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Mar 12, 2013 12:17PM ET
He's in the midst of spending the week with Jimmy Fallon, and The 20/20 Experience is streaming on iTunes. Frankly, it's all a bit much. Let's evaluate the hype level — on a scale of one to 10 — for each element of JT's endless media tour.
Mar 12, 2013 10:58AM ET
Iranian media — propaganda versions and otherwise — is abuzz with reports that Iran's government, by way of Carlos the Jackal's French lawyer, is preparing to sue Hollywood over the "unrealistic portrayal" of Iranians in the Oscar-winning film.
Mar 12, 2013 10:50AM ET
Today in celebrity news: a Music City scandal after someone found a bunch of Taylor Swift's unopened fan mail in a Dumspter, The Bachelor has made his terrible choice, and Sharon Stone has maid problems again.
Mar 12, 2013 10:11AM ET
It's been a strange road for Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, but now a very 3D Fitzgerald adaptation is finally getting it's big break: Gatsby will premiere on opening night at Cannes this May in a surprisingly bold turn for the film festival.
Mar 11, 2013 10:01PM ET
The weird and wonderful world of lucha libre will soon cross the border into the United States, where Americans will almost definitely be fascinated and confused by the high-flying, masked Mexican wrestlers.
Mar 11, 2013 5:16PM ET
As the winter-long controversy about gay rights and pro sports continues, the fastest growing sport in America finally may be advancing where the most popular still cannot: The Ultimate Fighting Championship is coming out in support of gay marriage outside the ring, and preemptively accepting gay fighters inside.
Mar 11, 2013 5:04PM ET
Today in show business news: Christian Slater signs on to yet another pilot, John Malkovich will soon be playing a notorious pirate, and a look at the first six minutes of Bates Motel.
Mar 11, 2013 4:06PM ET
Now that the decade is getting the serious Ken Burns-lite treatment on the National Geographic Channel, can we finally be done with it? Like, please?
Mar 11, 2013 4:03PM ET
While it can be tough to keep track of the actually exciting news amidst all the panels and tweets from both the interactive and film parts of the festival, well, there might be a Trainspotting sequel! And people have seen the new Arrested Development episodes now!
Mar 11, 2013 3:40PM ET
Today in viral videos: a dancing grandmother does her thing, Sarah Silverman and Michael Cera launch a YouTube channel at SXSW, Girls gets awkward with Kanye, seals yell like humans, and more.
Mar 11, 2013 1:18PM ET
The New York Times has a chilling article today about the strangely renewed success of ABC's romance nightmare The Bachelor. After a few seasons of fading ratings, the fiance competition show has surged back, the current season (which ends tonight) posting seven percent growth in the all-important 18-49-year-old demographic over last year.
Mar 11, 2013 1:00PM ET
"We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave this show," Barbara Walters said at the top of Monday's show, ruining the collective schadenfreude built up since late Friday afternoon, when rumors quickly spread that Hasselbeck had been fired. Why hasn't she?
Mar 11, 2013 12:08PM ET
Mike Mika, a programmer and father, decided to build a workaround for his 3-year-old daughter so she could "play as a girl." The result is a female-friendly version of Donkey Kong that's going viral to start off the week.
Mar 11, 2013 10:52AM ET
NBC's $25-million dollar man is finally speaking up about Curry's ouster, conveniently telling Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast that he really didn't want to see Curry pushed out so unceremoniously by network executives.
Mar 11, 2013 10:49AM ET
Today in celebrity news: Bieber has some concert issues, Rihanna did too, and one of Harry Styles's lady friends is being harassed.
Mar 11, 2013 10:14AM ET
Meet Brian Sanders, the famed illustrator recruited by creator Matthew Weiner to create what is sure to be a ubiquitous new ad to advertise a show all about advertising.
Mar 11, 2013 9:16AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Mar 11, 2013 8:00AM ET
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Sunday's episode of Girls was about pain. Physical, mental, and emotional pain, and all three, together. And most of all, the pain of watching people in pain.
Mar 10, 2013 6:35PM ET
The Saturday Night Live ratings for Justin Timberlake's big fifth time came in this afternoon, and he delivered numbers the show hasn't seen since it had help from the NFL -- and that was a year and three months ago.
Mar 10, 2013 3:42PM ET
Welcome to the Box Office Report, where James Franco opens at number one in our heart every week.
Mar 10, 2013 11:23AM ET
So, Justin Timberlake became the first person in the modern era to join the Five-Timers Club last night, both in the records books and in the fictional sketch world of Saturday Night Live. They brought out all the stops for the occasion, including old friends like... The Three Amigos?!
Mar 9, 2013 6:25PM ET
Based on the trailers for Star Trek: Into Darkness so far, you'd be forgiven for thinking the only actors in the sequel are Chris Pine, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, and Chris Pine once more for good measure. So it's nice to see the rest of the Enterprise crew in the latest clip.
Mar 9, 2013 11:52AM ET
OK, not to be horrible and speculative, but tonight is Justin Timberlake's fifth time hosting NBC's Saturday Night Live, and that's a big deal. Tom Hanks once described the fifth time as "the most special of all," and, lo, Hanks and other five-timers may be making an appearance tonight.
Mar 8, 2013 6:55PM ET
Today in show business news: Everyone is leaving The View, an Oz sequel is already in the works, a long-lost horror film finally gets its day in the sun, and a little Louis C.K. for the weekend.
Mar 8, 2013 6:36PM ET
Disney's mega-expensive 3D epic is on track to be a big hit this weekend. And while that's certainly good news for the movie business, it might not be so great for actual movies. How long until any semblance of the real is gone?
Mar 8, 2013 6:28PM ET
Harmony Korine's new movie, about kids played by former Disney stars doing very bad things with a cornrowed James Franco, has its U.S. premiere this weekend at SXSW, and it's sure to be the topic of too many discussions. And look here: it already is!
Mar 8, 2013 5:11PM ET
Brett Ratner's gay slur cost him the a shot of producing the Oscars, but now that he's been certified homophobia free by GLAAD, he can perhaps rest easy knowing that Seth MacFarlane will be the name most often associated with offensiveness and the Oscars.
Mar 8, 2013 2:34PM ET
This interactive map demonstrates how women's voting rights and roles in the political process of countries around the world have changed over time. Which is to say, slowly, but still: progress.
Mar 8, 2013 2:04PM ET
Congratulations, America. You have arrived at base camp two of your ascent to the top of Ryan Seacrest's Magic Mystery Mountain.
Mar 8, 2013 1:34PM ET
Critics might not think Oz the Great and Powerful is, well, all that great or powerful, but the movie is selling so many tickets for its opening weekend, that Disney, seeing green, is already making plans for a sequel.