Jay-Z becomes a living work of art
July 10th, 2013
09:18 PM ET

Jay-Z becomes a living work of art

In the midst of Jay-Z's "Magna Carter Holy Grail" press blitz, the boundary-busting rapper became a live art installation at New York's Pace Gallery. On Wednesday, the artist performed a "MCHG" song, "Picasso Baby," in front of an audience for six hours straight, according to Complex magazine.

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While you were working ...
July 10th, 2013
06:00 PM ET

While you were working ...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Out of all the questions that arise from this video purportedly showing Justin Bieber taking a whizz in a janitor's mop bucket - and there are many questions, such as: Why couldn't he find a restroom?; WTF is going on with his pants?; Why is that security guard just standing there, creepily watching?; Why doesn't he like Bill Clinton? - we're the most perplexed about where that random spray bottle came from. Bieber's camp isn't commenting on any of this B-T-Dubs. [TMZ]
  • With Angus T. Jones reducing his schedule on "Two and a Half Men" next season, that makes room for Charlie Harper's daughter to make an appearance. She'll reportedly share "many traits with her deceased father, including her love of women." [E!]
  • George R.R. Martin loves HBO's interpretation of the Iron Throne, but it's still not quite right, the author says in a blog post. At the link, check out Martin's vision for what the "real" Iron Throne would look like. [grm.livejournal.com]
  • After its 1967 animated version, Disney's returning to the "Jungle" with a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's classic collection, "The Jungle Book." [THR]
  • Jay-Z might already have a platinum album with "Magna Carta Holy Grail," but rapper J. Cole is No. 1 with "Born Sinner" on this week's Billboard 200 chart. #OldRules, it is then. [Billboard]
  • James Franco doesn't seem all that enthused about getting roasted on Comedy Central. [James Franco's Instagram]
  • ABC's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." team might have some competition from Fox. The network has put in a pilot order for a "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" TV series. [MTV]
  • Rihanna was a little late to an appearance at a Chicago-area high school earlier this year - OK, more like four hours tardy - but she (sort of) made up for it by donating $5,000 to the school. [EW]
  • If you do "Get Lucky," Daft Punk wants you to practice safety first. The duo has partnered with Durex to create "Random Access Memories" condoms. [HuffPost]

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'Pacific Rim' is a 'Guillermo film on steroids'
July 10th, 2013
04:50 PM ET

'Pacific Rim' is a 'Guillermo film on steroids'

Five years after "Hellboy II," Guillermo del Toro is back with another movie that has his signature all over it.

The filmmakers robots-vs.-monsters July 12 epic "Pacific Rim" has been a labor of love, but del Toro told CNN at the sci-fi thriller's Los Angeles premiere that he couldn't "be happier" with the way it's turned out.

"This is a Guillermo film on steroids," del Toro said at Tuesday's event.

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Justin Timberlake teases new song, 'Take Back the Night'
July 10th, 2013
02:00 PM ET

Justin Timberlake teases new song, 'Take Back the Night'

Justin Timberlake, the current king of coy promotional tactics, has offered fans a musical amuse-bouche.

In a new teaser trailer, Timberlake hints that a song called "Take Back the Night" is on the way. Judging from the video's title, it appears that the song will be part of the second half of his album, "The 20/20 Experience."

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck says goodbye to 'The View'
July 10th, 2013
11:55 AM ET

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says goodbye to 'The View'

Elisabeth Hasselbeck has had her fair share of tense hours on "The View," but her last day wasn't one of them.

On Wednesday, Hasselbeck walked out with co-host Barbara Walters arm-in-arm, and began by confirming that she's leaving "The View" after 10 years to join Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" in September.

Yet in addition to thanking Fox News for opening up the opportunity, she also was profusely grateful to her co-hosts.

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Robin Thicke explains his 'Blurred Lines'
July 10th, 2013
11:18 AM ET

Robin Thicke explains his 'Blurred Lines'

Robin Thicke is clearing up the hazy meaning behind his summer jam, "Blurred Lines."

The R&B singer has been criticized for crooning "rapey" lyrics, as the single includes phrases like, "I hate these blurred lines/I know you want it ... But you're a good girl/the way you grab me/Must wanna get nasty."

Yet Thicke tells the BBC that he was going for female empowerment rather than sleaze.

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