The White Stripes officially break up
February 2nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET

The White Stripes officially break up

It's the end of the road for Grammy-winning group The White Stripes.

In an announcement on their website Wednesday, the group explained that they've "officially ended and will make no further new recordings or perform live."

The statement says that the dissolution is for a "myriad of reasons," none of which are health-related, due to artistic differences or because the band simply didn't want to soldier on. Instead, the statement says, they're ending things "mostly to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band and have it stay that way."

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British invasion spreads to superheroes
February 2nd, 2011
05:50 PM ET

British invasion spreads to superheroes

With the announcement that Henry Cavill has been cast in the next big screen incarnation of "Superman," the realization hit us like a ton of bricks (erm, steel): The Big Three of the superhero set are currently being portrayed by Englishmen.

Holy bangers and mash, Batman!

To recap: Christian Bale is the reigning Batman and Andrew Garfield is set to star in 2012's "Spiderman" re-boot. What's next? Hugh Grant as a floppy-haired, befuddled Hulk?

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Jane Seymour: I want to cover the Royal Wedding
February 2nd, 2011
05:49 PM ET

Jane Seymour: I want to cover the Royal Wedding

Even Hollywood celebrities are getting swept up in Royal Wedding mania. In fact, "Wedding Crashers" star Jane Seymour tells CNN she's hoping to crash the April 29 nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

"I'm actually going to be in England at that time and I told my agent, 'If anyone wants me to [to cover it]…," she says. "I did that at the last Royal Wedding, for Fergie's wedding. For 'GMA.'"

The 59-year-old star adds that she would even take a pay cut just to be given the opportunity to cover Will and Kate's "I dos."

"Hey, I'm really cheap," Seymour says. "I'll be there, [so if] anyone wants an Americanized Brit to throw their six cents in, I'm available.”

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James Franco to host Oscars after-party at his new bar
February 2nd, 2011
04:48 PM ET

James Franco to host Oscars after-party at his new bar

Leave it to James Franco to keep people guessing. The actor/author/director/artist/musical producer/college subject is now adding party host, restaurateur and singer to his credits.

In a recent interview with Canada's etalk, the Academy Awards nominee/host revealed that he will throw a private Oscars after-party at a bar he is opening — and he plans to sing at the bash.

"I'm a partner in a bar that's opening up, and the after-after-after-after-party is going to be at my new bar," the 32-year-old "127 Hours" star revealed at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this weekend. "It's at a secret location. And that's what I'm looking forward to because I'm going to be singing there at the bar."

Franco added that the bar is called the Writer's Room and is located in L.A., but he refused to elaborate further for fear of overcrowding.

"That's all I can say because I can't fit everybody," he explained. "Everybody at the Governors Ball will not fit into my new bar, but it'll be going down."

Brit actress cast as Kate Middleton in Lifetime movie
February 2nd, 2011
03:30 PM ET

Brit actress cast as Kate Middleton in Lifetime movie

It looks like Lifetime has found the perfect (future) princess for the upcoming "William & Kate" TV movie. The network has crowned British actress Camilla Luddington with the fairy-tale role of Kate Middleton, according to a statement.

Like 29-year-old Middleton, brunette beauty Luddington was born in the county of Berkshire. She has previously appeared on the TV shows "CSI" and "Days of Our Lives."

As Marquee previously reported, "NCIS: Los Angeles" star Nico Evers-Swindell will play Prince William and actor Ben Cross will portray Prince Charles in the biopic, which tracks the romance of William and Middleton from their first encounter at Scotland's University of St. Andrews through the ups and downs of their nine-year courtship.

"William & Kate" is set to begin production next week and is expected to air close to the royal couple's April 29 wedding date.

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Since you are apologizing, 'American Idol'...
February 2nd, 2011
02:23 PM ET

Since you are apologizing, 'American Idol'...

Ryan Seacrest tweeted on Wednesday that producers of the show plan on issuing some type of apology.

"At the idol working on the LA episode that you will see thursday," Seacrest said on Twitter.  "Tomorrow is austin. Make sure u watch the producers apology at the top :)

Seacrest doesn't say what the show will be apologizing for, but here are a few suggestions for the mea culpa:

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