'Conan': The second episode
November 10th, 2010
12:54 PM ET

'Conan': The second episode

Now that all the initial hype is over, the lofty expectations have subsided and the Masturbating Bear has made his long overdue return into my life – thus ending my nine-month hunger strike – here’s a little re-cap of the second episode of “Conan.”

When it comes to the opening music, I wasn’t immediately blown away. However, having now had a chance to listen to it again, it actually seems to have much better pacing than the old tune (which, mind you, I thought was great). So, the new theme is definitely growing on me.

But what I really dig is the credits. I love the simplicity; guest names are cleanly revealed over a basic textured background, accompanied by minimalist graphics pertaining to each guest’s particular line of work. Last night it was a movie reel for Tom Hanks and a television set for Jack McBrayer.

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A very kissable 'Glee'
November 10th, 2010
12:47 PM ET

A very kissable 'Glee'

Best. Episode. Yet.

The “Never Been Kissed” episode of “Glee” played to all of the show’s strengths: the ability to deliver a powerful message without feeling schlocky, pitch perfect song choices, and the sheer joy and pain which comes along with being in high school.

The constant torment by a bully is wearing Kurt down and he tells Mr. Schuester, “You and everyone else in this school are quick to let homophobia slide.” This issue is all the more poignant given the recent high profile deaths of gay teens who have committed suicide.

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Kanye slams Matt Lauer and 'Today' via Twitter
November 10th, 2010
11:58 AM ET

Kanye slams Matt Lauer and 'Today' via Twitter

Update, 6:50 p.m.: Kanye West's interview with Matt Lauer on "Today" airs Thursday. In a statement, the morning news program said in response to West's tweets, “We look forward to airing Matt Lauer’s interview with Kanye West tomorrow on ‘Today.’”

However, it appears that West isn’t happy with Lauer and “The Today Show.”

West made a visit to the set of the NBC program on Tuesday for a pre-taped interview with Lauer, and immediately after, West took to his Twitter account to vent about his not-so-fun experience. “I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show,” West tweeted, “and that’s a very nice way for me to put it!”

In a prior interview with Lauer, former President George W. Bush addresses West and his infamous statement that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people." West said that he went on “Today” in an effort to express how empathetic he was to Bush, but felt like Lauer had a different agenda.

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November 10th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

'Toy Story' creators talk future of franchise

Like an Eagles farewell tour or another Brett Favre retirement, sometimes it’s hard to tell if the end is really the end.

“Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich tells CNN that while the third installment of the “Toy Story” franchise ends with Andy saying goodbye to Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their other plastic pals, “I don’t think it has to be the last time.”

Does that mean we may see “Toy Story 4” down the line? Darla Anderson, who produced “Toy Story 3” hinted that some short films are already in the works.

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Brittany Murphy's mom writing star's biography
November 10th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

Brittany Murphy's mom writing star's biography

On what would have marked Brittany Murphy's 33rd birthday, her mother has announced today that she is writing a book to celebrate her beloved daughter.

"Brittany was a kind, loving person who enjoyed each day, she was my life," Sharon Murphy tells CNN in a statement. "This book will be my way of celebrating and honoring her extraordinary life and career."

News of the "Clueless" star's sudden death last December shocked the world, reigniting rumors of an eating disorder and drug abuse, as well as sparking gossip of possible foul play from husband Simon Monjack, who died in May.

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NKOTB and Backstreet Boys join forces
November 10th, 2010
10:26 AM ET

NKOTB and Backstreet Boys join forces

Two boy bands get together and there is no dance off? For shame!

Ryan Seacrest brought the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block on his radio show for their first interview together ever (cue the screams of once teenaged girls everywhere).

NKTOB member Donnie Wahlberg explained that the magic which happened when the pair of boy bands performed together in New York City was the impetus for discussions of a possible collaboration. And the fans couldn’t be happier with the idea it seems.

“Our fans and their fans are insane,” Wahlberg said. “They are incredible.”

The Boys and the Kids are now planning to perform together at the next American Music Awards as well as a joint tour in 2011.

*Screech*

Click here for the interview.

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