September 15th, 2009
05:48 PM ET

Kanye calls Taylor- Finally!

This just in to Showbiz Tonight: Taylor Swift’s rep, Paula Erickson, tells us that Kanye West reached out to Taylor after her appearance on The View to personally apologize.

Well it’s about time! Really Kanye? It took you 2 days? I accidentally bump into someone in a store and I apologize about 20 times because I feel so bad. When I feel like I’ve used the wrong tone on the phone with my parents I call them up to apologize again after we’ve hung up- and I am an adult. You ran up on stage, stole a microphone out of a teenager’s hand and hijacked her acceptance speech. Then you waited two whole days to apologize? Are you serious?

On top of that, she had to go on The View to say that you hadn’t personally apologized before you bothered to pick up a phone to give her a ring. Let me guess- you thought going on Leno first was a better career move, right? That’s what I thought. Well, it certainly helped Jay Leno- his ratings were through the roof. You got your press too; that clip of you “near tears” has been played everywhere today. 

Kanye, the point is this: yet again you made it all about you when the fact of the matter is that it should be about Taylor. That night should have been about Taylor, the speech should have been about Taylor, and the apology should have been about Taylor. So how come all roads seem to lead back to you Kanye?

For more on Kanye West's apology to Taylor Swift, tune in to Showbiz Tonight at 11pm ET/PT on HLN- don't miss it!

September 15th, 2009
12:13 PM ET

Back on the U.E.S. with 'Gossip Girl'

Finally, the reason to watch Monday night TV is back. The trophy for keeping “Gossip’s” first season three episode hot easily - and let’s be honest, unsurprisingly - goes to Chuck and Blair.

Gossip Girl

Nate’s got another half-baked plot line involving his family feuds, Serena’s up to her old shot-taking, table-dancing antics, Carter’s back and there was plenty of Eric, but if Queen B and her knight in the shining limo weren’t in the scene, then it just wasn’t fire. Here’s a breakdown:

The Good:

  • Like everyone else, I was praying that we wouldn’t have to live through another season two disappointment where Chuck and Blair are over before we can watch them begin. No, the trashy TV gods have smiled on us, and not only was the well-heeled pair still smitten, they were keeping the spark alive by throwing girls into the mix. Lots of them.And while I loved their version of a ménage a trios – “threesome-lite,” if you will – watching Chuck and Blair peruse potential toys at a model casting threw me off. It just didn’t seem like what a teenage couple fresh out of high school would be in to. But hey, kids these days, etc.
  • The name-dropping. Serena gets colon-cleaning advice from Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Goop” while Chuck has a “thing” for family rival Ivanka Trump. Loved it.

The Bad:

  • Dan’s makeover. He looked more like an indie band reject than usual, and I wasn’t feeling his look, his stammering, or his constant prying into Serena’s life. We’re three seasons in now – it’s high time Dan does something besides wonder what Serena’s doing.
  • The way it was revealed that Serena’s attention-grabbing antics are the result of her daddy issues. Lame. They could have at least let her crazy last a few episodes so we could see her do something actually shocking.
  • The Return of the Rufus and Lily Love Child. He’s creepy and obvious in a soapy, “Days of our Lives” kind of way that just doesn’t fit with the rest of the show.
  • And speaking of the creeptastic castaway kid: Can Vanessa PLEASE get a man who isn’t using her? Yes, she is annoying, but I’d bet it’s because she’s a plot device instead of a character.

The ‘Gossip’ Worthy:

  • B. is heading off to NYU, and as those spoiler photos predicted, she’ll be rooming with that other “b,” Georgina. Can.Not.Wait. I sincerely hope the writers don’t spoil that gem by tying that plot into a pretty bow all in one episode.
September 15th, 2009
11:09 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Kayla Ewell

"Vampire Diaries" actress Kayla Ewell gives her side of the story to about what happened when she and three other actresses from the show (along with two others) were taken into custody in Forsyth, Georgia.

Ewell tells the magazine that no one was "flashing" passing motorists during the photo shoot, saying that they told officers, "the only thing that's flashing is our camera."

Peter Berg, of "Hancock" and "The Kingdom," will direct the next toy-based movie for Hasbro, "Battleship," according to Variety.

Berg tells the paper that he has been consumed with making a naval war movie. Universal Pictures already has a date for the film's release: July 1, 2011.

After Monday's news about Robert Redford directing "The Conspirator," centering around President Lincoln's assassination, Steven Spielberg, who has long plans to make a Lincoln movie, told Variety, "We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie. It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be and we believe that it will add to the commercial potential of our film. Lincoln as a subject is inexhaustible."

After wowing audiences playing a Nazi in "Inglourious Basterds," Christoph Waltz will take another shot at a villainous role in "The Green Hornet," starring Seth Rogen, Cameron Diaz and Jay Chou, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On DVD today: "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "Next Day Air," "Easy Virtue," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 4," "My Name is Earl: Season 4," "Private Practice: The Complete Second Season," and volumes 3 and 4 of the animated "X-Men."

September 15th, 2009
11:02 AM ET

Yadda, yadda, yadda... "Seinfeld" is back!

It wasn't supposed to happen, but leave it to "Seinfeld" co-creator Larry David to corral the gang for the seventh season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," which premieres this Sunday on HBO.

Jerry Seinfeld, Julia-Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards return for 5 of 10 episodes, the first of which will air October 4th.  Expect other "Seinfeld" alums to also make brief appearances in the story arc.

Tonight we're covering the premiere of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and we'll hear from creator and star Larry David about getting the gang back together.

This was the show that swore up and down there would not be a reunion. Are you looking forward to it, or is the "Seinfeld" concept better left alone?

September 15th, 2009
10:48 AM ET

Eva Mendes joins 'The Other Guys'

James McAvoy and Robin Wright Penn sign on to "The Conspirator," Bill Cosby helps Detroit schools and Eva Mendes and Michael Keaton join "The Other Guys." CNN's Douglas Hyde has more on these tidbits in today's buzz:

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