While you were working...
January 16th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • If you were as distraught as we were to find that Ryan Gosling was nowhere in sight at the Golden Globes on Sunday, allow George Clooney to ease your mind: The actor says his "Ides of March" co-star didn't have time to hobnob over free booze because he was working. Gotta love an industrious man! [Us Weekly]
  • Also apparently missing in action at the Globes was Jessica Biel's reported engagement ring. [People]
  • Ricky Gervais, meanwhile, has called his (some would say neutered) performance a "blast," and his favorite out of all three hosting gigs. He does add, "I've told my agent to never let me be persuaded to do it again, though." [RickyGervais.com]
  • Clearly understanding the attention any and everything attached to Jay-Z and Beyonce's newborn will receive, some pot sellers in L.A. are allegedly pushing a strain of chronic named "Blue Ivy." [TMZ]
  • It looks like Kris Humphries' sister has been bitten by the reality TV bug, as the estranged sister-in-law of reality royal Kim Kardashian is making an appearance on The CW's "Remodeled." [NYPost]

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January 16th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

Sean Penn named ambassador at large to Haiti

Before the Golden Globes this weekend, there was another fete with A-listers in attendance: A fundraiser gala for Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization.

Penn, who has been assisting with earthquake relief for Haiti since the disaster struck in January of 2010, was honored on Saturday night at the event and officially named the ambassador at large to Haiti by the country's Minister of Foreign and Religious Affairs, Laurent Lamothe.

The dinner, which was organized by Cinema for Peace, raised $5 million to put toward the efforts of rebuilding, according to a statement, and Penn told CNN at the event that Haiti is at a crucial turning point.

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So, how was Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance?
January 16th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

So, how was Lana Del Rey's 'SNL' performance?

If you tuned in to Daniel Radcliffe's turn as host on “Saturday Night Live” this past weekend, you also caught a musical guest you may not have recognized. And if your reaction was more along the lines of "Lana Del who?" - well, you weren't the only one.

Lana Del Rey, originally Lizzy Grant, up until Saturday night was virtually unknown to mainstream audiences. In fact, many critics were up in arms when NBC announced her appearance on the show, stating that she hadn't really earned it.

Her song “Video Games” has certainly brought her attention for its sound and its viral music video, but her debut album “Born to Die” won't be released by Interscope Records until January 31.

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ABC pulls 'Work It' two episodes in
January 16th, 2012
01:59 PM ET

ABC pulls 'Work It' two episodes in

Although GLAAD probably would have preferred that ABC's new comedy "Work It" had never made it to air at all, the network has canceled the comedy after just two episodes, reports the New York Times.

Even ahead of its premiere, the sitcom, which focused on two men who dress as women in a last-ditch attempt to find work in a difficult economy, was met with negative reactions. Aside from looking like a knock-off of "Bosom Buddies," organizations such as GLAAD didn't find the premise funny.

"During a period in which the transgender community now routinely finds itself in the cultural crosshairs, the timing couldn't be worse for a show based on the notion that men dressed as women is inherently funny," the organization said in a blog post on its site before "Work It" premiered.

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Filed under: television
Elton John lost his 'Madonna won't win' bet
January 16th, 2012
01:45 PM ET

Elton John lost his 'Madonna won't win' bet

Hopefully Sir Elton John isn't a betting man - or maybe he is, and that's why he appeared to have such a sourpuss on at the Golden Globes last night.

The Brit legend told Carson Daly on the red carpet before the show that while he did have stiff competition in the best original song in a motion picture category, fellow nominee Madonna didn't stand a "f*****g chance" of winning the award.

Madonna's song "Masterpiece" from "W.E." was nominated alongside Elton's work from "Gnomeo & Juliet," "Hello, Hello," and since he chuckled as he said that, we're going to guess it was a joke.

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Filed under: Awards Season • Golden Globes
Replay: Morgan Freeman takes a bath in a casket
January 16th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Replay: Morgan Freeman takes a bath in a casket

It doesn't get much more elegant than Sidney Poitier and Helen Mirren presenting Morgan Freeman with a Golden Globes honor, but whomever crafted the highlight reel of Freeman's career included an ingenious little clip to remind us of the actor's beginnings.

Freeman, 74, was this year's esteemed recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille award. As Dame Mirren introduced his varied body of work, which includes everything from playing a president ("Deep Impact") to playing Nelson Mandela ("Invictus") to playing God ("Bruce Almighty"), viewers were treated to the sight of a younger Freeman taking a bath in a casket as a vampire on the '70s kids show "The Electric Company."

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Filed under: Awards Season • Celebrities • Golden Globes
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