April 7th, 2010
01:52 PM ET

The Addams Family: Creepy, kooky and on Broadway

The Addams Family in a musical? Yes. Lurch? Uncle Fester singing? You betcha.

A musical about a family who dabbles in the dark side may initially seem improbable. But Goth is hot. And when you stack the deck, er, cast with Broadway veterans: Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, the word "flop" scares easily.

Lane and Neuwirth have a lovely bunch of Tony awards between them, and now along with their many theater accolades, they command the stage of the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre together. FULL POST

April 7th, 2010
12:08 PM ET

Soundgarden, Green Day and Lady Gaga headline Lollapalooza 2010

It’s official: Lollapalooza 2010 will be headlined by Arcade Fire, Soundgarden, Green Day, Phoenix, The Strokes and Lady Gaga.

It's been 16 years since the last time Green Day played Lollapalooza, according to the press release, and 12 years for Soundgarden, who performed twice before at the Chicago music fest, in 1992 as well as 1996.

And although Lady Gaga seemed to hit her international stardom stride fairly recently, she's also already taken the stage, having performed once before back in 2007.

Erykah Badu – currently making headlines for stripping down in her latest music video – is also scheduled to perform, although the press release doesn’t clarify whether or not statement-making nudity will be involved. Also lined up: Social Distortion; MGMT; The National; Spoon; Grizzly Bear; Devo and Cypress Hill.

To check out the full list or buy tickets - or to play around with the custom lineup tool - go to 2010.lollapalooza.com.


Filed under: Green Day • Lady Gaga • Music
April 7th, 2010
12:07 PM ET

Robin Thicke and Paula Patton welcome a son

Paula Patton and Robin Thicke

“Precious” star Paula Patton and singer Robin Thicke welcomed a baby boy to their family Tuesday.

The couple, who married in June, 2005, named their first child Julian Fuego. “Mother, father and son are all doing well,” a representative for Thicke told CNN.

Those who attended Alicia Keys’ “Freedom” tour stop in Los Angeles heard the news right away. Thicke missed his performance Tuesday to be with his wife, but Keys  sent her congratulations to the new parents while performing her set at the Staples Center.


Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Music
April 7th, 2010
10:27 AM ET

NBC launches Kabletown.com

Move over Comcast, there’s a new provider in town - well, kind of.

Kabletown, the Pennsylvania based company that bought NBC from Jack Donaghy’s (Alec Baldwin) beloved General Electric on “30 Rock,” is no longer just a hilarious storyline.

It’s a hilarious web site, too.

NBC has launched Kabletown.com, an in-universe site for Kabletown, which is spelled with a “K” “because K stands for the "Kindness we show our customers, the Keen interest we take in their needs and because Cabletown with a C was already the name of a store that sold cable knit sweaters and legal said we had to spell it with a K.”

Even Liz Lemon’s (Tina Fey) parents are Kabletown subscribers, “down in Pennsylvania.”

And thanks to Kabletown, the pioneer of his and hers cable, women can come home after “a long day at work, or at the grocery store or lunching with other real housewives” and tune in to an attractive man telling her exactly what she wants to hear, for the low price of $12.99.

Take your pick: “I’m listening, patiently,” “How was your day?” or, maybe, “She’s clearly jealous of you” will do the trick.

And for the men - sit back and enjoy titles such as “The Hind Side” or “The Pert Knockers.”

Thank you, NBC.

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Filed under: Alec Baldwin • television
April 7th, 2010
09:27 AM ET

TV Recap: Telling secrets on 'Parenthood'

This seemed to be the night for telling secrets on “Parenthood.” Little secrets husbands and wives keep from each other, big ones that kids are afraid to tell their parents. Nothing out of the bounds of reality that some late night dramas tend to resort to, but I think they’re just as interesting - and much more relate-able. I’m hoping the ratings hold up and the show is picked up for another season.

Kristina and Adam are um, finishing up. He seems a lot more enthused about the morning encounter than she is. She’s clearly (to us, anyway) concerned about the kids. Haddie isn’t studying, and they’re meeting Max’s behavior specialist later.

Gabby the specialist arrives, and asks questions about Max’s behaviors and what Adam and Kristina would change if they could. I thought maybe they’d be better now that they know what is going on with Max and they’ve got him in a new school. FULL POST

April 7th, 2010
08:58 AM ET

TV Recap: Desmond, the key to 'Lost's' secrets

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen this episode of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

When Desmond finally showed up on the island at the end of last week's episode, you just knew something major was coming. And thanks to our favorite "constant," the reasons for this season's "flash-sideways," as well as Charles Widmore's ultimate plan, appear to be getting clearer.

We've known for a while that Desmond has a "talent," as Widmore put it. What's easy to forget is where they all started: the electromagnetic pulse at the end of season two. Well, Widmore had to test Desmond to see if he could survive such a pulse again, and that sent us hurtling into the alternate timeline... where Widmore, George, Charlie, Jack, Faraday (or Danny Widmore here), and yes, Penny are all still a part of his life.

Another thing happened at the end of season two: in a flashback, Widmore offered Desmond a job, when in fact Desmond wanted Penny's hand in marriage. In this timeline, Desmond took a job and is now Widmore's right-hand man, never even having met Penny. FULL POST

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