Victoria Beckham on TomKat and Scientology
October 7th, 2010
01:15 PM ET

Victoria Beckham on TomKat and Scientology

Victoria Beckham may count Scientologists Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes among her BFFs but the former Spice Girl insists that she and soccer star hubby David are not followers of the controversial religion.

"We aren't Scientologists," 36-year-old Beckham says in the November issue of Marie Claire. "We really don't know very much about it. I mean, Tom and Katie - they've mentioned it to us. But, no, they didn't try to hook us and reel us in. It never really crops up."

In fact, the mom-of-three's get-togethers with Holmes are no different from those of any other female friends. "I'm very close to Katie, but with us, it's all about girl talk," says Beckham. "Katie is so talented and such an incredible mother, spinning plates like all us working mums do."

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Nathan Lane fails to shake things up on 'Modern Family'
October 7th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

Nathan Lane fails to shake things up on 'Modern Family'

On Wednesday night, a big earthquake hit all three of our families, but what could have been something of a gimmick-y episode didn't shake the sharp writing we usually expect from "Modern Family."

The quake provided the perfect excuse for Mitchell and Cam to get out of a theme/costume party with Cam's ex Pepper ("It was the nineties, we'd just lost Princess Di. I was at sea."), played by Nathan Lane, who showed up at their doorstep late in the episode.

I had high hopes for his appearance, but Pepper in the flesh was a disappointment compared to the one Mitchell and Cam described. At the same time, I loved how much the two ended up trashing their house to back up their lies to Pepper.

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Gaga, Beyoncé among top 10 most powerful women
October 7th, 2010
12:15 PM ET

Gaga, Beyoncé among top 10 most powerful women

Move over, Michelle Obama! Lady Gaga has joined the first lady in the top 10 of Forbes's list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women.

According to Forbes, the list is "based less on traditional titles and more on creative influence and entrepreneurship. These power women have built distinctive companies and brands and championed weighty causes, sometimes through unconventional means; in other cases they have broken through gender barriers."

The power women candidates were divided into four categories – lifestyle, politics, business and media – and ranked within each group. Then, the groups were ranked against each other.

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Stephenie Meyer 'excited' about 'Breaking Dawn' casting
October 7th, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Stephenie Meyer 'excited' about 'Breaking Dawn' casting

The news that 9-year-old Mackenzie Foy was joining the cast of "Breaking Dawn" as Renesmee began circulating last week, as other stars like "Lost's" Maggie Grace, Mia Maestro and Christian Camargo signed on to play vamps in the two-part continuation of the "Twilight" saga.

But with a Facebook post on Wednesday evening, "Twilight" author Stephenie Meyer has officially welcomed Foy on board.

"Very excited about our new Renesmee, Mackenzie Foy," Meyer wrote, after extending a congrats to the "Twilight" Facebook fan page, which has 15 million fans. "She's an amazing young actress and I'm excited to work with her," Meyer continued.

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'Glee' tops Beatles Hot 100 record
October 7th, 2010
10:42 AM ET

'Glee' tops Beatles Hot 100 record

It's official – they're bigger than the Beatles. The cast of "Glee" has surpassed the Fab Four's record as the music group with the most songs on Billboard's Hot 100 music chart.

As of today, the McKinley High gang – who have covered the Beatles's "Hello Goodbye" and, most recently, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" – will have 75 titles on the Billboard chart since they made their debut on the hit Fox series last year. The Beatles, by comparison, had 71 titles on the Hot 100 list between 1964 and 1996.

According to Billboard, the cast's cover of Britney Spears' "Toxic" takes its place on the chart as the Hot 100's highest debut (No. 16), selling 109,000 downloads in its first week.

The "Glee" kids aren't the Hot 100's biggest record-holders, however. That honor goes to solo act Elvis Presley, who had 108 charted titles. Long live the King!

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt's older brother dies
October 7th, 2010
09:20 AM ET

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's older brother dies

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt suffered a loss this week. The “Inception” star’s older brother Dan has passed away. According to People, the 36-year-old was found unresponsive in his Hollywood home Monday. The cause of death is unknown.

Gordon-Levitt tweeted about the death Tuesday, writing, “My super hero brother @burningdan 1974-2010,” adding that followers could help “celebrate” his life on Gordon-Levitt’s website, hitRECord.org, on which he also posted a message.

“BURNING dAN brightly embodied that bold beastly bliss sometimes referred to as ‘the creative spirit.’ He was my chief collaborator on the foundational incarnations of hitRECord.org over the years and continues to inspire us ever the more,” Gordon-Levitt wrote. “He would absolutely positively insist that we not let this bad news deter us on our collective mission. That said, I might not feel up to it for a little while.”

Gordon-Levitt added, "Let's celebrate him, he's [expletive] awesome."


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