February 10th, 2010
07:46 PM ET

Ludacris helps students get a 'Step' ahead

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$1.5 million in scholarships is at stake, and some college students seeking a share are just steps away – literally.

Fraternities and sororities from around the U.S. have been taking part in the Sprite Step Off, a national step competition hosted by rapper/actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, who's also a producer behind the contest and the resulting MTV2 documentary series.  It's the biggest step competition in history, and the finalists will square off in Atlanta for a shot at the top prize: $100,000 in college scholarships.
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February 10th, 2010
05:30 PM ET

John Mayer has some regrets

If you've been following the trail John Mayer's potty mouth has left all over the Web today, you've learned a few things.

You now know that Jessica Simpson was his addiction, and you also know that he regrets ending his relationship with Jennifer Aniston, but hey, he's 32.

What you may not know - if you have yet to surf over to a particular magazine's Web site - is that Mayer unleashed quite a few racially sensitive remarks, with one of them using the "n" word.

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February 10th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

Former Rep. Charlie Wilson dies

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Charlie Wilson, the flamboyant Texas congressman portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie "Charlie Wilson's War," died today at the age of 76.  A statement from a Texas hospital said Wilson passed away after suffering from cardiopulmonary arrest; he'd had heart transplant surgery a few months before the film's premiere in late 2007.

Wilson earned the nickname "Good Time Charlie" for his love of alcohol, women and, well, other diversions.  But he was serious about driving the Soviet Union out of Afghanistan, and used his congressional power to ensure the U.S. properly armed the Afghan rebels fighting the Soviets.  George Crile wrote a book about the unlikely chain of events, which was made into the movie starring Hanks as Wilson, along with fellow Oscar winners Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.  In 2008, Wilson told CNN.com's Todd Leopold he was pleased with the film's portrayal of the period.

Wilson served 12 consecutive terms in the U.S. Congress, representing Texas' second district.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara.

February 10th, 2010
03:26 PM ET

Jessica Simpson has no comment on John Mayer's explicit interview

In yet another interview, John Mayer has once again tackled difficult topics such as love, relationships and masturbation. He also threw in a few comments about "Battle Studies," lest we forget that he's a musician and not just a man who apparently has no filter.

In a March interview with Playboy magazine, Mayer described at length the hold Jessica Simpson has over him (in his words, she's sexual napalm), and it's left the blonde singer speechless.

According to Jessica Simpson’s publicist, Cindi Berger,  Simpson is “not commenting” on Mayer’s revealing interview.

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February 10th, 2010
02:33 PM ET

'Idol's' Kara DioGuardi keeps it to herself

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Kara DioGuardi, you are a sly one!

I participated in a conference call on Wednesday with the “American Idol” judge and she was pretty guarded about the stuff I most wanted to know.

She declined to comment on the show without Paula saying, “I really don’t want to speak about Paula’s absence because you can’t really compare Paula and Ellen, they’re completely different and I think they both bring something valuable to the table.”

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February 10th, 2010
10:29 AM ET

Jay Leno's last 'Leno Show' monologue

Last night was the end of "The Jay Leno Show," and Leno didn't go out with quite the bang his former coworker Conan O'Brien did.

As he did during the Late Night Wars of 2010, Leno ran through a few jokes right off the top addressing the disastrous situation the NBC rescheduling has caused, before moving on to other, more important things - like the Winter Olympics.

Here's a transcript:

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