Last episode of 'As the World Turns' airs today
September 17th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Last episode of 'As the World Turns' airs today

"The World" is coming to an end. After a 54-year-run on television, "As the World Turns" will air its final episode today.

Following its debut on CBS in April, 1956, the daytime drama, set in the fictitious town of Oakdale, Ill., went on to become a huge hit, spawning a 1965 spinoff, "Our Private World," and becoming a significant part of pop culture, reports the Huffington Post.

Besides inspiring the "As the Stomach Turns" sketch on "The Carol Burnett Show" in the 1970s, it got a shout out in last season's "Mad Men" episode in which Walter Cronkite interrupts the soap to announce President Kennedy's assassination.

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Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury
September 17th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Sacha Baron Cohen to play Freddie Mercury

Talk about perfect casting: Outrageous British comic Sacha Baron Cohen will play outrageous Brit rocker Freddie Mercury in a biopic about the Queen frontman set to film next year, reports Deadline.com.

Mercury, known for his soaring vocals and flamboyant stage presence, helped make Queen one of the biggest bands of the '70s and '80s with hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Are the Champions" and "We Will Rock You." He died from AIDS-related complications at age 45 in 1991.

Reports that Cohen, 38, would play the singer first surfaced in 2007, though the actor's rep shot down the rumors at the time. GK Films, which is heading up the project, now confirms that the "Borat" and "Bruno" star is on board.  Screenwriter Peter Morgan, who previously wrote scripts for "The Queen" and "The Last King of Scotland," is ready to take on music royalty for the film.

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'Grey's' gets warning after Johns Hopkins shooting
September 17th, 2010
11:12 AM ET

'Grey's' gets warning after Johns Hopkins shooting

In an eerie case of life imitating art, a two-part "Grey's Anatomy" aired last night that closely mirrored a shooting at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins Hospital earlier that day.

At Hopkins, a distraught Paul Warren Pardus shot a doctor and killed both his mother and himself after the doctor briefed him on his mother's medical condition. On "Grey's," a man gunned down medical staff and himself after his wife died at Seattle Grace Hospital.

ABC aired the two repeat episodes – part of May's season finale – in anticipation of the new season of "Grey's Anatomy," which kicks off next week. Though the network gave stations the option to show different episodes, an ABC spokesperson told the NYTimes, "Individual stations will determine what is best for their markets."

For those who chose to air the disturbing drama, the network provided a graphic to be run prior to broadcast: "Due to today’s news events and the depiction of graphic violence in the following program, viewer discretion is advised.”

September 17th, 2010
11:08 AM ET

National Parks Service negotiating with Stewart and Colbert

At the end of August, thousands showed up at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. for Glenn Beck’s "Restoring Honor" rally, but with both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert planning their own rallies, who knows how many people will descend upon the District.

Stewart assured his audience last night, after announcing his proposed “Rally to Restore Sanity,” that “the forms have been filled out,” “the checks have been written,” and the whole event will last only “about two to three hours one Saturday in our nation’s capital."

Stewart said he's not aiming for anything wild and/or crazy, but rather provide an event "for some nice people to get together for fun, maybe some special guests and some great conversation...It will be like a chat room, but real!”

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Megan Fox a little jealous of 'Transformers' replacement
September 17th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Megan Fox a little jealous of 'Transformers' replacement

Megan Fox may have opted to bow out of "Transformers 3," but that doesn't make watching another woman smooch her former co-star, Shia LaBeouf, any easier.

The actress, who was replaced by Victoria's Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whitely, told MTV News she does plan to see the third installment of the "Transformers" franchise but confessed, "I might be a little jealous when I see somebody kissing my Shia, wearing my jeans that I ... already had been fit for. It's kind of weird, actually."

The 24-year-old brunette beauty, currently promoting her upcoming film "Passion Play" at the Toronto Film Festival, was quick to clarify that Whitely most likely won't be wearing her hand-me-downs as LaBeouf's new love interest.

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Paul 'DJ Pauly D' DelVecchio
September 17th, 2010
09:28 AM ET

‘Jersey Shore’ guys pump it up in GQ

Out of the trifecta that is “GTL” – which stands for hitting the gym, going tanning and then fitting in a little laundry – the first task is perhaps the one that requires the most attentiveness and concentration.

Thankfully, the men of MTV’s ratings-boon “Jersey Shore” offer a few tips in the October issue of GQ magazine on the do's and dont's of pumping iron and being fit. If you pay close attention, maybe one day you too can have a girl tell you that your chest doubles as a really nice serving platter.

To start this instructional session, we'll highlight advice given by Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Although he's often spotted pulling up his shirt (or simply removing it altogether) to show off his enviable six-pack, Sorrentino does assure GQ readers that life can go on without impressive abs. “Be confident in what you got,” The Sitch instructed.

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Filed under: Jersey Shore • television
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