J.J. ABRAMS SCREENS NEW ‘STAR TREK’ FOR TERMINALLY ILL FAN: Director J.J. Abrams gave a private advanced screening of his new Star Trek film to a fan with terminal cancer. The fan died several days later.
RYAN LOCHTE TO STAR IN NEW REALITY SHOW: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte will star in a new reality series on E! The six-episode series will be called What Would Ryan Lochte Do?
MAURA TIERNEY TO MAKE BROADWAY DEBUT: Liar Liar actress Maura Tierney will make her Broadway debut starring opposite Tom Hanks in Nora Ephron’s Lucky Guy. The show marks the Broadway debut of Tom Hanks as well.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO TURNS DOWN ‘STAR WARS: EPISODE VII’: Director Guillermo Del Toro told Indiewire that his agent took a phone call gauging his interest in directing the new Star Wars film. Guillermo had to turn down the offer because his schedule is too busy to take on the project.
WARNER BROTHERS LICENSES EIGHT TV SERIES TO NETFLIX: Netflix and Warner Bros. have struck a deal for the licenses of eight of their television shows. Netflix will now have access to the complete seasons of shows like Revolution, 666 Park Avenue, and the upcoming Fox show The Following.
HEIDI KLUM SAYS SHE DOESN’T THINK SHE’LL MARRY AGAIN: Heidi Klum is featured in February’s Marie Claire where she gets personal about her love life. She told the magazine that she doesn’t think she’ll get married again any time soon because she no longer needs weddings to validate her love.
ORANGE COUNTY HOUSEWIFE INJURED IN SKIING ACCIDENT: Vicki Gunvalson of Real Housewives of Orange County was injured in a skiing accident in Utah when a snowboarder cut her off on the slope. Gunvalson tumbled down the mountain face first but was able to stand up and finish the course. An ambulance removed her from the scene in a neck brace but she is doing well and expected to make a full recovery.
MATT DALLAS COMES OUT AS GAY AND ENGAGED: Kyle XY star Matt Dallas announced his engagement to boyfriend Blue Hamilton via his Twitter account Sunday (January 6th.) Matt was most recently seen in the show Naughty or Nice and Blue is an L.A.-based musician.
SHAUN WHITE CLEARED OF CHARGES: The public intoxication and vandalism charges against Olympic snowboarder Shaun White have been dropped. White’s attorney told People that Shaun completed his community service and alcohol assessment which resulted in the Nashville District Attorney clearing the athlete of the charges.
BRAD PITT JOINS CHINESE SOCIAL NETWORKING SITE: Brad Pitt has joined the Chinese social networking site Sina Weibo which is described as China’s version of Twitter and Facebook. Pitt’s first post said, “It is the truth. Yup, I’m coming.”
Passport control at JFK airport in New York mistook 22-year-old Emma Watson for being an unaccompanied minor. The actress tweeted about the embarrassing incident and confessed that it was not the first time something like this has happened to her.
Watson was on her way back to Rhode Island to resume her studies at Brown University when the event took place. The Perks of Being A Wallflower star wrote, “Passport control:’unaccompanied minor?’ Me:’sorry?’ Passport control:’where is ur guardian?’ Me:’I’m 22!!!!!!!’ #neverwearingabackpackagain”