Adele's '21': U.K.'s top-selling album of the century
December 6th, 2011
11:01 PM ET

Adele's '21': U.K.'s top-selling album of the century

Adele has yet another achievement to celebrate: According to the Daily Mail, her album “21” is now the U.K.’s biggest-selling album of the century.

Released just 10 months ago (January in Britain and February in the U.S.), “21” has officially surpassed Amy Winehouse's 2006 album “Back to Black” in U.K. sales.

Britain’s Official Charts Company confirms today that Adele’s sophomore effort has created a new record of 3.4 million sales.

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While you were working...
December 6th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • In his first red carpet appearance since the big "Demi and I are splitting up" announcement, Ashton Kutcher appeared to be having a grand time with co-star Lea Michele at the premiere of their new movie "New Year's Eve" in L.A. on Monday. So grand, photographers promptly took notice. [Us Weekly]
  • Can't keep a tough woman (or E! host) down: On the night of her announcement that she's chosen to have a double mastectomy to treat her breast cancer, Giuliana Rancic was back on the red carpet, mic in hand, at Monday's New York premiere of  "In the Land of Blood and Honey." [People]
  • Jack Bauer is inching closer to the big screen as the script for the "24" film is expected to be tightened up and turned in by the end of the year. [Deadline]
  • May the force be with you as you watch next Tuesday's holiday episode of "Glee," because the special guest star will be none other than Chewbacca. [Us Weekly]
  • Lovebirds Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have been spotted k-i-s-s-i-n-g, and from the looks of the photo, they may or may not be up in a tree doing it. [TMZ]
  • Rosie O'Donnell is "so so so happy" about her engagement to Michelle Rounds, she's showing off a picture of Rounds' ring on Twitter - check out the link. [Rosie O'Donnell's Twitter]
  • Monday's "How I Met Your Mother" managed not only to stir up debate about the episode, but it also brought in the biggest audience the show has seen since January 21, 2009. [TVLine]
  • Ice Cube is not only thinking about doing another "Friday," but he's also working on a small screen project. The rapper/actor has teamed with FX for a revenge drama called "Eye for an Eye." [Billboard]
  • And now, for a "Kristen Stewart" version of the Christmas story: [BuzzFeed]


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'Jersey Shore' season 5 trailer: Business as usual
December 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

'Jersey Shore' season 5 trailer: Business as usual

From the looks of “Jersey Shore’s” new season 5 promo, Snooki and Co. couldn’t be happier to be back in Seaside Heights.

All the culture and architectural history in Florence was really just holding them back last season.

And here’s a treat for viewers: In addition to “Shore’s” usual bar fights, fist pumps and binge drinking, the coming season features … wait for it … a surprise party, a milk fight and a giant bunny costume to keep fans on the edge of their seats.

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Winehouse producer: I still hear her voice
December 6th, 2011
05:00 PM ET

Winehouse producer: I still hear her voice

The producer for late singer Amy Winehouse says her new album, which dropped today, should be viewed as "a continuation and expansion" of the singer's song book.

"It’s not her next album that she was writing, that she actually wrote, and didn’t get a chance to record, so only a couple of songs from that but they’re just more songs of the same quality of her previous two albums," producer Salaam Remi told CNN.

"Lioness: Hidden Treasures" includes covers and some different renditions of a few Winehouse hits. Remi first started working with the singer in 2002 when she was then 18 years old. Dealing with her death has been hard, he said.

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Trump takes credit for Lady Gaga's stardom?
December 6th, 2011
03:33 PM ET

Trump takes credit for Lady Gaga's stardom?

According to Politico and The Washington Post, Donald Trump writes in his new book that he helped make Lady Gaga “a big star.”

In “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,” the mogul muses, "maybe she became a star because I put her on the Miss Universe Pageant. It’s very possible, who knows what would have happened without it, because she caused a sensation.”

In case you didn’t catch that particular beauty competition, Lady Gaga performed at the 2008 Miss Universe Pageant. A latex-clad Mother Monster sang her hit “Just Dance” as contestants shook their stuff in bikinis.

Trump, 65, adds of the pop star’s current fame, “I really believe I had at least something to do with it."

“Time to Get Tough” hits shelves this week.

Jolie on 'Blood and Honey': Couldn't have done it without my cast
December 6th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Jolie on 'Blood and Honey': Couldn't have done it without my cast

Angelina Jolie says it was a shift to go from being the star to the director for her film "In the Land of Blood and Honey," but it sounds like the actress has taken to it well.

It was "great not to be in front of the camera," she said in an interview with "Nightline," but acknowledged that also being the screenwriter carried a new burden.

"When you're an actress, you use somebody else's words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor," Jolie says. "But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is funny, important, historical and topical."

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