While you were working...
May 8th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news fun stuff you might've missed:

  • Ben Affleck is doing that excellent director/lead actor thing he does once again for "Argo," a movie following a CIA "exfiltration specialist" who conceives a fake film as the perfect cover to help extract six Americans in a life-and-death situation during the Iranian revolution. As good as it looks, we'll have to wait until October 12 to see it.

  • We always assumed that Brad Pitt smelled yummy - we're not trying to take your man, A. Jolie, just an observation! - but now we have a brand to go with what we imagine is his sexy scent... and it's, er, Chanel No. 5. [E!]
  • We're sure the fact that Jennifer Lopez would "commend" her decision to adopt helps Charlize Theron sleep at night.  Speaking of - here's a photo of her recently adopted son, Jackson. [X17]
  • It's not "Zou Bisou Bisou," but we'll take it: Jon Hamm crooning (well, kinda) an ode to "Taxi." [HuffPo]
  • So, James Franco, about those cornrows we saw you wearing... [MTV]

Filed under: While you were working
Dustin Hoffman saves jogger's life
May 8th, 2012
05:26 PM ET

Dustin Hoffman saves jogger's life

If you're in trouble, a nearby celebrity might be the one to call.

Dustin Hoffman is the latest in a string of heroic Hollywood stars, as he recently rushed to the rescue of a London jogger whose heart stopped while he was working out at Hyde Park, the London Evening Standard reports.

According to the paper, the 74-year-old actor was walking in the park on April 27 when he saw 27-year-old Sam Dempster, a lawyer, "staggering and frothing at the mouth" before he collapsed.

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Filed under: Celebrities
May 8th, 2012
05:13 PM ET

The 'MCA,' Maurice Sendak connection: Spike Jonze

Two rather large shadows have fallen over the pop culture landscape in the past few days. On Friday, we learned of the death of Beastie Boys co-founder Adam "MCA" Yauch, who succumbed to cancer at age 47.

And then on Tuesday, it was announced that beloved "Where the Wild Things Are" author and illustrator Maurice Sendak died of complications from a recent stroke at the age of 83.

Sendak died in Connecticut, but was born in Brooklyn, New York. Yauch and the Beastie Boys, whose 1994 album was called "To the 5 Boroughs," also called New York home.

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NBC snaps up shows from J.J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy
May 8th, 2012
03:45 PM ET

NBC snaps up shows from J.J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy

Tune in to nearly any of the major networks this fall, and chances are you'll find a show developed by “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams.

The newest channel to come into the fold is NBC, reports the L.A. Times. The Peacock network has announced it will air Abrams’ new drama “Revolution," which is produced and co-written by Abrams and "Supernatural" creator Eric Kripke.

The show's being billed as an action drama about people trying to survive in a world where all forms of energy have been wiped out.

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Tony Lucca: I'm sorry for my role in 'The Voice' drama
May 8th, 2012
03:19 PM ET

Tony Lucca: I'm sorry for my role in 'The Voice' drama

With this being finale week on "The Voice," we figured the final live performance show would have its dramatic moments.

But some viewers may not have expected for Christina Aguilera's ongoing tiff with her fellow former Mouseketeer Tony Lucca to have reared its head once again on Monday's show.

Aguilera already accused Lucca of getting a leg-up on the competition thanks to his celebrity support, most notably from another former "Mickey Mouse Club" star, Justin Timberlake (which Lucca cheekily responded to with a rendition of Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" - 'cause, you know, she's yet another "Mickey Mouse Club" alum.)

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May 8th, 2012
02:25 PM ET

'New Girl's' Max Greenfield and the breakout characters of the season

Fox's "New Girl" has not only become one of this season's success stories, but it's also introduced a character that has, in some ways unexpectedly, become one of the most talked about of the year.

Of course, we're speaking of none other than Schmidt, as played by Max Greenfield.

This first season, which wraps up with its finale Tuesday night, has been "very surreal," Greenfield told us in an interview.

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