'Daily Show' star Aasif Mandvi sells series to CBS
October 14th, 2011
07:03 PM ET

'Daily Show' star Aasif Mandvi sells series to CBS

Aasif Mandvi earns loads of laughs on “The Daily Show,” so it makes sense that the actor/comedian would be given his own show. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mandvi is writing a comedy script for CBS, which the actor would star in as a divorced marriage counselor.

The “Daily Show” correspondent will dole out relationship advice on the comedy series… if it gets picked up. CBS has bought the rights to the untitled show, and a pilot is in the works, but the series is still in the early stages.

Mandvi, 45, has contributed to “The Daily Show” since 2006, and has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows, including “Die Hard with a Vengeance,” “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City” and “The Last Airbender.” This year, he appeared in Taco Bell commercials.

In addition to the new TV series, the actor has two movies out in 2012: “Premium Rush,” and “Movie 43.” Busy guy!

While you were working...
October 14th, 2011
06:25 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • No doubt you've been waiting on pins and needles to know this: Yes, Hilary Duff is having a boy. [E!]
  • Aspiring screenwriters, take heart - maybe you're just not writing about your would-be feature films in the right place. Warner Bros. has bought the rights to a story that was developed in a series of posts on Reddit.com. [Huffington Post]

  • Katherine Heigl departed "Grey's Anatomy" for movies, but she's getting back into TV.... in a way. The actress would executive produce a new drama series for The CW based on the book, "Bicoastal Babe," but the network has only ordered a script so far. [The Wrap]
  • It'll be a good day to die hard on February 14, 2013. No, really - that's exactly what the fifth installment in the Bruce Willis franchise, releasing on that day, will be called: "A Good Day to Die Hard." [MTV]

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Controversial MLK play opens ahead of memorial dedication
October 14th, 2011
06:06 PM ET

Controversial MLK play opens ahead of memorial dedication

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be dedicated Sunday in Washington, D.C.

But Thursday night in New York City saw the opening of a play which portrays the civil rights leader in a different light.

"The Mountaintop" stars Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett in a production which takes a fictitious look at the night before King was killed. The play offers up a "behind-closed-doors" look at the leader during a meeting with a mysterious woman at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis. FULL POST

Courtney Stodden not 'too sexy' for Facebook
October 14th, 2011
05:39 PM ET

Courtney Stodden not 'too sexy' for Facebook

Everyone breathe a sigh of relief – Courtney Stodden is back on Facebook.

E! News reports that the 17-year-old future reality star wasn’t kicked off the social networking site for being “too sexy,” as her mother claimed. It was simply a mistake.

Stodden, the teen wife of 51-year-old actor Doug Hutchison, saw a fan page yanked Wednesday due to “inappropriate sexual conduct.” Mom Krista Keller told E! News jealous women were “banding together” to take down her daughter’s page.

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Taylor Swift donates 6,000 books to library
October 14th, 2011
04:08 PM ET

Taylor Swift donates 6,000 books to library

Will Taylor Swift’s reign of preciousness never end? The bubbly blonde superstar has graciously donated 6,000 books to a library in Reading, Pennsylvania, the town's paper The Reading Eagle reports.

The Grammy-winning singer hails from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and chose nearby Reading for her donation because she wants to aid economically troubled libraries.

The 6,000 children’s and young adult titles were chosen by local librarians. Publisher Scholastic Inc. helped Taylor make the hefty book donation.

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In Touch Weekly
October 14th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Weeklies cheat sheet: The Ashton/Demi saga

In this edition of weeklies cheat sheet, it's all about Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore's perhaps tortured, about-to-end romance, plus the rumor that Blake Lively snatched her "Green Lantern" co-star Ryan Reynolds right out from under Sandra Bullock's nose.


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