Gabrielle Union on indie films, new BET show
March 13th, 2012
04:22 PM ET

Gabrielle Union on indie films, new BET show

Gabrielle Union would love to get more roles like the one she's promoting at SXSW.

The actress joined director Brian Savelson at the Austin-based festival in hopes of snagging a distributor for their film, “In Our Nature,” and she talked to CNN about her pride in the work she did on the indie.

In it, Union plays Vicky, the younger girlfriend of “Mad Men” star John Slattery’s character Gil. The dramedy centers on what happens when the couple's thrown together with Gil’s son and his girlfriend (played by Zach Gilford and Jena Malone) when a scheduling snafu has them all showing up at a vacation home.

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Seth MacFarlane offers glimpse of 'Ted' at SXSW
March 11th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

Seth MacFarlane offers glimpse of 'Ted' at SXSW

The crowd at SXSW was treated to two surprises from "Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane on Sunday: a sneek peek of the beginning of his anticipated film "Ted" and a special guest.

There was a full house for "A Conversation with Seth MacFarlane" where the animator and actor spoke on everything from the near-demise of "Family Guy" to his jazz album and his new film "Ted," a live-action/CGI movie starring Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis.

Looking back on it now, Fox yanking "Family Guy" not long after it debuted turned out to be a blessing in disguise. In fact, MacFarlane said "the cancellation was the best thing that happened to the show." FULL POST

Magic Johnson and 'The Announcement'
March 11th, 2012
03:25 PM ET

Magic Johnson and 'The Announcement'

Basketball legend Magic Johnson has been quite public about being HIV positive, but he's never spoken publicly about what he endured behind the scenes in revealing that status.

Until now.

"The Announcement" examines that day more than 20 years ago when the sports star shocked the world with his revelation that he had contracted the virus which causes AIDS. FULL POST

Whedon's new film a 'love letter to horror movies'
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard at the premiere of "The Cabin in the Woods" at SXSW.
March 10th, 2012
10:02 PM ET

Whedon's new film a 'love letter to horror movies'

Joss Whedon wants to surprise you.

To that end, he and director Drew Goddard are pretty circumspect about what they want to say about their new movie, "The Cabin in the Woods."

The film premiered opening night at SXSW where fans stood in the pouring rain waiting to see the horror movie with a twist, served only as the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" impresario can do. FULL POST

One of the hottest tickets at SXSW? Jay-Z
March 10th, 2012
01:32 PM ET

One of the hottest tickets at SXSW? Jay-Z

SXSW is well known for breaking the next best thing in music.

But this year one of the most sought after performances is an act that's already pretty well known: Jay-Z.

Fresh off of his new daddy duties, the rapper has teamed up with American Express for a concert at the massive interactive/film/music event held annually in Austin, Texas. Tickets were made available to card holding attendees of the festival who sync their Amex cards with their Twitter accounts. FULL POST

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The world loses yet another '80s music sensation
February 11th, 2012
10:56 PM ET

The world loses yet another '80s music sensation

Fans of '80s R&B music have suffered yet another loss.

Just months after the deaths of '80s R&B chanteuse Vesta Williams, rapper Heavy D and singer/songwriter Nick Ashford, who was one half of the duo Ashford and Simpson, fans are once again grappling with the silenced voice of one of the superstars of that era: Whitney Houston.

The New Jersey native and daughter of famed background singer Cissy Houston first burst onto the music scene in 1985 with her debut album "Whitney Houston."

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