June 23rd, 2009
05:44 PM ET

Sarah Jessica and Matthew welcome twin girls!

After voicing concern for the safety of her surrogate mom and unborn twins, Sarah Jessica Parker can finally rest easy.  Sarah Jessica and her husband Matthew Broderick welcomed their bouncing baby girls yesterday.  Their representatives told Showbiz Tonight;

“Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are delighted to announce the healthy arrival of their two daughters at 3:58 pm on June 22 in Ohio. Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick weighed 5 lbs, 11 oz and Tabitha Hodge Broderick weighed 6 pounds. Both Hodge and Elwell are family names on Parker's side.  The babies are doing beautifully and the entire family is over the moon.”

I have to say, I am pretty envious of the hand me downs those little girls are going to be wearing- especially those famous Carrie Bradshaw Manolo Blahniks! Congrats to the recently expanded family.

Be sure to tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN for more on this story.

June 18th, 2009
06:42 PM ET

What's entertainment news?

The question above comes up practically on a daily basis here at CNN's Entertainment Unit, most recently as we pondered stories about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and about Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.  Clinton fell and broke her elbow yesterday, sidelining her from a scheduled appearance at World Refugee Day ceremonies with Angelina Jolie in Washington, D.C., while two Ohio police chiefs are being investigated for a break-in at the home of the surrogate mother carrying Parker and Broderick's twins.

Clinton's bone-breaking may not be earthshattering, but it's definitely news.  But is it entertainment news?  If Clinton had appeared at the event with Jolie, that would have qualified, so does an accident keeping her from attending make the cut as well?  And as for Jolie, she's about as high-profile as one can get - a recent Forbes survey ranked her the nation's most powerful celebrity, topping even the mighty Oprah - but does that make anything she does entertainment news, from her charity work to her personal life?

The Parker-Broderick story, detailed by Brittany Kaplan in a blog entry below, is literally in tabloid territory.  Both actors have been celebrities long enough to understand the privacy tradeoffs of being famous, and have worked to keep as much of their private lives private as possible... and, of course, the surrogate is no celebrity.  Yet she's in the middle of this story - if it is a story.

When I started in this business, {ahem} years ago, my stock definition of "entertainment news" was pretty straightforward: movies, music, TV, theatre, books - the traditional categories of mass entertainment.  Along the way, I added videogames, the Internet and new media to the description.  But judging from some of the topics which spur the most interest and debate, on this blog and elsewhere, entertainment news these days is increasingly about what celebrities do when they're not on a set or in the studio.

I realize this is hardly a new question, and it's actually part of a larger issue, one journalists have been debating for longer than I've been in the biz: is "news" what journalists think is important, or what the audience finds interesting?  How do you weigh journalists' experience and judgment, such as it may be, against the public's classic "right to know," despite the possible inconsequence of the subject?

It's a hard line to pin down: for every comment we get here along the lines of "why is CNN covering this garbage?", 20 or 30 or 40 others chew over every detail, showing obvious interest.  We can't please everyone, but obviously it's in our interest to appeal to as wide an audience as possible.

So what do you think?  Do you want us covering celebs off-camera as well as on?  Do you look to news outlets for discernment and discretion, or just raw information?  In short, what do you want?

June 18th, 2009
03:33 PM ET

Parker and Broderick's Betrayal

My heart is breaking for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick.  The struggle of dealing with infertility issues must be one of the hardest things a family can possibly go through and it is a private matter- end of story.  Sarah Jessica and Matthew have always been a private couple, always trying to appease the paparazzi in order to maintain privacy for their family. They famously posed for photographers outside of the New York hospital where their son, James Wilke, was born in order to avoid masses of photographers clamoring for pricey first pictures of their baby.  For the most part the New York press has been very respectful of them- after all, she is their (and our) beloved Carrie Bradshaw, if ever there was a quintessential New Yorker, she is it. 

Unfortunately the same can’t be said about certain national tabloids.  When they found out that Sarah Jessica and Matthew were expecting twin girls via surrogate they decided to ‘out’ them, forcing the couple to speak publicly before they may have wanted to.  But the real horror is that now two police chiefs- yes, you read that right, police chiefs- are being investigated for breaking into the home of the couple’s surrogate in order to find information to sell to a tabloid.

When you become a celebrity you lose your anonymity; its part of the deal you make when you sign up.  I can’t stand those ‘celebrities’ who are famous for being famous and bemoan their lack of privacy. But there is a difference between the celebrities who seek fame and those who actively seek their privacy.  Sarah Jessica and Matthew are not out making sex tapes, they aren’t making endless trips to rehab; they are trying to expand their family.  For goodness sake: Leave them alone!

We will have the full details on this unbelievable story tonight on Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN- don't miss it!

April 29th, 2009
12:50 PM ET

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick expecting twins via surrogate

Representatives of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick released this statement to Showbiz Tonight;

"Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are happily anticipating the birth of their twin daughters later this summer with the generous help of a surrogate. The entire family is overjoyed."

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