February 3rd, 2010
03:45 PM ET

'Avatar' is No. 1 movie of all time

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It was only a matter of time - 47 days, to be precise.

According to the box office tally site Boxofficemojo.com, "Avatar" is now the highest-grossing movie of all time domestically. The James Cameron film's business now stands at $601.1 million, ahead of the $600.8 million Cameron's "Titanic" did back in 1997-98.

Moreover, "Titanic" took 252 days to top out; "Avatar," which has been the biggest movie in the country since its mid-December release, is still No. 1 and shows little sign of flagging (and those nine Oscar nominations won't hurt).

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February 3rd, 2010
03:07 PM ET

Lil Wayne plans to work straight through prison term

On February 9, one of the most prolific (and ubiquitous) rappers in the industry today will disappear for an entire year, which may or may not leave a Lil Wayne-sized hole on the Billboard Hot 100.

Wayne is notorious for his nonstop recording, and he doesn't plan on letting the 12 month prison sentence for gun possession slow him down.

"I don't like to stop," the rapper told Rolling Stone in an interview chronicling the rapper's last days before heading off-the-grid. "I believe you stop when you die."

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Filed under: Music
February 3rd, 2010
10:28 AM ET

Behind the scenes at the new 'We Are the World'

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Normally, Celine Dion's vocals are controlled and crystal clear. But Lionel Richie was in the booth, coaxing her to rough it up a bit and let her emotions soar.

"Well, well, well, WELL!" she belted out, remaking the iconic line sung by Cyndi Lauper in the original version of "We Are the World" in 1985.

Dion and 80 other artists - including Barbra Streisand, Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Tony Bennett, the Jonas Brothers and actor Vince Vaughn - had gathered after the Grammys at the request of Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie to record an updated version of the anthem. The location was Studio A at The Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, site of the first recording session.

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February 3rd, 2010
10:11 AM ET

'Idol' restores hope

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I was starting to become completely cynical about “American Idol” when Tuesday night in Denver came along and reminded me of what I have always loved about the show.

What first made me fall in love with “Idol” was not the sad stories or the opportunity to laugh at some really bad contestants – it was the hope it offers to truly talented individuals.

Not just people who can sing. There are plenty of people out there like that. What I love is the folks for whom music is such a passion that they’ll do whatever it takes just to be able to perform.

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February 3rd, 2010
08:09 AM ET

Still 'Lost' after all these years

Nestor Carbonell Terry O'Quinn of ABC's 'Lost'
Nestor Carbonell Terry O'Quinn of ABC's 'Lost'

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

Well, we were promised answers to five seasons worth of mysteries of "Lost," and Tuesday night's season premiere gave us that - with a heaping helping of more questions to come with it. Yes, this is the same old "Lost," and just like every season premiere there's always at least one big reveal that will make you channel Hurley and say, "Dude."

First and foremost, we now know what happened after a dying Juliet set off a bomb after "the incident"... sort of. The castaways were all sent back into the present day, with what was left of the hatch after Desmond blew it up. Both Sayid and Juliet were still dying. I'm not sure if it quite worked for Sawyer to find Juliet in her last moments after they already shared such a memorable goodbye last season. Juliet (through ghost whisperer Miles) did give us the first of two statements that will continue to leave "Lost" fans' heads scratching: "It worked."

What worked exactly? Well, you see, the plane never crashed. And the island is under water. That would be the "big reveal," and boy was it a stunner. It was pretty remarkable to see what would have happened had the plane not crashed, especially Jack meeting Desmond and Locke prematurely (and just as soon losing track of Desmond - unstuck in time again?). And fascinating to see Hurley explaining that he's extremely lucky - after all, if there was no hatch, there were no numbers to "curse" Hurley. FULL POST

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