While you were working...
February 1st, 2012
06:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • It'll be a battle of the chart-toppers at this year's Grammys: Katy Perry is the latest performer to join the Grammys show, just a day after it was announced that Adele will showcase her pipes on February 12 as well.
  • Tim McGraw has done it again: The country star has notched his 13th No. 1 debut with "Emotional Traffic," which bowed atop the Billboard Country chart.
  • If our YouTube clip of a 1974 "Soul Train" episode just wasn't enough of a ride down memory lane, check out a re-airing of VH1's tribute to Don Cornelius with the documentary "Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America" on Friday, February 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
  • Showtime has bequeathed "House of Lies," "Shameless" and "Californication" with new seasons, which we're thankful for, because fans certainly would've rioted if any of those were axed. [USA Today]
  • Score one for Stephen Amell: The actor has been cast as the titular character in the CW's "Green Arrow." [THR]
  • We'd use the word "delicious" to describe this first look photo of Daniel Craig in "Skyfall," but perhaps you'd use a different adjective...[E!]
  • And by the way: Snooki's not pregnant. (Really, who started that rumor?) [MTV]

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TLC gets into the 'Preacher Wives' business
February 1st, 2012
06:23 PM ET

TLC gets into the 'Preacher Wives' business

We've examined just about every type of wife imaginable on reality TV, so why not the women who married the men of the cloth?

Entertainment Weekly reports that TLC has ordered a show called "Preacher Wives" from True Entertainment, the same company that molds the shenanigans of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" into 60-minute bites of entertainment.

"Preacher Wives" will follow "strong-willed" Atlanta women who are major player's in the ATL's religious communities. Steve Weinstock, the president of True Entertainment, commented that "with most praise in religious communities directed toward male preachers, we are thrilled to give these remarkable ladies the spotlight they crave and deserve."

That spotlight will follow the women as they oversee daily activities at their various places of worship, assist those within their spiritual community and even deliver a sermon or two. Stay tuned for a premiere date.


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Adam Sandler's headed for 'Candy Land'
February 1st, 2012
06:18 PM ET

Adam Sandler's headed for 'Candy Land'

We're sure you've been eagerly awaiting the gestating adaptation of "Candy Land," especially since the writers previously attached to the project theorized that it could be like a "'Lord of the Rings,' but set in the world of candy."

Although the movie is no longer with Universal, Adam Sandler appears to be rescuing the project. According to Deadline, Sandler is in final talks to create a live action movie based on the kids' board game through his Happy Madison production company and Sony's Columbia Pictures, and he's also attached to star.

According to the President of Columbia Pictures, Doug Belgrad, "'Candy Land' is more than just a game."

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Filed under: movies
HBO unveils full 'Game Change' trailer
February 1st, 2012
05:00 PM ET

HBO unveils full 'Game Change' trailer

While we focus on this year's presidential race, HBO is taking it back to the 2008 McCain campaign.

The network's TV movie "Game Change," based on the best-selling book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, will bow in March, and after giving viewers a sneak peek with a teaser trailer, they've unveiled the full clip.

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Filed under: movies • television
The 'New Girl' fully intends to brake for birds
February 1st, 2012
04:32 PM ET

The 'New Girl' fully intends to brake for birds

Raise your hand if you sensed something was going to go awry between Nick, Jess and Julia, because that's just what happened on Tuesday's episode.

Since Nick’s…well, they’re not using labels, so since his “Julia” is a lawyer, Jess gets her help fighting a traffic ticket.

Jess is her usual bubbly self, (offering Julia a blanket to get “toasty," and some pastries she baked), but after she explains that she ran the red light because she was trying to avoid hitting a bird, Julia makes a few condescending comments. (How much do you love Lizzy Caplan in this role?)

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Samantha Barks, not Swift, takes Eponine role
February 1st, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Samantha Barks, not Swift, takes Eponine role

It was rumored that Taylor Swift had been offered the role of Eponine in Tom Hooper's adaptation of "Les Miserables," but it's a British stage star who has landed the part.

According to BroadwayWorld.com, actress Samantha Barks will reprise the role of Eponine, a part she appears to be quite familiar with. Broadway World reports that Barks made her West End debut as Eponine, and also portrayed the part in the 25th anniversary "Les Mis" concert in London.

Barks tweeted Wednesday as the news of her casting circulated, "Words cannot express how much I appreciate all the amazing support I have received from everyone! I haven't stopped smiling!!"

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