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Saturday, November 27, 2010

Jaclyn Smith’s Tips For Decorating For The Holidays On A Budget

Don't have a counterfeit Christmas

Protesting Puppy Mills is About Puppy Protection to Many

Tim McGraw’s Soaring Marriage With Faith Hill

Critics love the creepy Christmas movie "Rare Exports"

The snitch that towed Christmas: A T-Mobile retailer tows the cars parked overnight to shop at a near-by Best Buy on Black Friday

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Joe Jackson holds news conference regarding controversial book about Michael's death

Kelly Ripa Hosts TLC’s ‘Homemade Millionaire’

Teenage girls cry with joy after meeting Justin Bieber in New York.

Lee DeWyze is interviewed & performs on TODAY

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Colin Firth talks to Katie Couric about his King George XI role.

Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman, Howe (YES) - "Order of the Universe".

CNN takes a look at a new documentary about the American hikers held in Iran.

Behind The Scenes: Natalie Portman Sexy With A Sword In ‘Your Highness’

Friday, November 26, 2010

Bob Barker talks to Billy Bush & Kit Hoover about his love of animals.

3-D royal wedding?

Behind The Scenes: Jeff Bridges In ‘Tron: Legacy’

Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway talk to ET about their hot love scenes.

Hire a goat to cut your grass.

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"The Soup" + "All My Children" + Jimmy Johnson = Funny.

$50 cup of coffee is......popular???

YES - "Changes" live 1985

Simon Cowell would pick Susan Boyle to sing at the royal wedding.

Lady Gaga is rumored to wear only silk underwear. Seems like a nice rumor. :)

Sexy Marisa Miller drives Conan O'Brien wild!

Justin Bieber talks to TODAY about his new book, music & love life.

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Ashley Judd talks about helping those in need.

Kirk Douglas says Michael Douglas is getting stronger after cancer treatment.

Turkey Shore

Jim Parsons is interviewed by Conan O'Brien about his dramatic mother.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Jay-Z shares his life story with Maria Menounos. "From Drug Dealer To Superstar"

105 year old woman battles SSA after being declared dead.

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Eliza Dushku & Rick Fox feed the homeless on Thanksgiving.

Woman wearing bikini goes through TSA check.

Brendan Fraser plays a mental patient obsessed with food and sex

Eva Mendes shows Conan O'Brien her wild talent!

TSA agent stuffs (and fondles) a turkey on Conan O'Brieen.

Chelsea Lately interviews lovely Taylor Swift.

Doris Roberts tells Joy Behar that there was no hanky panky on the "Raymond" set.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

$3,900 Bob Dylan pizza prank.

Prince William’s Paparazzi Crack Down!

EXTRA visits Patricia Heaton on the set of "The Middle"

YES - "Turn of the Century" Live 2004

Jessica Simpson talks to Jimmy Fallon about having a Vegan Thanksgiving.

Sarah Palin tells Glen Beck 'We gotta stand with our North Korean allies' ....Uhhhhhhhhhh

Preview of tonight's Thanksgiving episode of "The Middle" starring Patricia Heaton.

Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Sal Giunta is interviewed by David Letterman.

Jerry Seinfeld tells David Letterman about performing for President Obama.

Jessica Simpson clears up wedding & pregnancy rumors on ET.

Conan O'Brien shows how Oprah unleashed bees on her terrified audience.

Olivia Wilde talks glowingly about working with Jeff Bridges on "Tron: Legacy".

Christina Applegate rubs Andy Richter's belly & shows shocking photos on Conan O'Brien.

Access Hollywood interviews Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough after their DWTS win.

Mila Kunis talks about dropping to 95 pounds for "The Black Swan".

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Joy Behar talks to Charlie Sheen's lawyer about alleged extortion by Capri Anderson.

Cookie Monster Auditions For Saturday Night Live

Mariah Carey Sings ‘Oh Santa’ At The Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony

Continental Airlines gives a behind-the-scenes tour of how it transports pets around the world.

YES - "I've Seen All Good People" Live 2003

The Vatican can't stop talking about the Pope, condoms & prostitutes.

Mark Wahlberg & Christian Bale talk to ET about "The Fighter".

I Am Harry Potter.

Dr. Drew Pinksy talks about the upcoming Adam Carolla Show

"The Lincoln Lawyer" trailer starring Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Phillippe, and Marisa Tomei

Kit Hoover & Billy Bush interview Jessica Simpson about her engagement.

Special undies to combat TSA policy

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Bristol Palin: ‘I’ve Never Seen People This Emotional About A Dancing Show’

Man punches window & retrieves snatched purse.

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Conan O'Brien's disappointing "Harry Potter" trailer

Jim Carrey’s ‘I Love You Phillip Morris,’ NYC Premiere

Behind the scene of Olivia Wilde's sexy Details photo shoot

Christina Aguilera teaches Conan O'Brien some sexy stripper moves.

Annie Lennox makes carols cool again

The three remaining couples in the 'DWTS' field talk to CNN after last night's show.

Bethenny Frankel: ‘I Was Terrified’ To Skate

Jeff Bridges is interviewed by ET about "Tron: Legacy"

Monday, November 22, 2010

Renee Zellweger talks to Showbiz Tonight at "CNN Heroes."

Christian Bale talks to E! about Oscar Buzz for "The Fighter" & the next Batman movie.

"Source Code" trailer starring Jake Gyllenhaal

Jada Pinkett Smith’s Joy Over Her Children’s Success

Video: YES - "Lift Me Up" Live 1991

Clip of Bon Jovi's performance at CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Kit Hoover & Billy Bush interview Henry Winkler

Rose McGowan sings. I love Rose!!!

Valerie Tanswell "What Val Thinks" reviews "Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part I"



If you're a real Harry Potter "fan", then skip this review. Honestly. Am I going to rip apart the latest Harry Potter film? No, not at all. But I have a sense that no matter how gentle my observations and criticisms are, if you are a die-hard fan you will disagree. This is because you adore the series (just like you can't say anything negative about The Matrix Trilogy that I would agree with!) So fair warning: if you're one of those types of Harry Potter fans, I respectfully tell you that I'm not your girl. Move along.

But, if you're an average movie-goer who hasn’t read every Harry Potter book, then this review is for you! What should you be aware of if you go and see the latest and already record-breaking Harry Potter installment (no spoilers, I promise).


It's all about the preparation people!
Rent the previous Harry Potter film (the Half-Blood Prince). Watch it. Then watch it again. Get the cliff notes. And study up. Because I fear if you don't, you'll have no idea what is going on in this film. I've seen the Half Blood Prince...only once...so I was screwed. I was not alone! 2 of my friends who have also seen the last Harry Potter film commented during and after The Deathly Hallows, "Did I miss something? Did I miss a Harry Potter film somewhere? Feels like I've missed something." I concur.

Anyone suddenly feel like sleeping under the stars tonight?
Okay so I have admitted I didn't have any idea what was going on. But that was okay. A well made film can still be enjoyable even if the plot is lost on me. However, it seemed much of the film was spent camping. No spoilers here, but expect a fair number of camping out scenes. Hey, I grew up in British Columbia, so I have nothing against camping but after the 4th or 5th camp site I was finding it rather boring. Or was it just me?

When animation is cool.
Like black and white films, I'm not a fan of cartoons or animation in motion pictures as a general rule (obviously I have no appreciation for fine arts). But I was really wowed by a brief but key scene where Hermione is retelling the tale (of the Deathly Hallows) and we are treated to an animated sequence following the story. It was done really well and was a highlight for me.

Deja-Vu
If I weren't so lazy, I'd look up the production crews of both Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings just to see if any are the same. Since I am too lazy and without a shred of proof, I'll just hint that some of the production staff are the same because there were a couple of occasions where I had a strong sense I'd seen it before. I don't blame JK Rowling but Dobby...c'mon on now, he's what Gollum would be if he'd turned out to be a good guy. Just saying.

Last thoughts (because I can't think of a way to cohesively group these)
• Ronald - he's bulking up and it's working for him.

• Hermione - much less annoying in this film and the actress really showed some acting ability.


• Why is everyone so untidy in the world of Harry Potter? The characters need some life coaching with their clutter issues and somebody hand them a nail brush for goodness sakes!

I think...this is not a movie to go see on a whim. The plot was layered (apparently very true to the book) and not easy for a “layman” to follow. This film doesn't stand on its own so maximum enjoyment is probably best had by (re)watching the Half-Blood Prince before (more than once ideally!)


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Jeff Bridges is interviewed by Access Hollywood about "Tron Legacy"

OMG!!! Giant rat terrorizes alley cats in Russia.

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Pink talks to CNN about her pregnancy.

Jessica Simpson talks about her engagement & her new CD on "The Early Show"

Jenny McCarthy - Working With Charlie Sheen Was ‘Really Awesome’

ET interviews Katy Perry, Rihanna, Fergie & more at the AMA.

Sarah Silverman's Thanksgiving Special

Michael Chiklis is interviewed at the American Music Awards.

Julie Benz looked stunning at the American Music Awards!

Courteney Cox hits the red carpet for fundraiser

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Video: Young boy strip searched by TSA.

Anne Hathaway stars as Katie Holmes in "The Miley Cyrus Show" on SNL.

Adorable kitten snuggle pile

Emma Watson’s Green Fashion Line Unveiled

Russell Simmons talks about making positive social change, bridging the religious divide.

You Look Like Shit Megamix

Raisin causes driver to pass out & crash.

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SNL TSA Patdown Skit

Lovely Kristin Davis talks about her fantastic charity work with Oxfam America.

Ukrainian women protest topless

Anne Hathaway stars in great SNL "Wizard of Oz" skit.

Anne Hathaway talks about nude scenes during her awesome SNL monologue.

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