While you were working...
May 3rd, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

[By the by, we noticed some of you like to have a little fun in this post. And that's fine by us! Consider this the "free" post - come here and chat (responsibly) about topics unrelated to what's been up that day. This way, you guys can meet and greet here, leaving the comments on other posts to focus solely on the topic at hand. Have at it!]

Today's news you might've missed:

  • We've got double the Stallone for you today: First, there's the trailer for "Expendables 2,"  (see it below), and then he's also lined up an animated Web series. (And a warning: There's a bit of coarse language in the clip.) [THR]

  • Everyone's favorite "Dancing with the Stars" champ, J.R. Martinez, welcomed a baby girl on Wednesday night along with his girlfriend Diana Gonzalez-Jones. And for once, we get a normal celeb baby name: Lauryn Anabelle Martinez. [E!]
  • It turns out Beyonce lost the baby weight the same way the rest of us would: with a trainer, five days a week, and no processed food. [Us Weekly]
  • Today, in "I actually sort of wish my life was like this celebrity's," we're coveting Neil Patrick Harris, who got to make Oprah pizza at his house and then point at her as they posed for a picture together. [NPH's Twitter]
  • If you watch "The Vampire Diaries," "Supernatural" and/or "90210," good news: The CW has renewed all three for another season. [CWtv.com]

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Mick Jagger to host 'SNL' season finale
May 3rd, 2012
05:04 PM ET

Mick Jagger to host 'SNL' season finale

Many questions still surround rumored potential changes for "Saturday Night Live," but here's one sure thing: Mick Jagger is scheduled to host the May 19 season finale.

It's Jagger's first time hosting, but he'll also perform on the sketch comedy show for the third time that Saturday.

He'll bring to a close a season that's been plagued by whispers that a few of the show's stars, particularly Kristen Wiig, were gearing up to depart.

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Filed under: television
Tripped up by transportation on 'Modern Family'
May 3rd, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Tripped up by transportation on 'Modern Family'

There was definitely a theme on Wednesday night's episode of "Modern Family."

Between Phil's decision to buy a new convertible (welcome back, Kevin Hart!), Cam and Mitchell leaving Lily's bunny on a subway train, and the disaster that was the Pritchett-Delgado's trip, it was a rough week for the whole family on all modes of transportation.

Jay, Gloria and Manny's plotline was definitely the best of the night. Jay first insisted that the three of them fly a small private plane to a gathering with his football pals (the pilot asked for their weights, not realizing there were three of them). So of course, he ended up driving them, insisting that all American music be played the whole way.

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Michelle Pfeiffer on husband David E. Kelley: I got really lucky
May 3rd, 2012
04:29 PM ET

Michelle Pfeiffer on husband David E. Kelley: I got really lucky

At 54, Michelle Pfeiffer's noticed a curious trend in her decades-long Hollywood career: Her leading men are getting "younger and younger," she tells Parade magazine in this weekend's issue.

"I went from Ashton [Kutcher] to Rupert [Friend] to Zac Efron in 'New Year’s Eve,'" the "Dark Shadows" actress says. "If I keep on like this, I’m going to get into X-rated material!"

Thirty years of Pfeiffer: From 'Grease 2' to 'Dark Shadows'

But then again, it's also a nice change of pace. After all, "that’s what happens with men and their leading ladies, right? I was acting in 'The Russia House' opposite Sean Connery when he was turning 60," while she was then nearly half his age at 32.

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Filed under: Celebrities
Robert Pattinson to star as soldier in 'Mission: Blacklist'
May 3rd, 2012
03:06 PM ET

Robert Pattinson to star as soldier in 'Mission: Blacklist'

Robert Pattinson has reportedly lined up a job after the "Twilight" franchise ends with "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," and this time it looks like he'll tell a true story.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pattinson is set to star in a psychological thriller that will recount the real-life story of the soldier who spearheaded the hunt for Saddam Hussein.

In the film, titled "Mission: Blacklist," the 25-year-old "Twilight" actor will play Army interrogator Eric Maddox.

The real Maddox chronicled his role in uncovering Hussein's location in the book "Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - As Told by the Solider Who Masterminded His Capture," along with co-writer Davin Seay.

"Mission: Blacklist" is said to have Jean-Stephane Sauvaire on board to direct.


Filed under: Casting Chronicles • movies
The Throwback: Ray Harryhausen's 'Fantasy Scrapbook'
May 3rd, 2012
02:19 PM ET

The Throwback: Ray Harryhausen's 'Fantasy Scrapbook'

It's hard to think of today's action-packed blockbusters or fantasy/science-fiction films being made without computer-generated visual effects.

Can you imagine Andy Serkis performing as Gollum in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise without a rendered mask that mirrors his facial expression?

As marvelous as the technology is, many of us remember a time when the creatures that existed only in our imaginations came alive on film after hours of painstakingly building and molding them ... by hand.

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