While you were working ...
January 22nd, 2013
05:55 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Barbara Walters is on the mend, her "The View" co-host Whoopi Goldberg said today. "The doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy," she said. [ABC News]
  • Guard your Twitter accounts! Shakira's baby is reportedly on the way: [E!]
  • Taylor Swift is rumored to be in London at the moment, stirring gossip of a potential reunion with Harry Styles. We're still hoping that she's taking Tina Fey's advice to heart. [NYDN]
  • Could a "Vampire Diaries" spinoff happen without Daniel Gillies? We think not, so surely Julie Plec is thrilled that Gillies is poised to star in the potential "Originals" series along with Joseph Morgan. [Deadline]
  • To hear Common tell it, Kanye West's follow-up compilation to "Cruel Summer" - called "Cruel Winter" in the rumor mill - may never materialize. [HuffPo]
  • Word has it Jennie Garth's found someone to keep her warm while she's filming a new movie up in Toronto, Canada: indie rocker Jeremy Salken. [Us Weekly]

Filed under: While you were working
January 22nd, 2013
04:10 PM ET

We track Beyonce-gate (so you don't have to)

There's no doubt that Beyonce put on one heck of a show when she performed the National Anthem at Monday's Inauguration of President Obama.

She just didn't put on a live one - as far as we know. As a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band told CNN, Beyonce didn't actually perform the "Star-Spangled Banner" live during the ceremony, but rather lip-synched along with her own voice. (Were these photos on her Tumblr page intended to be a hint?)

However, later in the day, the Marine Corps said in a statement that no one in their organization "is in a position to assess whether [Beyoncé's vocal performance] was live or pre-recorded."

If it was pre-recorded that wouldn't be uncommon, but it would be surprising, considering everything evident in her rendition: the hand motions to match her scaling the notes, the facial expressions conveying effort, and - most damning of all - the removal of her earpiece.

After she finished, those who bore witness were awestruck, hailing her performance as flawless. So how did everyone take it when they learned that the whole thing was pre-recorded? Here's a recap:

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Don Jon's Addiction' deal
January 22nd, 2013
03:23 PM ET

Joseph Gordon-Levitt on 'Don Jon's Addiction' deal

Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Sundance comedy, "Don Jon's Addiction," will soon arrive in theaters.

Reports out of the festival hinted Monday that the film, which has been racking up positive buzz, had been purchased by Relativity Media for $4 million. Gordon-Levitt didn't offer specifics, but he did confirm in a video for his website, hitRecord, that a deal is definitely in place.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
U.S. Marine Band: Beyoncé 'did not actually sing' during inaugural
January 22nd, 2013
01:08 PM ET

U.S. Marine Band: Beyoncé 'did not actually sing' during inaugural

Pop star Beyoncé opted to use a "pre-recording" of her rendition of the National Anthem during inaugural ceremonies in Washington Monday, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Marine Band tells CNN.

"We don't know why the decision was made," U.S. Marine Band spokeswoman Kristen DuBois said. "She did not actually sing," DuBois added, noting Beyoncé lip-synched her own voice.

Read more at CNN's Political Ticker


Filed under: Beyonce • Celebrities • Music
Records and recklessness on 'The Bachelor'
January 22nd, 2013
01:06 PM ET

Records and recklessness on 'The Bachelor'

Just like with last week, we began the latest episode of "The Bachelor" with Sean working out. (Some higher-up on the show must have a crush on him.)

At the manor, Chris Harrison told the 16 remaining women that there were going to be three dates this week, broken out as a pair of one-on-ones and a group outing.

The first one-on-one went to Leslie M., the political consultant from Washington, and she and Sean started their date at the Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood. Was Sean's date courtesy of those coupon fun packs you get when you check into the hotel?

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Five things we learned watching 'The Following'
January 22nd, 2013
12:04 PM ET

Five things we learned watching 'The Following'

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the series premiere of "The Following" -- you've been warned.]

Monday night's premiere of "The Following" finally arrived after months of hype. Kevin Bacon, in his first TV series since "Guiding Light," stars as FBI agent Ryan Hardy, a man who knows serial killer Joe Carroll better than anyone else.

So how was the first episode? Well, it was certainly a learning experience. For example, we learned:

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