GOOD WEEK/BAD WEEK
The Survivor host will venture into daytime television with a fall 2012 CBS talk show.
His character on CBS's Two and a Half Men is reportedly getting killed off.
Kermit Goes Indie
Weezer, OK Go and other musical Muppets fans will record covers of songs such as "Bein' Green" and "Rainbow Connection" for an Aug. 23 tribute collection titled (naturally) The Green Album. Between this and a series of tongue-in-cheek trailers for the Nov. 23 film, are we sure the Muppets are still for kids?
'I think we're irreplaceable. I don't think they could replace us.'
PAUL "DJ PAULY D" DELVECCHIO, on rumors that the Jersey Shore cast will be swapped for a less-expensive but equally tanned troupe
SO THIS HAPPENED
Justin and Tiffani <3 Each Other
Although he was not yet born when Saved by the Bell aired in the early '90s, Justin Bieber showed his love for the teen sitcom by donning a retro Kelly Kapowski T-shirt. A few days later, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who played Kelly on the show, returned the compliment. It's like a snake eating its own tail.
The Pixar Guys Bank on a Brave Gal
It was bound to happen. Cars 2, the latest from do-no-wrong Pixar, received a drubbing that possibly reflected the lofty ambitions of critics more than the film's kid-friendly ambitions. The studio might recapture moviegoers over the age of 11 with 2012's Brave, the first Pixar film with a female lead.
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Toy Story 100%
A Bug's Life 91%
Toy Story 2 100%
Monsters, Inc. 95%
Finding Nemo 98%
The Incredibles 97%
Toy Story 3 99%
Cars 2 33%
Will Pixar bounce back with Brave?
NOT SO MUCH
BASED ON SCORES FROM ROTTEN TOMATOES
Beyoncé is good at four things: singing, dancing in high heels, avoiding questions about Jay-Z and crafting superb, seemingly empowering pop songs that on closer listen contain a muddled message. Though "1 + 1" is the finest ballad the siren has delivered in years, her new album's first single, "Run the World (Girls)," is just an empty girl-power rehash.
Having operated a wine club for over a year now, inoffensive rock band Train has created its own vino company called Save Me, San Francisco. The first offering will be Drops of Jupiter, a petite sirah named after the band's 2001 hit. But wasn't that song about the best soy latte we've ever had?