March 1st, 2010
10:21 PM ET

'Dancing with the Stars' cast revealed

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The 10th edition of "Dancing with the Stars" gets under way in three weeks, and now we know who will be hoofing it up for the prestigious Mirrorball Trophy.

Pamela Anderson - the "Baywatch" babe has found some honest work.  Good for her.

Chad Ochocinco - the NFL wide receiver is known for his elaborate post-touchdown celebrations.  Perhaps he's running out of ideas, and needed to consult the history of dance for his next TD jig.

Aiden Turner - he's British, he's named Aiden, and he plays a guy named "Aidan" on the ABC soap "All My Children."  Never heard of him.

Erin Andrews - the ESPN personality hopes to last on the show longer than colleague Kenny Mayne, who was the first contestant eliminated in the early 2006 tournament.

Shannen Doherty - will the anti-Brenda fan clubs return from their slumber over this?

Buzz Aldrin - he was the second man to walk on the moon, and he's 80 years young!  I think we have our sentimental favorite for this tournament.

Niecy Nash - will she last longer here than her Fox sitcom "Do Not Disturb", which lasted all of three episodes in 2008?

Nicole Scherzinger - she fronts the Pussycat Dolls, but that group's style of dance is a tad, er, different than what's on DWTS.

Evan Lysacek - no rest for the current Olympic men's figure skating gold medalist. 

Kate Gosselin - DWTS day care services could be quite crowded come tape days.

Jake Pavelka - shouldn't he be preparing for a wedding? 

What do you think of this "Dancing with the Stars" lineup?

March 1st, 2010
10:20 PM ET

Jay Leno's 'Tonight Show' monologue: Monday, March 1

Below is a transcript of Jay Leno's monologue on Monday, March 1:

It's good to be home. I'm Jay Leno, your host... at least for a while.

I've got to admit that I'm a little nervous. Not because it's my first night back. Because I know that Dave and Oprah are watching.

Actually, we were off for the last couple of weeks. Kind of like the Russians at the Olympics. What happened to them? FULL POST

Filed under: David Letterman • Late Night comedy • television
March 1st, 2010
04:21 PM ET

DeGeneres gets to pick the next Cowell

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Move over Simon Cowell, because there is another power player on “American Idol.”

In an interview with TV Guide Magazine scheduled to hit newsstands on March 4, new “American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres talks about her role on the show and the part she’ll play in picking Cowell’s successor.

"Oh yeah,” DeGeneres said in response to a question as to whether she gets a vote on who replaces Cowell. “That was part of [what was discussed] when I came in.  Cause we all had a suspicion that Simon might leave. Nobody knew for sure, but we made sure that I'd have a big [say] because that's important to me."


March 1st, 2010
03:29 PM ET

'Idol's" Andrew Garcia is a YouTube star

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Andrew Garcia is not only a favorite this season on “American Idol,” he’s also a hit on YouTube.

Even before the Moreno Valley, California, resident placed in “‘Idol’s” Top 24, his homemade performance videos had already been viewed by thousands on the Web site. Garcia can be seen performing some of the songs he has sung on the hit show, including Adele’s “Chasing Pavements” and Maroon 5’s “Sunday Morning,” as well as an original song, “Live and Learn.”

Garcia emerged early in the competition as a potential front-runner and strengthened his fan base during Hollywood week with an acoustic version of former judge Paula Abdul’s hit, “Straight Up.”


March 1st, 2010
12:55 PM ET

Rapper Guru, 43, in coma

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The hip-hop community is pulling for the recovery of one of the pioneers of rap.

Guru, a founding member of the rap group Gang Starr, was reportedly scheduled to have surgery on Monday after lapsing into a coma.

According to a radio interview with his former group mate DJ Premier, the 43-year-old Guru suffered a heart attack and fell into the coma after going into cardiac arrest.


Filed under: Music
March 1st, 2010
12:29 PM ET

My eight minutes with Robert Pattinson

I just recently became a tweeter on Twitter. After walking out of a screening of the new Robert Pattinson film "Remember Me," I tweeted just that. Suddenly my blackberry went into overdrive, and all incoming messages were from new Twitter followers. But really, they were all Robert Pattinson followers. I had no idea just how strong the power of Pattinson was until I witnessed it first hand.

Yesterday I interviewed R. Patz (as his fans affectionately call him) at the Regency Hotel here in New York. He was wearing an army-green jacket, a plain white-T and jeans. What really stood out was his hair. It was sticking straight up on top. It seemed to me that he was unlike most actors with preening stylists in tow. I liked that.

They held me right before it was my turn to go into his room. I could overhear one of the girls on headset saying, "Where are Robert’s lattes? It’s been a while." Soon a tray came up to the room with two metal pitchers. FULL POST

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