'It's the Great Pumpkin' rap, Charlie Brown
October 27th, 2010
05:42 PM ET

'It's the Great Pumpkin' rap, Charlie Brown

If you haven’t already marked your calendars and set your DVRs for Thursday night’s airing of “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” ABC has come up with a, um, "hip" way to remind you. As in, hip-hop.

In a “Pumpkin Rap” performed by “Charlie B and the Peanuts Posse,” a voice that we can only assume belongs to Charlie Brown's rhyming alter-ego tells viewers, “raking leaves and rolling on a pumpkin/trick or treat, then the party gets thumpin.’”

No, we’re not making this up.

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The method of modern sweeps
October 27th, 2010
05:39 PM ET

The method of modern sweeps

This week marks the start of the fall television "sweeps."

"Writers and actors always want to do their best work, but 'sweep' is a word that is kind of like the [word] playoffs for the athlete. It just brings an extra level of competition, an extra level of desire,” said Mitch Metcalf, executive vice president of Program Planning and Scheduling for NBC.

Sweeps came about several decades ago when media data and research company Nielsen would literally sweep the nation, measuring the audience of local TV stations so the stations could set local advertising rates.

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David Arquette: I'm not a cheater
October 27th, 2010
04:03 PM ET

David Arquette: I'm not a cheater

David Arquette doesn’t want to be labeled as a cheater, he said on “Live! With Regis & Kelly” this morning.

“There’s going to be a story coming out that said I was a cheater,” Arquette said. “I was faithful to my wife for 11 years… like completely devoted.”

Arquette’s fling occurred after he and Courteney Cox had already separated, he said. The pair didn’t want to make it public that they had split as to avoid making a big deal about it (too late?).

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Arguments and engagements on 'Parenthood'
October 27th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Arguments and engagements on 'Parenthood'

On last night’s “Parenthood,” Crosby and Jasmine started telling people they're engaged, beginning with their son, Jabbar. The 6-year-old, however, does not care.

But when they announce they’re getting married at the family dinner, Jabbar finally became excited when he heard he’ll get to wear a tux. Kristina said to her future sister-in-law Jasmine, “Welcome to crazy town!” 'Cause getting involved with the Braverman family isn't easy.

Case in point: Joel and Julia. Joel was heading off to a construction job for I think the first time since the show started. Later he called Julia from the job site, interrupting her meeting with the law partners to talk about an emergency that would keep him from picking up Sydney.

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'Hangover' director: Tyson will return for sequel
October 27th, 2010
03:55 PM ET

'Hangover' director: Tyson will return for sequel

"Hangover" director Todd Phillips doesn't mind at all that Mike Tyson said he did the movie for drug money.

"I love that quote!" Phillips told Details magazine in their November issue. "But I didn't really understand the logic behind it. He said he wanted to bootleg the DVD but then it became an international hit. You'd think he'd make more money bootlegging it in that case."

Read the full interview with 'Hangover' director Todd Phillips

Phillips reveals in the interview that Tyson - who you can see here in a cuddly photo-op on iReport - will definitely be back for the hit film's sequel along with other tidbits, like how he really, really wanted to tase star Zach Galifianakis.

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Rihanna: Chris Brown was a wake-up call
October 27th, 2010
03:18 PM ET

Rihanna: Chris Brown was a wake-up call

If Rihanna seems like a happy woman these days, she has Chris Brown to thank for it. So says the pop superstar in the December issue of Marie Claire UK.

Despite her tumultuous relationship with 21-year-old Brown – who was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of community service for assaulting Rihanna in February, 2009 – the Barbados-born beauty says she has become a better and happier woman because of what she went through.

"God has a crazy way of working, and sometimes when stuff happens, you feel like, 'What did I do to deserve this?' 'Why was it backfiring on me?'" she tells the magazine. "But I needed that wake-up call in my life. I needed a turning point, and that's what God was giving to me."

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