February 17th, 2010
02:04 PM ET

'Jersey Shore's' J-Woww: Snooki and I aren't Italian

Despite all of the Italian references made on Season 1 of "Jersey Shore," some fans are surprised that not everyone in the cast is of Italian descent. Jenny "J-Woww" Farley revealed on Fox News' "The Strategy Room"  that she and Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are the odd members out on the 'Shore."

Referring to the backlash for the show reveling in the guido/guidette stereotype – monikers considered to be derogatory to Italian-Americans – Farley said, “I’m not even Italian, so that stereotype doesn’t even fit me.”

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February 17th, 2010
01:41 PM ET

Jon Gosselin and TLC end dispute

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The war between Jon Gosselin and his former TV employer has drawn to a close.

According to a statement released by Laurie Goldberg, senior vice president for communications for TLC, "TLC has reached a settlement with Jon Gosselin and will be undertaking procedural steps to conclude the litigation.  All terms of the settlement are confidential. The whole Gosselin family remain under contract with TLC. "

Such a settlement could clear the way for the return of the clan from “Jon & Kate Plus 8” to the airwaves. The show was yanked after Gosselin put the network on notice to cease and desist filming, claiming it was detrimental to his children. TLC responded with a breach of contract suit against him.

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February 17th, 2010
12:33 PM ET

Roger Ebert keeps voice alive through written words

Roger EbertAfter undergoing a surgery to treat cancer four years ago, Roger Ebert was left unable to talk and missing parts of his jaw. But while he may not be able to speak, the celebrated film critic's voice has lived on through his words.

In the years since, the prolific author (and first film critic to win a Pulitzer, which he won in 1975) has come to rely on his famous thumbs and his gift with turns of phrase to communicate on the job and at home as well.

In a touching interview with Esquire magazine, Ebert expressed himself through phrases jotted on Post-It notes and a set of computer speakers wired to broadcast his thoughts as he types them into a text-to-speech program.

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Filed under: movies
February 17th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

More celebrity tweets from the sky

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Turns out Kevin Smith isn’t the only famous person to join Twitter’s mile-high club.

Kim Kardashian, who was tweeting from cruising altitude Tuesday night, wrote on her page, “I'm on the airplane...love wifi! I am sitting next to an Air Marshall! Jim the air marshall makes me feel safe!”

After what started out as an innocent post, Kardashian began receiving some backlash from followers who were confused as to how “Jim's” identity was revealed. FULL POST

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Filed under: Celebrities
February 17th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

New 'Glee' promo debuts

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I am officially “Glee”-king out.

The promo for the new season of “Glee” has only increased my yearning for the show to return.

I was wondering how the dynamics may have changed at McKinley High since the “Glee” kids won regionals, and I am happy to see that slushies are still being flung.

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February 17th, 2010
09:18 AM ET

'Idol' builds suspense for Top 24

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Fox really knows how to work the suspense.

And by “suspense,” I mean making two hours feel like four hours on Tuesday night when announcing the first of the top 24 contestants.

We viewers spent a great deal of time in rooms number one, two and three where wannabe contestants awaited a visit from the judges to find out if they would be moving on. Apparently, chairs aren’t allowed in said rooms because everyone was sitting on the floor looking alternately glum, hopeful and stressed.

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