While you were working...
December 23rd, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Add Helen Mirren to the list of guest stars coming to "Glee" when it returns in January. The acclaimed actress had recorded lines to be the "inner voice" of one of the characters, so she'll be seen and not heard. [TVLine]
  • This photo of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari and their pals reminds us more of a high school yearbook shot than a backstage photo from the Watch the Throne tour - but in the best way possible. [PopDust]
  • Seth Rogen's tweeting for a cause. The actor has signed up for Twitter to promote his event, "Hilarity for Charity," on January 13. So far, the revelations include a mild desire to test out meth thanks to "Breaking Bad," and a photo of his dog Zelda, who is Jewish. [Seth Rogen's Twitter]
  • An ailing George Michael says he's endured "by far, the worst month" of his life. But the good news is that while he's still on the weak side after contracting streptococcus pneumonia, he's feeling "amazing." [L.A. Times]
  • If we've learned nothing from celebrity pregnancies, it's that a baby bump is basically like an art canvas, just waiting to be drawn on. Hilary Duff is the latest to join the trend, having painted a holiday present on her growing belly. [Hilary Duff's Twitter]
  • Rihanna tries blonde hair and a gold grill on for size in her new music video for "You Da One":


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Tech N9ne on performing for U.S. troops during Iraq withdrawal
December 23rd, 2011
05:50 PM ET

Tech N9ne on performing for U.S. troops during Iraq withdrawal

As the last of the U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq, independent rap artist Tech N9ne provided some outgoing entertainment in Kuwait.

The artist performed his song 'The Noose," which he says was inspired by military troops, to show his support for those fighting on the front lines. (There's video of his performance over at HipHopDX.com.)

Read about his first-hand experience after the jump:

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Filed under: Music
Swift releases 'Hunger Games' song: 'Safe and Sound'
December 23rd, 2011
04:40 PM ET

Swift releases 'Hunger Games' song: 'Safe and Sound'

When she's not busy winning awards or working on her upcoming album, Taylor Swift has been lending her talents to the soundtrack for "The Hunger Games."

The 22-year-old country star tweeted a link to the single, titled "Safe and Sound," on Thursday, teasing, "Something I've been VERY excited about for a VERY long time is going to be happening VERY soon (and I'm not referring to Christmas)."

She crafted the song with The Civil Wars, and by Friday afternoon the folk group tweeted that "Safe and Sound" was No. 1 on iTunes.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Music • Taylor Swift
'American Horror Story' season 2 will have new house, new faces
December 23rd, 2011
03:20 PM ET

'American Horror Story' season 2 will have new house, new faces

Hopefully fans of "American Horror Story" didn't get super-attached to the characters or the setting of the FX series, because season 2 will bring plenty of changes.

When it debuted in October, the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk co-created program starred Dylan McDermott and Connie Britton as the Harmons. The couple, along with their teen daughter, moved into a haunted old mansion in Los Angeles. Jessica Lange's portrayal of Constance, meanwhile,  earned her a Golden Globe nod.

But by the end of the first season, as we noted in this week's recap, it was less about who was killed in a given episode of "American Horror Story" and more about who was still living. Judging from a conference call Murphy held with press on Thursday, there isn't much that will make it out of the first season alive.

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Filed under: Fall TV • television
Lady Gaga has special Christmas plans for fans
December 23rd, 2011
02:34 PM ET

Lady Gaga has special Christmas plans for fans

Sunday looks to be a very Merry Christmas indeed for fans of Lady Gaga, as the 25-year-old artist has said she'll release a new "Born This Way" track.

Gaga tweeted Thursday, "been racking my brain on what to get Little Monsters for Christmas!! I finally figured it out!! On Christmas Day I will leak to you an unreleased Song off Born This Way!"

And better yet, this will be "uncensored," she promises. "It was recorded live, in one take, on the tour bus."

In the meantime, Gaga's riding a critical recognition high: In addition to being up for an album of the year Grammy for "Born This Way," her duet with Elton John is on the short list for a best original song Oscar nomination.

"Just heard my duet 'Hello, Hello' with Elton is up for nomination at the Oscars! Gnomeo & Juliet is such a beautiful film," Gaga tweeted. "I'm so happy!!"


Filed under: Lady Gaga • Music
'Fresh Prince' cast reunites at charity event
December 23rd, 2011
01:41 PM ET

'Fresh Prince' cast reunites at charity event

Where are the stars from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" these days? Hanging out at a charity event, apparently.

Thanks to a photo the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, shared on Facebook, we get to see the crew all grown up. Joining Will in the snapshot are fellow cast members Karyn Parsons (who played Hilary); Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton); James Avery (Uncle Phil); and Tatyana Ali (Ashley), as well as a few other folks.

According to People magazine, the gang had gotten together on Thursday for an event for Parsons' organization, Sweet Blackberry, which she founded.

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