ALEC BALDWIN ALMOST QUIT ’30 ROCK’: Alec Baldwin revealed to Rolling Stone that he almost quit 30 Rock when he felt the writing got weak in season five. He went on to say that he told himself he would give it one more year but felt that season six got the show back on track and kept going.
RIP CONRAD BAIN: Conrad Bain, best known for his role as Phillip Drummond on Diff’rent Strokes, has passed away. He was 89-years-old and his daughter reported that he died of natural causes.
‘SCARFACE’ TEAM REUNITING FOR JOE PATERNO STORY: Brian De Palma and Al Pacino are reuniting for a biopic on Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. The working title of the film is Happy Valley.
KATIE FINNERAN JOINS MICHAEL J. FOX NBC SHOW: I Hate My Teenage Daughter alum Katie Finneran has been cast as Michael J. Fox’s sister on his new NBC sitcom. The comedy is based on Fox’s real-life experiences with family and his struggle with Parkinson’s disease.
KATHRYN BIGELOW DEFENDS ‘ZERO DARK THIRTY’ TORTURE: Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow has written an open letter responding to the criticism of the torture depicted in the film. In part of her letter she wrote, “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement.”
NIGEL LYTHGOE SAYS ‘IDOL’ WOULD NOT BE THE SAME WITHOUT SEACREST: American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ that Ryan Seacrest is the life-blood of the show and he hosts the entire program without getting directions through an earpiece. Nigel added, “It would be very, very difficult to replace Ryan Seacrest.”
MILA KUNIS BODY CREAM AD BANNED IN UK: The Advertising Standards Authority have banned a Rodial body cream ad featuring Mila Kunis from the UK. The ASA determined that the ad falsely advertised the effects of the product by implying that women could achieve Kunis’ body by using the cream.
KELLY RIPA ADMITS TO USING BOTOX: Kelly Ripa confessed to Elle magazine that she uses Botox. The confession came after the interviewer questioned why the talk show host was less sweaty when they left a New York City spin class together. Ripa said, “It’s the Botox. Every seven months or so, my eyelid skin rests on my eyelashes. So I feel like it makes my makeup artist’s life easier, and it makes my eyes look a little more open on TV, which is where I happen to work right now.”
EMMY ROSSUM CUTS FRUIT FROM HER DIET: Emmy Rossum had to lose six pounds for her role in the upcoming film Beautiful Creatures and revealed to Self magazine that cutting out fruit is one of the steps she takes when she needs to drop weight quickly. For exercise, she does less cardio and more work with weights.
‘TEEN MOM 2’ STAR IS PREGNANT AGAIN: Jenelle Evans of MTV’s Teen Mom 2 is pregnant again. Evans’ son Jace is currently living with her mother. This is her first child with her new husband Courtland Rogers.
Who’s The Boss star Tony Danza felt ill on a flight from New York to Los Angeles over the weekend and had no choice but to vomit into a paper bag during the flight. According to Page Six, the incident forced several passengers sitting around him in first class to switch seats and prompted model Kate Upton to tweet about the experience — seemingly having no clue who Danza was.
Although Tony claims to have suffered flu-like symptoms from a 24-hour stomach bug he caught, Upton told her Twitter followers he appeared hungover. The model wrote, “I just found out @lisamariebenson has a phobia of throw up…I don’t want to laugh but it is kind of funny the guy next to her is hungover..”
- @lisamariebenson is the Twitter handle of IMG Models Manager Lisa Benson.
New mom Megan Fox may appear scantily clad on the cover of February’s Esquire but on the inside of the issue is where the 26-year-old actress is the most exposed. Megan makes several bizarre confessions from speaking in tongues at church to her belief in creatures from Irish myths and aliens.
The interview also delves into Fox’s Pentecostal upbringing as well as her current status as a Hollywood sex symbol which she seems more than willing to give up. Her changing viewpoints are evidenced by a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe which she is in the process of having removed. She explained, “I started reading about her and realized that her life was incredibly difficult. It’s like when you visualize something for your future. I didn’t want to visualize something so negative.” She goes on to compare Monroe to troubled starlet Lindsay Lohan and says she does not want to meet the same tragic end that so many Hollywood bombshells before her have met.
- Megan also says she avoids the fate of many sex symbols by not drinking or doing pills because she needs to feel like she’s in control of her body.
- Fox tried to clarify some of her Lilo comments on Facebook saying, “Both women were gifted actresses, whose natural talent was lost amongst the chaos and incessant media scrutiny surrounding their lifestyles and their difficulties adhering to studio schedules etc. I intended for this to be a factual comparison of two women with similar experiences in Hollywood. Unfortunately it turned into me offering up what is really much more of an uneducated opinion. It was most definitely not my intention to criticize or degrade Lindsay. I would never want her to feel bullied, as she does not deserve that. I was not always speaking eloquently during this interview and this miscommunication is my fault.”