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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Freaks and peeps on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'
November 29th, 2010
02:30 PM ET

Freaks and peeps on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'

I overdosed on TMI on Sunday night’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

I really could have done without learning more about the ladies' sex lives, which they shared on Kandi’s show “Kandi Koated Nights.” Now I’m no prude, but seriously...there’s some stuff you discuss with your homegirls that's not really for public consumption. I honestly didn't need to know their "freak numbers" (which kept making me think of the sleep number bed).

But who knew NeNe was so reserved? I wonder if Peter appreciated Cynthia saying their sex life needs to be spiced up. And I thought Sheree was going to pass out when the stripper, Mr. Luscious, grabbed her out of the chair. (And speaking of TMI, I now think I could recognize Mr. Luscious from behind if ever I were to encounter him, if you know what I mean. That was too, too much.)

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal - dating?
November 29th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal - dating?

Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift are reportedly dating - do you love it or hate it?

I love it. He’s a good guy and she has herself together – a very positive person. I think they can make it work.

Here are the other big stories I’m fired up about today…

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Mark Ruffalo talks being on terror-advisory list
November 29th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Mark Ruffalo talks being on terror-advisory list

Update, 12/1 10:26 a.m.: The plot thickens! Although Ruffalo told GQ that he found being on a terror-advisory list "pretty [expletive] funny," the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency tells CNN that Ruffalo isn't on such a list. In fact, the spokesperson said, "we do not have a 'list' (never had a list), nor was Mr. Ruffalo ever listed or mentioned in any of our bulletins.”

Huh. Well, for what it's worth, in a video submitted by CNN iReporter Chris Barrett, Ruffalo told Showbiz 411's Roger Friedman that the story “snowballed into something huge, something fantastical, with maybe a grain of truth at the center of it.”

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Pink Floyd hit getting Hollywood treatment?
November 29th, 2010
11:45 AM ET

Pink Floyd hit getting Hollywood treatment?

More than 30 years after its release, plans are underway for the Pink Floyd hit "Another Brick in the Wall" to be turned into a movie.

Deadline.com reports that "The Queen" producer Andy Harries is planning a film about the song that will focus on the schoolchildren who sang the track's chorus. Described as a cross between "Dead Poets Society" and "School of Rock," the biographical movie centers on Alan Renshaw, a music teacher who takes a job at a struggling north London school with the intent of stirring things up.

Renshaw's class eventually gets a gig singing on "Another Brick in the Wall," but he ends up losing his teaching job because of the tune's "We don't need no education" anti-authority lyrics.

A release date for the film has not yet been announced, as Harries still must acquire song rights and negotiate with Pink Floyd member Roger Waters, who, Deadline reports, is on tour until next year and has a reputation for being difficult.

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