While you were working...
September 9th, 2011
06:35 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Ali Lohan has been looking...different, these days, if the photos in question are in fact her. (And note that the picture above is from a few years back; check out the links to see the controversy causing image.) They seem to be, since Lindsay Lohan has come to her sister's defense to say that despite the rumors, Ali hasn't had plastic surgery. [Gossip Cop; Splash News]
  • What are the odds that Ashton Kutcher will just be naked all the time on this season of "Two and a Half Men"? The actor's obviously having a hard time keeping his clothes on these days. [People]
  • Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All - once the hip hop group to know if you want to hang with the cool kids, now the hip hop group to know that also has a live action TV show on Adult Swim. [L.A. Times]
  • "Glee" just loves to mess with our heads. One day key stars are said to be graduating, the next not so much. The latest Gleek rumor is that season 3 will have markedly less Ashley Fink, who plays Lauren Zizes on the Fox show. Apparently, she's not only dropping out of New Directions but she's also breaking up with bad boy Puck - quelle horreur! [TVLine]
  • While most would think long and hard before dropping $37,500 - we're in media, and that's basically the salary of all our friends –but British rapper Tinie Tempah, who purchased the Marty McFly "Back to the Future" kicks at an L.A. auction, considered it an impulse buy. He says he was just "really touched by the presentation." [TMZ]
  • Headline of the day: "Gwyneth Paltrow to play sex addict." And that's really all you need to know. [Variety]

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Jena Malone latest to join 'Hatfields and McCoys'
September 9th, 2011
06:09 PM ET

Jena Malone latest to join 'Hatfields and McCoys'

The History Channel’s upcoming project “The Hatfields and McCoys” is sounding better all the time. Jena Malone has signed on to the star-studded miniseries about America’s biggest family feud, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Malone (“Bastard Out of Carolina,” “Stepmom,” “Into the Wild”) will play Nancy McCoy, a conniving cousin who exacts revenge on the Hatfields for murdering her father.

Kevin Costner (Anse Hatfield) and Bill Paxton (Randall McCoy) lead the cast as the heads of the clashing clans. Tom Berenger, Powers Boothe and Lindsay Pulsipher have also joined the cast.

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September 9th, 2011
05:05 PM ET

Should 'Toddlers and Tiaras' be canceled?

The mother at the center of the “Toddlers and Tiaras” controversy is speaking out.

Wendy Dickey is defending her decision to dress her three-year-old daughter Paisley in Julia Roberts’ “Pretty Woman” hooker outfit. Dickey went on HLN’s “The Joy Behar Show” to take on her critics. She sees no problem with what she did.

Here’s my take on this. So many people watch reality TV because of the train wreck factor. But this show seems to cross a line where mothers treat their babies like toys, and it has been suggested that sexualizing toddlers like this provides fodder for pedophiles. This stuff definitely doesn’t belong on TV.

So here's our "Showbiz" Flashpoint: Should “Toddlers and Tiaras” be canceled? What do you think? Post below and tune in to our fired up debate exclusively on "Showbiz Tonight" at 11 p.m. ET/PT on HLN.

Wilson Phillips scores reality series
September 9th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Wilson Phillips scores reality series

Wilson Phillips has landed a reality series, reports New York Magazine. The girl group, famous in the late '80s and early '90s for hits like “Hold On,” are headed to TV in a bid to reclaim their fame.

TV Guide Network announced the Emmy-nominated group’s comeback vehicle yesterday. “The Wilson Phillips Project” will document the lives of sisters Carnie Wilson and Wendy Wilson, and BFF Chynna Phillips. Yes!

“Between touring, recording a new CD and raising nine children, the show promises love, laughter and head bumping!” said Carnie Wilson.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on his role in 'Contagion'
September 9th, 2011
04:06 PM ET

Dr. Sanjay Gupta on his role in 'Contagion'

Dr. Sanjay Gupta didn't have to stretch much to portray a journalist who asks some tough questions in the new film "Contagion."

CNN's chief medical correspondent even offered star Laurence Fishburne some advice as the pair spent time together in makeup. In the film, Fishburne plays Dr. Ellis Cheever, who is the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention when there is an international epidemic which threatens the world's population.

The actor picked Gupta's brain for some advice about medical ethics. FULL POST

There's a new acronym in town on 'Jersey Shore'
September 9th, 2011
03:27 PM ET

There's a new acronym in town on 'Jersey Shore'

It’s difficult to feel sorry for someone who drunkenly dives face-first into a concrete wall, but watching The Situation mope around the house, unable to GTL, was just plain sad.

After Ron’s locker room-worthy pep talk, Sitch is able to rip his neck brace off and rejoin his fellow fist-pumpers.

Later that day, as the girls make their way through the streets of Florence, which apparently smell like pig butt, a priest hisses at Snooki to cover up when she passes by a church.

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