'Devil Wears Prada' director to helm Paul Potts biopic
November 11th, 2010
12:45 PM ET

'Devil Wears Prada' director to helm Paul Potts biopic

Before there was Susan Boyle, there was Paul Potts, a portly average Joe whose operatic voice blew away the "Britain's Got Talent" judges and made him a music superstar. Now, Potts's life is heading to the big screen in a new comedy directed by the man behind "The Devil Wears Prada."

David Frankel will bring Potts's unlikely story to life beginning with "his origins as a chubby child to awkward portly adult with a passion for opera, and the various mishaps along the way that kept his spectacular voice a secret until he unveiled it one night before most of the United Kingdom," reports Deadline.com.

That jaw-dropping 2007 "Britain's Got Talent" appearance, in which the gap-toothed cell-phone salesman sang "Nessun Dorma," helped him win the competition and go on to sell millions of records and garner worldwide fame.

Deadline reports that the film will most likely shoot in Wales, with an unknown playing Potts and established actors in supporting roles.

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How did Gwyneth Paltrow do at the CMAs?
November 11th, 2010
12:00 PM ET

How did Gwyneth Paltrow do at the CMAs?

Judging by audience reaction last night, there was nothing weak about Gwyneth Paltrow's "Country Strong" performance at the CMA Awards.

In one of the evening's most anticipated moments, the Oscar-winning actress made her live singing debut, belting out the theme song to her upcoming film of the same name on the Nashville stage.

By the end, the Hollywood star had everyone from Reba McEntire to Nicole Kidman rising to their feet to give her a standing ovation.

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Wolf Blitzer a hit at the Soul Train Awards
November 11th, 2010
11:30 AM ET

Wolf Blitzer a hit at the Soul Train Awards

He is now officially the coolest man on the planet.

CNN’s own Wolf Blitzer had the crowd on its feet Wednesday night in Atlanta at the Soul Train Awards where he was a presenter.

What was Blitzer doing at the Soul Train Awards you might ask? It turns out the erudite host of "The Situation Room" was a fan of the dance show back in the day, which he said was the destination for all things cool, from fashion to music, when he was growing up.

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Jon Favreau to take on 'Magic Kingdom' film
November 11th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Jon Favreau to take on 'Magic Kingdom' film

Disney's Magic Kingdom will live up to its name in an upcoming film in which the theme park actually comes alive.

Deadline.com reports that "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau is set to take on "Magic Kingdom," a fantasy film along the lines of "Night at the Museum," only instead of exhibits coming to life, it will be Disney's legendary park attractions.

Though Disney's "Pirates of the Caribbean" is already a successful film franchise and Eddie Murphy starred in 2003's "Haunted Mansion," this will be the first movie based on an entire park.

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Betty White's dream of being a forest ranger comes true
November 11th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Betty White's dream of being a forest ranger comes true

Betty White has achieved her lifelong dream and it has nothing to do with those seven Emmys she's accrued over the course of her career. The 88-year-old acting legend was recently made an honorary forest ranger!

With Smokey the Bear looking on, the U.S. Forest Service presented White with a badge and a ranger's Stetson at a November 9 ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Los Angeles Times reports.

"In my heart I've been a forest ranger all my life," said White, who aspired to the job as a child, but women weren't allowed. "Now I'm official."

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Demi Lovato not in treatment for drugs, rep says
November 11th, 2010
09:46 AM ET

Demi Lovato not in treatment for drugs, rep says

Ever since Demi Lovato announced last week that she was entering a treatment facility to deal with "emotional and physical issues," rumors have swirled about just what was happening in the Disney star's life that got her to that point.

First came rumors of bullying, cutting and an eating disorder, and now a tabloid is claiming that the 18-year-old singer/actress was abusing drugs and alcohol to cope with her personal problems as well as her painful recent split from teen heartthrob Joe Jonas.

Not so, says Lovato's rep in a statement to CNN.

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