While you were working...
March 27th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • In "Glee's" grand tradition of guest stars, Whoopi Goldberg is the latest to sign on for a multi-episode arc on the Fox show, starting May 1. [THR]
  • "Octomom poses nude for rent money." Yep. At least, that's what it looks like on that cover...[TMZ]
  • The movie brought in bazillions of dollars - OK, that's a slight exaggeration - but we're still stuck on discussions about the stars cast in "The Hunger Games." Apparently, there's a contingent who believe that Jennifer Lawrence is too plump to star as Katniss. [New York Mag]
  • "Potter" mania can commence once more, as the books are now available for purchase as e-books. [CNN Tech]
  • And now, for a photo of Russell Crowe astride a horse for his role of Javert in "Les Miserables." [EW]

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Director drops hints about 'Hunger Games' sequel
March 27th, 2012
05:01 PM ET

Director drops hints about 'Hunger Games' sequel

Now that we've seen “The Hunger Games,” we're readily anticipating the big screen sequel, "Catching Fire." (Warning: There's a spoiler below the jump if you haven't read the trilogy. If you don't want to know, stop reading.)

Director Gary Ross told MTV that the heavily-anticipated follow-up to the flick that crushed the box office over the weekend will “look and feel” differently from “Hunger Games” - in a good way, of course.

"The arena in the second book is tropical, and the arena in [the first] book is forests,” he explains, clearly for non-fans of the series, referencing the second adaptation of Suzanne Collins' best-selling books. "So that in and of itself will make for a different wardrobe on the part of the crew." (And now, for the spoiler...)

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Jane Fonda in talks to play Nancy Reagan
March 27th, 2012
03:51 PM ET

Jane Fonda in talks to play Nancy Reagan

Jane Fonda may be preparing for a new role -  that of former First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Fonda's publicist confirmed to CNN that the actress is in talks to play the wife of the 40th president of the United States in the true-life story of Eugene Allen, an African-American man who worked as a butler in the White House from 1952 to 1986.

Allen served eight presidents, ending his career as a White House Butler during Ronald Reagan's term as president.

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Alicia Silverstone takes cue from birds for feeding time
March 27th, 2012
03:48 PM ET

Alicia Silverstone takes cue from birds for feeding time

We know Hollywood isn't into commonplace baby names, but it looks like at least one celeb also has a unique approach to feeding time.

Actress Alicia Silverstone, known for her "Clueless" role, has posted a video clip on her blog that shows her using her mouth as a utensil to feed her son Bear Blu.

The 35-year-old vegan star, who welcomed son Bear with husband Christopher Jarecki last May, described having a breakfast of "miso soup, collards and radish...cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon" on Friday, adding that Bear got to taste some of the mochi and vegetables thanks to mom's mouth-to-mouth feeding technique.

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Filed under: Celebrities
March 27th, 2012
03:05 PM ET

R&B stars record tribute song for Trayvon Martin

R&B legend Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, Kelly Price, Kenny Lattimore and other celebrities are all rallying behind the parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin.

To show their support for the fallen youth whose death has captivated the nation, more than a dozen singers, musicians, actors and TV personalities came together on Sunday to record a special tribute song in his honor.

The celebs hit the legendary Henson studios in Hollywood for eight hours to re-record Khan’s “Super Life” from her 2007 album “Funk This,” reads a statement on Khan's website.

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March 27th, 2012
01:41 PM ET

CNN Music: From 'freak out' to FUN. to a No. 1

FUN. debuted their first album, "Aim & Ignite," in 2009, but for singer Nate Ruess it was actually a new beginning.

Before there was FUN. there was The Format, a band which Ruess co-founded. But when the fruitful success of The Format went sour, he panicked.

“In music, you feel like you only get really one chance to do it, especially in my position because I felt like the band was doing really  well,” Ruess recently told CNN. “So just to uproot and start over? I was freaking out.”

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