While you were working ...
August 22nd, 2012
05:30 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

    • We won't ever be able to see Daniel Day Lewis as anyone other than Abraham Lincoln, thanks to these promo shots from Spielberg. (OK, so we're being dramatic but still - Day Lewis' transformation is dramatic!) "Lincoln" is scheduled to arrive November 16.
    • "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Glee" star NeNe Leakes has revealed her "secret" granddaughter in the latest issue of In Touch - but it's not like NeNe had to keep this "secret" in for long. Little Bri'asia was just born in June.  [In Touch Weekly]
    • Kim Kardashian, sex tape star extraordinaire, has been tagged by one Julian St. Jox as the third party in a three-way that St. Jox claims happened when Kardashian was a mere 20 years old. We don't even need for this to be true; the rumor alone has satisfied our "WTF" quota for the day. [RadarOnline]
    • Elisabeth Moss is the latest celebrity to chop off her hair and go platinum blonde ... dare we say it, has Miley Cyrus started a trend?
  •  And now, for your Taylor Swift news:
    • She didn't crash a wedding with boyfriend Conor Kennedy, regardless of what you've heard. A "Kennedy matriarch" has reportedly said the country pop star was not invited to a family wedding over the weekend, but a rep for the singer says that Swift is not the Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson variety of wedding attendee. [Vanity Fair]
    • She also set a record for digital sales with her single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" ... [NYT]
    • AND she topped the Billboard Hot 100 with that same song, marking her first Hot 100 No. 1. Swift officially has free reign to turn up Ice Cube's "It Was a Good Day." [Billboard]

Filed under: While you were working
August 22nd, 2012
04:45 PM ET

Sam Claflin cast as Finnick in 'Catching Fire'

After plenty of speculation, Lionsgate has made Sam Claflin's casting in the upcoming "Hunger Games" film, "Catching Fire," official.

The "Snow White and the Huntsman" actor will portray the striking District 4 tribute Finnick Odair in the 2013 sequel to this year's blockbuster film.

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Filed under: Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • movies
August 22nd, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Overheard: Alanis Morissette open to 'Idol'

At this point, we wouldn't be shocked if "American Idol" has reached out to you, dear reader, to judge the next season's competition. This list of "maybes" just keeps growing longer.

One day it's Nick Jonas, then it's Nicki Minaj, then it's Brad Paisley or Keith Urban or Kanye West. And now, Alanis Morissette tells us that she, too, has had a conversation about sitting at that table.

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Justin Bieber headed for 'The Simpsons'
August 22nd, 2012
03:34 PM ET

Justin Bieber headed for 'The Simpsons'

"The Simpsons" has been around long enough to have a few years on its newest guest star.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Justin Bieber will be the latest celeb to get "Simpsonized" on the long-running animated Fox series.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Justin Bieber • Music • television
Overheard: Clay Aiken draws line between himself and Akin
August 22nd, 2012
01:50 PM ET

Overheard: Clay Aiken draws line between himself and Akin

As one particular Akin dominates headlines, another Aiken has taken to differentiating his stance, perhaps in case someone out there becomes confused.

While Republican Rep. Todd Akin is in the midst of a firestorm sparked by his comments regarding rape, "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken made it clear that he doesn't share the other Akin's views.

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Filed under: Celebrities • television
August 22nd, 2012
12:41 PM ET

Michael Strahan on 'Live! With Kelly': An opportunity to have fun

If you were rooting for "Live! With Kelly's" frequent guest co-host Michael Strahan to join Kelly Ripa on the show, your wish just might be ABC's command.

According to Broadcasting & Cable, the former NFL star is expected to be the new co-host on the morning program.

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