Jada Pinkett Smith: I gave up my music career for my kids
July 1st, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Jada Pinkett Smith: I gave up my music career for my kids

Celebrities aren't immune to the tough calls of parenthood, and for Jada Pinkett Smith, being a parent has meant giving up her dream of being a rock star.

"I had to make choices," Smith, who is mom to actor Jaden and singer Willow, tells the August issue of Redbook. "Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn't have the responsibility of a family."

But, she goes on, "I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey."

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Time runs out for two on 'SYTYCD'
July 1st, 2011
11:38 AM ET

Time runs out for two on 'SYTYCD'

Thursday night's episode of "So You Think You Can Dance" left this viewer puzzled.

The choice for which female contestant to eliminate seemed obvious – after a sub-par performance on Wednesday night and a solo that was anything but "dance-for-your-life" worthy, it looked like Ashley was on her way out.

Don't get me wrong, I've sung Ashley's praises on this blog before (her performance in last week's jailhouse routine alone...), but this was just not her week. The other two, Miranda and Caitlynn, had excellent performances and terrific solos.

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Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump
July 1st, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump

Playing Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" movies was a career highlight for Elijah Wood. In fact, the actor says he became a bit depressed when filming on the trilogy ended.

"I was 18 when I traveled to New Zealand, and I was about 20 when I left," he tells New York Magazine's Vulture. "Coming home, I just remember everything feeling kind of foreign. I didn't really know what to do with my time. It was really bizarre. I was more exhausted than I've ever been in my life. I remember feeling like I didn't want to do anything for a while."

Wood adds that he also "just didn't have any perspective on my life anymore, what that was about. It's kind of an unsettled feeling. It's like existing in a place and then being ripped out of it when that place was your home, it was your everything to you for a long time. Sixteen months is a long time."

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'All My Children' to air final episode September 23
July 1st, 2011
10:28 AM ET

'All My Children' to air final episode September 23

Save the date! The citizens of Pine Valley will officially say goodbye when "All My Children" airs its last episode on Friday, September 23.

The long-running soap opera premiered on ABC in 1970 and former cast members including Josh Duhamel, Carol Burnett, Leven Rambin, and Eva La Rue, are expected to return to the series prior to the finale, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

"The final episodes will celebrate the stories of the families that fans have grown to know and love over the years," the network said.

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Happy 25th birthday, LiLo
July 1st, 2011
10:02 AM ET

A look back: Lindsay Lohan turns 25

Our gift to you on the eve of Lindsay Lohan's 25th birthday: Here are some of her most memorable moments in the spotlight - from her Hollywood debut in 1998 to her most recent courtroom appearance.

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Friday Top Five: The best July 4 movies
July 1st, 2011
09:45 AM ET

Friday Top Five: The best July 4 movies

Holidays just aren’t complete until you veg out on the couch while watching a movie marathon. These cinematic siestas not only provide down time between festivities and the well-intentioned gorge fest, but they also give us the opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of the holiday.

For many, the Fourth of July has become known for hot dogs, transporting illegal fireworks over state lines, and sporty outfits in red, white, and blue. Nevertheless, fifth grade social studies taught us that the American Revolution was actually about rebellion against tyranny and victory over seemingly insurmountable odds.

To help celebrate Independence Day, tell us what movies will make your holiday list and best embody the spirit of revolution. If you don't want to dwell on dissent, your favorite patriotic films will also suffice. Let the fireworks begin!

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