Possible delay for 'Star Trek 2'
June 6th, 2011
05:44 PM ET

Possible delay for 'Star Trek 2'

Director J.J. Abrams' latest film, "Super 8," comes out this Friday, but what about the highly-anticipated sequel to his 2009 take on "Star Trek"? Will it still be released next summer, as planned?

"I'm not so sure, but I know that we're trying," Abrams told CNN on Sunday at the press junket for "Super 8." "We're working on the script and story and doing everything we can to make it well. I would just so much rather make a movie that's worth people's time than make a movie that's on time."

The sequel is currently set for a June 29, 2012 release. Abrams has plenty on his plate, including the upcoming TV shows "Person of Interest" and "Alcatraz," and he reiterated that he wants the next "Star Trek" to be a worthy sequel.

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Will Katie Couric's show kill 'General Hospital'?
June 6th, 2011
05:42 PM ET

Will Katie Couric's show kill 'General Hospital'?

Now that Katie Couric’s made her move to daytime TV official, should fans of ABC’s “General Hospital” be worried?

According to a statement from the network, eight ABC-owned stations (in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh/Durham and Fresno) have cleared the 3 o’clock hour to make room for Couric’s program.

“As part of the announcement, the network is set to return the last hour of its Daytime network block to affiliates no earlier than September 2012, but continues to support ‘General Hospital,’” the statement says.

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Filed under: television
June 6th, 2011
03:44 PM ET

Winnie Mandela on biopic: I wasn't consulted

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela still isn’t supporting a film about her life starring Jennifer Hudson, but she tells CNN that it has nothing to do with the Oscar winning actress.

“I have absolutely nothing against Jennifer, but I have everything against the movie itself,” she told CNN’s Nadia Bilchik.

The film, titled “Winnie,” has sparked controversy not only because an American was cast in the role rather than a South African actor, but also because Mandela sought to impede the film’s production.

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Filed under: movies
New Manilow album inspired by Britney Spears
June 6th, 2011
03:39 PM ET

New Manilow album inspired by Britney Spears

Barry Manilow sings about the pleasures and pitfalls of fame on "15 Minutes," his upcoming CD that was inspired by a certain blonde pop princess.

"The thing we started to think about was when Britney Spears was being hounded by the paparazzi," Manilow tells the L.A. Times of his concept for the album. "They were driving her crazy. She couldn't have a life without them pulling up next to her car and following her and driving her crazy to the point where, that was around the time she shaved off her hair. I think they actually helped to drive her crazy. We all looked at it in horror… and I said, 'Is this what happens these days?' So it seemed like a thing to be writing an album about."

Manilow, whose new disc drops June 14, also drew inspiration from the young talent he worked with as a mentor on "American Idol."

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'Housewife' Ramona Singer: I'm not an alcoholic
June 6th, 2011
02:53 PM ET

'Housewife' Ramona Singer: I'm not an alcoholic

It's no secret that "Real Housewives of New York City" cast member Ramona Singer loves her Pinot Grigio, but the Bravo star insists she doesn't have a drinking problem.

"Do I overdrink? No. I drink with responsibility," she tells In the Mixx. "I drink with a beautiful dinner. I would rather have my one or two glasses of Pinot Grigio than dessert, which is 700 calories."

Singer, who has her own Pinot Grigio line, points out that many of the other "Housewives" drink just as much as she does but clever editing makes it appear she is overindulging.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Does Reese have a point?
June 6th, 2011
02:49 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Does Reese have a point?

Last night, the stars came out to celebrate the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, and Reese Witherspoon was presented with the MTV Generation Award by Patrick Dempsey, Robert Pattinson and Chelsea Handler.

In her acceptance speech, Reese took a swipe at reality stars, specifically anyone with a sex tape, saying “It is possible to make it in Hollywood without doing a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed and you hid it under your bed."

I think Reese made a great point. I’m sure there are a lot of young girls out there, looking at the meteoric rise to fame of today’s reality stars, who may think they have to follow in those footsteps to become a celebrity. And that is REALLY bad.

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