While you were working...
August 3rd, 2011
06:41 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • She's the cool kid on "Modern Family," but actress Sarah Hyland says "Harry Potter" brings out her inner nerd. (Access Hollywood)
  • The girl has it all - plus she's seemingly perfect - so it comes as no surprise that Kate Middleton has earned the top spot on Vanity Fair's best-dressed list. (Entertainment Weekly)
  • Even though his jet-ski accident in May resulted in plenty of pain and surgery, singer Sean Kingston said he isn't going to let that stop him from hitting the waves again. (Billboard)
  • We love how passionate Rachel Weisz is about her new movie "The Whistleblower"! The actress describes it as "a kind of thriller that is a David and Goliath story about an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things." (Reuters)
  • For those who've missed "Everybody Loves Raymond," prepare for a cast reunion on sitcom "The Middle." Ray Romano has been confirmed as a guest star on the September 21 premiere. (TV Guide)
  • Rumor has it that George Clooney is in a relationship with Stacy Keibler from "Dancing With the Stars." They were reportedly set up by a mutual friend. (Life & Style)
While you were working...
August 2nd, 2011
06:09 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • In between interviews, Ryan Reynolds made time to pose with former co-star Sandra Bullock at "The Change-Up" premiere. The would-be-perfect-couple might not be dating, but they support each other as friends. (PEOPLE)
  • Never far from controversy, Miley Cyrus was spotted smoking a cigarette, despite writing in her autobiography: "...for me, smoking would be like smashing my guitar and expecting it to play." (Daily Mail)
  • Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" album is breaking records, as "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" reaches No. 1 on the charts. That's five in a row for the 26-year-old singer! (Los Angeles Times)
  • At least Rachel Bilson can admit she sounds shallow. The actress says in an interview that she has to decide what to wear the next day before going to bed - a tradition she's upheld since childhood. (Just Jared)
  • It seems comical that Taylor Lautner went shopping for a $200,000 car with his parents. But then again, how many 19-year-olds can pay for a 2012 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG? (TMZ)
  • Take a look at new photos from the spin-off "Basketball Wives LA." With the formerly feuding Gloria Govan from season 1, the show is guaranteed to have some serious drama. (Bossip)
While you were working...
August 1st, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • "Kick-Ass" actor Aaron Johnson, 21, is expecting his second child with fianceé Sam Taylor-Wood, 44. Congrats to the couple! (PEOPLE)
  • Jennifer Aniston and boyfriend Justin Theroux embrace the Hawaiian culture while on vacation. Jen looks gorgeous, but we're not sure if the lei is Theroux's best look. (Us Weekly)
  • Steve Carell's character has to deal with divorce in his latest movie "Crazy, Stupid, Love," but Carell says he's lucky to have found his soul mate in his wife of 16 years. (Huffington Post)
  • A bar, a comedy and karaoke might sound like the components of a joke, but Maroon 5 singer Adam Levine is serious about producing a new NBC sitcom, promising to integrate all of the above. (Rolling Stone)
  • His criticisms are hailed on "Project Runway," but Lady Gaga calls out style arbiter Tim Gunn for being a bully when she was co-hosting ABC's "The View." (E! Online)
  • It's a far look ahead, but the cast from the PBS Masterpiece Theatre hit, "Downton Abbey," says the second series will be darker and feature new love interests. Watch for the premiere in January 2012. (The Hollywood Reporter)
From 'Thriller' to Snooki: 30 years of MTV
August 1st, 2011
01:46 PM ET

From 'Thriller' to Snooki: 30 years of MTV

Thirty years ago, a network that's now synonymous with pop culture and providing some of the best entertainment of the century was born.

Although we've lost count of how many jaw-dropping moments and reality TV shows MTV has produced, the network has managed to hold our attention, even though most viewers have gone from anticipating the latest music video to watching what the cast of "Jersey Shore" will do next.

Take a look back through MTV's history, as it's evolved from an authority on what the cool kids are watching to what some would call a highly addictive, albeit perhaps mindless source of entertainment.

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Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet
July 31st, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Ahead of the Curve: Weekly pop culture cheat sheet

The plot is nothing new, but, with leading men like Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman, we can't wait to see this weekend's "The Change-Up."

The two men make the fateful wish to switch lives - one trades in his playboy lifestyle for that of a family man, and vice versa.

Here's what else is happening this week:

Sunday:

  • It's finally here! Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" kicks off its annual week of exciting - yet educational - programming at 9 p.m. ET. Don't forget to check out our interview with Chief Shark Officer Andy Samberg.
  • To celebrate the 30th anniversary of MTV, VH1 Classic is airing a marathon weekend of the network's programming, concluding with the first hour of its 1981 launch Sunday at midnight.

Monday:

  • Lady Gaga is performing and acting as a co-host on "The View" at 11 a.m. ET. The pop star is expected to sing her latest single, "You and I."

Tuesday:

  • Greyson Chance - the talented kid who kicked-off his career with millions of YouTube views - releases his first album, "Hold On 'Til the Night."
  • There might only be 12 episodes, but you don't want to miss catching up on season 3 of "United States of Tara." Toni Collette is hilarious in the award-winning show.
  • The movie based on surfer Bethany Hamilton's inspiring story, "Soul Surfer," comes out on DVD. Carrie Underwood also displays her acting skills in the summer flick.

Wednesday:

  • Since leaving the "CBS Evening News," Katie Couric will head to daytime TV on "The View."

Thursday:

  • With all her success, it's still a surprise that Pia Toscano didn't make it further on "American Idol." The singer will promote her new single on "So You Think You Can Dance," which will also feature Christina Applegate as a guest judge.

Friday:

  • "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," a remake of the 1968 original, stars Freida Pinto and James Franco. Between his TV guest roles and other movies, 2011 has been a busy year for Franco.
  • It's opening in limited release, but, if the trailer is any indication, "The Whistleblower," starring Rachel Weisz, will showcase an effortlessly stunning performance. Check to see if it's in a theater near you.
While you were working...
July 29th, 2011
06:00 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Victoria just gave birth to the Beckhams' fourth child, but David is already thinking of having more kids. (PEOPLE)
  • Somebody hugged and made up - former BFFs Lindsay Lohan and Paris and Nicky Hilton were spotted having dinner. (X17)
  • Doesn't Crystal Harris know you can't take your words back? Hugh Hefner's ex is putting the blame on radio host Howard Stern for her less-than-considerate remarks about their sex life. (E! Online)
  • In a goosebumps-inducing scenario, Katherine Bigelow was working on a project called "Killing Bin Laden" long before the terrorist leader was killed in May. Now, the movie is in the works, and Bigelow has announced an October 2012 release date. (Deadline)
  • Sounds like the drama off camera is almost as crazy as what you see on-screen. Kelly Ripa and husband Mark Consuelos announced they'll be producing reality-TV show "Dirty Soaps," which will go behind the scenes and delve into the lives of soap-opera stars. (New York Post)
  • Miss the premiere of Heidi Klum's "Project Runway"? Season 9 already looks to have some memorable contestants. (Entertainment Weekly)
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