May 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Tom Cruise always wanted to be a father

Ever since he was a kid, Tom Cruise has known that he wanted to be a father.

“I always loved kids, but it was more than that,” the actor said in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine. “It was this thought: What would it be like, being a father? Being the kind of guy who takes care of things?”

Because, you see, Cruise is big on being the fixer. After his parents separated – his father was an electrical engineer who didn’t support the family “financially or spiritually” after the split, leaving Cruise to live “with the effects of that chaos” – a younger Tom sought ways to help out his mother, who would at times have three jobs.

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May 25th, 2010
01:04 PM ET

Miley Cyrus: Nothing I do is for shock value

At the very least, Miley Cyrus is honest.

During a radio interview with “The Bert Show,” Miley Cyrus said she already knows the kind of comments that can be elicited from a mere mention of her name.

“If you say ‘Miley Cyrus,’ there’s going to be some type of bad press or controversy that comes with it,” the actress/singer said. “It’s just part of where I am in my life right now....It’s like when Hilary Duff started growing up off the Disney channel, everyone thought she was anorexic...just because when she goes out she doesn't look like a 12-year-old anymore. It's the same thing."

Well, Cyrus certainly no longer looks 12, as she proved in her latest music video for her single “Can’t Be Tamed.” But she maintains that nothing she does is for shock value.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Miley Cyrus • Music • television
May 25th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

TV recap: 100 percent Grade A 'Chuck'

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the season finale of "Chuck" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

The Buymore has burned down, a Bartowski is gone and Chuck is out of the spy game. That's where we've ended after the finale. But as we all know, everything could change in a flash.

When we last saw Chuck, he was writing his “spy will.” (Don't worry, season four is already planned. Chuck isn't going anywhere.) Meanwhile, Ellie Bartowski gets her life flipped upside-down. Instead of working at a hospital, she's now in the care of a CIA agent who we all believe is a Ring operative.

Speaking of Ring agents: Daniel Shaw is back. The last time we saw Shaw he was floating down a river in Paris, riddled with bullets. And while we saw a picture of Shaw in the last episode, it took Chuck chasing him through a subway and security tapes to prove he's alive and not a figment of his fractured mind.

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May 25th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

TV recap: 'Demented' and 'dazzling' on 'Dancing'

Someone will be holding the mirror ball trophy on “Dancing With the Stars” tonight, but will it be ESPN correspondent Erin Andrews, Olympic skating champ Evan Lysacek or singer Nicole Scherzinger?

Whoever the winner is, he or she will be exhausted by the time the season finale ends. The couples have to perform four dance routines spread over two nights before one of them will be declared the champ.

Last night, each of the couples danced a “redemption dance” (one that the judges felt they should have excelled in but didn’t when they first danced it earlier in the season) and a freestyle routine, in which there are no rules and anything goes.

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May 25th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

TV Recap: '24' no more

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the finale of "24," DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

Well Bauerites, today is the first day of the rest of our TV-watching lives. Our beloved "24" is no more. For those of us who have it recorded, "24" shall live a bit longer in the purgatorial realm of our DVRs. For the rest of us who have seen the final episode, it's all over. (Click here to read more on my "Life AFTER '24'")

Ahead of the show, I decided to "speak Bauer" all day. Time flew by as I threw in line after line of Jack's best quotes... although I did have a bit of trouble finding the right context to say, "The only reason you're still conscious is because I don't want to carry you."

(By the way, schematics of the vending machines, my laptop, and the conference room speakerphone were all sent to my PDA, and by my count, I was "10 minutes out" about three times.)

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May 25th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

TV recap: 'The Bachelorette' meets her suitors

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the latest episode of "The Bachelorette," DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

Earlier this year, Ali Fedotowsky chose working at Facebook over "Bachelor" Jake Pavelka. Now, Ali is ready to put love over job security and a roof over her head.

Host Chris Harrison welcomes us back to the manor, declaring that 25 men from "across America" have gathered to win Ali's hand.  Once again, Chris shows a complete lack of geography skills, as three of the contestants are Canadian.

This year's lineup include three Chrises, two Craigs, a Derek, a Derrick, two Johns, a Jonathan and two Tylers.  Alas, no one's wearing nametags at the manor.

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