Two 'Next Great Restaurant' eateries shut down
June 15th, 2011
08:00 PM ET

Two 'Next Great Restaurant' eateries shut down

No one ever said that operating a restaurant was easy. Tell that to Jamawn Woods.

Eater.com reports that two of the three "Soul Daddy" restaurants Woods won after finishing first on NBC's short-lived competition series "America's Next Great Restaurant" closed for good this week, just a month after opening.

The Soul Daddy restaurants in New York and Los Angeles are affected by the closure. The third eatery, located inside the Mall of America in Minnesota, remains open.

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The summer of '86: 'Ferris' to 'The Fly'
June 15th, 2011
04:03 PM ET

The summer of '86: 'Ferris' to 'The Fly'

Summer 2011 has been good for the cinema: The female-driven comedy “Bridesmaids” has raked in more than $107 million so far at the box office since its May release. “X-Men: First Class” gained more support than 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” the last film based on the comic book superheroes. And J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8” earned $37 million its opening weekend.

“Green Lantern,” “Captain America” and the final “Harry Potter” film are all waiting in the wings for release over the next month.

This sounds like one successful summer, to say the least. That is, until you rewind 25 years.

In 1986, classic movies like “Top Gun,” “Back to School” and “Stand by Me” were all released within three months of each other. And the list goes on. FULL POST

'Pretty Little Liars': New season, new secrets
June 15th, 2011
01:46 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars': New season, new secrets

And we’re back.

After what felt like the longest hiatus in teen drama history, “Pretty Little Liars” returned to the tube on Tuesday.

Despite being one episode into season 2, it seems we’re no closer to finding out who A is than we were when the series premiered last summer. It’s frustrating, really.

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It's 'Runaway Bride' instead of a wedding for Hef
June 15th, 2011
01:09 PM ET

It's 'Runaway Bride' instead of a wedding for Hef

Saturday was supposed to be Hugh Hefner’s third walk down the aisle, but instead the Playboy founder will have to seek solace in a movie night.

“The breakup is a heart breaker, but better now than after the marriage,” Hefner tweeted Tuesday, following the announcement that his former fiancée Crystal Harris had a “change of heart.” “Since we're not getting married on Saturday, I've scheduled a movie: 'Runaway Bride.' Seems appropriate.”

As former “Girls Next Door” star Bridget Marquardt wrote on Twitter, “He seems to be handling this well. He even had a sense of humor about it!”

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Weinstein grabs rights to Madonna movie
June 15th, 2011
12:51 PM ET

Weinstein grabs rights to Madonna movie

Madonna's movie "W.E." is set to arrive in theaters stateside thanks to The Weinstein Co., which has acquired U.S. rights for the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Madge directed and co-wrote the feature, which balances the love life of a New Yorker named Wally Winthrop (Abbie Cornish) with the love affair between American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) and King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy), a romance with which Wally becomes enthralled.

Madonna's daughter Lourdes plays a younger version of Wally in her big screen acting debut.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Madonna • movies
June 15th, 2011
12:49 PM ET

James Franco on Morgan: I can see how he got tripped up

Actor James Franco has played a gay man or two, but when it comes to Tracy Morgan's recent anti-gay tirade, Franco said he sees the gray.

“I don’t in any way condone what he said and I am very sensitive to youth," Franco told CNN at the amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) Inspiration Gala held Tuesday at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Franco was being honored along with designer Michael Kors and said he understands how Morgan was caught in a whirlwind of controversy. FULL POST

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