1. R. Kelly’s epic hip-hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, is apparently going to be adapted as a Broadway musical. Also: There are 85 additional chapters in the series that Kelly hasn’t even debuted yet. [via Gawker]
2. If you happen to be visiting London over the next few weeks, James Franco will… Read More
In anticipation of this evening, when we will watch four more actors add Oscars to their shelves, Slate has put together a fascinating interactive infographic about who thanks whom — and in what order — breaking down the 39 acceptance speeches given by actors during the ceremony in the past ten years. Perhaps not… Read More
1. Today is President Obama’s 50th birthday! The celebrating already began last night with a fundraiser for his 2012 campaign in Chicago that featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, OK Go, and Herbie Hancock. [via The Daily Beast]
2. According to Us Weekly, Carey Mulligan and Marcus Mumford (better known as the frontman for… Read More
Hot Right Now: ADELE
Her debut album 19 — which is all about a boy who dumped her and broke her heart — has been on the charts for 20 weeks now. It peaked this week at number 11, possibly buoyed by the British songbird’s recent appearance on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.
We like her because she’s not LILY ALLEN.
Even if you think you haven’t heard of her before, you’ve definitely heard her before. Her single “CHASING PAVEMENTS” has appeared on the soundtracks of a handful of TV shows and movies, and is a favorite among drunken former sorority girls who think they can actually sing at karaoke.
Adele is back for in the U.S. for a tour starting in January.
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People: Not surprisingly the most talked about celebrity this week, a stunned JENNIFER HUDSON is front and center, flanked by ANGELINA JOLIE, TARA REID and a random teen with leprosy sharing real estate in the bright turquoise sidebar. We weren’t sure how the weeklies were going to handle this tragedy, and while “AGONY” is the largest word on the cover, all in all it’s pretty tasteful.
Our rating: 2.5 stars for using the same tired color palette, but bonus points for pulling an image of Hudson that is situation appropriate — unlike the more sultry photos used by the competition.
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