March 25th, 2010
08:10 PM ET

Did Paige Miles get a raw deal?

It's safe to say that former "American Idol" contestant Paige Miles had a tough run on the reality competition.  The judges said that the 24-year-old had a strong lift-off early in the season, but pretty much crash-landed Tuesday night during a much-panned performance of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds."

Randy: "That was honestly terrible."
Ellen: "I'm going to hand the music critique off to Kara and Simon."
Kara: "Somewhere along the line I think you stopped competing."
Simon: "I think you're going to be in serious, serious trouble tonight, sweetheart."

March 25th, 2010
01:50 PM ET

Lance Gross and Eva Marcille call off engagement

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Looks like there won’t be a real-life “Our Family Wedding” for actor Lance Gross after all.

Gross and “America’s Next Top Model” winner Eva Marcille (formerly Eva Pigford) have called off their engagement, reports.

The couple, who got engaged on Christmas Eve in 2008, were scheduled to marry in July. The pair released a statement to Essence saying that their decision to split was mutual.

"Lance Gross and Eva Marcille have mutually decided to end their relationship. The split is completely amicable," the statement read.

Gross is one of the stars of the film “Our Family Wedding,” in which his character is set to marry a character played by “Ugly Betty” star America Ferrera. He won an NAACP Image Award for his work on the TV show “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.”

Marcille is a model and actress who has appeared in music videos and on the soap “The Young and the Restless.”

March 25th, 2010
12:59 PM ET

What in the world is 'Hot Tub Time Machine?'

Basic hot tub safety calls for these precautions:
– Keep the water temperature below 104° F
– Drain once a month and scrub with bleach
– Never dunk your head below the water

Thanks to John Cusack, you can add this tip:
– Don’t pour a weird Russian energy drink into the motor while partying with three friends and your nephew. Unless you want to go back in time.

That’s the set up for Cusack’s new comedy, “Hot Tub Time Machine” in which he and co-stars Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry and Clark Duke play a quartet of underachievers in life and love. After a night of copious drinking at a ski lodge, they test out the hotel hot tub only to have the aforementioned energy beverage spill into the pump. That triggers a hot tub spin cycle that propels them magically back to 1986. “This is their chance to kick some past and change their futures”, according to the overheated press notes for the film. FULL POST

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Filed under: movies
March 25th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Carrie Underwood talks to Allure about love

Singer Carrie Underwood is in a good place these days, with a hot career and a wedding to plan.

The country music star is on the cover of Allure magazine this month and talked to the publication about her fiancé, hockey player Mike Fisher.

“He is the person that I see making me happy for the rest of our lives, and he is the person I would do anything for to make him happy,” Underwood said during the interview. “I very well may be the luckiest girl in the world.”


Filed under: Celebrities
March 25th, 2010
11:37 AM ET

Roger Ebert's 'At the Movies' canceled

After more than 20 years on the air, the movie review TV show "At the Movies" has been canceled. The weekly, half-hour series made popular by critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel will air its last show on August 14.

Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic TV said in a statement: "This was a very difficult decision, especially considering the program's rich history and iconic status within the entertainment industry, but from a business perspective it became clear this weekly, half-hour, broadcast syndication series was no longer sustainable. .. we extend very special thanks to the two brilliant, visionary and incomparable critics that started it all, Roger Ebert and the late Gene Siskel."

Siskel passed away in February 1999. Ebert has cancer - it's been almost four years since he lost his lower jaw and, with it, his ability to speak. And "At the Movies" never seemed able to replicate the pair's chemistry on set, despite the talent of current hosts Michael Phillips and A. O. Scott.

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • television
March 25th, 2010
09:23 AM ET

Sarah Palin to appear in 8-part documentary on TLC

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(CNN) - Former Alaska governor and vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin will appear in a new eight-part documentary series on the TLC network, parent company Discovery Communications said Thursday.

The show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will be "about the remarkable Governor Palin and her home state of Alaska," the Discovery statement said. Its executive producer will be Mark Burnett, who previously was executive producer for "Survivor" and "the Apprentice."

"Discovery Communications is so excited to help Sarah Palin tell the story of Alaska, and to have a great documentary filmmaker in Mark Burnett helping to reveal Alaska's powerful beauty as it has never been filmed, and as told by one of the state's proudest daughters," Peter Liguori, chief operating officer of Discovery Communications, said in the statement. FULL POST

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