Rooney Mara is the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'
August 16th, 2010
05:53 PM ET

Rooney Mara is the 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'

After a closely watched search, Sony Pictures has announced that Rooney Mara will portray Lisbeth Salander in the upcoming adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”

Reportedly, the “Tattoo” team wasn’t considering actresses over 24 or taller than 5 feet 5 inches in order to match Larsson’s vision of Salander’s physical presence; she’s been described as a 24-year-old who could sometimes look 14. There was the added preference that the ideal lead be relatively unknown.

That combination of requirements is thought to be the reason why actresses like Natalie Portman, Mia Wasikowska and Ellen Page weren’t likely to get the part.

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Filed under: Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • movies
Was Danielle Staub fired from 'Real Housewives?'
August 16th, 2010
05:37 PM ET

Was Danielle Staub fired from 'Real Housewives?'

There’s a rumor floating around that Danielle Staub has been fired from Bravo's "Real Housewives of New Jersey."

Life & Style magazine cites an "insider" who says, “Danielle was told that she would not return for the third season,” which "came as a complete shock” to the star, whose unbeweavable fight with cast mate Teresa Giudice pulled in record ratings for Bravo.

If she is on her way out, Bravo isn’t saying; They’ve still got bigger tables to flip with the rest of season two.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
Reality show offers pour in for Steven Slater
August 16th, 2010
05:04 PM ET

Reality show offers pour in for Steven Slater

Steven Slater, the flight attendant who slid from an airplane to fame last week, now employs the services of one of Hollywood's top public relations representatives.

Howard Bragman, Chairman of media and public relations agency Fifteen Minutes, confirmed to CNN that he is now representing Slater and will help him assess offers to appear in proposed television programs inspired by Slater's dramatic exit from a JetBlue plane at New York's Kennedy Airport after he cursed a passenger over the public address system and deployed the emergency slide.

"There are probably 25 reality show offers on the table at this point," said Bragman. "There are dozens of e-mails and offers to this guy."

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Happy Birthday Madonna/JamesCameron/KathieLeeAndFrank
August 16th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Happy Birthday Madonna/JamesCameron/KathieLeeAndFrank

If we had a cupcake for every celebrity birthday today, we’d be on one heck of a sugar rush. (Also, our pants would probably feel too tight.)

Of course, August 16 is far from the only day boasting the birth of a number of the celebrities you love and the celebrities you just love to hate, but there are quite a few celebrating another year older today. We couldn’t help but notice the varied ways these famous names have taken to recognizing the day they were brought into the world.

For example, if you’re Madonna – who turns 52 today – you would party in London over the weekend in celebration of looking not even close to the age you actually are. The pop icon hit up the Shoreditch House in East London with daughter Lourdes, 13, in tow. It seems her special friend, Jesus Luz, also made an appearance.

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Filed under: Celebrities
Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Dina Lohan in denial?
August 16th, 2010
04:07 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Is Dina Lohan in denial?

There's big outrage today after Lindsay Lohan’s mother said Lindsay did not deserve to serve jail time for violating probation.

Dina Lohan was grilled by the “Today” show’s Matt Lauer about her daughter’s bad behavior, asking whether or not she or Michael Lohan have done enough to keep her out of trouble. Dina called it all “propaganda,” and said that Lindsay’s situation has been “blown out of proportion.”

Staffers at the "Showbiz Tonight" meeting this morning were all in agreement that Lohan is in complete denial and should take at least some responsibility for Lindsay’s drama.

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Kanye's dream collaboration? Bieber
August 16th, 2010
03:43 PM ET

Kanye's dream collaboration? Bieber

After catching a severe case of Bieber Fever over the weekend, Kanye West plans to remedy the situation by collaborating with the teen singing sensation.

"Listening to @Justin Bieber "Run Away love" ... I love Sunday mornings in the crib," tweeted West,who said he'd played the song about 10 times that morning.

Flattered, Bieber replied to the hip-hop superstar, "it's not a so what moment for me. I'm 16 and a fan. I'm kinda hyped u are listening to my stuff. Thank u. Nice sunday morning."

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