Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah to make 'Joyful Noise'
August 23rd, 2010
07:02 PM ET

Dolly Parton and Queen Latifah to make 'Joyful Noise'

Here she comes again -  country singer Dolly Parton is returning to the big screen in a new movie musical with Queen Latifah.

In the upcoming "Joyful Noise," the pair star as two women hoping to stop a small-town gospel choir from shutting down.

Forty-year-old Latifah, who earned an Oscar nomination for "Chicago," will play a mother of two who heads up the Pacashau Gospel Choir following the choir director's death, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Parton, 64, plays the choir director's widow, who also wants her late husband's job.

The music legend, who appeared in hit '80s films like "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," "9 to 5" and "Steel Magnolias," hasn't made a major motion picture since the 1992 comedy "Straight Talk."

In July, she hinted to Entertainment Weekly that she had a project in the pipeline, saying, "I might even possibly do a movie soon... I don't want to say what it is yet, but I've got a real good offer, and if it comes through, I'll probably start a movie in October to have a movie out next year."

Kardashians have no trouble 'Keeping Up' ratings
August 23rd, 2010
07:02 PM ET

Kardashians have no trouble 'Keeping Up' ratings

We’ve spent the past three years peeking into the sometimes-TMI lives of those krazy Kardashians, but the ratings for last night’s premiere prove that America is far from done with this reality TV family.

Nearly 4.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the opener of season five, making the episode the series’ highest-rated as well as the show's most-watched season premiere ever.

It also became E!’s second most-watched telecast ever, which is only bested by last season’s "Kardashian" finale, which pulled in 4.8 million viewers.

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Lauryn Hill makes solid return at Rock the Bells
August 23rd, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Lauryn Hill makes solid return at Rock the Bells

Lauryn Hill’s star just keeps getting brighter.

After Billboard announced her return to the charts with the leaked single, “Repercussions,” word spread over the weekend that L Boogie left the crowd wanting more at a Rock the Bells concert in San Bernardino, California, on August 21.

Hill reportedly did her thing, performing hits like “Fu-Gee-La,” “Doo Wop (That Thing),” “To Zion” and “Ready or Not" at the concert, which also featured other venerated hip-hop artists Snoop Dogg, Slick Rick, Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan.

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'Mad Men' gets an 'A' for awkward
August 23rd, 2010
03:31 PM ET

'Mad Men' gets an 'A' for awkward

Editor’s Note:This post contains spoilers for the Sunday, August 22 episode of AMC’s “Mad Men."

Is it just me, or were there some capital “A” for "Awkward" moments on last night’s ”Mad Men”?

SCDP found itself vying for a lucrative Honda contract with competing firm Cutler Gleason Chaough. CGC poached the Clearasil and Jai Alai accounts from SCDP and agency partner Ted Chaough was a particular thorn in Don’s side, so it was important that our boys at SCDP won the account.

Roger, harboring lingering resentment toward the Japanese over WWII, weighed in with a couple of classic Rogerisms and objected to the account. The remaining partners decided to move forward without Roger’s involvement. To prepare for the arrival of the Japanese delegation, everyone was instructed to read the 1946 study on Japanese culture, “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword.”

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Brad Pitt unleashes anger at BP in Spike Lee doc
August 23rd, 2010
03:25 PM ET

Brad Pitt unleashes anger at BP in Spike Lee doc

Brad Pitt wants those behind the BP oil spill to pay in a very big way - namely, via the death penalty.

During an interview in director Spike Lee's New Orleans documentary, "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise," airing tonight on HBO, Pitt, 46, cannot hide his fury over the 87-day leak and the additional devastation it brought to the Big Easy.

"I was never for the death penalty before; I am willing to look at it again," said the father of six, who owns a home in New Orleans and has worked hard to rebuild the city post-Hurricane Katrina with his Make It Right organization.

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Jennifer Aniston headed to 'Cougar Town'
August 23rd, 2010
01:51 PM ET

Jennifer Aniston headed to 'Cougar Town'

Jennifer Aniston could probably use a reunion with a good “Friend” right about now.

Amidst plenty of questioning on whether or not the actress, 41, has lost her box office touch comes news that she'll join former on-screen (and real-life) buddy Courteney Cox in the “Cougar Town” premiere on Wednesday, September 22 at 9:30 p.m.

This marks the second time the two have teamed up since “Friends” came to an end in 2004; Aniston previously joined Cox on the short-lived series “Dirt” in 2007.

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