Final 'Hobbit' movie gets title, and more news to note
April 24th, 2014
05:36 PM ET

Final 'Hobbit' movie gets title, and more news to note

Today's talk you might've missed:

  • An entertainment property can live and die by its title, and Peter Jackson isn't taking that risk with the final "Hobbit" film. Instead of "The Hobbit: There and Back Again," the movie's going to be called "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." [Peter Jackson's Facebook]
  • "Nashville" actress Aubrey Peeples is your new totally outrageous Jem. In her first feature film role, Peeples will portray the lead character in Jon Chu's live-action "Jem and the Holograms" movie. [THR]
  • Avril Lavigne's reaction to accusations that her new "Hello Kitty" music video is racist? "LOLOLOL!!!" [Facebook]
  • The "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants" is set to ride once again. A new movie is being developed based on the latest addition to the young adult book series. [EW]
  • Diane Keaton's reason for never getting married might surprise you: The actress says she wasn't "practical" enough. "I had some insane idea that I had to be 'in love,'" she says. "Now I see what it really takes: real consideration that you're a good team together." [People]
  • How would you feel if Katy Perry crashed your birthday party in disguise? Yeah, we're surprised the singer made it out of these pranks for her "Birthday" music video uninjured too:

Filed under: While you were working
April 24th, 2014
03:33 PM ET

Joan Rivers jokes about Cleveland captives, won't apologize

When Joan Rivers tells a joke not much is off limits - and that includes the three women who were held captive in a Cleveland, Ohio home for years.

On the "Today" show earlier this week, Rivers appeared with her daughter, Melissa, to talk about their WEtv series, "Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?" When one of the "Today" hosts asked the mother-daughter duo what it was like living together, Rivers responded, "I'm still in the same stupid little room. Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

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Filed under: Celebrities
Beyonce: Time's Most Influential of 2014
April 24th, 2014
02:38 PM ET

Beyonce: Time's Most Influential of 2014

Time magazine's 2014 list of the most influential people features more women than ever before with Beyonce leading the pack.

The music megastar landed the coveted cover of the annual issue, while Robert Redford, basketball player Jason Collins and GM CEO Mary Barra each have inside covers as well.

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Filed under: Beyonce • Celebrities
Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o in talks for 'Jungle Book'
April 24th, 2014
12:49 PM ET

Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o in talks for 'Jungle Book'

Jon Favreau's live-action "Jungle Book" is eyeing some major star power.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, both Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o are discussing joining the project.

Since "The Jungle Book" is the story of a boy who comes of age among animals, Johansson and Nyong'o would (obviously) be signing on for voice work. Nyong'o could potentially voice Rakcha, the wolf mother who adopts Mowgli, while Johansson would be the voice of the python Kaa.

The two actresses, should they both officially join the film, would co-star alongside Idris Elba, who's already been cast as the voice of the villainous tiger, Shere Khan.


Filed under: Casting Chronicles • Celebrities • movies
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