The Throwback: The return of 'Captain Power'?
October 20th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

The Throwback: The return of 'Captain Power'?

The year was 1987, and children's TV was dominated by cartoons, usually tied into toy lines, such as "Thundercats" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles." Gary Goddard, who had worked on "He-Man" and grew up on live action kids' shows like "Sky King," came up with the concept of "Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future."

Not only would this show feature live actors, telling the story of Captain Power and his fellow soldiers rebelling against the evil Lord Dread, but toy company Mattel suggested using its new interactive technology that would allow young viewers to "shoot" with their toy spaceships at the screen. A groundbreaking TV series was born.

The show utilized new technology in more ways than one. "I wanted CGI villains," Goddard told CNN last week. "Computer animation was very new. No one knew if we could push to the level of getting characters but I thought we could."

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Did Scotty McCreery flub national anthem lyrics?
October 20th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Did Scotty McCreery flub national anthem lyrics?

Uh oh: “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is getting flak for messing up the lyrics to the national anthem. According to USA Today, it sounds like the singer may have made a mistake at the World Series Wednesday night.

McCreery appears to sing "No José does that star-spangled banner" instead of "Oh say does that star-spangled banner" before Game One of the World Series in St. Louis.

A microphone malfunction also meant the singer had to start “The Star-Spangled Banner” over – maybe the 18-year-old was thrown off after his false start.

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Nia Long on getting pregnant at 40
October 20th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Nia Long on getting pregnant at 40

For women who are concerned about having kids later in life, 40-year-old actress Nia Long is telling them not to worry about it.

Long, who is expecting her second child, tells Ebony in the magazine's November issue that child-bearing isn't something to rush into.

"The medical [profession] tries to tell every woman, 'Have your babies before 40 because you shouldn't have children after 40," according to People. But, Long argues, "You are not half the woman you're gonna be until you turn 30. You're not even half of that woman yet. So I think if we'd just take our time as women, and do what comes to natural to us and for us, we'd make fewer mistakes."

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Halloween special puts 'Pretty Little Liars' to the test
October 20th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Halloween special puts 'Pretty Little Liars' to the test

The flashbacks don’t do Alison justice. As it turns out, she’s more evil than her frenemies would have us believe.

The special Halloween episode of “Pretty Little Liars" was interesting - and not just because Hanna was wearing a fat suit.

It was the first time we got to experience Rosewood through Ali’s eyes (and Jenna’s, for that matter. But, first things first.).

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Director aims to finish final River Phoenix film
October 20th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Director aims to finish final River Phoenix film

Actor River Phoenix passed away during the filming of “Dark Blood” in 1993, but according to the Hollywood Reporter, the film may be finished after all these years.

The 23-year-old star of "My Own Private Idaho" and "Running on Empty” died of a drug overdose outside L.A. club The Viper Room on Halloween night, leaving his drama “Dark Blood” unfinished. He’d been shooting the movie the day he died.

Dutch director George Sluizer says after much editing of the footage he’s kept hidden for 18 years, he should have a final cut of the film ready next year.

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Rihanna's 'We Found Love':  What's the verdict?
October 20th, 2011
10:01 AM ET

Rihanna's 'We Found Love': What's the verdict?

It isn't often that a video lives up to its hype, and in this case, controversy, but dare we say Rihanna's "We Found Love" does.

The singer's ode to falling hard in "a hopeless place" has an upbeat dance groove that may distract from what she's trying to convey, but the video carries the message well.

"We Found Love," which tells the story of two lovers who are enamored with each other but who seem to be in a trainwreck of a relationship, has been hailed as a cross between "Trainspotting" and "Requiem for a Dream." And yes, some have mentioned how if you squint, model/boxer Dudley O'Shaughnessy might remind you of Rihanna's ex Chris Brown.

Time finds the way the video's quick pace takes us through the relationship in just over four minutes to be "incredible," and PopCrush calls it one of Rihanna's best videos yet. What's your verdict?


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