July 20th, 2009
04:46 PM ET

Chris Brown apologizes to fans

Chris Brown has just released a shocking video in which he apologizes to his fans.  In it he says:

“Hi, I’m Chris Brown.  Since February my attorney has advised me not to speak out even though ever since the incident I have wanted to publicly express my deepest regret and accept full responsibility.  Although I will do some interviews and answer some questions in the future, I felt that it was time that you heard directly from me that I am sorry. I have tried to live my life in a way that can make those around me proud of me and until recently I think I was doing a pretty good job.  I wish I had the chance to live those few moments again.  But unfortunately I can’t.  I cannot go into what happened and most importantly I am not going to sit here and make any excuses I take great pride in me being able to exercise self control and what I did was inexcusable. I am very sad and very ashamed of what I have done. My mother and my spiritual teachers have taught me way better than that.  I have told Rihanna countless times and I am telling you today that I am truly, truly sorry and that I wasn’t able to handle the situation both differently and better.  I recognize that I have truly been blessed.  I have been blessed with a wonderful family, wonderful friends and fans. God has been generous in giving me the ability which has bringing me fame and fortune.  I have done a lot of soul searching and over the past several months I have talked with my minister and my mother and I spent a lot of time trying to understand what happened and why.  I have let a lot of people down and I realize that and no one is more disappointed in me than I am.  As many of you know I grew up in a home where there was domestic violence and I saw firsthand what uncontrolled rage can do.  I sought and I am continuing to seek help to insure that what occurred in February can never happen again and as I sit here today I can tell you that I will do everything in my power to make sure that it never happens again and I promise that.  What I did was unacceptable, 100%.  I can only ask and pray that you forgive me, please.  I hope that others learn from my mistake.  I intend to live my life so that I am truly worthy of the term role model.  Thank you.”

For the complete video and the latest on this fast developing story, be sure to watch Showbiz Tonight at 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN- don’t miss it!

July 20th, 2009
04:39 PM ET

Time for Paula to leave Idol?

Am I the only one that wouldn’t mind if Paula Abdul left American Idol? Don’t get me wrong, I like Paula, just not on Idol. For me, Idol is about the singers, not about the judges. Over the years, the producers have tinkered with the judging formula and it just never gelled for me. Truthfully, the only one of the original three who I really like is Simon!  The guy tells it like it is and 9 times out of 10, I agree with him.  Randy sits in his seat and says “dawg” about 200 times an episode and Paula just rambles.  Seriously, sometimes I can’t figure out if she is speaking in actual sentences or if I just have processing difficulties. 

The worst part is that this all takes away from the actual performances. If we didn’t have to deal with the judges’ incessant bickering, the contestants would have  more time to perform.  Say what you will- and I know this is a touchy topic among devoted fans- but I thought Kara DioGuardi was a breath of fresh air this year.  I would argue that she is more qualified to be up there judging than Paula- and as a bonus, I can understand what she says!

Paula, you are a beautiful woman.  You have overcome obstacles in your life and have reinvented yourself multiple times.  It’s time to do it again.  You have a successful jewelry business- maybe expand that into an entire fashion empire.  Hollywood is about moving onwards and upwards- your time has come.

What do you think? Do you want Paula to stay on American Idol or should she leave the show and try something new? Make sure to watch Showbiz Tonight for our fired up debate tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN- don’t miss it!

July 20th, 2009
12:34 PM ET

Beastie Boy Diagnosed with Cancer

Beastie fans will have to wait a bit.  The group has canceled their tour dates after Adam "MCA" Yauch was found to have a cancerous tumor. According to the band's publicist, the tumor is in his left salivary gland, is localized and considered treatable. He'll undergo surgery and require additional treatment.  As a result, the Beastie Boys have canceled their scheduled concert appearances and have pushed back the release of their album "Hot Sauce Committee Part 1."

Yauch addressed the diagnosis on www.Beastieboys.com saying "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later."

EMI released this statement following the news:  "Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery."

July 20th, 2009
10:53 AM ET

Entourage: Episode 2 – 'Amongst Friends'

Let’s get right to it. Last week, a few of you spoke on the error of my ways, and I need to issue a retraction of the season-opening blog where I spoke of my disdain for Eric's ex-girlfriend-turned-buddy Sloan. People, I got it wrong. From her appearance at Eric's new apartment, to her stunning reveal on the red carpet, I'm officially "alright" with Sloan as of this episode and I plan to take it one show at a time. I’m a changed man.


Now that I've made peace with that, lets get to the episode.

Lloyd's "100 days project" is well underway. He seems determined to survive by eating just one grape per hour each day for the 100 days. Wait...What? One grape per hour? Say that to yourself a few times, and let it really sink in. "One – grape – per – hour." Don't get any ideas folks, and do NOT try that at home. I do NOT approve that message.

My episode highlights were the explanation of the one-word name "just Turtle," like "Madonna" by Med' Soprano (do I have to call her Jamie Lynn Sigler?) Also, who could forget Drama's date for the premiere, who seemed priceless-ly "loose" here and there. And then there's Eric, whose love life is totally awkward and woefully disjointed, but I admit, I'm interested. "Who's the child with the bad attitude?" Well played Sloan. Well played indeed.

Last up: the crash and burn update. My “spidey” senses were tingling in last week's blog, and Andrew Klein is in fact on his way to implosion. Both his shifty actions and the introduction of Mrs. Klein (played by Jami Gertz) are proof positive that the storm's o' comin'.

Keep watching...Next week's episode should be a good one as our beloved Turtle (just...Turtle - one word) straps himself in for a wild ride on the self-esteem train.

Loved it, hated it, or just kinda neither? Tell us your thoughts on this week's episode below.

July 20th, 2009
10:16 AM ET

'Young' blood on 'True Blood'

Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, July 19 episode of HBO’s “True Blood.”

With the appearance of 2000-year-old Godric on Sunday night’s “True Blood” episode, the show’s giving a nod to one of my favorite vampire twists – vamps who were young when they were “turned.”

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In solving what was apparently a mystery only to Bill – although pretty obvious to any viewer paying attention - Godric was the maker of Eric, the sheriff of Louisiana and, according to the posts on this blog, a favorite of a lot of viewers.

Looking about 15 years old, Godric (played by 19-year-old Danish actor Allan Hyde) saved Viking Eric from certain death on an ancient battlefield – answering the question of why his disappearance is important enough for the Nordic vamp to leave his post and head to Dallas (gotta love the cowboy vampires) to look for him.

The kid-as-ancient toughie bit will remind genre fans of Claudia, an even-younger child when she was turned by Lestat in “Interview With the Vampire.” Claudia, of course, never becomes the powerhouse that Godric is – but shows the same ruthlessness and adult-sized blood thirst that is just really cool coming from a child-size body.

It’s a reminder that while vampires remain in human form, they’re something else – deadly and ancient even in a child’s body.

On other fronts, Jason’s “reward” from Sarah Newlin, the disappearance of telepathic Barry the Bellhop and Daphne’s revelation to Sam (who still hasn’t seemed to notice those gigantic gashes on her back despite some up-close opportunities) show the twists and turns will keep coming.

The saltiest, though, promises to be the woman walking through the hall of the Dallas hotel while Bill and Sookie were enjoying a private moment. I won’t spoil it for anybody who didn’t immediately recognize her.

But the opening recap montage should have reminded viewers who she is, one of the reasons for the episode's title, “Never Let Me Go,” and why things could be getting even trickier for poor Bill.

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July 20th, 2009
08:03 AM ET

From Hogwarts to Brown U.

"Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson is trading Hogwarts for Brown University, where she says she'll study literature. And "Hangover" actor Ed Helms will be starring in a film called "Cedar Rapids." Plus U2 is tweeting from their tour - find out their Twitter name in today's buzz with CNN's Jennifer Wolfe:

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