Neil Gaiman cranking out 'tween lit'? Only on 'The Simpsons'
November 18th, 2011
06:31 PM ET

Neil Gaiman cranking out 'tween lit'? Only on 'The Simpsons'

Fantasy writer and Geek Out favorite Neil Gaiman's work might be just about as far away from the tween fare of "Twilight" as anything that also bears the "fantasy" genre tag.

But don't expect Gaiman, who will play an animated version of himself Sunday on an episode of "The Simpsons" that sends up the Stephenie Meyer stories, to take any shots at the sparkly vampire series.

In fact, he says they're staples around the Gaiman residence.

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'Newsies' heads to Broadway
November 18th, 2011
06:21 PM ET

'Newsies' heads to Broadway

The musical adaptation of hit Disney movie “Newsies” is headed for the Great White Way, reports the New York Times.

The Harvey Fierstein-adapted stage production enjoyed a successful fall run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse, so the scruffy paperboys are packing up their floppy caps and tattered vests and heading to Broadway.

The turn-of-the-century musical will open on Broadway in March, Disney Theatrical Productions announced Tuesday. “Newsies” will play at the Nederlander Theatre through June, but if successful, the run could be extended.

The 1992 movie starred Christian Bale, Bill Pullman, Robert Duvall and Ann-Margret, and it’s become a bit of a cult classic for children of the early '90s.

“Newsies” is based on the 1899 true story of newspaper-selling kiddos fighting Big Business, and with movements like Occupy Wall Street resonating with the public, it’s great timing for the feisty premise.

While you were working...
November 18th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Chris Brown seems to be having some Twitter issues. The rapper/singer allegedly unleashed a profane tirade regarding his ex Rihanna only to delete the majority of his posts on the site. Apparently, Brown's upset that he can't shake that domestic violence incident. At one point he reportedly tweeted, “I know alot of you wack a- (OLD) celebrities probably wanna f-- my ex but talking s--on me wont get u far,” but good luck finding that in some place other than media reports. Brown has scrubbed his Twitter timeline clean. [MTV/Chris Brown's Twitter]
  • Moving on to Ashton/Demi drama: Now that Demi Moore is officially parting ways with her much younger husband, rumors are spreading alleging that both Ashton and Demi had flings outside of their marriage, and it was their "open" matrimony that led to the split. [Star via RadarOnline]
  • But now for some good news: Showtime has picked up Michael C. Hall's "Dexter" for another two seasons. [The Wrap]
  • Although Angelina Jolie and her partner Brad Pitt have both said they want to start doing more work behind the camera, word is she's circling the lead in the biopic "Gertrude Bell." [The Hollywood Reporter]
  • If you've got $1,850 a month to drop on rent, you too can live like a pre-"Fame Monster" Lady Gaga. The superstar's former one-bedroom LES apartment is being rented for that amount. [PopDust]
  • And finally, there's the trailer for "Titanic's" 3-D re-release....even though it just looks more or less like the "Titanic" you saw over a decade ago, Celine Dion in the background, and all.

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Scarlett Johansson to direct
November 18th, 2011
04:39 PM ET

Scarlett Johansson to direct

Another day, another starlet set to direct. Indiewire reports that Scarlett Johansson will helm an adaptation of Truman Capote's novel “Summer Crossing.”

Capote’s a tall order for a first-time director. But 26-year-old Johansson is nothing if not ambitious; remember her foray into music? She went straight for Tom Waits.

ScarJo has also worked with quite a few esteemed filmmakers. Woody Allen, The Coen Brothers, Christopher Nolan and Cameron Crowe, to name a few. Plus, she has Oscar-winning producer Barry Spikings (“The Deer Hunter”) and Peter D. Graves on board.

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Dean McDermott tweets Tori Spelling topless
November 18th, 2011
03:43 PM ET

Dean McDermott tweets Tori Spelling topless

Reality star Dean McDermott made a boo boo on Twitter Wednesday, reports the New York Daily News. Tori Spelling’s husband posted a pic of son Liam… but Tori was topless in the background.

The photo is of 4-year-old Liam mugging for the camera, but the little tyke was photobombed by mom’s boobs! We’ll assume it was an accidental flashing (Tori recently gave birth to the couple’s third child and could have been breastfeeding), and an accident on Dean’s part.

Dean, who has 75,000 Twitter followers, took the image down quickly, but a screengrab means Spelling's breasts will be on the Internet forever.

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Drama, tears and attitude on 'The X Factor'
November 18th, 2011
03:01 PM ET

Drama, tears and attitude on 'The X Factor'

I have never shouted and screamed during "The X Factor" in the past, but Thursday night things changed. I got mad. I got angry. And I screamed.

Most of my feelings came during the last 10 minutes of the show. But let's not get into that just yet.

Let’s start with the wonderful way the show began, with all 10 finalists taking the stage to sing Queen’s “We Will Rock You” in unison. They certainly rocked it, especially Astro and Rachel Crow, though I’m sure their cuteness factor helped to go a long way.

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