While you were working...
September 8th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • We're sorry if this really happened to you, Evan Rachel Wood, especially right around your 24th birthday. The "Ides of March" actress was reportedly out clubbing in Paris with friends when apparently someone channeled Ludacris circa 2000 and started throwing 'bows. Sources say poor Evan lost a tooth! [TMZ]
  • If you watch "Gossip Girl," you know that Chace Crawford's Nate Archibald is no stranger to landing an older lady/lay, and it appears that multi-episode guest star Elizabeth Hurley will fit that bill. [X17]

  • Ready to play "Six degrees from 'Sex and the City'"? Candace Bushnell has teamed up with Josh Safran, an exec producer for "Gossip Girl," to adapt Bushnell's book "One Fifth Avenue" into a drama for ABC. The show's being described as "Sex and the City" meets "The Good Wife." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • Elsewhere in broadcast TV land, the crew behind "Gossip Girl" are getting hired again: NBC has ordered a pilot called "My Best Friend Is a Lesbo," a half-hour comedy from "GG" team Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. [Variety]
  • Denise Richards may or may not have had a date with Simon Cowell when she was 8 months pregnant...and it sounds like it all depends on how one defines "date." To hear Denise tell it, perhaps Simon is a big fan of secret, blind group dates.... [E!]
  • "CSI: Miami's" Alex Rodriguez is the latest actor to join the male stripper fest that will be "Magic Mike." (By the way, casting and publicity? We totally see what you're doing here, with the teasing. And yes, we're enjoying it.) [Deadline]

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Oh Boy! Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' turns 17
September 8th, 2011
06:07 PM ET

Oh Boy! Weezer's 'Buddy Holly' turns 17

On what would have been Buddy Holly's 75th birthday, the rock and roll pioneer (finally!) got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday.

The ceremony took place just outside the Capitol Records building on Vine Street in Hollywood. Gary Busey was in attendance (naturally?), as was Holly's widow Maria Elena, Phil Everly of The Everly Brothers, fans and relatives of Holly. (Busey, of course, played Holly in 1978's "The Buddy Holly Story.")

A flash mob showed up wearing Buddy Holly glasses - they performed "Not Fade Away" and then shouted in unison: "Happy Birthday, Buddy Holly!"

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'Toddlers and Tiaras': Has the show gone too far?
September 8th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

'Toddlers and Tiaras': Has the show gone too far?

People are outraged by 3-year old Paisley, a pageant contestant on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras.” The tiny contestant appears dressed as Julia Roberts’ hooker character from “Pretty Woman” in a clip from the show.

The actual episode hasn’t even aired yet – just a promo. But the Parents Television Council is calling for the series to be canceled! They are urging its members to contact TLC and demand that the network immediately pulls the show off the air.

“We have a serious problem when a network formerly known as The Learning Channel features a toddler, who probably hasn't even learned to read, dressed as a prostitute showing off her sexy strut”, says Melissa Henson, director of communications and public education for the PTC.

What do you think? It’s our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Has “Toddlers and Tiaras” gone too far this time? Are the parents to blame for this? Or is this just a case of a bunch of over-sensitive people getting upset over nothing? Post below and then tune in to our big debate tonight on "Showbiz Tonight," exclusively at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

HBO buys Aaron Sorkin's new show
September 8th, 2011
05:09 PM ET

HBO buys Aaron Sorkin's new show

HBO has ordered a new series about cable news from Academy Award-winning screenwriter and producer Aaron Sorkin, the network confirms. (HBO is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)

“West Wing” creator Sorkin is listed as executive producer and pilot writer on the show, tentatively titled “More As This Story Develops.”

The drama revolves around a cable news anchor (Jeff Daniels!) who strives for ethical journalism despite the state of modern-day media.

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Marc Anthony launches Kohl's clothing line
September 8th, 2011
04:14 PM ET

Marc Anthony launches Kohl's clothing line

Is Marc Anthony taking a page from estranged wife J. Lo's marketing book?

The crooner stepped into the world of celebrity fashion lines on Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony unveiling his new Kohl’s clothing collection, reports Billboard.

Marc debuted the Marc Anthony Collection at a Kohl’s store in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Judge: Madonna doesn't own 'Material Girl' name
September 8th, 2011
03:22 PM ET

Judge: Madonna doesn't own 'Material Girl' name

She may have sung the 1985 song, and she may have launched the Macy’s clothing line, but Madonna does NOT own the trademark to “Material Girl,” according to Billboard.

Last year, Madge teamed up with Macy’s to create a teen apparel line (with daughter Lourdes Leon) called Material Girl. But a clothing company who trademarked the name in 1997 had to come along and cramp Madonna’s style – they sued the pop star for infringement.

Madonna and her company, Material Girl Brand, have been fighting the lawsuit, claiming the entertainer is the Material Girl.

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