May 7th, 2010
04:26 PM ET

Ellen Pompeo may exit 'Grey's' when contract ends

Could another integral “Grey’s” star be on her way out? In two years, it’s possible, Ellen Pompeo said.

The actress has been playing Meredith Grey since 2005, and Pompeo isn’t sure how many more plot twists Dr. Grey can get into.

“When my contract is up after season eight, I would probably not renew,” she told Extra in an interview; the show is currently in its 6th season. “I think I’ve told all the stories that I can tell as Meredith Grey.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • Grey's Anatomy • television
May 7th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

'Real World' cast mates run for office

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Some might argue that politicians have long taken the route “to find out what happens... when people stop being polite... and start getting real...”

Two alumni of MTV’s “The Real World” are working on entering the hallowed halls of government.

Kevin Powell, a cast member from the first season of “The Real World,” and Sean Duffy, from “The Real World: Boston,” are both running for office.

Powell, who has had a career as an author, activist, poet, lecturer and writer, is running for Congress to represent the 10th District of New York City in Brooklyn. Powell, who has been a resident of Brooklyn for about a decade, first ran for congress in 2008 but was unsuccessful in his attempt to unseat current Representative Edolphus Towns.

Duffy is looking to succeed Wisconsin Congressman David Obey who is retiring after 41 years as a Wisconsin politician. Duffy has spent the past eight years serving as the Ashland County District Attorney and is married to “The Real World: San Francisco” alumna Rachel Campos-Duffy. The couple is expecting their sixth child.

May 7th, 2010
02:50 PM ET

Casting chronicles: K. Stew is ‘On the Road,’ Tim Gunn is feeling blue

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart has been everywhere this week, from the Met's costume gala to ELLE magazine, and now she’ll be “On the Road."

The queen of supernatural love triangles has been cast as Marylou in a film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s novel of the same name, according to THR. Brazilian filmmaker Walter Salles is at the helm of this movie, which will follow the cross-country adventure of Kerouac's alter-ego Sal Paradise. Stewart will play the wife of Paradise's friend, Dean Moriarty.

Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake will be “Friends with Benefits” in the upcoming romantic comedy written by Will Gluck, according to Variety. The premise for the movie appears to be exactly what it sounds like: Kunis and Timberlake portray two friends who run into complications when they try to make their friendship work with a few extra benefits on the side.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Project Runway
May 7th, 2010
01:07 PM ET

Nashville fundraisers starting to fill the calendar – with or without a national media spotlight

During the last few days, I've received a number of calls and emails from colleagues in Nashville, frustrated with how the catastrophic flooding in their city has not seemed to receive the amount of attention it deserves on many national news outlets – including CNN.

My friend Heather left an impassioned message from her cell, as she pulled moldy siding off a pal's home in Bellevue. Another friend, Jules, opened up her vast rolodex for contacts we needed. And Schatzi Hageman, publicist for Trace Adkins, apologized for delays in responding to emails – never using the fact that her office was uninhabitable as an excuse.

We caught up with Trace himself in Southern California, where he was shooting a music video for his new single, "This Ain't No Love Song." The Louisiana native was defiant about his adopted city's tenacity, and didn't think the national media was obligated to shine a bigger spotlight. "I don't feel slighted in any way," he said. "I'm not worried about it, because I think that Nashville – as a community and as a city – we'll cowboy up, and we'll take care of this situation, and we'll fix what needs to be fixed, and we'll carry on. We don't need everybody in the country to come run to our aid."

Indeed, Tennessee is living up to its moniker as "The Volunteer State." As Vince Gill headlined a telethon on the local NBC affiliate, raising more than $1.7 million, a flurry of press releases hit my BlackBerry:
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May 7th, 2010
10:53 AM ET

Jesus Christ cartoon in development at Comedy Central

Jesus Christ is regularly depicted as a supporting character on one of Comedy Central’s staple programs, “South Park,” but now he might star in his own animated series.

The network announced their programming plans for the upcoming year Thursday, and among some of the shows in the script development phase is a half-hour cartoon called “JC.”

The series would be about “JC (Jesus Christ) wanting to escape his father's enormous shadow and to live life in NYC as a regular guy. A lot has changed in 2000 years and he is the ultimate fish out of water,” according to a press release. “Meanwhile his all-powerful yet apathetic father would rather be playing video games than listening to JC recount his life in the city. JC is a playful take on religion and society with a sprinkle of dumb.”

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Filed under: television
May 7th, 2010
10:25 AM ET

Nashville musicians band together to help city

Flood-inducing downpours have wreaked havoc on Nashville, Tennessee, and some of the big names in Nashville's music scene are pulling together ways to help.

Nashville native and resident Ke$ha will host a flood benefit concert at Nashville’s Limelight on June 16th, with all proceeds going to the families and animals affected by the flood. Tickets start at $30, and fans who want to meet the pop star can buy a VIP package for $100.

The CMA Music Festival is also making a contribution with 50 percent of the net proceeds going to flood relief. This is in addition to the already established annual donation of the same amount to music education in Nashville public schools. The festival runs June 10 – 13, and stars like Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw are scheduled to perform.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
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