While you were working...
December 12th, 2011
05:58 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Charlie Sheen supposedly had a recent Twitter misfire in which he was trying to send his number to Justin Bieber. Of course, when his phone started ringing off the hook, the best he could come up with was "winning." [Page Six]
  • This is an announcement she didn't sing from the rooftops, apparently: Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently got married to long-time boyfriend Barnaby Clay. [Us Weekly]
  • Jessica Simpson is said to be the latest on the pay-me-to-slim-down train, and has reportedly inked a $3 million contract with Weight Watchers to lose her baby weight - and she hasn't even had the kid yet. [EW]
  • It looks like this actor is going from "Smallville" to a prison sentence. E! reports that Sam Jones III has checked in for a year-long sentence after pleading guilty to conspiring to sell more than 10,000 oxycodone pills. [E!]
  • Another teaser trailer for "Game of Thrones'" second season? Don't mind if we do. [HuffPo]

Filed under: While you were working
December 12th, 2011
05:11 PM ET

Chaz Bono on conquering one of his worst fears

It hasn’t exactly been a dull year for Chaz Bono.

The 42-year-old conquered what he calls one of his worst fears by competing on “Dancing With the Stars," and he also recently proposed to his girlfriend on the OWN documentary “Being Chaz.”

In an interview with iReporters, Chaz recounts his journey, talking about what it means to him to be a role model for the LGBT community and explaining why his own transition paralyzed him with fear.

You'll also find out whether Chaz will follow in the family’s political footsteps, as well as what blew him away about his “Dancing” experience.

Thanks to Chaz and to all of our iReporters for submitting your questions!

'Bridesmaids' one of AFI's best movies of 2011
December 12th, 2011
04:20 PM ET

'Bridesmaids' one of AFI's best movies of 2011

The American Film Institute has released its list of the 10 best movies of 2011, with buzzed-about spring/summer releases "Bridesmaids" and "The Help" among them.

George Clooney's latest release, "The Descendants," also made the top 10, along with "Midnight In Paris"; "War Horse" (which comes out this month); "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (another December release); "Hugo"; and "J. Edgar."

Brad Pitt appears in the other two films rounding out the AFI's list: "Moneyball" and "The Tree of Life," which coincidentally was also named the best film of the year by the African-American Film Critics Association today.

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Filed under: movies
Lady Gaga has a fan in Coldplay's Chris Martin
December 12th, 2011
03:05 PM ET

Lady Gaga has a fan in Coldplay's Chris Martin

It looks like Coldplay frontman Chris Martin is something of a Little Monster.

According to U.K. paper The Sun, Martin gushed about Gaga before his band's “X Factor” final performance at Wembley Arena Sunday night, and raved about her ability to pen a catchy chorus.

"She's very sweet,” Martin said of Gaga. “I think what undercuts it all, though, is that she's talented and she writes everything.”

The 34-year-old musician continued with his compliments, saying, "I just admire all of the hats and the dresses and the madness and everything because I know that underneath it all she can beat me at writing choruses."

Lowe's faces outcry after pulling 'All-American Muslim' ads
December 12th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

Lowe's faces outcry after pulling 'All-American Muslim' ads

Retailer Lowe's is facing backlash from players in politics and entertainment after deciding to pull its advertisements from TLC's "All-American Muslim."

The Learning Channel's series follows five Muslim families living in Dearborn, Michigan, and Lowe's told CNN over the weekend that it has received "a significant amount of communication from every perspective possible" regarding the show.

"Individuals and groups have strong political and social views on this topic, and this program became a lightning rod for many of those views. As a result we did pull our advertising on this program. We believe it best to defer to communities, individuals and groups to discuss and consider such issues of importance."

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Filed under: television
The movie Spielberg would love to make
December 12th, 2011
12:44 PM ET

The movie Spielberg would love to make

Knowing that Steven Spielberg is an executive producer on this winter's behind-the-Broadway-scenes drama "Smash," the filmmaker's dream of working on a musical movie makes sense.

In fact, Spielberg tells CNN, he's been wanting to craft a musical for years.

“I’d love to do an old-fashioned musical, where the characters talk to each other and then they sing to each other. I’m such a fan of the Hollywood musical, but I haven't found the right subject matter or the right book or the right music to throw myself into one of them. But someday I will."

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