While you were working...
January 9th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • What was to be her first post-split appearance is no more: Katy Parry has tweeted that she won't be able to attend the People's Choice Awards this week. She added, "I want to thank u all for voting for me, fingers crossed!" [Katy Perry's Twitter]
  • Evan Rachel Wood just might be engaged, as paparazzi have captured the actress wearing a sizable piece of bling on her left hand. [People]
  • Meanwhile, Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott is officially wed - she married drummer Chris Tyrrell on January 7 in upstate New York. [NYDN]
  • So much love in the air today! Joining the "aww-that's-so-sweet" meme is actor Jason Segel, who took the fan who asked him out via YouTube on a date to Chicago Film Critics Awards. [Chicago Tribune]
  • And last but not least, AnnaLynne McCord is the latest celeb to let a (apparently) topless shot appear on the Interwebs. [Gawker]

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Ryan Seacrest 'can't imagine life' without 'Idol'
January 9th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

Ryan Seacrest 'can't imagine life' without 'Idol'

The "Today" show may be considering Ryan Seacrest as a potential successor to Matt Lauer should the position become available, but the Hollywood heavyweight is still devoted to "American Idol."

He said as much at during the Television Critics Association's winter tour, explaining to press, “I can tell you I can’t imagine life without 'American Idol.' I have a deal with NBC Universal already…but I can’t comment on that.”

Talk then turned to "Idol's" competition, “The X-Factor” and “The Voice,” and that's when the gloves came off!

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'The Firm' would have been great, years ago
January 9th, 2012
04:45 PM ET

'The Firm' would have been great, years ago

Editor's Note: The post below contains spoilers for the January 8 premiere of "The Firm."

When John Grisham's legal thriller "The Firm" was released in 1991, the concept for an action-packed plot set in a lawyer's world was fairly new.

The book follows a young lawyer named Mitch McDeere, who becomes a whistle-blower for the FBI on the activities of his law firm, which is a front for the Chicago mob. "The Firm" brought Grisham so much recognition that it was adapted into a successful 1993 movie of the same name starring Tom Cruise and Gene Hackman.

But it's only now, 20 years after the book was published, that we're getting the TV version of the tale.

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Christina Aguilera responds to physique critiques
January 9th, 2012
04:27 PM ET

Christina Aguilera responds to physique critiques

With more than a decade in show business under her belt, Christina Aguilera is all too familiar with the criticism that comes with being in the spotlight.

While speaking at the winter Television Critics Association press event for her NBC singing competition "The Voice," Aguilera said snide remarks about her weight aren't bringing her down.

"Women, we are definitely under a microscope and under massive scrutiny," the 31-year-old singer told the press. "As long as I am happy in my own skin, that is all the confirmation I need."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Christina Aguilera • The Voice
Jay-Z performs song on his 'greatest creation,' announces arrival of baby Blue
January 9th, 2012
03:37 PM ET

Jay-Z performs song on his 'greatest creation,' announces arrival of baby Blue

Jay-Z has rapped about making "the song cry," and now it seems like he is aiming to get fans welling up with his latest song, a tribute to his newborn daughter.

The rapper and his wife, singer Beyonce, had a baby girl over the weekend, the couple announced in a statement Monday.

"We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012," the pair say in a post on Beyonce's website. "Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven. She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 pounds and it was the best experience of both of our lives. We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support."

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Filed under: Beyonce • Celebrities • Jay-Z • Music
George Clooney lines up WWII drama
January 9th, 2012
12:38 PM ET

George Clooney lines up WWII drama

George Clooney turned in two lauded performances last year with "The Ides of March" and "The Descendants," but he shows no signs of slowing down.

The actor announced at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday that he has another movie in the works called "The Monuments Men" that will have him pulling double duty as the co-star and the director, the L.A. Times reports.

"The Monuments Men" is adapted from the Robert Edsel's 2009 book of the same name, and focuses on the art historians who became heroes during World War II as they tracked down prized artwork taken by Hitler.

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Filed under: Celebrities • George Clooney • movies
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