While you were working...
October 11th, 2011
07:32 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Don't look for "New Girl" on Fox for the next few weeks, or "Glee" for that matter. Both shows will be on hiatus until next month. In tonight's case, "Glee's" absence will make room for baseball. And by the way: Tomorrow night's "X Factor" will be two hours long. [EW]
  • Have you wondered why Swedes are "so liberal and so cool" with their sexuality? It's 'cause "we f-- a lot," says "True Blood's" Alexander Skarsgard. [Out]
  • Ever since Leonardo DiCaprio split with Blake Lively, rumor has it he's been hanging - consoling himself? - with a pair of Australian models. [People]
  • We're not always on board with sequels, but this one we can get behind: There's a "Best Man 2" on the way. And if you've never watched "The Best Man," please view and relive a pre-"Private Practice" Taye Diggs. [Deadline]
  • While we're talking about movies, HBO announced today that they've picked up the Liberace film "Behind the Candelabra." Steven Soderbergh will direct, Michael Douglas will play the legendary Liberace, and Matt Damon will portray his young lover.

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Gaga presents UK host with a sheep named Kevin
October 11th, 2011
07:16 PM ET

Gaga presents UK host with a sheep named Kevin

She’s up to her usual tricks. Lady Gaga brought an unorthodox gift to her recent appearance on U.K. program “The Jonathan Ross Show”: A sheep!

New York Magazine's Vulture reports that the pop star presented host Jonathan Ross with a "male sheep" named Kevin. “I don’t know if it’s your birthday, but that’s your birthday present,” Gaga told Ross upon her arrival.

It makes sense when you take Gaga’s barnyard-themed “You and I” performance into account. As the singer mentions, the song is about a man from Nebraska, so… just go with it.

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MTV's 'Chelsea Settles': 'A new kind of heroine'
October 11th, 2011
06:05 PM ET

MTV's 'Chelsea Settles': 'A new kind of heroine'

Here’s a story you haven’t heard before: A 20-something moves to Los Angeles in hopes of breaking into the fashion industry, cultivating new friendships and maybe even finding true love.

But seriously, you haven’t heard this story before.

That’s because this 20-something didn’t grow up in a mansion overlooking the Pacific Ocean. She doesn’t have tons of childhood friends to fall back on during hard times. And she’s been too busy taking care of her sick mother to focus on her own dreams.

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Tyrese has hope for a 'Transformers 4'
October 11th, 2011
05:40 PM ET

Tyrese has hope for a 'Transformers 4'

There are actors who love the franchises they've landed, and then there are the actors who really, really love them - so much so, getting a tattoo in honor of the movie wouldn't be out of the question.

Singer/actor Tyrese Gibson would be the latter. While talking about the Blu-ray/DVD release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," the 32-year-old admitted that he's been a fan since childhood.

"Watching 'Transformers' in my drawers with a bowl of Lucky Charms – that’s me," Tyrese told CNN. "I’ve got a ‘Transformers’ tattoo of an Autobot symbol on my right forearm. You can do no wrong when it comes to ‘Transformers’ with me."

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
Rosie O'Donnell swaps Tom Cruise for Russell Brand
October 11th, 2011
05:33 PM ET

Rosie O'Donnell swaps Tom Cruise for Russell Brand

Remember when Rosie O'Donnell would gush about Tom Cruise on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show”? Well, E! News reports that O’Donnell’s got a new man crush along with her new series. Goodbye Tom, hello Russell Brand.

Rosie, who premiered her new show on OWN yesterday, told “Nightline” that Tom knows he’s out.

"He's replaced Tom Cruise, he has,” Rosie says of British bad boy Russell, who happened to be the first guest on "The Rosie Show." “I sent him a little text, I said, 'Tommy, I'll always love you, move over, Russell Brand is in.' "

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Filed under: Celebrities • television • Tom Cruise
Van Damme, Hilary Swank criticized for attending Chechen leader's party
October 11th, 2011
05:07 PM ET

Van Damme, Hilary Swank criticized for attending Chechen leader's party

Celebrities admitted to being paid to perform for members of Moammar Gadhafi's family this spring, and according to the Hollywood Reporter, history may be repeating itself.

Human Rights Watch is criticizing stars including Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hilary Swank for allegedly attending Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov’s lavish October 5 birthday celebration in exchange for money.

“We must remember the disgrace Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Beyoncé and 50 Cent were exposed to after singing for the Gadhafi family and earning millions of dollars for it,” said Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation. (Beyoncé and Mariah Carey donated their Gadhafi money to charity.) FULL POST

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