lasted a few minutes? Just wondering… What do you think?

February 1st, 2010
03:15 PM ET

'Calvin and Hobbes' creator: No regrets

On December 31, 1995, the comic strip "Calvin and Hobbes" ended. Comics fans have been in mourning ever since.

But Bill Watterson, who created the strip, "never regretted stopping," he told his hometown Cleveland Plain Dealer in a rare interview that appeared Monday.

"It's always better to leave the party early," he told the paper's John Campanelli. "If I had rolled along with the strip's popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now 'grieving' for 'Calvin and Hobbes' would be wishing me dead and cursing newspapers for running tedious, ancient strips like mine instead of acquiring fresher, livelier talent. And I'd be agreeing with them."


February 1st, 2010
02:49 PM ET

Tyler Perry to receive NAACP Chairman's Award

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To a list of honorees that includes Al Gore, Aretha Franklin, Bono, Danny Glover and President Barack Obama, add Tyler Perry. The filmmaker has been selected to receive the NAACP Chairman's Award during the 41st NAACP Image Awards.

"Tyler Perry is a tremendous inspiration to people on many levels," NAACP Board Chairman Julian Bond said in a statement. "His remarkable life experiences, which inform his extraordinary body of work in film, television and stage, have also shaped his focus on significant charitable causes and civil-rights initiatives."

Perry is known for a host of successful films, including "Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea Goes to Jail," "Why Did I Get Married" and "I Can Do Bad All by Myself." He also produces two TV shows, "Tyler Perry's House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns." (The shows air on TBS, which - like CNN - is a unit of Time Warner.)


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February 1st, 2010
11:57 AM ET

Dax Shepard rings Kristen's Bell

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Kristen Bell knows a little something about how romantic Italy can be.

The “When in Rome” star got engaged over the holidays to her co-star, Dax Shepard, her rep confirmed to CNN.

Bell, who found fame as the title character in the television series “Veronica Mars,” plays Beth, a young woman unlucky in relationships who steals some coins from a fountain of love and finds herself the object of several men’s affections. Shepard plays Gale, one of Beth's suitors  in the romantic comedy.

Bell didn’t have to resort to any magic to snag Shepard, best known for his comedic roles. The pair have reportedly been an item for two years and live together.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies
February 1st, 2010
10:30 AM ET

One of your favorite Grammy moments?

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When it came to grabbing a hold of the audience at the Grammy Awards, singer Pink was way above the other performers.

Attendees seemed stunned by the swirling, singing, water sprinkler that was Pink.

Cirque de Soleil had nothing on the singer who repeated her aerial routine from this year's MTV Video Music Awards – minus the pasties. This time around, the bad-to-the-bone singer wailed in perfect pitch after switching out her Brigette Nielsen-type hooded outfit for a harness that suspended her above the Grammy crowd. FULL POST

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Filed under: Grammys • Music • television
February 1st, 2010
09:37 AM ET

Maxwell 'grateful' for Grammy wins

It seems as though singer Maxwell's comeback has been a hit.

The smooth crooner scored two Grammy Awards on Sunday night – best R & B album for "Blacksummersnight" and best male R & B vocal performance for "Pretty Wings."

Backstage the singer said he just couldn't express how grateful he was for his wins. He said he wants to be a messenger to the people for his music. FULL POST

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