February 19th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Simon Cowell speaks on the future of 'Idol'

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Simon Cowell said he honestly has no idea who will replace him on “American Idol” after this year, but he has some thoughts.

During a conference call on Thursday, the departing judge said whoever fills his seat needs to have knowledge and not just the ability to be critical.

“I think over the years judges have been replaced by personalities,” said Cowell, who also jokingly said his replacement needs to be very handsome. “That in the long term will create problems because you’ve got to be able to spot a star. So whoever replaces me, my advice has always been, find somebody who actually knows what they are talking about and has actually experienced success in the music business.”

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February 19th, 2010
10:33 AM ET

'Family Guy' Down syndrome actress weighs in on Palin

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An actress with Down syndrome who guest-starred on the animated show “Family Guy” thinks Sarah Palin just doesn’t get the joke.

The former vice-presidential candidate and Alaskan governor slammed the Fox animated series after the show racked up some laughs with a line she felt mocked her family.

On a recent episode, a character with Down syndrome named Ellen goes on a date with one of the show’s teenaged characters, Chris. Ellen tells Chris that her mother is “the former governor of Alaska.”

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February 19th, 2010
10:18 AM ET

Where in the world is Conan O'Brien?

Conan O'Brien took the millions of dollars he received in his settlement with NBC and hightailed it to Hawaii, with his wife and kids in tow.

Earlier this week, photos emerged of a bearded O'Brien strolling down a Hawaiian street - wearing proper sun protection of course - along with his two young children, Neve and Beckett. FULL POST


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February 19th, 2010
08:09 AM ET

'Gilmore Girls' movie a possibility?

I think I had a small stroke when I read the headline on Popeater.com: "Alexis Bledel Ponders a 'Gilmore Girls' Movie." I still cannot get enough of the two Lorelais, even though "Gilmore Girls" completed its run nearly three years ago.

The show - set in fictional Stars Hollow, Connecticut - centered on a mother-daughter duo who were best friends first and parent/child second. Oh, and it was magical! Not in a wands and broomsticks sort of way, mind you; but in a "sitting on a window seat, watching snow fall, drinking hot cider (or coffee, if you’re a Gilmore) and savoring a great book" way.

Series creator Amy Sherman-Paladino (a.k.a the smart American girl's hero) breathed tremendous life into her characters. For example, Bledel's character, Rory, aspired to be CNN's Christiane Amanpour, quoted Dorothy Parker (Sherman-Palladino's production company is named Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions) and read Proust. Literature was essentially an un-credited character on "Gilmore Girls." FULL POST

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