June 13th, 2011
10:24 AM ET

Celebs react to Tracy Morgan controversy

Everyone from fellow comics to his boss, Tina Fey, had some words for Tracy Morgan following his recent rant against gays during a stand up gig: it wasn't funny.

"I'm glad to hear that Tracy apologized for his comments," said a statement from Fey who is the creator of NBC's "30 Rock" on which Morgan co-stars. "Stand-up comics may have the right to 'work out' their material in its ugliest and rawest form in front of an audience, but the violent imagery of Tracy's rant was disturbing to me at a time when homophobic hate crimes continue to be a life-threatening issue for the GLBT Community."

Morgan apologized Friday for his remarks which included saying he would stab his son to death if he ever discovered he was gay. FULL POST

Alec Baldwin joins Twitter
May 30th, 2011
09:26 AM ET

Alec Baldwin joins Twitter

New episodes of "30 Rock" won't air for months, but you can still get your Alec Baldwin fix. The actor has just joined Twitter!

"My first tweet," Baldwin wrote on Friday. "Maybe I needed a glass of wine beforehand. I feel ... so shy."

Since becoming a member of the social networking site, the actor has racked up more than 37,500 followers and has been tweeting up a storm.

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Is Alec Baldwin out of 'Rock of Ages'?
May 11th, 2011
05:19 PM ET

Is Alec Baldwin out of 'Rock of Ages'?

Has Alec Baldwin changed his tune about starring in the upcoming "Rock of Ages" movie musical?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Baldwin has decided not to play Bourbon Room club owner Dennis Dupree in the big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway show.

The announcement comes nearly two months after Baldwin revealed he had been taking singing lessons to prepare for the role, which would see him singing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling."

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Catherine Zeta-Jones to play 'Rock of Ages' villain
April 21st, 2011
07:15 PM ET

Catherine Zeta-Jones to play 'Rock of Ages' villain

She won an Oscar for "Chicago" and now Catherine Zeta-Jones is tuning up for another movie musical. The actress has just been cast as a villain in the upcoming film adaptation of Broadway's "Rock of Ages."

Zeta-Jones will play the Los Angeles mayor's wife, a conservative woman who wants to rid the world of rock and roll, Deadline reports. The character does not appear in the stage version of "Rock of Ages" and was created specifically for the movie.

"There are so many plotlines in the piece, we thought it would be fun to create a villain, and a cultural discussion point," director Adam Shankman told Deadline. "She's the moral majority person, kind of like if Tipper Gore and Anita Bryant had a love child in that era. To have a great actress who won an [Oscar] in this genre with 'Chicago' is wonderful."

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Russell Brand officially joins 'Rock of Ages'
April 15th, 2011
01:04 PM ET

Russell Brand officially joins 'Rock of Ages'

It's official — after months of rumors, Russell Brand has finally joined the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of the Broadway musical "Rock of Ages."

Director Adam Shankman broke the news about the Brit comic's latest gig via Twitter. "I can officially announce Russell Brand as your Lonny in #rockofagesmovie!" he wrote. "I see a mullet in his future...maybe a Nikki Six?"

Definitely!

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Alec Baldwin: '30 Rock' is ending... or not
April 8th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Alec Baldwin: '30 Rock' is ending... or not

All good things must come to an end - including NBC's "30 Rock," which, according to star Alec Baldwin, will wrap things up in 2012.

"I will tell you one thing, and that is our show next year is our last year of the show," he told Vulture. "Our contracts are expired (in 2012), and Tina is gonna have a big career directing films and writing."

But, much like his character Jack Donaghy, Baldwin might have said more than he should have (reps for the show declined to comment on his remarks), and he later wrote an apology of sorts on the Huffington Post.

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