While you were working...
May 29th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • The developing Jimi Hendrix biopic has run into some glitches, primarily with the Hendrix estate, but Andre 3000 is moving ahead and getting into character as the legendary musician. Check out the first photos at the link. [Shadow and Act]
  • Newlyweds Cynthia Nixon and Christine Marinoni were ladies in spring green (maybe chartreuse? this isn't a close-up) at their weekend wedding. [People]
  • If you didn't get to see Beyonce over the holiday in Atlantic City and you wanted to, check out these photos from her shows. (We know, we know, it's not the same - just supply your own soundtrack and pretend!) [Beyonce's Tumblr]
  • This isn't necessarily today's news, but interesting nonetheless if you missed it the first time around: How Helen Gurley Brown's "Sex and the Single Gal" influenced Matthew Weiner's "Mad Men" - particularly relevant after Sunday's episode. [Forbes]
  • Lady Gaga's shoes, while seemingly always at stupefying heights, were indeed handmade for walking. Get a look at the process behind a pair of her faves at the link. [StyleBubble]
  • We find it ... intriguing that Jessica Biel is being so frank about her impending marriage to Justin Timberlake in this French interview - supposedly saying that marrying him won't change a thing - considering that she's stayed quiet about it Stateside, but we'll share anyway. [E!/Gala]

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'Hatfields & McCoys' makes ratings history
May 29th, 2012
05:36 PM ET

'Hatfields & McCoys' makes ratings history

The History Channel didn't have to battle for viewers on Monday night, thanks to the feuding "Hatfields & McCoys."

The first part of the miniseries came out swinging Monday, with 13.9 million viewers tuning in. The network expressed its appreciation for the show of support on Twitter, noting that the huge turnout made it "the No. 1 non-sports telecast in ad-supported cable history!"

In a statement on TVLine, the network's president, Nancy Dubuc, said that the History Channel has "[owned] historical drama ... with guns a-blazin'!"

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Christian Bale's going to miss that Batman suit
May 29th, 2012
04:42 PM ET

Christian Bale's going to miss that Batman suit

Although Christian Bale is happy with the way his character Bruce Wayne's story ends in this summer's "Dark Knight Rises," he is going to miss slipping into that snug Batman costume.

"You know, for all the kind of discomfort, and all the heat and the sweat and the headaches and everything from it, when you sit back and watch the movie at the end of the day you end up going, 'that's f*****g cool!'" Bale told Movies.com of his alter-ego's iconic outfit. "So I will. I will miss it."

As far as the extent of his interaction with Anne Hathaway's Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Bale played coy, saying that fans will just have to wait to see the movie when it arrives in theaters July 20.

In the meantime, there's the latest "Dark Knight Rises" TV spot to view. It's only 30 seconds, but we'll take it!

Idris Elba on casting, Hollywood and race
May 29th, 2012
03:01 PM ET

Idris Elba on casting, Hollywood and race

The topic of race in Hollywood is a layered one, and it seems Idris Elba would like to take a break from sifting through it.

The “Luther” star, who has roles in the upcoming thrillers “Prometheus" and “No Good Deed” as well as the lead in the Nelson Mandela biopic, "Long Walk To Freedom," recently told New York magazine's Vulture that he's grown weary of discussing the opportunities for white actors versus actors of color.

“I’m so bored of answering that," said the 39-year-old, who rose to fame playing Stringer Bell in “The Wire." "Are there differences between black actors’ opportunities and white actors’ opportunities? Yes, there are. It’s been said. I’d rather a young black actor read about success as opposed to how tough it was. I get these roles because I can act and that’s it. Hopefully that’s it. The less I talk about being black, the better."

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Bieber releases new music, 'Die In Your Arms'
May 29th, 2012
01:25 PM ET

Bieber releases new music, 'Die In Your Arms'

Justin Bieber’s not letting recent legal drama put a damper on his chart momentum.

The pop star has just released "Die In Your Arms," the latest track off his upcoming album “Believe."

The upbeat, vintage-sounding love song was released to iTunes at midnight Tuesday morning.

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May 29th, 2012
12:35 PM ET

Madonna takes on Gaga with 'Born This Way' mashup

They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, but Madonna's recent cover of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" might not be seen as such.

While rehearsing for her M.D.N.A. tour, the Material Mom made it a point to mashup her classic song “Express Yourself” with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way."

When Gaga first dropped the single, music fans were quick to point out the similarity between the two tracks, something that hasn't been lost on Madge.

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