August 6th, 2009
08:08 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's going on in the world of entertainment this morning:

  • Reaction to Paula Abdul's announcement to leave "American Idol" continues to come in: The Los Angeles Times reports that Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of "So You Think You Can Dance" (and former executive producer of "American Idol") is interested in hiring Abdul to be a judge on his show. Meanwhile, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest is "shocked" and fellow judge Randy Jackson "couldn't believe it."
  • Leonardo DiCaprio and director Ridley Scott are teaming up to bring the literary classic "Brave New World" to the screen, says The Hollywood Reporter.
  • Jay Leno confirms: no desk for his new show, but of course, there will be a monologue.
  • "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" just surpassed "Finding Nemo" as the highest-grossing animated title ever overseas, according to Variety.
  • The Chicago Tribune reports that its own film critic Michael Phillips, and the New York Times' A.O. Scott will replace Ben Lyons and Ben Mankiewicz as hosts of "At the Movies," one year after Roger Ebert and Richard Roeper were replaced as hosts of the program.

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