'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Amy Winehouse be saved?
July 25th, 2011
02:32 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Could Amy Winehouse be saved?

The death of Amy Winehouse is a tragic end to such a short, troubled life that could have been so much more.

When Amy sang, her lyrics came straight from her heart. Her words were her own, and her songs, reflections of her life's highs and lows.

Says "Showbiz Tonight's" A.J. Hammer, “I am among those who were immensely saddened to hear the news of Amy’s death, and while I would like to be able to say I was surprised, I was not. Sadly, that is what so many people are saying today about this immense talent. I always rooted for her and imagined the day when she would grow into her 'old-soul' sound and artistry. I looked forward to greatness from Amy beyond what she left us. I really believed it was possible."

We are asking in our "Showbiz Tonight" flashpoint: Did Amy Winehouse have to die? Or could she have been saved? What do you think? Tell us below.

M.I.A. releases Winehouse, '27 Club' tribute song
July 25th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

M.I.A. releases Winehouse, '27 Club' tribute song

M.I.A. works fast.

The controversial singer released a track titled “27,” referencing the ominous “27 Club” -– featuring deceased rock stars Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison, among others –- on Saturday night. Troubled singer Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her North London home earlier in the day.

On the tribute track, M.I.A. sings: “All rock stars go to heaven, you said you’ll be dead at 27...I took you to the clinic to get you clean but you couldn’t...Said in 2 days ur 27 an ur destiny was comin'.”

So how’d she get the song out so soon after Winehouse's passing? M.I.A. notes in a Twitter post that she’d already recorded the unfinished song, which has garnered more than 130,000 plays since its release this weekend. In her tweet linking to the demo, M.I.A. added, “R.I.P. A.M.Y.”

Looking back: Amy Winehouse talks with CNN in 2007
July 25th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Looking back: Amy Winehouse talks with CNN in 2007

In March 2007, as Amy Winehouse's acclaimed album "Back to Black" found its way to U.S. shores, CNN's Doug Hyde spoke with the late singer at length about her music, the reports surrounding her alcohol use and what she had planned for her next album.

As fans, her family and the music industry continues to mourn the talented songstress, who died in London Saturday at the age of 27, we've unearthed the transcript from the candid conversation.

Read on after the jump:

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'Breaking Bad': It’s not a lie if you believe it
July 25th, 2011
12:16 PM ET

'Breaking Bad': It’s not a lie if you believe it

Last night’s episode began with Walter White in front of a mirror holding a gun, channeling his inner Travis Bickle. And thus, for the second week in a row, we were faced with the rule of Chekhov’s Gun, which essentially states that if a gun is presented in act one, it better be fired in act three.

But this week the rule was blatantly shirked, despite the fact that the episode was again named after the weapon (“Thirty-Eight Snub”), which made for a clever piece of misdirection. So, besides that winking piece of gamesmanship, what else did “Breaking Bad” throw our way last night?

Most significantly, we saw three characters react in three different ways to Gus’ blood-spattered message from last week.

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Katy Perry’s Smurf-tastic look
July 25th, 2011
12:04 PM ET

Katy Perry’s Smurf-tastic look

Katy Perry walked the blue carpet at “The Smurfs” premiere in New York City in a bedazzled Smurfette dress.

“Headed to SMURF VILLAGE for the premiere of The Smurfs!!! I'm SMURFETTE!!! I'm blue... aba de aba die aba de aba di aba de aba di! YAY!” Perry tweeted on her way to the Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday.

The singer, who voices Smurfette in the live-action film, paired her mini dress with blue heels and a relevant manicure - each nail featured a Smurf from the film.

"The Smurfs," marking Perry's big screen debut, hits theaters on Friday.

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Home sweet home on 'Entourage'
July 25th, 2011
12:03 PM ET

Home sweet home on 'Entourage'

The one word on my mind as “Entourage” launched into its eighth and final season last night was uncertainty.

To quote The Notorious B.I.G., “things done changed.”

We kick things off to the rhythms of Toro y Moi's "Still Sound" and a trip to the Murphy Lavin Group. Yep - Eric not only has his own business, but he’s running it with the guy we thought was his career nemesis, Scott Lavin (Scott Caan). Interesting, but not nearly as telling as the phone call Eric receives from Sloan.

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