While you were working ...
August 24th, 2012
06:00 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • If he used to perform with College Humor, we're betting that he'll be funny on "The Farm" too: Thomas Middleditch (left in the photo above) has been cast as Dwight Schrute's brother Jeb on the upcoming "Office" spinoff on NBC. [EW]
  • While some stars like to pretend that they're totally chill with the people who gave them life watching them get down and dirty on camera, Kirsten Dunst has been more honest. "I can't do that to [my Dad]," she's said of not filling him in on her latest movie, "Bachelorette." "I didn't even tell him there was an L.A. premiere." Which is exactly what we would've done, from fear of an awkward Thanksgiving alone. [E!]
  • It's probably a payday for some of you out there, so let's talk dollars and cents, specifically how they might relate to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes: Rumor has it Papa Cruise'll have to shell out $400,000 a month in child support until his daughter Suri turns 18. Frankly, we'd expect a hear a rumored higher number. [TMZ]
  • Also in money talks: Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban, who are said to be close to sealing a pair of deals with "American Idol." Minaj is rumored to be circling a deal that would offer $8 million, while Urban would reportedly pull in $3-4 million. [THR]
  • And speaking of Nicki Minaj - have you seen her music video for "I Am Your Leader"? [MTV]

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Voice of 'Sesame Street's' The Count dies at 78
August 24th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Voice of 'Sesame Street's' The Count dies at 78

Puppeteer Jerry Nelson, famous for lending his voice to Muppets on “Sesame Street,” “The Muppet Show” and “Fraggle Rock,” died Thursday, according to People. He was 78.

The cast and crew of “Sesame Street,” and the staff of Sesame Workshop, released the following statement in memoriam: “A member of the ‘Sesame Street’ family for more than 40 years, [Nelson] will forever be in our hearts and remembered for the artistry in his puppetry, his music, and the laughter he brought to children worldwide…”

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ABC Family picks up pilot from Jennifer Lopez
August 24th, 2012
04:23 PM ET

ABC Family picks up pilot from Jennifer Lopez

We may now have an inkling as to why Jennifer Lopez grew too busy for "American Idol."

The entertainer is executive producing a new hour-long drama, the pilot for which has been picked up by ABC Family, the network said in a statement.

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Spike Lee, chronicling Brooklyn, heads to Red Hook
August 24th, 2012
02:15 PM ET

Spike Lee, chronicling Brooklyn, heads to Red Hook

At first glance, Spike Lee's latest opus on Brooklyn might appear to be a straightforward story of an adolescent boy, in this case named Flik Royale, and the culture clash he experiences when he's sent to live with his grandfather over the summer.

It's a familiar plot, and one some of us can likely relate to, but this is a Spike Lee film - it's not going to be that easy.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
Randy Travis cited in simple assault case
August 24th, 2012
02:10 PM ET

Randy Travis cited in simple assault case

Country singer Randy Travis has once again had a mishap with the law.

A few weeks after being arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, Travis was cited in a simple assault case Thursday after a disturbance with another man outside the Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas. (In February, Travis was found parked in front of a Baptist church with an open bottle of wine and charged with public intoxication.)

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'Louie' and the hunt for Tape Recorder
August 24th, 2012
12:11 PM ET

'Louie' and the hunt for Tape Recorder

[This post contains spoilers for the August 23 episode of FX's "Louie."]

On Thursday night's “Louie,” our sad sack hero searched for a pair of complicated women.

Louie couldn’t stop dreaming about Liz, i.e. Tape Recorder, the enigmatic woman who took him on a strange but enlightening date earlier in the season. He went to the bookstore to find her.

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