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Oct 26, 2012 4:46PM ET
Today in showbiz news: A beloved video game-based show has been given the ax, Howie Mandel has a new game show, and a reality star gets into the acting game.
Oct 26, 2012 4:08PM ET
As Hurrisnowmafrankenmegastormcane Sandy bears down on the Eastern Seaboard, there's plenty we can do to prepare ourselves, but what about those loved ones, especially parents, who live in non-storm-threatened places who will of course watch the doomsaying news and figure we'll all soon be struggling to survive The Day After Tomorrow?
Oct 26, 2012 3:20PM ET
News of a potential Penguin-Random House merger has birthed a "binders full of women"-level meme on the literary Internet. In a (very unscientific) Twitter poll on which absurd name the new company should adopt, Random Penguin wins by a landslide.
Oct 26, 2012 2:06PM ET
Belieber fans, stop what you're doing right now and just place those clippers right on the table. No one is shaving their heads for Justin Bieber (sorry!). And news outlets, don't you go feed the fire, either.
Oct 26, 2012 11:25AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: She may be done with Conor, but Taylor Swift still has business with the Kennedys. Also, Lincoln gets the Bill O'Reilly stamp of approval, Anne Hathaway does ghoulish cabaret, and Levi Johnston is taking the plunge.
Oct 26, 2012 11:07AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Midnight in Paris didn't have permission for Faulkner quote; "vagina" scandalizes evangelicals; John Grisham read Fifty Shades; Jacques Barzun dies.
Oct 26, 2012 10:56AM ET
In the lead-up to that scariest of holidays (no, not Thanksgiving with the family), I canvassed some of our favorite authors and writers and book lovers for a trip down Memory OMG I AM SLEEPING WITH ALL THE LIGHTS ON Lane—to find out their favorites.
Oct 25, 2012 6:10PM ET
Today in showbiz news: Fox has an insane new celebrity competition show planned, Bradley Cooper is striking a devil's bargain, and the last Twilight movie is gonna be big.
Oct 25, 2012 5:47PM ET
Every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the video clips that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention.
Oct 25, 2012 2:33PM ET
Today is the day a certain set of language and literature fans celebrate Mr. Geoffrey Chaucer, who died 612 years ago today. Not only was Old Chaucey a pretty compelling writer, but also, he was far better at coining words and phrases than the rest of us amateur portmanteau-chasers.
Oct 25, 2012 1:27PM ET
Publishing's Big Six might soon be consolidated to a Big Five. Representatives from Pearson have confirmed that they're in talks to sell Penguin to Bertelsmann, which frightens industry professionals already battered by sweeping layoffs.
Oct 25, 2012 1:22PM ET
Bible of truth Us Weekly is reporting that beloved singer Taylor Swift's whirlwind romance with RFK's grandson Conor Kennedy, an 18-year-old second-time high school junior, has ended.
Oct 25, 2012 11:08AM ET
Today in gossip: CNBC host and financial author kid Andrew Ross Sorkin is upset about not landing an interview, more on this whole Joe Simpson rumor, and we've another royal wedding to attend.
Oct 25, 2012 10:45AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Reviews are in on Franzen-adapting play; closing Amazon's tax loopholes; only Harry Potter can save Bloomsbury now; telling designers what to read.
Oct 25, 2012 10:13AM ET
Kate Carraway, Vice columnist and writer for the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and The Grid, is a media consumption machine, but she draws the line at sites that ask her to write for them and then say they can't pay her.
Oct 24, 2012 11:37PM ET
Barack Obama was a barrel of laughs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Wednesday night. Not really, though, because the president's sense of humor is just like your dad's.
Oct 24, 2012 7:41PM ET
While Reddit is mostly getting press for its seedier side, AMAs are still a place for the President of the United States and international pop stars and meme sensations like South Korean rapper PSY to tell us about themselves.
Oct 24, 2012 6:00PM ET
Oct 24, 2012 5:59PM ET
Today in show business news: Your favorite network is finally going On Demand, Johnny Depp boards a mysterious new project, and Oprah Winfrey has things cooking with both HBO and Justin Bieber.
Oct 24, 2012 2:43PM ET
There is no more ambitious, well-intentioned, or wider-reaching movie this season than Cloud Atlas. There is also no more bumbling, frequently inept, and downright bizarre movie this season than Cloud Atlas.
Oct 24, 2012 11:37AM ET
Today in books and publishing: Imprints shuffle at Simon & Schuster; Spider-Man musical debacle to be detailed in new book; Unitarians launch banned books club; Kindle lands in Japan.
Oct 24, 2012 11:09AM ET
North Koreans are a mystery. And that's perhaps why whenever we see brief glimpses of their wacky roller coasters or their version of "Gangnam Style," we immediately add those details to our still-developing profiles of these mystery people. We're still digesting the news today that North Koreans really love Gone with the Wind.
Oct 24, 2012 10:42AM ET
Today in celebrity gossip: What did an 'NSYNC member do to earn Justin Timberlake's ire? Also, a peek at Jessica Biel's dress, a surprising rumor about Jessica Simpson's dad, and James Franco is a recording artist.
Oct 23, 2012 11:46PM ET
During primetime on November 2nd, the National Geographic Channel will air the hotly anticipated SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden movie with a very special star: President Barack Obama.
Oct 23, 2012 7:46PM ET
"Surely it will sell like hotcakes," Jen Doll wrote today about Pippa Middleton's forthcoming book on entertaining Celebrate. The line got one commenter wondering where that common phrase came from.
Oct 23, 2012 6:26PM ET
Today in showbiz news: Two more of Angelina Jolie's kids are going into the family business, CBS and NBC make surprising choices about some new shows' futures, and Al Pacino is going to be a rock star.
Oct 23, 2012 6:24PM ET
The Roman police force is on the lookout for defiers of the law, the law being: Eating and drinking at historic sites. Thou shalt not do it, capisce?
Oct 23, 2012 5:54PM ET
Oct 23, 2012 4:17PM ET
Forget "America's sweetheart" or "crossover queen" or whatever else folks may be calling her. In the spirit of Halloween, I'm going to call Taylor Swift what she really is: a witch. How else but through some strange, possibly dark magic could this 22-year-old barn swallow have so intoxicated me?
Oct 23, 2012 4:00PM ET
The new James Bond film Skyfall premiered in London today for the franchise's 50th anniversary, but 007 does not give as much bang for buck as he used to, according to this chart from business intelligence company BIME.