Russell Crowe to be 'baddest man alive' in RZA movie
September 16th, 2010
01:44 PM ET

Russell Crowe to be 'baddest man alive' in RZA movie

He’s battled "Gladiators," shot arrows at the Sheriff of Nottingham and now, thanks to RZA, Russell Crowe will become a kung fu master.

In an interview with E! News, RZA opened up about his forthcoming movie, “The Man With the Iron Fist,” which features Crowe. RZA said that he will co-star and direct the Universal-released feature, which boasts a $20 million budget.

As for the details of the plot and Crowe’s character in particular, the Wu-Tang frontman is keeping a tight lip.

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Filed under: Celebrities • movies
Hulk Hogan to host kid-friendly court show
September 16th, 2010
12:06 PM ET

Hulk Hogan to host kid-friendly court show

Parents, are you tired of settling fights between your kids? Are their arguments over who gets to watch what movie first in the minivan driving you to drink? If so, Hulk Hogan may be able to offer a solution.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hogan will portray a “larger-than-life judge” on a kid-friendly, Court TV style show.

The program, which is called “Hogan’s Court,” is described as a live-action game show to settle sibling disputes, like the problems that arise from someone’s sneakers stinking up the house, or when a sibling spends way too much time in the bathroom.

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Filed under: television
'Big Brother's' Britney Haynes scores a win
September 16th, 2010
12:03 PM ET

'Big Brother's' Britney Haynes scores a win

Editor's Note: If you're sensitive to spoilers, stop reading now.

Hayden Moss may have won “Big Brother” last night, but Britney Haynes won’t be going home empty-handed.

Haynes was sequestered in Los Angeles as she prepared for “Big Brother’s” season finale Wednesday, and as a result was completely unaware that her home in Little Rock, Arkansas had been heavily damaged in a fire.

The good news in this story is that Haynes was voted America's Choice and won $25,000. By the time Zap2It caught up with Haynes, she had just learned the reality she’d be returning to.

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Filed under: television
'Idol' now accepting online auditions
September 16th, 2010
10:19 AM ET

'Idol' now accepting online auditions

If you’ve always dreamed of performing live in front of millions and being judged on national TV by Randy Jackson and maybe J.Lo and Steven Tyler, you no longer have to leave the comfort of your own home to get the opportunity: “American Idol” is now accepting online auditions.

“In celebration of ‘American Idol’s 10th anniversary season, the No. 1 show on television is offering aspiring singers an additional opportunity to have their voices heard,” Fox said in a statement.

Starting September 15, “Idol” is accepting video auditions on MySpace from singers between the ages of 15 and 28. You have to sing acappella from an approved list of songs, and you only have a mere 40 seconds to blow the judges’ minds. Submissions will be judged pretty similarly to live auditions (does this mean we'll get to see the judges' "wtf" faces as they watch them at the start of next season?), and "a select number" will get to advance to the next round in Los Angeles.

This isn’t a terribly surprising turn of events, judging from the success other young singers have had by showcasing their talents on the Web. There’s that very obvious example, Justin Bieber, as well as Greyson Chance, whose video depicting his rendition of Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" landed him a record deal with Ellen DeGeneres.

“Idol” is accepting video auditions until October 6.


Filed under: American Idol 2010 • television
Ellen ‘blazed the trail’ for Jane Lynch to come out
September 16th, 2010
10:05 AM ET

Ellen ‘blazed the trail’ for Jane Lynch to come out

For Emmy-winning actress Jane Lynch, her sexuality hasn’t really been an issue when it comes to her career, and Lynch says she owes part of that ease to people like Ellen DeGeneres, as she explained to DeGeneres herself on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

“I was more closeted in my life when I was younger. By the time I started to do work where people knew who I was, I just never made the choice to hide that I was gay,” Lynch explained to DeGeneres. “And, not just because you’re sitting with me, but that’s because of people like you. You were at the height of your fame and you came out. And that just blazed a trail for me. It really did. It made it so much easier for me what you did.”

But, as DeGeneres pointed out, there are still many in the industry who believe they can’t be open about their sexuality because they fear it will ruin their careers.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Ellen DeGeneres • Glee • television
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