June 30th, 2010
01:39 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Elizabeth Edwards feels akin to Bullock

There was so much big news to cover on “Showbiz Tonight,” we had to take a vote in the morning meeting on which story would be our top story today.

Elizabeth Edwards is making startling revelations about life after her split from former presidential candidate John Edwards and - get this - she feels a special sisterhood with Sandra Bullock.

Hey, it makes sense – Sandra and Elizabeth had ugly splits, with their husband’s mistresses talking to anyone who would listen, and both stood strong in the face of all the drama and both seem to be coming out on the other side stronger women!

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June 30th, 2010
12:34 PM ET

ABC's 'Downfall' is harmless summer fare

When ABC announced the concept for its new summer game show “Downfall," there were those who were mortified at the idea.  What was the world coming to when a network greenlights a show where people and prizes are thrown off skyscrapers?

Fast-forward to the first two episodes of the show. Turns out “Downfall” is not the end of the world, but a fun quiz hurt by a gimmick that gets old fast.

Set on top of a multistory building in downtown Los Angeles, contestants tied to a safety harness (more on that later) must answer a series of rapid-fire questions on a specific subject (such as naming the country from its current or former leader, or identifying the TV show from a character). At the same time, “fabricated facsimiles” of all available prizes – including cash – roll along a conveyor belt.

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June 30th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

DC Comics gives Wonder Woman a makeover

Say goodbye to the bustier and hotpants: Wonder Woman is getting a makeover at the age of 69, and the heroine is now keeping herself covered while fighting crime.

The new costume, created by celebrated artist and DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, is made up of a red top with the signature "WW" logo; a cropped blue biker jacket with white stars; and skin-tight navy blue pants and matching boots.

"The bracelets are still there, but made more colorful, tied on the inside and over the hand, with a script W on each of them that form WW when she holds them side by side…and if you get hit by one of them, it leaves a W mark," said writer J. Michael Straczynski, in a post on DC Comics's "The Source." "This is a Wonder Woman who signs her work."

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June 30th, 2010
11:21 AM ET

'Pretty Little Liars': 'It won't be that easy...'

If last night’s episode of “Pretty Little Liars” taught me anything, it’s that blocking phone calls, text messages and e-mails from unknown numbers is a bad idea. Moral of the story – if someone really wants to get in touch with you, they’ll find a way, making the episode the most intense one to date.

Everything started with Hanna’s mother talking to yet another cop. (Don’t worry, she kept it PG this time.) Hanna’s stunt from last week’s episode, when she stole and crashed Sean’s car, hasn't gone away just yet.

The four girls meet at the bench in town where they’re planning to make a memorial for Alison. Spencer, true to form, is the most composed of the bunch, proposing each of the girls block unknown numbers and e-mail addresses so they never have to hear from "A" again. But it's only the fourth episode and, to my delight, the show was recently picked up for 12 more – there’s no way we’ve seen the last of "A."

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June 30th, 2010
10:50 AM ET

Actor vs. the iPhone line: Bateman apologizes

Update: Hopefully those who felt slighted in that iPhone line can now (finally) move on with their lives: Jason Bateman has apologized.

The actor has been caught in a back-and-forth with witnesses who claim Bateman was booed when he was escorted ahead of others in line outside of an Apple store last week, and when Bateman retorted via Twitter that there wasn’t a single “hiss” or “boo,” additional witnesses told Us Weekly that Bateman wasn’t telling the truth.

The 41-year-old actor has decided to put an end to it, tweeting late Tuesday, “Correction- If there were boos, I didn't hear them. If some were mad, I didn't see them. I wish I had. If you're out there, I'm sorry.”

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Filed under: Celebrities
June 30th, 2010
09:31 AM ET

Jermaine Jackson: I support Chris Brown 100 percent

Chris Brown’s weepy tribute to Michael Jackson at Sunday’s BET Awards may have left viewers split about the sincerity of his performance, but the 21-year-old singer has won back at least one fan: Michael’s big brother Jermaine Jackson.

“It was just a spectacular moment,” the 55-year-old former Jackson 5 member told “Extra” of Brown’s rendition of “Man in the Mirror,” in which the troubled R&B star – who received a felonious charge for beating his ex-girlfriend Rihanna a year ago - became so choked up that he could barely get through the song.

"To see [Chris's] performance, it was very emotional for me, because it was an acceptance from his fans from what has happened to him and also paying tribute to my brother,” said Jackson, adding, "He deserves to perform, because it's healing for him. How can he learn from his mistakes if you don't give him a chance? He needs that."

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