April 14th, 2010
10:34 AM ET
Obviously, Trey Parker and Matt Stone - the creators and driving forces of "South Park" - need new worlds to conquer. They've already done TV, movies ("South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut" and "Team America: World Police") and off-Broadway theater ("Cannibal! The Musical," adapted from Parker's student film).
Next on their list: Broadway.
The pair are teaming up with "Avenue Q" composer and co-creator Robert Lopez for "The Book of Mormon," a new musical scheduled to hit the Great White Way in March 2011.
April 13th, 2010
10:47 AM ET
Ryan Phillippe divorced Reese Witherspoon almost two years ago - and he's still hearing about it.
Which bugs him to no end, he told Howard Stern on Stern's Sirius XM radio show.
"I've been dumped on in the press for relationship stuff since Reese and I divorced," he said, according to HowardStern.com. "I'm tired of getting s*** on. I don't feel like I deserve it. Things happen! How many people have you broken up with over your life?"
April 12th, 2010
12:44 PM ET
And the winner of the Conan O'Brien sweepstakes is ... TBS.
According to a press release sent out by the cable network (which, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner), the comedian is joining TBS to host a late-night show that is expected to debut in November. O'Brien's show will be followed on TBS' schedule by George Lopez's "Lopez Tonight," which will move to midnight.
"In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theater, and now I'm headed to basic cable," O'Brien said in the statement. "My plan is working perfectly."
He also Tweeted Monday: "The good news: I will be doing a show on TBS starting in November! The bad news: I'll be playing Rudy on the all new Cosby Show."
O'Brien is currently embarking on a nationwide comedy tour, but he made bigger headlines earlier this year when NBC decided to move Jay Leno back to "The Tonight Show's" late-night slot. O'Brien, who had been hosting "Tonight," left the network.
Since his departure at the end of February, O'Brien has joined Twitter and decided to follow someone at random; launched a 32-city comedy tour (which will include much of his "Tonight Show" crew); and been the subject of countless rumors as to where he will land when a non-compete clause with NBC is over.
April 8th, 2010
03:21 PM ET
Malcolm McLaren, best known for managing the Sex Pistols and for helping kick off the '70s punk revolution, has died, CNN has confirmed. He was 64.
McLaren's death was confirmed by his longtime girlfriend, Young Kim.
The rakish McLaren was an art college graduate and clothing designer who opened a boutique, Let It Rock, with his partner, the designer Vivienne Westwood. By the mid-'70s, he had renamed the boutique Sex and taken on a band called the Strand.
McLaren drafted a new frontman - John Lydon, who had been spotted wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt with the words "I hate" added to it - and renamed the group the Sex Pistols. (Lydon became better known as Johnny Rotten.)
McLaren's penchant for notoriety, combined with the Pistols' blunt lyrics ("I am the anti-Christ/I am an anarchist") and raucous power chords and performances, helped the group hit the top in Britain in 1977. They weren't the only punk rockers - a number of acts had been inspired by a Ramones performance on July 4, 1976, at London's Roundhouse - but they quickly became the most infamous.
The group's "God Save the Queen" was a huge hit despite the BBC's refusal to play the song.
The group crumbled amid arguments and accusations - some aimed at McLaren - and McLaren went on to manage Bow Wow Wow. He also created a handful of well-reviewed albums, notably the mixed-genre works "Duck Rock" and "Fans."
March 31st, 2010
01:10 PM ET
David Mills, a writer and producer for some of the best TV shows of the past two decades - including "Homicide," "Picket Fences," "ER" and "The Wire" - has died, CNN has confirmed through HBO.
Mills reportedly died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans, where he was a writer and co-producer of the new HBO series "Treme." The show is scheduled for its premiere April 11. (HBO, like CNN, is a unit of Time Warner.)
"HBO is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our dear friend and colleague David Mills," the network said in a statement to CNN and HLN. "He was a gracious and humble man, and will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him, as well as those who were aware of his immense talent."
March 29th, 2010
01:28 PM ET
So J.D. Shapiro, the screenwriter of “Battlefield Earth,” has apologized.
That’s nice of him to do, but it doesn’t do anything for the thousands of people who ponied up - in good conscience - their share of the film’s $30 million worldwide gross, hoping to see an entertaining film. Instead, they got what the Razzie Awards named the worst film of the decade.
But it could be worse. (Couldn’t it?) After all, movies are made for all kinds of reasons – Carrie Fisher once told CNN.com that she made “Appointment with Death” (1988) because she wanted to visit Israel. Maybe it’s true that nobody intends to make a bad movie, but sometimes they do intend to make a tax write-off, or a showcase for a romantic partner.
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