November 11th, 2011
03:24 PM ET

Nick Lachey still bros out with 98 Degrees

It's been over a decade since Nick Lachey was first known as a member of boy band 98 Degrees along with his brother Drew, Jeff Timmons and Justin Jeffre, but Nick tells CNN that the friendship is still going strong.

"I was just with them this past weekend, we got together and hung out a bit here in L.A. and spent some time," newlywed Lachey says.

"That chapter for all of us was such an incredible chapter and such an important part of all of our lives that the memories we have and friendships are life-lasting," he went on. "It's always good to get together with them, whether we're singers or not, and hang a little bit."

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
Clooney contemplated suicide after 'Syriana' injury
November 11th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

Clooney contemplated suicide after 'Syriana' injury

In an interview with Rolling Stone, George Clooney reveals that he was injured attempting a stunt for “Syriana” in 2005. The actor says the resulting pain was so extreme that he considered taking his own life.

The botched stunt left Clooney with a spinal injury that caused excruciating headaches. “I was at a point where I thought, ‘I can’t exist like this. I can’t actually live,’" he says.

"I was lying in a hospital bed with an IV in my arm, unable to move, having these headaches where it feels like you’re having a stroke, and for a short three-week period, I started to think, ‘I may have to do something drastic about this,'" the actor recalls. "You start to think in terms of, you don’t want to leave a mess, so go in the garage, go in the car, start the engine."

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Sheldon vs. the bird on 'The Big Bang Theory'
November 11th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Sheldon vs. the bird on 'The Big Bang Theory'

As if Sheldon didn't have enough to contend with, he had to deal with a bird outside of his window on Thursday's "Big Bang Theory."

His ornithophobia got the best of him, even causing him to use a device that cracked his windows, instead of getting rid of the creature.

Thankfully, Amy and Bernadette came to the rescue, explaining that he had to get to know the bird to get over his fear, "just like with the mailman."

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November 11th, 2011
11:51 AM ET

'Twilight' fans camp out for premiere as brides

We're officially a week away from the release of "Breaking Dawn - Part I," but those in Los Angeles are focusing first on Monday's premiere.

Fans have pitched their tents in front of the Nokia Theater in downtown L.A. to secure prime R.Patz/K.Stew/Taylor Lautner-sighting real estate. According to Deadline, more than 700 Twihards have been rallying and waiting for the fourth installment of the "Twilight" saga to premiere since Thursday.

CNN's cameras even spotted a fan or two arriving dressed as brides, so that they could take a picture with a cutout of "Edward" (played by Robert Pattinson) dressed for a wedding, complete with cake. (Hey, we all have our fantasies.)

Deadline reports that "Breaking Dawn - Part I" is already contributing to 72 percent of movie ticket e-retailer Fandango's weekly sales - 7 days ahead of the release.


Filed under: movies • Twilight
'X Factor' shows another act the door
November 11th, 2011
11:38 AM ET

'X Factor' shows another act the door

Another Thursday means another elimination on the "X Factor," and it's never pretty.

But lets talk about the good first: As usual, the show starts with all 11 contestants singing together on stage before the judges are introduced. This part is actually what I love about "X Factor" - even though the elimination show is just one hour before they toss a performer, they entice you with a great performance by a surprise artist.

On Thursday, we got a double dose with Jesse J and Willow Smith, who performed her collaboration with Nicki Minaj called “Fireball." I didn't know Willow could actually sing, and not just rap. Nice!

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November 11th, 2011
11:15 AM ET

CMAs postcard: Until next year, Nashville

Some awards show winners take the podium and immediately unfurl scraps of paper with their acceptance speech scrawled across it, but not Taylor Swift.

When the 21-year-old country cutie was named Entertainer of the Year at Wednesday's 45th annual CMA Awards, she began reading names off her forearm, thanking everyone from Justin Bieber to Kenny Chesney to T.I. - 19 names in all, printed on her skin like a temporary tattoo.

"This is so amazing to win this for a second time," she told CNN a few moments later. "Winning that the first time [in 2009] was like the best thing that ever happened to me, and then to win it again is absolutely insane! I'm so excited."

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