Simon Cowell contacts police over 'Britain's Got Talent'
June 13th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Simon Cowell contacts police over 'Britain's Got Talent'

Simon Cowell is serious about claims regarding the hit "Britain's Got Talent."

The Guardian reports that attorneys for Cowell's company, Syco, contacted police after a second post appeared from an anonymous blogger who'd claimed the show was rigged so 12-year-old singer Ronan Parke would win. (Parke came in second on the show.)

The second blog item was an apology from the blogger, the Guardian says, who has also claimed to be a music executive.

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Seth Meyers can handle your ‘SNL’ critiques
June 13th, 2011
05:16 PM ET

Seth Meyers can handle your ‘SNL’ critiques

Perhaps this is one of the reasons Justin Timberlake is so often a host on “Saturday Night Live” – even head writer Seth Meyers adores him.

“Timberlake is so good,” Meyers tells the Hollywood Reporter of the singer/actor/designer. “I pale in comparison to him. It's like a butter knife next to a Swiss Army knife.”

And if someone happened to tell him that they agree, it's ok - Meyers says he can handle “SNL’s” critics.

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Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' has to end one day
June 13th, 2011
04:15 PM ET

Jon Hamm: 'Mad Men' has to end one day

Television fans often have a difficult time letting go of some of their favorite shows, especially when a program is as beloved as “Mad Men.”

But Jon Hamm is giving viewers an advanced warning: The saga of Don Draper and his ‘60s era cohorts is going to have to end at some point, he tells the BBC News in an interview.

Matthew Weiner has said that he sees "Mad Men" ending after three more seasons - the exec producer told TV Guide, "I think that's how long the story is...I'm not 'The Simpsons'" - and Hamm agrees.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Mad Men • television
Our favorite 'Quacker Factory' moments with Jeanne Bice
June 13th, 2011
03:57 PM ET

Our favorite 'Quacker Factory' moments with Jeanne Bice

From her embroidered gingham shirts and capri pants to her beaded cardigans and matching headbands, QVC personality Jeanne Bice - who died on Friday at 71 years old - is remembered as the queen of home-shopping.

Bice’s unique style and quirky personality often landed clips of the “Quacker Factory” host on E!'s “The Soup.” Sketch comedy series “MADtv” has also parodied Bice, and “her collection of over-sized clothing with things on them.”

Here are some of our favorite “Quacker Factory” moments:

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Ron Howard: My daughter is a great director
June 13th, 2011
03:56 PM ET

Ron Howard: My daughter is a great director

Ron Howard says fans shouldn't be surprised that his actress daughter Bryce Dallas Howard can direct films.

"She's already directed some," Howard said. "She made a great little short a few years ago and also [directed] plays all through college. This is something she hasn't been very outspoken about pursuing, but she is great with stories, she works wonderfully with writers and is developing projects through her own company, Nine Muses."

The father-daughter team have joined forces with Canon U.S.A. for “Project Imagin8ion,”  a photo contest in which the winning eight entrants will serve as the foundation for a short film to be directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, an actress who has appeared in several films including "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse." FULL POST

Conan delivers laughs at Dartmouth graduation
June 13th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

Conan delivers laughs at Dartmouth graduation

Dartmouth College's president Dr. Jim Yong Kim shook with laughter as Conan O'Brien gave the school's commencement speech with his signature sharp wit, deploring the state of America as evidenced by his place at the podium.

"If Harvard, Yale and Princeton are your self-involved, vain, name-dropping older brothers, you are the cool, sexually-confident, lacrosse-playing younger sibling who knows how to throw a party and looks good in a down vest," O'Brien told the graduates.

The "Conan" host, a Harvard University graduate, gave a speech that managed to provide laughs while still dishing out some words of wisdom, which he said he learned after his NBC late-night debacle in 2010.

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