RELEASE DATE SET FOR QUVENZHANE WALLIS’ ‘ANNIE’: Sony pictures has announced that the Annie remake starring Quvenzhane Wallis will hit theaters on Christmas day of 2014. The reimagining of the stage musical will be directed by Will Gluck.
WILL FERRELL TO BE HONORED AT MTV MOVIE AWARDS: Will Ferrell will be the first-ever recipient of the Comedic Genius Award at the MTV Movie Awards airing in April. The show will be hosted by Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson.
NETFLIX CEO CONFIRMS THERE WILL BE ONLY ONE NEW SEASON OF ‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’: Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has announced that the highly anticipated return of Arrested Development will only be for one season. He said, “We don’t anticipate being able to do season five, six, and seven and we have less of a stake in it. So it’s a really fantastic one-off which is coming together incredibly.”
‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ ADDS KATHY BATES: Harry’s Law star Kathy Bates has signed on to join the third season of FX’s American Horror Story. She will play a friend turned enemy of Jessica Lange’s character.
‘GREY’S ANATOMY’ ALUM JOINS NBC COMEDY PILOT: Chyler Leigh, best known for playing Lexi Grey on Grey’s Anatomy, has joined the NBC comedy Holding Patterns. The show is described as an ensemble multi-camera comedy about a group of friends whose lives change after surviving a plane crash.
MATT DAMON PLANNING SECOND WEDDING TO HIS WIFE: Matt Damon and his wife Luciana are rumored to be planning a top-secret destination wedding celebration to renew their vows. The couple was originally married in a low key ceremony at Manhattan’s City Hall in 2005.
PEREZ HILTON IS A DAD: Gossip blogger Perez Hilton announced on his website on Wednesday (February 27th) that he became a dad earlier this month. He wrote, “Dear Friends, I want you to hear this directly from me, right here. I am ready to announce that earlier this month I was blessed with the birth of my first child, a beautiful and healthy baby boy – with lots of hair on his tiny head!”
JENNIFER ANISTON RUMORED TO BE TAKING JUSTIN THEROUX’S LAST NAME: It is believed that Jen Aniston’s wedding to Justin Theroux will be happening very soon and a source tells People that the former Friends star has secret plans to take her hubby’s last name. The source said, “She plans on privately changing her name to Theroux. She likes the way it sounds and jokes that Jennifer Theroux sounds very posh. They really seem to have perfect chemistry, like they complete each other. There’s a perfect balance. He was doting when she turned to him at the Oscars, but the overall vibe was simply fun and effortless.”
RACHEL MCADAMS SPLITS FROM MICHAEL SHEEN: Midnight in Paris costars Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen have broken up. They took their relationship public in October of 2010 after meeting on the set of the Woody Allen film.
RICKY SCHRODER IN AIRPORT ALTERCATION: Ricky Schroder, star of the 1980’s sitcom Silver Spoons, reportedly assaulted an LAX airport worker last week after she wouldn’t let him board the plane with three bags. The worker claims that Ricky slapped her hand when she reached for his boarding pass but the actor’s lawyer claims the woman was rude and confrontational when she told him he had too many bags and that she actually hit Schroder’s hand causing his phone to go flying.
Demi Moore and Madonna may have a friendly history but it appears Madge has ditched the Ghost star for team Ashton. Madonna reportedly invited Ashton Kutcher to her annual Oscar party but Demi did not make the guest list.
According to Radar Online, everyone at the party was gossiping about how Moore was not one of the famous faces in attendance even though she co-hosted the party with the pop star back in 2009. A source told the website, “Madonna is firmly on side Ashton. She adores him and thinks that out of him and Demi he’s the one with the glittering career. Also, Madonna loves having Ashton around as he’s great eye candy, he’s funny and he flirts outrageously with her — In Madonna’s eyes, there’s no competition – when it comes to picking sides Ashton is the obvious winner!”
- The singer’s party is held each year on Academy Awards Sunday at a mansion belonging to her manager Guy Oseary.
Twi-hards who are still mourning the end of their favorite film franchise may get the chance to see Bella and Edward on the big screen once again. RiffTrax, the trio behind Mystery Science 3000, is attempting to raise money to buy the rights to Twilight so they could add their funny commentary live during a one-night only screening nationwide.
Twilight was chosen as the Worst Movie of All Time in a poll created to see which film they should lampoon next. The group has already received almost $158,000 in donations on their Kickstarter.com page after setting a goal to raise $55,000 by March 27, 2013.
- It was announced on the RiffTrax Twitter feed that the extra donations will go toward hiring celebrity guests and general production costs.
- They are hoping to have the event broadcast live on hundreds of movie screens in August 2013.
- RiffTrax is made up of comedians Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett.
20 years after her death, Audrey Hepburn is still getting acting gigs. The Breakfast at Tiffany’s star is featured in a new ad for Galaxy chocolate.
The ad features Hepburn stuck in traffic on a bus in Italy when a chocolate bar in her purse and a handsome motorist completely turn her day around. According to Gossip Cop, the commercial was made with permission from the family of the late actress.
- Audrey was also posthumously featured in a commercial for The Gap back in 2006.