James Franco pursues yet another degree
April 22nd, 2011
05:30 PM ET

James Franco pursues yet another degree

The best teachers know that there’s always more to learn, and newly minted NYU instructor James Franco is planning to continue his own education at the University of Houston.

The institution confirmed to CNN that the Oscar nominee and published author has been accepted into the doctoral program in literature and creative writing at the University.  According to the Houston Chronicle, only 20 people are admitted to the doctoral program each year out of 400 applicants.

Those attending the U of H will have to wait a bit for the tireless actor to join their ranks – Franco deferred until 2012, a rep for the school told CNN. (And understandably so; think about how many projects the 33-year-old is currently signed up for.)

At this rate, Franco may be running out of room to hang all of his degrees: He's already acquired an undergraduate degree from UCLA, an MFA in writing from Columbia and is currently tackling Yale's doctoral English program.


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'Real Housewife': The show caused my divorce
April 22nd, 2011
04:31 PM ET

'Real Housewife': The show caused my divorce

Bravo's hit reality franchise focuses on the lives of "Real Housewives," but is it ending their marriages in the process?

"Orange County" star Vicki Gunvalson filed for divorce from her husband Donn last year, and claims the reality program had something to do with it.

"Six years ago when Donn and I started, we didn't have 90 percent of the problems that we have now and I truly believe it is the show," she tells CNN.

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Filed under: Real Housewives • television
LeAnn Rimes on country music's double standard
April 22nd, 2011
04:31 PM ET

LeAnn Rimes on country music's double standard

Two years after cheating on ex-husband Dean Sheremet with actor Eddie Cibrian, LeAnn Rimes is speaking out about her affair.

"I know I didn't do it the right way," Rimes, who fell for married co-star Cibrian while making the TV movie "Northern Lights," says in the upcoming Great American Country channel special "Backstory: LeAnn Rimes."

"I didn't have the tools to know how to do it the right way, how to let go the right way. I'd never been taught that," explains Rimes, who split from Sheremet in 2009 and is now engaged to Cibrian.

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Rapper The Game denied entry to Canada on alleged gang ties
April 22nd, 2011
04:07 PM ET

Rapper The Game denied entry to Canada on alleged gang ties

Rapper The Game tried to head over to Canada earlier this week as part of his "Red Nation" tour, but our neighbor to the north didn't take kindly to his attempts at entry.

According to a statement from promoters for the tour, Canadian customs denied entry to the artist because of alleged gang ties.

The promoters say they “completed all necessary work permits and paperwork to allow [The Game] entry into Canada,” but it was a different story when he arrived.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music
Charlie Sheen makes Denise Richards sad
April 22nd, 2011
02:11 PM ET

Charlie Sheen makes Denise Richards sad

Charlie Sheen's "Violent Torpedo of Truth" tour has caused people to laugh, jeer and hand him stuffed tigers as gifts, but the actor's ex Denise Richards says his multi-city performance just makes her sad.

"Honestly, for me it’s very sad to see him on this path," she told Bravo's Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" Thursday. "I’ve heard he’s chosen to use me in part of his tour and that’s hurtful but that’s his choice...I think there’s places you shouldn’t go but he chooses to and that’s his choice."

It looks like that's not all Richards - who has daughters Sam, 6, and Lola, 5, with the actor - doesn't see eye-to-eye with Sheen on.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Charlie Sheen
'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Will Kate always be compared to Diana?
April 22nd, 2011
01:52 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Will Kate always be compared to Diana?

We’ve got a big "Showbiz Tonight" special event today: An unbelievable inside look at the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and we're curious if Kate will always be compared to Princess Diana.

I know there's no doubt that William's late mother, who was known as "The People's Princess," left some huge shoes for Kate to fill. And from the moment Kate and William became engaged, people have been - fairly or unfairly - comparing Kate to Princess Diana.

I think over time those comparisons will stop. Kate is her own independent person. And she's ten years older than Diana was when she took her fairytale walk down the aisle in her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles.

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