ABC's new comedy hit taken from real suburban angst
January 4th, 2012
07:20 PM ET

ABC's new comedy hit taken from real suburban angst

The sleeper comedy hit "Suburgatory," with its cushy timeslot between "The Middle" and "Modern Family," concerns father and daughter duo George and Tessa as they relocate from New York City to the suburban town of Chatswin. It's a move that takes a lot of adjustment, to say the least.

With its supporting cast being a who's-who-of-comedy (including Cheryl Hines; Alan Tudyk; "SNL's" Ana Gasteyer; and Chris Parnell), and memorable characters (Dalia is the poster child for the materialistic, self-involved teenager), it caught on with audiences and earned a full season pick-up last fall.

"Suburgatory" creator Emily Kapnek (who wrote for "Parks and Recreation" and created the Nickelodeon cartoon "As Told by Ginger") said that the title – for what was then only a book proposal – struck a chord with her right away.

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'Parenthood' goes on the road
January 4th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

'Parenthood' goes on the road

On Tuesday night's return, the Braverman clan packed up for a family road trip.

Zeek has decided the entire family needs to go see his mother, whom he hasn't mentioned since the series began.  He apparently has issues with Grandma Blanche, but decides to visit after she's fallen and injured herself.  I can't imagine Zeek leading a caravan of Bravermans all over California without there being some sort of blow-up, or four.

Let's start with the awkward. Remember a few weeks ago, when someone at Drew's school posted a picture of Sarah kissing Mr. Cyr on the web, and how badly he took that? This week, he walked in on the two of them having sex.

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While you were working...
January 4th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Angelina Jolie may have purchased a waterfall in California for partner Brad Pitt, but if that sounds extravagant, keep in mind the rumors say it was for his 48th birthday AND for Christmas. [Us Weekly]
  • A possibly engaged Justin Timberlake is said to be taking the Elton John movie role offer "very seriously." [E!]
  • If Kristen Wiig isn't interested in doing a sequel to the super-successful "Bridesmaids," Universal seems to be ready to move forward without her. [THR]
  • Word has it that Lily Allen's mom accidentally let the name of the singer's recent arrival slip on Facebook, which means Lily just might have a daughter named Ethel Mary. [NME]
  • It looks like a dragon tattoo similar to the ink Rooney Mara sports in her theatrical portrayal of Lisbeth Salander will run you at least $500. [Moviefone]

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Brandi Glanville explains Vegas 'marriage'
January 4th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Brandi Glanville explains Vegas 'marriage'

Reality TV star Brandi Glanville may have said "I do" last weekend, but she never actually wed MMA talent manager (and her best friend) Darin Harvey.

Reports of Glanville's matrimony were sparked by her enthusiastic tweets from Vegas: "Having dinner with my husband! I yi yi! What did we do @darinharvey," she wrote on Sunday. She told one follower, "I'm an official housewife, for reals... Again," as she was previously married to Eddie Cibrian. She added, "Follow my new husband!...I'm getting my ring tomorrow! Yes, I really did do it."

But the "it" she did wasn't legally bound - all she did was swap vows, she tells E! Online. (It also wasn't consummated, as Glanville tweeted, "I've never had sex with Darin! Our wedding was our first kiss! We are just friends.")

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Filed under: Celebrities • Real Housewives • television
Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried offered 'Les Mis' roles?
January 4th, 2012
01:36 PM ET

Taylor Swift, Amanda Seyfried offered 'Les Mis' roles?

Taylor Swift is said to have been among those in the running for the role of Eponine in director Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables," and now reports say that she's been offered the part.

If earlier whispers were true, that would mean Swift edged out competition from Lea Michele, Scarlett Johansson and Evan Rachel Wood.

BroadwayWorld.com suggests that she's expected to sign on for the role, and that official cast announcements should arrive soon.

Another possible cast member is Amanda Seyfried, who is said to have been offered the role of Cosette. Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter and Russell Crowe are already on board.


Filed under: Celebrities • movies
January 4th, 2012
12:52 PM ET

Mariah: Nick Cannon recovering from 'mild kidney failure'

Mariah Carey has reached out to her fans asking for support as her husband Nick Cannon recovers from what Carey has described as a "mild kidney failure."

"Please pray for Nick as he's fighting to recover," the singer tweeted Wednesday, along with a photo of herself taking care of Nick in the hospital. Just yesterday, 31-year-old Cannon was sharing photos of the couple's Aspen vacation with their twins, Monroe and Moroccan.

Carey explained the situation further on her website, saying that the couple are "trying to be as festive as possible under the circumstances, but please keep Nick in your thoughts because this is very painful."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Mariah Carey
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