J.K. Rowling to publish first adult novel
February 23rd, 2012
12:31 PM ET

J.K. Rowling to publish first adult novel

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling reached all ages with her books about "the boy who lived," but her next work will be specifically for adults, publisher Little, Brown said Thursday.

This will be Rowling's first adult novel, but other than that, little is known about her new effort. The publisher says more information about the title, story and release date are to come later this year.

Rowling, who started an international phenomenon with her seven-book "Harry Potter" series, said in a statement that her new work of fiction will definitely be a departure from Harry and his Hogwarts crew.

FULL POST


Filed under: Books
Simon Cowell looking for two 'X Factor' hosts
February 23rd, 2012
12:05 PM ET

Simon Cowell looking for two 'X Factor' hosts

Between Kelly Rowland, LeAnn Rimes and Britney Spears all rumored to be intrigued by the idea of judging on "The X Factor," it doesn't look like Simon Cowell is hurting for possibilities.

Cowell wouldn't confirm or deny the gossip in a talk with reporters Wednesday, but he did say he's currently exploring his options.

"We will meet with a number of people over the next few weeks," Cowell said. "There is loads of speculation. There are a lot more people who have entered the fray this year. We wanted to see who would contact us before we contact people. That's a good place to be."

FULL POST

'Hunger Games' tickets - have you gotten yours?
February 23rd, 2012
11:48 AM ET

'Hunger Games' tickets - have you gotten yours?

With one month left until "The Hunger Games" opens, fans may want to start reserving their tickets.

An announcement that tickets are now available went up on "The Hunger Games" Facebook page Wednesday, and according to Entertainment Weekly, admission has already represented a large portion of sales for movie ticket e-retailer Fandango.com.

But before the movie opens on March 23, there's also an advance event for Los Angeles area fans (and those who can get there): the world premiere happening in L.A. on March 12.

FULL POST


Filed under: Hunger Games • movies
Leo DiCaprio helps 'Oz' slippers find home
February 23rd, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Leo DiCaprio helps 'Oz' slippers find home

Leonardo DiCaprio is known to use his wealth to help save the environment, but the actor has also used his earnings to help conserve a piece of Hollywood history.

Thanks to DiCaprio leading a group of "angel donors," the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has acquired a set of the ruby slippers from "The Wizard of Oz." (We're gong to guess the actor has no problems with that Oscars snub.)

According to a statement from the Academy, DiCaprio's generosity to the Academy Foundation, along with gifts from other Hollywood A-listers like Steven Spielberg, helped the Academy to purchase the iconic footwear.

FULL POST


Filed under: movies
Sacha Baron Cohen not banned from Oscars
February 23rd, 2012
10:19 AM ET

Sacha Baron Cohen not banned from Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is paying close attention to "Hugo" actor Sacha Baron Cohen ahead of Sunday's Academy Awards as reports circulate that the actor wants to pull a red carpet stunt.

On Tuesday, the Hollywood Reporter cited anonymous sources who claimed that Cohen, 40, was angling to attend the Oscars dressed as his character in the upcoming comedy, "The Dictator."

As evidenced by the movie's trailer, Cohen stars in the May release as General Aladeen, a leader trying to stop democracy from entering the country he's "so lovingly oppressed."

FULL POST

« newer posts
Advertisement
About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 6,449 other followers