March 20th, 2013
01:51 PM ET

Michelle Shocked speaks on anti-gay rant

Singer Michelle Shocked lived up to her name over the weekend when she went on what some perceived to be an anti-gay rant at a performance in San Francisco.

As Yahoo! Music reports, the folk-rock artist told the crowd gathered at her show on Sunday that they could "go on Twitter and say, 'Michelle Shocked says God hates f**s."

Her statements, which included remarks in opposition to gay marriage, led to most of the audience walking out of the venue, Yahoo! says.

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March 21st, 2012
04:28 PM ET

'Mad Men's' Matt Weiner on negotiations: I walked away

"Mad Men" fans recall all too well the contract negotiations that delayed the AMC show's fifth season to this weekend's March start, but creator Matthew Weiner says the show itself was never in jeopardy.

Having him on board...that's another story.

"The show always had a future, but whether I was going to be a part of it was definitely in question," Weiner told CNN recently at "Mad Men's" season 5 launch party in Los Angeles. "I walked away, and it was a hard thing to do."

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How Pitt helped Jolie make screenwriting debut
December 9th, 2011
04:07 PM ET

How Pitt helped Jolie make screenwriting debut

Much has been made of Angelina Jolie transitioning from actress to director with her latest feature "In the Land of Blood and Honey," but the pic is also her screenwriting debut.

The 36-year-old tells CNN that at first, she simply wanted to put words to the page.

"I sat down alone just to write something and I just did it in script form as an experiment, as a way of writing," Jolie explained.

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'Tintin' star: Tintin is a beacon of excellence
November 11th, 2011
04:16 PM ET

'Tintin' star: Tintin is a beacon of excellence

It's not that family-friendly movies these days don't have nostalgic appeal - see, "The Smurfs" summer box office dominance - it's that those throwback theatrical releases often still carry a 2011 sheen - see, "The Smurfs" summer box office dominance, and note that it was in 3-D.

But with Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin," his animated take on the beloved Belgian boy reporter whose adventures author and illustrator Herge chronicled to the delight of the young and old, star Jamie Bell argues that the message, at least, keeps it old-school.

The character Tintin, 25-year-old Bell told CNN at the movie's L.A. premiere this week, "is a hero but he's not a superhero. You know, he doesn't rely on all these really special powers or advances in technology to make him great; he's great because he just is. And I think that's a great message for kids."

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