GABOUREY SIDIBE JOINS ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY': Precious star Gabourey Sidibe has signed on to appear in the upcoming third season of American Horror Story. Ryan Murphy announced the news on Twitter on Monday (April 29th.) Her role has not been revealed.
ANOTHER CAST MEMBER DEPARTS ‘REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS': Marisa Zanuck has confirmed that she will not be a part of the fourth season of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. She told Celebuzz, “I wasn’t asked back. It’s as simple as that and I’m okay with it.”
WETV ORDERS ‘HOUSE OF CURVES': WEtv has given a series order to House of Curves which focuses on plus-sized designer Kenyatta Jones as she navigates the “skinny world” of fashion. The show will air as six hour-long episodes.
SARAH SILVERMAN TO STAR IN HBO SPECIAL: Sarah Silverman will star in her first-ever HBO special called We Are Miracles. The special will tape in May and air on the network in the fall.
STEVEN SODERBERGH TEASES NEW PROJECT: Supposedly retired director Steven Soderbergh used his ghost Twitter account, @Bitchuation, to tweet out various chapters of a novella called Glue on Sunday night (April 28th.) Glue is believed to be original work from the man behind Magic Mike and appears to be a crime story told from the second person perspective. Only the first seven chapters have been posted thus far.
ADRIENNE MALOOF SAYS SHE DOESN’T NEED TO BE A REAL HOUSEWIFE: Ousted real housewife Adrienne Maloof may have been burned on national television after failing to appear at the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion but the reality star says she doesn’t need Bravo to keep her career going. She told The Bender, “I ended on a high note with Bravo. They understand my situation. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get into too much about my marriage and my children, so I had to do what I had to do. It was a great platform and for me the second chapter of my life I think you’ll find to be quite impressive. I’ve got offers left and right for a reality television show and I’m doing a feature film with Dreamworks.”
ANNE HATHWAY HIDES IN A STRANGER’S CAR: Anne Hathaway landed at LAX recently and rather than wait curbside for her ride to show up, she sought shelter in a stranger’s car. TMZ caught the actress entering a car that she quickly learned was not her ride but asked if she could sit and wait for a few minutes until her car arrived to avoid the paparazzi.
REESE WITHERSPOON SAYS IT’S OK FOR SUCCESSFUL WOMEN TO SHOW OFF: Mud star Reese Witherspoon gave an interview to Red magazine before her “Do you know who I am?” disorderly conduct arrest where she says successful women should be allowed to show off a little. She told the magazine, “As women, we shrug and smile and say, ‘Oh… me?’ because it makes it socially acceptable for us to be successful. But there is a balance between being an arrogant jerk and being someone who is proud of their accomplishments. We need to let successful women show off and support them. You have to be the best version of yourself and, if that means you have to be a bit self-promoting, then it’s okay.”
LEONARDO DICAPRIO TAKES CREDIT FOR BRINGING JAY-Z TO ‘THE GREAT GATSBY': Leonardo DiCaprio was promoting his new film The Great Gatsby to E! News when he revealed that he is partially responsible for bringing Jay-Z in to perform on the soundtrack for the film. He said, “I can’t say me specifically but I think I suggested Jay-Z to Baz. I made the introduction, ’cause I know Baz in his great search to create this spectacle that is a Baz Luhrmann movie wanted to, in a sense, modernize the music in a lot of ways. And jazz was kind of the equivalent of hip-hop in that era. So I suggested Jay-Z, and then they started working together and had a great collaboration and worked on the movie tirelessly.”
ASHTON KUTCHER WENT BACK TO STAGECOACH FESTIVAL: Ashton Kutcher returned to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival on Sunday (April 28th) –only a day after fighting with a security guard and being asked to leave. There were no incidents reported on his second day at the festival.
NBC Censors Kathy Lee Gifford
With the release of Brian Stelter’s new book Top of the Morning last week, NBC is back on damage control hoping to recover Matt Lauer’s reputation and protect the Today show. Kathie Lee Gifford recently attempted to help her fellow NBC employee by speaking out in his defense to the media but according to some leaked emails acquired by Radar Online, the network allegedly had to edit her words.
Radar is reporting that Kathie Lee launched an effort to help Matt’s image by collecting signatures from NBC employees in support of the anchor that she planned to run as an ad in a newspaper but Lauer supposedly asked her to put the kibosh on it. She also told Extra, “Matt is not a monster. You know a completely different person than the monster you’re reading about in the press.” Those words did not sit well with the network and, after a series of emails with producers of the NBC-owned entertainment news program, the references to him being viewed as a monster were removed. Instead, Extra ran a clip of Gifford saying, “This man we love and respect so much and is handling this beautifully, how about, maybe they’d believe us? I think Matt’s an honorable man and a consummate professional.”
- Meredith Vieira also expressed her opinion on the matter by telling the NY Post, “Even if NBC blew it from a p.r. point of view, you’ve got to move on. I think what is happening to Matt is really wrong.”
Martha Stewart Looking For Love On The Internet
Martha Stewart is looking for love and she’s turning to the internet to find it. The 71-year-old appeared on Monday’s Today show where Matt Lauer announced that the show will be documenting Martha’s quest to find a mate.
When Stewart asked Match.com CEO Sam Yagan if he felt she would find a match on the site like many of her employees, Sam said, “What we know we can get you is some great first dates. I think finding a soul mate for you might be a little difficult. But I think first dates are easily doable.” Yagan also recommended that Martha set up her profile under a false identity so she could get to know people without them being blinded by her fame.
- Martha also revealed, “I’d like to have breakfast with somebody. I’d like to go to bed with somebody. Sleep with somebody.”