While you were working...
February 27th, 2012
06:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Although the four percent increase in viewers watching the Academy Awards on Sunday doesn't sound like it deserves much fanfare, these are the Oscars we're talking about - someone, somewhere, is finishing off Brian Grazer's tequila stash in a fit of joy that 39.3 million people tuned in to watch Billy Crystal host for the ninth time. [CNN]
  • Angelina Jolie's leg not only took over the Oscars, but it's also taken over the Internet. There she is doing the double leg on The Frisky, and here she is over here in a "best leg pose" standoff with her partner Brad Pitt's ex Jennifer Aniston. [Us Weekly]
  • Did you blow off the Chris Brown/Rihanna remixes that emerged last week primarily because they wouldn't get airplay anyway? Think again. [Billboard]
  • If we were Jonah Hill, we'd team up with Brad Pitt again for a movie, too - and throwing a little James Franco into the drama certainly couldn't hurt. [Deadline]
  • Sorry, Madonna fans, but this lyrics video for Madge's single, "Girl Gone Wild," doesn't leave us with high hopes for "MDNA":


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Praise pours in for Viola Davis' natural 'do
February 27th, 2012
05:43 PM ET

Praise pours in for Viola Davis' natural 'do

It's no surprise that Viola Davis made an impressive stroll down the red carpet at Sunday's Oscars, as we've come to expect nothing less from the acclaimed actress - but she did manage to upend a few expectations with her hairstyle.

Rather than rock a wig, Davis showed off her natural, close-cropped hair, dyed a fierce flavor of red to add a little more spark to the chic cut she displayed on the cover of the Los Angeles Times magazine.

The curly Afro was a notable difference, and the praise quickly poured in:

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Filed under: Awards Season • Celebrities • Oscars 2012
CNN goes inside the Oscars
February 27th, 2012
05:39 PM ET

CNN goes inside the Oscars

We're accustomed to covering the events, but attending them as spectators is a wholly different thing.

And then, a  couple of weeks ago, a funny thing happened: Through an odd set of circumstances, we just happened to receive two unassigned tickets to the Academy Awards (not to mention the Governor's Ball!).

This turn of events didn't exempt us from pre-awards show work, but it did give us insight into the way the show runs from a different point of view:

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Adam Sandler could clean up at the Razzie Awards
February 27th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

Adam Sandler could clean up at the Razzie Awards

Sunday night might have belonged to “The Artist,” but Saturday night was all about Adam Sandler.

On the eve of the 84th Academy Awards, Sandler earned a total of 11 Razzie nominations, which honor the worst achievements in film.

The funnyman received Razzie Award nominations for his work on three 2011 flicks, according to the Los Angeles Times: “Just Go With It,” “Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star” and “Jack and Jill.”

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Filed under: Awards Season • Celebrities • movies
In a post 'Oprah' show world, why not a fight club?
February 27th, 2012
04:03 PM ET

In a post 'Oprah' show world, why not a fight club?

Times have changed for Oprah Winfrey: Her long-running talk show is off daytime TV, she's heading up her own network - and she's trying to avoid tweeting to viewers with Nielsen boxes in the process.

To aid in her transition, Jimmy Kimmel offered a few new show ideas for her OWN network on his post-Oscars show last night - and some of those ideas really held some promise.

Exhibit A: Oprah's Book Club Fight Club!

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Filed under: Late Night comedy • Oscars 2012 • television
Johnny Depp gets his revenge on 'Life's Too Short'
February 27th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Johnny Depp gets his revenge on 'Life's Too Short'

The potential we saw last week with "Life's Too Short" was realized on Sunday night as our hero (okay, not so much) Warwick Davis attended a major fan convention in London.

Warwick suffered one humiliation after another, including a demanding TV reporter (who had almost no idea what movies Warwick had done), and a couple whose "Star Wars"-themed wedding he agreed to attend, but only at the right price (at one point, he wanted to be the Best Man).

However, one of the most Gervais-ian moments of the episode was when he signed a photo for a fan with a tumor, then demanded his usual £25 payment for autographs. He reasoned that if he started giving out free autographs, everyone would claim to have a tumor (and it turned out he was right, with some other diseases thrown in for variety).

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