Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced
September 28th, 2010
05:19 PM ET

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees announced

Alice Cooper, the Beastie Boys, Bon Jovi and LL Cool J were some of the big nominees announced this morning for induction into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The full list heralds other music stars like Chic, Neil Diamond, Donovan, Dr. John, J.Geils Band, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer, Joe Tex, Tom Waits and Chuck Willis.

Cooper was thrilled with his nomination and told CNN, "We are honored to be nominated for induction in to the Hall. Anytime you are nominated in your chosen profession, it's definitely a compliment to be recognized."

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'Law & Order' LA and UK aim to fill a void
September 28th, 2010
05:12 PM ET

'Law & Order' LA and UK aim to fill a void

Saddened “Law & Order” addicts now have the opportunity for a fix.

While the original series has been canceled and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” will reportedly end after the upcoming season, two new members of the successful franchise are debuting in the days to come.

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” begins on Wednesday night on NBC while “Law & Order: UK” premieres on BBC America starting Sunday night.

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'The Wire' creator awarded MacArthur Fellowship
September 28th, 2010
05:05 PM ET

'The Wire' creator awarded MacArthur Fellowship

David Simon, a creator of the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire,” has been named among this year’s MacArthur Fellows.

Simon joins a group of 23 fellows announced Tuesday by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Each receives a no-strings-attached $500,000 grant to be distributed over five years.

This year’s chosen eclectic group includes an economist, an astrophysicist, musicians and an anthropologist.

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Jonah Hill: 'I'm lucky'
September 28th, 2010
03:33 PM ET

Jonah Hill: 'I'm lucky'

Jonah Hill has gone from starring in comedies to dramas and then back again, not only showing his desire to grow as an actor, but also his ability to nail a variety of parts.

“Get Him to the Greek,” a summer blockbuster which premiered on June 4, is out on DVD and Blu-ray today, but in between the film's debut in theaters and the DVD hitting the shelves, Hill was still dabbling in multiple other projects.

“Cyrus” came out a few weeks ago, and Hill recently finished work on “Moneyball.” His next venture will be “The Sitter,” which started production this week, and then “21 Jump Street,” a movie he helped write. Needless to say, the 26-year-old is busy.

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Cavett offers a little criticism of Jon Stewart
September 28th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Cavett offers a little criticism of Jon Stewart

While appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz on Sunday, legendary talk show host and comedy writer Dick Cavett praised Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's plans to hold a march on Washington, but also offered a little criticism.

Cavett said, "The only thing I might criticize about Jon Stewart's idea is that it's hard for me to remember when he had sanity; in order to restore it, it has to be there."

Cavett was joking, of course, adding, "I think it's a swell idea comedically."

Cavett also defended the controversial appearance of Stephen Colbert before a House sub-committee, which some suggested may have lowered the tone of the hearing. "How do you lower something that's at bottom to begin with?" Cavett said. "It's like saying 'I'm going to lower the tone of Hustler magazine."

No stranger to political controversy himself, Cavett talked about being disliked by President Nixon.

"They [the Nixon Administration] came up with the idea of auditing my entire staff and I didn't find out about it until years later." Despite it all, Cavett did have some kind words for Nixon, "You know, he was a brilliant man, that's the sad thing about him."

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The detainees' secret revealed on 'The Event'
September 28th, 2010
02:13 PM ET

The detainees' secret revealed on 'The Event'

[Editor's note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't watched the latest episode of "The Event," stop reading now.]

For those of you who had "they're aliens" in "The Event" pool, it looks like you're a winner.

Monday night's episode revealed that the mysterious detainees whom President Martinez was planning to release had crashed in Alaska back in 1944, and these "non-terrestrial" beings had been locked up ever since for refusing to reveal their "agenda." This is all according to the President's adviser Blake Sterling, played by Željko Ivanek, whom we know is up to no good - because he's played by Ivanek.

Martinez tries to get to the bottom of this by talking to Sophia but he doesn't get very far. Oh, by the way, Sophia and her people/aliens, including CIA operative Simon Lee (who had an icky moment - rivaling "V," that other alien show - involving a fake vein in his arm), haven't aged a day in over 60 years.

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