The Throwback: Furby returns
September 21st, 2012
06:19 PM ET

The Throwback: Furby returns

With 95 shopping days left till Christmas, this news may or may not alleviate your shopping woes: Hasbro this week released a revamped version of the classic toy Furby.

In 1998, Furby (short for fur ball) quickly became a phenomenon, sparking a collector craze that drove auction prices way above retail. Over 40 million units were sold during Furby’s initial three-year production period. The masses couldn’t get enough of the fuzzy, interactive, owl-like chatterbox who came out of the box speaking Furbish and “learned” English (or, rather, the language of the country he was purchased in) over time.

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While you were working ...
September 21st, 2012
06:15 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • LMFAO are now shuffling in opposite directions. Redfoo and  SkyBlu announced today that they're party-rocking group is now on "indefinite hiatus" while they each pursue other ventures. It was fun while it lasted. [E!]
  • If the crown fits, Helen Mirren's wearing it, and we fully support her effort to portray Queen Elizabeth II as many times as possible. Her latest performance will be in the stage play "The Audience." [VF]
  • Of the 20 friends who were reportedly at Justin Timberlake's (reported) Las Vegas bachelor party, how many were from 'N Sync? And when they "took over the dance floor table" was it so they could re-enact choreography from "Bye Bye Bye"? These are the details we need to know. [Us Weekly]
  • If a video of Kanye West "enjoying" himself with a Kim Kardashian look-a-like really exists - we mean, who doesn't have some illicit footage stowed away somewhere these days? - then his love with the actual Kim Kardashian really is a match in celebrity sex tape heaven. [RadarOnline]
  • Anne Hathaway's wedding gown will be Valentino, naturally. [People]

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September 21st, 2012
05:21 PM ET

Maksim Chmerkovskiy to exit 'DWTS'

Get your fill of Maksim Chmerkovskiy while you can, because a rep for the longtime "Dancing With the Stars" performer has confirmed that Maks is getting ready to leave the ABC show.

It seems Maks is interested in pursuing other opportunities, including acting and potentially a reality show with his brother, Val.

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Jackie Robinson biopic gets a trailer, Jay-Z supplies soundtrack
September 21st, 2012
04:05 PM ET

Jackie Robinson biopic gets a trailer, Jay-Z supplies soundtrack

The new biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson won't be in theaters until 2013, but thanks to a new trailer it's already on our "must-see" list.

Called "42," the movie stars Chadwick Boseman ("The Express") as the titular slugger who broke through Major League Baseball's race barrier in 1947 when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Harrison Ford portrays the Dodgers' General Manager, Branch Rickey.

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'Facts of Life' star Lisa Whelchel on divorce
September 21st, 2012
01:50 PM ET

'Facts of Life' star Lisa Whelchel on divorce

Lisa Whelchel, who will perhaps forever be known to us as Blair from "The Facts of Life," is now living the single life.

The actress, currently appearing on CBS' "Survivor: Philippines," divorced her husband of 24 years back in March, People magazine reports.

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'Trouble with the Curve': Story's not great, but acting is
September 21st, 2012
01:09 PM ET

'Trouble with the Curve': Story's not great, but acting is

Clint Eastwood has a new movie out in theaters and - *gasp* - it has nothing to do with politics. (Adjust yourselves accordingly.)

No, "Trouble with the Curve" is a baseball film, in which Eastwood plays cranky, aging Atlanta Braves scout Gus Lobel, whose estranged big-time lawyer daughter Mickey (Amy Adams) joins him on tour when his failing eyesight threatens to put him out of business.

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