Julia Louis-Dreyfus on playing the ‘Veep’
April 20th, 2012
01:33 PM ET

Julia Louis-Dreyfus on playing the ‘Veep’

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is portraying a super-ambitious vice president on HBO’s upcoming political comedy series, "Veep," but which political figure is the character really based on?

While you might guess Democrat Hillary Clinton, or perhaps Republican Sarah Palin, the answer is actually neither, Louis-Dreyfus tells USA Today during a recent interview.

"It was never the intention for it to be a parody of any specific female politician,” the actress said of her character, Selina Meyer, in the anticipated cable show.

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Friday's Top Five: Dating lessons from movies
April 20th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Friday's Top Five: Dating lessons from movies

Opening in theaters today - just in time for your date night pleasure! - are two movies focused on affairs of the heart.

One of them, Zac Efron's "The Lucky One," is based on the novel of by Nicholas Sparks and falls squarely in the romantic drama category. The other is "Think Like A Man," an adaptation of Steve Harvey's relationship guide for women.

It's a romantic comedy with a plot that chronicles the sometimes-backwards tactics men and women employ when it comes to dating, but you just know that someone, somewhere, is probably going to have an ill-fated "lightbulb" moment while watching it.

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'30 Rock': You’re being so trans-vaginal right now
April 20th, 2012
12:46 PM ET

'30 Rock': You’re being so trans-vaginal right now

Thursday's "30 Rock" revisited an ongoing conundrum in Liz Lemon’s life: Should she have a child?

The issue came up as Liz and Criss were cleaning her apartment/re-enacting a gay porn when he found a box labeled “adoption stuff.”

Liz admitted that it was a crazed mother screaming “Murphy Brown lied to us!” that convinced her not to become a mother.

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Director Francis Lawrence offered 'Catching Fire'
April 20th, 2012
12:17 PM ET

Director Francis Lawrence offered 'Catching Fire'

The collective sigh of “Hunger Games” fans may soon be heard ‘round the globe since it looks like the sequel may finally have a director.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lionsgate has offered “I Am Legend” director Francis Lawrence the opportunity to helm “Catching Fire."

The near-happy news comes just a week after the original “Hunger Games” director, Gary Ross, announced he was bowing out of the job.

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April 20th, 2012
11:49 AM ET

Gotye on music, fame and those comparisons to Sting

If you’ve heard Gotye’s immensely popular hit, “Somebody That I Used to Know,” you probably recognize the line, “But you treat me like a stranger and that feels so rough.”

But with YouTube views approaching 200 million, the Aussie-Belgian singer can’t possibly feel like an unknown.

And things couldn’t have felt so rough when he took the stage with guest vocalist Kimbra on “Saturday Night Live” on April 14.

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Rihanna ran out of [bleeps] about those Coachella photos ...
Just in time for 4/20, pop star Rihanna has apparently declared a truce with MTV.
April 20th, 2012
11:23 AM ET

Rihanna ran out of [bleeps] about those Coachella photos ...

Seeing that Rihanna shared photos of herself partying at Coachella last weekend, it makes sense that the singer isn't concerned about reactions.

MTV posted images Thursday of the pop star messing around with some sort of substance while at the music fest, writing along with it, "Yikes. @Rihanna's marijuana photos from Coachella spark controversy."

The tweet's since been deleted, but not before Rihanna could write back, "@MTV Yikes… @rihanna ran out of f***s to give."

"Well played,” was the music network's response. (Well, would you look at that? A truce, just in time for 4/20.)

Rihanna's been shrugging off the responses to her Coachella photo session all week. On Tuesday, she appeared to write in response to fan comments about the photos, "I'm crazy, and I don't pretend to be anything else."

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