While you were working...
December 15th, 2011
05:22 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Everyone can breathe a little easier now that it doesn't look like Barbara Walters, 82, is retiring next year as reports initially suggested. “I just got off the phone with Barbara," an ABC News rep tells CNN. "She’s been joking about retiring every year since the Clinton administration. Anyone who just did a daytrip to Syria, a 90 minute special [Wednesday] night, and an interview with the President and First Lady today, hardly sounds like anyone retiring from anything.” [TMZ]
  • Russell Brand has some serious plans to infiltrate your TV viewing. He not only has an animated show in the works, but he's also made a deal to do a late-night comedy show with FX. [EW]
  • Natalie Portman reportedly feels your pain about Patty Jenkins leaving the "Thor 2" director's chair, as she's said to be "furious" about it. [THR]
  • Michael Buble continues his reign on the Billboard charts, holding on to his No. 1 spot with his "Christmas" album that's sold 1.5 million. [MTV]
  • Janet Jackson tells "Extra" that she supports her niece Paris's move into movies, but that she does wish she'd simply "enjoy her childhood." [Extra]

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Stars stoked about Golden Globe nods
December 15th, 2011
04:29 PM ET

Stars stoked about Golden Globe nods

Thursday was a good day for some celebrities in Hollywood.

With the announcement of the Golden Globe nominations, some stars spoke with CNN about their reaction to the kudos from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Here's what a few of the stars had to say: FULL POST

Berenice Bejo on her silent role in 'The Artist'
December 15th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Berenice Bejo on her silent role in 'The Artist'

At the end of “The Artist,” rising star Peppy Miller finally receives the fame and recognition she deserves. And now the same can be said for the actress who plays her, Bérénice Bejo.

On Thursday, Bejo earned the Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture for her portrayal in “The Artist.” She also nabbed a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for the same movie and category the day before.

The Artist” follows a silent film actor, George Valentin (Jean Dujardin), from the peak of his success in 1927 to his sudden fall to oblivion with the arrival of the talkies and the rise of his young co-star and eventual love interest, Miller.

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The Throwback: A salute to 'Three Amigos!'
December 15th, 2011
02:30 PM ET

The Throwback: A salute to 'Three Amigos!'

Twenty-five years ago this week, the dream comedy team of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short (in his big screen debut) was first unleashed upon the public in "Three Amigos!"

Unfortunately for them, the trio couldn't compete with the star power of Eddie Murphy that particular weekend at the box office in 1986, and lost out to "The Golden Child." (The critics weren't kind, either.)

However, "Three Amigos!" became one of the many beneficiaries of the advent of home video in the 1980s. Between that, and the movie becoming a mainstay in syndication, it soon joined the pantheon of endlessly-quoted '80s comedy classics, like "Caddyshack," "Airplane!" and "The Blues Brothers" (also directed by "Amigos'" John Landis).

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Madonna inks Interscope deal, album to arrive in March
December 15th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Madonna inks Interscope deal, album to arrive in March

Madonna's first new album in five years is ready to roll out in late March, Interscope Records confirmed Thursday. To top it off, the 53-year-old has also inked a new three-album deal with the label.

The album's first single, “Gimme All Your Luvin,” will be released the last week in January, just in time for the Grammy-winning singer’s February 5 Super Bowl halftime appearance.

Madonna previously signed on to a extensive deal with Live Nation in 2007 that includes merchandising, new albums, DVDs, touring, and television and film projects, among other things. Now that Interscope is involved, Live Nation Entertainment’s Chairman of Global Music & CEO of Global Touring, Arthur Fogel, enthuses, “We look forward to a great partnership.”

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Ben Flajnik hopes to keep it real on 'The Bachelor'
December 15th, 2011
12:56 PM ET

Ben Flajnik hopes to keep it real on 'The Bachelor'

The last time viewers saw Ben Flajnik, he was feeling the sting of Ashley Hebert turning down his proposal on this summer's edition of "The Bachelorette."

But Flajnik overcame the rejection, returning to California to work on his winery, hang out with friends and family, and even spend time with actress Jennifer Love Hewitt.

Now, Flajnik is stepping back into the spotlight, this time as the newest "Bachelor."  The 16th season of the ABC series, premiering January 2, features 25 women competing for Flajnik's hand in marriage.

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