So so sorry, Charlie...
April 3rd, 2011
05:20 PM ET

So so sorry, Charlie...

I wanted to love it. Really, I did. So did everyone else walking into the Fox Theater in Detroit on Saturday night. No one knew what to expect, but people paid lots of money to see what Charlie Sheen was going to bring.

My hometown of Detroit - America's comeback city - was playing host to Charlie's own big comeback. It was going to be like group therapy: A city defeated, but in the middle of resurrecting itself, just like Charlie.

The people in that audience felt like they had a lot in common with the Warlock. He enjoys his vices, and stood up to his bosses in corporate America. Detroit fans came ready for him to bring some of that #winning.

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Keith Olbermann is headed to Current TV
February 8th, 2011
11:04 AM ET

Keith Olbermann is headed to Current TV

On Tuesday, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann announced that he'll be heading to Current TV to host and executive produce a new primetime nightly news and commentary show.

On top of his hosting and production duties, Olbermann will also serve as Current Media's chief news officer and will have an equity stake in the company, according to a statement.

"Nothing is more vital to a free America than a free media, and nothing is more vital to my concept of a free media than news produced independently of corporate interference," Olbermann said in a statement. Current Media was founded in 2005 by Vice President Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, and is now distributed to more than 75 million households worldwide.

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May 17th, 2010
11:09 AM ET

Cannes we dance?

Cannes may be known for its film festival, but come here once and you can’t escape the fact that the town loves its music. Say the town’s name in its correct pronunciation (KAN) twice in a row and it’s a music hall dance. And that’s just what it's like here at film festival time: a 24/7, crazy, old-fashioned music hall, with fewer petticoats.

So while the movies eventually stop playing, the music doesn’t quit. Ever. It blares through town all evening and long past the midnight hour from the sound system at the main theater here called the Grand Theater Lumiere. Sometimes it’s the soundtrack to the film premiering at the Grand Theater and sometimes it's a completely unrelated French pop song.

To fill in the potential peaceful silence gaps, the gigantic tent parties and yachts that line the beach blast their dance tracks from sundown to sunup.

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April 23rd, 2010
01:29 PM ET

Carla Bruni is Woody Allen's new muse

France's First Lady will indeed be starring in an upcoming Woody Allen film. It had been rumored for months that Carla Bruni-Sarkozy had been cast in the next project from the secretive filmmaker. Then, a later rumor followed which said: Nope. Wrong. No Bruni . (She's not hyphenated professionally). Instead, the gossip went,  Marion Cotillard was playing part everyone thought was going to be Bruni's. Well, turns out both women will be in the new film, which is in pre-production.

The notoriously press-shy Allen took the unusual step of issuing an actual press release with details of the movie - including, gasp, its title. It will be called "Midnight in Paris".  I think I'm more shocked about the suddenly open and chatty Woody Allen, than I am about the First-Lady-Gone-Hollywood aspect of this. You?

Meantime, worth noting: Allen's latest movie, "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival next month.

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April 22nd, 2010
05:05 PM ET

Stone, Parker respond to 'South Park' controversy

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CNN Entertainment/"Showbiz Tonight" received the following statement from Anne Garefino, Executive Producer of “South Park," about the controversy over the bleeping of their show:

On behalf of Matt Stone and Trey Parker, Creators of “South Park”: Regarding Comedy Central’s decision to bleep portions of Wednesday night’s episode:

"In the 14 years we've been doing 'South Park' we have never done a show that we couldn't stand behind. We delivered our version of the show to Comedy Central and they made a determination to alter the episode. It wasn't some meta-joke on our part. Comedy Central added the bleeps. In fact, Kyle's customary final speech was about intimidation and fear. It didn't mention Muhammad at all but it got bleeped too. We'll be back next week with a whole new show about something completely different and we'll see what happens to it."

As we noted in an earlier blog entry, on Wednesday, the conclusion of the two-part story involving the Prophet Mohammed was shown with a number of audio spots covered by bleeps and images hidden by a block reading "CENSORED."

"Comedy Central was responsible for the bleeps and not showing Mohammed in last night’s episode," a spokesperson for the network told CNN.

The April 14 episode had attracted protest from an Islamic group, Revolution Muslim. The group posted an entry on its website that included a warning to Parker and Stone.

March 18th, 2010
05:11 PM ET

Jesse James apologizes to family

As reports of trouble in his marriage to actress Sandra Bullock grow, the following statement was given to CNN Entertainment/Showbiz Tonight by Monique Huey-Jones, publicist for Jesse James: 

Statement from Jesse James

"The vast majority of the allegations reported are untrue and unfounded.  Beyond that, I will not dignify these private matters with any further public comment.  There is only one person to blame for this whole situation, and that is me. It’s because of my poor judgment that I deserve everything bad that is coming my way.  This has caused my wife and kids pain and embarrassment beyond comprehension and I am extremely saddened to have brought this on them. I am truly very sorry for the grief I have caused them.  I hope one day they can find it in their hearts to forgive me."

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