'Three Stooges' to star Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg... and Cher?
February 17th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

'Three Stooges' to star Johnny Knoxville, Andy Samberg... and Cher?

The search for the perfect Stooges continues.

The Farrelly Brothers plan to shoot their big-screen adaptation of the "Three Stooges" shorts this spring, but have yet to cast the trio. Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey were set to star as Larry, Moe and Curly, respectively. But it looks like both Penn and Carrey dropped out, while Del Toro remains a question mark.

According to the L.A. Times, the Farrellys are now eyeing Johnny Knoxville as a possible Moe with "Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg filling in for frizzy-haired Larry.

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A Destiny's Child reunion? Not exactly
February 17th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

A Destiny's Child reunion? Not exactly

It was a birthday lunch that sent the Internet into a frenzy.

On Valentine's Day, the members of famed female super group Destiny's Child all sat down together to celebrate one of their own, Rap-Up reports.

Kelly Rowland recently turned 30, and she was joined in L.A. by Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams, along with Beyonce's sister Solange and a cousin.

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James Van Der Beek to play James Van Der Beek
February 17th, 2011
06:04 PM ET

James Van Der Beek to play James Van Der Beek

We’re all quite familiar with James Van Der Beek’s sensitive side (will the crying gif ever get old?), but this time around, he’s going to try to make you laugh.

According to Deadline.com, the 33-year-old actor has been cast in what could be his first regular comedy, a pilot for ABC called “Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apt. 23.” (No, seriously – that’s what it’s called.)

The plot line focuses on June, played by “The Good Wife’s” Dreama Walker, an “earnest, honest, optimistic girl from the heartland” who has to move in with party girl Chloe in New York City. The sexy yet unstable character, played by Krysten Ritter (“Confessions of a Shopaholic") will also have “the morals of a pirate.”

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February 17th, 2011
06:01 PM ET

Madeleine Albright channels Bon Jovi

How did former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright spend Valentine’s Day? Behaving like a rock star, that’s how.

Albright was at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday night, attending Grammy-winning trumpeter Chris Botti’s concert. When Botti invited her to sit in as drummer during the band’s performance of “Nessun Dorma," she jumped at the chance.

“I’m sure this is one thing she has not accomplished in her career,” Botti said as Albright, 73, took the stage.

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Detroit raises funds for RoboCop statue
February 17th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

Detroit raises funds for RoboCop statue

RoboCop could be making his way back to Detroit now that residents have raised more than $56,000 to erect a statue honoring the crime-fighting machine.

Last week, Mayor Dave Bing received a tweet from one of his followers, saying, "Philadelphia has a statue of Rocky & Robocop would kick Rocky's butt. He's a GREAT ambassador for Detroit." But Bing shot down his request, saying, "There are not any plans to erect a statue to Robocop. Thank you for the suggestion."

Shortly afterward, however, a campaign was launched to raise funds for the statue — and has brought in more than $56,000 as of press time, surpassing the goal of $50,000, according to the Detroit News.

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Jill Scott, Kanye, others to perform at Essence Music Festival
February 17th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Jill Scott, Kanye, others to perform at Essence Music Festival

The line up has been announced for the 2011 Essence Music Festival, to be held in New Orleans.

Headliners include Kanye West, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige and Trey Songz. Other artists scheduled to appear include Fantasia, Boyz II Men, M.C. Lyte and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.

Now in its 17th year, the festival attracted more than 400,000 attendees last year.

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