April 29th, 2010
11:18 AM ET

Shakira in Arizona to protest new immigration law

Two popular singers are in Arizona on Thursday to voice their opposition to the state's tough new immigration law.

Grammy Award-winning Colombian singer Shakira will meet with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon at City Hall in the evening. Gordon has called the law unconstitutional and has said he may sue on behalf of the city to stop the law from taking effect.

Legendary singer-songwriter Linda Ronstadt will attend a rally that organizers say will draw thousands. Ronstadt grew up in a Mexican-American family in Tucson.

The new law requires police to determine whether a person is in the United States legally. It also requires immigrants to carry their alien registration documents at all times and requires police to question people if there is reason to suspect they're in the United States illegally.

Critics say the law will foster racial profiling.

Editor's Note: Grammy Award winner, singer, songwriter and philanthropist Shakira is heading to Phoenix , Arizona, to lend a voice in the immigration debate. Tonight she talks to Anderson Cooper about what she hopes to accomplish. Watch “AC360,” tonight at 10 ET on CNN.


Filed under: Celebrities
April 29th, 2010
09:48 AM ET

Katie Holmes to portray Jackie Kennedy

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“The Kennedys” are coming to the History Channel.

According to an announcement made by the channel, the eight-hour scripted mini-series based on the Kennedy family will star Greg Kinnear as President John F. Kennedy, Canadian actor Barry Pepper as his brother Attorney General Robert Kennedy, Tom Wilkinson as their father Ambassador Joe Kennedy, Sr., and Katie Holmes as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy.

The mini-series, set to premiere in 2011, marks the cable network's first scripted project.


Filed under: Celebrities • movies
April 29th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

'Top Chef Masters' recap: The final two champions

Fruit plates. Comfort food. The cast of the hit show “Modern Family.” And an interview with one of this week's chefs, Jody Adams - James Beard Award-winning owner of Boston’s Rialto Restaurant!

This week's recap of "Top Chef Masters" is piping hot and ready to be served. And this week, “sheperd’s pie” is spelled correctly.

It’s week four of the second season, and this is the final episode before the “Champion’s Round.” Two more chefs will be chosen to move on, and three will pack their knives and return to their fabulously successful culinary careers. FULL POST

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April 28th, 2010
10:03 PM ET

Now down to the Top 5 on 'American Idol'

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SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.

We now have one woman left in the competition.

Siobhan Magnus is no more, and that leaves us with only Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox to represent for the ladies.

Did America pick right? And will Crystal be able to hold on to her winning streak and not crack under the pressure?

Discuss!

And don't forget to head over to iReport to upload videos of your questions for Siobhan.

April 28th, 2010
09:07 PM ET

'Idol' Top 6 learn their fate

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SPOILER ALERT!!! Tonight's blog entry will reveal the contestant being sent home from "American Idol." Don't read any further if you don't want to know the results.

9:56 p.m. – And the person going home tonight is ...

Siobhan Magnus!

MamaSox looks devastated. We get a look at Siobhan's journey before she sings us off with "Think."

9:46 p.m. -Shakira busts out the harmonica for her song "Gypsy," and Rascal Flatts backs her.

She's rocking a prairie skirt with a sparkly gold top. It's like she is Beyonce on top and Loretta Lynn on the bottom.

She and her back up dancers did a little bit of moving, but it wasn't the hipalicious performance I was expecting. I dug it all the same. She does manage to quote President Roosevelt with a line I only ever heard Casey Kasem use.

Back to the elimination: "Big Mike" is safe, and Lee greets him enthusiastically over in the safe section. That leaves us with Casey and Siobhan.

9:37 p.m. -Lady Antebellum = The bomb!

Love "Need You Now." With all of this killer music tonight, who even needs an elimination?

9:29 p.m. - Hey Carrie Underwood!

She's back to introduce the group Sons of Sylvia, who sing "Love Left to Lose." I dig them. Their lead singer looks hella intense though. He is not fooling around.

9:14 p.m. - Ryan Seacrest is in the new "Shrek" film?

I swear there is no work left in Hollywood thanks to this dude.

The gang looked like they had a great time visiting the studio and attending a special screening of the movie. I want some "Shrek" horns now.

Two of the films stars, Antonio Banderas and Cameron Diaz, show up on the "Idol" stage, and Antonio tells Seacrest he is the "best host in the world." Loved Antonio saying "Dim the lights" in the Puss -in- Boots voice.

Finally we get to the results, and Siobhan Magnus is up first and sent to the far end of the stage to form the first group.

Then we have Aaron Kelly who heads to the center of the stage. Then "Big Mike" forms a third group. Good Lord they are making this complicated out of the box. Lee DeWyze stands and is sent to the far side of the stage with Siobhan. Uh-uh.

Cutie Casey James is sent to stand with "Big Mike." So does that mean Crystal "MamaSox" Bowersox gets to go stand in the center with Aaron?

Yes, she does after Ellen DeGeneres explains that she doesn't think MamaSox is in trouble this week.

Ryan walks Siobhan over to "Big Mike" and Casey, and they are the bottom three. Wow that was convoluted.

9:11 p.m. – Oh joy, behind-the-scenes footage of the weekly  commercials.

Everyone is a vampire, and "Big Mike" Lynche is the victim. Seriously, all he would have to do is lift everyone up and toss their undead behinds.

I imagine the "Twilight" fans are loving this.

9:03 p.m. – America cast 33 million votes. Wonder who got the most?

We start the show off with Rascal Flatts who I love, love, love. They are such a great group, and I dig their song "Unstoppable."

Finally a guest artist/group who actually sound great live!

Don't really get them and Shakira, but we shall see.

April 28th, 2010
09:01 PM ET

The Top 6 of 'Idol' soon to be minus one

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As far as I am concerned, tonight is going to be the most difficult elimination so far this season.

Just about everyone did well on Tuesday night, and even the person I think was the worst, Siobhan Magnus, has her die-hard fans. With "Idol," you just never know.

The show just began, and on my TV there was a weird moment when we were in the control room, then it flipped to a commercial and then back to clips.

We are counted in, and "Idol" is off and running!

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