While you were working...
September 28th, 2011
06:08 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • The "New Girl" on TV is turning into a fan favorite: Zooey Deschanel's Fox comedy has been picked up for a full season following two weeks of healthy ratings. [USA Today]
  • Get ready to deflate your dreams of a "Bridesmaids" sequel: Jon Hamm says star Kristen Wiig may not be interested in returning for a "Bridesmaids 2." [E!]
  • "Glee's" Kurt is about to have some competition from a new Warbler, but not in the way you might think. Apparently Ryan Murphy has another theater actor on tap to pose a threat to Kurt and Blaine's relationship. [TVLine]
  • "Harry Potter's" gone, but the dog's still around, and he's looking for a home: The pooch who played Sirius Black's animal form in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" is available for adoption. [RumorFix]
  • After 60 years in the business, 85-year-old Tony Bennett has landed a No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with "Duets II." [Idolator]

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Stephen King at work on 'Shining' sequel, 'Dr. Sleep'
September 28th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

Stephen King at work on 'Shining' sequel, 'Dr. Sleep'

There's a sequel to "The Shining," but it's going to come in book form first.

Stephen King, who crafted the novel that was adapted into the (terrifying) 1980 film, read from excerpts of "The Shining's" sequel, "Dr. Sleep," at a recent appearance at George Mason University, Slashfilm reports.

The novel reintroduces "The Shining's" main character, Danny Torrance, as a grown-up. In the sequel, Torrance is now 40, and working in a hospice for the terminally ill in New York. Torrance has special powers though, and will visit the patients as they're about to "cross over" to help them move on without pain.

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Idris Elba: I'd consider playing James Bond
September 28th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Idris Elba: I'd consider playing James Bond

As a strapping, dapper actor with an English accent, Idris Elba is an obvious choice to play James Bond. But the actor tells NPR that talk of him potentially landing the part is nothing more than gossip.

"It's a rumor," he said on "Morning Edition." "It’s a very old rumor. My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond."

As Elba goes on to explain, he didn't come to the States "to play black roles. I just came to play roles."

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
September 28th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

TLC's 'Extreme Couponing' back with new season

Ring it up!

TLC's hit show "Extreme Couponing" comes back tonight for its second season, and we can bet you money that fans are eagerly awaiting.

If you don't know what we are talking about, you're probably spending too much on your groceries. The show focuses on those who take couponing to the max, at times getting several hundreds of dollars worth of items for next to nothing (and in some cases, literally nothing).

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Roman Polanski apologizes to victim
September 28th, 2011
01:44 PM ET

Roman Polanski apologizes to victim

In a new documentary, famed director Roman Polanski offers an apology to Samantha Geimer, the woman he unlawfully had sex with when she was 13.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the filmmaker speaks on the case towards the end of Laurent Bouzereau's documentary, "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir," which had its world premiere in Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday.

"She is a double victim: My victim, and a victim of the press," Polanski says in the film, which focuses more on the 78-year-old director's view of his life than details of the case. In fact, THR reports, the documentary doesn't really offer anything new that hasn't already been made available on the public record.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Roman Polanski
Melissa Etheridge on 'L Word' actress kiss
September 28th, 2011
01:36 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge on 'L Word' actress kiss

Don’t expect to see Melissa Etheridge getting steamy in public anytime soon.

The famed singer/songwriter, who received her Hollywood Walk of Fame star Tuesday, told CNN at the event that she’s not really into overt displays of public affection, be they heterosexual, homosexual or otherwise.

That's not to say she hasn't shared a kiss with a partner on occasion.

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