While you were working...
March 12th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Kristen Stewart was all over the Web today, as a trailer for her upcoming film "On the Road" was released, as well as sneak peek of her "Twilight" character's transformation into a vampire. Thanks to fans armed with video cameras, we can all now watch the teaser for "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," which was screened in Target stores as part of the release of "Breaking Dawn - Part I."

  • Halle Berry's engagement ring is said to be inscribed with symbols only she can understand, having been crafted by a jeweler in Paris who's made a "one-of-a-kind piece that cannot be replaced." [People]
  • Not surprisingly, Oprah Winfrey's interview of Bobbi Kristina, Gary and Pat Houston brought in major ratings, to the tune of 3.5 million viewers for Sunday night's special edition of "Oprah's Next Chapter." [NYDN]
  • We loved "Curly Sue" and we love even more that she's now all grown up and, as of Saturday, happily married. The newlyweds are expecting a baby in July. [E!]
  • Since we started this with the "Twilight" series, we can't leave out the "Hunger Games" fans (some of whom are probably one in the same): Entertainment Weekly is live-streaming the arrivals at the movie's L.A. premiere tonight starting at 8:30 p.m. ET. [EW]

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March 12th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Tell us, Mayim Bialik: What's next for you?

Mayim Bialik is apparently "on a quest to unseat James Franco as Hollywood's reigning renaissance person," as iReporter Andy Clinton points out with his question for the "Big Bang Theory" star.

Bialik, after all, has gone from acting to getting a P.h.D. in neuroscience, only to return to acting once again, with a little writing in between. So what's up next for the actress?

"I'm working on my next book, but I think I may have touched all the areas I need to: Neuroscience, acting, writing....I do a lot of speaking engagements. That's pretty much it," she says.

But then again, there's one other thing she can add to her wide-ranging to-do list: "James Franco and I need to do probably seven projects together - that would be the way to complete the renaissance path I'm on."


Filed under: Big Bang Theory • television
'SNL' ratings take a slip post-Lohan
March 12th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

'SNL' ratings take a slip post-Lohan

The verdict is in: Funnyman Jonah Hill's turn as host on “Saturday Night Live” wasn't received as poorly as last week's criticized episode with Lindsay Lohan, but he couldn't match her ratings.

New York Magazine's Vulture notes that Hill has some qualities that make for "the perfect 'SNL' host," namely his comedy experience and the fact that he's hosted before.

Given those attributes, Vulture can't figure out why Hill's second time at bat for "SNL," which included sketches about the Oscars, a Japanese game show and a parody of Rush Limbaugh, was "so blah."

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March 12th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Watch: Charlize Theron in deleted 'Young Adult' scene

Charlize Theron's portrayal of young adult author Mavis Gary is a lesson in mean - the character, a former prom queen, is about as rude as one can get.

Although this scene above didn't make it into the film, it nonetheless displays the character's callousness, as well as screenwriter Diablo Cody's biting sense of humor.

In the film, Mavis returns home to find her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade married with a kid, but neither of those facts stop Mavis from pursuing him.

In the deleted scene above, you'll find her ranting about the audacity of Buddy's wife Beth - a.k.a. "the wife" - to send her a birth announcement, considering that Mavis only "met her once, like a hundred years ago."

Directed by Jason Reitman, who also teamed up with Cody for 2007's "Juno," "Young Adult" arrives on DVD and Blu-ray March 13.


Filed under: movies
SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, acting coach
March 12th, 2012
03:33 PM ET

SXSW: Jeffrey Tambor, acting coach

At South By Southwest in Austin, the bulk of my time has been spent downstairs at the CNN SXSW Grill, working in a dark, cement-walled basement. (I’ve grown fond of my captors – they give me Sun Chips and Diet Coke.)

But I do have a platinum SXSW badge hanging from my neck, which allows me access to various panels and events at the interactive/music/film festival.

Sunday afternoon, I decided to actually put this undeserved badge to use and casually strolled into the convention center with the goal of taking in a panel. Any panel. I was literally looking for an open door and a chair.

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Loss, fears and doubts on 'Eastbound & Down'
March 12th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Loss, fears and doubts on 'Eastbound & Down'

Leave it to Kenny Powers to make a bad thing worse - and downright creepy.

Sunday's episode picked up where we left off last week with Shane dead from a cocaine overdose and KP...well, still finishing up the rest of the blow before proceeding to clean the house and cover up the fact that he was with him before he died. But not before snagging Shane’s truck.

Back at home, KP is convinced Toby is a curse and that all of his bad karma can be attributed to the very presence of his own son.

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