January 14th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

Transcript: Jay Leno’s monologue 1/13/2010

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Jay Leno opened his monologue on “The Jay Leno Show” still making cracks about his own network. (Conan O'Brien got in plenty of digs, too.) Check the transcript:

“Good news from Afghanistan - critics of the war have stopped referring to it as “another Vietnam.”  They are not calling it that anymore.  The bad news – they’re now calling it “another NBC.”

Welcome to NBC.  America’s most dysfunctional TV family. Thank you very much. FULL POST

January 13th, 2010
05:39 PM ET

Michael C. Hall being treated for cancer

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Michael C. Hall, who stars as the serial killer protagonist of "Dexter," has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma but is on the road to recovery, his representative confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

"I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition,” Hall, 38, said in a statement. “I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care."

Hall rose to fame on the HBO series “Six Feet Under,” in which he played the deep-in-the-closet funeral director David Fisher. After a five-season run Hall then took on another character with a few skeletons, playing the title role of a police blood splatter expert-cum-serial killer in the hit Showtime series, “Dexter.”

The diagnosis isn’t slowing Hall down at all. The actor plans to attend both the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards with his wife, Jennifer Carpenter, and will begin filming the fifth season of “Dexter” later in the year.

January 12th, 2010
02:51 PM ET

Aiming tomatoes at year's worst (and best) films

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RottenTomatoes.com
, the movie review aggregation site, has confirmed what most of us already know: “The Hurt Locker” and “Up” were two of 2009’s freshest movies.

But when it comes to video game adaptation “Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li”? The moldiest movie of the year, with a truly rotten 4 percent freshness rating.

The movie review Web site released its picks for best reviewed movies this morning – voted on by an RT list of film critics - and there were some consistent favorites. FULL POST

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January 8th, 2010
03:37 PM ET

President won’t interrupt 'Lost' premiere

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“Lost” watchers, all is right with the world again: President Obama will not interrupt the long-awaited episode by giving a national address the same night.

Fear gripped the hearts of fans when it was announced that the president wanted to push back the annual State of the Union address – typically held in late January – to February 2, which everyone should know by now is the premiere of the ABC drama’s final season.

Crazy talk! Doesn’t he know people have been dying to find out what happened to the castaways?

But White House press secretary Robert Gibbs assured viewers Friday he “doesn’t foresee a scenario in which millions of people that hope to finally get some conclusion in ‘Lost’ are preempted by the president.”

The "Lost" news came in response to a question from ABC correspondent Ann Compton at the afternoon press briefing.

The time slot for “Lost” may be secured, but still no word on what day the president will deliver the  State of the Union.

January 7th, 2010
02:20 PM ET

NBC: Leno show 'has performed as we anticipated'

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Jay Leno fans, you can breathe again - those reports about NBC pulling the late-night mainstay from their lineup aren't accurate, an NBC spokeswoman said in a statement.

"Jay Leno is one of the most compelling entertainers in the world today," NBC representative Rebecca Marks said. "As we have said all along, Jay's show has performed exactly as we anticipated on the network."

But, Marks added, the show has represented some issues for NBC's affiliates - issues she declined to comment on.

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January 7th, 2010
01:55 PM ET

Cameron, Bigelow among DGA nominees

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The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees for its best director award, and the list reads like a now-familiar rundown of 2009’s critical darlings.

“Avatar’s,” James Cameron, “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Precious’ ” Lee Daniels, “Up in the Air’s” Jason Reitman and “Inglourious Basterds’ ”Quentin Tarantino are the five nominees competing for the honor.

For directors, this award is “especially meaningful” because it’s awarded by their peers, Directors Guild president Taylor Hackford said.

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