'The Hobbit' films get release dates
May 30th, 2011
04:25 PM ET

'The Hobbit' films get release dates

Break out the calendar: Peter Jackson's two “Hobbit” films now have release dates – and official titles.

The first, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” will arrive in theaters on December 14, 2012, according to Variety. The second half of the two-part adaptation is called “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” and will bow a year later nearly to the date on December 13, 2013.

That’s not the only “Hobbit” related news, however. Last week it was announced that Orlando Bloom is returning to Middle Earth as the elf Legolas in Jackson's films, even though the character doesn't appear in J.R.R. Tolkien's original story.

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Olsen twins explain their 'homeless chic' style
May 30th, 2011
03:38 PM ET

Olsen twins explain their 'homeless chic' style

Before becoming fashion-world darlings with their string of successful clothing lines, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were raising eyebrows with their street style.

As New York University students in 2004, the duo defined "homeless chic," draping themselves in layers of clothing, including shawls, oversize shirts, long skirts, and tattered tights. Today, the twins insist they weren't trying to be trendy.

"[It was] us waking up, going to school, and not wanting anyone to take our picture. Kind of a piece of protection," Ashley tells Style.com of their quirky ensembles.

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Ashton Kutcher partners with travel site Airbnb
May 30th, 2011
03:02 PM ET

Ashton Kutcher partners with travel site Airbnb

Ashton Kutcher, travel agent? Well, sort of. The model turned actor has just become an investor in Airbnb, a start-up that helps budget-conscious travelers find lodging anywhere from an apartment to a houseboat to a castle, according to the L.A. Times.

"For many, Ashton Kutcher is an actor and heart throb, but in the tech scene he's made his mark as a branding and new media expert with an eye for great ideas and a fearless approach to new markets," Airbnb said in a blog post. "To the Airbnb team, he is more than an icon—he is now our ally and trusted advisor."

Kutcher is already an investor in Skype, Foursquare, the Path photo-sharing app and the iPad news-reading app Flipboard. According to the New York Times, he should have no trouble raising awareness of Airbnb among his 6.8 million Twitter followers and 9.7 million Facebook fans.

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Justin Timberlake's car wins Indy 500
May 30th, 2011
02:26 PM ET

Justin Timberlake's car wins Indy 500

Fresh off his "Saturday Night Live" ratings high, Justin Timberlake has scored another victory: The car sponsored by his William Rast clothing line won yesterday's Indy 500.

"What a Memorial Day weekend! The William Rast car just won the Indy 500!!!!" the singer, who founded the fashion label with childhood pal Trace Ayala in 2006, tweeted yesterday.

Racing vet Dan Wheldon was behind the wheel of Timberlake's car at the Indianapolis, Indiana, event and ultimately took home the Borg-Warner Trophy. For his part, JT couldn't be more thrilled.

"Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory!" he tweeted. "Unreal!"

Back to square one on 'The Killing'
May 30th, 2011
12:58 PM ET

Back to square one on 'The Killing'

With Bennet in intensive care and officially out of the mix as a suspect, the detectives were left with no choice but to start from scratch in their investigation into the murder of Rosie Larsen. They began by looking into Stan Larsen’s past.

Stan wasn’t hard to find as he’d confessed to attacking Bennet, and spent the duration of the episode in jail. Under questioning he told Linden that he was no longer involved with the Kovarsky mob, but didn’t answer when she asked about his gambling problem.

Later in the episode, Mitch received a call from the bank and was told that the family’s checking and savings accounts had been emptied, all but confirming that Stan’s gambling was still very much a problem.

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Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry split
May 30th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Christopher Knight and Adrianne Curry split

Actor Christopher Knight and reality TV star Adrianne Curry are taking some time apart.

The couple, who fell in love on the 2005 reality series "The Surreal Life" and went on to star in "My Fair Brady," announced their separation on their fifth wedding anniversary.

“After starting a relationship with what seemed to be irreconcilable differences, the couple has reached a period where those differences are no longer appreciated," their rep told Hollyscoop on May 29. "The decision was mutually reached after it became clear to both that some perspective was needed in order to assess their unique union. Not unlike all marriages, work must be put in."

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