WES ANDERSON BEGINS SHOOTING NEW FILM: Wes Anderson has started shooting his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel. The movie has an all-star cast including Ralph Fiennes, Bill Murray, Adrien Brody, and Edward Norton.
‘SOUTH PARK’ CREATORS START A NEW STUDIO: South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have launched their own production company called Important Studios. The duo will use revenue from South Park and Book of Mormon to fund new TV, theater, and film projects.
SHOWTIME’S SUNDAY LINEUP HIT SERIES HIGHS: New seasons of Shameless, House of Lies, and Californication all premiered with series high ratings for Showtime on Sunday. The shows winter premieres coincided with a free preview promotion that the network ran with cable providers.
ZACK SNYDER SHOOTS DOWN STAR WARS RUMORS: Zack Snyder has denied rumors he is developing a Star Wars offshoot based on The Seven Samurai. The director is currently in post-production on Man of Steel and 300: Battle of Artemisia.
DISNEY UNVEILS RELEASE DATES FOR NEW FILMS: Disney has released a schedule of release dates for some of their most buzzed about upcoming films. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 will hit theaters July 10th, 2015, The Muppets 2 will arrive in theaters on March 21, 2014, and Angelina Jolie’s Maleficent will begin on July 2, 2014.
LANCE ARMSTRONG APOLOGIZES TO LIVESTRONG STAFF: Lance Armstrong has reportedly issued an apology to staff members at his Livestrong organization in Texas. It is believed that he issued the apology in preparation of coming clean about his use of performance enhancing drugs to Oprah during a televised interview.
JESSICA ALBA WORE A $5.8 MILLION NECKLACE TO THE GLOBES: Jessica Alba wore a Harry Winston diamond necklace reportedly worth $5.8 million to Sunday’s (January 13th) Golden Globes. She and Kiefer Sutherland presented the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or TV Film.
NICK AND JOANNA GARCIA SWISHER EXPECTING A BABY GIRL: Nick and JoAnna Garcia Swisher revealed that the baby they are expecting in May will be a girl during InStyle/Warner Brothers Golden Globes after-party. JoAnna also told People, “My husband works in one city, I work in a second city and we live in a third city, so we have a lot of cribs to buy.”
CARMEN ELECTRA DENIES DATING SIMON COWELL: Despite tabloid rumors and comments Simon Cowell recently made to Ryan Seacrest, Carmen Electra denies she is dating the X Factor judge. She admitted to E! News that they’ve hung out a few times but insists that they are just friends.
HULK HOGAN SUING LASER SPINE INSTITUTE OF FLORIDA: Hulk Hogan has filed a lawsuit against the Laser Spine Institute of Florida for duping him into undergoing multiple bogus procedures. His suit claims the surgeries were completely useless and they actually damaged his career.
During an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday (January 11th,) Ryan Gosling called Ruben Fleischer’s decision to cut the movie theater massacre scene from Gangster Squad a selfless act. Several scenes in the film had to be reshot and the release date was pushed back following the events that occurred in Aurora, Colorado.
Gosling said, “I was really proud of him because it really was the best sequence in the movie, without question. The day it (the massacre) happened he wouldn’t even dream of keeping it in.”