While you were working...
March 2nd, 2012
05:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Scarlett Johansson is headed for the shower(s): The actress has lined up a role as Janet Leigh in the upcoming movie, "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho."
  • Is Demi Moore out of treatment? Sources say that she's now vacationing, but Moore's rep isn't commenting. [E!]
  • Kristen Wiig and Katy Perry are clearly BFFs now, after this wide-ranging Interview magazine Q&A. [Interview]
  • Married man James Gandolfini loves his wife, but that doesn't mean he's not also still in love with his former "Sopranos" co-star, Edie Falco. [Vanity Fair]
  • If you were one of the many in a chorus of "Noooo!" when Kaley Cuoco announced she was getting married, then you might find a hidden silver lining in this bit of news: It looks like the "Big Bang" star is back on the market, as reports say her engagement is over. [ET]
  • Speaking of single ladies, Rihanna is on the hunt for someone special. "Single life is so overrated," she says, adding that she'd "love to date someone cool, fun [and] funny." [People]
  • Not to get all Rachel Zoe on you, but we die from the cuteness that is Maddox Jolie-Pitt going guitar shopping with Papa Brad. [X17]

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How a sci-fi icon became Gervais' latest TV star
March 2nd, 2012
04:49 PM ET

How a sci-fi icon became Gervais' latest TV star

Ricky Gervais has already made the hapless Karl Pilkington into an international star. So how did Warwick Davis, already known for his work in "Return of the Jedi," "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" and the "Harry Potter" films, become the star of Gervais' latest series (playing himself, no less)?

“I called Warwick up and asked if he would mind being kicked in the face for ‘Extras,’" Gervais told CNN. Not long afterward, Gervais read Davis' biography.

"I discovered what an amazing life he’s had and how funny it was, and how Warwick was so funny about it, and Warwick said we should do a show about it. It just suited our sensibilities perfectly."

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Aykroyd opens up on 30th anniversary of John Belushi's death
March 2nd, 2012
03:39 PM ET

Aykroyd opens up on 30th anniversary of John Belushi's death

On March 5, 1982, comic great John Belushi died at 33 of an overdose, and the late star's friend and colleague, Dan Aykroyd, is opening up about what could've been.

Had Belushi lived, Aykroyd tells "Showbiz Tonight" in an exclusive interview, “He would be directing plays and musicals. He would be one of the premier directors on Broadway."

The actor continues, "that would have been his destiny, because he was so intelligent and so well referenced there. He was more of an academic than the 'Bluto' image would have you believe.”

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'30 Rock': A love like meatballs
March 2nd, 2012
02:54 PM ET

'30 Rock': A love like meatballs

On this week’s "30 Rock," Frank’s mother Sylvia (Patti LuPone) disapproved of his former teacher and girlfriend Lynn (Susan Sarandon).

So he told her he was dating Liz, who said, “I can’t be your girlfriend because I’m not an old pedophile.” (Lynn protested, “we prefer adultaphobe.”)

But Frank couldn’t take the stress, so he broke up with Lynn and claimed he was happy.

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Remembering our favorite TV teachers
March 2nd, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Remembering our favorite TV teachers

Teachers play a tremendous role in shaping how we view the world. But who – or what – shapes our view of teachers? For me, and I’m guessing for many of us, the answer is entertainment.

We may spend years in the classroom with real-life teachers and professors, but the hopes and aspirations we assign to them are just as likely to come from their fictional counterparts.

To that end, the Schools of Thought blog has put together a list of some of our favorite TV teachers. This is by no means a complete list, nor a ranking, and we’re sticking strictly to television teachers (sorry, Principal Skinner and Coach Reeves).

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Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!
March 2nd, 2012
01:56 PM ET

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss!

If you spot someone snacking on green eggs with a little pork on the side, don't be alarmed: They're probably celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday, which is today, March 2.

Aside from cooking up a meal based on his infamous title, there are other ways to honor the man who gave us such enduring stories like "The Cat in the Hat" and "Oh, The Places You'll Go!"

For starters, you could read: March 2 is also the National Education Association's "Read Across America Day,".

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