It's Citizen Carrie in 'Homeland' season premiere
October 1st, 2012
12:50 PM ET

It's Citizen Carrie in 'Homeland' season premiere

The big winner at this year’s Emmys is back.

Just as she was about to undergo electroconvulsive therapy that would erase her short-term memory at the tail end of season one, it dawned on Carrie that Brody had developed a close bond with Issa, Abu Nazir’s 10-year-old son who was killed during a U.S. drone strike on Iraq.

Brody, whose suicide vest failed to detonate while in a bunker with the vice president, remedied the malfunctioning explosive device and was about to detonate it when when his daughter Dana’s tearful plea to come home stopped him in his tracks just as he was about to flip the switch.

Season two begins six months later.

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The Throwback: Furby returns
September 21st, 2012
06:19 PM ET

The Throwback: Furby returns

With 95 shopping days left till Christmas, this news may or may not alleviate your shopping woes: Hasbro this week released a revamped version of the classic toy Furby.

In 1998, Furby (short for fur ball) quickly became a phenomenon, sparking a collector craze that drove auction prices way above retail. Over 40 million units were sold during Furby’s initial three-year production period. The masses couldn’t get enough of the fuzzy, interactive, owl-like chatterbox who came out of the box speaking Furbish and “learned” English (or, rather, the language of the country he was purchased in) over time.

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Who is Betty White's crush?
August 8th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Who is Betty White's crush?

With a show business career spanning 63 years and counting, is there anything Betty White still wants to do?

"My answer to every question is Robert Redford,” White told CNN, “but I've never met him and I don't want to meet him. I've taken his name in vain so many times I'd be embarrassed if I met him.”

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The Throwback: Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' at 40
July 26th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

The Throwback: Hitchcock's 'Frenzy' at 40

Alfred Hitchcock, one of the few film directors equally adored by critics, film scholars and the box office, was notorious for his explanation of the difference between surprise and suspense: A bomb explosion will surprise the audience, but a bomb planted under a table will keep them in suspense.

And for the Master of Suspense, the 1950s were an "extraordinarily productive decade," says film professor Raymond Foery, with 1972's "Frenzy" being considered Hitchcock's final masterpiece. The film, which gets a close examination in Foery's new book, “Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy: The Last Masterpiece” (Scarecrow Press), is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its nationwide U.S. theatrical release this month.

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Chris Klein on how he got his big break
July 12th, 2012
10:38 AM ET

Chris Klein on how he got his big break

In the latest "American Pie" movie, "American Reunion," Chris Klein's character Chris "Oz" Ostreicher appears on a dance competition TV show.

But in real life? "Let me just say that a 6-feet tall, 205 pound man who's 32 years old has no business performing hip-hop," Klein told CNN. "No business at all. That is a young man's game and I will leave it to those guys."

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Ex-CIA agent Plame helped Sam Shepard prep for role
June 7th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

Ex-CIA agent Plame helped Sam Shepard prep for role

"I'm a writer, that's essentially what I am. The acting's just the thing that I do to make a living, because you can't make a living as a writer."

So says Sam Shepard, who has been busy with acting as of late thanks to parts in Cannes pick "Killing Them Softly" and this week's DVD and Blu-ray release, "Safe House."

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