TOM CRUISE SIGNS ON FOR ANOTHER ‘MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE’: Paramount Pictures has announced that Tom Cruise has officially signed on for a fifth installment of Mission: Impossible. The fourth film was the highest grossing film in the series so far.
NBC RENEWS ‘PARKS AND RECREATION’: NBC has announced that Parks and Recreation will be coming back for a sixth season. The show is NBC’s highest rated comedy now that 30 Rock has ended and The Office is finishing up this month.
DIRECTOR OF ‘THE STEPFORD WIVES’ HAS PASSED AWAY: British actor and filmmaker Bryan Forbes passed away in his England home on Wednesday (May 8th) at the age of 86. Forbes is best known for the 1973 film The Stepford Wives.
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS CONFIRMS HE’S HOSTING THE TONY AWARDS: How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris confirmed rumors that he will be returning to host the Tony Awards for the fourth time. He released a statement saying, “I’m very excited to be back hosting the Tony Awards at the legendary Radio City Music Hall. It’ll be more impressive than ever–if my math is correct, it will be 267 times bigger than last year. Oh, wait. No, that can’t…hold on…carry the one…I’m awful at math. But rest assured, the show will rock!”
CW ORDERS TWO DRAMAS TO SERIES: The CW has ordered drama pilots The Tomorrow People and The 100 to series. The network previously announced their pick-up of The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals.
PRINCE HARRY ARRIVES IN AMERICA: Prince Harry landed at Dulles airport in Virginia on Thursday (May 9th) to kick off his week-long tour of the U.S. In addition to his stop in DC, the visit will include trips to Colorado, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut.
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY SETS OFF ON HONEYMOON: Newlywed Keira Knightley and husband James Righton are spending their honeymoon on the island of Corsica after exchanging their vows in the South of France last weekend. People has obtained photos of the couple strolling on the beach, sunbathing, and sightseeing on board a private boat.
ELISHA CUTHBERT DID NOT FIGHT WITH A PLAYER’S WIFE: Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert took to Twitter to defend herself against Toronto Maple Leafs fans who attacked her after being caught on camera appearing to roll her eyes at James Reimer’s wife April. Both Elisha and April quickly shot down reports that there is any bad blood between them. Elisha posted a photo of the two of them smiling together and wrote, “Things are not always what they seem. I’m insulted and disappointed by a lot of these comments. That’s real. Not a three-second clip.”
‘DUCK DYNASTY’ CAST UNIMPRESSED BY WHITE HOUSE FOOD: Willie and Korie Robertson of Duck Dynasty revealed to TMZ that they enjoyed the White House Correspondents Dinner but they’ve had better meals. Though the reality stars dined on beet salads and steaks, they were quick to point out that it was far from the best meal they’ve ever had.
NICK STAHL IS WORKING TOWARD SOBRIETY: Terminator 3 star Nick Stahl is attempting to turn his life around after a public struggle with drugs, alcohol, and other personal issues. TMZ caught up with the actor leaving the DMV in L.A. and he told the website, “Everything’s getting good. Everything’s turning around…in a really good way.”
American Idol Judges
There have been rumblings over at Fox that execs are so worried about the American Idol ratings that they are considering finding replacements for all four judges next year. A source confirmed to E! News that there are currently major talks about what would improve the show’s declining ratings for 2014 and all new judges may be part of the plan.
The source said, “Yes, we want to do a whole new panel — but, just like last time around, it depends on who we get.” While no official decisions have been made, they are pretty confident that Mariah Carey will be replaced at the very least.
- There have reportedly also been talks about bringing back the original three judges — Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell — for a season sometime in the future.
- According to The Wrap, the ratings for Idol are down 22 percent this season.
- Randy released a statement late on Thursday (May 9th) to announce his decision to leave the show after this season. He said, “Yo! Yo! Yo! To put all of the speculation to rest, after 12 years of judging on ‘American Idol’ I have decided it is time to leave after this season. I am very proud of how we forever changed television and the music industry. It’s been a life changing opportunity but I am looking forward to focusing on my company Dream Merchant 21 and other business ventures.”