Alex Trebek injured while chasing burglar
July 27th, 2011
10:45 PM ET

Alex Trebek injured while chasing burglar

Answer: The 71-year-old star of "Jeopardy" who was forced to host the National Geographic World Championship on crutches Wednesday after he was injured chasing a burglar.

Who is Alex Trebek?

The incident took place at a San Francisco hotel at 2:30 a.m. the night before. According to a police report, a female burglar entered Trebek's room and stole cash and other valuables, including a bracelet. The popular TV host woke up and began to chase the suspect down the hallway when his Achilles tendon suddenly snapped causing him to fall and injure his other leg. FULL POST

Ron Howard will not direct third Dan Brown film
July 27th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Ron Howard will not direct third Dan Brown film

Ron Howard will not be finishing what he started with the Dan Brown films.

CNN has confirmed that Howard will not be directing the final installment of the trilogy based on Brown's wildly popular books.

Despite occupying the director's chair for "The Da Vinci Code" in 2006 and "Angels & Demons" in 2009, a rep for Sony Pictures told CNN that Howard has opted to produce the forthcoming film "The Lost Symbol," but not direct. FULL POST

While you were working...
July 27th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Poor Kristin Cavallari - the wedding gowns she tried on are coming back to haunt her, just days after her engagement was called off. (Life&Style)
  • Speaking of recently single celebs, it looks like Alexander Skarsgard and Kate Bosworth have split up. After ending their two-year relationship, Skarsgard was spotted flirting at Comic-Con last week. (Us Weekly)
  • Jayma Mays might be sticking around on the next season of "Glee," but she's a little nervous about the fate of Emma Pillsbury's virginity. Good thing Mays says she trusts the writers 100 percent. (Vulture)
  • Doesn't Kat Von D know that permanent tattoos don't go away? The TV artist became the most recent interview "walk-off" after she watched a video clip that showed her Jesse James tattoo. (E! Online)
  • Have you seen the teaser trailer for next year's "Battleship"? The movie looks like it has action, aliens and all the other components of a great summer flick. (MTV)
Reports: 'The Walking Dead' loses its showrunner
July 27th, 2011
03:46 PM ET

Reports: 'The Walking Dead' loses its showrunner

Frank Darabont, best known for directing "The Shawshank Redemption," has stepped down from his position as showrunner on AMC's "The Walking Dead," according to Deadline.

Darabont directed the pilot after trying for years to get the series on the air, and has been instrumental in the production of the show ever since.

Though, Deadline reports, "talks are still ongoing about him possibly staying on in some capacity." The three-time Oscar nominee appeared at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, along with the rest of the cast and crew.

AMC did not respond to requests for comment. In the meantime, "The Walking Dead's" new season premieres on October 16.

Update, 11:28 a.m.: AMC has now put out a statement confirming that Darabont will no longer be showrunner on the series, with that role falling to writer and executive producer Glenn Mazzara, best known for “The Shield.”

“AMC is grateful to executive producer, writer and pilot director Frank Darabont whose contributions to the success of The Walking Dead are innumerable,” said the network. “We continue to discuss his ongoing role with the series.”

Muslims, weed and Pippa get TV shows
July 27th, 2011
03:25 PM ET

Muslims, weed and Pippa get TV shows

The people who brought you Sarah Palin's life as a reality show, and "Jon & Kate Plus Eight," are introducing a few new offerings that cover religion, marijunana and a hot, royal sister-in-law.

The Discovery Channel, parent company of TLC,  has announced three new projects:  "All American Muslim," "Weed Wars," and "Crazy about Pippa."

The first two will be docu-series on the network this fall, while the third is a one hour special set to air in August. FULL POST

Justin Bieber tweets to help Houston family
July 27th, 2011
01:59 PM ET

Justin Bieber tweets to help Houston family

Tweens will recognize the heart-hand sign popularized by stars like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber to show love to fans. But today, Biebs is urging folks to “show your hearts” for a special cause.

Bieber, among other stars, are tweeting with the hashtag #showyourhearts to help raise funds and awareness for the Joshua and Robin Berry Children's Trust

On July 3, the Berry family of Houston, Texas, was struck by another vehicle while traveling in their mini van. Both parents were killed in the accident. Their three children, Peter, 9, Aaron, 8, and Willa, 6, survived - but the boys were left paralyzed below the waist. The children are currently being treated for their injuries in a Houston hospital.

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