Alison Pill, Olivia Munn join Sorkin's HBO drama
May 19th, 2011
03:34 PM ET

Alison Pill, Olivia Munn join Sorkin's HBO drama

The cast for Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot is filling out, with both Olivia Munn and Alison Pill signing on, according to Deadline.

Tentatively titled "More As This Story Develops," Sorkin's drama follows Will McCallister (Jeff Daniels), a cable news anchor with his own show, as well as the female executive producer, MacKenzie, and the news program's staff.

Pill ("In Treatment," "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) will portray associate producer Maggie, while Olivia Munn (whose NBC show "Perfect Couples" recently got the ax) will play a "sexy financial analyst" who appears on the same network as Sorkin's fictional news program.

Jeff Daniels has already been added to the cast as anchor McCallister, and Emily Mortimer ("Shutter Island") is still in negotiations to snag the executive producer role.


Filed under: Celebrities • television
Jennifer Lawrence thought twice about 'Hunger Games' role
May 19th, 2011
03:33 PM ET

Jennifer Lawrence thought twice about 'Hunger Games' role

Just as “Hunger Games” fans were skeptical about Jennifer Lawrence taking on the role of the fiction trilogy's 16-year-old heroine, Katniss Everdeen, it turns out Lawrence was as well.

The 20-year-old Oscar nominee tells Entertainment Weekly that when she first took on the role, she knew “that as soon as I said yes, my life would change…I walked around an entire day thinking, ‘It’s not too late, I could still go back and do indies, I haven’t said yes yet, it’s not too late.’”

But author Suzanne Collins’ story of a teen forced to fight to the death in a government-organized, televised match won Lawrence over.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Maria give Arnold another chance?
May 19th, 2011
02:22 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Should Maria give Arnold another chance?

And the drama never ends! There is more big news today surrounding Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. I feel like I’m watching it at the movie theater. All I need is a big bag of popcorn! But as I often say, you cannot make this stuff up! Sad thing is, it’s all very, very real.

There are reports today that Maria Shriver has hired a divorce attorney. However, Maria hasn’t decided whether or not to file for divorce. I am sure a lot of people are saying, “Kick him to the curb!”

But should Maria give Arnold another chance? I’ve got to be honest. I say NO! What do you think? Tell me below.

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Feel the love on ‘Top Chef: Masters’
May 19th, 2011
01:19 PM ET

Feel the love on ‘Top Chef: Masters’

It’s mid-May, but you get the feeling last night’s “Top Chef: Masters” was probably taped around Valentine’s Day. At least, that’s the only explanation I can come up with for the random “Date Night” theme.

Before that, though, we got a variation on the “name that ingredient” task for the Quickfire challenge. In successive rounds, the chefs had to identify five ingredients using only one of their senses. Lowest score in each round is eliminated.

In the taste round (which seems harder than you might think when you’re denied your sense of smell), Floyd doesn’t get a single ingredient right. He chalks it up to the fact that having to wear a blindfold, nose plug and headphones threw his whole balance out of whack.

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The fall guy on 'Modern Family'
May 19th, 2011
12:30 PM ET

The fall guy on 'Modern Family'

Make that two in a row for "Modern Family" going into the season finale.

Wednesday night's episode was once again one of the best of the season, a tour de force of physical comedy, starting off with Jay's secret Botox treatment that went horribly wrong.

At first, everyone was concerned that he needed to go to the hospital (Claire said, "His face looks like a candle!"), but then Mitchell figured it out, exclaiming, "What were you thinking? You're a veteran!"

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What's the verdict: Beyoncé's 'Run the World' video?
May 19th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

What's the verdict: Beyoncé's 'Run the World' video?

The world didn’t quite fall in love at first listen with Beyoncé's single “Run the World (Girls),” but perhaps the video could help us forget that.

The star singer unveiled the video on Wednesday's “American Idol," and after the pared down video for “Single Ladies” Beyoncé breaks out explosions, wild animals and a female army for this clip, directed by Francis Lawrence.

It opens with the songstress riding into the apocalyptic land on a horse, and we soon see her surrounded by her well-dressed army, ready to face off against a male police force with her footwork.

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