While you were working...
December 26th, 2011
05:32 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • "Thor 2" has reportedly found its director in Alan Taylor, plucked from the set of HBO's acclaimed "Game of Thrones." [Deadline]
  • Understanding the impatience of its target audience, the team creating Channing Tatum's stripper movie, "Magic Mike," kindly released a photo. Forewarning: It includes a topless Matthew McConaughey (which is nothing we haven't all seen befor). [THR]
  • Are you craving more "Hobbit" details? Then this one's for you: Peter Jackson's recorded a video diary of the cast and crew hanging out in New Zealand, a year before the first movie hits theaters. [EW]
  • Not only is Van Halen going on tour in 2012, but frontman David Lee Roth is joining them. [NYDN]
  • OK, so the Christmas holiday is over, but it's still cold outside! In a lot of places, at least. Really, we just want a reason to enjoy Zach Braff and Donald Faison doing a jazzy version of this classic tune. [YouTube]

Filed under: While you were working
Overheard: Kelly Osbourne's not so merry Christmas
December 26th, 2011
04:52 PM ET

Overheard: Kelly Osbourne's not so merry Christmas

Losing a pet is never easy, but it seems it would only be that much worse on a holiday.

Kelly Osbourne and her family experienced exactly that on Christmas this year, as Kelly tweeted Sunday:

"Today is a sad day in the Osbourne family house hold we lost R dog martin of 14 years. Devastated does not quite sum it up! #NotSoMerryXmas"

But it sounds like some of the family's holiday guests were able to lift their spirits a bit. Kelly also thanked interior designer and reality star Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, tweeting, "its never quite a party with out you there daaaarling. you really cheered my mum up so thank you!"


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L.A.'s Cirque du Soleil journeys through 'World of Cinema'
December 26th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

L.A.'s Cirque du Soleil journeys through 'World of Cinema'

Cirque du Soleil, the internationally renowned troupe of acrobats, dancers, contortionists, gymnasts, and circus-like performers, has finally set up a permanent show in Los Angeles, and the show couldn't have a better theme: filmmaking.

In its rollout of “IRIS: A Journey Through the World of Cinema,” the Cirque has appropriately chosen Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre as its tent, which some of you may know as the setting for the Oscars.

In fact, when the Academy Awards ceremony starts to prepare for its February 26 telecast next year, the show will take its annual hiatus, from January 23 to March 27.

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Gaga: Suit from former assistant is 'without merit'
December 26th, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Gaga: Suit from former assistant is 'without merit'

A former member of Lady Gaga's entourage has reportedly filed a lawsuit against the pop star over allegedly unpaid overtime.

According to the New York Post, 41-year-old Long Island resident Jennifer O'Neill was employed as Gaga's personal assistant for 13 months, on hand as the singer conducted her Monster Ball world tour in 2010.

O'Neill is said to have alleged in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court last week that she has about 7,168 hours of unpaid overtime, and is reportedly seeking $380,000 in compensation from Gaga's Mermaid Touring company.

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Filed under: Lady Gaga • Music
DJ Earworm's year-end mashup: 'World Go Boom'
December 26th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

DJ Earworm's year-end mashup: 'World Go Boom'

Adele and Bruno and Britney, oh my.

DJ Earworm fuses 2011’s most popular pop tunes in his annual year-end mashup, “United State of Pop 2011 (World Go Boom)."

The mashup was inspired by “songs of regret and anger, pride and perseverance, and lots of fire,” Earworm, whose real name is Jordan Roseman, writes on his website.

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Filed under: Music
Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves engaged
December 26th, 2011
12:25 PM ET

Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves engaged

'Tis the season to hear about plenty of couples getting engaged, and Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are among them.

The 42-year-old actor popped the question to girlfriend Camila on Sunday, and then revealed the happy news on his WhoSay account.

"Just asked Camila to marry me, merry Christmas" he posted, along with a photo of the couple sharing a kiss.

The actor and Alves, 29, have two children together, and McConaughey hasn't been shy about declaring his adoration for the Brazilian model and television personality. He told Esquire magazine in its April issue, "I found the woman...I wanna make a family with, hopefully live our life out together."


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