James Franco teams up with R.E.M.
March 4th, 2011
06:29 PM ET

James Franco teams up with R.E.M.

Following his Oscars-hosting gig, James Franco already has another project lined up: The all-over actor is collaborating with rockers R.E.M.

The music group recently announced the Collapse Into Now Film Project, a selection of films personally curated by lead singer Michael Stipe that will accompany each song on R.E.M's upcoming "Collapse Into Now" album.

Franco will direct films for "That Someone Is You" and "Blue," and conceptual artist Sam Taylor-Wood and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles are among the other directors participating in the project.

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Julianne Hough joins Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages'
March 4th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

Julianne Hough joins Tom Cruise in 'Rock of Ages'

Julianne Hough hasn't been kicking up her heels since leaving "Dancing with the Stars." The busy beauty is making movies, and she just landed a leading role in the big-screen adaptation of the '80s-based Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hough—who appeared in "Burlesque" and will star in the upcoming "Footloose" remake—will play Sherrie, a small-town girl who moves to Hollywood with dreams of being an actress. She catches the eye of bad-boy rocker Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) but rejects him before finding her true love at the end.

Director Adam Shankman says Hough was "nothing short of a miracle" during her audition, adding, "It was a star-is-born moment."

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Stephen King goes back to 1958 with new novel
March 4th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Stephen King goes back to 1958 with new novel

What would you do if you could change history?

It’s a question Stephen King raises with his upcoming novel, “11/22/63,” which is scheduled to be released in November.

The book focuses on Jake Epping, a high school English teacher who travels back to 1958 through a time portal found at a friend’s local diner.

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'Idol's' Chris Medina receives donation from Topher Grace
March 4th, 2011
05:25 PM ET

'Idol's' Chris Medina receives donation from Topher Grace

Chris Medina may not have made it to the Top 13 of "American Idol," but that doesn't mean he's not a winner.

The singer touched the judges and fans alike with his story of sticking by the side of his fiancée, Juliana Ramos, who was involved in a traumatic car accident two months prior to their planned wedding.

As a recent guest on "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest's radio show, Medina was surprised by a $35,000 donation from Proactiv to help with Ramos' care.

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Meet the cast of 'DWTS'
March 4th, 2011
05:23 PM ET

Check out the star/dancer pairs for 'DWTS'

Now that we know who's in the latest cast of "Dancing with the Stars," it's time for our favorite part of the walk-up to the show: Critiquing the costumes in the promo shots.

And although reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson is rocking a short fringed number in her photo, the former girl "Next Door" says that she's planning to keep things demure.

"I can't look too sexy," Wilkinson told Us Weekly. "That's the key, you know. I'm already known as the Playboy girl, so I can't go out there and do that. I have to be ABC appropriate!"

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JWoww a leading cause of (computer) viruses
March 4th, 2011
05:08 PM ET

JWoww a leading cause of (computer) viruses

According to Fast Company, searching “Jenni JWoww” is dangerous to your operating system.

An annual security report by Barracuda Labs found that the “Jersey Shore” reality star was the No. 2 search term leading to malware infections.

Apparently fans of Ms. Woww are willing to install a few browser add-ons in order to add her to their photo collections. Also falling victim are those searching for “NFL,” “music video,” “Costco” and “Abbey Road.”

Our advice? Use protection.

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