Elizabeth Banks to join 'The Hunger Games'?
April 19th, 2011
03:06 PM ET

Elizabeth Banks to join 'The Hunger Games'?

"The Hunger Games" is adding a few more players.

According to The Wrap, actress Elizabeth Banks ("W," "30 Rock") is close to signing a deal to join the big-screen adaptation of Suzanne Collins' futuristic trilogy. Banks is being eyed for the role of flaky, pink-haired executive Effie Trinket, who works on the fight-to-the-death, gladiator-like games in which heroine Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) participates.

Meanwhile, newcomers Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi have both signed on to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Stenberg will play Rue, a 12-year-old who becomes Katniss' ally, while Okeniyi will portray the physically strong and intimidating Thresh.

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Barney parties with dad on 'HIMYM'
April 19th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Barney parties with dad on 'HIMYM'

"How I Met Your Mother" may have fallen a little short with comedy this season, but the show's more than made up for it with emotional arcs.

Monday night's episode, with the second appearance by John Lithgow as Barney's father, was a great example of that.

There were some great laughs to be sure, especially the "Who's on first?" homage in a discussion on nightclubs ("'Oh No' shut down;" "'Closed' is closed") and the cast singing the show's theme song, but the scenes between Lithgow and Neil Patrick Harris were by far the highlights.

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‘Chuck’: The boy who flashed wolf
April 19th, 2011
12:36 PM ET

‘Chuck’: The boy who flashed wolf

The best episodes of “Chuck” are a good mixture of comedy, action and sentimentality. Last night’s was a little heavy on the comedy, and it threw in some continuity issues to boot.

Luckily, the sentimental moments were enough to redeem it… almost.

We start off with a young Sarah Walker scamming some woman out of $84. Just another adventure with her con man father, Gary Cole. Cut to present day, where Chuck and Sarah are writing a wedding planner a check for more than $26,000.

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Charice returns to 'Glee'
April 19th, 2011
12:05 PM ET

Charice returns to 'Glee'

Singer Charice was overjoyed to be asked back for another episode of "Glee," and even more so once she learned she would be singing "All By Myself" by Celine Dion.

"When they gave me the song 'All By Myself,' I was really happy because I've been singing that song forever," she said during a conference call. "I love Celine Dion."

Fans will remember that Dion helped to give the petite chanteuse a career boost when she brought her on stage to sing during a Madison Square Garden concert.

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'Hangover Part II' monkey is not addicted to cigarettes
April 19th, 2011
10:59 AM ET

'Hangover Part II' monkey is not addicted to cigarettes

That little monkey in "The Hangover Part II" isn't just stirring up trouble on-screen.

Director Todd Phillips has landed in hot water after saying that he got Crystal the capuchin hooked on cigarettes.

“I wanted the monkey to smoke so we had to train her to," he told Total Film Magazine, according to Movieline. "Now I have PETA after me because the monkey's become addicted to cigarettes. She was just shooting Cameron Crowe's movie 'We Bought a Zoo.' And the monkey won't stop smoking."

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Mariah Carey to join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'
April 19th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Mariah Carey to join Simon Cowell's 'X Factor'

Motherhood isn't the only new role that Mariah Carey is gearing up for—the singer is also in talks to be part of Fox's upcoming talent competition "X Factor" this fall.

"I think Mariah will have a role on the live shows. I met her recently and she was [i]n great form," producer Simon Cowell said in a recent radio interview, according to The Wrap.

"Her idea was to be the judge of the judges, which of course only Mariah could come up with," Cowell continued. "She'll be involved in some form. I literally adore her. I love her to bits."

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