Celebs join Web series aiming to help you sleep
November 29th, 2010
06:45 PM ET

Celebs join Web series aiming to help you sleep

Looks like Shannen Doherty's next project is going to be a real snooze. The former "90210" actress has signed on to star in a new Web series that will promote the importance of sleep.

"Suite 7," sponsored by the Better Sleep Council and distributed on MyLifetime.com, Hulu, and other sites, will revolve around different couples – including Doherty, Brian Austin Green, Ileana Douglas, and Milo Ventimiglia – who check into the suite and "unpack personal baggage," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Doherty and Ventimiglia will also direct episodes of the series, which hopes to highlight how proper sleep is crucial to health and well-being.

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Oscar hosts: But what if they're nominated?
November 29th, 2010
05:47 PM ET

Oscar hosts: But what if they're nominated?

Well, the upcoming Oscars should be interesting.

In a move that's pretty obviously trying to attract younger eyes to the telecast, the 83rd Academy Awards will be hosted by James Franco – he who has inspired both fainting in movie theaters and screams of adoration within recent weeks – and Anne Hathaway. Producers for the Oscars said in a statement that the two actors “personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented.”

Talented enough to also be nominated for an award at the very event they’ll be hosting? It could happen.

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Dr. Laura on making the move to Sirius XM
November 29th, 2010
05:15 PM ET

Dr. Laura on making the move to Sirius XM

In August, Dr. Laura Schlessinger made headlines when she announced her plans to leave terrestrial radio amidst the controversy surrounding her use of the N-word during an on-air call. At the time, she said she was leaving in hopes of regaining her First Amendment rights.

Months later, she seems to have found those rights... on a different wavelength.

Come January 3, Schlessinger will join Howard Stern and Rosie O’Donnell, among other radio personalities, on Sirius XM radio.

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'Spider-Man' previews on Broadway with a few bumps
November 29th, 2010
04:35 PM ET

'Spider-Man' previews on Broadway with a few bumps

The $65 million Spider-Man musical previewed on Broadway Sunday and, judging by most of the reviews, the show was tangled up in more than a few problems.

The New York Post's Michael Riedel calls "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" an "epic flop" thanks to its confusing storyline, on-stage special effects gone awry, and numerous delays that resulted in a 3 ½ -hour running time.

"At various points, overhead stage wires dropped on the audience, scenery appeared on stage missing pieces - and the show's star was even left swaying helplessly midair during what was supposed to be the climatic end to the first act," wrote Riedel.

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Eva Longoria takes on three TV projects
November 29th, 2010
03:50 PM ET

Eva Longoria takes on three TV projects

Eva Longoria's poised to deal with some drama, but it has nothing to do with divorcing Tony Parker.

The 35-year-old "Desperate Housewives" star has teamed up with "Cold Case" actress Kathryn Morris to create "Sendera" for ABC. Deadline.com describes the show as "a modern-day Shakespearean drama about two wealthy families, one from Texas and the other from Mexico, locked in a struggle for power, land, sex, and legacy."

Besides "Sendera," the Texas-born actress is keeping busy by producing two other projects. "Parenting by Committee," also in the works for ABC, focuses on four single female best friends who discover that one of them is pregnant and then decide to raise the boy together.

Meanwhile, Variety reports that "Aztecs," a Starz miniseries, will center around the historic romance between Spanish conqueror Hernan Cortes and his interpreter Malinalli.

Natalie Portman: 'Black Swan' director tried to start real rivalry
November 29th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

Natalie Portman: 'Black Swan' director tried to start real rivalry

Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis are longtime friends in real life, but it sounds like "Black Swan" director Darren Aronofsky was determined to drive a wedge between the women for the sake of his art.

"He'd say, 'Oh, Mila is doing really well on her stuff. She's so much better than you,'" Portman, who plays Kunis's bitter enemy in the ballet thriller, tells the L.A. Times. "Darren would tell us things about each other to try to make us jealous. I think he was trying to create a rivalry in real life between us."

While Aronofsky denies playing mind games, he does fess up to keeping Portman and Kunis apart so they wouldn't discuss their acting approaches. "I didn't want them to compare notes," he says of the actresses. "I wanted them to come from different places."

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