iReporters help bring back 'Nikita'
May 15th, 2012
06:32 PM ET

iReporters help bring back 'Nikita'

With no shortage of TV series left on the brink of cancellation this year, we asked iReporters last month which "on the bubble" shows they wanted to see saved.

And, just like with “Chuck” in 2009, one show emerged above the rest.

“Nikita,” the action-adventure series that will finish its second season on the CW this Friday, was far and away the most popular “bubble” series on iReport.

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While you were working...
May 15th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • As "controversial" as Howard Stern's new "America's Got Talent" job was supposed to be, he couldn't scare up ratings. Monday's premiere was actually 15 percent down over last year's debut. [NYDN]
  • We're betting Ellen DeGeneres is doing a little jig at the moment: The comedian/talk show host has been tapped to receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. [WaPo]
  • Ellen DeGeneres also probably just made a ton of money, as it's been reported that Ryan Seacrest snagged her home for a mind-boggling $49 million. (As always kids, wield your grains of salt wisely.) [TMZ]
  • "Harold and Kumar" are slated to come to your TV in animated form during Comedy Central's Adult Swim. [Vulture]
  • What do Brad Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Shia LaBeouf, Jessica Chastain and Kristen Stewart all have in common? Their movies are on a Cannes Festival must-watch list. [MTV]

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May 15th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

Aasif Mandvi talks Hollywood 'whitewashing'

Sacha Baron Cohen's new role as a fictional Middle Eastern tyrant in his movie "The Dictator" is causing plenty of controversy.

Commentators like Dean Obeidallah have criticized the actor, who is not of Middle Eastern descent, for portraying an Arab man, especially since the character is intended to reflect stereotypes.

Actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi of "The Daily Show" talked to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux about what he sees as Hollywood's "whitewashing," or casting white actors in ethnic roles. In the video above, Mandvi gives his take on why he thinks "whitewashing" persists, even in an ever-growing multicultural society.

What do you think? Is Mandvi right? Leave your comments below.

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Will Kanye cameo on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'?
May 15th, 2012
05:31 PM ET

Will Kanye cameo on 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'?

Kim Kardashian still hasn't confirmed the persistent rumor that she and Kanye West are an item - but she hasn’t really denied it, either.

So does that mean we should expect to see Mr. West on her family's E! reality show?

The 31-year-old tells E! Online that fans will just have to wait and see when the seventh season of the hit show debuts this Sunday.

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Jewish rapper Y-Love comes out publicly as gay
May 15th, 2012
05:14 PM ET

Jewish rapper Y-Love comes out publicly as gay

In a move that he admits could cost him some fans, New York rapper Yitz “Y-Love” Jordan, considered "the first black Jewish MC," has come out publicly as a gay man of color.

"I feel like I have wasted years of my life worrying that my ‘public reputation’ will be negatively impacted by my identity," Jordan said in a statement. "Now that I'm over 30, I simply can't care as much about what people think, despite the prospect of alienating the community I dedicated my life to as an artist and a man. My hope is it will open their eyes – and hearts."

Although he's now publicly talking about it, Jordan tells Out magazine in an interview that he's "never been conflicted about my sexuality ... Any conflicts that have come up in my life have come up because of other people's homophobia. I've always known when to be in the closet and when not to."

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The story behind 'Hot Chelle Rae'
May 15th, 2012
04:07 PM ET

The story behind 'Hot Chelle Rae'

Even if you haven't heard of Hot Chelle Rae, you've probably heard one of their songs.

The Nashville-based pop/rock band is behind singles like "Tonight Tonight" and "I Like it Like That," which climbed the Billboard Hot 100 and proved to be earworms to boot.

But on tour, this breakout group brings fans much more than the standard hit songs one might expect. CNN caught up with Hot Chelle Rae’s frontman Ryan Follese, guitarist Nash Overstreet [brother to "Glee" star Chord Overstreet], bassist Ian Keaggy and drummer Jamie Follese at the end of their first headlining tour to recount their first two years as a band on a major label.

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