September 14th, 2009
10:04 AM ET

Paisley, Urban left off CMA list

Zac Efron joins the cast of "Me and Orson Welles," Maroon Five is going back to school and country singers Brad Paisley and Keith Urban were left off a list of CMA nominations. CNN's Jennifer Wolfe has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

Filed under: movies • Music • Zac Efron
September 14th, 2009
09:26 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment this morning:

  • Kanye West might have a chance to explain himself on the much-hyped premiere of "The Jay Leno Show." He is still scheduled to perform on the show tonight, according to The New York Times.
  • Tina Fey's now-legendary impression of Sarah Palin earned her an Emmy over the weekend, USA Today reports. Another big winner at the Creative Arts Primetime Emmys was Justin Timberlake for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, also for "Saturday Night Live."
  • Variety reports that Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Watchmen," "Grey's Anatomy") is in talks to join the cast of "Red Dawn," the remake of the 1984 cult classic.
  • Robert Redford's next film, "The Conspirator," now has two stars attached: James McAvoy ("Wanted") and Robin Wright Penn, according to Variety. The movie follows the events after the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Poet and musician Jim Carroll has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Carroll's best known work is "The Basketball Diaries," which was made into a movie starring Leonardo diCaprio in 1995.
September 14th, 2009
08:24 AM ET

Ari's rival returns to 'Entourage'

"Entourage" took a week off last week but the ninth episode returned in pretty good form. I was glad to see a familiar face comeback to the show - "anti-Ari/nemesis/rival" Adam Davies made an appearance.

Zac Efron

Ari and Davies' past battles have been epic, and this latest bout pitted the two against each other for the right to represent "Mr. High School Musical" himself: Zac Efron.

Efron sided with Ari, and Davies gets knocked down. However, he's still got a big punch to throw, and comes back swinging. Davies makes a play for Lloyd, offering him the opportunity to become the agent he's been dying to be. At this point, here's where I thought the show did something pretty savvy.

The emotional attachment to Lloyd's plight has become an increasingly loud rallying cry among fans. I enjoy Ari's character, but he degrades Lloyd in a way that makes me cringe quite often. As the situation ramped up in this episode, the insults piled on, and Lloyd's patience and dignity was challenged. At the apex, he decided to abandon Ari Gold, and I actually agreed with him. I said to myself, "Well, yeah Lloyd... it just makes sense."

That's just it. A good story will pull you close, and make you identify with the characters in a certain endearing way. That is what "Entourage" did right this time. My personal litmus test came as the show drew to a close, with Ari's realization that Lloyd was actually gone. At that moment, I could feel Ari's disbelief, while I nodded in agreement with Lloyd's moment of liberation. That was a well-done, nicely executed moment of symmetrical drama for the show.

One last note: Be sure to check the Marquee Blog later this week for our exclusive interview with Jordan Balfi who plays "Adam Davies" on the show. I'll get his insight on the show and some inside scoops. Be sure to submit your questions for Balfi while you tell us if you loved, liked, or hated this week's episode.

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Filed under: Entourage • television
September 14th, 2009
12:06 AM ET

Backstage at MTV VMA's: Taylor Swift fan club

Yeah, Kanye's unsettling display is all the talk of artists coming backstage. If the red carpet was all about the coming Michael Jackson tributes, then the show was about Taylor Swift and Kanye.

Taylor Swift

Green Day frontman, Billie Joe Armstrong, told a few reporters backstage, "She's young, she'll get over it. But, he needs to get over it." Armstrong's bandmate,  Tre' Cool added, "He needs to apologize, definitely. That's about as low as you go."

All American Rejects' Tyson Ritter came backstage with a drink in his hand to say Swift should let it roll off. When someone asked if Swift cried over the episode, Ritter answered, "Oh, God, I hope not. She's got like ten million records. She should just stand on her fat wallet and pile of money and cry on top of that."

Then, shortly after the sweet moment of the night– when Beyonce came on stage to accept her Video of the Year trophy and invited Swift on stage– Taylor Swift came backstage to pose for still photographers and answer a few questions from dotcom and print reporters.

This was bigger hub-bub back here than the Madonna appearance. Cameras flashing, tape recorders in her face, the "Best Female Video" winner proved nothing but a picture of grace. We asked her to describe what occured from her perspective. Swift said,  “ Well, I was excited to be on stage because I just won the award. And then I was excicted that Kanye West was onstage. Then, I wasn’t excited anymore”. She noted that she’s been getting tons of text messages of support and so many other artists have been supportive here at the show.  As for Beyonce's on-stage invitation,  “I couldn’t love Beyonce more”, she added.

Asked if she was a fan of Kanye’s she answered, her voice quieting, “Yeah, he’s Kanye West”. As the media pushed and her publicist pulled her away. “I don’t want to start anything I am just having a great night”. See all the winning videos on

What do you think? Do you think this VMA episode is going to hurt Kanye's career?

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