Conan O'Brien says no thanks to NBC move
LOS ANGELES Conan O'Brien said he's rejecting NBC's attempt to move The Tonight Show'' to a post-midnight slot to accommodate Jay Leno's return to late-night.
In a statement Tuesday, O'Brien said that NBC has given him a scant seven months to try to establish himself as host of Tonight.''
NBC wants to move The Jay Leno Show'' out of prime-time and to the 11:35 p.m. daily slot, bumping Tonight'' to 12:05 p.m.
O'Brien said he hoped he and NBC could resolve the issue quickly so he could do a show of which he and his crew could be proud for a company that values our work'' raising the possibility he might go to another network. But he said he has no such offer.
Vatican says Avatar' is no masterpiece
VATICAN CITY Avatar'' is wooing audiences worldwide with visually dazzling landscapes and nature-loving blue creatures. But the Vatican is no easy crowd to please.
The Vatican newspaper and radio station are criticizing James Cameron's 3-D blockbuster for flirting with the idea that worship of nature can replace religion a notion the pope has warned against. They call the movie a simplistic and sappy tale, despite its awe-inspiring special effects.
Not much behind the images'' was how the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, summed it up in a headline.
Shepherd's son charged in mid-air thefts
PHILADELPHIA The son of actress Cybill Shepherd has been charged with stealing from fellow airplane passengers during a cross-country flight.
Police said 22-year-old Cyrus Shepherd-Oppenheim was arrested in Philadelphia on Tuesday about midnight after the United Airlines plane arrived from San Francisco.
Police said witnesses identified Shepherd-Oppenheim as the man who allegedly stole cash, a digital camera, leather make-up case and a small travel bag from two passengers' carry-on luggage.
Shepherd-Oppenheim has been charged with theft and receiving stolen property.