December 11th, 2009
05:46 PM ET

Celebs try to help raise spirits at Ft. Hood

It's been less than six weeks since the massive military complex at Ft. Hood, Texas, was rocked by the horrific shootings on the base.  Immediately after it happened, the USO began working to support and comfort the community.  Today, some celebrities are pitching in, taking part in "Fort Hood Community Strong," billed as a day of "healing, fun and entertainment."

Among the attractions at Hood Stadium: a set by Houston rapper Chamillionaire, an acoustic set from Staind singer Aaron Lewis, a performance by the Zac Brown Band, a meet-and-greet for troops and their families with Nick Jonas, and appearances by actor Gary Sinise and comedian Dana Carvey, among others.

There's been a lot of talk about the Ft. Hood shooter, but not nearly as much about the nearly 350,000 men, women and children directly affected by the assault.  They're dedicated to protecting us; when they need help, let's make sure they get it.

December 11th, 2009
04:21 PM ET

'Real Housewives' minus NeNe and Kim?

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Might the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" be losing two of its Georgia peaches?

The New York Daily News is reporting that best frenemies NeNe Leakes and Kim Zolciak may not be returning for the reality show's third season.

Sources are claiming the woman are demanding pay increases for their appearances on the top rated show and that producers are balking.

Both were the center of plenty of drama last season and have been fan favorites, but it's not as if Bravo hasn't recast its popular franchise before.

Just this season, the "Real Housewives of Orange County" bid farewell to original cast member Jeana Keough and over the years the show has seen other (often blonde) cast members come and go.

Would you want to watch the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" without the bombastic NeNe and the musically challenged Kim? And if they do leave, who do you think should take their place?

December 11th, 2009
03:18 PM ET

The Duggars new addition

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The Duggar family got an early Christmas present on Thursday when they welcomed their 19th child at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar, the stars of the TLC reality show “18 Kids and Counting,” delivered their daughter Josie Brooklyn, weighing 1 lb., 6 oz., in an emergency C-section three months prior to her March due date.

Michelle Duggar was airlifted to the Arkansas hospital earlier this week with gallbladder issues.

“Michelle is resting comfortably and baby is stable and in the NICU for extended care. The most important thing right now is for Mom and baby Josie to get as much rest as possible.  The family is grateful for all the prayers and well wishes during their recovery,” a statement on the TLC website said.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar released a video statement prior to the baby's birth thanking fans for their support.

"Thank you for all the well wishes we have been receiving," Michelle said in the video taped prior to the birth. "I am feeling much better. The gallstone has kind of calmed down a little bit, [my] blood pressure is still kind of getting regulated, and the baby sounds good."

The Duggars are the parents of 18 other children and the grandparents to one.

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December 11th, 2009
01:33 PM ET

"Top Chef" finale pulled in season high ratings

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Not everyone was pleased with the selection of ornery little brother Michael Voltaggio as Bravo’s newest “Top Chef,” but plenty of folks tuned in to see him beat out his brother Bryan and down home favorite Kevin Gillespie, delivering season high ratings for the reality cooking show.

The last episode of the Las Vegas, Nevada-based season pulled in 3.4 million viewers to watch the final three chefs prepare a four-course meal for the judges at the Napa Valley restaurant Cyrus.

The food porn show picked up fans over the course of the season. The finale drew nearly 1 million more viewers than the season opener back in August.

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December 11th, 2009
01:15 PM ET

The greatest gay icons of all time

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Iconic movie star Judy Garland and iconic musician Elton John have been crowned the greatest gay icons of all time.

In an online poll of 5,000 gay men and women, survey service found that the “Wizard of Oz” starlet and piano playing singer are tops in the gay community.

Queen front-man Freddie Mercury came in second on the male icon list and soccer star David Beckham (who is not gay) came in at number 10.

On the lady list Kylie Minogue, Madonna, Cher and Garland’s daughter Liza Minnelli rounded out the top five.

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December 11th, 2009
11:35 AM ET

Little Steven's road to Fuzztopia

Guitarist Little Steven Van Zandt hasn’t forgotten about the speech he gave at the SXSW music festival in March about the decline of rock ‘n’ roll knowledge and craft. And he’s putting his bandwidth where his mouth is.

The creative force of “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” and Wicked Cool Records has created a new Web site,, “a music site built by musicians for musicians.”

The idea is to bring together musicians of all styles and countries to do social networking and development, he says.

“We’re going to have a part of the Web site that suggests that yes, you can sell your stuff if you want to, or you can choose development – and at that point you will enter songwriting seminars, producer seminars, engineer seminars, performer seminars, and go through a kind of a course,” he says. “And hopefully, that will … help professionals or people who want to be professionals.”

Details are still being worked out, he says, but one thing he’s focused on is selecting a handful of musicians to be personally mentored by experts. He talks about ideas like the old Motown charm school, which educated that label’s musicians how handle their careers.

“It is similar to that in that I’m asking people to think beyond writing a song their mother’s going to get a kick out of,” he says. “Let’s learn this craft a little bit and you’ll find it’s quite rewarding. … This whole instant gratification culture we’re building, we have to address it … and we have to address it in a real focused way.”

The concept also figures into the current debate on the future of the music business, he adds. It’s time to get beyond the “delivery system,” as the suits call it, and spend time on “what we’re delivering,” Van Zandt says.

The site, which is currently in beta, is scheduled to launch in the spring.

Van Zandt sounds a bit fatigued. He recently got off the road after spending much of the last two years touring with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. But now, he says, it’s time to get to work.

“People always say, ‘How do you work so hard touring like that?’ I say, ‘You don’t understand: the tour is my vacation,’ ” he laughs.

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