June 30th, 2010
07:56 AM ET

Lauryn Hill breaks her silence

Over the past decade or so since “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was released, every so often you would see an article or blog post questioning, “What ever happened to Lauryn Hill?”

Thanks to NPR chasing down the rapper/singer outside of a concert in Santa Rosa, California, now we can know from Hill herself.

“There were a number of different reasons,” Hill said of why she seemed to simply disappear from everything: from performing, from making music - virtually from sight. "But partly, the support system that I needed was not necessarily in place. There were things about myself, personal-growth things, that I had to go through in order to feel like it was worth it.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
June 29th, 2010
07:26 PM ET

King to step aside as host of 'Larry King Live'

Larry King, the iconic TV interviewer, will step aside from hosting of his prime time CNN show later this year, he said Tuesday. Read the full CNN.com story

King, 76, made the announcement in a short message on his Twitter account, citing his desire to spend more time with his wife and young children.

Read Larry King's statement

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June 29th, 2010
05:17 PM ET

Latest 'Twilight' threatens to 'Eclipse' prior two

The story of “Twilight” movies setting records feels about as fresh as a 100-year-old vampire, but here it is anyway: “Eclipse” not only set a record as the year’s top advance ticket-seller, but Deadline.com is reporting that it’s also the biggest domestic release in Tinseltown’s history.

While logically we know this probably would’ve happened regardless of what critics said of the film – honestly, Roger Ebert could type “abcdefg” and “Eclipse” tickets would still represent 91 percent of Fandango.com’s sales today – but we’re curious if the surprisingly positive reviews have had an impact on the anticipation for the film.

When the second installment of Stephenie Meyer’s saga, “New Moon,” released, film reviewers were ruthless.

But "Eclipse" - thanks in large part, it seems, to director David Slade ("Hard Candy"; "30 Days of Night")– just may be a movie non-fans can sink our teeth into, courtesy of some much-needed tongue-in-cheek humor and a quickened pace.

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Filed under: movies • Twilight
June 29th, 2010
04:42 PM ET

Bret Michaels: 'Music is a powerful healer for me'

Within a matter of months, Bret Michaels was subjected to an emergency appendectomy, a brain hemorrhage and a warning stroke. The 47-year-old rocker also recently learned he has a hole in his heart, which Michaels told Parade he’ll get an operation for in late fall or early winter.

And while just one of these events would have anyone else taking some serious downtime, Michaels - who is currently on tour and preparing for the July 6 release of his solo album - chose to cope a little differently.

“Whatever it is, I live my life passionately,” he told Parade. “And music is a powerful healer for me. I've learned a lot of it is mind over matter. Once I knew that I had a chance to survive the brain hemorrhage, I was taking life and grabbing it for everything I could.”

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June 29th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Will 'Deathly Hallows' part 1 have enough action?

If the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" teaser is any indication, the much-anticipated finale to the magical sensation that has gripped the world is looking to be spectacular all-around. Granted, Daniel Radcliffe wasn’t given many lines in the 2:27 trailer, but we're going for optimism here.

But it does flash through at least a dozen pivotal scenes from the 784-page book, giving fans a taste of what is to come - and it really is a trailer tailored for true Harry Potter fans (such as myself, of course).

Only those in the know will recognize scenes that are sure to be riveting, including the trio’s misadventures in Gringotts, Nagini’s attack on Harry and the fiery escape from the Room of Requirement.

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June 29th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

Can 'The Office' go on without Steve Carell?

Offices change personnel all the time -– but when the boss leaves, things can go awry in a hurry.

Could that be the case when Steve Carell leaves “The Office”?

At the Los Angeles premiere of his new film, “Despicable Me,” the actor confirmed that he would leave the popular and Emmy-winning NBC show after it concludes its seventh season next spring.

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