James Franco takes on 'Three's Company'
November 2nd, 2010
05:32 PM ET

James Franco takes on 'Three's Company'

What will James Franco do next?

The actor, who seems deeply committed to off-beat projects these days, has a new one. “Three’s Company: The Drama” is billed as “a multi-media examination of the classic '70s sitcom,” which Franco will present at the New Frontier program of the next Sundance Film Festival to be held in January.

The New York Times reports that the festival description provided about the project says, “Television has undoubtedly shaped our world: our increased exposure to dramatic entertainment, the shapes of our houses, the shape of the time in our day. In this piece James Franco hopes to pull television from the box and view it from ‘a slightly oblique perspective.’”

Franco is becoming quite well known for not living the life of a conventional movie star. He went back to college, took a role on “General Hospital,” has written for the magazine Esquire, and produced a short documentary film about an episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

Leo DiCaprio will kill in 'Devil in the White City'
November 2nd, 2010
05:28 PM ET

Leo DiCaprio will kill in 'Devil in the White City'

Leonardo DiCaprio has landed himself a killer new role - the actor will portray a murderer in the upcoming movie adaptation of the New York Times best-seller, "The Devil in the White City," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Set during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, the film - which DiCaprio will also produce - focuses on fair architect Daniel H. Burnham and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer who was said to be the mastermind behind a series of murders that took place around the time of the event.

A charming man masquerading as a doctor, Holmes created and erected the World's Fair Hotel, which he used to lure in his many victims, whose body count was estimated between 27 to 200, reports Deadline.com. Holmes's hotel included a gas chamber, crematorium, and a dissecting table where he would strip skeletons and sell parts for scientific study.

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Nicole Richie: Snooki's power is in the poof
November 2nd, 2010
05:21 PM ET

Nicole Richie: Snooki's power is in the poof

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi just might have her biggest fan in Nicole Richie.

In a new interview with Vanity Fair, the actress/designer jokingly insists that the "Jersey Shore" star has a bright future ahead of her.

"I think she’s going to take over the world. Everybody has been really underestimating her. But she has so many ideas in that bouffant of hers," Richie, 29, tells Vanity Fair, adding that Polizzi's brain might lie within her puffy hair. "You don’t know what’s going on in that poof. She could be hiding a world of genius writing."

In fact, Polizzi, 22, is set to release a work of fiction, "A Shore Thing," in January. Richie, who has also authored two novels, knows just how to market it.

"Snooki is so captivating on television, I think it’d be great if she did a video of herself reading her book," she explains. "That’s what people want to see. You could read the book if you want, or just watch a video of her reading it to you."

Regardless, says Richie, "Don’t count her out. When this book gets published, I think she’s really going to surprise everyone."

GLAAD: 'Jersey Shore' reunion shows 'examples of transphobia'
November 2nd, 2010
04:26 PM ET

GLAAD: 'Jersey Shore' reunion shows 'examples of transphobia'

Fox's hit "Glee" isn't the only show the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) has faulted for employing a word used to refer to the transgender community that some people find offensive.

On October 26, during the show's "Rocky Horror" episode, “tra**y” was used as “an easy punch line," according to GLAAD. Then, days later, the alliance said the "Jersey Shore" reunion special took an offensive turn, as well.

While revisiting some of the season’s most memorable moments, the special - which first aired on October 28 - flashed back to an instance at a Miami nightclub. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino was flirting with a blonde club-goer who his cast mates later referred to as a “tra**y.”

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November 2nd, 2010
03:48 PM ET

Lovato's reps make it clear she's not in rehab

Don’t get it confused: Demi Lovato is not in “rehab.”

The Disney starlet’s reps want to make it clear that she is in treatment for “emotional and physical issues," which is apparently not the same as being in rehab.

On Tuesday morning, the ladies of “The View" were chatting about Lovato’s recent woes when co-host Whoopi Goldberg referenced the young singer and actress being in rehab.

Moments later, Goldberg quickly cleaned that up by saying that the show had heard from Lovato’s publicist who wanted to make it perfectly clear that she is “not in rehab. She's in a treatment center.

Duly noted.


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Cher talks Chaz, Sonny and aging in Vanity Fair
November 2nd, 2010
03:42 PM ET

Cher talks Chaz, Sonny and aging in Vanity Fair

Wearing fishnets and a leotard on the December cover of Vanity Fair, Cher has hardly changed over the course of her 40-plus years in show business.

The same applies to her attitude, as she proves in the magazine's accompanying interview, in which the outspoken star talks about drugs, aging,  Chaz Bono's sex-change operation, and late ex-husband Sonny Bono.

Just 16 when she met 11-years-older Bono in 1962, the duo went on to marry and make beautiful music together. But Cher tells Vanity Fair that the controlling Bono – whom she divorced in 1975 - knew they were destined to go their separate ways.

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