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Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anne Hathaway sing in French at HitRECord Fall Formal -- VIDEO

Nothing lowers one’s own creative ego like watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The energetic 30-year-old performer can act, dance, direct short films, write songs, play the guitar and drums, and even sing in French.

All of Gordon-Levitt’s talents — plus those of special guests Anne Hathaway, Gary Oldman, and Neil Patrick Harris — were on display Monday night during the HitRECord Fall Formal at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. HitRECord is Gordon-Levitt’s online production company, where he and thousands of other contributors collaboratively create movies, music, and short stories. The Fall Formal was an opportunity for Gordon-Levitt to showcase some of their diverse output. (Check out the video below.) READ FULL STORY

Mourning Steve Jobs: On the scene at the Fifth Avenue Apple store

The Fifth Avenue Apple Store in Manhattan, famously capped with a massive glass cube, is currently covered a white shroud, as if in mourning for the passing of the company’s co-founder and former CEO, Steve Jobs. The cube is actually undergoing renovations, swapping out dozens of smaller glass panels that make up its surface for just 15 larger ones, described with Jobs-ian panache as “seamless” by signs out front. In a way, it serves as a perfect tribute to Jobs’ famously relentless pursuit of elegance, quality, and thoughtful precision.

The other tribute to Jobs growing outside the Fifth Ave. Apple Store is neither elegant nor precise, but I imagine Jobs would still be deeply moved by the spontaneous shrine of flowers, written tributes, and lots and lots of McIntosh apples. (A few even had a bite taken out of them.) READ FULL STORY

George Clooney talks with TIME, jokes about why he cast Ryan Gosling in 'Ides of March': 'He was cheaper'

There are plenty of reasons to want to cast Ryan Gosling in a movie: He’s good-looking, charming, capable of driving ticket sales and stopping street fights (not simultaneously, although we wouldn’t be surprised), and, of course, inspiring Tumblers... the list goes on. But for The Ides of March director (and star) George Clooney, the decision to cast Gosling in his film came down to something much more basic: “He was cheaper,” Clooney quipped, responding to an audience member during a live 10 Questions interview with TIME’s Rick Stengel on Wednesday. “He hasn’t worked in awhile. I felt bad for him.”

During the sit-down, which also touched the star’s views on politics, advocacy, and the journalism industry, Clooney revealed that Gosling caught his attention early on. READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at the first 'Arrested Development' reunion

There was a lot of touching yesterday at the New Yorker Festival’s “Bluth Family Reunion” panel, which reunited Arrested Development’s main players — co-creator Mitchell Hurwitz, Portia De Rossi, David Cross, Michael Cera, Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Jeffrey Tambor, Jessica Walter, Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, and Ron Howard (via speakerphone) — for the first time since they wrapped their final show in December 2005. There was plenty of talk about how Fox made a huge mistake when it canceled the series six years ago. And there was even unlimited juice — okay, that’s a lie, but it was still, in Buster’s words, “OFF THE HOOK.”

I’m not just referring to the clan’s announcement that they were working on a limited-run series to segue between the final episode and the show’s long awaited movie adaptation. The clearly happy-to-be-there group — Arnett finished the evening by thanking the crowd for giving them an excuse to get back together — spent a good hour and forty minutes reminiscing about the show’s early days, joking about bowel movements and pop-pop (you know what I mean), dissecting Jason Bateman’s revitalized career, and making fun of Michael Cera’s new mop-top ‘do (seriously, think Muppet hair). As for the fans, not only did they get to ask questions, but they also got to show off their stuff. And I mean real stuff — one guy had paid $350 for one of Buster’s prosthetic hands, another had purchased GOB’s Segway. They also asked the Bluths to fulfill one final request: Do the chicken dance for the audience. And they got their wish.

Here are 13 other tidbits you might have learned had you’d been there.

1.    The first script came with a warning. READ FULL STORY

'8': On the scene at the new, star-studded Broadway play by Dustin Lance Black

For one night only, the stars turned out on Broadway last night to stage a reading of 8, the new dramatization — directed by Joe Mantello and penned by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Milk — of Perry vs. Schwarzenegger, the landmark 2010 trial that led the Federal Court to rule Proposition 8 unconstitutional. To say that the night’s cast was star-studded is an understatement; performers included Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner, John Lithgow, Bradley Whitford, Ellen Barkin, Cheyenne Jackson, Matt Bomer, and Christine Lahti, among many other big names.

A crowd of celebrities, theater lovers, and LGBT rights supporters packed into the small but historic Eugene O’Neill Theater. On the way to find my seat, I spotted Barbara Walters, Jeffrey Toobin, and Fran Drescher, with gay ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson in tow. Amid set pieces for The Book of Mormon, which is currently in engagement at the Eugene O’Neill, the stage was set simply with director’s chairs arranged Inherit the Wind-style to represent a courtroom. The performers walked onstage to thunderous applause READ FULL STORY

'Abduction' premiere: Watch Taylor Lautner and cast walk the red carpet! -- VIDEO

Taylor Lautner’s first big post-Jacob movie as an above-the-title star — the I’m-a-suburban-teenager-who-discovers-I’m-a-missing-person thriller Abduction –premiered Thursday tonight at the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles. And since it was kiiiiinda impractical for all of the Twilight Nation to pile onto Hollywood Blvd. to see Lautner walk the red carpet, we thought a replay of the live-stream event would work instead. Check out Lautner below, along with co-stars Lily Collins, Jason Isaacs, Maria Bello, Sigourney Weaver, Denzel Whitaker, and director John Singleton joining in on the festivities: READ FULL STORY

'SYTYCD': On the scene for Top 6 rehearsals, and an apology to Tyce Diorio, sorta -- EXCLUSIVE

Earlier today, I teased my exclusive first-hand look at the early morning rehearsals for tonight’s episode of So You Think You Can Dance with some ridiculously cryptic clues. I’d promised not to spill any big details until after the show had aired on the west coast — who am I to stand in the way of the “fairness” of reality TV call-in competitions — so instead, I had to get all ambiguous.

Not anymore! I have to say, as savvy as I’d like to think I am to the ways of reality television production lo these many years of covering SYTYCD and American Idol, getting to spend much of the day watching all the work that goes into mounting a single two-hour episode of my favorite reality TV show was illuminating, to say the least. And wouldn’t you know it, the day also provided me with the crow-eating experience of having to apologize to Tyce Diorio. Publicly. On this very blog. Right now.  READ FULL STORY

'So You Think You Can Dance': Teasers from this morning's rehearsals -- EXCLUSIVE

Anyone who watches So You Think You Can Dance even once knows the contestants dance their enviously well-shaped tushies off for our entertainment (weekly!). But until I got an exclusive first-hand look at this morning’s rehearsals for tonight’s Top 6 performance show, I did not quite understand just how maniacally dedicated these dancers really are to honing their craft. For one thing, they are dancing, full out, by 8 a.m. The most strenuous thing I do at that hour is walk my dog.

I’ve been asked not to spoil things until after tonight’s show airs, but I can give y’all some tantalizing teasers for what is in store — well, at least for the first half of the show, since the agreement with Nigel Lythgoe was only for my first born. (The joke’s on him: Technically, that’s my snark demon Smirkelstiltskin.) Anyhoodle, see if you can decipher these cryptic clues! READ FULL STORY

'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World': Watch the premiere live!

You likely do not have all the time in the world. But should you find yourself free this afternoon, we have a treat for you: Log onto NowLive’s Facebook page to watch a live stream of Spy Kids: All the Time in the World‘s premiere. The streaming begins now! But, sorry: Though Robert Rodriguez’s film boasts Smell-O-Vision, do not expect to be able to sniff stars Jeremy Piven and Jessica Alba from your computer. You’ll have to just see the movie for that.

Click here to begin the live stream!

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'Captain America' premiere screening at Comic-Con: On the scene!

As previously announced, Captain America: The First Avenger is holding a day of preview screenings at the UA Horton Plaza in San Diego — just a hop, skip, and a jump from Comic-Con, which is otherwise pretty low on new Marvel Studios fun. At the special 10 a.m. fan screening for Captain America, attendees were treated to a special performance by a gaggle of USO-style dancers dressed in red, white, and blue. They were performing a 1940’s-style song about a “Star-Spangled Man” that actually plays in the movie while Captain America is zooming around the country shilling for war bonds. Obviously, selling a film using patriotism is an incredibly thorny moral quandary and opens up a whole host of ethical questions about movie salesmanship, which is exactly what I’m mumbling to myself while I’m getting my picture taken with the USO girls. READ FULL STORY

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