Oprah wows crowd with 'Ultimate Favorite Things'
November 19th, 2010
02:15 PM ET

Oprah wows crowd with 'Ultimate Favorite Things'

Today is the day Oprah fans look forward to the other 364 days of the year: “Oprah's Ultimate Favorite Things” special!

Because it’s the farewell season of the mega talk show, many thought this would be a massive blowout … and they were right. This year it’s a two-day “joy filled frenzy” with a “humongous twist guaranteed to curl your candy canes,” and Day One definitely didn’t let me down.

Winfrey shared her favorite things with an audience of people who have given back to their families, communities, and the world.

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New trailers: Cowboys, aliens, cars and more
November 19th, 2010
01:49 PM ET

New trailers: Cowboys, aliens, cars and more

Some major league talent is involved in "Cowboys & Aliens." Not only is it based on a 2006 graphic novel whose title alone is begging for a film adaptation, it's directed by "Iron Man's" Jon Favreau and produced by Ron Howard and Steven Spielberg. And if that's not enough, it stars Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford.

The first half of the trailer, released earlier this week, plays like a Western, but then - you guessed it - the aliens arrive, mostly confusing and frightening everyone, except for Craig, who seems to be able to communicate with them, or even fight them off with a device on his wrist. Whether this is the next "Men in Black" or "Wild Wild West" is anyone's guess. The movie comes out July 29, 2011.

If that's not enough aliens for you, there's also the trailer for "Battle: Los Angeles," out in March. Similar to the recent release "Skyline" (with a bigger budget), this one plays more like an urban war movie. Comparisons will almost certainly be made to "Starship Troopers" as well, though this one is set in the present day. It stars "The Dark Knight's" Aaron Eckhart and "Avatar's" Michelle Rodriguez.

Finally, after the blockbuster success of "Toy Story 3," you just knew there were other Pixar sequels on the horizon, and the next is "Cars 2." This time, Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy's automotive altar egos are off on an adventure filled with international intrigue. If any movie mentioned in this blog post is destined to be a smash hit, this is it. It arrives on June 24, 2011.

What do you think of the latest crop of trailers? Share your thoughts below.


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Dane Cook on Broadway
November 19th, 2010
01:19 PM ET

Dane Cook on Broadway

He's a comedian, so we thought Dane Cook was joking when he tweeted this late Thursday: "I promised unexpected twists & turns right? I'm making my debut on Broadway this spring In the Neil LaBute play Fat Pig. Beyond excited."

Turns out, the stand-up sensation was serious. Cook will be expanding his acting career with the role of Carter in LaBute's "Fat Pig" on Broadway this spring. Didn't know Cook even had an acting career? You must have missed the blockbusters "Good Luck Chuck" with Jessica Alba and "My Best Friend's Girl" with Kate Hudson. (It's ok, us too.)

All kidding aside, "Fat Pig" is a critically-acclaimed project that should put Cook's natural comedic talent to good use. The show tells the story of Tom, played by Josh Hamilton, a bachelor who falls for plus-sized beauty, Helen. Tom is happy in his new relationship until the cruel jokes of his friend Carter (Cook) and an ex-girlfriend, force him to question his values.

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You could be the next Superman
November 19th, 2010
12:29 PM ET

You could be the next Superman

The search for Superman has begun!

According to Deadline.com, Warner Bros. is "casting a wide net" to find the perfect actor to wear the son of Krypton's signature "S" shield in producer Chris Nolan's upcoming "Superman" reboot.

Insiders say the studio is seeking an actor between the ages of 28 and 32, and that the chosen one will likely be a relative unknown or possibly from a TV series.

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An escape interrupted on 'Fringe'
November 19th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

An escape interrupted on 'Fringe'

All season long, we've seen Olivia Dunham convinced that she belongs "over there," but on Thursday night's episode of "Fringe," she had recently snapped out of it (thanks to a few visits by her subconscious "Peter") and decided to make a break for it.

Before that, though, she had one more case to solve in the other world, involving the Candyman, who has been kidnapping little boys for years, only to return them 48 hours later with various ailments.

This was truly one of the most disturbing cases in the show's history, and that's saying a lot. "Over there" Broyles (Alt-Broyles?) was personally affected by this case, as his son was one of the Candyman's victims, and returned home blind as a result.

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Bristol, Willow apologize for Facebook tirades
November 19th, 2010
11:16 AM ET

Bristol, Willow apologize for Facebook tirades

Bristol Palin is apologizing for Facebook tirades that she and younger sis Willow wrote after one user of the social networking site criticized their mom's new TLC show, "Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Sixteen-year-old Willow fired the first shot after a school acquaintance named Tre wrote as his status update, "'Sarah Palin's Alaska,' is failing so hard right now."

MTV reports that Willow responded with homophobic slurs, telling him, "Haha your so gay. I have no idea who you are, But what I've seen pictures of, your disgusting ... My sister had a kid and is still hot." The teen then added, "Tre stfu. Your such a f--t."

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