While you were working...
September 21st, 2011
07:22 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Never mind she'll find...a friend? It looks like Adele's made nice with the guy who left her heartbroken and served as inspiration for "21." May as well - what's the point in staying hurt when you've sold millions upon millions of albums? [The Independent]
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal received a different kind of swag after starring in a film about a device developed to help cure women of their "hysteria." "By the time I finished the movie I'd been sent maybe 15 vibrators by different people in London with vibrator stores," she said at a press conference. [Huffington Post]
  • It's not Lil Wayne's almost-"Milli," but it was enough to put them at the top of the Billboard charts. Lady Antebellum's "Own the Night" is the No. 1 album in the country with 347,000 sold. [The Wrap]
  • This Eva Mendes/Ryan Gosling thing appears to be picking up steam: The two were spotted going out on hiking dates, and a source says that Gosling's been heading to Mendes' place as often as he can. [People]
  • Good news for Zooey, bad news for "Glee": The show choir series premiered its third season Tuesday with 8.2 million watching, down 32 percent from its season opener last year. Meanwhile, Zooey Deschanel's "New Girl" didn't seem to need the "Glee" lead in, as it earned the title of highest rated fall sitcom premiere since "The Bernie Mac Show" with 10.1 million watching. [Entertainment Weekly]

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September 21st, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Primetime pathologist talks about 'CSI' effect

Robert David Hall is not a doctor, but he plays one on TV.

In fact, Hall plays the longest running pathologist on primetime television as Dr. Al Robbins, the medical examiner on “CSI,” which enters its 12th season tonight. (Yes, that’s five years longer and more than 100 episodes past Jack Klugman’s “Quincy M.E.”)

Despite his success - actually, because of his success - there’s one real-life role that seems to escape Hall despite numerous callbacks: the part of a trial juror.

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Maya Rudolph can identify with 'Up All Night'
September 21st, 2011
06:28 PM ET

Maya Rudolph can identify with 'Up All Night'

"Bridesmaids" star Maya Rudolph may play a famous daytime talk show host, who knows next to nothing about kids on NBC's new comedy "Up All Night," but in reality, she's an old pro at raising children.

"I definitely recognize what Christina [Applegate] and other characters are going through, so much so that it’s kind of embarrassing," she told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday.

"Although I will say as the third time parent – it’s like getting to a higher level of 'Angry Birds.' The first time, bringing the baby home from the hospital, I think I was in the backseat, like, putting my finger under her nose, making sure she was breathing and asking my husband to drive, like three miles per hour. By the third child, we didn’t even have a car seat anymore. When we got one, we didn’t even install it properly because we were just running out of the hospital because we just wanted to get home. I ended up just switching seats with [my husband] and I ended up driving myself home from the hospital."

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'Avatar' land coming to Disney World
September 21st, 2011
06:16 PM ET

'Avatar' land coming to Disney World

James Cameron's big-budget hit "Avatar" is going to become part of Walt Disney Theme Parks, CNN has learned.

Filmmaker Cameron and Fox Filmed Entertainment are teaming up with Disney to bring the first "Avatar" land to the Orlando, Florida theme park Disney World.

"'Avatar' created a world which audiences can discover again and again and now, through this incredible partnership with Disney, we'll be able to bring Pandora to life like never before," Cameron says in a press release.

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Everyone’s a Critic: Please sir, I want an encore
September 21st, 2011
05:31 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Please sir, I want an encore

To paraphrase Steve Martin’s character in “The Jerk”: The new fall season is here! The new fall season is here!

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be inundated with new shows and returning favorites. For a TV junkie like me, the launch of the fall season is filled with excitement, anticipation, energy… and a fair amount of regret.

You see, I’d like to watch everything. And when I say everything, I mean EVERYTHING. There are some shows I’m looking forward to, and other shows that deserve a three-episode trial (that’s my standard). Even the shows I think are going to be horrible deserve a single viewing. After all, it’s only fair to actually watch something if you’re planning to be critical about it.

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As clock counts down, celebs rally for Troy Davis
September 21st, 2011
04:16 PM ET

As clock counts down, celebs rally for Troy Davis

With one eye on the clock, celebrity supporters of Troy Davis are using their platforms to continue to spread the word about the Georgia inmate.

Davis is scheduled to be executed at 7 p.m. for the 1989 murder of off-duty Savannah, Georgia, police officer Mark MacPhail. [Keep up with the latest developments over at This Just In.]

Hip-hop artist Big Boi is one of many who has used his fame to bring awareness to the case, and departed for the prison in Jackson, Georgia, earlier today. "Troy Davis is from my home town of Savannah Ga, and personally reached out to me," the rapper tweeted Tuesday along with the hashtags "#FreeTroyDavis" and "#TooMuchDoubt." "6 hours and 14 minutes to fight, #meetmeinjackson Georgia for a 100% peaceful rally," he wrote Wednesday.

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