First part of 'Alien' prequel expected in late 2011
December 9th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

First part of 'Alien' prequel expected in late 2011

There's definitely life out there as far as the two-part "Alien" prequel is concerned. Though the release dates were said to be delayed until 2013 and 2014, New York magazine's Vulture reports that production is set to begin in March, with the first of the films hitting theaters in late 2011.

According to Vulture, filmmaker Ridley Scott had planned to hold off on filming "Paradise" – the official title of the two-part prequel – because he wanted to accommodate the schedule of Leonardo DiCaprio, who is set to shoot Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar Hoover biopic. But now Scott is moving forward without the 36-year-old "Titanic" star on board.

While no other cast members have officially been announced, 30-year-old Noomi Rapace, who stars as Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" films, is said to be the favorite to play "Paradise's" heroine Elizabeth Shaw.

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A night at the museum with 'Top Chef: All-Stars'
December 9th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

A night at the museum with 'Top Chef: All-Stars'

[Editor's Note: If you're sensitive to spoilers, stop reading now.]

That meltdown on last night's "Top Chef: All-Stars" might have been one of the most epic I’ve ever seen.

But before we get to that performance at the Judges’ Table, let’s talk about what led to the fireworks.

The Quickfire Challenge was to make a midnight snack for 150 kids who were having a sleepover at the American Museum of Natural History. Joe Jonas was on hand for judging, and Dale T.’s lack of recognition of the pop star (“At first I thought he was a pastry chef”) was hilarious. Should I be worried that I recognized him immediately?

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Biting humor on 'Modern Family'
December 9th, 2010
01:40 PM ET

Biting humor on 'Modern Family'

Ed O'Neill made some headlines this week (TV Guide Canada has posted a retraction on the story that led to those headlines), but when it comes to his performance on "Modern Family," Wednesday's episode showed why he deserves an Emmy nomination himself (or even a Golden Globe nod next week).

The episode found all of our characters dealing with major disagreements. Needless to say, O'Neill's character Jay was my MVP of the week, determined to show Manny and Luke - at the mall just before their first dance - what it means to be a man: "Pretty soon you get some hair on your chest, you start answering the phone and people don't think you're ladies."

As you can imagine, Phil had a very different idea of what that means.

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HBO passes on project from 'True Blood' creator
December 9th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

HBO passes on project from 'True Blood' creator

His past series have been hits for HBO, but the company has opted to pass on the latest Alan Ball project.

Ball, the man behind the HBO series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” also helmed the pilot for “All Signs of Death,” a show based on the Charlie Huston novel “The Mystic Arts of Erasing All Signs of Death.”

Deadline reports that there is speculation HBO couldn’t find a place for the show in its schedule. The pilot was written by Huston and directed and executive produced by Ball. HBO is owned by the same parent company as CNN.

Aaron Sorkin aims, fires at 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'
December 9th, 2010
12:04 PM ET

Aaron Sorkin aims, fires at 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

Hopefully, Sarah Palin wasn't fishing for compliments when she went caribou hunting on a recent episode of "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

In a blog on the Huffington Post yesterday, screenwriter Aaron Sorkin called the former governor of Alaska "deranged" and told TLC, which airs Palin's reality show, that it should be ashamed of itself.

Though Palin had already said of the hunting episode, "Unless you’ve never worn leather shoes, sat upon a leather couch or eaten a piece of meat, save your condemnation,” that didn't stop Sorkin.

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Howard Stern signs with Sirius for another five years
December 9th, 2010
11:49 AM ET

Howard Stern signs with Sirius for another five years

Howard Stern isn't done talking just yet. The shock jock has just signed a new five-year deal with Sirius XM radio, he revealed today.

Stern's previous five-year, $500 million contract was due to expire at the end of the month, and at one point Sirius XM CFO David Frear suggested he take a pay cut, which Stern refused.

Now, however, both parties have hammered out an agreement, and Stern announced on today's show, "I have come to the conclusion that the real innovators, the real geniuses are the people here at Sirius. I have signed a five-year contract to stay at Sirius."

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