March 21st, 2011
07:31 PM ET

Bethenny Frankel sells 'Skinnygirl' brand

Thanks to "Skinnygirl" margaritas, Bethenny Frankel's wallet is now a little bit fatter.

The reality star/author/chef  has sold her "Skinnygirl" spirits brand to Fortune Brand's Beam Global Spirits & Wine unit for an undisclosed amount, her rep confirmed to CNN.

The 100 calories-per-serving, ready-to-drink margaritas were developed by Frankel, a natural foods chef who got her start in television as runner-up on "Martha Stewart's Apprentice" and later appeared as an original cast member of  "The Real Housewives of New York City."

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Finally, production begins on 'The Hobbit'
March 21st, 2011
06:41 PM ET

Finally, production begins on 'The Hobbit'

More than seven years after the Oscar winning "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" hit theaters, the two-part prequel, "The Hobbit," is finally in production in Wellington, New Zealand.

Warner Bros. Pictures released two photos of director Peter Jackson on the set. He is returning to the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle Earth after directing the "Rings" trilogy.

The films' original director was going to be Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"), and although he dropped out last year, he's still credited along with Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens on the screenplays.

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C. Thomas Howell spills 'Spider-Man' secrets
March 21st, 2011
05:51 PM ET

C. Thomas Howell spills 'Spider-Man' secrets

Oops! Someone's spilling secrets from the set of the upcoming "The Amazing Spider-Man" movie.

The culprit? None other than "The Outsiders" star C. Thomas Howell.

Howell, who has a small role in the upcoming 3-D action adventure, accidentally let some top-secret information about the film's plot slip out during a recent radio interview — and if you don't want to know about it, stop reading now.

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LeAnn Rimes has united front with fiancé's ex-wife
March 21st, 2011
04:30 PM ET

LeAnn Rimes has united front with fiancé's ex-wife

After defending her suddenly slimmer figure, LeAnn Rimes is now fighting back against rumors that she created a second Twitter account to bash fiancé Eddie Cibrian's ex-wife Brandi Glanville.

"As a collective unit, Brandi and I would like all negativity to cease toward one another," Rimes tweeted on March 20. "We have communicated and have a direct understanding that we are ONLY ourselves on Twitter and have no other accounts that try to destroy one another. Please for our families' sake stop the hate now and let us live OUR lives. We don't need opinions or outside help in order for that to happen. Thanks, LeAnn and Brandi. "

Cibrian and Glanville have two sons together, and were still married when he allegedly began having an affair with Rimes on the set of their 2008 Lifetime movie "Northern Lights." At the time, Rimes was wed to Dean Sheremet.

Though she was accused of being a homewrecker at the time, Rimes — who got engaged last December  — has since said, "That's just not me… What happened is not who I am, period."

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HBO plans Dick Cheney miniseries
March 21st, 2011
03:40 PM ET

HBO plans Dick Cheney miniseries

HBO is taking a walk on "The Dark Side."

A rep for the company has confirmed to CNN that the company has given the green light to a miniseries about former Vice President Dick Cheney.

The project will be based on the "Frontline" documentary about Cheney, "The Dark Side,"  as well as the book "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency" by Barton Gellman.

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Lynda Carter digs new Wonder Woman costume
March 21st, 2011
03:11 PM ET

Lynda Carter digs new Wonder Woman costume

Everyone's got an opinion about Adrianne Palicki's costume for the upcoming "Wonder Woman" series, and now the original Amazing Amazon herself, Lynda Carter, is weighing in.

"What's not to like?" Carter tells the Hollywood Reporter. "Adrianne looks gorgeous, and I'm really looking forward to seeing David E. Kelley's new series."

Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the popular '70s show, also urges fans to be open-minded when the new NBC series airs.

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