While you were working...
December 21st, 2011
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Instead of box office performance, this list of 2011's top 10 stars takes into account how often a celeb's IMDb page was viewed - and apparently, everyone wants to know what Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis have been up to. [IMDb.com]
  • Matt Damon, now dubbed "Hollywood's Sexiest Mr. Nice Guy," has taken his Obama smackdown to the pages of Elle magazine. [Elle]
  • Thirty-two. R. Kelly had time to write 32 new chapters of "Trapped in the Closet." We repeat: 32. But if you'd like to see them, you'll need to cough up some cash: He's looking for funding. [TMZ]
  • Once an actress in not one but two bridal-themed movies, and now a bride: "27 Dresses" and "Wedding Planner" star Judy Greer put on a wedding of her own over the weekend as she tied the knot with her producer love Dean Johnsen. [RumorFix]
  • Get ready for tonight's "American Horror Story" finale - word has it there'll be at least five moments that will make you "scream at your TV." [E!]

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Oscar-qualifying songs include Muppets, leave out Madonna
December 21st, 2011
04:44 PM ET

Oscar-qualifying songs include Muppets, leave out Madonna

The Academy has released a short list of film songs that are in contention for Oscar nomination consideration, New York Magazine’s Vulture reports.

Notably absent from the list is Madonna’s “Masterpiece,” from her film “W.E.”

Turns out Madge’s song sounds too far into the movie’s closing credits to qualify for a nomination in the category.

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Two more 'Fast and the Furious' flicks to come
December 21st, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Two more 'Fast and the Furious' flicks to come

Looks like we may never see the end of the “Fast and the Furious” flicks. According to the Hollywood Reporter, series star Vin Diesel confirms that the franchise’s sixth and seventh movies are in the works.

This year’s box office smash “Fast Five” ensured that not just one but two more films were greenlit for Universal's popular franchise, which began 10 years ago. The two upcoming movies are being written simultaneously.

The best-reviewed film in the franchise, “Fast Five,” grossed $626 million worldwide.

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'How to Make It' star Luis Guzman on cancellation
December 21st, 2011
03:30 PM ET

'How to Make It' star Luis Guzman on cancellation

Three of HBO’s shows got the ax on Tuesday, and heartbroken fans are speaking out. (HBO is owned by the same parent company as CNN.)

The network canceled “Hung,” “How to Make It In America” and “Bored to Death," and to say fans of the canceled series are shocked would be an understatement.

“Bored to Death” creator Jonathan Ames has even offered to console fans with a round of drinks in Brooklyn (at the Brooklyn Inn at 10 p.m. tonight, if you're interested!).

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Taylor Swift's CoverGirl ad pulled
December 21st, 2011
03:28 PM ET

Taylor Swift's CoverGirl ad pulled

We never thought Taylor Swift could be controversial, but according to E! News, the singer’s ultra-glossy CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ad has been yanked after it caught the attention of an ad industry watchdog group.

The offense? Excessive Photoshopping.

Procter & Gamble voluntarily pulled Taylor’s mascara print spot when it was flagged by the industry’s self-regulatory group, The National Advertising Division.

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Kardashian boycott petition gains signatures
December 21st, 2011
01:45 PM ET

Kardashian boycott petition gains signatures

Remember the petitions that went up in the fall calling for a Kardashian boycott after Kim announced she was getting divorced? Well, one of them looks to be still going strong: The New York Daily News reports that over a quarter of a million people have signed such an online petition.

At the time of this post, 285,692 people have listed their names on BoycottKim.com, which asserts that Kardashian, 31, has made a “mockery of American culture.”

The petitioners pledge to “boycott the products sold & marketed” by the reality star and to never watch “any television show, movie or sex tape” that features her.

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