April 26th, 2010
02:47 PM ET

'Treme' recap: The beignet wakeup call

Fried dough is delicious, but it won’t stop your baby's momma from getting all up in your face when you cheat on her with a stripper.

That's the food takeaway from the third episode of the drama "Treme." "Right Place, Wrong Time" touched on New Orleans’ fritter-like treats (from the suburban Morning Call) along with the city's tradition of open-alcohol containers.

Trombone player Antoine Batiste opened the episode by giving new meaning to the phrase "don't come a knockin'" - in this case 'cause the FEMA trailer is a rockin'. Returning home from his stripper dalliance, he tries to cover this after-dawn return with a bag of Morning Call beignets, but it backfires with his girlfriend, Desiree, who threatens to move to Memphis where her mother has evacuated the hurricane. FULL POST

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April 26th, 2010
02:16 PM ET

‘Avatar’ continues to break records

James Cameron’s sci-fi epic “Avatar” has become the top-selling DVD release of the year after just four days on the market, according to the LA Times.

Four million DVDs and 2.7 million Blu-rays have been sold since the film’s Thursday release (which was timed strategically to coincide with Earth Day), and that combined total easily breaks the previous record set by “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” which just over 4 million units when it debuted on DVD in March, according to a Summit Entertainment press release.

“Avatar” also topples the Blu-ray DVD sales record previously held by “The Dark Knight,” which sold 2.5 million Blu-ray copies since its release 16 months ago.

Unlike those astronomical box office numbers - the movie has grossed 2.7 billion worldwide - the DVD sales were made without the help of 3-D.

Filed under: Avatar • movies
April 26th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Kelly Cutrone launches Web talk show

Kelly Cutrone really believes in charting her own course.

The star of the Bravo show “Kell on Earth” has launched her own YouTube channel, KellyCutroneTV.

The channel features Cutrone’s web-based talk show where the initial episodes were conducted pretty close to home – as in Cutrone’s bed. FULL POST

Filed under: Celebrities • television
April 26th, 2010
12:37 PM ET

Bret Michaels in critical condition; doctors look for source of bleeding

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(CNN) - Bret Michaels is in critical condition as doctors search for the source of bleeding in his brain, his road manager said Monday.

The rock singer and reality TV star suffered a massive brain hemorrhage and was hospitalized Friday.

"As of now, Bret remains in ICU under 24 hour surveillance," Janna Elias said in a posting on his website Monday. "Further testing this week will help locate the source of the bleeding." FULL POST

April 26th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Jillian Michaels talks pregnancy and dating life in 'Women's Health'

"The Biggest Loser" coach Jillian Michaels held nothing back in an interview with Women's Health magazine for their May issue.

Amidst chatter about Michaels' career plans, the television personality revealed more intimate details about her dating life as well. As she "candidly" told the magazine, Michaels does try to find time for dates - with either men or women. "I've been in love with both," she said.

Pregnancy, on the other hand, is one thing that Michaels doesn't have time for. She told the magazine that when it comes to kids, she'd rather adopt.


Filed under: Celebrities • television
April 26th, 2010
09:57 AM ET

Denzel tears down 'Fences' on Broadway

Just because Denzel Washington has two Oscars sitting somewhere in his house, it doesn't necessarily mean he can step onto a New York stage and deliver the goods. He has proven himself cinematically speaking, but this is live theater. You only get one take when the audience is sitting, watching and breathing a few feet away from you.

Broadway is adorned with big name Hollywood stars of late. It's a cyclical thing. Movie stars turn to Broadway for the work and quite possibly to legitimize their own acting skills.

But let's get back to Denzel. How is he in "Fences"? He is a force.

Yet if Mr. Washington commands presence and power in this production, you could credit the play - this one is all about the words and the way they are delivered. August Wilson's story about an African American family in the 1950s won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and also grabbed four Tony awards when it opened in 1987. But "Fences" couldn't stand on its own in 2010 if it were built on that legacy alone. FULL POST

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