May 27th, 2010
08:59 AM ET

Andy Richter, Team Coco writers head to 'Just for Laughs'

Good comedy, among other things, takes a village, and the village behind Conan O’Brien is scheduled to take the stage at TBS’ Chicago comedy festival, “Just for Laughs.”

The one-hour, one-night-only performance will feature Andy Richter, Reggie Watts and a slew of O’Brien’s writers; “Team Coco presents Conan’s Writers Live” is the working title for the special.

The event is scheduled for June 17 at 7 p.m. CST at the Bank of America Theater but it will also be taped, so if you can’t go you’ll be able to watch it on TBS on June 27 at 10 p.m. EST.


May 26th, 2010
11:11 AM ET

Jesse James: I was trying to self-sabotage

The implosion of Jesse James’ marriage to Sandra Bullock played out in the media for weeks, but everyone could only dance around the essential plot point: Did Jesse James actually cheat? Now, we all have the answer.

When ABC News correspondent Vicki Mabrey asked James during the "Nightline" interview Tuesday if he cheated on Bullock, he only had one thing to say: “Yup.”

So yes, he did cheat, but with how many women? James wouldn't confirm the allegations that he broke his vows with all five women who have described themselves as his mistresses, because to him, the number itself doesn’t really matter. “It could’ve been a million,” he told Mabrey in the interview. “Bad is bad….It’s just that I took a perfect marriage, a perfect wife, a perfect life, a perfect stepmother and threw it away with my actions.”


May 26th, 2010
09:52 AM ET

T.I. 'made the best' of prison sentence

Rap star T.I. wrapped up his one-year-and-a-day prison sentence in December after serving only seven months, and he’s wasted no time getting back to work.

The artist's single "I'm Back" has been a hit on Billboard charts, his new movie "Takers" will hit the big screen in August and fans are waiting in anticipation for his next album release.

That's because from the first day of his release, "The first thing on my mind was, ‘Alright, let’s get to it,’ ” T.I. told Access Hollywood in an interview. “I was told that if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. So I’m out there trying to do the things that I love, and if I love it, I’ll want to do more of it. I love surprising people and myself.”

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May 25th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

Tom Cruise always wanted to be a father

Ever since he was a kid, Tom Cruise has known that he wanted to be a father.

“I always loved kids, but it was more than that,” the actor said in the June/July issue of Esquire magazine. “It was this thought: What would it be like, being a father? Being the kind of guy who takes care of things?”

Because, you see, Cruise is big on being the fixer. After his parents separated – his father was an electrical engineer who didn’t support the family “financially or spiritually” after the split, leaving Cruise to live “with the effects of that chaos” – a younger Tom sought ways to help out his mother, who would at times have three jobs.


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May 24th, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Sean Hayes to host 64th annual Tony Awards

Sean Hayes

Sean Hayes is already nominated for a Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical Tony award for his work in “Promises, Promises,” and now the actor will also host the 64th annual awards ceremony on Sunday, June 13.

Hayes' performance in the Broadway musical co-starring Kristin Chenoweth sparked a national dialogue about the ability of gay actors to convincingly portray heterosexual characters, and one has to wonder how this will be addressed at the awards ceremony... if it will be brought up at all.

Hayes, perhaps best known for his award-winning portrayal of “Will and Grace’s” Jack McFarland, is sure to bring his comedic timing to the event and “make a great show even better,” said executive producers Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss in a statement.


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May 24th, 2010
01:43 PM ET

Paula Abdul headed to CBS with reality dance competition

Simon Cowell isn’t the only one with big post–“Idol” plans: Paula Abdul is now on board with a talent competition tentatively titled “Got to Dance.”

Abdul will be an executive producer, creative partner and lead judge on the CBS show, according to a press release. On top of all that, Abdul “will also serve as coach, mentor and advocate for the contestants during the performances and elimination process,” the statement said.

Like Cowell’s "America's Got Talent," Abdul’s show is an American version of a British ratings champ, and, also like Cowell’s forthcoming reality talent competition “X Factor,” people of all ages can sign up to compete, either alone or in a group. The show is also open to all kinds of dancing, from ballroom to bhangra to breakdance, the statement said.


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