Stars react to the passing of Etta James
January 20th, 2012
02:42 PM ET

Stars react to the passing of Etta James

Singing legend Etta James died Friday at the age of 73 from complications from leukemia.

James, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2010 - and also suffered from dementia and hepatitis C - died with her husband, Artis Mills, and her sons by her side, her longtime friend and manager, Lupe De Leon, told CNN.

Fans of the singer, whose 1961 release “At Last” has since become a favorite at weddings, continue to share their memories of James and her music:

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'30 Rock' addresses Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant
January 20th, 2012
01:57 PM ET

'30 Rock' addresses Tracy Morgan's homophobic rant

As “30 Rock” often does, the NBC sitcom drew humor from real-life on last night's episode.

The show used Tracy Morgan's character Tracy Jordan to address the actor's homophobic rant at a Nashville, Tennessee, comedy show.

NBC, Morgan and series creator and star Tina Fey all issued formal apologies for Morgan's behavior after the incident in June. And last night's episode of "30 Rock" played out like one last, comedic "I'm sorry."

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Ryan Seacrest to rebrand cable channel HDNet
January 20th, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Ryan Seacrest to rebrand cable channel HDNet

We're starting to wonder what Ryan Seacrest can't do.

The "Idol" host, E! personality and TV producer has announced that he's going to rebrand the cable channel HDNet along with the network's owner, Mark Cuban, the event promotion company A.E.G. and his talent agency, CAA.

The plan is to reshape HDNet, which was originally created in 2001 as the place to find high definition programming, into a network for "music, live entertainment and live events" called "AXS TV," Seacrest told the New York Times.

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Friday Top Five: When the Internet shows up in film
January 20th, 2012
12:01 PM ET

Friday Top Five: When the Internet shows up in film

Thanks to Wednesday's Internet blackout of some websites, in protest of proposed anti-piracy legislation, we were all reminded of how connected we are to the Web.

(Apparently, for some high school students, the only thing standing between them and a poor grade is a temporarily blocked Wikipedia.)

In that spirit, this week's Friday Top Five recounts the top films that explore our evolving use, understanding of and attachment to the Internet.

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The Throwback: 'Troop Beverly Hills' goes 'Rocky Horror'
January 20th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

The Throwback: 'Troop Beverly Hills' goes 'Rocky Horror'

The start of Girl Scout cookie season has us thinking of two things: One, Samoas will always win in the Caramel deLite vs. Samoa debate, and two, the 1989 classic "Troop Beverly Hills."

Thanks to writer and pop culture guru Erika Brooks Adickman, "TBH" fans can enjoy the interactive "Troop Beverly Hills: The Experience," an event in which sold-out crowds flock to screening parties held in New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

And while Adickman tells CNN that she never imagined "Troop Beverly Hills: The Experience" would grow as it has, she did think that she couldn't be the only one who was still a fan of the retro classic.

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Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation coming soon
January 20th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Lady Gaga's Born This Way Foundation coming soon

Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation will get underway on February 29, according to Billboard.

The non-profit charity, named for the pop star’s hit song, will celebrate its launch with a soiree at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre.

Gaga first announced the creation of her Born This Way Foundation - to address issues like self-confidence, anti-bullying and career development - in November. She’s directing charity with her mother, Cynthia Germanotta.

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