Melissa McCarthy: The new face of Ivory soap
November 10th, 2011
06:44 PM ET

Melissa McCarthy: The new face of Ivory soap

In addition to the long list of other jobs Melissa McCarthy has lined up right now, she's adding one more: brand spokesperson for Ivory soap,  according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The Emmy-winning "Mike & Molly" star's iron is hot right now, and in addition to being the face of the cleansing product, she'll also host "Soap Dish," a new “online social community” on Facebook. On “Soap Dish,” the comedian will tackle topics such as marriage and motherhood.

"I grew up using Ivory, and that smell always reminds me of when I was a kid," McCarthy, 41, says of the brand. "As a working mom of two, I love anything that simplifies my life. So when one bar of soap can handle backyard dirt, spaghetti hands and the unidentified crusty bits under my girls' necks, I'm in."

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While you were working...
November 10th, 2011
06:12 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • As you know, Piers Morgan is leaving his post as judge for "America's Got Talent," but what you may not know is that Howard Stern is reportedly being eyed to take his place. [Wall Street Journal]
  • The best-dressed sisters of the year were not Beyonce and Solange Knowles, nor the controversial Fanning sisters (although they were runners-up). The top spot went to the swankily clad Olsen twins, Mary-Kate and Ashley. We wonder how their rising star of a sister Elizabeth feels about being left out... [Vogue]
  • Blake Lively, no longer traipsing the globe with Leo DiCaprio, is reportedly looking to nest with Ryan Reynolds. Word has it the rumored couple is checking out a $4.35 million, three-bedroom penthouse in NYC. [NYPost]
  • When not starring in movies that require him to kiss Blake Lively's ex, Leo, Armie Hammer is getting into the baking business. The "Social Network" actor is opening up a new cupcake shop with his wife in San Antonio. How sweet! [E!]
  • And last but certainly not least, the trailer for Kristen Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman," co-starring Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Aside from the most creative take on Botox we've ever seen, this movie actually looks pretty good. K.Stew's take on "Snow White" arrives in theaters June 1, 2012. [Apple]


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Billy Crystal to host Academy Awards
November 10th, 2011
05:34 PM ET

Billy Crystal to host Academy Awards

Welcome back, Billy Crystal.

After Eddie Murphy exited his hosting duties for the 84th Academy Awards on Wednesday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made quick work of finding a replacement, and they went with a familiar face. (This will be Crystal's ninth time hosting the awards show - not including the 2006 show he opened.)

The news spread quickly on Thursday afternoon following the actor's tweet, "Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show."

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Kaley Cuoco's celeb crush: Seth MacFarlane
November 10th, 2011
04:20 PM ET

Kaley Cuoco's celeb crush: Seth MacFarlane

Playboy interviewed "Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco for the December issue’s 20 questions section, and the actress didn’t hold back. The newly-engaged Cuoco shared about her love of nerds, dating her co-star, and pursuing men.

Cuoco finds that men are intimidated by her, so she says, “I have to take the reins.” A self-proclaimed “b-h,” the actress details her dating strategy: “I’ll go up to anybody and say, ‘You’re absolutely friggin’ adorable. Let’s go out.’ They usually look at me with giant scared 'Ren and Stimpy' eyes.”

The confident 25-year-old adds, "I have to be honest: I don’t think they’re going to say no.”

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Throwback: Colorforms still clingy after 60 years
November 10th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Throwback: Colorforms still clingy after 60 years

With the holiday season fast approaching, many parents are flocking to retro toys in the hopes that they can bond with their children over a shared experience. Mention toys like Etch-A-Sketch, Slinky, Uno and Lite Brite and their eyes light (brite) up.

Colorforms, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this month, is one of those nostalgic toys that still resonates, even though kids don't need some sort of screen - be it a TV, computer, iPad, iPhone or something similar - to stay engaged and entertained.

The first Colorforms set was created in 1951 and consisted of vinyl, geometric shapes in primary colors that could be fashioned into stories and patterns when affixed (via the magic of static cling) to a shiny, black laminated board. Square + triangle = house. Boom! Instant story.

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Selma Blair: I lived in a homeless shelter
November 10th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Selma Blair: I lived in a homeless shelter

When it came time to decide between buying a dress and being able to pay rent, Selma Blair once chose fashion.

The actress shared with E! News that she was living at a homeless shelter when she purchased her first Versace dress… instead of paying rent.

"My first Versace piece was a red velvet overall minidress," Selma said at a soiree for the Versace for H&M line. "I was basically homeless, living in the Salvation Army in New York City. I was 21 years old, and I saved up all my money [for the designer dress] that I should have saved up for rent at the Salvation Army."

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