March 30th, 2012
10:29 AM ET

9/11 hero's mom offended by Daly joke

The mother of a 9/11 hero has reportedly taken Carson Daly to task for his gay joke.

"The Voice" host apologized Wednesday for a joke he made that morning on his syndicated radio show regarding the passengers who recently subdued a JetBlue pilot.

"Most of them were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las was like a bunch of...well-trained dudes, thank God," Daly said. "With my luck, it would be like, 'This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco...'Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.'"


Jane Fonda in talks to play Nancy Reagan
March 27th, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Jane Fonda in talks to play Nancy Reagan

Jane Fonda may be preparing for a new role -  that of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Fonda's publicist confirmed to CNN that the actress is in talks to play the wife of the 40th president of the United States in the true-life story of Eugene Allen, an African-American man who worked as a butler in the White House from 1952 to 1986.

Allen served eight presidents, ending his career as a White House Butler during Ronald Reagan's term as president.


March 23rd, 2012
12:37 PM ET

Avoiding 'Hunger Games' hysteria? May the odds be ever in your favor

You may not be aware, but a little independent film called "Hunger Games" was released today.

We kid, because seriously how could you not know that the movie, which some say might eclipse the 'Twilight' frenzy, has arrived? Tons of tweets, articles and anticipation by fans proceeded the release of the tale of Katniss Everdeen's fight for survival during the televised fight-to-the-death known as the Hunger Games.

Based on the young adult book series by Suzanne Collins, the film was selling tickets like crazy before the first midnight screenings early on Friday morning. Book sales increased both online and at brick-and-mortar establishments, like the Soho Scholastic store which, according to the New York Daily News, was enjoying a frenzy of fans picking up the novels (published by Scholastic.) FULL POST

Ingrid Michaelson keeps building
March 16th, 2012
03:26 PM ET

Ingrid Michaelson keeps building

Fans may count five albums in singer Ingrid Michaelson's body of work, but her math is slightly different.

The “Be OK” singer explained to CNN that she doesn't think her "very first album" counts.

"I don’t consider [it] anything because I hate it,” she said. “My second album is what I consider to be my first album, 'Girls and Boys.' My third album was a glorified EP called 'Be OK,' that had some cover tracks and some live tracks, but it’s very sparse and wasn’t meant to be a full album. In my brain, the second album is 'Everybody,' and the third album is 'Human Again,' which is now.”


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Alex Winter on his Napster doc, 'Bill & Ted' reunion
March 15th, 2012
06:33 PM ET

Alex Winter on his Napster doc, 'Bill & Ted' reunion

Cult classic '80s films like “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” and “Lost Boys” helped make Alex Winter famous as an actor, but these days he is enjoying acclaim for stepping behind the camera.

He ventured to SXSW in support of his documentary about the fall of the online music sharing company Napster. Winter said he originally planned to do a narrative film on what eventually became the documentary, titled “Downloaded.”

Winter told CNN he first met Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning in 2003 “when Napster was falling apart.” The actor turned producer said he learned that Fanning and his co-founders were interested in telling their story, and Winter shared that goal.


Judd Apatow ventures into female comedy again
March 14th, 2012
12:45 PM ET

Judd Apatow ventures into female comedy again

Judd Apatow knows that women have always been funny.

But the filmmaker says that after producing “Bridesmaids," he still hears lots of chatter about this being the age of the funny ladies. The thought seems to amuse him.

“It is kind of silly, I thought this was the country of Lucille Ball,” Apatow told CNN at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. “To me, I’ve never understood why there is any question about are women as funny as men.”


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