'How to Make It In America': Here's to you, Mrs. Gershon
October 31st, 2011
12:08 PM ET

'How to Make It In America': Here's to you, Mrs. Gershon

It makes sense that an episode titled “Mofongo” would mix the various "How to Make It In America" plot lines into a TV dish that only an HBO dramedy could pull off.

We learned last night that our favorite gangster turned aspiring CEO, Rene, wasn't doing so well. Despite the fact that the viral video of Wilfredo has the young kids going nuts, and the buzz for Rasta Monsta is growing, all Rene could think about was Debbie. She was still giving him the silent treatment after the whole fake diamonds fiasco from last week.

Not even a trip to New Haven’s “second-best” strip club could take his mind off an aching heart. The scenes of the flawed, desperate Rene are my favorite.

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October 31st, 2011
11:23 AM ET

What's the verdict?: 'Allen Gregory'

Fox's new half-hour animated comedy "Allen Gregory" is perfectly titled, because the series star, a beyond-precocious 7-year-old of the same name, is the reason to keep watching.

The series, co-created by and starring actor Jonah Hill, made its debut Sunday ahead of another smart-mouthed kid, "Family Guy's" Stewie Griffin. The basic premise is that Allen Gregory's dad has fallen on hard times and needs his (maybe-straight) life partner Jeremy to get a job instead of home-schooling Allen Gregory.

That means Allen. G (as we'll call him) has to brave the halls of public school, along with his adopted Cambodian sister, Julie (Joy Osmanski).

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A turning point for Shane on 'The Walking Dead'
October 31st, 2011
10:05 AM ET

A turning point for Shane on 'The Walking Dead'

Sunday night's episode of "The Walking Dead" featured plenty of zombies in the first 15 minutes, for those who have been complaining that so far this season we're not seeing enough of them.

It didn't quite pick up where we left off, with Shane and Otis (the man who accidentally shot Carl) cornered at a high school by a mob of walkers. Instead, we got Shane shaving his head in the bathroom, which might have been seen as a flashback if only because we've started with flashbacks in each episode this season. But then, it was a head shaving scene, so maybe not.

All would be revealed in time as Shane and Otis continued to fight off the horde and attempted to get vital medical supplies back to Carl, whose condition continued to worsen.

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Lindsay Lohan shows off sparkling smile
October 31st, 2011
09:37 AM ET

Lindsay Lohan shows off sparkling smile

After her dental hygiene was called into question earlier this month, troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan is showing off a fresh set of pearly whites.

The actress posted a photo to her WhoSay page of her sparkling smile over the weekend, along with a thank you note to her dentist: "Thanks Dr. Dorfman for the zoom... My gums are so sore though!"

People reports Dr. Bill Dorfman is known for hooking up the grins of celebrities like Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Simpson. If her tweet is any indication, LiLo had a teeth whitening procedure called Zoom, the magazine adds, which you may have seen used on "Extreme Makeover."

But, just as Lindsay's rep pointed out earlier this month, dental drama is the least of the 25-year-old's concerns. The star violated her probation stemming from a necklace theft conviction earlier this month, and has been pulling shifts at a Los Angeles morgue ahead of a probation revocation hearing on Wednesday.


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Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
October 30th, 2011
05:54 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

There’s a new addition to Fox’s animation domination family on Sunday night. And it’s in the form of a smart-talking 7-year-old.

Meet Allen Gregory, an accomplished but precocious child who is forced to attend regular grade school because of the recession. While the character sounds a lot like Stewie Griffin from “Family Guy,” this series, which was created and is voiced by Jonah Hill, could make a mark of its own.

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Barry Manilow helps tornado ravaged town
October 29th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Barry Manilow helps tornado ravaged town

Barry Manilow not only writes the songs, he makes sure kids can too.

The singer-songwriter visited tornado ravaged Joplin, Missouri, Thursday and donated $300,000 in musical instruments to the town's schools through his non-profit Manilow Music Project. “I know firsthand how invaluable music can be to get you through life’s tough times," Manilow said in a statement. "It is an honor and a privilege to help these kids after such a disaster."

Signs like "Barry is our Man-ilow" and "Joplin has hope cause of  Barry" ringed the Eagles football field for the presentation. Students, teachers and townspeople gathered to watch three truckloads of instruments arrive which included pianos, brass and string instruments. The donations will benefit not just the high school band, but also the pep club, the middle school, the choir and the orchestra according to Rick Castor, music director for Joplin High School.  FULL POST

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