Lil Wayne gets 'Unplugged' - kinda
May 13th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Lil Wayne gets 'Unplugged' - kinda

Thursday night, Lil Wayne rocked the mic for 650 lucky fans at a re-boot of "MTV Unplugged," the network's signature series from the 1990s. Hours later, we're still trying to figure out what was "unplugged" about it.

For most of the concert, the hip-hop superstar was backed by an energetic seven-piece band that included a pair of electric guitars and an electric bass. Only two or three songs featured acoustic instruments - including "Nightmares at the Bottom," a song off his upcoming album, "Tha Carter IV."

The taping took place at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California - home of "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy." Weezy took the stage in a black sweatshirt with the word "WOW" emblazoned on the front. By the end of the set, he had peeled away not only his sweatshirt, but also a white t-shirt and tank. There was a funny bit when he discovered his jeans were unzipped.

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Weinsteins and more at Cannes
May 13th, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Weinsteins and more at Cannes

Things have been hopping at the Cannes Film Festival.

Variety reports that The Weinstein Company has picked up the U.S. rights to the Margaret Thatcher biopic, "The Iron Lady." The film, which stars Meryl Streep, will be the second collaboration between Streep and her "Mamma Mia!" director, Phyllida Lloyd.

The movie will also co-star Jim Broadbent as Thatcher's husband, Denis.

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'The Killing's' No. 1 suspect 'shocked' by first season's end
May 13th, 2011
04:40 PM ET

'The Killing's' No. 1 suspect 'shocked' by first season's end

Before his breakout role on the AMC crime thriller “The Killing,” Brandon Jay McLaren was perhaps best known for playing Power Ranger Jack Landors on "Power Rangers, S.P.D."

His current role is that of high school teacher Bennet Ahmed, the primary suspect du jour in the murder of teenager Rosie Larsen.

The Vancouver native, who has enjoyed recurring roles on the defunct CBS series “Harper’s Island” and the Canadian dramedy “Being Erica,” says the chance to appear on such a well-received, critically acclaimed show has been nothing short of amazing.

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A Freudian slip on 'The Big Bang Theory'
May 13th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

A Freudian slip on 'The Big Bang Theory'

Thursday night's episode of "The Big Bang Theory" seemed to exist mostly to tie up some season-long story arcs, leading into next week's finale.

Howard finally worked up the nerve to tell his mother that he's getting married to Bernadette, sending her right into the hospital ("My family is the history of heart disease," Howard said).

This led once again to Priya being questioned as to why her parents haven't been told about the "short glass of skim milk" she's dating, Leonard.

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'Chuck' fans win once more: NBC to air fifth season
May 13th, 2011
03:21 PM ET

'Chuck' fans win once more: NBC to air fifth season

With networks scheduled to continue announcing which shows will be renewed or canceled over the next week, fans of NBC’s “Chuck” found themselves in a familiar position: coming up with a creative way to try to keep the show on the air.

Those fans can now breathe a sigh of relief: According to Entertainment Weekly, NBC has renewed "Chuck" for a fifth season with 13 episodes,  although it looks like it'll also be the last.

This waiting game isn't new, of course. Since the end of its first season, “Chuck” has been on the proverbial bubble.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is Kutcher on 'Two and a Half Men' a good move?
May 13th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Is Kutcher on 'Two and a Half Men' a good move?

Ashton Kutcher is coming back to TV - as Charlie Sheen's replacement on CBS’ hit “Two and a Half Men.”

Ashton even teased his army of more than six million Twitter followers with this coy message: "what’s the square root of 6.25?” The answer is 2.5, as in “Two and a Half.”

I like Ashton Kutcher a lot, and I’m guessing he’ll be a success in the new role. He’s a great comic actor and has years of experience working on a very funny sitcom (“That ‘70s Show”). Still, I don’t know if Ashton’s the greatest fit. Hugh Grant, John Stamos and Jeremy Piven were all floated as possible replacements for Sheen on “Men.”

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