JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT IN TALKS FOR ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’: The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in talks to take the lead role of Peter Quill in the new potential Marvel franchise Guardians of the Galaxy. Quill is the half-human half-alien leader of a team of alien superheroes who protect the solar system.
DAKOTA AND ELLE FANNING SWITCH MANAGEMENT COMPANIES: Dakota and Elle Fanning have left One Talent Management to join up with Echo Lake. Their manager Brittany Kahan is taking them with her as she switches jobs to start the talent component management component at Echo Lake.
FOX DEVELOPING CONAN O’BRIEN MEDICAL COMEDY: Conan O’Brien has closed a deal with Fox to produce Bob’s New Heart Show. The sitcom follows a young doctor who re-evaluates his life after receiving a heart transplant.
KRYSTEN RITTER IN TALKS TO STAR IN ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’: Krysten Ritter fueled rumors that she is in talks to play Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey by tweeting an article talking about her possible involvement in the adaptation. The article claims the role is between her and Anne Hathaway. Krysten later tweeted that she would be down to be involved in the project.
JERRY O’CONNELL LANDS CBS SITCOM: Jerry O’Connell has been tapped to round out the cast of Rob Greenberg’s CBS comedy pilot. He joins Chris Smith, Kal Penn, and Tony Shalhoub as a group of guys living in a short-term rental apartment complex.
DID BRAD AND ANGELINA SECRETLY WED?: UK’s The Telegraph is reporting that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had a secret Christmas wedding in Turks and Caicos. The couple spent the holidays at the private Parrot Cay estate of fashion designer Donna Karan.
JULIANNE HOUGH OPENS UP ABOUT CHILDHOOD ABUSE: Julianne Hough covers the February issue of Cosmopolitan where she discusses the abuse she suffered while attending the Italia Conti Academy of Arts. She attended the school with fellow Dancing With the Stars dancers Mark Ballas and her brother Derek Hough.
SNOOKI TWEETS MARRIAGE PLEA TO JIONNI: Former Jersey Shore star Snooki tweeted her love for her fiance Jionni LaValle on New Year’s Eve and made it clear she is ready to walk down the aisle. She wrote, “LOVE U! Ur amazing and you made my 2012 AMAZING! Thank u for giving me Lorenzo, I love my family. NOW LETS GET MARRIED!”
MICHAEL PHELPS SPLITS FROM MODEL GIRLFRIEND: Olympian Michael Phelps has split up from his girlfriend model Megan Rossee. The couple first stepped out together in August — but called it quits because Phelps did not believe the relationship was going anywhere.
BROOKE MUELLER WINS SIX-FIGURE SETTLEMENT AGAINST REHAB FACILITY: Brooke Mueller won a major a six-figure settlement against The Canyons rehab facility for breaching a confidentiality agreement. Someone at the facility allegedly leaked private details about her including the reason for her stay. She was awarded around $250,000.
Kathy Griffin attempted to kiss Anderson Cooper’s crotch during the CNN New Year’s Eve live broadcast. As correspondant Gary Tuchman described the local tradition of kissing a sardine in Eastport, Maine , Kathy knelt down to kiss the newsman’s “sardine” for good luck in the new year.
Cooper successfully blocked Kathy from getting close to his private area but was forced to remain on guard for the remainder of the telecast as she made repeated attempts to get near his genitalia throughout the night. At one point Anderson told viewers, “It’s getting to be the hour where bad things happen” as he reminded Kathy of her wild behavior in past years.
- Griffin yelled an obscene comment at a Times Square heckler during their show in 2010.