Fox, Time Warner Cable
Fans of football and The Simpsons can breathe a little easier, for now.
News Corp. and Time Warner Cable Inc. agreed to extend their contract a few hours, avoiding the threatened blackout of several Fox stations and allowing fee negotiations to continue.
Time Warner made the announcement just after midnight — when the existing contract expired — and Fox executive Scott Grogin told The Associated Press at 5:30 a.m. "we are still negotiating."
News Corp., Fox's parent company, is demanding higher subscriber fees for its Fox stations from Time Warner. The company is asking for a $1 monthly fee per subscriber, which will provide subscription revenue to supplement advertising revenue from its broadcast networks.
Time Warner has agreed to negotiate a new fee, but CEO Glenn Britt has called Fox's demand excessive...
What were our top moments of the decade? Check out the video below to see just a few of them: Kelly Clarkson, a sweet, plainspoken waitress from Burleson, Texas, captured our hearts when she won the inaugural season of a little singing competition called American Idol. The Sopranos had a habit of killing off its main characters, but we gasped when "nice wise guy" Silvio whacked the beleaguered Adriana. And back in the real world, Barack Obama made history as the first African-American president of the United States.
Check out these top moments in the video after the jump, and then see many more in our Best of 2009 and Best of the Decade sections.
Giuliana and Bill Rancic
Giuliana and Bill Rancic's tale of one marriage in two cities, Giuliana & Bill, returns for Season 2 on Sunday (9/8c, Style), and it finds the couple with one thing on their minds: babies. "That's a very real issue that a lot of women are dealing with, wanting to have a baby. Sometimes for some women, it's easier than for others," Giuliana, 35, tells TVGuide.com. "We shot a lot of Season 2 now and it's been a pretty incredible season." A baby, of course, wouldn't be the only big change in their lives as the long-distance couple — she's in L.A. and Bill, 38, is in Chicago — needs to settle on one place to call home. Find out if they've decided, why the E! News anchor thought beer was in her baby bottles and more.
AT&T will no longer be calling on Tiger Woods.
Tiger Woods loses first sponsorship
The company announced Thursday that it would no longer sponsor Woods, according to The Associated Press. AT&T joins Accenture in dropping Woods, who is taking a break from golf to focus on his marriage after his admitted infidelity.
AT&T hasn't used Woods's image much in advertising, but the company's logo did appear on his golf bag. Woods has also...
Reports that Van Morrison had become a father again at 64 resulted from a hoax apparently because the singer's website was hacked, according to Agence France-Press.
Morrison said in a statement Thursday that the post stating that he fathered a child, George Ivan Morrison III, with wife-manager Gigi Lee was "utterly without foundation." He doesn't even know a Gigi Lee.
"Claims were made relating to my personal life in a 'statement' purporting to come from me," the statement read. "Once these claims were brought to our attention, they were taken down from the site. The comments ... did not come from me."
The statement was issued on Morrison's behalf by the Dublin branch of the U.S.-based public relations firm Fleishman-Hillard Inc. Morrison's Hollywood-based representative, Phil Lobel, told The Associated Press in an e-mail Thursday that the original announcement was based on the hacked website posting and "all those with Van Morrison regret any confusion this may have caused."
John Saunders, senior partner of the PR firm in Europe, said Morrison doesn't ...
Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller
Prosecutors have filed a motion to oppose dismissal of a restraining order against Charlie Sheen, according to The Associated Press.
Lawyers: Sheen and wife want to reconcile
Lawyers for both Sheen and his wife, Brooke, say they want the order lifted so the couple can try to reconcile. Sheen is accused of putting a knife to his wife's throat and threatening to kill her. The order bars him from contacting her.
Assistant District Attorney Arnold Mordkin would not say why he filed the motion, and it's unclear when a judge will rule...
Chris Robinson will be doing a different kind of rocking in the new year.
Check out photos of Robinson
The Black Crowes frontman and his wife, Allison Bridges, welcomed a daughter on Saturday, according to People. Robinson's rep told the magazine that Cheyenne Genevieve Robinson was born at the Robinsons' home in California, weighing in at 6 pounds, 3 ounces...