April 4th, 2012
09:34 PM ET

Mary J. Blige on pulled Burger King ad: It wasn't finished

R&B superstar Mary J. Blige says a recently pulled Burger King advertisement that featured her was “unfinished” and didn’t follow the parameters to which she’d agreed.

The clip, which Burger King released on YouTube before taking it down this week amid a public backlash, is part of a series of celebrity ads showcasing the fast-food chain’s new menu options.

In Blige’s spot, the nine-time Grammy winner promotes the new Crispy Chicken Snack Wraps. Wearing a short wig, leather jacket and shades, she rocks to the beat of her own song, “Don’t Mind,” off her latest album, “My Life II… The Journey Continues.”

She sings altered lyrics, about “crispy chicken, fresh lettuce, three cheeses, ranch dressing, wrapped up in a tasty flour tortilla.” People complained about the ad on social media sites, with some saying that her peddling of chicken played into racial stereotypes. FULL POST

While you were working...
April 4th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • We can finally circle a date on our calendar. The fifth season of "True Blood" will start June 10, while Aaron Sorkin's "Newsroom" will launch June 24. [HBO]
  • Get your warm-weather wedding crashing outfit ready! Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are said to be planning a summer matrimony. [People]
  • Another reason why we love Emma Stone, aside from her ingenious workout regime? She knows how to sort-of tell after a kiss: When Ellen DeGeneres asked her if Ryan Gosling or Andrew Garfield was the better kisser, Stone replied, "Apples and oranges, you know. I love all fruit." [Ellen]
  • If these set photos are any indication, The CW's "Carrie Diaries" will continue Carrie Bradshaw's grand tradition of having an inexplicably fabulous wardrobe considering her income bracket. [Us Weekly]
  • While we wait for the deliciousness that is Matt Bomer to grace the halls of McKinley High next Tuesday, we'll bide our time with this adorable yearbook - complete with McKinley High School Hookup Map. [EW]
  • Trailer for Katy Perry's 3-D "Part of Me" movie, which will open July 5? Don't mind if we do:


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Rihanna on Chris Brown: I'm going to do what I want
April 4th, 2012
05:53 PM ET

Rihanna on Chris Brown: I'm going to do what I want

Say what you will about Rihanna's collaboration and seeming reconciliation with her ex Chris Brown, who pleaded guilty to one count of assault in connection to an argument he had with the Barbadian pop star in 2009, but the singer is hearing none of it.

She tells Elle magazine in its May issue of the backlash to her decision to work with Brown that she understands people have their opinions, but she's not going to let them sway her.

"The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it," Rihanna says in the interview. "People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that’s all right. Because tomorrow I’m still going to be the same person. I’m still going to do what I want to do.”

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Filed under: Celebrities • Chris Brown • Rihanna
Green Day to induct Guns N' Roses into Rock Hall of Fame
April 4th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Green Day to induct Guns N' Roses into Rock Hall of Fame

One great rock band, Green Day, will fling the doors open for another seminal group next weekend at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The honorees?

None other than fellow music icons Guns N’ Roses.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Green Day • Music
April 4th, 2012
04:47 PM ET

Zac Efron talks love scene with 'Lucky' co-star

Taylor Schilling plays "The Lucky One" in the upcoming adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel, and she feels that way in real life about working with co-star Zac Efron.

It turns out, the feeling's mutual.

"We didn't have to do much searching for our girl, at all. Found Taylor and she was....extraordinarily talented," Efron told CNN of his 27-year-old co-star, who plays the mystery woman Efron's on-screen Marine searches for in North Carolina, thinking her photo may have kept him alive while he served in Iraq.

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'Community' creator apologizes for Chase leak
April 4th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

'Community' creator apologizes for Chase leak

The co-creator of NBC comedy “Community” has issued an apology to fans for a voicemail he played for a crowd following a clash with comedian and "Community" star Chevy Chase.

Dan Harmon’s “sorry” comes after he played a message said to be from Chase on which he calls Harmon an “abomination” and quite a few other choice words.

According to Deadline, Harmon received the voicemail after he hurled the F-bomb at Chase in front of his wife and daughter during a wrap party.

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