Documentarian and Oscar-nominated director Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya on Wednesday, The New York Times reports. Three photographers, Chris Hondros, Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown were also injured in the attack.
The men were on location documenting the conflict between Muammar Gaddafi's forces and Libyan rebels when they were struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
Heidi Montag and Danielle Staub
Reality vixens Heidi Montag and Danielle Staub will face off in the new VH1 series Famous Food.
The 10-episode reality show, slated to premiere in the fall, will give seven celebrities the opportunity to open a West Hollywood eatery. The cast — which includes Montag, Staub, former Bachelor Jake Pavelka, musicians DJ Paul and Juicy "J", Eliot Spitzer's former call girl Ashley Dupre and Sopranos actor Vincent Pastore — will complete various tasks, such as creating a menu and renovating the location.
Andy Samberg has landed a new gig: Chief Shark Officer for Discovery Channel's Shark Week.
"I'm overjoyed about being appointed CSO. Everyone loves Shark Week. It's the Bill Cosby of week-long television blocks dedicated to sea animals," he said in a statement.
Samberg will host the 24th annual weeklong celebration that features programming dedicated to the ocean's fiercest fish.
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Nik Richie and Shayne Lamas
A little Lamas is on the way for Bachelor alum Shayne Lamas.
"The Lamas-Richie family is happy, healthy and definitely pregnant," she tweeted on Tuesday.
Musician Mary Robbins, the mother of actor Tim Robbins, has died, The Associated Press reports. She was 78.
Robbins died Sunday at her home in Esteban Cantu, Mexico, of a heart arrhythmia just 12 days after her husband, Gil Robbins, died of prostate cancer at 80. The couple had been married for 59 years.
Cliff Curtis has been tapped to star opposite Ashley Judd in ABC's upcoming drama Missing, Deadline reports.
ABC finds Missing piece with Ashley Judd
The series follows former CIA agent Becca Winstone (Judd), who travels to Europe to find her son after he disappears in Italy while abroad for an internship. Curtis will play the director of a CIA branch in London who risks his career to help Becca in her search.
Despite the current National Football League lockout, the official 2011 schedule has been released.
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"We're doing all we can to prepare for the 2011 season," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told the league's television channel. "We have every intention of playing the full schedule and that's why we're releasing it as we normally do."
The season kicks off with a matchup between the last two Super Bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints and the Green Bay Packers, on Thursday, Sept. 8. The first Sunday night game will be played in New York between the Jets and the Dallas Cowboys on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The Miami Dolphins will host the New England Patriots for the first Monday night game on Sept. 12.
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Jennifer Lopez, Bobby Flay
Many TV critics have already harped on the American Idol judges this season. Their refrain: J.Lo, Steven and Randy are nothing more than paid cheerleaders, incapable of criticism. In their eyes, all of the Top 13 contestants were winners, and their performances have deserved nothing worse than a "that was kind of pitchy."
American Idol: What do the girls need to do to survive?
We agree, and would like to offer some advice by pointing to lesser-seen TV competition America's Next Great Restaurant, the NBC show in which the winner gets to open a new fast-casual restaurant chain. Seems to us, the Idol panel could learn a lot from the show's four judges Curtis Stone, Bobby Flay, Lorena Garcia and Steve Ells.