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With a bruised forehead, Stephen Colbert has found a new cause celebre: fighting the glamorization of ‘‘face violence.’’

As he did after breaking his wrist last year, Colbert has transformed a real-life injury into a mock crusade. Colbert was injured Saturday, and while he’s been cagey about the cause, he’s made no attempt to hide the scarring between his eyebrows this week on ‘‘The Colbert Report.’’

Cookie Monster: C is for cantaloupe ... and Colbert

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Our hearty chuckle of the day — here's an appearance by Cookie Monster on Thursday's episode of "The Colbert Report," setting the record straight about his new, healthy-food, non-cookie agenda, and dishing about those "crazy" years in the ’70s and ’80s when he was "the Robert Downey Jr. of cookies."

Lie back and relax: HBO renews 'In Treatment'

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HBO has renewed the half-hour drama ‘‘In Treatment’’ for a second season and is moving production on the show from Los Angeles to New York.

The second season of ‘‘In Treatment,’’ based on the Israeli series of the same name, will feature a brand new roster of patients to Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne). Byrne and Dianne Wiest, who plays Paul’s own therapist, Dr. Gina Toll, are returning.


A promo for the half-season finale "Revelations."

So Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica" concluded the first half of its final season with a bit of a shocker. Was it worth it? What will happen in the final episodes?

Spoilers after the jump...

John Cusack vs. Bill O'Reilly this morning

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John Cusack this morning on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show.

Evanston native John Cusack appeared on MSNBC this morning to chat about his new MoveOn.org ads — in which he makes the argument that it's difficult to tell the policies of George W. Bush and John McCain apart — as well as his new Iraq war-related movie. He takes a hearty swipe at cable talk fiend Bill O'Reilly in the process.

Cusack returns to MSNBC tonight, on "Countdown with Keith Olbermann" at 7 p.m.

'Idol' musicians not idle in seeking royalties

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Clay and Fantasia and Kelly and the Davids — they get the spotlight on "American Idol." But there are unsung heroes behind every singer: the musicians. And the ones on "Idol" are a bit miffed.

Their union is, anyway. The American Federation of Musicians has filed a federal lawsuit against the producers of "Idol," claiming musicians were underpaid because the show’s live music was re-recorded for reruns.

The USA Rock Paper Scissors League is proving to have staying power in the media industry.

The championship tournament of the league devoted to the playground game is heading to Fox Sports Network as an hourlong "Best Damn Sports Show Period" special Oct. 6.


Last year's big RPS tourney: "The greatest duel in sports!".

Top Chef: Chicago...the final judges table

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Stephanie seemed shocked that the leeks weren't cooked, but earns a thank you from Tom for her third dish.

Her dessert was a miss according to Tom.

Richard admits that he feels he choked and over-thought his menu.

"Stephanie, you've proved time and time again when we think we have you all figured out you surprise us with something out of left field that surprises us."

In the end, the judges based their decision on what meal they would like to have again.

And Stephanie Izard was named top chef! Yeah!

More from Top Chef: Chicago

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Surprise! No sous chefs for the final day.

"This happens every day at a restaurant," Richard says. "People don't show up. I mean, it sucks."

Stephanie's menus consists of a seared red snapper, seared quail with lobster ravioli and quail egg, lamb medallions and ricotta poundcake.

"The best poundcake I've ever had," Stephanie says.

"It could really come down to that dish for her," Tom Colicchio says.

Stephanie things the cake sucks. Lisa tries to console her in her usual abrasive manner.

The first course: Best goes to Stephanie. She earns praise for the truffle oil infused with the flavor of stock. "It was good. Almost really good," Colicchio says.

Second course: Stephanie under-cooked her leeks. Not a good sign. Antonio was sent home last week for under-cooked beans. Lisa's soup takes the prize.

Third course: They hate both Richard and Lisa's dishes. They love Stephanie's. "It's full of surprises and it works," Colicchio says.

Looks like it could all come down to the dessert for Stephanie.

Dessert: Stephanie's dessert was unrefined. Yikes. She seemed to take two of the courses, but is it enough?

Top Chef: Chicago...and so it begins

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Lisa admits to getting through by the skin of her teeth, but still thinks she's going to beat both Richard and Stephanie. Oy, the ego!

The final challenge: Prepare a four course meal using the traditional progression: fish, poultry, red meat and dessert.

Stephanie says dessert isn't her forte.

Since Richard and Stephanie are tied in elimination challenges, they have to draw knives to see who gets to pick their meats and sous chefs first. Stephanie wins and picks chef Eric Ripert , co-owner of New York's acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant.

Dinner is a black tie affair for nine guests.

Richard's requested ingredient is liquid nitrogen. Big surprise.

"I'm not into the molecular at all," Lisa says. "I cook simple food and keep minimal ingredients instead of over thinking things."

"At this point, I'm just going to do the best I can and we'll see what happens," Stephanie says.

First thoughts on season finale of "Top Chef: Chicago"

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I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I will scream like a Japanese school girl if, by some fluke, Lisa Fernandes wins this whole thing.

Your thoughts, guys?

Here's some gossip, girl: CW show may get spinoff

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The makers of ‘‘Gossip Girl’’ are planning a spinoff series set at a girls boarding school.

Producers are hoping to expand the popular CW show by either giving co-star Taylor Momsen her own series or by introducing a new character in the fall who is later spun off.

Swayze to return to Chicago for new show

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Actor Patrick Swazye watches the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs play on May 23 in Los Angeles. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

Patrick Swayze is not only faring well with his cancer treatment, he's been cleared to go back to work. Which means he'll be back in Chicago soon to film his debut season of the A&E FBI drama, "The Beast."

Hey, it worked for Jamie Lee Curtis

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VH1 is looking for actresses who aren’t afraid to scream.

The cable network has greenlighted ‘‘Scream Queens,’’ a series from Lionsgate that will gather 10 unknown actresses to compete for a ‘‘major’’ role in a horror movie from Lionsgate Films. The contestants will compete in challenges and be schooled by acting coach John Homa. Their skills and progress will be judged by an unnamed director from Lionsgate’s roster.

Gordon Ramsay is in a California state of mind.

The fiery Scottish chef and star of Fox’s ‘‘Hell’s Kitchen’’ and ‘‘Kitchen Nightmares’’ was all smiles at the opening of his latest restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at The London West Hollywood, on Wednesday evening. The event was attended by celebrity guests such as ‘‘Will and & Grace’’ co-star Eric McCormack, ‘‘Survivor’’ host Jeff Probst, Khloe Kardashian and David Beckham.

So why did Ramsay decide to set up shop on the West Coast?

Fight on, 'Jericho' fans!

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"Jericho" fans saved the CBS drama once, and they are determined to save it again. Roll your eyes, but at least admire the tenacity of the folks behind a new billboard in Los Angeles, seeking a new home for the show ...

Sneak peek at J.J. Abrams' new sci-fi series

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Does every J.J. Abrams TV series about scary science have to begin with a plane crash?

In this new trailer for "Fringe," Abrams' new series scheduled this fall on Fox, the action begins when — as a plane is careening out of the sky — one of the passengers injects himself with something that ... well, let's say death by the actual crash probably would have been preferred by most passengers. And if you like that syringe scene, you're in luck because the trailer contains about a dozen more needle pricks. Eeuuuw!

'Battlestar Galactica': Let's get back to base-ics

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Is anyone else as bored and disillusioned as I am by this leaden final season of Sci Fi's "Battlestar Galactica"?

It pains me to write such things, given how the show's first two seasons were so exciting and refreshing. But after Season Three's confusing ending (Tyrol's a Cylon? So why no fuss about his baby?), this fourth and final season has been one long, bleak dud, lacking the common-cause heroism and universal Odyssean storyline that made this retooled drama so compelling.

More manufactured controversy from MTV

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Seth Rogen (left) and James Franco pretend to light a joint while presenting the award for "best movie so far" Sunday night at the MTV Movie Awards. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)


Like the stoners they play in the upcoming ‘‘Pineapple Express,’’ Seth Rogen and James Franco stumbled unkowingly into trouble Sunday at the MTV Movie Awards.

And of course, the weed was someone else’s.

Early on in the show, Rogen and Franco took the podium to present the award for best summer movie so far, joking that MTV chose them because only ‘‘two potheads like us’’ would be willing to announce such a strange category. Then they pulled out a bag of ‘‘fake weed’’ and a ‘‘huge fatty joint’’ — and proceeded to light it.

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