Celebrating 20 years of 'Twin Peaks'
August 24th, 2010
05:20 PM ET

Celebrating 20 years of 'Twin Peaks'

It's been 20 years since Laura Palmer's body - "dead, wrapped in plastic," as the script goes - washed up on a rocky beach in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Wash., and sparked a worldwide phenomenon.

So what better way to celebrate the TV show's anniversary than to venture to the towns of North Bend and Snoqualmie, Wash. (where the series was filmed) for some cherry pie, "damn fine" coffee and a landscape drenched in Douglas fir trees. This is exactly what I did earlier this month, when I had the opportunity to attend the "Twin Peaks" festival.

The event was kicked-off with a screening of "Peaks" co-creator David Lynch's own 35mm copy of the pilot at the Seattle Art Museum, and the remainder of the weekend was filled with tours of filming sites, panel discussions with cast members, a costume contest and the general geeking-out of "Twin Peaks" fans from all over the globe.

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The 'Dead' get ready to walk on AMC
August 24th, 2010
05:16 PM ET

The 'Dead' get ready to walk on AMC

AMC has released the gripping trailer for the network's highly anticipated series, “The Walking Dead,” and it's got us counting down the days to the show's Halloween premiere.

Those of you who were lucky enough to attend Comic-Con have already born witness to the expected awesomeness of this show, but for everyone else, "The Walking Dead" is AMC's latest creation, based on the comics crafted by Robert Kirkman. "The Green Mile" and “Shawshank Redemption” director Frank Darabont is sitting at the helm of this grisly, hour-long series.

The trailer opens with a pair of ominous birds, and then the backstory unfolds of how police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, finds himself living among the dead. We won’t spoil the entire trailer for you, but we will say this: the tension is rife within the four and a half minutes AMC provides.

Sit back and enjoy over at AMCTV.com. Did the trailer give you chills? The first episode - which will be 90 minutes instead of 60, as are the rest of the season's episodes - will debut at 10 p.m. on October 31.


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Jane Lynch 'scared to death' of 'SNL' gig
August 24th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Jane Lynch 'scared to death' of 'SNL' gig

Although it’s hard to imagine Jane Lynch being scared of anything, apparently “Saturday Night Live” strikes a little fear in her heart.

“I’m going in October and I’ll be there for a week and I’m scared to death,” she told Movieline.com of her upcoming appearance. "I love sketch, but I’ve been doing TV a long time now, and you get to have 'take two.' Not on 'Saturday Night Live'! You get 'take one' and that’s it, baby."

But of course Lynch is also excited to do a little sketch comedy with the "SNL" crew, and she's even trying to bring another “Gleek” along – writer Ian Brennan. “He writes everything Sue Sylvester says, so it’d be nice if they let him come,” Lynch said. “He’s hilarious, and I just always want him around me.”

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Dharma van brings in the money at 'Lost' auction
August 24th, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Dharma van brings in the money at 'Lost' auction

"Lost" fans were willing to pay top dollar at the official auction over the weekend in order to lay claim to the show's memorabilia.

Buyers from more than 50 countries placed their bids on "Lost" treasures during the auction, which was hosted by the California-based company Profiles in History.

Participants placed their bids in hopes of snagging items like the "Pilot" script, which was signed by J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof. That piece of "Lost" went to the bidder who offered $15,000 for it, according to a press release from Profiles in History.

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Fantasia opens up on overdose
August 24th, 2010
02:26 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Fantasia opens up on overdose

Talk about an unbelievable admission - one time “American Idol” champ Fantasia Barrino has opened up about her shocking drug overdose just two weeks ago.

In a new VH1 “Behind The Music” airing today, Barrino confesses that she purposefully swallowed a combination of aspirin and sleeping pills to end her life.

She tells VH1, “I just sat in the closet and looked at the mirror and took all the pills in the bottle. I wanted to go to sleep and just be at peace. I knew exactly what I was doing. You can't accidentally take a whole bottle of pills."

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Kimora Lee Simmons parts ways with Baby Phat
August 24th, 2010
01:46 PM ET

Kimora Lee Simmons parts ways with Baby Phat

Kimora Lee Simmons is heading into fall fashion season with one less clothing line: the former model is parting ways with the parent company for Baby Phat, Kellwood, as of September 1.

Simmons, who has worked on the brand for more than a decade, told E! Online, “It's time for me to move on and further expand my other businesses and create a new phenomenon.”

Much to the dismay of her Twitter followers, it looks as though Baby Phat also won’t have a fall fashion show, which Simmons noted wasn’t her decision. But as she states on her Twitter feed, the mom of three isn't going to let this sartorial split slow “Team Fabulosity” down.

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