ORIGINAL ‘STAR WARS’ CAST IN TALKS FOR EPISODE SEVEN: Mark Hamill has confirmed that he, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher are in talks to reprise their roles in the upcoming Star Wars film. He also revealed the George Lucas insisted that the characters be written out of the new movie if the original cast members decide not to be a part of the project.
WILL ARNETT LANDS LEAD IN NEW CBS PILOT: Will Arnett may have put the final nail in the coffin for NBC’s Up All Night. The actor has landed the lead role in a new CBS pilot from the creator of Raising Hope. Will plays a newly divorced single man with parents who have their own marital problems.
JENNIFER LAWRENCE SIGNS ON TO DAVID O. RUSSELL’S NEW FILM: Jennifer Lawrence is reteaming with her Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell for his new film The Ends of the Earth. The script was penned by Argo writer Chris Terrio.
FX RENEWS ‘THE AMERICANS’: FX has announced plans for a second season of Keri Russell’s spy series The Americans. The show’s premiere broke ratings records for the network and has remained consistently strong despite a dip in the second episode.
ISRAELI AD FEATURING JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS PULLED FROM AIRWAVES: A commercial featuring Veep actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus rubbing the belly of an overweight co-worker whom she mistakes for being pregnant has been pulled from Israeli airwaves. Israel’s Yedid Association for Community Empowerment wrote a complaint letter claiming that the advertisement was an unjustified insult to “weight-challenged individuals.”
MICHELLE WILLIAMS SAYS SHE REGRETS NOT GOING TO COLLEGE: Oz: The Great and Powerful actress Michelle Williams expressed to David Letterman that she regrets not finishing her education. Michelle — who quit school to pursue acting at 15 — told the late night host, “My daughter has actually said that she would like me to go to college with her… and I’m sure she won’t change her mind! It is a very lovely idea… I have been struggling with some of her grammar homework recently.”
PRINCE HARRY VACATIONS WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND: Prince Harry has reportedly rekindled his relationship with British model Cressida Bonas who he was linked to last summer. UK’s Daily Mail published photos of the couple on a PDA-filled vacation together in the Swiss Alps.
IS MILA KUNIS MOVING IN WITH ASHTON KUTCHER?: The upcoming issue of Us Weekly is reporting that Mila Kunis is taking her rumored relationship with Ashton Kutcher to the next level by moving in with him. According to a source, Ashton’s roommate is moving out to make room for Mila while her own house is being remodeled.
DONALD TRUMP THREATENS TO SUE AGAIN: Donald Trump has sent a cease-and-desist letter to the man petitioning to have him dumped as a spokesperson for Macy’s. The letter threatens a lawsuit to the tune of $25 million if the campaign continues.
DIANE LANE AND JOSH BROLIN ARE DIVORCING: After eight years of marriage, Josh Brolin and Diane Lane are divorcing. The couple’s reps have confirmed to People that they have been separated for several months and that the relationship “just ran its course.”
Transformers star Shia LaBeouf has gone public with emails that explain why he suddenly dropped out of Broadway’s Orphans only weeks before he was set to make his stage debut. Shia tweeted a series of screenshots of email exchanges between himself and director Daniel Sullivan, Alec Baldwin, and playwright Lyle Kessler.
One of the emails references some sort of argument that went down between Shia and Baldwin. LaBeouf apologizes for his part of the “dis-agreeable situation” to which Sullivan responds, “I’m too old for disagreeable situations. you’re one hell of a great actor. Alec is who he is. you are who you are. you two are incompatible. i should have known it. this one will haunt me. you tried to warn me. you said you were a different breed. i didn’t get it.”
In another message, Alec writes, “I’ve been through this before. It’s been a while. And perhaps some of the particulars are different. But it comes down to the fact that what we all do now is critical. Perhaps especially for you. When the change comes, how do we handle it, whether it be good or bad? What do we learn?” The actors go on to assure each other that they don’t have anything bad to say about the other.
- Gawker has uncovered that one of Shia’s e-mails which contains a lengthy apology from him was actually lifted almost entirely from an old Esquire article called What Is A Man? by Tom Chiarella.
- The revival of Orphans begins previews on March 19th. Six Feet Under actor Ben Foster has been tapped to replace Shia.
A woman named Lorrie Arias who appeared on the Fox reality show The Swan back in 2005 is blaming the show for ruining her life. The 42-year-old claims her appearance on the show where she underwent over $300,000 worth of plastic surgery procedures has sent also her into hiding.
Arias told the NY Post, “I am agoraphobic, on meds and unable to enjoy life. I had the most surgeries of any Swan in the history of the show and it has all gone to absolute sh-t. I am a 300-pound mess of a person who is afraid to go outside.” Lorrie also said she now suffers from bipolar disorder, lupus, and depression and blames her issues on the lack of follow-up treatment from the show’s therapists.
- The newspaper also followed up with other women who participated on the show and all but two former contestants are either divorced or widowed.
- Season 1 winner Rachel Love reacted to the accusations calling the other girls “crybabies” and saying, “Some of the girls have had problems with their surgeries, and I would have thought the producers would have helped a little more with that, but what can you expect from them? Reality shows aren’t there to guide you for the rest of your life.”
- There is a celebrity edition of The Swan scheduled to air this summer as a two-hour special with Monica Lewinsky and Happy Days star Erin Moran rumored to be cast members.