May 28th, 2010
05:45 PM ET

Suspicious video sent to Oprah

Note to aspiring stars: Don’t freak out Oprah if you would like to work for her.

A representative for Oprah’s OWN network confirmed to CNN that the show received a "suspicious" video which they forwarded to authorities.

“Oprah.com received a suspicious video submission for 'Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,' a new series premiering on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network in January 2011,” said a statement from the company. “OWN’s protocol and online safeguards rejected the video, and the proper authorities were notified.”

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May 28th, 2010
04:32 PM ET

Stars tweet condolences for Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman

As news spreads of actor Gary Coleman’s death, various celebs, from Nick Cannon to "The Hills" star Audrina Patridge,  have taken to Twitter to extend their condolences.

Actress Soleil Moon Frye, herself a child star on the '80s show “Punky Brewster,” sent an “R.I.P.” tweet for Coleman Friday. So did "Who's the Boss" actress Alyssa Milano, another performer who grew up in the spotlight.

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Filed under: Celebrities
May 28th, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Casting Chronicles: James McAvoy in new 'X-Men'

But before we get to James, we have to tell you who will be joining the shockingly gaunt 50 Cent in the indie film, “Things Fall Apart”: none other than Ray Liotta, according to Variety.

The movie, directed by Mario Van Peebles, required the once-buff rapper to drop 50 pounds in order to portray a high-school football player stricken with cancer. Liotta will star opposite 50 – real name, Curtis Jackson – as the athlete’s doctor.

Moving on: James McAvoy has been cast as Charles Xavier in the “X-Men” franchise prequel, “X-Men: First Class.” In this movie, fans will see how Xavier formed the mutants into a group aiming to do good. The film already has “Kick-Ass” director Matthew Vaughn signed on to lead the feature, which is scheduled to start filming this summer, according to the L.A. Times.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
May 28th, 2010
02:12 PM ET

Lionsgate keeping 'Killers' from critics

As evidenced by a number of recent releases - “Transformers,” anyone? - a movie doesn’t have to rely on solid critical reviews in order to turn profit at the box office. If fans want to see it, they’ll pay for the ticket, whether critics say it's garbage or not.

And, as we saw with “The Blind Side,” word of mouth is just as important these days – critics were middling on Sandra Bullock’s vehicle – which ended up winning the actress her first Oscar – but the social media buzz was strong, and so was the box office gross.

Lionsgate is hoping that they can accomplish something similar with “Killers,” starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher as newlyweds who find out their next-door neighbors are assassins aiming to kill them. The movie opens June 4, but Lionsgate isn’t screening the movie for critics.

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Filed under: movies
May 28th, 2010
12:36 PM ET

Which network was the most-watched in 2009-2010?

It probably goes without saying that it wasn't NBC.

Turns out, a lot of you were tuning in to CBS: the network finished the 2009-2010 television season with an average of 11.77 million viewers, according to CBS.

The network also had seven out of 10 of the most watched dramas on TV, including “NCIS,” “The Mentalist,” “Criminal Minds,” “The Good Wife” and “CSI: Miami," as well as the top two most-watched comedies, "The Big Bang Theory" and "Two and a Half Men."

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Filed under: television
May 28th, 2010
11:35 AM ET

Is Kanye West staging a comeback?

Yo, Kanye West, we're really happy for you and we’re gonna let you finish but ...

OK, perhaps it is time to let the beleaguered rapper live down his now infamous, spotlight-stealing moment at last year's MTV Video Music Awards.

West, who has been mostly off the scene since interrupting Taylor Swift last year during her acceptance speech at the VMAs, appears to be venturing back to music.

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