While you were working...
March 9th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • If you're eagerly awaiting Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," get thee to Cannes: Anderson's latest will open the film festival on May 16.
  • Someone get Julia Roberts on the phone! The Mystic Pizza restaurant's having troubles with the IRS. [CBS]
  • J.K. Rowling is now ever so slightly less wealthy: Forbes says the author no longer makes the cut to be on their list of billionaires, making Rowling just a plain 'ol millionaire. For some reason, we think the millions upon millions that she still has will soothe any grief over being knocked off the "Rich List." [Telegraph]
  • In fact, we're betting Rowling could buy the Manhattan apartment Carrie Bradshaw originally lived in on "Sex and the City" without blinking an eye - the four-story brownstone is on the market for $9.65 million. [NYDN]
  • Although Amber Riley already owned "I Will Always Love You" in the "Glee" episode that coincidentally followed Whitney Houston's February 11 death, the show is planning to do a real tribute to the legend with eight of her songs in an hour-long show this spring. [THR]
  • Martha Stewart's a grandma once again! The lifestyle mogul's daughter Alexis welcomed her second child via surrogate on March 6. [People]

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5 things to watch for at SXSW
March 9th, 2012
04:38 PM ET

5 things to watch for at SXSW

South by Southwest, the tech-music-movie conference getting under way here Friday, isn't typically a place for big newsy announcements. The indie ethos of SXSW is more about discovering the hot emerging thing - a new mobile app, a bold filmmaker, a brilliant set by an undiscovered band.

It's hard to predict what everyone here will be talking about by the time SXSW wraps on March 18. The festival is too huge and fractured for that, and tastemakers often disagree.

But based on early chatter, here are some guesses about what will make headlines at SXSW 2012:

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'The Big Bang Theory' causes a scene
March 9th, 2012
03:28 PM ET

'The Big Bang Theory' causes a scene

It was going to be such a fun, geeky weekend, and then it all went horribly awry.

Thursday night's "Big Bang Theory" saw Leonard, Sheldon, Howard and Raj planning to play "Star Wars: The Old Republic" non-stop for 48 hours (as Raj put it, "It's on like Alderaan!"). But Amy informed the group that Sheldon couldn't join them as they had plans to go to her aunt's birthday party.

The writers certainly had fun with a "whip cracking" app, which the guys used to torment Sheldon.

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'30 Rock': Jack vs. Kaylie round 2: No subtitle necessary
March 9th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

'30 Rock': Jack vs. Kaylie round 2: No subtitle necessary

"30 Rock" has a history of poking meta fun at the NBC censors.

And on Thursday, fictional head of NBC Standards and Practices Gaylord Felcher fought back, asking, “who among you has the power to censor the censor?” Deep!

Meanwhile, Jack’s teenage nemesis Kaylie Hooper (Chloë Grace Moretz) returned. More alert than ever to do random Cato attacks, he figured out that Kaylie sabotaged the season finale of “America’s Kidz Got Singing” by plying the underage contestants with beer.

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Dennis Quaid's wife files for divorce
March 9th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Dennis Quaid's wife files for divorce

It looks like Dennis Quaid and his wife Kimberly Buffington-Quaid are splitting up. CNN's confirmed with Quaid's rep that his wife has filed for divorce.

TMZ reports that the divorce petition Kimberly filed states, "The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities...that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation."

The petition also reportedly states that the couple has a temporary custody agreement for their 4-year-old twins, with each parent being allotted time to spend with them.

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John Mayer takes 'indefinite' performing hiatus
March 9th, 2012
01:17 PM ET

John Mayer takes 'indefinite' performing hiatus

John Mayer recently announced his plans to tour this spring, but the singer is now bowing out of the trek.

According to a statement, the 34-year-old is taking an "indefinite hiatus" from performing because of recurring vocal issues. Last September, Mayer had to drop out of a string of concert stops after a granuloma was found next to his vocal cords.

He had surgery that fall and seemed to be on the mend. His album "Born and Raised" is due out on May 22, and his new song, "Shadow Days," debuted on the radio earlier this month. But the granuloma has returned.

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