November 27th, 2013
04:19 PM ET

Top five television deaths

On Sunday, the FOX program "Family Guy" killed off one of its main characters: Brian (The Dog) Griffin.

Fans around the world were shocked and horrified at his passing, especially because it appears he is really dead.

'Family Guy' fans petition to bring back Brian

Mediaite's Joe Concha stopped by the Erin Burnett OutFront newsroom to share his Top 5 Surprise TV Deaths.

How do you feel about Brian's death? Do you think it will be permanent? What do you consider the most shocking television death?

Let us know in the comment section below.

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September 3rd, 2013
08:50 PM ET

"We'll catch the governor another time around"

Sen. Rand Paul will be heading to New Jersey this month to help campaign for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, but there's one man he won't be seeing – the governor himself.

Chris Christie will be taking his wife on a little vacation for her 50th birthday that weekend, saying it wasn't even a choice to be made. How does that sit with the Senator from Kentucky?

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August 24th, 2013
05:20 PM ET

Five casting decisions fans hated

An explosion of criticism has accompanied news that Ben Affleck will play Batman in an upcoming "Superman" sequel. The casting of the "Argo" star and director is not the first time fans have cried foul over such a decision. Here's a list of other casting decisions that sparked some scorn in the fan world:

5. Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher


Tom Cruise in "Mission Impossible" as Ethan Hunt? Sure. Tom Cruise as ex-military investigator Jack Reacher? Well, Reacher fans said NOOOOO! A Facebook page was created to voice their outrage over the 2012 movie. Many fans of the Lee Child books cited the height difference, insisting that Cruise was too short to play the role. In the books, Reacher is 6-foot-5 while Cruise comes in at 5-foot-6 in real life.

4. Daniel Craig as James Bond


The announcement of Daniel Craig as the newest James Bond in 2006's "Casino Royale" gave birth to anti-Craig websites such as Craignotbond.com and danielcraigisnotbond.com. British actor Edward Fox knew author Ian Fleming, creator of the James Bond character, and blasted casting directors for their choice. "So ugly! He is utterly wrong for Bond. The opposite of what Fleming intended," Fox said.

3. Anne Hathaway as Catwoman


Two years ago, fans were up in arms over the casting of Anne Hathaway in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises," saying she couldn't pull off the role of Catwoman. In a Catwoman forum, one fan wrote, "I just can't get the image of her in Princess Diaries out of my head."

2. Michael Keaton as Batman


When director Tim Burton announced to the world that Michael Keaton would star as Batman in his 1989 film, the reaction was not warm. Fans were so cold to the news that they sent more than 50,000 letters to Warner Bros. protesting the decision.

1. Heath Ledger as the Joker


Many people were confused when it was announced that Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight," which was released in 2008.

One critic said, "I like Ledger, but I'm not sure if he can pull off the sinister Joker."

Avid fans will always have a reason for slamming a casting choice. In all movies, actors have the ability to either live up or live down fans' expectations.

Should we give actors such as Ben Affleck the benefit of the doubt? Well, that's up to the moviegoer to decide - after the movie is released.

Follow Leinz Vales on Twitter: @LeinzCNN.

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August 21st, 2013
02:06 PM ET

Dean vs. The Street: Judge rules parents can't name baby Messiah

A Tennessee judge tells the parents of a 7-month-old boy they cannot name their son Messiah.

Judge Lu Ann Ballew  ordered the parents to change the child's first name to Martin.

"The word Messiah is a title, and it's a title that has only been earned by one person, and that one person is Jesus Christ," Ballew said.

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The judge went on to say her decision is best for the child.

But does her argument add up?

Comedian Dean Obeidallah agrees with the judge, saying she was only looking out for the child. What do you think? Obeidallah took his opinion to the street in our new segment - Dean vs. The Street.

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August 1st, 2013
12:23 AM ET

Is the new Kate Middleton Untouchable?

It’s been just over one week since Prince George of Cambridge was presented to the world by his parents, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, in an iconic pop culture moment on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. It was like Rafiki presenting Simba in "The Lion King" for the first time. (Cue "Circle of Life.") Except this was the second time. Princess Diana showed off Prince William as a newborn at the very same hospital.

And the similarities don't stop there. It was 1982 when Princess Di surfaced from the hospital wearing a loose-fitting green and white polka dot dress. This time around, Kate Middleton wearing a custom Jenny Packham blue dress with white polka dots, proudly displayed her postpartum bump when she handed the baby to all-grown-up Prince William.

The other thing that hasn't changed much is the media's relentless coverage of the princesses. The paparazzi are as aggressive as ever, tracking down Middleton in France last September as she sunbathed topless. And the tabloids are all too ready to publish them with a cover line that is going to sell the most rags. In the U.S., for instance, the magazine industry raked in an estimated $31 million from the Royal Wedding in 2011.

In the case of the topless photos, though, Kate and Prince William took legal action against the photographer and the French magazine that published the photos. According to Hollywoodlife.com, both are now facing criminal charges. Did the royals scare the tabloids away?

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