While you were working...
September 15th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Rumors are flying today that some of the "Real Housewives of New York City" - including Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon and Alex McCord - got the pink slip from the show. Bravo tells CNN no decisions have been made yet, as do McCord and Zarin. We'll be honest: We don't know what "RHONY" would be without those three.  [Huffington PostTooFab]
  • Little Monroe may be a diva, but neither she nor her twin brother Moroccan will have a career in the entertainment biz, if their dad Nick Cannon has anything to say about it. And he does: "Absolutely not...I want them to strive for something greater than entertainment."  [People]
  • 50 Cent's upcoming movie originally had the same title as Chinua Achebe's internationally renowned novel "Things Fall Apart," and the author was not happy about it. Achebe demanded Fiddy change the movie's name, and not even an alleged $1 million could change his mind. [The Guardian]
  • We know Heidi Klum's one hot mama, but we didn't know she was so dangerous. Web security company McAfee named her the top most dangerous celeb on the Web. At No. 3? Piers Morgan. Be careful out there. [CNN]
  • We have no idea if "The Muppets" will go down as one of the greatest flicks in 2011. But we do know they could just keep creating trailers and parodies, and we'd be satisfied. Stick around till the end - it's worth it.


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January Jones welcomes a baby boy
September 15th, 2011
07:36 PM ET

January Jones welcomes a baby boy

Life is officially imitating art for January Jones - well, at least in one sense.

The "Mad Men" actress, known for playing chilly mom Betty Draper, is now a mom herself for the first time.

Her rep confirms to CNN that Jones, 33, gave birth to a son on Tuesday. She named the little one Xander Dane Jones. "Mom and baby are doing great," her rep says.

Jones confirmed she was expecting in April, although she's stayed mum on details about the father. A source close to the actress told People at the time that she was “really looking forward to this new chapter in her life as a single mom.”


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Steven Spielberg regrets altering 'E.T.'
September 15th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Steven Spielberg regrets altering 'E.T.'

George Lucas may keep tweaking “Star Wars,” but another big director regrets messing with his masterpiece. Steven Spielberg said at a recent event that he wishes he hadn’t altered “E.T.” when he re-released the movie in 2002, reports New York Magazine.

"Speaking for myself, you know, I tried this once and I lived to regret it,” Spielberg said when asked about Lucas’ upcoming “Star Wars” DVD release at an anniversary screening of “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

He explained his regret was “Not because of fan outrage, but simply because I was disappointed in myself.” (For more in-depth discussion, check out Geek Out's coverage.)

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Sean Penn, Ben Stiller are helping Haiti rebuild
September 15th, 2011
05:36 PM ET

Sean Penn, Ben Stiller are helping Haiti rebuild

Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization has received a $2.25 million grant as the aid group works to help Haiti recover from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

”We believe this grant marks an important step in the rebuilding of Haiti,” Penn, the founder of the organization, said in a statement.

The J/P HRO was awarded funding from the Government of Haiti through a grant by IDA - the World Bank's financing facility for poor countries.

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CW's 'H8R' brings trash talkers to TV
September 15th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

CW's 'H8R' brings trash talkers to TV

There’s an age-old adage that says, “When you talk trash about people you don’t want them to see you.”

OK, so maybe I lied about that being a work of ancient scripture, but it rings true today and seems to be the underlying theme of CW’s “H8R ” (and an actual quote from one of the show’s “characters").

Here’s the skinny: Mario Lopez hosts a show where celebs and their biggest haters are forced to confront each other with the hope that the celeb will be able to convince his/her detractor otherwise. In some cases it works and in some cases, well, I guess haters gon’ hate.

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'Big Brother': And the winner is...
September 15th, 2011
03:55 PM ET

'Big Brother': And the winner is...

I can't believe I'm saying this, but congratulations to Rachel Reilly for her much-deserved win on Wednesday night's season finale of "Big Brother."

To say that Rachel has been a controversial contestant over the last two seasons (she returned as part of the "newbies vs. veterans" twist this year) would be a vast understatement. Rachel backstabbed, whined when things didn't go her way, and said the words "my fiance'" so many times as to render them essentially meaningless.

Even so, as she liked to point out – over and over again – she is a competitor and had a target on her back from day one. When her beloved Brendon was evicted (not once, but twice!), she somehow stuck it out to the point where she was the obvious person to vote for as the winner.

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