Brooklyn Decker joins J.Lo in 'What to Expect'
July 2nd, 2011
11:07 AM ET

Brooklyn Decker joins J.Lo in 'What to Expect'

Oh, baby! The big-screen adaptation of the popular parenting guide "What to Expect When You're Expecting" is shaping up to be quite the star-studded spectacular.

Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and supermodel Brooklyn Decker have all been cast in the film, which stars Cameron Diaz as a fitness instructor.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Lopez will play Holly, a woman who has trouble conceiving and decides to adopt a child from abroad; Decker stars as a NASCAR driver's wife whose worry-free pregnancy with twins inspires envy in  her fellow moms-to-be.

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Bieber to channel NKOTB with next album
July 1st, 2011
02:31 PM ET

Bieber to channel NKOTB with next album

Looks like Justin Bieber's next album will have all the right stuff—the teen idol's tunes will be inspired by '80s boy bands like New Kids on the Block.

Music producer Jim Jonsin, who is working with the singer on his upcoming album, tells MTV the songs will have an old-school flavor.

"For Bieber, I think I want to reach back to New Edition, those days," he says, adding that he also hopes to emulate another Beantown band. "I want to try to do something like that — 'Please Don't Go Girl,' New Kids on the Block — because the girls would go crazy."

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Jada Pinkett Smith: I gave up my music career for my kids
July 1st, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Jada Pinkett Smith: I gave up my music career for my kids

Celebrities aren't immune to the tough calls of parenthood, and for Jada Pinkett Smith, being a parent has meant giving up her dream of being a rock star.

"I had to make choices," Smith, who is mom to actor Jaden and singer Willow, tells the August issue of Redbook. "Believe me, I would still be on the road with my band, Wicked Wisdom, and making as many movies as I can a year, and doing all sorts of other things if I didn't have the responsibility of a family."

But, she goes on, "I have children with their own talents and dreams, and I know I have to be standing next to them for that journey."

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Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump
July 1st, 2011
11:12 AM ET

Elijah Wood on his post-'LOTR' slump

Playing Frodo in the "Lord of the Rings" movies was a career highlight for Elijah Wood. In fact, the actor says he became a bit depressed when filming on the trilogy ended.

"I was 18 when I traveled to New Zealand, and I was about 20 when I left," he tells New York Magazine's Vulture. "Coming home, I just remember everything feeling kind of foreign. I didn't really know what to do with my time. It was really bizarre. I was more exhausted than I've ever been in my life. I remember feeling like I didn't want to do anything for a while."

Wood adds that he also "just didn't have any perspective on my life anymore, what that was about. It's kind of an unsettled feeling. It's like existing in a place and then being ripped out of it when that place was your home, it was your everything to you for a long time. Sixteen months is a long time."

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'Mad Men's' Joan wasn't supposed to be sexy
June 20th, 2011
05:35 PM ET

'Mad Men's' Joan wasn't supposed to be sexy

She sizzles on the small screen as ravishing redhead Joan Harris, but Christina Hendricks claims her "Mad Men" character was never meant to be sexy.

"When we did the pilot, that was not something that we discussed as a trait for Joan," she tells Parade magazine. "This is something that's developed as a combination of the costuming on the show, the hair and makeup, my portrayal of the role, and Matt's writing. It all kind of came together and that became much more of a focus later. It was just something the audience brought attention to."

Meanwhile, Hendricks may be lending her famous curves to the costume of a very different character: Wonder Woman. According to Vulture, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is hoping to helm a big-screen action film about the Amazing Amazon and wants Hendricks to play the heroine. "If I ever get to do it, she's going to be it," he says.

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Cheryl Cole breaks her silence on 'X Factor'
June 20th, 2011
01:20 PM ET

Cheryl Cole breaks her silence on 'X Factor'

After weeks of silence, Cheryl Cole is speaking out about being let go from "X Factor" and thanking her fans for standing by her.

"I have had the weirdest past few weeks (nothing unusual there though). I wouldn't even know how to begin to tell you all about it," the former Girls Aloud singer writes on her website. "What I do know for certain is that I have the BEST, most unbelievable people out there, who I feel so lucky to call my support system."

The British beauty, who was reportedly dropped as a judge from the U.S. edition of "X Factor" because her English accent was too thick for American audiences, adds that she is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love.

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