FanSwarm: It's like Farmville for Marquee readers
October 28th, 2010
06:07 PM ET

FanSwarm: It's like Farmville for Marquee readers

You may be in luck the next time a celebrity gets involved in a major scandal. On Saturday, a new game will launch on Facebook that lets you earn points every time a star's name hits the headlines.

FanSwarm, created by Ayeah Games, is a "social reality" game similar to fantasy sports, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The team, however, is made of celebrities, and points are earned based on the buzz they are generating in tweets and on blogs.

"You can gain points by betting on Charlie Sheen's and Lindsay Lohan's crazy careers," explains Ayeah founder and CEO Doug Levin.

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Get a sneak preview of 'Conan' on Monday
October 28th, 2010
05:44 PM ET

Get a sneak preview of 'Conan' on Monday

If you didn’t get your fill of jazzercising bears and dancing tacos last week, fear not. Conan O’Brien is giving fans yet another preview of his new show.

O’Brien plans to host “Show Zero,” a somewhat soft release of “Conan,” at 11 p.m. ET on Monday, November 1, according to a TBS press release (TBS is owned by the same company as CNN). Devotees can tune in to the simulcast on TeamCoco.com, YouTube.com or Facebook.com.

Celebrity guests and parts of “The Basic Cable Band” will be in attendance as well, though more details have not been released concerning what will take place during the show.

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Taylor Swift's wax figure unveiled Wednesday
October 28th, 2010
05:38 PM ET

Taylor Swift's wax figure unveiled Wednesday

Taylor Swift has had one busy week.

Along with her new album, “Speak Now,” dropping on Monday, the country/pop singer has become officially immortalized with the likes of President Obama, Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.

Madame Tussauds in New York released a wax figure of Swift on Wednesday, which, according to their website, took four months to create.

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Kid Rock: Steven Tyler shouldn't join 'Idol'
October 28th, 2010
02:01 PM ET

Kid Rock: Steven Tyler shouldn't join 'Idol'

Looks like Kid Rock isn’t happy with Steven Tyler’s choice to join "American Idol."

Tyler, the Aerosmith frontman and rock legend – along with Jennifer Lopez – signed on to be a judge for "American Idol’s" 10th season, which starts in January. As if trying to fill the void left by the contentious Simon Cowell weren’t enough, Tyler is now faced with some heavy criticism from one of his peers.

“I think it’s the stupidest thing he’s ever done in his life,” Kid Rock told Entertainment Weekly in an interview set to hit newsstands next week. “He’s a sacred American institution of rock n’ roll, and he just threw it all out the window. Just stomped on it and set it on fire.”

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Filed under: American Idol 2010 • Music
'Mad Men’s' Roger Sterling pens real book
October 28th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

'Mad Men’s' Roger Sterling pens real book

“Remember, when God closes a door, he opens a dress.”

You may remember this quip from “Mad Men’s” lovable adman Roger Sterling, played by John Slattery. That, along with many other favorite sayings will be recounted in “Sterling’s Gold,” a book Roger was working on during season four of "Mad Men" which is actually being released this November.

Grove/Atlantic’s publisher Morgan Entrekin, along with "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner’s manager Keith Addis, penned the book together and had Weiner write the preface, according to Vulture. The book is written in the voice of Roger.

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Filed under: Mad Men • television
A creepy, kooky 'Modern Family'
October 28th, 2010
12:35 PM ET

A creepy, kooky 'Modern Family'

This Halloween saw some members of our favorite TV family down in the dumps, on Wednesday night's "Modern Family."

First of all, Phil was convinced that Claire was on the verge of divorcing him after he spoke to a newly separated friend. He didn't seem to notice any warning signs: "I'm a monogamous social drinker and Claire only sleep-hits me." Still, he kept looking for reassurance from Claire, but it was not forthcoming as his Halloween-obsessed wife wanted the perfect display for the neighborhood kids.

The witch for Claire's display, Gloria, wasn't happy either. Jay continued to harp on her broken English ("Carpal tunnel syndrome is not carpool tunnel syndrome"), so she responded by arriving for trick-or-treating festivities while adapting an overly-proper, enunciated manner of speech. Phil's characteristic reaction: "Did she just get back from the dentist?"

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