Judges clash and Astro gets humble on 'X Factor'
November 23rd, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Judges clash and Astro gets humble on 'X Factor'

Remember when watching "The X Factor" was fun and easy a few weeks back? These days, I get tense because there are so many uncomfortable moments from both the judges and the contestants! And Tuesday proved that.

The show should have been about the nine remaining finalists performing and then the judges responding, but that’s not the way it played out. Some performances stood out, yes, but so did two other incidents.

Let’s talk about last night's highs and lows:

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USC study confirms gender inequality in film
November 23rd, 2011
10:16 AM ET

USC study confirms gender inequality in film

Confirmed by science: Women are underrepresented in movies. According to the Los Angeles Times, a USC study finds that almost 70 percent of speaking roles belong to men.

USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism examined the top 100 grossing movies of 2009, specifically categorizing the 4,342 speaking roles by gender. Women, meanwhile, buy more than 50 percent of the movie tickets.

This ratio also isn’t evening out over time; it’s staying the same.

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November 23rd, 2011
10:00 AM ET

The winner of 'Dancing With the Stars' is...

When ABC announced the celebrity lineup for this season's "Dancing With the Stars," few could have predicted that J.R. Martinez would have made it past the first few weeks, let alone the finals.

After all, the actor and Iraq war veteran didn't have the name recognition that many of his fellow competitors had.

But Martinez quickly won over the viewers and judges with his optimistic attitude, energetic performances and overall passion for the competition. It was those qualities and more that gave Martinez the title of "Dancing With the Stars" champion.

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VH1 series channels 'Jersey Shore' ... with moms
November 23rd, 2011
09:58 AM ET

VH1 series channels 'Jersey Shore' ... with moms

A new reality TV indulgence is coming our way courtesy of “Jersey Shore” executive producer SallyAnn Salsano, according to a statement from VH1.

“Mama Drama” will drop partying mom/daughter pairs (and one trio) into the same house so we can watch as the moms live out their preference to be more like friends with their daughters than parents. We're thinking this is going to be kind of like “Jersey Shore” meets “Bad Girls Club” meets “Toddlers and Tiaras.”

The moms and their BFF daughters are dolled up for a promo shot in super-tight mini dresses and stilettos, giving us a hint at what's to come.

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November 23rd, 2011
09:51 AM ET

Jimmy Fallon apologizes to Bachmann

"Late Night" host Jimmy Fallon has apologized for Monday's so-called spontaneous decision to play Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass B**ch" as the intro song for Monday's guest Michele Bachmann.

The Roots drummer Questlove, whose band plays on the late night program, seemed to hint to his Twitter followers before Republican presidential candidate Bachmann's appearance that "late night devotees" should pay attention. "You love it when we snark: this next one takes the cake. ask around cause i aint tweeting title," he posted.

After it was revealed that the intro song was the aforementioned Fishbone track, Questlove said in a statement that the performance was tongue-in-cheek and "spur of the moment," and that if he hurt Bachmann's feelings, he felt bad.

Fallon later added his own apology to his guest, after tweeting that Questlove is "grounded."

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NBC making puppet comedy with Jim Henson Co.
November 23rd, 2011
09:33 AM ET

NBC making puppet comedy with Jim Henson Co.

The Muppet revival seems to be spreading. Perhaps inspired by the new “Muppets” movie, Deadline reports that NBC has ordered a sitcom script that stars creations from The Jim Henson Company.

“The New Nabors,” Deadline says, will explore the humorous "repercussions" of a human family living next door to a puppet family. The shenanigans that would ensue, we can only imagine.

The Jim Henson Company helped develop “The New Nabors." Its Creature Workshop has created puppets for TV shows such as “Dinosaurs"and "Sesame Street", and, of course, they’re behind the most famous puppet characters, the Muppets.

“The Muppets” movie, starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and the rest of the gang along with Jason Segel and Amy Adams, opens Wednesday.

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