Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis sign on for 'The Hobbit'
January 11th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis sign on for 'The Hobbit'

As Marquee reported yesterday, Elijah Wood has officially signed on to appear in Peter Jackson's two-part saga "The Hobbit." Now, fellow former "Lord of the Rings" stars Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis are following suit. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the duo will reprise their roles as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively.

Both characters were introduced in J.R.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit" novel. Gandalf the wizard helps set the adventure into motion and appears throughout the book while Gollum shows up in a memorable chapter in which Bilbo Baggins finds the One Ring in his lair.

"The Hobbit," which also stars Martin Freeman as Bilbo and Cate Blanchett as Galadriel, is scheduled to begin shooting in New Zealand in February. The films are currently slated to arrive in theaters in December 2012 and 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter also writes that Orlando Bloom has been made an offer to revisit his "LOTR" role as elf Legolas for "The Hobbit," though a deal has not been made.

Stay tuned!

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Skinny Seth Rogen can't wait to get fat again
January 11th, 2011
02:52 PM ET

Skinny Seth Rogen can't wait to get fat again

Get ready to see a very different Seth Rogen in "The Green Hornet."

In the upcoming action flick — based on a 1930s radio series that spawned movie serials, a TV show, and a comic book — Rogen is Britt Reid, a playboy who abandons his hard-partying ways to become a masked crime fighter. As the Green Hornet, Rogen gets the chance to show off some pretty high-tech gadgets as well as some seriously cool clothes.

"It was weird wearing suits every day, I have to say," the funnyman tells CNN. "Ties, lots of ties — haven't worn a tie in a movie before, I don't think." Another big change? Rogen's body.

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Blood drives and backstabbing on 'The Bachelor'
January 11th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Blood drives and backstabbing on 'The Bachelor'

Last night's "Bachelor" began with the 20 remaining women getting overly excited about date cards. Not the actual dates mind you, but the cards letting the women know about the dates. There were two individual dates and a group date involving 15 women.

The first individual date went to "dancing dentist" Ashley H. Brad said he had a big surprise for her, and it involved going down a dark, deserted road. An axe murderer jumping out of the bushes?

Not even close. A carnival magically appeared on some lot, and Brad and Ashley H. were the only two customers. Nothing says romantic first date like giant teddy bears, throwing balls at milk bottles and funnel cake. Ashley's seen eating cotton candy - I wouldn't want to hear from her dentist...oh, wait.

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'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Paula beat 'Idol'?
January 11th, 2011
02:02 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Can Paula beat 'Idol'?

In a new interview with Ellen DeGeneres revealed today, Paula confesses to Ellen that she did watch “American Idol” when Ellen was a judge on the show.

“I thought you did a good job," Paula tells Ellen. "I thought you handled yourself with poise and elegance. You handled yourself the right way that is authentic to who you are.”

Ellen is no longer a judge on “Idol," but Paula’s new show “Live to Dance” will be competing against “Idol” for viewership! The big question today is: Can she beat “Idol”?

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'AC:360' to air special on AIDS in America
January 11th, 2011
01:25 PM ET

'AC:360' to air special on AIDS in America

To mark the 30th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis, CNN’s "Anderson Cooper 360°" will dedicate a special hour to AIDS in America.

"Hope Survives: 30 Years of AIDS," airing January 14 at 9 p.m. E.T., will focus on the role that stigma continues to play in the global spread of HIV, explore how education can ensure an HIV-free future generation, and examine the latest medical breakthroughs.

Sir Elton John will discuss the Elton John AIDS Foundation's work to end the disease, and celebrities including Susan Sarandon, Sharon Stone, Barry Manilow, Margaret Cho and Kareem Abdul Jabbar will share the "Deciding Moment" that changed how they think about AIDS and inspired them to get involved with the cause.

“I’m deeply grateful to CNN and Anderson Cooper for focusing a special hour of programming to bring attention to the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS, not only internationally, but also right here in the United States,” said Elton John. “We’ve all become way too complacent about a deadly epidemic that is only getting bigger, especially when we already have creative readily accessible prevention methods that we know to be highly effective at curtailing  the spread of this disease right now.”

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Natalie Portman wants to make out in public
January 11th, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Natalie Portman wants to make out in public

With a surprise pregnancy, an engagement and plenty of Oscar buzz for her performance in "Black Swan," all eyes are on Natalie Portman. But if the actress could go unrecognized for just one day, she knows exactly how she'd spend it.

"I would make out in the park!" Portman tells February's InStyle magazine, on sale January 14. "That's the thing I would most enjoy doing in New York, and it's something I'll never do."

And that's not all.

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