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As year closes, open your eyes to 5 standouts

Fri, 30 Dec 2011 14:15:26 GMT

While some people spent 2011 "winning," GTL-ing and marrying (and quickly divorcing), there were events in pop culture happening under a much dimmer spotlight.

'Pig!' 'Communist!' Penn and ex co-star go at it

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 16:08:03 GMT

The actor got into an intense verbal altercation at LAX with actress Maria Conchita Alonso after she confronted him about his politics.

Vote: Who plays the perfect Sarah Palin?

Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:58:54 GMT

There are now two candidates in the race for best imitator of onetime vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin: Tina Fey and Julianne Moore. Who gets your vote?

Daniel Radcliffe, 'hated dating,' was 'crap at it'

Thu, 5 Jan 2012 20:40:38 GMT

The romantic awkwardness the actor displayed as Harry Potter wasn't much of a stretch, apparently.

NYU prof claims Franco grade got him fired

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 16:48:02 GMT

Josť Angel Santana gave the "127 Hours" star a D in "Directing the Actor II," and has filed a lawsuit after being terminated.

New details on Sinead's wedding night drug run

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:39:53 GMT

The singer says she went looking for weed in Las Vegas but was "handed a load of crack" and that spelled doom for her 16-day marriage.

Ring designer says Steven Tyler is engaged

Thu, 29 Dec 2011 15:59:12 GMT

Designer Loree Rodkin tells Us Weekly that Erin Brady's brilliant-cut diamond is indeed an actual engagement ring.

Demi Moore not always happy with her looks

Wed, 4 Jan 2012 18:12:09 GMT

"When Iím at the greatest odds with my body, itís usually because I feel my body's betraying me," the actress tells Harper's Bazaar.

'Star Wars' in 3-D? It's a surprise to McGregor

Tue, 3 Jan 2012 15:52:06 GMT

The actor is plenty busy, so maybe that's why he was caught off guard by news that "Phantom Menace" is coming back to theaters.

Craig tried to be 'normal guy' for 'Dragon' role

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:56:08 GMT

He's played super spy James Bond, but for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," Daniel Craig told TODAY's Matt Lauer that he shifted gears to play an average joe journalist.

Report: Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel engaged

Wed, 4 Jan 2012 15:25:40 GMT

Us Weekly is going big with the story that the "Sexy Back" singer asked the actress to marry him last month in the moutains of Wyoming.

Chaz Bono, girlfriend of 12 years call it quits

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:57:28 GMT

The former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant and fiancee Jennifer Elia are no longer a couple, TMZ reports.

Bristol Palin decides Hollywood isn't for her

Fri, 6 Jan 2012 15:51:33 GMT

The daughter of the former Alaska governor says a well-publicized bar fight was a turning point.

Who were Hollywood's rule breakers of 2011?

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:15:50 GMT

The Hollywood Reporter puts the spotlight on some of the key players in entertainment ó the actors who took risks, saved shows and made the biggest splash in pop culture.

Schwarzenegger, Shriver rumors don't ring true

Thu, 5 Jan 2012 15:00:22 GMT

Despite talk that the couple is working toward a reconciliation, People magazine puts a finger on what's really happening.

Sandra Bullock talks big screen return

Thu, 15 Dec 2011 14:25:04 GMT

For the first time in two years, Sandra Bullock stars in a major film, "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close." However, if fans of Bullock's head to theaters expecting to see the actress in every scene, they might be disappointed.

Matt Damon: Loves animals, snakes not so much

Wed, 14 Dec 2011 14:22:24 GMT

The "We Bought a Zoo" star joined TODAY's Matt Lauer to discuss his slithery aversion, shaved head and not getting too sweet.

A proposal for Britney: Try some discretion

Fri, 16 Dec 2011 16:17:22 GMT

Jason Trawick has asked for Spears' hand in marriage but not without much fanfare over where, when and how it all would go down. We don't find this very engaging.

Holiday rumors: Beyonce ready to give birth?

Wed, 28 Dec 2011 16:15:34 GMT

One of the "gifts" we receive each holiday season is that of a slow news cycle. So, is Steven Tyler engaged? And are Katy Perry and Russell Brand about to split?

Gerard Butler OK after serious surfing accident

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 14:54:46 GMT

The actor got a taste of what it's really like to tempt the waves at Northern California's legendary Mavericks surf spot.

Chaz Bono ready to date as a single man

Fri, 6 Jan 2012 14:39:11 GMT

The onetime "Dancing With the Stars" contender is single and looking forward to taking a woman dancing.

'Tattoo' star fell in love with gritty character

Mon, 19 Dec 2011 15:16:39 GMT

Rooney Mara talks Golden Globe surprise and tells Ann Curry that her massive commitment to the new film stems from reading the books.

Rooney Mara: Girl with the style we want to steal

Thu, 5 Jan 2012 18:41:09 GMT

Weeks into her global publicity tour for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," the actress continues to brandish one perfect outfit after another.
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