LIAM NEESON TO EARN HUGE PAY DAY FOR ‘TAKEN 3’: Deadline is reporting that Liam Neeson will earn $20 million to bring his special set of skills back for a third Taken film. 20th Century Fox is also reportedly trying to woo Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen to return for another round of action. Neeson was paid in the ballpark of $15 million for the second installment of the franchise.
‘UNDER THE DOME’ BREAKS RATINGS RECORDS: The Monday night (June 24th) series premiere of Stephen King’s Under the Dome on CBS was broadcast TV’s most watched summer premiere since NBC’s The Singing Bee launched in 2007. 13.1 million people tuned in for the first installment of the 13-episode series.
BROADWAY TO DIM LIGHTS ON WEDNESDAY FOR JAMES GANDOLFINI: Broadway theaters will dim their marquee lights for one minute tonight (Wednesday, June 26th) to remember James Gandolfini. The Sopranos star won a Tony in 2009 for his role in God of Carnage.
DISNEY SETS RELEASE DATE FOR ‘CINDERELLA’: Disney has announced that Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella will be released on March 13th, 2015. Lily James, Cate Blanchett, and Richard Madden star in the film.
HEIDI KLUM REMOVING SEAL TATTTOO: People is reporting that Heidi Klum is in the process of removing the tattoo she got in 2008 to commemorate her vow renewal to her husband Seal. Sources tell the website that she has already had a few treatments to lighten the ink but added, “The stars with her children’s initials will stay intact.”
ARIANA GRANDE HATED BEING ON ‘VICTORIOUS’: Nickelodeon star Ariana Grande reveals in the August issue of Seventeen that she wasn’t exactly thrilled to be working on the set of Victorious for three years. She tells the magazine, “I worked with someone who told me they’d never like me. But for some reason, I just felt like I needed her approval. So I started changing myself to please her. It made me stop being social and friendly. I was so unhappy.” Ariana now stars on a new series on the network called Sam & Cat alongside iCarly star Jennette McCurdy.
JUDGE DENIES JULIANNA MARGULIES’ REQUEST TO DISMISS LAWSUIT: A judge has rejected Juliana Margulies’ request to dismiss a lawsuit filed against her by D/F Management who claim she stiffed them on wages after she fired them. The firm is seeking $420,000 in back commissions and a cut of her future earning for booking her on The Good Wife and getting her a deal with L’Oreal. The judge ruled that there appears to be enough evidence for the case to go to trial.
KATE GOSSELIN DEFENDS ALLEGEDLY RACIST PHOTO: TLC reality star Kate Gosselin took to her blog to defend herself after a photo appearing to show her mocking Asians was uploaded to Twitter on Sunday (June 23rd..) Kate wrote, “Jon and I were opening fan mail together one afternoon…and when we opened this plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan, we smiled, each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos on my phone of each other. I ‘slanted’ my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile. A common topic of our show was ‘everybody’s Asian’ — except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she’d help me look Asian too!” She assured her fans that she is “the last person who could be called a racist.”
JOSH HUTCHERSON DATING ‘PARADISE LOST’ COSTAR: Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson is reportedly dating actress Claudia Traisac after they met on the set of Paradise Lost in Panama back in March. The couple was spotted kissing and walking in L.A. on June 22nd after sharing a meal at Mendocino Farms.
Matthew Fox In World War Z
The World War Z that is currently in theaters is apparently a much different movie than what was originally filmed. All of the edits and reshoots resulted in a film that fans and critics appear to be enjoying but it also led to Matthew Fox’s role to be almost entirely cut from the film.
The Lost star has a tiny cameo in the final version of the film but he was actually supposed to be much more involved in the story. The 46-year-old described his character to Boston Common Magazine saying, “He’s a Navy SEAL who rescues Brad Pitt and his family off of a rooftop in Philadelphia. He ends up looking after his family amidst this chaos, while Brad Pitt’s character tries to find a solution to the zombie apocalypse. The movie is the setup for the possibility of a trilogy. My role would be more developed, I think, if there were to be more films. But I just was really excited to be a part of it in any way.”
- Only the scene where Matthew rescues Brad’s family in Philadelphia remains in the theatrical release of the film.
- Paramount is reportedly already working on a sequel as the movie continues to rake in big bucks at the box office. It earned over $100 million globally during its opening weekend.