While you were working ...
December 28th, 2012
05:30 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Bruno Mars is breaking records. The singer’s “Locked out of Heaven” is the first track to top Billboard’s Hot 100, Radio, Digital and On-Demand Songs charts at the same time. [Billboard]
  • Hulk Hogan’s new Tampa Bay restaurant breastaurant, complete with a mechanical shark ride and a white sand beach, is set to open on New Year’s Eve. [Tampa Bay Times]
  • Taylor Swift and One Direction’s Harry Styles reportedly hit the slopes with Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber in Park City, Utah. How badly do you wish you could have crashed that double date? [People]
  • We already know what the most pirated TV show of 2012 is, but what’s the most pirated movie? That would be Nima Nourizadeh’s “Project X.” [TorrentFreak]
  • Watch Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong pitch a new musical genre - “It’s sort of music you can cry to, but also maybe burn a church down to at the same time” - to Paul Rudd’s character in this deleted scene from “This Is 40.” [Rolling Stone]

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Overheard: Letterman says Leno is funny, insecure
December 28th, 2012
04:10 PM ET

Overheard: Letterman says Leno is funny, insecure

“Late Show” host David Letterman is opening up to Oprah Winfrey about depression, being the victim of a 2009 extortion attempt, and his highly publicized feud with Jay Leno.

During the interview with Winfrey, who he has also quarreled with in the past, Letterman calls Leno an “unusual fellow.”

“I’ve never met anyone quite like Jay. And I will say, and I’m happy to say, that I think he’s the funniest guy I’ve ever known. … Therefore, the fact that he is also maybe the most insecure person I have ever known, I could never reconcile that.”

The full interview is set to air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” on Sunday, January 6 at 9 p.m. ET.

The most-pirated TV shows of 2012
December 28th, 2012
03:27 PM ET

The most-pirated TV shows of 2012

“Game of Thrones” nabs the No. 1 spot on TorrentFreak’s list of 2012’s most-pirated TV shows.

The HBO drama, pictured above with Peter Dinklage, was downloaded more than 4 million times, and was especially popular in Australia, according to the site.

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NBC not moving forward with 'Mockingbird Lane'
December 28th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

NBC not moving forward with 'Mockingbird Lane'

Two months after more than 500 CNN.com commenters weighed in on the premiere of NBC’s “Mockingbird Lane,” and we’ve finally learned the fate of the “Munsters” reboot.

The series, which reportedly cost $10 million to produce, is officially dead, according to executive producer Bryan Fuller.

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Filed under: television
December 28th, 2012
10:44 AM ET

Find author Dennis Lehane's dog, be in his next book

When a beloved pet goes missing, the owner typically puts up signs around his or her neighborhood, offering a nominal reward for the animal's safe return.

Dennis Lehane doesn't do things that way.

The acclaimed author of "Mystic River" and "Shutter Island" informed fans on his Facebook page that  he will name a character in his next book after anyone who can help get his pet beagle back home.  His dog Tessa went missing in Massachusetts on Christmas Eve.

Lehane spoke to CNN's Starting Point panel about his unique offer.  Watch the video above to hear why he made such a reward, and whether the character in question will be a hero or villain.

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Shakira welcomed a son ... or did she?
December 28th, 2012
09:48 AM ET

Shakira welcomed a son ... or did she?

Shakira’s soccer star beau, Gerard Pique, may be quite the jokester.

On Thursday night, he tweeted a message in Spanish that translates to, “Our son has been born! We are very happy! Thank you all for your messages!”

But Pique posted another tweet on Friday, fueling speculation that he was joking in the earlier post: “Already has a name! It is called Inocencio! Happy Day of innocents to all!”

Similar to April Fools' Day, December 28 is known as a day for pranks in many Spanish-speaking countries.

Shakira, who announced her pregnancy in September, will soon take a seat in one of the revolving chairs on NBC’s “The Voice.” The singer will judge the show’s fourth season alongside Usher, in place of Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green.


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