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While some people pondered the uncertainty of North Korea’s economic future upon learning of Kim Jong Il’s death, “30 Rock” fans had their own concern: What will become of Avery Jessup?
The journalist, played by Elizabeth Banks, was kidnapped while on assignment in North Korea at the end of season 5.
Last seen filming Kim Jong Il propaganda, Jack Donaghy’s wife (and baby mama) turns up in a season 6 promo on a holiday card with Kim Jong Un. The card reads, “Death to U.S. Imperialist Wolves and Happy Hanukkah.”
I only have one word to sum up “X Factor’s” season finale performance show, and it's "amazing." (OK, and one other word: Surprising!)
First up was Josh Krajcik. He took the stage and sang Alanis Morissette's “Uninvited.” But seconds into singing he stops and invites Alanis on stage to perform it with him.
At first it sounded a bit awkward, because both voices are so uniquely different, but toward the end it worked. And it worked well, with L.A. Reid calling Josh’s performance “surreal.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the books behind AMC’s zombie apocalypse series “The Walking Dead” have topped New York Times best-seller lists.
Robert Kirkman's series – which began in 2003 – tops the lists in both the paperback and hardcover divisions of graphic books.
"No graphic novel series has ever dominated the list quite like Kirkman's ‘Walking Dead,’" writes THR.
It was reported earlier this week that Dr. Maya Angelou was upset with the rapper Common over his use of the "N" word on his new album, but Angelou has since clarified that there isn't a dispute.
Common's just-released "The Dreamer/The Believer" features Angelou, 83, reciting a poem on the track "The Dreamer." The New York Post reported Sunday that Angelou was "horrified" that the rapper would have her appear on a song in which he uses the term.
The legendary poet was quoted as saying that she was "surprised and disappointed," adding, "I don't know why he chose to do that. I had never heard him use that [word] before. I had admired him so because he wasn't singing the line of least resistance."
I was not the biggest fan of "American Horror Story's" first episode back in October, but the show has shown gradual improvement over this first season.
For one thing, characters' motivations are more or less understandable, so that's a big step forward. The writers (especially "Angel" and "X-Files" vet Tim Minear), for the most part, didn't sacrifice the story for straight-up scares. (Though the payoff, if you can call it that, of the Eric Stonestreet episode is still one of the big "WTH" moments of the year.)
Wednesday night's finale brought closure in the most literal way possible for the Harmon family. In recent weeks, you didn't ask which character was killed in the latest episode, but rather which character was still alive. For the Harmons, the last three episodes have been pretty deadly.
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