While you were working...
August 15th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Next to "Modern Family's" new Lily, "Muppets: The Green Album" may be the most adorable thing we've seen today. My Morning Jacket, The Fray and OK Go perform covers of your favorite Muppets songs. Album drops August 23. [NPR]
  • It's time to play casting agent: Patti Smith is working on a screenplay for her award-winning best-seller "Just Kids," and Movieline is pegging Kristen Stewart and Cate Blanchett as options. What say you? [Deadline; Movieline]
  • What ring does one choose for a quickie wedding? Jewelry expert Michael O'Connor tells Us Weekly that he suspects new bride Tara Reid wed Zack Kehayov after he proposed with an estimated $25,000 platinum ring with her birth stone at the center. [Us Weekly; CNN]
  • Despite rumors to the contrary, Queen Latifah says she won't be participating in the upcoming "Dancing With the Stars." We guess her moves in the "Living Single" theme song will have to do for now. [Twitter]
  • A U.K. paper, citing an L.A. based "mole" as a source, is claiming that Carrie Bradshaw may dust off her Prada pumps and nameplate necklace for a return to TV. But really, how many more Big/Aidan love triangles can be left to that tale? [Daily Mail]

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Top tweeters: Kim K has 9 million followers
August 15th, 2011
05:37 PM ET

Top tweeters: Kim K has 9 million followers

Reality star Kim Kardashian has just gained over 9 million followers on Twitter.

After amassing that staggering number,  Kim, 30, tweeted her reaction: “OMGGGGG I just saw I reached 9 MILLION followers!!!!!! I am so speechless! YOU truly are my world and mean everything to me! I LOVE YOU!”

The secret to her popularity? Apparently it’s scintillating revelations like “I hate cilantro with a passion!” and, “Do u brush your teeth before u take the red eye flight? I always do in the bathroom. Otherwise its like falling alseep w-out brushing! Yuck.”

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Disney halts production on Depp’s ‘Lone Ranger’
August 15th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

Disney halts production on Depp’s ‘Lone Ranger’

A retelling of the classic western "The Lone Ranger" was supposed to start filming this fall, but Disney has pulled the plug on the anticipated Johnny Depp project.

A Disney rep tells CNN, “Yes, that production ['The Lone Ranger'] has been shut down and everyone involved in the production is meeting to figure out next steps.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, budget clashes between Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski are what brought the project down.

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Weekend reviews in 140 or less: 'The Help'
August 15th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

Weekend reviews in 140 or less

Although we're welcoming "The Help," "30 Minutes or Less" and "Final Destination 5" to this edition of weekend reviews in 140 or less, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" still gets top billing in critic and fan reviews - not to mention winning the box office for the second week in a row.

"Apes" is currently 82 percent fresh over on Rotten Tomatoes, while "The Help" trails behind with 73 percent of critics giving positive reviews. But Twitter user Maggalicious calls it one of the best adaptations she's seen done on a book she's read, and iReporter Vera Richardson calls it essential viewing for Americans.

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Filed under: movies
New Lily joins 'Modern Family'
August 15th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

New Lily joins 'Modern Family'

"Modern Family's" Lily has had quite the growth spurt between seasons.

As we reported earlier, there was a casting call out for a new daughter for the ABC show's couple Cameron (Eric Stonestreet) and Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), seeking an "Asian, 3- to 4-year-old" girl since the character was supposed to start taking on a larger storyline.

As Tyler Ferguson previously explained to E!, "Lily will definitely be more prominent in season three...She'll be almost 3, so you have to have her as an integral part of the storyline. You know, she'll be going to preschool and socializing more and all that stuff, so it will be fun."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Modern Family • television
Report: Homeless man living in Ann Curry's home
August 15th, 2011
03:52 PM ET

Report: Homeless man living in Ann Curry's home

A homeless man has been residing in Ann Curry's $2.9 million Upper West Side house, unbeknownst to the "Today" show host, reports the New York Post.

Curry and husband Brian Ross have been renovating the four-story NYC townhouse for the past eight years, and during that time the Post reports it has become a stomping ground for various vagrants. On Saturday, police arrested a drifter who has lived in the brownstone “for about a year.”

The Post spoke to the ousted squatter, who yelled, "Ann Curry means crap to me!"

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