June 11th, 2010
06:18 PM ET

Andy Samberg's cure for World Cup fever? 'Futsoc'

He danced with Justin Timberlake in the "You-know-what In A Box" viral video, crossed the galaxy as a "Space Chimp," and showed us all what a "Hot Rod" he is.  But Andy Samberg is also a huge soccer fan, and he's got World Cup fever.

"I'm diagnosed," Samberg said while helping promote a 2010 FIFA World Cup video game at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles.  "I did not get my flu shot for World Cup fever.  Be careful though, it's similar to swine flu, and you do not want that."

The "Saturday Night Live" star, who says he was "okay" when he played soccer as a kid, acknowledges that the sport has struggled to score interest in the U.S. on a professional level.

Filed under: Celebrities
June 11th, 2010
05:21 PM ET

Gaga: Middle finger is more NY than a corporate ambush

Lady Gaga brought more attention to yesterday's Mets game than the players themselves when she popped up at Citi Field and proceeded to get photographed flipping the bird to anyone and everyone looking her way.

Many have called the gesture obscene and/or "un-ladylike," but Gaga said on Twitter that she was simply being a New Yorker and showing love for her hometown.

On Friday, she tweeted, "A middle finger is more New York than a corporate ambush. I bleed for my hometown, and I'd die for my fans," followed by, "I guess I'm just a Bronx cheer kind of girl."


Filed under: Celebrities • Lady Gaga • Music
June 11th, 2010
04:36 PM ET

'Transformers' gets an upgrade

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is often used as a prime example of how critically panned movies can still blow up at the box office, but director Michael Bay swears the next “Transformers” will be better than last.

“One thing we're getting rid of is what I call the dorky comedy,” Bay told USA Today. The slang-spewing robot twins have been cut, but John Turturro will return to provide comic relief.

And the plot will have roots in real events, namely the space race between the U.S.S.R. and the USA. "The movie is more of a mystery," Bay said. "It ties in what we know as history growing up as kids with what really happened."


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June 11th, 2010
04:25 PM ET

T.R. Knight heading to Broadway

Sadly, he’s not headed there for “Grey’s Anatomy: The Musical” (although we admit we would pay to see that).

No, T.R.'s post-"Grey's" life includes a starring role in the revival of David Mamet’s play, “A Life in the Theater,” in which he will portray a novice actor opposite Patrick Stewart's portrayal of a more mature stage actor who mentors the growing thespian. This is the first time Mamet's 1977 work will be performed on Broadway.

Rehearsals are slated to begin in August, and previews are expected to begin in September. An official opening date is expected in October.

Filed under: Celebrities
June 11th, 2010
03:16 PM ET

Angelina Jolie as the next 'Cleopatra'?

Before there was Brangelina, there was "Marcopatra." Now the Queen of Hollywood is set to play the Queen of the Nile on the big screen.

Stacy Schiff, author of the upcoming bio "Cleopatra: A Life," said that while no one is absolutely certain of what Cleo actually looked like, she thinks Jolie could definitely fill the sandals of the Egyptian royal.

Physically, she's the perfect look, Schiff told USA Today of the star. Hollywood clearly agrees: Producer Scott Rudin bought the rights to Schiff's book, and the project "is being developed for and with Jolie," his reps confirmed.

Meanwhile, expect some comparisons between Jolie, 35, and Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor, 78, played Cleo in the 1963 movie, and, like Jolie, reportedly broke up a favorite Tinseltown twosome: Brad Pitt allegedly left his ex-wife Jennifer Aniston for Jolie, while singer Eddie Fisher ditched wife Debbie Reynolds for Taylor.

June 11th, 2010
03:03 PM ET

J. Lo: Tom Cruise is just as passionate as I am

Jennifer Lopez covered a lot of ground in a recent interview with “Extra,” explaining how her choreographed cameo at the MTV Movie Awards came to pass, as well as putting rumors to rest about her marriage to Marc Anthony.

As for her MTV appearance, Lopez said Cruise called her up personally about a month ahead of time to put in his request. “[Tom] said, ‘I have this idea. I’m doing this thing for MTV Movie Awards, and I want it to be a surprise,” she said in the interview.

J.Lo was happy to oblige but had one stipulation: He had to learn the cane dance that she does in the 2007 “Get Right” music video.


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