Tom Hanks joins Facebook
February 1st, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Tom Hanks joins Facebook

Perhaps caught up in "The Social Network" mania, Tom Hanks has finally joined Facebook. The Oscar winner launched his profile page yesterday, with his first status update announcing, "OFFICIALLY on Facebook!"

Hanks' page includes several studio shots of the star — uploaded in June 2009 — as well as a black-and-white shot of him looking cool while driving down a road in sunglasses.

The rest of the page is largely blank, although the 54-year-old actor — who had almost 350,000 friends as of press time — lists his info as follows:

"I'm that actor in some of the movies you liked and some you didn't. Sometimes I'm in pretty good shape, other times I'm not. Hey, you gotta live, you know?"

We "Like."

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Blake Lively named 2011's most desirable woman
February 1st, 2011
05:59 PM ET

Blake Lively named 2011's most desirable woman

“Green Lantern” star Blake Lively has officially been named the most desirable woman, according to an annual list compiled by AskMen.com.

The 23-year-old blonde stunner climbed from No. 85 on last year’s list to take the top spot in 2011. Landing in No. 2 is “Black Swan’s” Mila Kunis, with "Modern Family” favorite Sofia Vergara rounding out the top three. Anne Hathaway comes in at No. 9, followed by Katy Perry at No. 8 and Scarlett Johansson at No. 7. The top 10 also features models Miranda Kerr and Selita Ebanks at Nos. 5 and 4, respectively.

Although Kunis, Hathaway and Ebanks made large leaps to the top of the list compared to last year, 2011 marks Vergara's debut.

But she's not the only one - also new to the list: “Mad Men’s” Jessica Pare (No. 10); Rosie Huntington-Whitely (No. 15); Cameron Diaz (No. 50) and Prince William’s fiancée, Kate Middleton (No. 61). Other newcomers are “Glee” stars Lea Michele (No. 91) and Dianna Agron (No. 81).

While last year's most desirable woman, Emmanuelle Chriqui, fell to No. 12 in 2011, others from last year’s list have been bumped off, including Jessica Simpson, Heidi Klum, Whitney Port and Carrie Underwood.


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Tyler Perry to play James Patterson detective Alex Cross
February 1st, 2011
05:58 PM ET

Tyler Perry to play James Patterson detective Alex Cross

"Madea" star Tyler Perry is ditching the drag and the dress for his next project. The hit filmmaker is set to play detective-psychologist Alex Cross in a film adaptation of James Patterson's novel "I, Alex Cross."

According to Deadline.com, the casting could prove controversial, as Perry's projects — such as 2010's "For Colored Girls…" — usually draw a largely female audience while Patterson's mysteries appeal mostly to men.

"I, Alex Cross" — Patterson's 16th novel —follows Cross as he attempts to track down barbaric serial killer Zeus. The project was originally conceived for actor Idris Elba before Perry, 41, landed the lead.

Morgan Freeman previously portrayed Cross in the films "Kiss the Girls" and "Along Came a Spider."

What do you think of Perry being cast as Alex Cross?

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Who cares what lame people say about GOOP?
February 1st, 2011
05:41 PM ET

Gwyneth Paltrow: Who cares what lame people say about GOOP?

Talk about "Country Strong"! Gwyneth Paltrow says she has learned to stop fretting over people slamming her GOOP lifestyle site and newsletter as being too celebrity-oriented and unrealistic.

On the site, Paltrow, 38, serves up her favorite vacation spots, products and fitness tips, all of which have been criticized as being just too unobtainable for the average person.

But Paltrow tells the March issue of Harper's Bazaar U.K. she no longer takes the negative feedback personally.

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'Big Lebowski 2' in the works?
February 1st, 2011
05:36 PM ET

'Big Lebowski 2' in the works?

Update, 2/2/2011 1:00 p.m.:  Not so fast, "Big Lebowski" fans. EW.com reached out to a Coen Brothers rep who said there are no plans for "Big Lebowski 2." A spokesperson for Tara Reid added to EW, “She heard Jeff Bridges say that he wanted to make 'Big Lebowski 2' and have all the original cast members in it, so she may have misspoke, thinking that included her based on what Jeff said.”

Could Tara Reid have provided us with the best "cat out of the bag" moment so far this year?

Hollywood.tv recently asked Tara Reid, who played the toenail-polished Bunny in the oft-quoted "The Big Lebowski," what projects she's got coming up and, yes, she said it: "Big Lebowski 2."

"The whole cast should be coming back for that," she said.

Is it true? Well, there have been rumblings from "Lebowski" cast members in the past, but nothing definitive. The Dude himself, Jeff Bridges, teamed up with "Lebowski" directors, the Coen Brothers, for "True Grit." He told MTV News back in July that "there were no plans, man" to reunite for "Lebowski 2," but said, "If it happens, what a wonderful surprise."

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Corey Feldman on Corey Haim being left out of SAG memorial tribute
February 1st, 2011
05:22 PM ET

Corey Feldman on Corey Haim being left out of SAG memorial tribute

The fact that Corey Haim was missing from the SAG awards "In Memoriam" montage didn't go unnoticed by Corey Feldman.

"We have become used to not being honored by our peers in the industry," the actor told the Hollywood Reporter of his pal, who died in March 2010 at age 38.

Feldman, who co-starred with Haim in "The Lost Boys," "License to Drive," and the TV series "The Two Coreys," said he hoped his friend would be shown some respect when the Oscars airs its memorial montage.

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