Lil Wayne no longer able to correspond with fans
October 7th, 2010
06:00 PM ET

Lil Wayne no longer able to correspond with fans

Lil’ Wayne is scheduled to be a free man in 27 days, but don’t count on anymore written letters coming from the rap superstar.

Yesterday, a message popped up on Lil’ Wayne’s Twitter account asking fans to stop sending him mail due to his solitary confinement, a request that was repeated on Wayne's website, WeezyThanxYou.com.

In the final message to his fans, titled “Letter #08: My Last Written Lines,” Wayne announced that being moved to an isolated cell will keep him from penning and receiving letters. As we reported earlier, Lil’ Wayne spends 23 out of 24 hours inside the cell, with an hour of guard-supervised recreation.

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'Yo homes, to Bel Air'
October 7th, 2010
04:56 PM ET

'Yo homes, to Bel Air'

We’ll admit it. We were “bel-aired.”

After CNN recently ran a story about rare images of the Hell’s Angels, a commenter using the name “Chaosevil” decided to have a little fun.

For those of you unfamiliar with the art of “bel-airing,” it’s been around for a few years. It entails a person beginning a story – often as a posting online – drawing the reader in and then throwing in some lyrics from the theme song to “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.”

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'Jersey Boys' head to the big screen
October 7th, 2010
04:11 PM ET

'Jersey Boys' head to the big screen

Get ready to “Walk Like a Man” - all the way to the movie theater.

“Jersey Boys” - the hit musical based on the lives of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, an internationally known rock group from the '60s - is making its way to the big screen.

Graham King’s GK Films announced on its website that the production company has acquired feature film rights to the musical. The group’s original members, Valli and Bob Gaudio, will executive produce the film based on their lives.

“Jersey Boys” has won numerous awards, including four Tony's in 2006, since it opened on Broadway in 2005.

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Filed under: movies • theater
Voice of 'Dora' slaps Nickelodeon with lawsuit
October 7th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Voice of 'Dora' slaps Nickelodeon with lawsuit

Caitlin Sanchez, a 14-year-old from Fairview, New Jersey who voiced "Dora the Explorer" on the Nickelodeon show starting in 2007, has filed a complaint in New York County Supreme Court alleging that the network hasn't properly compensated her for her work.

According to a statement issued by the lawyers representing Sanchez and her parents, the suit claims that Nickelodeon "took advantage of a hard-working teenage girl" and “charges that Caitlin and her parents were pressured into signing an unconscionable contract with convoluted, vague and undefined terms that allowed producers of the Nickelodeon hit to exploit her.”

The complaint, which was filed Wednesday night, claims that Sanchez is “due millions in promised compensation for merchandising, re-runs, promotional work and recordings.”

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Christina Ricci: 'Oprah saved me'
October 7th, 2010
03:10 PM ET

Christina Ricci: 'Oprah saved me'

There's no question that Oprah Winfrey has helped millions of people since her talk show premiered 25 years ago, but actress Christina Ricci says she wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the TV titan.

"I've always been addicted to 'Oprah.' She's all about bettering your life," the former "Addams Family" star explains in the latest issue of Time Out New York.

In fact, 29-year-old Ricci says, "Oprah saved me when I was six, by the way. I had a really bad head injury, and my mother let me go to sleep."

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is a 'Teen Mom' accountable?
October 7th, 2010
02:17 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is a 'Teen Mom' accountable?

There's a lot of debate today over MTV’s “Teen Mom” docu-drama star, Amber Portwood, who beat her on-again, off-again boyfriend on the last episode of the show. Portwood has since apologized and says she’s seeking help for her anger issues, but the debate rages on.

"Showbiz Tonight" producer Sid Lipsey is outraged that there hasn’t been any charges brought against Amber and that she’s not in jail – after all, she was filmed abusing her partner. But "Showbiz Tonight’s" own Brooke Anderson points out that, while she isn’t excusing that kind of violence, the show is doing its job – and showing the realities of being a teen mom. Today, "Showbiz Tonight" is asking: Should Amber be held accountable for her violence?

Also on our radar tonight: Jenny McCarthy criticizes Demi Moore and how she’s handling reports that Ashton Kutcher is being unfaithful. What do you think - are Demi and Ashton handling the infidelity reports the right way?

Watch "Showbiz Tonight" live at 5 p.m. today. And remember, we’re still TV’s most provocative entertainment news show seven days a week at 11 p.m. ET/PT!

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