Paula Patton signs up for 'Mission: Impossible'
September 2nd, 2010
05:23 PM ET

Paula Patton signs up for 'Mission: Impossible'

Getting cast to star alongside Tom Cruise in an action franchise? That’s not a “Mission: Impossible” for Paula Patton.

The 34-year-old new mom – who welcomed her first child with husband Robin Thicke in April – has landed the lead female role in “M: I,” Deadline.com reports. Although this film has been referred to as “Mission: Impossible 4,” according to Deadline JJ Abrams and Cruise are approaching the movie as a reboot of the franchise.

Patton is expected to portray an operative who works with Cruise's character, Ethan Hunt, and the actress reportedly beat out “A Walk to Remember’s” Lauren German and “Smallville’s” Kristen Kreuk for the part.

The movie also stars “Hurt Locker” actor Jeremy Renner, 39. Renner's casting came as a bit of a surprise since Paramount was reportedly looking for a younger actor to eventually carry on the franchise.


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Jessica Alba on playing a Latina in 'Machete'
September 2nd, 2010
05:22 PM ET

Jessica Alba on playing a Latina in 'Machete'

Jessica Alba’s turn in “Machete” – which opens in theaters tomorrow – certainly won’t be her first time teaming up with director Robert Rodriguez; the 29-year-old actress has also worked with the filmmaker for “Sin City” and “Spy Kids 4.”

But "Machete" is nonetheless a change of pace for Alba because she's playing a Latina in the movie - a role she's avoided in the past.

"For me, I never wanted to reinforce any stereotypes about Latin women, and that was why I've shied away from Latin characters I've been offered,” Alba, who is half-Mexican, explained to USA Today. “Most of them reinforced the stigmas. The women whom I grew up with are intelligent, strong women, and unless I read a woman being portrayed that way in a film, I didn't want to play it.”

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Lady Gaga, RZA to perform at Yoko Ono concert
September 2nd, 2010
04:09 PM ET

Lady Gaga, RZA to perform at Yoko Ono concert

West Coast music lovers are in for a treat: Yoko Ono is rounding up an eclectic lineup of musicians for a few performances in Los Angeles.

Along with her band, We Are One Plastic Ono, the mercurial widow of Beatles legend John Lennon will be putting on two shows at L.A.’s Orpheum Theater on Friday, October 1 and Saturday, October 2.

The set list includes artists like Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction, Vincent Gallo and RZA, as well as Iggy Pop on October 1 and Lady Gaga the next evening.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Lady Gaga • Music
A chair for 'Conan'
September 2nd, 2010
04:08 PM ET

A chair for 'Conan'

Now that Conan O’Brien has settled on a name for his show, he – or rather, his set designer – needs to get to work on creating the set, a task that includes finding the perfect guest chair.

This piece of furniture may seem inconsequential, but it's actually a heavily weighed decision, explained Emmy-winning set designer and President of the Television Academy John Shaffner in an interview with Broadcasting & Cable. Shaffner will be lending his talents to the set design for "Conan," and told B&C that such chairs “have to be just so high, just so firm and just so deep."

The designer, who also revealed that the new set will be inspired by O’Brien’s “Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television” tour, added that one doesn’t just go out and buy a chair and call it a day; this is a seat that has to be customized.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Conan O'Brien • Late Night comedy • television
Still celebrating '90210' day? Good, so are we
September 2nd, 2010
03:20 PM ET

Still celebrating '90210' day? Good, so are we

As we're sure you've heard, it's "90210" day!

The franchise has a lot to celebrate: Its original incarnation, which premiered in 1990, is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. The new “90210” premiered exactly two years ago today; and The CW network has altered tonight’s programming schedule to make sure an episode of “90210” airs on 9/02/10. Season three is set to premiere Monday September 13 with the main cast starting senior year at the fictitious West Beverly Hills High School.

Even the city of Beverly Hills itself is celebrating its zip code with festivities hosted by Ryan Seacrest, who will present CNN’s Larry King with a key to the city.

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Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Paris speaks out
September 2nd, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Behind the Scenes on 'Showbiz Tonight': Paris speaks out

Today in the "Showbiz Tonight" morning meeting, it was all about Paris Hilton.

The reality TV star/heiress has been banned from two Las Vegas properties as a result of her felony cocaine arrest, and now she's speaking out.

“These rumors going around are so ridiculous, untrue and cruel," Hilton tweeted. "I'm not going to even pay attention to them, because I know the truth."

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