Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler join the 'Idol' judges table
September 22nd, 2010
01:14 PM ET

Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler join the 'Idol' judges table

After the departures of Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi, Fox has tapped Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler to join the last man standing, Randy Jackson, at the judges' table for "American Idol's " upcoming season. In addition, legendary music producer Jimmy Iovine will serve as a mentor to contestants.

The news arrives after weeks of rumors, stories about divas and a member of Aerosmith saying “Idol” is just barely a step above “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles."

What do you think of the new judges panel? Will you be watching? Post a comment below or share an iReport.

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Rachael Ray on her grandpa's moonshine
September 22nd, 2010
12:46 PM ET

Rachael Ray on her grandpa's moonshine

"30-Minute Moonshine," anyone?

That very well could have been the name of celebrity cook Rachael Ray's popular Food Network show if she had followed some of her grandpa's recipes.

"My grandfather ran liquor during Prohibition, and he made some good hooch," the kitchen whiz turned talk-show host says in the current issue of New York magazine. Ray, 42, can also vouch for the fact that the tipple was top-notch because she tasted it herself.

"He'd put wine in my baby bottle because I didn't like milk or formula, and I'd get rosy cheeks and pass out," the cookbook author tells the magazine. "He thought I was a good baby. Basically, I was just drunk."

Casey Affleck: People were happy to mock Joaquin
September 22nd, 2010
12:40 PM ET

Casey Affleck: People were happy to mock Joaquin

Just before Joaquin Phoenix heads back to “Letterman,” his brother-in-law – and the director of the Joaquin Phoenix mockumentary (as we're choosing to call it) “I’m Still Here” – swung by “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” to explain (again) what's really going on in the film.

( It'll be interesting to see how Phoenix addresses the cinematic situation on "Letterman" tonight, since Affleck’s been the one doing the talking.)

In Affleck’s view, the confusion surrounding the film was caused by most viewers not assuming that it wasn’t a real documentary, as he thought everyone would. The fact that the actors all played characters using their real names didn't help matters.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
Rosie O'Donnell on her brood: 'We're the Gay-dy bunch'
September 22nd, 2010
10:44 AM ET

Rosie O'Donnell on her brood: 'We're the Gay-dy bunch'

Where's Alice the housekeeper when you need her?

Comedian Rosie O'Donnell says she and partner Tracy Kachtick Anders have so may children between them that they rival "The Brady Bunch." Or, as O'Donnell joked to Us Weekly: "We're the Gay-dy Bunch!"

O'Donnell, is mom to Parker, 15, Chelsea, 13, Blake, 10, and Vivienne, 7, her children with ex Kelli Carpenter, while Anders – who lives next door to O'Donnell – has one adopted child and five biological kids. "Part of the reason I fell in love with her was her love of kids," O'Donnell, 48, said of artist/writer Anders. "She was a foster mom and took in 12, 13 kids, and adopted a whole bunch as well."

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'Glee' comes back - with quite a few changes
September 22nd, 2010
10:38 AM ET

'Glee' comes back - with quite a few changes

[Editor's Note: You know the drill: If you haven't seen this episode of "Glee" yet, stop reading now.]

Oh, how quickly things change in high school. “Glee” is back after a long summer hiatus and there are several noticeable differences in the New Directions' world.

One: Tina and Artie broke up after Artie ignored her for a video game (been there, sister). Tina and Mike are now dating after discovering each other at an artistic Asian camp.

Two: There’s a new football coach in town… and he’s female. Shannon Beiste, played by actress Dot Jones, is already one of my new favorite characters, especially since she forced Sylvester and Schuester to team up for some adolescent pranks. Fist bump!

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'Running Wilde' needs a chemistry lesson
September 22nd, 2010
10:16 AM ET

'Running Wilde' needs a chemistry lesson

Expectations were high for Tuesday night's premiere of Fox's "Running Wilde," a new show from the "Arrested Development" team of co-creator Mitch Hurwitz and star Will Arnett.

Arnett's Steve Wilde is the spoiled, sheltered filthy rich owner of Wilde Oil, just a shade different from his "Arrested" character Gob. Keri Russell plays Emmy, the environmental activist he grew up with and fell for.

When Arnett is let loose, it's always entertaining, and Russell is good in pretty much everything. Unfortunately, it's a little troubling that their scenes apart seem to work better than when they're together.

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