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Howie Mandel Released After Being Hospitalized for Irregular Heartbeat

Howie Mandel, Howie Do It

Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel was released from a Toronto hospital Tuesday after being admitted with an irregular heartbeat a day earlier, according to his rep.

Mandel, who was in Canada shooting an episode of his new hidden-camera prank show, Howie Do It, will be heading back to work Wednesday ... read more

TNT Greenlights Ray Romano's Men of a Certain Age

Ray Romano

Ray Romano's return to TV is official.

After greenlighting new series from Jerry Bruckheimer and Jada Pinkett Smith last week, TNT is giving the go-ahead to Romano's character dramedy Men of a Certain Age, according to Variety.

The series, starring Romano, Andre Braugher and Scott Bakula ... read more

SVU's Mariska Hargitay Suffers a Collapsed Lung

Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU

Law & Order: SVU's Mariska Hargitay is suffering from a partially collapsed lung, according to the star's rep.

"Mariska Hargitay has been sidelined with a pneumothorax (a partially collapsed lung)," the rep told Access Hollywood. Even so, the actress "will appear in all episodes for the rest of the season of Law & Order: SVU," the rep said.

Hargitay's condition occurs ... read more

It's Barack Obama, Your Friendly Neighborhood President

Amazing Spider-Man

The U.S. has had its share of political heroes, but President-elect Barack Obama may be taking it to the next level.

Obama will be on the cover of an upcoming issue of Amazing Spider-Man to celebrate his inauguration, according to E! News. The issue (No. 583, on sale Jan. 14), features Peter Parker's web-slinging alter ego keeping the peace on Inauguration Day ... read more

30 Rock's Rip Torn Pleads Not Guilty to Drunken Driving

Rip Torn

Recurring 30 Rock guest star Rip Torn pleaded not guilty on Monday to drunken driving charges, stemming from a Dec. 14 arrest.

Torn appeared in a Bantam, Conn. superior court and pleaded not guilty to illegal operation of a motor vehicle under the influence and failure to drive in the proper lane, according to The Associated Press.

State police say a trooper pulled Torn over after he noticed the actor driving in the breakdown lane of Route 44 in Salisbury, Conn. ... read more

Digital TV Transition: Converter Coupon Program Maxes Out Budget

Digital Converter sample coupon

Those who have put off buying the converter boxes that will enable them to watch TV when the federally-mandated switch to digital broadcasting takes place may next month have to shell out some extra cash.

The government's $1.34 billion coupon program that would help viewers offset the cost of analog-to-digital converter boxes ran out of money Sunday, according to USA Today. Now, anyone who requests on of the $40 coupons .... read more

Al Franken Senate Recount Win Held up By Lawsuit

Al Franken

Comedian and former Saturday Night Live cast member Al Franken is a U.S. senator. Sort of.

Although Minnesota's Canvassing Board certified Franken as the winner of the lengthy recount on Monday, a legal challenge by Republican incumbent Norm Coleman may keep the results from becoming official a while longer, according to The Associated Press. Coleman, who initially was believed to have a 215-vote lead, is arguing that ... read more

Ann Coulter Cries Foul Over Today Cancellation

Ann Coulter

The "liberal media elite" is taking another bashing, and this time it's not from Sarah Palin.

Controversial conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter took to her website to bash NBC's Today show for its last-minute cancellation of her first- and fourth-hour appearances on Tuesday. Coulter was set to promote her new book, Guilty: Liberal 'Victims' and Their Assault on America, and suggests it was her right-leaning rhetoric that caused the cancellation, not NBC's claim that the show wanted to devote more time to the Middle East conflict.

"I guess this ends the 'they just want to get ratings' argument about liberal media bias," Coulter wrote. She also bashed NBC ... read more

The Dark Knight, Benjamin Button Among Producers Guild's Nominees for Top Films

Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

The Producers Guild of America has named the nominees for its annual film awards, and there a few surprises.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Dark Knight, Milk, Frost/Nixon, and Slumdog Millionaire were the five films recognized this year. The producers of each film ... read more

Pat Hingle, Batman's Commissioner Gordon, Dies at 84

Pat Hingle

Pat Hingle, a veteran character actor best known for his role as Commissioner Gordon in four Batman films, has died after battling blood cancer. He was 84.

Hingle, who was diagnosed with myelodysplasia, a blood disease similar to leukemia, in November 2006, died just after 10 p.m. Saturday in his North Carolina home, according to The Associated Press.

Born Martin Patterson Hingle, the actor's career ... read more

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