The stars attending CNN Heroes on Sunday night were hit with question after question from the media as they walked the red carpet. But no matter how many queries were fired their way, none of the celebrities seemed to lose their enthusiasm for the affair.
In fact, among those I chatted with outside the Shrine Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, the longer they talked about why they were there, the more excited they became.
"Friday Night Lights" alums Scott Porter and LaMarcus Tinker both spoke passionately and at length about CNN Hero Eddie Canales, whose nonprofit Gridiron Heroes supports high school football players who have sustained spinal cord injuries.
Today's news you might've missed:
As "Desperate Housewives" finishes its final season, star Eva Longoria’s lined up a new gig, and this time it's behind the camera.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Longoria, 36, has sold a script order to the CW network.
Legal drama "Vega v. Vega" follows a young successful lawyer forced into business with her attorney mom.
Carrie Brownstein has been plenty busy, between working on a book and her sketch comedy TV show with Fred Armisen, "Portlandia," but she's also back to touring and recording with Wild Flag.
Wild Flag is a Frankenstein monster (in a good way), made up from parts of the Minders (Rebecca Cole), Helium (Mary Timony) and Sleater-Kinney (Brownstein and drummer Janet Weiss).
On paper, the disparate sounds of these bands wouldn't seem ideal for melding, but on their debut album they emerge with a sound that manages to evoke their past projects while also remaining cohesive. They bring an energy to their live performances that evinces a hunger one might not expect from performers as accomplished as they already are.
According to New York magazine’s Vulture, Jennifer Aniston’s beau Justin Theroux is riding the animation wave.
The actor/writer is the latest to snag a cartoon deal with a major network. (Mindy Kaling and Russell Brand are among the other stars getting animated.) Fox has snapped up Theroux’s script for an untitled half-hour program about a “present-day Archie Bunker type.”
The main character is said to be a cranky left-leaning New Yorker who misses the '90s. Theroux's previous co-writing credits include "Tropic Thunder," "Iron Man 2" and "Rock of Ages."
Which star-powered animated series are you looking forward to?
In the upcoming adaptation of Jonathan Safran Foer's novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," Oscar winner Sandra Bullock takes on an assignment she wasn't anticipating: playing a widow who loses her spouse in the 9/11 attacks.
That's not a spoiler, but rather the set-up for the film, which stars Tom Hanks as the husband of Bullock's character and Thomas Horn as the couple's 9-year-old son, Oskar.
Bullock, who is also a mom in real life to son Louis, told CNN that she had "no conscious desire to make a movie about 9/11," but that there was something about the story that intrigued her.
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