Sacha Baron Cohen, The Dictator
The Dictator has won!
The Acadmy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited Sacha Baron Cohen to attend Sunday night's Oscar ceremony dressed as his title character in the upcoming film The Dictator, Deadline reports. This decision reverses the Academy's previous stance banning attendees using the red carpet for "stunting" or self-promotion. Baron Cohen had originally planned on walking the Oscars red carpet as the fictional Admiral General Aladeen.
Jessica Simpson might be carrying pregnancy weight, but viewers will see a slimmer version of the singer when her reality competition show Fashion Star premieres in March.
"I wasn't pregnant when we shot it. It will be amazing to see myself with a waistline," she said on a call Thursday, according to US Weekly. "I'll be like a big blob sitting on the couch watching myself thin."
Dustin Clare, Spartacus: Vengeance
Gannicus! Gannicus! Gannicus! The original Champion of Capua returns to Spartacus: Vengeance on Friday (10/9c, Starz), and like the last time he entered that arena, many will die. But will they perish at his hand?
Barack Obama probably isn't laughing at comedian David Cross' confession of misconduct at the White House.
In an interview with Playboy, Cross admits he snorted cocaine 65 feet away from the President at 2009's White House Correspondents' Dinner, EW reports.
Daniel von Bargen
Seinfeld actor Daniel von Bargen, who's best known for playing George Costanza's boss Mr. Kruger in the sitcom, is in critical condition after a failed suicide attempt earlier this week, TMZ reports.
Closeted jock Dave Karofsky may have reached his darkest hour on Tuesday's episode of Glee, but actor Max Adler felt it was necessary because he says "it provides a message of hope."
[SPOILERS! The following interview contains references to major events from Tuesday's Glee episode, "On My Way."]
Spartacus: Vengeance lulled us into a false sense of security about the violence it has been presenting thus far this season. No more. All the bloodshed that has come before has been positively civilized -- dare we say, boring -- compared to the heinousness that went down at the Roman house party.
But first, we catch up with Spartacus and his crew, who are on the run after a semi-successful Naevia rescue mission. Although the former gladiators kill more than their fair share of pursuing Romans, the rebels are eventually picked off one by one until all that's left are a fierce Mira, frightened Naevia, formidable Spartacus and seriously injured Nasir. They really should just jettison the Syrian, but Spartacus is all "no slave left behind" and follows Naevia's advice to cauterize his wound with fire. Just when it seems that new Romans have caught up to them, it turns out to be the other rebel faction led by Agron. Huzzah!