Tom Cruise reacts to Reacher casting criticism
October 26th, 2011
02:41 PM ET

Tom Cruise reacts to Reacher casting criticism

When it comes to adapting a book for film, one of the largest issues is how to find a lead that will do the material justice while also keeping in mind the physical traits fans have memorized.

That dilemma crops up time and time again, from Jennifer Lawrence in "The Hunger Games" to who would play Steve Jobs in a potential movie, but the challenge was no less apparent than with the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's statuesque Jack Reacher.

The 6'5 retired military cop, who weighs in at 250 pounds in the books, will be played by shorter leading man Tom Cruise in the upcoming "One Shot." When news was announced over the summer, fans were not pleased.

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'X Factor' goes live with harsh words and a few fights
October 26th, 2011
02:00 PM ET

'X Factor' goes live with harsh words and a few fights

I love the tension of a live talent competition, and last night's "X Factor" fit the bill.

The show held its first two-and-a-half hour live show and once again we got to see all 17 acts perform, not only for the judges but in front of a packed house in Los Angeles.

This show was arguably the hardest to watch, and it wasn’t because truly good singers were let go, but the manner in which they were brushed aside.

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Food poisoning behind Steven Tyler's fall
October 26th, 2011
12:54 PM ET

Food poisoning behind Steven Tyler's fall

Wacky “American Idol” judge Steven Tyler has taken a tumble while on tour in Paraguay. Tyler’s manager tells CNN that food poisoning is to blame for the fall.

The Aerosmith frontman fell in his hotel bathroom on Tuesday, suffering facial injuries, reports People magazine. The publication adds that 63-year-old Tyler lost two teeth in the accident and wound up with cuts on his face.

The rocker's manager confirmed to CNN that Tyler “suffered minor injuries as a result of food poisoning."

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Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?
October 26th, 2011
12:20 PM ET

Everyone’s a Critic: Don't judge a series by its pilot?

With the fall TV season well underway, by now we’ve seen most of the premieres for this year's round of new shows.

I'm sure I'm not alone in having a system for watching pilots: If I like the initial episode, I’m in for the long haul. If I’m intrigued but haven’t been totally convinced, the show gets a three-episode trial.

But if I can’t stand it, I’m never watching anything beyond the premiere.

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Baby on the way for Van Der Beek
October 26th, 2011
10:57 AM ET

Baby on the way for Van Der Beek

Just a year after becoming parents to daughter Olivia last September, James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook are expecting baby No. 2.

The 34-year-old actor tweeted Tuesday, "Just when we thought we couldn't feel any more blessed, it seems the universe has plans to give our daughter a sibling... #humbled."

Van Der Beek will be balancing becoming a father of two with work on his new show, "Don't Trust the B-– in Apt. 23." (Yes, the "Bitch" in the title is back, albeit with dashes.) The ABC mid-season program will debut next year.

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Johnny Depp does surprise show with ZZ Top
October 26th, 2011
10:33 AM ET

Johnny Depp does surprise show with ZZ Top

Similar to fellow actor Lucy Liu, Johnny Depp doesn't keep his talents limited to the screen.

The actor was in Austin, Texas over the weekend to attend the Austin Film Festival, where he received the Extraordinary Contribution to Acting Award, reports the Austin Chronicle.

While in town, Depp also popped up at the local University of Texas campus, the Paramount Theatre - and on stage at the Continental Club to play guitar with Bill Carter and the Blame and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. People magazine reports that the venue was filled to triple the capacity, but the cramped dwellings didn't interrupt the experience. According to People, the crowd ate up the 90 minute show.

Those in attendance at Austin's film fest also got to see a screening of Depp's "The Rum Diary," which opens in theaters this weekend.


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