November 19th, 2009
02:37 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Will Ferrell is Hollywood's most "overpaid" star, according to Forbes, in a study they posted Wednesday. His recent box-office flop, "Land of the Lost," had a lot to do with that. The Web site says that Ewan McGregor came in second.

Perennial "guest star" Heather Locklear did wonders for "Melrose Place's" ratings in the '90s, but how did she fare with her appearance on the new version? Not too well, says The Hollywood Reporter. Ratings were only up 14 percent from the series low the week before.

Reality cooking shows are starting to become as hot as dancing shows. NBC has ordered a new series called "United Plates of America," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The winner of the competition will launch a chain of restaurants - not a bad prize.

Jennifer Morrison spoke to about her apparent exit from "House" on Monday. As for a possible return in the future, she said that she was being paid for the rest of the season and didn't know anything else beyond that. Her character, Cameron, who has been with the show since the beginning, left her husband and the hospital in the most recent episode.

November 17th, 2009
03:21 PM ET

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Rachel McAdams
Rachel McAdams

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Disney's "Captain Nemo," a new version of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," won't be going forward, Variety reports. McG was attached to direct and will now tackle other projects.

Rachel McAdams, shown above, has shot down rumors that she will play the character Black Cat in "Spider-Man 4," reports. The sequel is planned for a 2011 release.

Tony Danza is still teaching, and took his class on a tour of Washington, according to The Washington Post. His experiences will be part of an upcoming A&E reality show.

Anna Faris has been cast as Robin Williams' daughter in the romantic comedy, "Wedding Banned," The Hollywood Reporter says. Williams' character will try to keep his daughter from making the same mistakes in marriage that he did.

New music out today from 50 Cent, Justin Bieber, Leona Lewis, John Mayer, OneRepublic, Norah Jones and a collection of "Number Ones" from Janet Jackson.

And on DVD today: sci-fi smash "Star Trek," "Borat" follow-up "Bruno," Cameron Diaz in "My Sister's Keeper" and the 70th anniversary edition of "Gone with the Wind" on Blu-Ray.

November 16th, 2009
03:13 PM ET

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Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart

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Fans are already camped out as the premiere of "New Moon" approaches. As for the rumors of onset romance between stars Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, "Twilight" director Catherine Hardwicke tells Time, "...In terms of what Kristen told me directly, it didn't happen on the first movie. Nothing crossed the line while on the first film. I think it took a long time for Kristen to realize, O.K., I've got to give this a go and really try to be with this person."

"My Little Pony" may return to TV, The Hollywood Reporter says. The 1980s toys from the makers of "Transformers" and "G.I. Joe" are being looked at for a new show for the upcoming Discovery-Hasbro kids' channel.

Hollywood legends Lauren Bacall, Roger Corman and Gordon Willis were honored with honorary Oscars over the weekend. reports that this was the first time these Oscars were handed out at a separate ceremony. Kirk Douglas spoke in honor of Bacall, while directors Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino, and Jonathan Demme paid tribute to B-movie king Corman.

Edward Woodward, best known for the movie "The Wicker Man" and the TV crime series "The Equalizer," died on Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The stage veteran was 79.

November 13th, 2009
01:56 PM ET

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Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment:

"Charlie's Angels" is returning to TV, Variety reports. ABC wants to do a modern version of the 1970s show, after its remake of "V."

It turns out that former President Clinton is a fan of "Mad Men." The Chicago Sun-Times quoted him as saying, "You ever watch that TV series 'Mad Men?' If I keep watching this program, will I ever find a happy person? Great television. Good drama. But a lot of really painful reminders in that show about how black people were supposed to run the elevators... were supposed to ask permission before they get on an elevator. The way women were treated is appalling and only occasionally funny to me."

"Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" beat "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" in the ratings for the first time last week, Variety reports. "Late Show with David Letterman" has regularly been beating "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien."

At the box office this weekend, John Cusack witnesses the world coming to an end in "2012," Philip Seymour Hoffman takes us back to the '60s in "Pirate Radio," George Clooney voices the animated "Fantastic Mr. Fox," and Woody Harrelson stars as a Casualty Notification Officer with the Army in "The Messenger." Share your movie reviews here.

November 12th, 2009
12:38 PM ET

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The Aerosmith saga continues: guitarist Joe Perry now tells People that Steven Tyler will be taking a break for two years, and in the meantime, the band's future is "up in the air."

Harvey Keitel has joined the cast of "Little Fockers," a sequel to "Meet the Parents" and "Meet the Fockers," The Hollywood Reporter says. Ben Stiller, Teri Polo, Robert De Niro, Blythe Danner and Owen Wilson will all return in their original roles. "Parents" and "Fockers" were huge hits in 2000 and 2004, respectively.

Movie studio MGM will be auctioned off in the next few weeks, Variety reports. So far, the studio has only released the remake of "Fame" this year.

ABC has canceled Kelsey Grammer's new sitcom "Hank," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It was the only one of the network's four Wednesday night comedies to under-perform in the ratings.

November 11th, 2009
01:05 PM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Here's what's happening in the world of entertainment today:

Steven Tyler put the rumors of an Aerosmith break-up to rest while appearing on stage with guitarist Joe Perry in New York last night, reports. Tyler simply announced that he was "not leaving Aerosmith," despite statements by Perry on Twitter saying they were looking for a new lead singer. Yesterday he tweeted, "Aerosmith not splitting up."

Forbes reported that Simon Cowell is the top-earning man on primetime TV. said that Cowell made $75 million between June 2008 and 2009. Donald Trump is second with $50 million, and fellow "American Idol" star Ryan Seacrest earned $38 million.

Movie theater exhibitors are angry again at one of the studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Previously, they were upset with Paramount Pictures for releasing "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra" and "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" on DVD early. This time, their ire is directed at Sony Pictures, for announcing that the hit animated family comedy "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" will get an early DVD release on December 8. Normally, there is a four-month window between theatrical release and DVD.

Denzel Washington is returning to Broadway, Variety reports. He will star in a revival of "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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