While you were working...
May 7th, 2012
06:07 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Lena Dunham explains why "Girls" suffers a severe lack of diversity: "Something I wanted to avoid was tokenism in casting. If I had one of the four girls, if, for example, she was African-American... Not that the experience of an African-American girl and a white girl are drastically different, but there has to be specificity to that experience [that] I wasn't able to speak to. [NPR]
  • James Cameron, when not being in the "Titanic," deep sea exploration, and/or asteroid mining business, is in the "Avatar" business. "Period. That's it," he said recently. "I'm  not interested in developing anything... I'm making 'Avatar 2,' 'Avatar 3,' maybe 'Avatar 4,' and I'm not going to produce other people's movies for them." [NYT]
  • "Cougar Town" fans may make a shift from ABC to TBS if the show gets canceled on its current network, and picked up by the Turner Broadcasting-owned brand, which is owned by the same parent company as CNN. [Deadline]
  • Justin Bieber is no longer just another teen pop star - he's now a teen pop star with his high school diploma, as the 18-year-old revealed in an interview. [U.K. Telegraph]
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt playing a single mom who doubles as a call girl is going over well with viewers. Her Lifetime show "The Client List" has been picked up for a second season. [TVBytheNumbers]
  • Jack Osbourne isn't your standard B-list celebrity, no, but the proud papa is nonetheless showing off his newborn baby girl, Pearl, along with his fiancee in Hello! magazine. [Hello!]

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May 7th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

Graceland exhibits show Elvis through daughter's eyes

Elvis Presley's legacy remains larger than life, but his daughter Lisa Marie is offering a glimpse at the man she knew him to be.

As revealed in a new set of exhibits at Graceland, even his wallet offers a view of his off-stage life as it contains a photo of his daughter, a bank card and an insurance card.

“Even the King of Rock ‘n Roll had insurance,” says Kevin Kern, Graceland’s communication director.

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No beef between Ashton Kutcher, Miranda Lambert
May 7th, 2012
05:23 PM ET

No beef between Ashton Kutcher, Miranda Lambert

Ashton Kutcher and Miranda Lambert were said to be sorta, kinda feuding, but the two put that gossip to rest over the weekend at a pre-Kentucky Derby party in Louisville.

According to People, the actor and country music star reconciled a month after Lambert questioned whether Kutcher was poking fun at her genre.

The alleged beef started when he presented her with the female vocalist of the year award at the Academy of Country Music Awards back in April.

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'Hunger Games' actors talk director's exit
May 7th, 2012
03:54 PM ET

'Hunger Games' actors talk director's exit

"Hunger Games" heartthrobs Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth are glad to have Francis Lawrence on board to direct their next film, "Catching Fire," but that doesn't make it any easier to see their old director, Gary Ross, exit the franchise.

"I'm really sad to see that Gary's not going to be part of the second one. He did such an amazing job on the first," Hemsworth told E!.

That said, "I think that there's still so many people a part of it that want the film to be great and care about it so much that they're not going to bring the wrong person on,” the Aussie actor added, saying he's amped to see where Lawrence takes the franchise with the next film.

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'Will & Grace' star: 'Three cheers' for Biden
May 7th, 2012
03:16 PM ET

'Will & Grace' star: 'Three cheers' for Biden

Of all the shows currently on TV highlighting the gay experience in America, Vice President Joe Biden took it back - all the way back - with his shout-out to the '90s NBC sitcom “Will & Grace” on Sunday.

During an appearance on NBC's “Meet the Press," Biden said he's “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage, and gave props to "W&G," which debuted in 1998, for changing the public’s perception on the topic.

"I think 'Will & Grace' did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done," said Biden in a nod to the beloved series about a gay man living with a straight woman in New York City.

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'Avengers' smashes records, iReporters' expectations
May 7th, 2012
02:45 PM ET

'Avengers' smashes records, iReporters' expectations

The star-studded "Avengers" cast must be celebrating, as the superhero blockbuster brought in over $200 million at the box office over the weekend.

Surely chump change to someone like Tony Stark, but “The Avengers” definitely jump-started this season’s summer movie lineup, not to mention nabbing the title of highest grossing domestic release of all time.

If the record-breaking numbers weren’t enough, moviegoers poured out of the theaters raving about it, despite the New York Times' lukewarm film review.

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