April 15th, 2010
06:06 PM ET

Yahoo! releases list of 100 modern classic movies to see before you die

Out of all the movies in 2009, three made the cut on Yahoo! Movies list of "100 Movies to See Before You Die: The Modern Classics," and they're all notably familiar from awards circuit coverage: James Cameron's 3-D gold mine "Avatar", Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds" and Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker."

The movies - all of which were made between 1990 and 2009 - were chosen based on their artistry, originality, and pure cinematic entertainment, Yahoo! said in a statement. This is what creates an interesting mix of critically acclaimed features ("Brokeback Mountain; "American Beauty") with movies that were more embraced by the moviegoers themselves ("There's Something About Mary"; "The Big Lebowski").

The list also highlights some movies that are not only generation-defining, but also have scripts that just beg to be quoted at random, such as1995's "Clueless" or 2004's "Anchorman." And of course, more obvious choices from the past two decades, like "Goodfellas," "Silence of the Lambs," "Fargo" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," were included.

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Filed under: Avatar • movies • The Hurt Locker
April 15th, 2010
02:29 PM ET

Simplicity is the winner on 'Top Chef Masters'

The second episode of "Top Chef Masters" had it all: melted cheeses, blood, and an underdog.

My recap of the first episode was an exercise in fanboy reverence. And I won’t apologize for that.

Here’s the thing: I can’t be snarky about "Top Chef Masters." It’s enough that snark is just wit with training wheels. But I don’t have it in me to mock a show that I hold close to my callused heart. "Top Chef Masters" isn’t a show about banshees on rampages. It’s about talented people competing for bragging rights and charity. It’s the NFL with knives, fire, and pomegranate reduction sauces. It is competitive food porn of the highest quality. And I just can’t make fun of it.

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Filed under: television • Top Chef
April 15th, 2010
02:19 PM ET

'Ugly Betty' gets ratings boost with series finale

Ugly BettySo many were disappointed to learn that ABC was kicking “Betty” to the curb after just four seasons that it's not much of a surprise the show got a ratings boost last night - it looks like even the fans who may have stopped watching came back for a final farewell.

“Ugly Betty” saw a 29 percent jump in ratings over last week with its final episode, achieving a season high according to THR.

The series finale of "Betty" gave fans some resolution, and was also filled with new beginnings. Wilhelmina finally gets to rule the Mode roost, Marc gets more creative responsibility, Amanda finds out who her birth father is, and Betty, Hilda and Justin all move out of Ignacio’s Queens abode. The series’ run may have been short, but it was enough time to see how much Betty evolved over the years, from gawky, poncho-d assistant to a stylish, editorial star headed for London.

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Filed under: television
April 15th, 2010
11:26 AM ET

Lil Wayne kicks off sports blog

If you're curious who made it into Lil Wayne's top 5 NFL draft picks, now you can know: the rapper has started blogging about sports on his Web site, WeezyThanxYou.com.

Wayne, currently serving a year-long prison sentence, kicked off the new series of posts on Tune's Sports Blog by focusing on the Philadelphia Eagles trading Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins - which will be good for all involved, he notes, except the Eagles.

Although Wayne said in an earlier blog post that an ESPN blog was in the works, editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine Gary Belsky said “we have no plans for Lil Wayne to blog for us at this time.”


Filed under: Celebrities • Music
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