May 29th, 2009
04:14 PM ET

Jon and Kate under investigation!

Fans aren’t the only ones concerned about all of the cameras following the Gosselin children around on Jon & Kate Plus Eight.  The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is checking to make sure that there aren't any laws being broken!  While viewers seem to think that it might be time to give the kids some privacy- especially while Jon and Kate work out their marital woes, the Department of Labor is concerned about the children's safety. 

Troy Thompson, Spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry told me that after receiving a complaint an investigation has now been opened into whether any child labor laws are being broken. 

In a statement to Showbiz Tonight, a TLC Spokeswoman says,

“TLC fully complies with all applicable laws and regulations.  Jon and Kate + 8 is no exception.  For an extended period of time, we have been engaged in cooperative discussions and supplied all requested information to the Pennsylvania Department of Labor.  We will continue to engage the appropriate officials and meet any standards or regulations that are applicable to TLC productions.”

We will have much more on this developing story tonight on Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.

May 29th, 2009
10:18 AM ET

Tom Hanks goes back to WWII

He's no stranger to the genre. Tom Hanks, star of "Angels & Demons," is returning to World War II with a new documentary titled "Beyond All Boundaries." And singer Barbra Streisand is writing her first book. "A Passion for Design," due out in 2010, features her love for American architecture between 1790 and 1904.

Plus "Spider-Man" star Willem Dafoe and "24" actor Jon Voight will be honored in Las Vegas on June 14. CNN's KJ Matthews has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Music
May 28th, 2009
07:06 PM ET

Should Jon and Kate quit the show?

“Daddy, I don’t want you to leave anymore.”

An adorable little girl in braids hugs her father at her fifth birthday party as they share a bittersweet, private moment. It is a heartbreaking scene for any child whose parents are going through a difficult time in their marriage but for this little girl things are more complicated because her life is being played out in front of the entire nation.

The little girl in question is Alexis Gosselin and she is one of the stars of Jon & Kate Plus Eight.  Her parents are in the center of a media storm as allegations of affairs on both sides fly left and right and the scene is from the season premiere of their reality TV show.

When the Gosselin sextuplets were born in 2004 they became overnight celebrities. Jon and Kate were already parents to twins Cara and Mady and their brood had grown to eight overnight.  TLC followed the family for a series of documentary specials and public interest was so high that a weekly television series followed soon after.

Jon and Kate said that they originally wanted to do the show to keep a record of their children growing up- all of the memories and pictures that they wouldn’t be able to get themselves.  It appears that now the show is recording the downfall of a marriage- are viewers still going to want to watch that? The season premiere had record ratings, but the format was drastically different than the usual episodes and fans were taken aback by the shift in focus away from the children and onto Jon and Kate.

The larger question still remains- is it fair for Jon and Kate to be putting their children in front of the camera during this difficult time? What do you think?

Paul Petersen, the President of A Minor Consideration, a children’s advocacy group and former child actor himself joined us on Showbiz Tonight for a fired up debate!

May 28th, 2009
08:39 AM ET

Rapper Kanye West writes a book

Kanye West's new book "Thank you, and You're Welcome" is a 52-page book of "Kanyeisms," according to The Web site's description says it contains "the creative, humorous, and insightful philosophies and anecdotes used in creating his path to success. It captures the same wit, playful irony, and piercing insight found abundant in his lyrics."

John Krasinski, best known for his role as Jim Halpert in the U.S. version of "The Office," is starring in two new films. The first one, "Away We Go," comes out in June. The other is an untitled Nancy Meyers romantic comedy starring Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep.

CNN's Jennifer Wolfe has more on these tidbits (and what Philip Seymour Hoffman is up to next!) in today's buzz:

Filed under: Celebrities • movies
May 27th, 2009
04:08 PM ET

Chris Brown breaks silence!

“I ain’t a monster.”

That’s Chris Brown’s message to his fans as he speaks out for the first time on camera since his February arrest after allegedly beating Rihanna. In a homemade video shot by Brown and his friend Bow Wow the singer talks directly to the camera.

“Everybody that’s haters, they just been haters. All my real fans, I love you all, I ain’t a monster.”

Brown allegedly attacked Rihanna the night before the Grammy Awards after leaving Clive Davis’ Annual Pre-Grammy Party together.  Pictures later surfaced of a badly beaten Rihanna and both parties have kept relatively mum until now.  The next court hearing in the case is tomorrow.

When Showbiz Tonight contacted Chris Brown’s representative for a statement we received “no comment."

What do you think? Should he have spoken out now or waited until his court case was settled?

For more of Chris Brown’s video- and if he might be planning a comeback- tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN.  Don’t miss it!

May 27th, 2009
11:07 AM ET

Did 'Idol' winner have unfair advantage?

Can it be called "Textgate"?

Some of the "Lambs," as the hardcore Adam Lambert fans are known, are up in arms over reports that "American Idol" winner Kris Allen may have gotten a voting boost courtesy of show sponsor, AT&T.

The New York Times reported that representatives from AT&T provided free phones and lessons on how to "power text" at  two fan parties held in support of  Allen in his home state of Arkansas.

Fans of the show could only text in their votes via AT&T's mobile network, and employees reportedly provided demo phones and taught party attendees how to to send 10 or more text messages  at the press of a single button, which is known as "power texting." The story was first reported in an article in The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

According to the Times, AT& T released a statement Tuesday. “In Arkansas, we were invited to attend the local watch parties organized by the community," a spokesman for the company said. "A few local employees brought a small number of demo phones with them and provided texting tutorials to those who were interested.”

Lambert fans apparently were not afforded the same opportunity.

Fox has so far declined to comment.

At the finale, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest did not announce how many votes separated Allen and Lambert. Moreover, there were initial reports of a huge amount of votes coming out of Arkansas.

But was Allen's home state also his swing state? We may never know.

Was the final vote fair? Post your comments below or head over to iReport to share video of your reaction.

(Update, 10:25 a.m. Thursday: Here's the "Showbiz Tonight" panel on the controversy:

Tell us what you think. )

–Lisa Respers France, writer

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