July 8th, 2010
12:39 PM ET

'Breaking Bad' star up for third straight Emmy

He's won two Emmys in a row for his role as Walter White on “Breaking Bad,” but for Bryan Cranston, being nominated never gets old.

“If you believe in past lives, in my last life I must have been grossly mistreated because something turned around and this has been amazing,” said the actor, who was nominated again this year.

It’s a double congratulations day, as Cranston and his wife are also celebrating their 21st wedding anniversary. FULL POST

July 8th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Who made the cut on 'Top Chef'?

In the grand tradition of reality TV, you can go from top of the pack to the bottom of the heap in a flash.

So with a double elimination on the horizon, all of the cheftestants knew it was either aim for that top spot or risk getting the boot.

But aside from a double elimination, “Top Chef” got personal this week. A Quickfire challenge focused on hosts Tom and Padma’s new infants had the chefs cooking up great food and then pureeing it into baby mush.

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July 8th, 2010
11:24 AM ET

'Modern Family' actors thrilled with Emmy nods

The hit ABC comedy “Modern Family” has a 50-50 chance of scoring an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series.

That’s because three out of the six actors nominated appear on the show: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who portrays straight-laced attorney Mitchell Pritchett; Eric Stonestreet who appears as Pritchett’s always over the top partner Cameron Tucker; and Ty Burrell who stars as the lovably clueless dad, Phil Dunphy.

Stonestreet and Burrell spoke with CNN about how thrilled they each were for their first time nominations.

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July 8th, 2010
11:22 AM ET

Cameron Diaz: Now a Yankees fan

"Knight and Day" star Cameron Diaz opens up about loves old and new in the August issue of Harper's Bazaar.

She recently teamed up with former flame Justin Timberlake, 29, to film next year's comedy "Bad Teacher," but Diaz claims that co-starring with her ex didn't feel strange because they've always shared a sense of humor.

"Justin and I have laughed together for years," the 37-year-old actress explained, who plays a gold-digging seventh-grade teacher in the flick. "He is the funniest guy; you've seen the stuff he does on 'SNL.' "

As for her new love, New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, 35, Diaz prefers to play it coy and won't even reveal whether they've gotten to first base. However, the California girl does throw the magazine this curveball: "I grew up with the Dodgers," she said, "but now I'm a Yankees fan."

July 8th, 2010
10:59 AM ET

Archie Comics is going postal

America’s most squeaky-clean teens may start popping up in your mailbox: Archie, Betty, and Veronica of the beloved Archie Comics series are being honored with their very own postage stamp.

The Riverdale High trio will join fellow comic-strip legends Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Garfield, and Dennis the Menace as part of the U.S. Postal Service’s new Sunday Funnies commemorative stamps. The stamps will debut July 16 with a first-day-of-issue ceremony in Columbus, Ohio.

Each of the stamps features the funny-page stars completely in character: lazy Private Beetle Bailey, who arrived on the scene in 1950, laughs as Sarge flips his lid; tot-and-tiger team Calvin and Hobbes, who premiered in 1985, make funny faces; 5-year-old Dennis the Menace, who has been stirring up trouble since 1951, runs off to wreak more havoc; and Garfield, born in 1978, stays true to his catty self by giving eager pooch Odie the cold shoulder.

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July 8th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Ninjas strike and sparks fly on 'SYTYCD'

Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" started out with one of the most heartbreaking announcements in the show's history: Alex - arguably the season's strongest dancer - was injured during rehearsals and is sitting out this week, and possibly for the rest of the season.

Considering that he's been involved in two of the most memorable routines of the season, here's hoping for a speedy recovery. No matter what the doctors say, he will automatically be in the bottom three this week (not entirely sure why viewers weren't allowed to vote for him, like they were for Ashleigh last season; maybe the rules to this show are like Calvinball).

Thankfully, the rest of the top eight contestants were determined to give us some memorable routines and several of them were quite successful in that, especially Ashley. She embraced her role as a hip-hop ninja with some of the hardest-hitting moves I've ever seen from a contemporary dancer, at times outshining all-star Dominic. Kudos to Tabitha and Napoleon for two straight weeks of show-stopping choreography.

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