April 30th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Singer Jewel opens up on past hunger, homelessness

Before rising to international fame, singer/songwriter Jewel faced some tough times.

The 37-year-old mom says she experienced both homelessness and hunger, and is grateful to those who saw something in her when she couldn't see it for herself.

"It was really hard for me to ever think that I was special when I was homeless," she told CNN in a recent interview. "I was writing things, I was writing songs, but I didn't think that they were that good. The fact that someone believed in me or thought that my life was special meant a lot to me, because I didn't know how to value it.”

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Beyonce speaks on those 'crazy' pregnancy rumors
April 30th, 2012
11:17 AM ET

Beyonce speaks on those 'crazy' pregnancy rumors

Now that her daughter Blue Ivy is here, Beyonce is responding to those “crazy” rumors that surrounded her pregnancy.

The newly-minted “world's most beautiful woman” told People magazine that she was most flabbergasted by the gossip that suggested she and husband Jay-Z used a surrogate to carry their firstborn.

“That was crazy,” said the new mom, who gave birth back in January. “It wasn’t hurtful, it was just crazy. [I thought] ‘Where did they come up with this?’”

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Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon renew vows in Paris
April 30th, 2012
10:45 AM ET

Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon renew vows in Paris

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon said hello to twins Monroe and Moroccan for their 2011 wedding anniversary, and this year the couple said bonjour to Paris.

Carey and her husband renewed their wedding vows for the fifth time during the weekend's romantic getaway.

Last year, the couple renewed their commitment to their marriage in the hospital, as Carey had just delivered the couple's twins, who turn one today.

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'Game of Thrones': When you play, you win or ...
April 30th, 2012
09:35 AM ET

'Game of Thrones': When you play, you win or ...

[This post contains spoilers for the April 29 episode of HBO's "Game of Thrones," as well as the George R.R. Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" novels upon which the series is based.]

You saw the note about spoilers, right? If you haven't seen Sunday's "Game of Thrones" and don't want a big plot point given away, flee to the hills now.

OK ... now that it's just us ...

One of the catchphrases of the series is simple and direct: "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die." Ned Stark learned it last season, and with Sunday's episode we learned (as readers of the novels know) that main characters biting the dust is sometimes the rule, not the exception.

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Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
April 29th, 2012
06:04 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Having sports figures as hosts on "Saturday Night Live" is not out of the ordinary. But it seems to be practically a family tradition for the Mannings.

Super Bowl XLVI MVP and New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will host the sketch comedy show with musical guest Rihanna on May 5, following his second Super Bowl victory this year. His older brother, Peyton Manning, hosted the show in 2007 after the Indianapolis Colts' win, and killed it with his United Way skit.

Can Eli deliver the laughs like his brother? Find out for yourself this Saturday on NBC. Here's what else you shouldn't miss this week:

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Craig Ferguson (and his show) goes home to Scotland
April 28th, 2012
11:15 AM ET

Craig Ferguson (and his show) goes home to Scotland

After last year's week of shows from Paris, you just knew Craig Ferguson wouldn't stop there.

"The Late Late Show," the only late night talk show to travel abroad (for multiple shows, anyway) will visit Ferguson's homeland of Scotland starting the week of May 14.

The last trip included appearances by Kristen Bell, Eddie Izzard and Jean Reno, and even more stars will pop up this time.

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