February 22nd, 2012
12:40 PM ET

Jennifer Aniston: Through the years

Jennifer Aniston is set to receive her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, and in her honor, we're looking back at some of her memorable on-screen roles and style moments over the years.

'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal
February 20th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

'Simpsons' 500th episode reminds us why we're loyal

Let me just say it up front: The 500th episode of "The Simpsons" wasn't terrible, but it also wasn't spectacular - especially after all of the hype.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was an odd choice as a guest, and the jokes were only chuckle-worthy. Yet even with all of these elements and numerous references put together, this episode still served as a fitting tribute to a classic that we love.

At the very start of the show, longtime "Simpsons" fans were treated to a mash-up of some of the best couch gags from the past 23 years.

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Oscar nominated directors: Short film allows artistic freedom
February 10th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Oscar nominated directors: Short film allows artistic freedom

With the Oscars just two weeks away, predictions and buzz continue to surround “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” and the feature-film categories. By the time the stars line up at the red carpet on February 26, names like Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo will have become household names.

But what of the often ignored, yet just as important, two short film categories (live action and animated)? On Friday, ShortsHD and Magnolia Pictures will be releasing all the nominated short films across the United States and Canada.

This year, the live action nominees include “Pentecost”; “Raju”; “The Shore”; “Time Freak”; and “Tuba Atlantic,” with the animated shorts including “Dimanche”; “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”; “La Luna”; “A Morning Stroll”; and “Wild Life.”

CNN spoke with the directors of “The Shore” (Terry George) and “Wild Life” (Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby) about their shorts and the artistic freedom the medium provides.

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Daniel Radcliffe: 'Harry Potter' and the Oscar snobs
February 8th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Daniel Radcliffe: 'Harry Potter' and the Oscar snobs

Although he's said he didn't expect a best picture Oscar nod, Daniel Radcliffe is nonetheless a little "miffed" that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" didn't make it into the major Oscar categories when nominations were announced in January. (The movie did receive nods in three technical categories.)

In an interview with Radio Times on Tuesday, Radcliffe said that the wildly lucrative "Harry Potter" franchise has been continuously ignored by the Academy. The last film in the series, "Deathly Hallows - Part 2," alone made $1.3 billion at the global box office, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com.

"I don't think the Oscars like commercial films, or kids' films, unless they're directed by Martin Scorsese," Radcliffe told the Radio Times. "I was watching 'Hugo' the other day and going, 'Why is this nominated and we're not?' I was slightly miffed."

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Where music meets politics: Campaign songs
February 3rd, 2012
10:48 AM ET

Where music meets politics: Campaign songs

Perhaps Mitt Romney’s campaign used “Wavin’ Flag” at the Florida primary victory party to show the candidate’s patriotic side, but K’Naan, the rapper behind it, is certainly not happy.

The Somali-Canadian artist said he was “dismayed” that he had not been asked for permission, and threatened to sue.

“If I had been asked, I would certainly not have granted it,” K'Naan said in a statement. “I would happily grant the Obama campaign use of my song without prejudice.”

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Leno’s 'Tonight Show' joke offends Sikh community
January 24th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

Leno’s 'Tonight Show' joke offends Sikh community

Late night hosts are using everything they've got to poke fun at the Republican presidential candidate race, from Jimmy Fallon making campaign ad parodies to Jimmy Kimmel’s “A Charlie Brown GOP Debate."

But “The Tonight Show’s” Jay Leno might have gone too far for a few laughs.

On January 19, the show aired images of each GOP candidate’s home during Leno’s monologue. When it came to Mitt Romney, however, the image of the Golden Temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India was shown as his summer home, possibly to mock the extent of Romney’s wealth.

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