Streep donates portion of 'Iron Lady' paycheck?
November 24th, 2011
03:04 PM ET

Streep donates portion of 'Iron Lady' paycheck?

According to the New York Post, Meryl Streep may have chopped her "Iron Lady" paycheck to $1 million, donating the rest to the National Women's History Museum.

Though the film isn’t out yet, Streep and her Margaret Thatcher biopic are already being bashed by friends and colleagues of the former Prime Minister. “Its only value is to make some money for Meryl Streep and whoever wrote it,” former Thatcher PR adviser Tim Bell told U.K. paper The Telegraph.

But Streep’s reported donation would suggest otherwise. Sources say the actress, 62, accepted less than her usual rate to make the film, and according to the Washington Post, she pledged $1 million to fund the National Women’s History Museum last fall.

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'Top Chef: Texas' turns up the heat
November 24th, 2011
01:45 PM ET

'Top Chef: Texas' turns up the heat

Tuck in your wattles because “Top Chef: Thanksgiving Edition” is here. And what says “Turkey Day” like chili peppers and cattle wranglin’?

OK, so the producers decided to forgo a themed holiday episode, but when the challenges are this good, who cares.

For the Quickfire, cheftestants had to make a dish highlighting a chili pepper of their choosing - the hotter the pepper, the more money the chef could win.

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Lady Gaga releases holiday EP
November 24th, 2011
12:11 PM ET

Lady Gaga releases holiday EP

Like many a pop star before her, Lady Gaga is debuting her own holiday (mini) record.

The 25-year-old digitally released the four-track "A Very Gaga Holiday" on Wednesday, reports Billboard. Below is Gaga's swingy rendition of "White Christmas," the classic that she admits to adding an extra verse to.

"As you can tell I'm very outgoing," she says. "I've decided that this song is too short, it's such a beautiful Christmas song but it's only one verse, so I added one extra one." She had to make it her own, somehow.

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'X Factor' loses the two weakest links
November 24th, 2011
11:44 AM ET

'X Factor' loses the two weakest links

"X Factor" got serious on Wednesday night.

Normally during elimination night, we watch guest musicians perform, the finalists do a group song and then in the last few minutes someone gets cut. But not this week.

Instead, we saw one act get their walking papers minutes into the show, and then the second singer get the cut minutes before the show ended. I will admit it was a weird roller coaster ride from the get go, but it certainly made the show interesting.

Let’s take a look:

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Jennifer Hudson: My fiance saved my life
November 24th, 2011
10:53 AM ET

Jennifer Hudson: My fiance saved my life

Jennifer Hudson opens up about the tragic 2008 murder of her mother, brother and nephew in the December/January issue of Ebony, revealing that if it weren't for her fiance David Otunga, she might not be alive today.

The 30-year-old Oscar winner tells the magazine that it was because of wrestler Otunga, whom she had baby David Daniel Jr. with in 2009, that she wasn't at home at the time of the killings.

"That's one of the things that saved my life, because I could have been home with my mom then," Hudson tells Ebony via People. "[Otunga] wanted me to come out to Florida with him instead of going to Chicago."

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Giving thanks for the cast of 'Modern Family'
November 24th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Giving thanks for the cast of 'Modern Family'

Try as I might to name one MVP for Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family," I just couldn't.

Every single member of the cast was tremendous. It was one of those episodes where you got to see the entire cast together, and once again you had a chance to appreciate this great ensemble.

It had everything you want in a great episode: hilarious individual moments, a cohesive story and equally funny subplots that complimented each other. (Amazingly, this was the first "Modern Family" episode credited to writer Ben Karlin, previously an executive producer for "The Daily Show" and "Colbert Report.")

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