May 17th, 2010
01:57 PM ET

Bret Michaels is headed to 'Oprah'

Bret MichaelsBret Michaels is ready to rock Oprah Winfrey’s world.

The 47-year-old rocker hasn’t even been out of the hospital for two weeks, yet he’s already lining up concert dates, and most recently, just booked a gig to appear on “Oprah” Wednesday, according to his website.

Michaels had been receiving treatment for a brain hemorrhage, and is currently in physical therapy twice a day since his late April hospitalization, but the “Celebrity Apprentice” finalist apparently is ready to get back into the game. He’s got an album out on June 8, “Custom Built,” and he plans to remain on tour through December.

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May 17th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

Justin Bieber fans outsmart Twitter

Hey, Twitter: don’t start none, won’t be none.

The social network attempted to outsmart Justin Bieber fans by adjusting the algorithm for its trending topics lists, but it failed as fans quickly reassembled to figure out a new way to get their favorite pop star back on the Twitter chart.

The singer had been a trending topic – meaning he was one of the most popular things tweeted about on the popular social media forum – for months, but after tinkering with the formula on Friday, topics that were “most breaking” or “immediately popular” ranked high on the trending list, as opposed to what was most discussed.

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May 17th, 2010
01:01 PM ET

'Treme' recap – Creole mustard, it goes on everything

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Janette DeSautel is forced to close her restaurant in this week's episode of "Treme," despite winning raves from out-of-town chefs and having a packed house every night. She's got cash-flow problems and despite trying to placate suppliers with Barq's root beer each time they come to collect, they put her on cash on delivery.

"I can't write rubber checks, and I can't cook without food," she laments to her sous chef. She also can't bring herself to ask the staff to work a week for free. DeSautel reluctantly packs up her knife kit and locks up for what may be the last time.

Creighton Bernette, meanwhile, has to make meatloaf leftovers, and he needs some Creole mustard. "I put Creole mustard on everything," he tells his wife. Apparently Blue Plate mayonnaise too. There's a jar of it on his counter. FULL POST

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May 17th, 2010
12:52 PM ET

Telethon helps Nashville 'keep on playin' after flood

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At times, Sunday's three-hour telethon, "Music City: Keep on Playin'," felt like a community theater production of "Our Town." There were audio glitches. Missed cues. Moments when the hosts stared blankly into the camera lens while nothing happened. Yet that was part of the telecast's charm, because in many ways, it WAS a community production - where citizens participated in a homegrown effort to raise money for victims of the Nashville flood.

The show emanated from the city's historic Ryman Auditorium, with the Grand Ole Opry set as a backdrop, and aired live on GAC. The hosts were actors James Denton and Kimberly Williams-Paisley - he, a former Nashville resident, and she, a current one. Kim's husband, Brad Paisley, kicked things off on a hopeful note with his recent hit, "Welcome to the Future." At the end of the song, Paisley looked up toward the balcony and said, "My wife's up there...we're going to donate $100,000. Is that okay?" Kim looked surprised and quipped, "Wow. Well, I didn't need that new purse." FULL POST

May 17th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

Miss USA crowd boos Arizona immigration question

Pageant questions are tricky business.

There was the drama ignited last year when Miss USA contestant Carrie Prejean was asked about same-sex marriage laws, and one can only imagine how Miss South Carolina would’ve answered had “The Office’s” Oscar Nunez tossed her the same controversial query he asked Miss Oklahoma Morgan Elizabeth Woolard during Sunday's Miss USA competition.

“Arizona’s new immigration statute authorizes law enforcement authorities to check the citizenship of anyone they believe to be in the country illegally,” Nunez started, as the crowd began to boo.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
May 17th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Cannes we dance?

Cannes may be known for its film festival, but come here once and you can’t escape the fact that the town loves its music. Say the town’s name in its correct pronunciation (KAN) twice in a row and it’s a music hall dance. And that’s just what it's like here at film festival time: a 24/7, crazy, old-fashioned music hall, with fewer petticoats.

So while the movies eventually stop playing, the music doesn’t quit. Ever. It blares through town all evening and long past the midnight hour from the sound system at the main theater here called the Grand Theater Lumiere. Sometimes it’s the soundtrack to the film premiering at the Grand Theater and sometimes it's a completely unrelated French pop song.

To fill in the potential peaceful silence gaps, the gigantic tent parties and yachts that line the beach blast their dance tracks from sundown to sunup.

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