'Mad Men' star joins Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'
November 30th, 2011
09:33 AM ET

'Mad Men' star joins Spielberg’s 'Lincoln'

Another president has been cast in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming historical drama “Lincoln,” and it's another Brit actor. Variety reports that “Mad Men” star Jared Harris has signed on to play Ulysses S. Grant.

Hollywood heavyweight Daniel Day-Lewis landed the role of Abraham Lincoln, while Harris (Lane Pryce on AMC's "Mad Men") will portray Civil War general Grant. Grant became the country’s 18th president four years after Lincoln’s assassination.

Sally Field has also been cast in the DreamWorks film as First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln. “Lincoln” is said to begin shooting soon, but doesn’t have a release date yet.

Writer Tony Kushner ("Angels in America," "Munich") penned the film’s screenplay, which is based on "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. The story will center on Lincoln’s conflicts with his cabinet as they moved toward abolition and the resolution of the Civil War.

While you were working...
November 29th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • The good news: "Pan Am" isn't canceled. ABC says that the show will carry out its first season and is still being considered for next year. However, with all of the good stuff they've got in the works over there, say some industry observers, the likelihood that the high-flying drama will return is up in the air. [E!]
  • "Big Bang Theory's" Jim Parsons is set to give his regards to Broadway. The Emmy winner has landed the role of Elwood P. Dowd in the revival of "Harvey," which will officially open next June. [Broadway.com]
  • Are we headed for a "Livin' La Vida Loca" cover on "Glee"? Or perhaps it'll be "She Bangs"....Either way, the series is said to be in talks to cast Ricky Martin as the "hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio" for a guest spot to begin early next year. [TVLine]
  • Awards season is upon us, ladies and gents. In addition to the Spirit Awards announcing the latest round of nominees, the New York Film Critics Circle has already handed out awards. "The Artist" took best picture; Meryl Streep in "The Iron Lady" for best actress; Jessica Chastain in "Tree of Life," "The Help" and "Take Shelter" for best supporting actress; Brad Pitt in "Moneyball" and "Tree of Life" for best actor; and Albert Brooks in "Drive" for best supporting actor. [HuffPo]
  • Be it with a paper calendar, Google, iPhone, sticky note, or otherwise, here's one to mark down: HBO's "Eastbound & Down" launches its eight-episode third season on February 19 at 10 p.m., followed by Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis' "Life's Too Short" at 10:30.

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TLC special explores what it's like to be a virgin
November 29th, 2011
05:52 PM ET

TLC special explores what it's like to be a virgin

In what sort of sounds like the reality show version of "The 40 Year Old Virgin," TLC's new special explores what it's like to be an adult who's never done the deed.

Called "Virgin Diaries," the hour-long special focuses on six adults who happen to still be virgins, whether it's "by choice or by chance," the network says in a statement.

The special aims to depict "the truths, anticipations, and very awkward moments that go along with trying to have sex for the very first time," the statement says.

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Miley Cyrus posts OWS tribute video
November 29th, 2011
04:51 PM ET

Miley Cyrus posts OWS tribute video

As former Disney darling Miley Cyrus deals with the fallout from joking she's a 'stoner' at a recent fete, New York Magazine's Vulture reports that she's getting political.

The now 19-year-old singer/actress posted a homemade video in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters to her YouTube account last week.

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Braxtons: We're more Jackson than Kardashian
November 29th, 2011
04:42 PM ET

Braxtons: We're more Jackson than Kardashian

The Braxton family wants you to know they are not trying to be like the Kardashians, thank you very much.

Traci, Towanda, Trina, Tamar and their mother Evelyn recently spoke with CNN about the second season of the WE reality show "Braxton Family Values," on which they all star alongside the most famous Braxton, singer Toni.

The group says they are working on building their own reality TV legacy, one that is not at all like other families featured on the small screen. So what famous family would they most resemble? FULL POST

Gosling, Clooney go head-to-head in Spirit Award noms
November 29th, 2011
03:42 PM ET

Gosling, Clooney go head-to-head in Spirit Award noms

The nominations for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced, and George Clooney and Ryan Gosling are facing off for the honor of best film.

Gosling's action vehicle “Drive” and Clooney’s family drama “The Descendants” have four nods each, including the "best feature" nomination.

But it's "Take Shelter," starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain, and this month's acclaimed film “The Artist” that are in the lead with five nominations each.

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