How a little black Oscars dress went green
Valentina Delfino, Missi Pyle and Birgit Muller pose during a fitting.
February 26th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

How a little black Oscars dress went green

Of all the outfits that will be worn on the Oscars red carpet Sunday, the one Missi Pyle will be wearing may arguably become one of the most influential. That's because the chic little number could set a new eco-friendly trend.

The gown is the winner of the third annual Red Carpet Green Dress design contest, a competition dreamed up by Suzy Amis Cameron (the wife of "Avatar" and "Titanic" director James Cameron), an ardent environmentalist.

Pyle, who co-stars in the best picture nominee “The Artist,” told CNN she committed to wearing the gown even before seeing the finished version.

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Oscar nominee Mara jets to luncheon after Giants win
February 6th, 2012
06:25 PM ET

Oscar nominee Mara jets to luncheon after Giants win

The things you learn at an Oscars luncheon.

For starters, George Clooney is the friend you want to have in your corner when you need a swanky honeymoon spot.

The best actor Oscar nominee revealed that he loaned his villa in Italy out to best actress Oscar nominee Viola Davis so she and her husband could have a newlyweds getaway. "It was so romantic," Davis said.

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Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives
February 3rd, 2012
03:16 PM ET

Melissa Etheridge: Komen decision would have cost lives

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has reversed its decision to cut off funding for some of its projects with Planned Parenthood, a move that undoubtedly has lifted the spirits of Melissa Etheridge.

The singer was just one of many who reacted strongly to the news that Komen, a non-profit that’s raised millions to fight breast cancer, had decided to withdraw funding for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood locations.

Etheridge, a breast cancer survivor herself, said the decision would cost lives, especially among poor women who rely on Planned Parenthood to pay for breast cancer screening.

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Sundance superkid wows festival
January 25th, 2012
03:42 PM ET

Sundance superkid wows festival

The Sundance Film Festival is all about discovering new talent… like young actor Kyle Catlett. At nine years of age, he may be the youngest kid with a film at Sundance, a short called “The Fort."

When we bumped into Kyle in the hotel where many of the CNN staff were staying in Park City, it quickly became clear he is no ordinary nine-year-old.

Not only is he an actor with TV shows to his credit (“Unforgettable,” “Pan Am”), TV commercials (Geico and AT&T), but he’s a budding polyglot. He speaks Chinese - fluently. And Russian - fluently.

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Paul Simon’s Oprah endorsement
January 23rd, 2012
02:30 PM ET

Paul Simon’s Oprah endorsement

In the 26 years since Paul Simon released “Graceland,” his album has secured its place in music history. It’s considered by many to be one of the greatest records of all time.

Oprah Winfrey would not disagree.

In the new documentary “Under African Skies,” which is premiering at Sundance, Oprah reveals “Graceland” is her favorite album ever (Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” ranks second in her book).

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Jeff Probst directing feature film
January 11th, 2012
03:18 PM ET

Jeff Probst directing feature film

Jeff Probst is looking for a few good men and women - not to compete on “Survivor," but to star in a film he’s directing.

The reality TV show host is currently casting for a movie called "Kiss Me," a feature film he plans to begin shooting in Los Angeles next month. He’s already lined up John Corbett (“Sex and the City”, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”) to play one role, and 20-year-old Irish actress Sarah Bolger (“In America”) to play the lead.

The film is described as a coming of age story that follows a girl “through the physical and emotional growing pains of her teen years.”

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