Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic to host 'Miss USA'
June 9th, 2011
01:52 PM ET

Andy Cohen, Giuliana Rancic to host 'Miss USA'

Bravo executive Andy Cohen, host of "Watch What Happens: Live!" and all of those "Housewives" reunions will co-host the 2011 Miss USA Pageant with E! host Giuliana Rancic, according to an NBC press release.

Former "Dancing With the Stars" cast member Kelly Osbourne will provide fashion commentary throughout the telecast. Osbourne has served as a co-host of E!'s "Fashion Police."

The competition will take place at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, and air on June 19. All that'll be missing from the set is the clubhouse.


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Leaving Las Vegas on 'SYTYCD'
June 9th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Leaving Las Vegas on 'SYTYCD'

It may seem like it every year, but this was truly the most brutal Vegas week ever on Wednesday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance."

One after another, dancers who wowed us in the auditions were told they had not made the cut, eliminating 160 down to 31. We said goodbye to Chase Thomas, "Princess Lockaroo," Mary Kate Sheehan (ouch!), "D.C." Chapman, Hero McRae, Patty Anne Miller (double ouch!), Chyna Smith, and Amber Williams (triple ouch!), among so many others.

In the case of "D.C.," he begged to stay in the competition, and couldn't bear to face his friends and family back home. Debbie Allen gave him a pep talk saying he had nothing to be ashamed of and that she would help him out (one assumes at her dance school).

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'Centipede II' director: It's a [bleep]ing movie
June 9th, 2011
11:29 AM ET

'Centipede II' director: It's a [bleep]ing movie

“Human Centipede II (Full Sequence)” director Tom Six has a few words for the British Board of Film Classification, which has banned the sequel to Six’s “Human Centipede” film in the U.K.

The BBFC claimed that the movie, about a man who gets “erotically obsessed” with the first film and gets the idea to create his own human centipede, was "sexually violent," "potentially obscene" and a “real risk” to moviegoers. The organization said that the film couldn’t be legally viewed in the U.K. even by DVD or download.

But in an email statement to Empire magazine, Six reminds the BBFC that the movie's just make believe.

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‘Top Chef: Masters’ salutes the troops
June 9th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

‘Top Chef: Masters’ salutes the troops

As this season of “Top Chef: Masters” heads for the finish line of next week’s finale, I can’t say that the new format ever really won me over. But we have gotten a decent mix of interesting moments along the way.

That was certainly the case last night, with an episode that was cringe-inducing and tugged at the heartstrings… both in good ways.

For the final Quickfire, the chefs’ stations were split by a divider. The contestants had to prepare a dish in 20 minutes, but also talk a mystery teammate through preparing the same dish. Judging was based on both taste and how identical the two dishes were.

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Another (pop culture) France ban
June 9th, 2011
09:41 AM ET

Another (pop culture) France ban

Merci, France.

That country's ban on television and radio news reporters using the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on-air unless specifically referring to those companies in news stories got me thinking about what I’d like to see banned here in the good old U.S. of A.

There are a few things in the world of entertainment that I absolutely could do without, and given that my last name is “France” it seems only fitting that I follow in the footsteps of that nation and get my ban on. FULL POST

Jennifer Hudson to pen memoir about weight loss
June 9th, 2011
09:23 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson to pen memoir about weight loss

Jennifer Hudson, as you surely know by now, recently dropped 80 pounds, and it looks like there's more to the story.

The singer/actress has landed a book deal with Dutton, an imprint of the Penguin Group, to write a memoir about her struggles with weight throughout her life.

The currently untitled book will chronicle Hudson's childhood in an environment where a healthy lifestyle wasn't a priority on up to her battles with size while on "American Idol" and at events like the Oscars, according to a statement from the publishing house.

The statement adds that Hudson wants the book to serve as an inspiration for others who want to shed a few, and she'll also offer tips on how to lose weight and keep it off.

The memoir is expected to arrive in January, 2012.


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