Mark Wahlberg really throws down in 'The Fighter'
December 13th, 2010
09:00 PM ET

Mark Wahlberg really throws down in 'The Fighter'

Mark Wahlberg packs quite a punch as boxer "Irish" Mickey Ward in "The Fighter" – and we're not just talking about his critically acclaimed performance. According to the actor, those on-screen sparring scenes were the real deal.

"I was really hitting people and they hit back. Hard," Wahlberg tells the Hollywood Reporter. "This wasn't a stylized fight. It was real boxing."

Indeed, Wahlberg – who plays a troubled boxer attempting to become the world's lightweight champion – spent four years prepping for the role, even building a boxing ring in his home and training 8 to 10 hours a day.

"You have to make it real," explains the 39-year-old actor, who also shared with the Hollywood Reporter his key to delivering a knockout film fight.

"The real secret in doing a scene where I was hit in the face was to make sure it was the last shot of the day," Wahlberg said.

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Fox gets back in quiz game with 'Money Drop'
December 13th, 2010
06:35 PM ET

Fox gets back in quiz game with 'Money Drop'

Fox is looking at a popular British quiz show to garner a midseason ratings boost.

"Million Dollar Money Drop" premieres on December 20 and will air for four consecutive nights.  The quiz will then air on Tuesdays for five weeks starting January 4.

Hosted by actor/comedian Kevin Pollak, teams of two begin each game with $1 million in cash.  The teams then risk that money by placing the cash on trap doors that correspond to up to four possible answers for each question.  If they put any money on a wrong answer, that cash is lost.  Teams can put money on multiple answers, but one trap door must be left with no cash on it.

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All bets are off for Gervais' second Golden Globes
December 13th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

All bets are off for Gervais' second Golden Globes

If you thought Ricky Gervais could've pushed the envelope a bit more the last time he hosted the Golden Globes, he agrees.

"I don’t think I was too bad," Gervais told reporters last week about his first turn as Globes host. "I don’t think I went far enough."

Gervais will get another chance when he returns for his second and final year on the 68th annual awards show taking place January 16. (Nominations for the Globes will be announced on Tuesday.) "I’m going to have even more fun with it, probably go a bit further, push the boundaries a little bit more. I think you always should," the Brit comedian said. "What’s the worst that could happen? I didn’t expect to be invited back a second time and I certainly – and I won’t do it a third. So I’ve got nothing to lose. So, yes, I’m going to go for it."

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NeNe and AC join forces on 'Watch What Happens Live'
December 13th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

NeNe and AC join forces on 'Watch What Happens Live'

We are shocked that it hadn't happened before.

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" super fan Anderson Cooper joined cast member NeNe Leakes on Bravos' "Watch What Happens Live" immediately following her hit show on Sunday night. Cooper has gone on record saying NeNe is one of his favorite "Housewives," and she in turn has referred to him as her "Boo," so host Andy Cohen brought the pair together for a bit of fun.

The two recapped some of the most memorable moments from Sunday night's show, including a laser machine which Kim used to purportedly burn off fat (while eating pizza) and Anderson questioned what cast member Dwight does for a living...to which NeNe responded, "Lie."

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Gwyneth Paltrow headed back to McKinley High
December 13th, 2010
03:30 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow headed back to McKinley High

Get ready for more Gwyneth on "Glee" – Ms. Paltrow has promised that she will be making another appearance on the hit Fox series.

The 38-year-old Oscar winner confirmed the news to "Access Hollywood," telling the entertainment show that her beloved substitute teacher character, Holly Holiday, will soon be back in the halls of McKinley High.

"Country Strong" star Paltrow, who called her "Glee" stint "the best job ever" didn't reveal her upcoming storyline or when the episode might air.

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'Amazing Racers' get a second chance next season
December 13th, 2010
03:15 PM ET

'Amazing Racers' get a second chance next season

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers on who won this season of "Amazing Race" plus info on who you may be able to see next season. Look out below!]

First of all, congratulations to Nat and Kat for a race well run, not to mention making "Amazing Race" history as the first all-female team to win the $1 million prize in 17 seasons.

However, if you were like me, you started pulling for Brook and Claire (of watermelon-to-the-face fame) to win it all the last couple of weeks. I don't know what it is - perhaps the Brook-and-Claire-flair hypnotized me - but I had my fingers crossed that they would win.

Luckily, for fans like myself, the Home Shopping Network pair will get a second shot at winning the race next season as part of "Unfinished Business," a second "all-star" season that will allow contestants who made various mistakes on the race to redeem themselves. Update, 4:57 p.m.: Don't believe everything you see on CBS promos. As an eagle-eyed commenter noted, Brook and Claire were on 'The Early Show" this morning and evidently, Claire's pregnancy prevented them from taking part in the next season. So consider this list of former racers only as potential competitors in the next season.

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