July 15th, 2010
02:18 PM ET

Tom Cruise will be in 'M:I-4'

Looks like Tom Cruise didn’t have anything to worry about after all.

A few weeks after insiders started questioning Cruise’s placement in “Mission: Impossible 4” because his latest feature, "Knight and Day,” got off to a bumpy start, the actor himself has confirmed that he will once again play the role of Ethan Hunt.

According to Paramount, he’ll not only star in the franchise’s fourth installment, but he’ll also sit in the producer’s chair again. J.J. Abrams will join him as co-producer, and Josh Applebaum and Andre Nemec - who both worked with Abrams on "Alias" - will pen the script.

The familiar theme music will be cued on Memorial Day weekend, 2011.

If that movie release date sticks, "M:I-4" will be thought of as one of the flicks that should show up at the box office as a bonafide summer blockbuster. But remember how poorly big features like "SATC2" did this year - do you think he can pull it off?

Filed under: Celebrities • movies • Tom Cruise
July 15th, 2010
01:30 PM ET

Orlando Bloom gets a college degree

Forget his recent engagement to supermodel Miranda Kerr; Orlando Bloom can't stop gushing about his new college degree!

"It's a really big deal. It's an exciting day for me," Bloom told UK reporters of the honorary degree bestowed upon him by the University of Kent.

Wearing a mortarboard and red graduation gown, the 33-year-old English actor joined more than 340 graduates for the ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. "I'm really honored to be back in my hometown," said Bloom. "I have so many amazing memories of the cathedral and Canterbury."


July 15th, 2010
12:13 PM ET

Costumes steal the show on 'SYTYCD'

In the beginning of what will forever be known as the post-Alex era of "So You Think You Can Dance's" seventh season, Wednesday night's episode showed growth for all of the remaining dancers, save two.

The first would be Ashley, who is the second dancer in a row to get injured in rehearsals. Is there a NappyTabs curse now? After last week's amazing ninja hip-hop routine, Ashley had some damage to her ribs and was told to sit out the show (following Alex's hip-hop routine which turned out to be his farewell performance).

That doesn't sound as bad as what happened to Alex, so here's hoping she won't suffer the same fate.


Betty White to guest star on 'Community'
July 15th, 2010
11:55 AM ET

Betty White to guest star on 'Community'

Well, it's official: NBC's "Community," which has gradually grown a devoted fanbase over the past year, has finally arrived. Betty White will be guest-starring on the show when it returns in the fall.

Just about everything White has touched lately has turned into gold ("Hot in Cleveland," anyone?), and "Community" could certainly use the ratings boost as it faces off against CBS' hit "The Big Bang Theory" for the first time.

White will play a professor on the show, and if the other educators at Greendale Community College are any indication, her character will probably be more than a little eccentric.

At this point, a network should probably just give White her own talk show - we know we'd watch. What other up-and-coming comedies are in need of a Betty White cameo?

July 15th, 2010
11:44 AM ET

SNL's Seth Meyers goes all in at ESPYs

More so than who actually won what at the ESPY Awards – hooray for the U.S. men's national soccer team getting best sports moment! – everyone has been tossing around SNL star Seth Meyers’ one-liners as the host of the ceremony.

Having Kim Kardashian’s ex, Reggie Bush, in the audience didn’t stop Meyers from going in on the E! reality star and her family. “This is where sports and entertainment come together,” Meyers quipped. “It’s like a Kardashian sister’s bedroom.”

All Bush could do, as the cameras panned for reaction, was smile.


Filed under: Celebrities
July 15th, 2010
10:24 AM ET

Mark Ruffalo: The next 'Hulk'?

Bana. Norton. Ruffalo?

In the last 24 hours, both fanboys and entertainment insiders have been in a frenzy over the idea of Mark Ruffalo becoming the next "Hulk.”

As reported earlier this week, Marvel Studios is on the hunt for a new actor to replace Edward Norton for the forthcoming project, “The Avengers.” Norton was the replacement for Eric Bana, who assumed the role in Ang Lee’s dreamier, 2003 version. Audiences and critics alike agreed that the 2008 reboot featuring Norton as “The Incredible Hulk,” brought toughness and realism back to the role.


Filed under: Celebrities • movies
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