December 11th, 2012
01:24 PM ET

Peter Jackson's detailed approach to 'The Hobbit'

Turning a book into a movie often means either stretching the story across numerous films, or leaving chunks of it on the editing room floor.

"The Hobbit" director Peter Jackson seems to have gone with the first option, as he tells CNN that he wanted to bring J.R.R. Tolkien's prequel story to life with a hope to accommodate all of the memorable scenes.

(This might be part of the reason why we're getting a trilogy, with the first installment, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey," arriving in theaters on Friday.)


Evan Rachel Wood marries Jamie Bell
November 1st, 2012
09:15 AM ET

Evan Rachel Wood marries Jamie Bell

Evan Rachel Wood is enjoying wedded bliss after marrying actor Jamie Bell.

The pair tied the knot October 30 in California, Wood's rep confirms. The 25-year-old actress wore a custom gown from Carolina Herrera for the intimate ceremony, which was attended by close family and friends.


August 21st, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Zooey Deschanel, Amy Poehler, and more remember Phyllis Diller

As "New Girl's" Zooey Deschanel and "Parks and Recreation's" Amy Poehler joined their fellow Emmy nominees at a cocktail reception on Monday, the two comic talents couldn't help but reflect on how the late, great Phyllis Diller paved the way.

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies 'with a smile on her face'

Diller, known for her riotously funny stand-up that led the charge for future generations of women in comedy, died peacefully at 95 on Monday.


Jennifer Garner, sometimes helicopter parent
August 7th, 2012
04:32 PM ET

Jennifer Garner, sometimes helicopter parent

Helicopter parenting isn't something most readily admit, but actress and mom of three Jennifer Garner concedes that yes, she has a tendency to hover.

"I've been there. I helicopter," Garner, 40, told CNN Monday night on the red carpet of her new film, "The Odd Life of Timothy Green."


August 6th, 2012
04:18 PM ET

The 'Sparkle' in Whitney Houston's legacy

Whitney Houston's turn as the mother of three sisters who encounter the downsides of fame in this month's "Sparkle" has been viewed as a performance that could have relaunched her career.

But in light of Houston's February death, it will be seen as the performance that "adds another diamond to her legacy," says Houston's co-star, Tika Sumpter ("Gossip Girl"; "Think Like A Man"), who portrays one of the late legend's on-screen daughters.


New 'X-Men' movie to be called ...
August 3rd, 2012
02:29 PM ET

New 'X-Men' movie to be called ...

The “X-Men: First Class” sequel won’t bow until July 2014, but speculating about it is bound to be easier now that producer Bryan Singer has shared the flick’s title with fans.

The James McAvoy- and Michael Fassbender-starrer will be called “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” The title comes from the ‘80s comic of the same name and is set in a dystopian future (which should be familiar to “Hunger Games” star Jennifer Lawrence, who plays Mystique in the franchise.)


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