Someone's luck runs out on 'X Factor'
December 16th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Someone's luck runs out on 'X Factor'

Last night’s “X Factor” may have started with the final four - Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene, Marcus Canty and Melanie Amaro – but before long, we were down to just three.

All four collaborated to sing the old R&B hit by Blackstreet, “No Diggity.” I think that group effort actually sounded better than usual because there were fewer contestants singing in unison. Plus it was nice to see Josh come out of genre and sing an R&B hit with the other three.

Next up was one of my favorite bands, Florence + The Machine, showcasing their latest single, “Spectrum,” from their second album. And then the show got down to business by letting all four contestants know which two acts were moving to the finals: Chris Rene and Melanie Amaro.

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Billy Campbell talks 'Rocketeer,' season 2 of 'The Killing'
December 16th, 2011
12:38 PM ET

Billy Campbell talks 'Rocketeer,' season 2 of 'The Killing'

In honor of the 20th anniversary of "The Rocketeer," Disney has released the beloved film on Blu-ray.

Hollywood in the 1930s serves as the backdrop for this slice of nostalgia in which test pilot Cliff Secord (Billy Campbell) discovers a top-secret jet pack. With the help of his mechanic mentor, Peevy (Alan Arkin), Cliff is propelled from ordinary guy to a superhero, aptly named The Rocketeer.

Cliff finds himself on a dangerous mission replete with ruthless villains, Hollywood starlets, gangsters and Nazi spies. With the help of his girlfriend, Jenny (Jennifer Connelly), Cliff foils an evil plot to take over the world.

CNN spoke to Billy Campbell, who played the title role in what was the actor's first feature film. Campbell also spoke to us about AMC's "The Killing," in which he plays mayoral candidate-turned-murder suspect Darren Richmond. He is currently filming season 2.

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Jenny McCarthy in 'final stages' of talk show deal
December 16th, 2011
11:50 AM ET

Jenny McCarthy in 'final stages' of talk show deal

Another "New Year’s Rockin' Eve," another opportunity for Jenny McCarthy to make us laugh by doing the unexpected.

You may recall that during last year’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest," McCarthy was a reporter roaming the streets of New York. She wound up kissing who we thought was a random man, but it turned out to be her boyfriend at the time.

“Last year turned out to be an incredible experience for me,” McCarthy says. “It was like a bucket list dream come true.”

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Foo Fighters show was 'literally rocking'
December 16th, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Foo Fighters show was 'literally rocking'

We now have scientific proof that the Foo Fighters rock... really hard. According to New Zealand’s GeoNet blog, the band and their fans caused the ground to shake at a December 13 show in Auckland.

Dave Grohl and his fellow Foos attracted 50,000 Kiwi fans to the show, and things got a bit wild, the blog reports. The crowd was so pumped, geological tremors similar to a volcanic event were recorded.

Two seismic stations near the venue picked up vibrations during Tenacious D’s opening set, but the signals really intensified around 8:20, when the Foo Fighters took the stage. GeoNet notes that “it all went quiet at 11 p.m. when the gig ended.”

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'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' to end in January
December 16th, 2011
10:50 AM ET

'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition' to end in January

More changes are on the way for ABC. The network has announced that "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition's" ninth season finale will also be the end of the series.

On January 13, the show will attempt its biggest build ever, according to ABC, by constructing seven homes in seven days in Joplin, Missouri. The area was devastated by a tornado in May of this year.

The week preceding, on January 6, "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" will touch down in Iowa to build a new home for the Gibbs family.

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Janice Dickinson launching 'Sober Model House'?
December 16th, 2011
10:14 AM ET

Janice Dickinson launching 'Sober Model House'?

Self-described "original supermodel" Janice Dickinson is planning to launch another reality show called “Sober Model House,” The Insider reports.

As the name implies, the series appears to be a “Celebrity Rehab”/”America’s Next Top Model” hybrid. Janice, 56, is said to be moving a group of models into a London residence and ostensibly helping them get sober.

As a reality TV veteran, Dickinson knows a thing or two about the genre.

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