While you were working...
February 14th, 2012
06:38 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • There's life after "Chuck" for Zachary Levi - well, a pilot order at least. He's signed on to star in a Fox comedy show called "Let It Go." [Deadline]
  • If you're among those who were Not.Happy. to see Chris Brown take the stage at the Grammys – not once, but twice - you've got famous company: Miranda Lambert, Jack Osbourne, Michelle Branch, Sherri Shepherd and Wil Wheaton were among those highly confused to see Brown so readily embraced by the Recording Academy. [E!]
  • Speaking of the Grammys - the Grammys people; not Brown, but the Grammys - Rihanna did look stunning in her slinky black gown. Deets on how she got into red carpet shape are at the link. [People]
  • Herman Cain reportedly turned down "Dancing With the Stars" because he could only dance a nine-count. [AJC]
  • Maya Rudolph might do a Whitney Houston impersonation on "Saturday Night Live" when she hosts this weekend. We're going to go with too soon, because we can't figure out how they could do this without upsetting someone. But what say you? [TVLine]
  • Nicki Minaj, when not angering the Catholic League, is busy releasing new music from her upcoming album. The new single's called "Starships" - thoughts? [Popdust]

Filed under: While you were working
February 14th, 2012
05:47 PM ET

Who's ready for 'Cougar Town's' return?

For those of you who've sorely missed Courteney Cox's  "Cougar Town," the wait is finally over.

After a nine-month hiatus, the fan favorite (if unfortunately titled) show is back in time for Valentine's Day.

CNN sat down with the cast to get the inside scoop about the show’s third season, which starts tonight at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Listen to what they told us and get a sneak peek at the show’s long-awaited premiere.

Here’s a hint: It involves toilet paper, and a ring.

Hollywood tour adds Houston death site as a stop
February 14th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

Hollywood tour adds Houston death site as a stop

Given the level of interest in even the grittiest of details about Whitney Houston's death, it does make sense that some might view the locale where the star passed on as something they'd pay money to learn more about.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Dearly Departed tour company has added the site of Houston's death at the Beverly Hilton to their Dearly Departed's Hollywood Tragical History tour.

"It is what we do," said owner Scott Michaels, who founded the tour company seven years ago. "And it's not far off our current route."

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Filed under: Celebrities • Whitney Houston
Guillermo Del Toro, Emma Watson
February 14th, 2012
04:35 PM ET

'Beauty and the Beast' through the years

Disney's 1991 version of "Beauty and the Beast" was re-released in January, but that's far from the only iteration this year.

The story, after all, is a tale nearly as old as time, and both the CW and ABC are planning to put it on the small screen this year with pilots based on the familiar plot.

Meanwhile, Guillermo del Toro is planning to bring the story to the big screen once more in a new adaptation called "Beast" (not to be confused with Christophe Gans' adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast,"  which has "Inglourious Basterds" and "Midnight in Paris" actress Lea Seydoux attached to star).

Variety reports that the script for "Beast," which at the moment has "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson in final talks, will be written by "Bridget Jones's Diary" screenwriter Andrew Davies.

So just how many ways can this story be told? Click through the gallery above to find out.


Filed under: movies
'Transformers 4' arriving in June 2014
February 14th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

'Transformers 4' arriving in June 2014

Another installment of the "Transformers" franchise is officially on the way, whether Shia LaBeouf wants to be a part of it or not.

The actor, who has starred in the series since 2007, said while doing press for the third film, 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," that he wasn't interested in battling the 'bots again. (His co-star Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, on the other hand, has been game to come back.)

Paramount announced the fourth installment on Monday, confirming that filmmaker Michael Bay will be back in the director's chair.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Transformers
Getting to the final four on 'The Bachelor'
February 14th, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Getting to the final four on 'The Bachelor'

"The Bachelor" continued its tour of FIFA's CONCACAF region last night with a stop in Belize. This is a "crucial" week, one of the six remaining contestants notes, as Ben must eliminate two women in preparation for next week's "hometown" dates.

This week, there will be three "intimate" one-on-one dates with no roses on the line, as well as a group date where one of the three women on it will advance to next week.

The first one-on-one goes to Lindzi the horse lady, with the clue being, "two halves make a whole." I presume they'll spend their day putting bagels or English muffins together.

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