THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES — JANUARY 25-27
- Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, $19 million
- Mama, $12.8 million
- Silver Linings Playbook, $10 million
- Zero Dark Thirty, $9.8 million
- Parker, $7 million
- Django Unchained, $5 million
- Movie 43, $5 million
- Gangster Squad, $4.2 million
- Broken City, $4 million
- Les Miserables, $3.9 million
JENNIFER LAWRENCE HAS PNEUMONIA: Jennifer Lawrence’s Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jacki Weaver revealed that Lawrence is currently sick with pneumonia. Weaver made the announcement while accepting a Best Actress trophy on Jennifer’s behalf at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Awards in L.A. on Saturday (January 26th.)
BEN AFFLECK DOESN’T WANT HIS KIDS TO GO INTO SHOWBIZ: Ben Affleck told E! News that he does not want his three children to pursue a career in show business. The actor said, “My kids have enough issues of being exposed in ways that I don’t want them to be exposed, in magazines and shows and stuff.”
SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT CALLS OFF ENGAGEMENT: American Pie actor Seann William Scott has reportedly called off his engagement to model Lindsay Frimodt. They first announced their engagement last March.
BURT REYNOLDS HOSPITALIZED WHILE BATTLING THE FLU: Burt Reynolds remains hospitalized but has been released from the intensive care unit while battling a bad case of the flu. A rep for the 76-year-old actor tells TMZ that doctors have given the go-ahead to leave ICU now that his fever has broken.
‘REAL HOUSEWIFE’ SUING INTERNET COMMENTER: Lisa Hochstein of Real Housewives of Miami has filed a lawsuit against an internet commenter for writing that she was an escort who did softcore porn in Las Vegas. Hochstein is suing for over $15,000 and claims she suffered “severe emotional distress” from the comments which she says also damaged her reputation.
ANNA PAQUIN AND OTHERS SIGN UP FOR ‘X-MEN’ SEQUEL: X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer tweeted that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, and Shawn Ashmore have been tapped to reprise their roles from the original X-Men trilogy in the upcoming sequel to X-Men: First Class. Singer also thanked former director Brett Ratner for keeping the characters alive in the franchise so they could appear in his new film.
‘DEXTER’ ADDS TWO NEW CAST MEMBERS FOR SEASON EIGHT: Charlotte Rampling and Sean Patrick Flannery have scored roles on the upcoming eighth season of Dexter. The season will debut on June 30th on Showtime.
‘ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS’ HEADING TO THE BIG SCREEN: The hit British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous is being adapted for the big screen. The show’s star Joanna Lumley broke the news and revealed that co-star Jennifer Saunders is already writing the script.
SARAH PALIN PARTS WAYS WITH FOX NEWS: A rep for Fox News Channel has confirmed that Sarah Palin will no longer appear as a contributor on the network. Palin has frequently appeared on the network since 2009 and was reportedly paid over $1 million a year for her work.
SYFY AND NBCU ACCUSED OF STEALING SHOW IDEA: The Results Group production company is suing Syfy network and NBC Universal for stealing their idea for the show Face Off. The suit claims that the idea was originally pitched during a meeting in 2009 but the group was told that the network had decided not to pursue the series.
Nine black former American Idol contestants are accusing Fox and the show of discrimination. New York attorney James Freeman has written a letter on behalf of his nine clients claiming there is a racist pattern in the disqualification process on the show.
The letter, which has been posted to TMZ, alleges that the show enacted “a cruel and inhumane” scheme including background checks and arrest inquiries to humiliate contestants on live TV and perpetuate “destructive stereotypes” making his clients appear to be “violent criminals, liars and sexual deviants.” The letter also expresses Freeman’s clients’ intent to sue the network and the show.
- Freeman also states that the question asked to all potential idol contestants, “Have you ever been arrested?” is a violation of California employment law and producers should have been forbidden from asking it.
- The letter also points out that in the shows 11 seasons, there has never been a white or non-black contestant who has been disqualified and that none of his clients were ever convicted of the crimes for which they were charged.
- Idol’s Nigel Lythgoe responded to the accusation saying, “We treat everybody the same…no matter the race, religion, or sex.”
- Only seven of the nine booted contestants were kicked off for legal issues.
- Former finalists Melinda Doolittle and Vonzell Solomon have come forward in defense of the show saying that neither of them experienced discrimination and that the contracts are clear about how the background checks work.
- Idol has had three African-American winners — Ruben Studdard, Fantasia Barrino, and Jordin Sparks.