Pilot for 'Dallas' remake in the works
September 9th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Pilot for 'Dallas' remake in the works

Remember when we lamented that there weren’t many fresh ideas in the lineup of new shows for the fall? Well, it looks like that trend is going to continue.

According to a release from TNT and TBS (which, like CNN, are owned by Time Warner), Cynthia Cidre, the creator and executive producer of the 2007 TV series “Cane,” has created an updated spin on the addictive, long-running series "Dallas" for TNT.

The reboot puts the focus on the descendants of JR and Bobby Ewing, who are butting heads over “the future of the Ewing dynasty” after all these years. According to the release, this familial battle goes down while “the fate of Southfork itself weighs in the balance.”

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Coming to a cineplex near you: Justin Bieber
September 9th, 2010
12:30 PM ET

Coming to a cineplex near you: Justin Bieber

He's taken over the music charts, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and our TV screens, and now Justin Bieber has his sights set on the silver screen.

"I want to be the lead star in a movie," the 16-year-old singing sensation admits in the October issue of Teen Vogue.

In fact, Bieber already has several not-so-top secret big-screen projects in the works, including a 3-D concert movie/documentary due Valentine's Day weekend and a semi-autobiographical flick to be produced by Will Smith. Bieber met the mega-star while recording the theme song for "The Karate Kid" with Smith's 12-year-old son, Jaden.

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Clint Eastwood passed on Superman, Bond roles
September 9th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Clint Eastwood passed on Superman, Bond roles

The name’s Eastwood, Clint Eastwood.

Okay, so that isn’t the actual tag line for the legendary James Bond films, but Clint Eastwood was once a candidate to play 007 and Superman before turning both roles down.

The Oscar-winning actor and filmmaker revealed in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he was approached about filling the shoes of both characters back in the 1970s. Known for his role in "Dirty Harry" and a penchant for taking on gritty Westerns, Eastwood was a star, but he just wasn’t sure about rocking tights and a cape.

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'Hellcats' premiere misses the mark
September 9th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

'Hellcats' premiere misses the mark

If you thought “Hellcats” would try to emulate “Glee,” you were right. If you thought it was possible, you were wrong.

From the very beginning of “Hellcats,” we learn that lead character Marti Perkins is different. She rides her bike everywhere and could never afford to attend a school like Lancer without a scholarship. She’s from Memphis - so a townie by definition - and she hopes a law degree can take her far, far away from the city and her deadbeat mother.

But Marti’s scholarship is taken away, and she has one week to find a new way to pay for school.

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VP Biden helps feed the troops on 'Colbert Report'
September 9th, 2010
10:54 AM ET

VP Biden helps feed the troops on 'Colbert Report'

Stephen Colbert wanted to honor the troops who fought in Iraq on “The Colbert Report” last night, and he pulled out all the stops to make the military personnel in his audience feel right at home.

“Just what were these men and women fighting for? A little something I call America. And all those things America offers that we take for granted that they did without – like green grass," Colbert informed the audience. "So tonight, we’ve laid real live grass in the audience for you to sink your tootsies in.”

Colbert also brought in a few pretty girls bearing cases of cold ones and, to top it off, fed his audience “real American food” – with a little help from Vice President Joe Biden.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Late Night comedy • television
Rachel Dratch welcomed a son
September 9th, 2010
09:42 AM ET

Rachel Dratch welcomed a son

Congrats are in order for Rachel Dratch: The “Saturday Night Live” alum welcomed a baby boy on August 24 in New York City.

Dratch’s agent confirmed to CNN that “baby and mom are doing great.” The 44-year-old star named her new arrival Eli.

Dratch told PEOPLE in July that she knew the sex of the baby beforehand, although she opted to keep it a "mystery for now" - much like the story behind how she became pregnant.

“Oh my God, everything [about pregnancy has] been surprising.The most surprising thing is that I am pregnant. There’s a whole crazy story there," she said.

“But,” she joked, “that will come out in my book.”


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