Celebrity Sleaze for Friday 4/5/13

by Gino on April 5, 2013

in Celebrity Sleaze

RIP Roger Ebert

Chicago Sun-Times film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Roger Ebert has died at the age of 70. It was announced earlier this week that Ebert’s cancer had returned and that he would be taking a break from writing to focus on fighting the illness. However, a family friend of the writer has confirmed to the Sun-Times that he died on Thursday (April 4th) of complications from the cancer.

Roger was known for his thumbs-up or down film reviews. His review show with Gene Siskel called Sneak Preview was nominated for seven Emmys during its time on air. Ebert also wrote more than 15 books and teamed with Russ Meyer to write the sexploitation films Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.

An excerpt from Roger’s final blog post:
“Thank you. Forty-six years ago on April 3, 1967, I became the film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times. Some of you have read my reviews and columns and even written to me since that time. Others were introduced to my film criticism through the television show, my books, the website, the film festival, or the Ebert Club and newsletter. However you came to know me, I’m glad you did and thank you for being the best readers any film critic could ask for.”

SARAH JESSICA PARKER IS BACK AT ‘GLEE’: Lea Michele tweeted a little spoiler from the set of Glee on Wednesday (April 3rd) that Sarah Jessica Parker was making her return to film scenes for the show that day. It is unclear when Parker’s latest episode will air.

JAY LENO GETS A RATINGS BOOST FROM RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: The Tonight Show enjoyed its highest ratings since January 20th on Wednesday (April 3rd) — the same day Jay Leno announced his retirement from the show. Jimmy Fallon’s show saw a similar ratings bump.

LEONARDO DICAPRIO & TOM HANKS TEAMING UP FOR HBO MOVIE: Leonardo DiCaprio is teaming up with Tom Hanks to produce an HBO film about former Soviet Union president Mikhail Gorbachev. Gorbachev will serve as a consultant on the project.

FILMMAKERS MOVING FORWARD WITH ROGER EBERT DOCUMENTARY: Documentarians working on a project about Roger Ebert called Life Itself have announced plans to push forward with the film despite the death of their subject. Director Steve James tweeted, “We are devastated. But we will continue. We will finish the film.”

LINDSAY LOHAN’S FAMILY DOG HAS DIED: The Lohan family Maltese dog Gucci has died. Dina Lohan tweeted, “Sad Day Gucci our family Dog passed away! She…brought so much love to us ……she will forever be missed xo” Gucci was 19.

AMANDA BYNES LEFT A SALON WITHOUT PAYING: A salon manager in New York City has told HollywoodLife.com that Amanda Bynes allegedly showed up at her store on March 28th and could not pay for the services they provided to her. According to the manager, “She had bad extensions and we were working around her sunglasses and extensions. We gave her a great blowout. We ran her credit card twice and it was declined. She was also trying to buy some hairspray too. Then she bolted on us, and took the hairspray with her!”

ASHLEY GREENE STEPS OUT AFTER DEVASTATING FIRE: Twilight actress Ashley Greene made her first public appearance since a fire ripped through her West Hollywood condo and killed one of her dogs. She was spotted walking through LAX on Wednesday (April 3rd.)

RYAN LOCHTE WANTS TO BE LIKE KIM KARDASHIAN: Gold medalist Ryan Lochte may have Olympic glory but he apparently has other aspirations. Ryan is getting ready to debut his reality show on E! and told The Hollywood Reporter that Kim Kardashian is his role model for fame. He said, “Kim started from pretty much nothing, and now everyone everywhere knows who she is. That’s what I want to do.”

REBEL WILSON WENT TO LAW SCHOOL: In a new interview with People magazine, Rebel Wilson reveals that she was preparing to become a lawyer while also attempting to make a name for herself in show business. When asked about starting out as a comedian in Australia she told the magazine, “I went to law school at the same time. I didn’t have an opportunity to practice, but you never know. One day, if things don’t work out, I might be a barrister!”

NEW TRAILER FOR ‘THE GREAT GATSBY’ RELEASED: A new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has been released. The trailer shows more of the director’s glamorous depiction of the world described in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book. It also showcases songs from the soundtrack including Beyonce, Andre 3000, Florence and the Machine, and Lana Del Ray.

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