J.J. Abrams collaborating on a novel
April 7th, 2011
01:24 PM ET

J.J. Abrams collaborating on a novel

J. J. Abrams loves mystery.

So it should come as no surprise that there are few details about the new book the "Alias" and "Lost" creator is collaborating on with a supernatural crime novelist.

The New York Times reports that Abrams has joined forces with Doug Dorst, author of  "Alive in Necropoli," for a forthcoming novel that publisher Little, Brown and Company said on Wednesday it had acquired.

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'The Hangover Part II' trailer pulled from theaters
April 7th, 2011
11:21 AM ET

'The Hangover Part II' trailer pulled from theaters

Here’s hoping the film lasts longer in theaters than the trailer did.

After one week on the big screen, "The Hangover Part II" trailer, which debuted in front of Summit Entertainment’s “Source Code” on April 1, has been temporarily pulled from theaters.

The reason? It could have to do with the last scene. Now, we’re not at liberty to describe said scene on this family-friendly blog, however, we can tell you this: “When a monkey nibbles on a wenus, it’s funny in any language.”

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'Top Chef: Masters' doesn’t taste quite right
April 7th, 2011
10:36 AM ET

'Top Chef: Masters' doesn’t taste quite right

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Unfortunately, the producers of “Top Chef: Masters” don’t seem to agree.

Last night offered up the premiere of the show’s third season, complete with a lot of changes. As with previous seasons of “Masters,” the contestants are more established chefs than on standard “Top Chef.” They are:

Alex Stratta, Mary Sue Milliken, Floyd Cardoz, Hugh Acheson, Naomi Pomeroy, Celina Tio, Suvir Saran, Sue Zemanick, John Currence, Traci Des Jardins, George Mendes and John Rivera Sedlar.

I will tell you right now that Suvir’s sound bites are my favorite thing in the history of ever. His pontifications on what it means to be a master were the highlight of this entire episode.

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'Top Chef: All-Stars' reunite to dish on the season
April 7th, 2011
10:34 AM ET

'Top Chef: All-Stars' reunite to dish on the season

If 16 episodes wasn’t enough to satisfy your “Top Chef: All-Stars” cravings, you’re in luck! Last night’s reunion episode brought back all 18 contestants, along with Padma, Tom and Gail.

The Andy Cohen-hosted affair included some of the segments we’ve come to expect from these reunions: satirical send-ups of the Richard/Fabio and Mike/Angelo bromances, reminders of how charming Fabio is, how genuinely likable Carla is and how fashionably trendy Angelo is.

Rather than rehash what we already saw during the season, I’d rather dive into some of the new things we learned during the reunion - some of which were just interesting tidbits.

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'Family Guy' becomes a comic book
April 7th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

'Family Guy' becomes a comic book

Titan Comics and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products have announced that "Family Guy" will take on a new identity - in a comic book. Giggity, giggity!

Seth MacFarlane's creation will continue to follow the Griffin family and friends - Glen Quagmire, Joe Swanson, and Cleveland Brown - though the hilarious town of Quahog.

The artwork will be provided by comic artists S.L. Gallant (of "G.I. Joe" and "Torchwood" fame) and Anthony Williams (who draws for "Superman" and "Batman").

The first comic book will be available in the U.S. on July 27.

'Breaking In' breaks out of the pack
April 7th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

'Breaking In' breaks out of the pack

In a season that's seen exactly one new quality sitcom on a broadcast network ("Raising Hope"), after enduring the likes of "Perfect Couples," "Running Wilde," "Traffic Light," "Mad Love" and yes, even "Mr. Sunshine," Wednesday night's premiere of "Breaking In" was a breath of fresh air.

First of all, Christian Slater is taking on the Alec Baldwin-in-"30 Rock" role here - and that's a very good thing. The intriguing, though short-lived, "My Own Worst Enemy," and aptly-named "The Forgotten," obviously didn't work for him in the lead role. This time, he takes a back seat to Bret Harrison, who has been terrific in everything from "The Loop" to "Reaper," and really deserves a successful series.

Slater, as the boss of a security firm, bribing Harrison into being his intern is a great role for him. So far the show is shaping up as an office comedy, where the job often involves using remote control toy helicopters and cracking safes.

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