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Comedienne Phyllis Diller: I'm a naturalupdated: Wed Aug 22 2012 11:54:00

Phyllis Diller, one of the first female stand-up comediennes and a variety show star, passes away in her sleep.

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies 'with a smile on her face'updated: Wed Aug 22 2012 11:54:00

Comedian Phyllis Diller, known for her self-deprecating humor, died "peacefully in her sleep" at her Los Angeles home Monday morning, her manager told CNN. Diller was 95.

Jimmy Kimmel takes 'Nightline' slot next yearupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 16:33:00

The late-night TV talk war grows more competitive in January when ABC moves "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to an 11:35 p.m. start, pushing the long-running "Nightline" back an hour.

Pink, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift next up for 'VH1 Storytellers' treatmentupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 09:51:00

"VH1 Storytellers" is hitting up Grammy-winning ladies for its coming season: Pink, Alicia Keys, and Taylor Swift are the next batch of artists to be featured on VH1?s long-running music-interview franchise, EW has learned exclusively.

Above all, Phyllis Diller was hystericalupdated: Tue Aug 21 2012 09:01:00

Way before people such as Roseanne Barr, Kathy Griffin and Rosie O'Donnell broke ground for women in comedy, there was Phyllis Diller. She got started in the late '50s, a time when female stand-up comics were a rarity.

Source: At least 20 'Tonight Show' staffers laid off, Leno's salary slashedupdated: Sat Aug 18 2012 21:25:00

Between 20 and 25 employees of NBC's "The Tonight Show" have been laid off and host Jay Leno has taken a substantial pay cut, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told CNN on Saturday.

Ryan Rages Against the Machine updated: Fri Aug 17 2012 16:41:00

Although Rage thinks Paul Ryan is just another cog in the "Machine," that doesn't stop the Republican vice presidential hopeful from rocking out to the rap metal group's anti-establishment lyrics.

Jennifer Aniston, hottest of all time?updated: Mon Aug 13 2012 11:22:00

In a survey conducted by Men's Health, Jennifer Aniston was named hottest woman of all time. A.J. Hammer reports.

Jennifer Aniston engaged to actor Justin Therouxupdated: Mon Aug 13 2012 11:22:00

Jennifer Aniston is heading back to the altar, after accepting a marriage proposal from Justin Theroux, representatives from both actors said Sunday.

Can country singer Randy Travis get past his rough patch?updated: Sat Aug 11 2012 11:05:00

Country music fans are loyal and they don't like to see their legends fall.

Country star's naked wake-up call?updated: Sat Aug 11 2012 11:05:00

Cops say they found Randy Travis naked, smelling of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in Texas

Country singer Randy Travis arrested, accused of DWIupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 07:41:00

Country music star Randy Travis, who pleaded no contest to public intoxication following the Super Bowl in February, was arrested again Tuesday after being found naked, smelling apparently of alcohol and lying on a remote stretch of roadway in northern Texas just before midnight, authorities said.

Randy Travis released from jailupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 07:41:00

Country singer Randy Travis is released from jail after being charged with driving while intoxicated.

Games begin for NBC's fall TV updated: Wed Aug 08 2012 12:25:00

The 2012 Summer Olympics are in the home stretch this week, but for the network airing them the games have just begun.

Lollapalooza coming to Israel in 2013updated: Sat Aug 04 2012 23:03:00

The water had barely dried on the rain-soaked stages of Lollapalooza in Chicago Saturday night when festival founder Perry Farrell announced the franchise would be expanding to the Middle East next year.

Lollapalooza founder takes it up a notchupdated: Sat Aug 04 2012 21:53:00

With the arrival of Lollapalooza 2012, 100,000 attendees are expected to descend on Chicago's Grant Park every day this weekend.

Jermaine Jackson offers 'olive branch' in family feudupdated: Thu Aug 02 2012 10:01:00

Jermaine Jackson retracted his signature on a letter made public last month criticizing executors of Michael Jackson's estate and his mother's advisers Monday.

Florida puppeteer accused in child porn caseupdated: Sat Jul 28 2012 12:20:00

On his website, Ronald William Brown posed with puppets, boasted about birthday party performances and offered workshops for school groups.

Cops: Puppeteer wanted to kill, eat boyupdated: Sat Jul 28 2012 12:20:00

Brooke Baldwin reports on a puppeteer who chatted online about killing, kidnapping and eating a boy from his church.

How will 'The Dark Knight Rises' hold up in its second weekend?updated: Fri Jul 27 2012 08:33:00

Last weekend, a dark cloud hung over the box office after the tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, rocked the country.

Judge suspends Katherine Jackson as guardian of Michael Jackson's childrenupdated: Wed Jul 25 2012 14:40:00

A judge appointed TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson, as temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's three children in the absence of their grandmother Katherine Jackson.

Jackson family feud caught on tapeupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 21:13:00

Security camera video obtained by CNN shows the tension between Jackson family members amid a very public dispute over the whereabouts of Katherine Jackson.

Emmy snubs: What the Academy got right and wrongupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 17:37:00

What?! No best comedy series Emmy nomination for "Parks and Recreation?" "Community?" Nothing for "Mad Men's" John Slattery?

Kimmel does Emmy nominations in pajamasupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 12:48:00

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel shows up to the Emmy nominations in his pajamas.

'Girls' among Emmy newcomers as nominations announcedupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 12:48:00

When it comes to comedy, the Emmys are making room for "Girls."

'American Horror Story,' 'Mad Men' lead Emmy nominationsupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 09:59:00

FX Network's "American Horror Story" and AMC's "Mad Men" landed the most Primetime Emmy Award nominations, with 17 apiece. "Downton Abbey," from PBS had 16 nods.

Bollywood legend Rajesh Khanna diesupdated: Thu Jul 19 2012 09:10:00

One of Bollywood's best known movie stars dies following a prolonged illness. CNN's Ram Ramgopal reports.

Kitty Wells blazed country path for womenupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 20:08:00

Kitty Wells shocked the country music scene when she first sang about honky tonks and cheating husbands 60 years ago, but it propelled her to stardom and blazed a path for the strong female voices that followed.

'Gentleman's Agreement' actress Celeste Holm diesupdated: Sun Jul 15 2012 19:42:00

Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm died at her home in New York on Sunday at the age of 95, her niece, Amy Phillips, confirmed.

Oscar-winning producer Richard Zanuck of 'Driving Miss Daisy' dead at 77updated: Sat Jul 14 2012 11:13:00

Oscar-winning producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose films include "Driving Miss Daisy," "Jaws," and Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," died Friday at age 77 of a heart attack in Los Angeles, his publicists said.

Call DirecTV and get free stuff?updated: Thu Jul 12 2012 18:35:00

Maybe it pays to be a complainer.

Experts: Bob Dylan's long-lost Newport Folk Festival guitar found in New Jerseyupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 17:10:00

On July 25th, 1965, Bob Dylan walked onstage at the Newport Folk Festival, plugged in his 1964 sunburst Fender Stratocaster and tore through a scorching three-song set. It was a crucial turning point in his career, and it quickly became rock & roll legend -- the moment when Dylan transformed from a protest folkie to a rebel genius. But the guitar Dylan played on that mythic afternoon went missing for the next 47 years -- until recently, when a team of PBS researchers told New Jersey resident Dawn Peterson that she had it in her home.

'Black Dynamite' gets animated treatmentupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 12:28:00

"Black Dynamite" has a new lease on life.

Viacom yanks free online programming; dispute continues with DirecTVupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 10:30:00

As the dispute between Viacom and DirecTV continued Wednesday, the conglomerate yanked access to some of its more popular programming that was available free on company websites. Fans can no longer watch full episodes of shows like "SpongeBob Squarepants" and "iCarly" or "Jersey Shore" and "The Daily Show," which is sure to further anger the 20 million DirecTV subscribers who continue to find a dark screen when they change the channel to Viacom-owned nets like Nick, MTV, Comedy Central and VH1.

'Thrones' fan to HBO: 'Take my money'updated: Thu Jul 12 2012 10:30:00

A fan of 'Game of Thrones' launched an effort to get HBO to bypass cable and sell the series in an online subscription.

Source: DNA at Occupy protest similar to material on victim's CD playerupdated: Thu Jul 12 2012 09:57:00

DNA found on a chain used by protesters believed to be aligned with the Occupy Wall Street movement in New York appears to be a "similar profile" to DNA recovered in the unsolved murder of a Julliard student in 2004, according to a source with knowledge of the case.

Never-seen pics of Rolling Stones in '72updated: Thu Jul 12 2012 09:40:00

Legendary Jim Marshall photographed the Rolling Stones in 1972. CNN's Simon Barnett talks about the never-seen photos.

Web wails as DirecTV channels go darkupdated: Wed Jul 11 2012 15:01:00

It's a first-world problem of epic proportions, and the couch potatoes of the Web aren't pleased.

Movie reviews: 'Spider-Man,' 'Katy Perry'updated: Sun Jul 08 2012 09:43:00

Movie critic Grae Drake gives her grades for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Katy Perry: Part of Me."

Review: 'Katy Perry: Part of Me'updated: Sun Jul 08 2012 09:43:00

When Lady Gaga flounces onto a concert stage in one of her Marie Antoinette-gone-"Clockwork Orange" getups, there's never much doubt that you're watching a glorious ''monster.'' The magic of Katy Perry, by contrast, is that she'll show up to perform in a shiny blue wig with Bettie Page bangs wearing oversize spinning lollipops pinned to her breasts ... and damned if she still doesn't look like the girl next door.

Frank Ocean effect: What happens when a hip hop artist confesses same sex love?updated: Thu Jul 05 2012 14:56:00

"Today is a big day for hip hop."

The 15 most impressive* box office performances of 2012 so farupdated: Thu Jul 05 2012 11:12:00

We're officially halfway through 2012, and if you're an obsessive box-office junkie like me, that means it's time to reflect back on the past six months at the movies and give credit to some of the best box-office performances. (Theoretically, it's also time to think back to box-office disasters like Battleship, John Carter, and That's My Boy, but we'll save that for another time...)

'Ted' lights up box office with $54.1 millionupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 10:16:00

Who had more money thrown at him this weekend? A bong-smoking teddy bear with a bad attitude or Channing Tatum in a sparkly G-string? Richard Deitsch: Is Erin Andrews heading to Fox Sports?updated: Fri Jun 29 2012 21:56:00 has learned that Fox Sports is aggressively pursuing ESPN sportscaster Erin Andrews for a role at its network. The network's executives recently met with Andrews regarding a major role in Fox's college football coverage.

Review: Maroon 5 barely sound like a band on 'Overexposed' updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 10:08:00

Thanks to his role as a throne-swiveling talent scout on NBC's hit singing competition The Voice, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is now a stand-alone star ? one who seems awfully pleased to see his every move, from the silly beefs with fellow Voice coach Christina Aguilera to the flings with Victoria's Secret models, get street-fliered across the media landscape.

O'Brien on his greatest achievementupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 06:06:00

Comedian Conan O'Brien talks to CNN's Piers Morgan exclusively about his greatest achievement.

Conan O'Brien: Laughter has 'always been the motivation for me'updated: Tue Jun 26 2012 06:06:00

"I've always only been interested in trying to make people laugh," Conan O'Brien told Piers Morgan, "and trying to be funny and make things that would have made me laugh, you know? Or my brothers laugh, or my sisters laugh, or my parents laugh. That's always been the motivation for me."

Is unscripted TV the new reality for record industry executives?updated: Mon Jun 25 2012 12:42:00

For years, there has been talk that the music industry is in decline. The increase of Internet music piracy and the decrease of consumers' attention spans have been two of the factors blamed for for lackluster sales. So it's no surprise that music stars have sought other streams of income outside royalties, concert dates and merchandising sales throughout the years.

Box office report: 'Brave' hits the bullseye with $66.7 millionupdated: Mon Jun 25 2012 08:25:00

For the third time this year, following strong openings from "The Hunger Games" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," a movie with a tough female protagonist topped the box office in a major way.

Future of daytime? More talk, less dramaupdated: Wed Jun 20 2012 10:55:00

Let's address the soap opera fans upfront: The past year has been tough for you. Yet industry analysts say it's probably going to get tougher in coming years -- only perhaps less so if you also happen to be a huge fan of talk TV.

Drake brings Club Paradise to Jones Beachupdated: Mon Jun 18 2012 09:33:00

Drake hit New York's Nikon at Jones Beach Theater Saturday night the way he prefers to travel: with friends and family in tow. Andy Staples: Luther Campbell in fight for right to coach high school football in Miamiupdated: Wed Jun 13 2012 16:44:00

Miami Northwestern High's defensive coordinator stood before his players last month with a marker in his hand and a board full of plays at his back. "Any time in this game we're going to check goal line, I'm going to go Eagle," he yelled, referring to a blitz call. "We're going to hit the quarterback all night." The players nodded. Some smiled. Some scowled.

Introducing 2012 Emmy Watch: Nominations I wish we'd seeupdated: Mon Jun 11 2012 17:02:00

The Emmy nominations are being decided even as I write this. Grant Wahl: From Houston to Gdansk, my running diary of Euro 2012's first weekendupdated: Sun Jun 10 2012 17:34:00

GDANSK, Poland -- It was the game of the tournament so far in Euro 2012, a thrillingly open back-and-forth between the champions of World Cup 2010 (Spain) and World Cup 2006 (Italy). And when the smoke finally cleared, both sides came away with a point in a 1-1 tie that featured fascinating tactics (Spain's six starting midfielders; Italy's three-man back line), aggravating misses (Fernando Torres' miscues; Mario Balotelli's Leon Lett impression) and first-rate goalkeeping by two of the world's best, Iker Casillas and Gigi Buffon.

TV stars on Broadway: Growing trend and winning formula updated: Fri Jun 08 2012 11:45:00

Despite what people think, The Great White Way isn't a vast wasteland filled with has-been stars, television talent competition show rejects and washed-up celebrities; it's actually a draw for high-wattage thespians who want some fat on which to chew.

Why summer is becoming the prime time for prime-time TVupdated: Wed Jun 06 2012 10:57:00

Summertime has long been associated with pool parties and barbecues. But with so many new programs and series' finales on the way, the TV remote could be just as crucial this season as sunscreen and hot dogs.

Foo Fighters drummer will play Iggy Pop in 'CBGB'updated: Tue Jun 05 2012 10:30:00

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins will portray Iggy Pop in the forthcoming film "CBGB," the Hollywood Reporter confirms.

'Family Feud' host Richard Dawson diesupdated: Sun Jun 03 2012 15:25:00

Actor Richard Dawson, original "Family Feud" host and "Hogan's Heroes" star has died at the age of 79.

Steven Spielberg's 'E.T.' coming to Blu-ray, and it's walkie-talkie free!updated: Wed May 30 2012 17:30:00

For many, "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" remains Steven Spielberg's most indelible film, holding a special spot in moviegoers' hearts. (I know it does for me.)

Watson leaves notes strung through music historyupdated: Wed May 30 2012 00:46:00

If the one great book of American popular music is ever written, Doc Watson might not even need his own chapter. He has a solo -- or a harmony part, or a lead vocal, or a single perfect guitar lick -- in all the important chapters of the past 50 years.

David Letterman on post-9.11 broadcastupdated: Tue May 29 2012 09:51:00

With Regis Philbin hosting, David Letterman recounts going back on the air following September 11.

Prestigious Palme d'Or prize to be awarded at Cannesupdated: Sun May 27 2012 10:00:00

The prestigious Palme d'Or prize, awarded for the top director of a film at the Cannes Film Festival, will be presented Sunday.

Jailed punk band Pussy Riot pushes free speech limits in Russiaupdated: Fri May 25 2012 09:51:00

Here's a quick way to get arrested in modern Russia: Walk into a cathedral wearing a neon mask and carrying a guitar, stand on the pulpit and scream punk songs with lyrics like "Virgin Mary drive Putin away!"

Eminem: I'm starting to work on new solo recordupdated: Thu May 24 2012 16:49:00

Eminem revealed that he has started work on his next solo record during an interview with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg this morning.

Donna Summer's friends gather for disco queen's funeral updated: Wed May 23 2012 14:37:00

Several hundred of Donna Summer's closest friends and family began crowding into a Nashville, Tennessee, church Wednesday afternoon to say goodbye to the queen of disco, who died of lung cancer last week.

Star tributes to Donna Summerupdated: Wed May 23 2012 14:37:00

Stars pay tribute to Donna Summer, Van Halen pulls summer tours, and 'iCarly' is being canceled.

Russian cellist fired from Beijing orchestra after off-key behavior updated: Wed May 23 2012 04:56:00

The principal cellist of the Beijing Symphony Orchestra has been dismissed from his post after a video of his boorish behavior on a passenger train last week outraged users on Chinese social networks.

2007: Van Halen announce tour with Rothupdated: Fri May 18 2012 12:46:00

From August 14 2007: David Lee Roth hams it up at the Van Halen news conference announcing a new tour.

Van Halen postpones 31 concert datesupdated: Fri May 18 2012 12:46:00

Classic rockers Van Halen on Thursday abruptly postponed more than 30 tour dates, following their June 26 concert in New Orleans, representative Anna Loynes said.

A diva who defined the disco momentupdated: Thu May 17 2012 23:02:00

Donna Summer defined the disco era. Her brazenly sexual hits "Love To Love You Baby" and "I Feel Love" horrified some and delighted many more when they came out. They also helped to propel disco into a national phenomenon. Even now, the sound of her voice -- controlled yet passionate -- summons up the hedonistic, willful spirit of the late 1970s.

2008: Donna Summer's onstage inspirationupdated: Thu May 17 2012 14:48:00

In May 2008, singer Donna Summer talked about keeping her fans in mind when planning her stage shows.

Nas, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Wiz Khalifa announced for Rock the Bellsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 16:55:00

Traveling hip-hop festival Rock the Bells has announced its lineup.

Kim Kardashian's brilliant IMDB bioupdated: Wed May 16 2012 12:40:00

Kim Kardashian's IMDB page experienced a sudden assault of truth grenades earlier today, resulting in an IMDB bio that looked just a little bit...different.

What 'X Factor' can do for Britney Spearsupdated: Tue May 15 2012 16:16:00

Singing competition shows like "American Idol" and "The Voice" don't only make stars, they rehabilitate them.

Movie Reviews: 'The Avengers'updated: Sun May 13 2012 23:34:00

Movie critic Grae Drake gives grades to the movies "The Avengers" and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel."

'The Avengers' expected to top $1 billion worldwideupdated: Sun May 13 2012 23:34:00

Superheroes are proving their powers at the box office.

Fox renews 'Family Guy' and 'American Dad'updated: Thu May 10 2012 17:40:00

Fox has renewed its Sunday reality kingpin "Family Guy," as well as another Seth MacFarlane title, "American Dad."

Building the Monique Lhuillier brandupdated: Thu May 10 2012 10:33:00

Fashion designer and company founder, Monique Lhuillier talks to CNN about building her brand.

Carrie Underwood album 'Blown Away' debuts at No. 1updated: Wed May 09 2012 16:44:00

Carrie Underwood blew away the competition on the Billboard 200 this week, scoring her third straight number one album with her fourth release, "Blown Away," and moving 267,000 copies.

Jimmy Fallon taps McCartney, Springsteen, Vedder for new LPupdated: Wed May 09 2012 11:02:00

Jimmy Fallon will release his second album, "Blow Your Pants Off," on June 12.

Obama slow jams with Jimmy Fallonupdated: Wed May 09 2012 11:02:00

President Obama joins Jimmy Fallon for a slow jam session on Fallon's late night talk show.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the timeupdated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Adam "MCA" Yauch's death leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986?s "Licensed to Ill," the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Legendary Beastie Boy dies at 47updated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Erin Burnett honors a man that was creative, energetic, passionate and OutFront.

'Avengers' record after hard movie yearupdated: Mon May 07 2012 07:49:00

The Wall Street Journal's Christopher John Farley on what led to the record-breaking box office haul for "The Avengers."

'The Avengers' smashes domestic box office record for opening weekendupdated: Mon May 07 2012 07:49:00

"The Avengers" have conquered America -- for one weekend, at least.

Hollywood brings out big guns for a superhero summerupdated: Thu May 03 2012 14:36:00

Comic book fans aren't the only ones expected to assemble in theaters Friday.

'Avengers' to test superhero star powerupdated: Thu May 03 2012 14:36:00

Neil Curry tests the athletic abilities of Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk at the European premiere of "The Avengers".

Oscars home gets new name: Dolby Theatreupdated: Tue May 01 2012 17:51:00

The Hollywood home of the Academy Awards show has a new name to replace the one it lost when Eastman Kodak Co. filed for bankruptcy in January.

'Uprising' documents role of hip-hop in L.A. riotsupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 15:44:00

In 1988, the West Coast hip-hop group N.W.A released a provocative song called "F**k tha Police," which stirred controversy and marked it as one of the most high-profile examples of tension between the black community in Los Angeles and authorities.

Connecting China and America by banjoupdated: Mon Apr 30 2012 12:15:00

Abigail Washburn hoped to one day influence China - U.S. relations by using the law. Now, she's discovered another way.

Singer you've heard, but never heard ofupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 20:47:00

Singer/songwriter LP reflects on singing as a child, writing songs and how a ukulele helped her career.

K'Naan: Somalia's hip-hop sensationupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

Somali hip-hop sensation Abdi Warsame, better known as K'Naan, has been compared to Eminem and Bob Marley.

Somali rapper K'naan makes songs in the key of loveupdated: Tue Apr 24 2012 11:51:00

His name means "traveler" and Somali-born poet, rapper and musician K'naan has certainly come a long way.

2002: Bee Gees and 'Saturday Night Fever'updated: Mon Apr 23 2012 05:43:00

In 2002, Larry King sat down with the Bee Gees to talk about how they came up their music for "Saturday Night Fever."

Army cancels Ted Nugent's performance at Fort Knox over Obama commentsupdated: Sun Apr 22 2012 06:04:00

It's lights out on Ted Nugent's scheduled performance at an Army base in Kentucky.

Are dating shows behind the curve when it comes to inclusion?updated: Fri Apr 20 2012 09:27:00

Reality programs have long featured contestants of color in their casts.

Is the 'Bachelor' racially biased?updated: Fri Apr 20 2012 09:27:00

Former 'Bachelor' Matt Grant and 'Apprentice' star Omarosa speak out on the racial bias suit against the 'Bachelor.'

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