The return of old school 'Top Chef'
November 10th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

The return of old school 'Top Chef'

If you read last week's recap, then you'll know I was disappointed that the producers expanded the pool of cheftestants and extended the trimming-the-fat phase into two episodes.

I would love to tell you which chefs looked like the real deal and which should go back to flipping burgers (and which had the best tats or dumbest mohawk), but I honestly can’t yet because we had enough cheftestants to fill Kitchen Stadium. Wait, wrong competitive cooking show. See, too much going on! I’m so confused!

Thankfully, though, last night gave us the conclusion of Chefsplosion 2011, wherein the last of the 29 chefs were sorted out.

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'X Factor' goes to the movies
November 10th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

'X Factor' goes to the movies

OK, so last night was perhaps my favorite show so far from Fox's "X Factor."

The contestants performed in front of a live audience once again, but unlike last week, the songs they chose to sing were from Hollywood movies. Being a big movie buff, I was in heaven.

But before they took the stage we watched video of the remaining 11 contestants attending the movie premiere of Adam Sandler’s “Jack and Jill.” They walked the red carpet and had photographers clamoring to take their pictures, with the point being to get them ready for the big leagues. No time better than now to prep for stardom, I guess.

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'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies
November 10th, 2011
12:31 PM ET

'Family Circus' creator Bil Keane dies

CNN has confirmed that Bil Keane, artist and creator of beloved long-running comic "The Family Circus," died Tuesday at his family's home in Paradise Valley, Arizona at the age of 89.

His son Jeff tells CNN that the cause of death was congestive heart failure, which Jeff says his father suffered from "for quite a while."

In a post on his website that demonstrates the Philadelphia native's particular brand of humor, Keane recounts that he taught himself to draw and began cartooning in high school.

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November 10th, 2011
11:57 AM ET

Piers Morgan leaves 'America's Got Talent'

As we wait to hear who will host the Oscars, Piers Morgan has announced that he just might be available.

As the CNN host put it on Wednesday's show, "his schedule has cleared a little bit" since he's no longer going to be a judge on "America's Got Talent."

"I've been a judge since the show began six years ago, and I've loved every single second," Morgan said. "I've discovered that juggling, to my surprise, really is a bit more difficult than I thought."

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Ashton Kutcher apologizes for Paterno tweet
November 10th, 2011
10:54 AM ET

Ashton Kutcher apologizes for Paterno tweet

Prolific Twitter user Ashton Kutcher is taking a break from the social media site after he posted a response to the firing of Penn State's coach Joe Paterno without knowing the full story.

According to People magazine, the 33-year-old "Two and a Half Men" actor tweeted on Wednesday night, "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

Both Paterno and the president of Penn State have been let go in the wake of an alleged child sex abuse scandal.

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Oscars tap Brian Grazer to produce
November 10th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Oscars tap Brian Grazer to produce

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is re-building their 84th Academy Awards ceremony with Brian Grazer as the new co-producer.

The awards show is starting back at the drawing board after the former co-producer, Brett Ratner, resigned amidst criticism drawn from an anti-gay remark he'd made, and the show's host Eddie Murphy has quit as well.

Murphy said in a statement on Wednesday that he "completely" understands and supports "each party's decision with regard to a change of producers for this year's Academy Awards ceremony, "but that he's "sure that the new production team and host will do an equally great job."

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