Ryan Seacrest aims to launch cable network
October 8th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Ryan Seacrest aims to launch cable network

It looks like Ryan Seacrest is making moves to start his own cable channel.

The "American Idol" host, radio personality, and E! reality show producer is reportedly in talks with the CAA talent agency and AEG entertainment company to launch a cable network that would focus on music, lifestyle, and pop culture, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest, 35, would act more as a partner in the venture rather than an on-air presence. Programming, writes THR, would likely consist of shows featuring Seacrest's industry pals as well as entertainment from AEG's performance venues, including The Staples Center in L.A. and the O2 in London.

It's also likely that rather than launch a new station entirely, Seacrest and his partners would rebrand an existing struggling channel. Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that the new channel would not be programmed as a competitor to E!, where the "E! News" and "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" producer will continue his duties.

The real tragedy at Seattle Grace on 'Grey's'
October 8th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

The real tragedy at Seattle Grace on 'Grey's'

Cristina Yang is the woman I will never be. She’s outspoken and spunky. She loves to cut people open and relishes in their medical perils. She’s confident that she’s the best. She’s strong. Merciless. Unafraid.

At least, she was until this season.

It turns out that the most tragic death at Seattle Grace wasn't Charles or Reed (remember them?), it was Cristina’s spine.

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Anderson Cooper: Saying 'That's so gay' is unacceptable
October 8th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Anderson Cooper: Saying 'That's so gay' is unacceptable

Anderson Cooper is speaking out about bullying and believes that Vince Vaughn's new movie is part of the problem.

In an appearance on the "Ellen DeGeneres Show" this week, the CNN anchor said he was upset to see the word "gay" played up for laughs in a trailer for Vaughn's upcoming comedy, "The Dilemma."

“I was sitting in a movie theater over the weekend and there was a preview of [Vince Vaughn's new] movie, and in it, the actor said, ‘That’s so gay,’" Cooper told DeGeneres of the trailer, which opens with Vaughn in a boardroom, declaring that electric cars are "gay."

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Johnny Depp drops by England school in 'Pirates' costume
October 8th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Johnny Depp drops by England school in 'Pirates' costume

Well shiver me timbers – is that Johnny Depp?

That's probably what students at the Meridian school in Greenwich, England, were asking themselves when the actor paid a surprise visit to the school dressed as his "Pirates of the Caribbean" character Captain Jack Sparrow.

Depp, 47, stopped by the school on Wednesday after receiving a letter from 9-year-old student Beatrice Delap, reports People. "We are a bunch of budding young pirates," wrote Dunlap, who had penned the letter after an earlier visit to the nearby "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" set. "Normally we're a right handful, but we're having trouble mutinying against the teachers. We'd love it if you could come and help."

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Tina Fey heads back to 'SNL' for primetime special
October 8th, 2010
10:30 AM ET

Tina Fey heads back to 'SNL' for primetime special

"30 Rock" star Tina Fey is returning to her old stomping grounds for an upcoming "Saturday Night Live" primetime special.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fey – who won a Creative Arts Emmy for portraying Sarah Palin in several 2008 specials – will join pals and fellow alums Amy Poehler and Rachel Dratch for "The Women of SNL," a two-hour special that will air November 1 on NBC from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Besides a roundup of clips from seasons past, the show will also feature brand-new skits starring funny ladies who have been part of the 35-year-old series' cast, including Laraine Newman, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Nora Dunn, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Cheri Oteri, Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.

Hmm… how about a "DWTS" sketch featuring Fey as Palin and Wiig as daughter Bristol? Stay tuned…

Website: Advertisers, stop using 'Hey Soul Sister'
October 8th, 2010
09:37 AM ET

Website: Advertisers, stop using 'Hey Soul Sister'

Not everyone is on board with having Train's "Hey Soul Sister" featured in commercials. A new site is urging ad agencies to halt their use of the music group's hit.

"We're tired of hearing 'Hey Soul Sister' by Train in what seems like every other television ad. It's time to put a stop to it," Brad Meyers and Keith Stoeckeler write on their site, Stop Advertising From Pulling a Train.

Meyers and Stoeckler, who are not friends, but met when Stoeckeler tweeted about his hatred of the song and Meyers responded, urge site visitors to submit videos or notices of where they have heard or seen the song used.

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