While you were working...
July 22nd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

News you might've missed:

  • "Glee"'s Darren Criss might be stepping in Daniel Radcliffe's shoes on Broadway in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." ("Harry Potter"-trivia: Criss co-wrote a parody on the franchise called "A Very Potter Musical" while in college.) (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Have you been tuning in for the U.K.'s live iTunes Festival? Coldplay gave an excellent performance from London that opened with their new song, which is expected to be on their upcoming fifth album called "MX/Hurts like Heaven." (iTunes Festival)
  • Actress Betty White visited her beluga whale friend at the Georgia Aquarium. Apparently the animal has even made it into a chapter of White's upcoming book. (New York Post)
  • Confession time: James Franco might be a "Twi"-hard. In a recent interview, he talked about his crush on Robert Pattinson and how he wanted to be in "Breaking Dawn." (E! Online)
  • Was one of the "Basketball Wives" in a car crash? There are reports that say Tami Roman's car was involved in a domino-effect collision. Roman has tweeted since then that she has a headache - we hope it's nothing more serious than that. (TMZ)
In Touch Weekly
July 22nd, 2011
05:55 PM ET

Weeklies cheat sheet: Not all about J.Lo

Despite the fact that Jennifer Lopez's split from Marc Anthony was all anyone in the celebrity industry could talk about for the past week, the mom of two, who turns 42 on Sunday, only landed on two magazine covers.

So what's the rest of the headline creating news? "Real Housewife" Teresa Giudice doesn't want to be poor; Brad Pitt's supposedly got a "mystery woman" and the "Bachelorette" is still being the "Bachelorette." Revelatory, we know.


Filed under: Celebrities
'Harry Potter' knocks over 'Star Wars' to become top grossing franchise
July 22nd, 2011
05:47 PM ET

'Harry Potter' knocks over 'Star Wars' to become top grossing franchise

If there was an Olympics of box office records, surely the wizards of Hogwarts would have more than a few medals by now.

In the latest update on "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's" box office domination comes news that the "Potter" movies have collectively pushed past the "Star Wars" films to become the top grossing franchise in the history of the domestic box office.

As of Friday morning, the eight "Harry Potter" films grossed $2.234 billion domestically overall, according to a rep from Warner Bros. "Star Wars," meanwhile, pulled in $2.218 billion domestically, although this record does not reflect an adjustment for price inflation.

When it comes to "Potter's" global appeal, the franchise has held on to the top spot as the highest earning franchise since 2009's "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." The series of films, with the release of the last one, crossed the $7 billion mark in global box office returns this week, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.


Filed under: Harry Potter • movies
'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Former Sheen goddess to reveal all
July 22nd, 2011
04:55 PM ET

'Showbiz Tonight' Flashpoint: Former Sheen goddess to reveal all

Tonight, in a headline-making "Showbiz Tonight" newsmaker interview, Bree Olson will reveal all about her former relationship with Charlie Sheen.

The ex-porn star lived with Charlie after he was fired from “Two and a Half Men” and is best known as one of Sheen’s “goddesses.”

Olson moved in with Charlie Sheen in March, and tonight we’re asking her for all the provocative details she witnessed.

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'Captain America' director: Steve Rogers isn't a 'flag-waver'
July 22nd, 2011
03:17 PM ET

'Captain America' director: Steve Rogers isn't a 'flag-waver'

The name "Captain America" doesn't leave room for a lot of doubts about patriotism. But the director of this weekend's "Captain America: The First Avenger," Joe Johnston, says that this version of the superhero expresses his love of country a little differently.

"We're sort of putting a slightly different spin on Steve Rogers," Johnston tells the Los Angeles Times. "He’s a guy that wants to serve his country, but he’s not a flag-waver. We’re reinterpreting, sort of, what the comic book version of Steve Rogers was.”

Captain America - played by Chris Evans in the film - is still beholden to his civic duty, but his desire to serve is more out of a moral sense of right and wrong, Johnston goes on.

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Filed under: movies
No strippers for Kim K.'s bachelorette bash?
July 22nd, 2011
03:14 PM ET

No strippers for Kim K.'s bachelorette bash?

We know that Kim Kardashian's not that into the usual bachelorette party shenanigans - penis themes make her a bit uncomfortable, apparently - and that means there probably won't be any scantily clad men dancing at her fete this weekend.

The reality TV star's friend Brittny Gastineau tells People that Kim's sister Khloe had male strippers on her last night of singledom, but that won't fly for Kim.

"For Khloe's we had [male strippers] and Kim and I were literally screaming and running away from them," Gastineau says. "I told Kim no naked dancers!"

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Filed under: Celebrities • Kardashians
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