Jaleel White to host Syfy game show
October 13th, 2011
07:43 PM ET

Jaleel White to host Syfy game show

Maybe you haven’t thought about Jaleel White since “Family Matters,” but the actor formerly known as Steve Urkel is stepping back into the spotlight with a new TV gig.

The '90s megastar, now 34, will host upcoming Syfy game show "Total Blackout," according to a statement from the network.

The show, filmed in night vision, will see contestants compete to complete various tasks in total darkness… but that’s not the whole challenge. The twist is that they may encounter creepy crawlies along the way – White mentions tarantulas and snakes, specifically.

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While you were working...
October 13th, 2011
06:49 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • File under heartwarming: Sean "Diddy" Combs gave a "sizeable" donation, reportedly in excess of $50,000, to the Harlem Boys & Girls Club of America, allowing the organization to remain open. [Access Hollywood]
  • The list of renewed shows grows longer! ABC's "Revenge" and "Suburgatory" have made the full season fold, as has The CW's "Secret Circle" and "Hart of Dixie." [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Why is it that interior photos of celebrity homes never reveal that people actually live there? With six kids, there should be at least a stray shoe, toy or nanny in one of these photos of Brad and Angelina's Malibu home. [E!]
  • Kim K. on whether she signed a prenuptial agreement when she wed basketball player Kris Humphries: "I don't really talk finances. My father was an attorney and I'm a smart girl - I'd like to think so - you can do the math." This was said while she was in Dubai...without Kris Humphries. [Today/MSNBC; Us Weekly]
  • As "Lone Ranger" gets back on track, "Thor 2" gets bumped back - to a November 15, 2013 release date instead of the earlier slot in July of that year. [THR]

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Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria to host Obama event
October 13th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

Antonio Banderas, Eva Longoria to host Obama event

As we gear up for the 2012 election, Hollywood's citizens are throwing their influence into the political sphere.

Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffith in particular are hosting an event for President Obama at their home at 6 p.m. on October 24, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Eva Longoria will co-host the gathering, which is intended to help draw support from Latinos, who comprise the second-largest population group in the country, according to the U.S. Census.

It's unsurprising that Banderas and Griffith are opening their doors for this gala, as the couple rallied behind the president when he ran in 2008.

According to THR, this event is a first: A national Latino fundraising fete to support Obama's candidacy. Tickets to the affair run between $5,000 and $38,000.


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New 'Office' boss's brother? Josh Groban
October 13th, 2011
06:30 PM ET

New 'Office' boss's brother? Josh Groban

Now that Andy Bernard is the new boss on "The Office," we're going to learn a little more about him this season.

For example, on Thursday night's episode, we meet his brother, played by singing sensation Josh Groban. (This actually makes a lot of sense, in a way, since Andy is quite musically inclined.)

As Groban explained to reporters, "Andy's the firstborn, which is usually the favorite son, but for whatever reason, as the second born, I both stole his name from him (he was originally going to be Walter, Jr.), and kinda wound up being a little more of the happy-go-lucky, successful guy, who can kind of do no wrong in the eyes of his parents. This episode shows that naivete and shows why Andy is the overachiever that he tries to be."

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Rashida Jones on that time she pulled a prank with MJ
October 13th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Rashida Jones on that time she pulled a prank with MJ

As the daughter of producer Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, actress Rashida Jones must have plenty of celebrity stories from her Hollywood childhood.

In a recent interview with Playboy, the "Parks and Recreation" star shared a particularly fun Michael Jackson anecdote involving unsuspecting bystanders, MJ, "Webster," and plastic squirt guns.

“Michael basically grew up with us, so I have a million memories of him,” Jones, 35, says of Jackson. “He was definitely a little bit of an alien,” she says, also noting Jackson’s predilection for surgical masks.

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Moviegoer sues: Not enough driving in 'Drive'
October 13th, 2011
05:01 PM ET

Moviegoer sues: Not enough driving in 'Drive'

Lawsuit of the day: Sarah Deming of Michigan is suing FilmDistrict, the distributor of Ryan Gosling's flick “Drive,” because she wanted more driving in the film, CNN confirmed.

The suit also names Novi, Michigan’s Emagine Theaters, because Deming wants her money back. Deming hopes to get others involved in the suit so they too can recover the ticket cost. The complaint doesn't specify how much she is seeking, just that she allegedly suffered "damages including but not limited to the purchase price of the ticket."

Deming claims that the promotional material for the crime drama was misleading, suggesting the film would feature more action-y driving scenes.

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