NBC GREENLIGHTS NEW GAME SHOW: NBC has ordered a new hour-long game show from Sean Hayes called Hollywood Game Night. It will feature A-list celebrities and two contestants who get to rub shoulders with them in a party environment.
‘AMERICAN PIE’ ACTRESS TO STAR IN FOX SITCOM: Natasha Lyonne from American Pie has been tapped to star in a new Fox sitcom about a newly sober woman forced to move in with her conservative brother and his family. The show will be written and produced by Alex Barnow and Marc Firek who worked on Rule of Engagement and Mr. Sunshine.
BIG NAMES COMING TO ‘PROJECT RUNWAY’: The 11th season of Project Runway will have big names stepping in as guest judges including Bette Midler, Susan Sarandon, Miranda Lambert, and Joan and Melissa Rivers. It will premiere on Thursday, January 24th.
MARTIN SCORSESE TO PRODUCE BILL CLINTON DOCUMENTARY: Martin Scorsese will co-produce a documentary about former President Bill Clinton for HBO. The director has previously made documentaries on the Rolling Stones and George Harrison.
KELSEY GRAMMER SCORES HOSTING GIG: Kelsey Grammer will host the 65th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013.
DONALD TRUMP WINS DEFAMATION LAWSUIT: Donald Trump has won a $5 million lawsuit against former Miss USA contestant Sheena Monnin. Trump sued Monnin for defamation after she accused the Miss Universe Organization of fixing the competition.
AMANDA SEYFRIED SIMULATED SEX USING POPSICLES: Amanda Seyfried told Conan that she used popsicles to simulate oral sex while filming the Linda Lovelace biopic. Seyfried is playing Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace.
BRET EASTON ELLIS APOLOGIZES FOR KATHRYN BIGELOW TWEETS: American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis wrote an essay for Daily Beast addressing his bizarre behavior on Twitter. He admits that he took his criticism of director Kathryn Bigelow too far and that his remarks were blatantly sexist.
Danny Boyle reportedly rejected the chance to be knighted by Queen Elizabeth following his direction of the Opening Ceremony for the London Summer Olympics. The Slumdog Millionaire director was going to be nominated by UK’s arts and media honors committee but told them he wasn’t interested.
He explained his decision to BBC radio in December saying, “I’m very proud to be an equal citizen and I think that’s what the Opening Ceremony was actually about.”
A U.S. district judge has sentenced Christopher Chaney to prison for 10 years. The 35-year-old was responsible for hacking the email accounts of over 50 celebrities and leaking nude photos of some of his victims.
According to the Associated Press the judge passed his sentence saying, “It’s hard to fathom the mindset of a person who would accomplish all of this. These types of crimes are as pernicious and serious as physical stalking.” Chaney said he was sorry to the court but based on the testimonies of his famous victims, an apology was simply not enough.
- Scarlett Johansson, Christina Aguilera, and Mila Kunis waived their identity protection to openly testify against Chaney hoping to highlight the issues surrounding this type of internet hacking.
- Actress and singer Renee Olstead testified that she attempted suicide as a result of her hacking.
- According to Gawker, prosecutors originally sought a six-year sentence but the judge raised it to 10 saying that the hacker showed a “callous disregard” for the privacy of others.