HILARY DUFF TO GUEST STAR ON FOX SITCOM: Hilary Duff has signed on to guest star on an episode of Fox’s Raising Hope. Duff will be playing the ex-girlfriend of Lucas Neff’s character Jimmy.
‘THE CANYONS’ REJECTED BY ANOTHER FILM FESTIVAL: Lindsay Lohan’s latest film The Canyons has been rejected by the South By Southwest Film Festival. Festival insiders say the film has quality issues and that “it’s got an ugliness and a deadness to it.”
‘GIRLS’ REALITY SHOW COMING TO TELEVISION: It appears as though there will be a reality show similar to the HBO series Girls. An “Emmy-winning production company” posted a Craigslist ad seeking young women in the New York area who lead lives like the characters on Lena Dunham’s critically acclaimed show.
FORMER ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ CAST MEMBER MAY RETURN FOR SEASON THREE: Taissa Farmiga is in talks to return to American Horror Story for season three of Ryan Murphy’s FX series. Taissa played Violet Harmon on season one of the show.
AMC SETS RETURN FOR ‘MAD MEN’: AMC has set a premiere date for season six of Mad Men. The new season will debut on April 7th as a two-hour movie.
DID ANNE HATHAWAY HIRE WRITERS FOR HER OSCAR SPEECH?: Anne Hathaway has reportedly hired a team of writers to come up with a “killer” acceptance speech for the Oscars. A source told Star magazine, “If she doesn’t win for Best Supporting Actress, it’ll take all her acting skills to hide her disappointment.”
LEVI JOHNSTON BEATEN BY HIS WIFE: Former Playgirl model Levi Johnston was reportedly beaten by his wife on New Year’s Eve. Witnesses say Johnston’s wife Sunny Oglesby drank two martinis and then went crazy screaming about how Levi didn’t think she was pretty enough.
MICHELLE KWAN GETS EMOTIONAL ON HER WEDDING DAY: Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan walked down the aisle with White House staffer and Coast Guard Lieutenant Clay Pell on January 19th. Kwan told People, “The whole energy came from family and friends. People were crying. There were so many tears shed, especially from me!”
LUKE PERRY FORCED TO PLAY GAME ON ‘WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE’: Luke Perry appeared on Watch What Happens Live on January 22nd and was asked to play “Marry, Shag, Kill” with his former Beverly Hills 90210 co-stars. Perry chose to marry Tori Spelling, kill Shannon Doherty, and shag Jennie Garth.
PRINCE HARRY IS BACK IN BRITAIN: Prince Harry arrived back in Britain on Wednesday (January 23rd) after serving in Afghanistan. He told reporters he plans to spend time with his brother and sister-in-law and work with the various charities he supports.
The rollercoaster ride that has become Lindsay Lohan’s legal trouble has taken yet another twist. Shawn Holley, Lindsay’s long-time but recently fired and rehired attorney, has decided to step down as the actress’ legal representation.
Last week it was reported that Lindsay had fired Shawn and hired a New York lawyer who is not licensed to practice in California. TMZ has since learned that Holley started filling out the paperwork and acquiring the signatures necessary to remove herself from Lindsay’s probation violation case. According to sources, Lindsay tried to get Holley back after firing her but now it seems that Lilo’s legal savior wants nothing more to do with the troubled actress.
- Mark Heller, the lawyer initially hired to replace Shawn Holley, can only represent Lindsay if he can find a sponsor who is admitted to practice law in California. Lindsay Berger Sacks is the sponsor Heller found to back him but she has not practiced law in California since 1996. She apparently reactivated her membership to the California Bar Association last week.
- Lilo reportedly still owes Holley a ton of money for past legal help.
- Lindsay has her probation violation hearing scheduled for January 30th. It is rumored that Shawn was in the process of negotiating a deal for her client before all of the lawyer swapping began.
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf is in Sundance promoting his new film Death of Charlie Countryman with co-star Evan Rachel Wood. To prepare for his role portraying a drug addict, Shia told MTV News that he dropped acid and recorded his behavior while he was high to find inspiration for his on-camera persona.
The former Disney channel actor said, “I remember sending Evan tapes. I remember trying to conjure this (drug-addicted character) and sending tapes and Evan being like, ‘Yeah, that’s good, but that’s not, but this is, but that ain’t.’ Not like she’s the expert on set. I’m just saying you reach out to friends and you sort of gauge where you’re at. So I was sending tapes around.” He revealed that it took several acid trips to get the character down but insists that he never showed up wasted or tripping on set.
Rumors of homosexuality are usually just par for the course for male celebrities in Hollywood but James Franco says that he has been dealing with gossip about his sexual preference since his high school days. The subject of Franco’s sexuality has come up recently again as a reaction to his latest film Interior. Leather Bar. which is said to be pretty heavy on its depiction of gay sex.
Franco was asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz how he felt about people’s preoccupation with his sexuality. He revealed that people have been calling him gay since before his acting days but added, “It wasn’t something that frightened me, like if people think that, it’s fine. I really don’t care.”
- James mentioned that the one gay rumor that has always bothered him was a New York Post story back in 2008 that connected him to a gay rape scandal which deeply offended him.
- Despite the gay rumors, tabloids have also been reporting that he is dating his Spring Breakers co-star Ashley Benson.