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

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • The Lena Dunham haters are going to come out in full force after hearing this news: The "Girls" producer/director/writer/star has sold a collection of essays to Random House. Entitled "Not that Kind of a Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned," the book sold for a rumored $3.5 million, which, for what it's worth, those involved have called "highly speculative."
  • Remember when Jay-Z was retired? Yeah, we don't either. On top of setting up his own YouTube channel filled with exclusive content, Hov tag-teamed with his wife Beyonce to create a show-stopping performance for his last Barclays Center show in Brooklyn Saturday. For the rest of us who didn't get to be there and are more audio than visual (since he streamed the concert online), Jay is also releasing a "Live from Brooklyn" EP, on pre-sale now. [MTV]
  • If a celebrity is going to hit your car, you clearly want it to be "Argo" director/actor Ben Affleck. The dad of three knocked the side mirror off a parked Honda, but left a nice note apologizing and, of course, promising to "cover everything." [TMZ]
  • Upon hearing the title of Taylor Swift's new single, "I Knew You Were Trouble," about "being frustrated with yourself because you are heartbroken and you knew when you first saw that person you saw all these red flags and you just went for anyway," we leave you with this tweet from "The Dark Lord": "Taylor Swift's ex-boyfriends should band together to create a compilation album entitled 'Maybe it's not us, it's you...'" [EW]
  • With their reported raises, the family starring in "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" likely doesn't need any help from Rosie O'Donnell - but it's always nice to know one has friends in high places. O'Donnell, a big fan of the TLC reality show, says she loves the clan so much she wants to buy them a house. [People]

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Mila Kunis: Esquire's sexiest woman
October 8th, 2012
05:42 PM ET

Mila Kunis: Esquire's sexiest woman

Mila Kunis is taking the sexy crown away from Rihanna, as Esquire magazine has named the 29-year-old actress this year's "Sexiest Woman Alive."

Kunis, who poses seductively in just a pair of pants on the cover of Esquire's November issue, was more revealing in the inside pages ... about politics, privacy, the time when an exec threatened that she'd never find work in the industry again, and why one should never think that they're funny.

Kunis, who's known for her comedic timing in movies ("Ted," "Friends with Benefits") and TV ("That '70s Show," "Family Guy"), told Esquire that she doesn't consider herself to be a hoot.

"I think I stumbled upon doing funny things, but I'm not funny. I just know how to deliver a joke," Kunis said. "There are people who naturally exude humor and are constantly saying funny things, and there are the people who know how to deliver a joke. It's a learned skill. Through twenty years of doing this, I practice it. I think that the second you think that you're funny is when you stop being funny."


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Inconceivable! How ‘The Princess Bride’ almost didn't get made
October 8th, 2012
05:18 PM ET

Inconceivable! How ‘The Princess Bride’ almost didn't get made

“She gets kidnapped, he gets killed. But it all turns out OK.”

So says screenwriter William Goldman in an interview featured in the extras of the new 25th anniversary Blu-ray of “The Princess Bride.”

Goldman also wrote the novel that the film is based on, and when he set out to write the book, one of his daughters asked him to write a story about a princess and the other asked him to write a story about a bride. The title was Goldman’s proverbial “As you wish” to both girls.

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Lifetime's 'Steel Magnolias': What's the verdict?
October 8th, 2012
04:39 PM ET

Lifetime's 'Steel Magnolias': What's the verdict?

For all of those questioning the need for an all-black "Steel Magnolias" remake, critics have found that the answer lies within the cast.

Lifetime's updated take on the 1989 movie, itself an adaptation of Robert Harling's play, premiered on Sunday. The content may not have won many fans, but the actors certainly have.

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Weekend weddings: Who got hitched?
October 8th, 2012
02:51 PM ET

Weekend weddings: Who got hitched?

After being engaged for just over a year, Amber Tamblyn and David Cross tied the knot on Saturday, a rep for "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" actress Tamblyn tells CNN.

The caption for an Instagram photo from director Lance Bangs reveals that the couple's nuptials had music from Yo La Tengo, and a source whispered to People magazine that Questlove of The Roots was also on hand as deejay.

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'Boardwalk Empire': Boys will be boys
October 8th, 2012
01:16 PM ET

'Boardwalk Empire': Boys will be boys

[This post contains spoilers to the October 7 episode of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire."]

Just when "Boardwalk Empire" seemed to drag a bit with last week's episode, “Blue Bell Boy" picked up the pace and showed us that Nucky Thompson has made the full transition to gangster.

That’s a good thing, seeing as Gyp Rosetti continues to put Nucky’s business to the test.

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