While you were working...
January 31st, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • We were sure that it was impossible to like Kristen Bell anymore than we already do ("Veronica Mars" pretty much sealed it for us) but then she decided to share with the world the most endearing video of her reaction to having a run-in with a sloth on her birthday.
  • It seems Nigel Lythgoe is totally down for our suggestion to have a sing-off for the 2012 election. The "Idol" producer has invited President Obama onto the Fox singing competition to show off his vocal skills. [Nigel Lythgoe's Twitter]
  • Vanity Fair has unveiled the cover for its 2012 Hollywood issue, and, as in years past, it's raised questions about the cover's lack of diversity. [Vanity Fair/Jezebel]
  • Raven Symone is readying her pipes for the Great White Way: The actress has snagged the lead in the Broadway musical production of  "Sister Act." [Deadline]
  • Hopefully you enjoyed the premiere of HBO's "Luck" on Sunday, because the network has already granted the horse-racing drama a second season. [LAT]
  • Word has it that "Saturday Night Live's" Paul Brittain is off the show - effective immediately. [EW]
  • By the by, since we're talking about "SNL" - Lana Del Rey tells Rolling Stone that she felt fine about her criticized performance. "I thought I looked beautiful and sang fine." We believe what she's saying is: Hi, haters. [RS]

Filed under: While you were working
January 31st, 2012
05:46 PM ET

Kermit, Miss Piggy respond to liberal agenda allegations

And we thought Miss Piggy got snippy with us for asking if she enjoyed bacon for breakfast.

This time, Jim Henson's resident well-dressed diva is firing back at accusations that her latest box office success, "The Muppets," is hiding a liberal agenda within its plot.

The assertion was made last year by Fox Business commentator Eric Bolling, who raised the question of whether having a wealthy oil tycoon as the movie's villain was sending an anti-corporate, anti-oil message.

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Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell speak on 'X Factor' changes
January 31st, 2012
03:07 PM ET

Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell speak on 'X Factor' changes

After a number of outlets whispered that Paula Abdul is parting ways with the "X Factor" after only one season, the judge/mentor is confirming the news herself.

"Yes, it's true; I won't be returning to 'The X Factor' next season. I’ve learned through my longevity in this industry that business decisions often times override personal considerations," Abdul says in a statement. "Simon [Cowell] and I, along with Fox and Fremantle, have been communicating about this for a while now, and I have absolute understanding of the situation."

Abdul, who previously worked with Cowell on Fox's other reality competition, "American Idol," says that the tough Brit judge "will remain a dear friend of mine and I’ve treasured my experience working this past season with my extended family at Fox and Fremantle. I want nothing more than for 'The X Factor' to exceed ALL of their wildest dreams. This truly has been a blessing and I am most grateful.”

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Filed under: television • X Factor
Madonna talks Super Bowl nerves
January 31st, 2012
02:45 PM ET

Madonna talks Super Bowl nerves

The countdown to Madonna's hyped Super Bowl performance is on, and the singer admits that she's feeling some nerves.

"It's the most nerve-wracking thing I've ever done," Madge told Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show" Monday. "The Super Bowl is the holy of holies. It's like the sacred show of America. And I have to go on in the middle of that holy of holies and put on the greatest show that was ever put on before. That's no pressure."

On top of not really getting a lot of rehearsal time - "they're playing football all day so I don't really have time to do a sound check. It's a little bit like a circus act: Get in there, roll out my carpet, put on my show and get the eff off," she joked - there's also the fact that the Super Bowl halftime isn't the place to exercise a lot of artistic license.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Madonna • Music
'Arrested Development' crew working on new episodes
January 31st, 2012
02:06 PM ET

'Arrested Development' crew working on new episodes

The idea of new "Arrested Development" episodes may have felt a little too good to be true, but producer Dean Lorey has helpfully provided those anxiously awaiting the show's return with an update.

On his blog, he assures fans that the project is in full swing - with creator Mitch Hurwitz and writer Jim Vallely joining him at the writers table to crank out a new season.

In November of last year, Netflix announced that the new episodes of "Arrested Development" would be available for U.S. Netflix subscribers to stream instantly at some point in 2013.

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Cynthia Nixon: Bisexuality is not a choice
January 31st, 2012
02:03 PM ET

Cynthia Nixon: Bisexuality is not a choice

If you have any lingering confusion regarding Cynthia Nixon's recent remarks on sexuality and choice, hopefully her latest statement will help clear it up.

The 45-year-old actress, who is set to marry partner Christine Marinoni, has clarified to the Advocate that while she chooses to be in a gay relationship, her bisexuality is not a choice.

It's something that could've been misconstrued, seeing that earlier this month Nixon was quoted as telling the New York Times that she's chosen to be gay. "I understand that for many people it's not, but for me it's a choice, and you don't get to define my gayness for me."

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