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Zooey Deschanel Converts to Judaism

Sources say she made the move for husband Jacob Pechenik

(Newser) - Zooey Deschanel is now Jewish. Sources tell Us she converted to Judaism for her Jewish husband, Jacob Pechenik. Prior to that, she didn't feel strongly about religion: Her mother is Roman Catholic and her father is Quaker, and she once explained, "I don't attach myself to any... More »

Zooey Deschanel Named Her Baby After an Animal

Say hello to Elsie Otter Pechenik

(Newser) - Zooey Deschanel gave birth to a baby girl months ago , and she's finally revealed the baby's name: Elsie Otter Pechenik. "I love otters. My husband [Jacob Pechenik] really loves otters. She better love otters," Deschanel said on the Today show Tuesday. "We don't know... More »

20 Celebs Who Divorced Before 35

And 2 of them are from this week

(Newser) - In the news this week: Divorces for not one but two actresses under the age of 35 (Jane Levy, Suburgatory, and Anna Camp, Pitch Perfect). Of course, in Hollywood, such situations aren't all that uncommon. The Huffington Post rounds up 18 more under-35 divorcées:
  • Jessica Simpson was 25
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SNL Spoofs Eastwood, 'Halftime in America'

Zooey Deschanel hosts 'Saturday Night Live'

(Newser) - Zooey Deschanel hosted Saturday Night Live last night, but the show was really more memorable for a couple of cameos, reports the Hollywood Reporter . The Artist star Jean Dujardin stopped by to give a leg up to a French dance number featuring Deschanel, and Nicolas Cage dropped in on Weekend ... More »

Russell Brand and ... Zooey Deschanel?

British comic woos Katy Perry look-a-like

(Newser) - British funnyman Russell Brand is apparently bouncing from one blue-eyed cutie brunette to another. Brand has "had his eye" on New Girl star Zooey Deschanel "for a long time," an insider tells OK! "And he's been sending funny, flirty texts to see if they can... More »

Zooey Files for Divorce

And reveals her financial situation in the process

(Newser) - It's official: Two months after her split with hubby Ben Gibbard became public, New Girl star Zooey Deschanel has filed for divorce from the Death Cab for Cutie frontman. She filed in LA on Dec. 27, citing irreconcilable differences and putting the date of separation as Halloween, TMZ reports.... More »

Zooey Deschanel Splits With Husband

She and Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard are divorcing

(Newser) - Actress (and singer) Zooey Deschanel is getting a divorce from hubby (and singer) Ben Gibbard and, blessedly, there's no Kardashian-like drama . "It's amicable, it's mutual," a source tells People . Deschanel, 31, married the 35-year-old Death Cab for Cutie frontman in 2009. (Deschanel has a new... More »

Can We Stop Butchering the National Anthem?

Let's ditch the 'insufferable freestyle flourishes': Raymond Cummings

(Newser) - Why must every sports game begin with vocalists wailing their way through the national anthem? It’s a powerful song, but “there’s no reason” it needs to “last five endless minutes and arrive full of insufferable freestyle flourishes,” writes Raymond Cummings at SpliceToday . Trouble is, no... More »

Our Idiot Brother Is Likeable Enough

Paul Rudd stars in Jesse Peretz comedy

(Newser) - Our Idiot Brother is the story of a sweet-natured fool who depends on his three sisters to get his life back on track. It’s good for a smile, if not big laughs:
  • In the New York Times , AO Scott calls it a “thin, unconvincing movie made likable by
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Hottest Celeb Diet: Gluten-Free

Some are allergic; others just want to lose weight

(Newser) - Everyone in Hollywood seems to be allergic to gluten—or at least off it—these days. Celebrity practitioners like Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Gwyneth Paltrow have helped propel the gluten-free lifestyle into the spotlight, with more of us mere mortals following suit in an effort to get thin. It's no wonder... More »

31% of Gals Would Sleep With Zooey

And more fun revelations from Esquire's survey

(Newser) - If you’ve ever wondered which female celebrity most women would go gay for, or the average number of dates it takes before a woman will offer to pay for dinner, never fear: Esquire's Survey of the American Woman is here. The mag polled nearly 10,000 women—here’s... More »

Gilligan's Island Sets Sail for Big Screen

Michael Cera may be Gilligan, but what about the rest?

(Newser) - More than 40 years later, Gilligan’s Island is coming to the big screen. Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment have begun development on the film, Variety reports, adding that they plan to update the familiar premise. No cast has been announced, other than the possibility of Michael Cera as Gilligan,... More »

13 Celebrity Doppelgangers

Is that Zooey Deschanel or Katy Perry? It's hard to tell

(Newser) - Facebook's " celebrity doppelganger week " has turned countless profile photos into pictures of celebrities—but what if the celebrities themselves want to get in on the fun? PopEater offers up some suggestions for famous lookalikes:
  • Zooey Deschanel: The actress should consider posting a picture of singer Katy Perry.
  • Christina
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Worst Movies of All Time

Even George Clooney can't save 1997's Batman and Robin.

(Newser) - So he's up for a best actor Oscar and his movie Up in the Air has gotten tons of buzz. That doesn't mean George Clooney's beyond the occasional flop. His 1997 "franchise-killing" flick Batman and Robin, with Chris O'Donnell and Alicia Silverstone, was picked by Empire magazine readers as... More »

Top Crossover Success Stories

Zooey Deschanel, Al Franken among two-field stars

(Newser) - We’ve seen lots of celebrities crash and burn in endeavors outside the area where they’ve made their mark; from James Brady Ryan , a look at the top five crossover successes:
  • Zooey Deschanel: Following the acting-to-singing trail blazed by “the mostly bland J.Lo, the horrendous Lindsay Lohan,
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Notable Golden Globes Snubs

Lee Daniels misses Best Director race, The Road shut out, and more

(Newser) - The Golden Globes are “as notable for the films and performances that members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association omit as for those that they celebrate,” writes Chris Lee in the Los Angeles Times , and yesterday’s nominations “had no shortage of surprising snubs.” Lee, and... More »

Zooey Deschanel, Ben Gibbard Marry

Indie rock darlings get hitched after December engagement

(Newser) - Indie rock ‘it’ couple Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard married Saturday near Seattle, her rep tells Us. The 29-year-old actress (and She & Him singer) and Death Cab for Cutie frontman, 33, were engaged last December after dating for nearly a year. More »

Critics In Love With (500) Days

(Newser) - Critics are head over heels for (500) Days of Summer, a boy-meets-girl flick that shakes things up by telling the story out of order. Here’s what they’re saying:  
  • The movie “turns the genre on its empty head and sees relationships for what they are—a bruising
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Yes Man? No, Thanks

Familiar Carrey antics seem tired in positivity flick

(Newser) - Yes Man, a Jim Carrey comedy about a guy who can’t say no, is “too sluggish and slapdash a vehicle for its star’s prodigious wackiness,” writes AO Scott in the New York Times. “Carrey looks too grown up, too tired to plunge into the reckless... More »

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