JENNY MCCARTHY IS OFFICIALLY JOINING ‘THE VIEW’: Barbara Walters confirmed rumors on Monday’s (July 15th) episode of The View that Jenny McCarthy will be joining the show full-time in September. Barbara said, “Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor. She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view. Jenny will be a great addition to the show as we usher in an exciting new chapter for The View.” Jenny responded, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining Barbara and the other amazing women at the table. I look forward to helping make hot topics a little bit hotter, and showing my mom that my interrupting skills have finally paid off.”
‘VERONICA MARS’ WILL CONTINUE AS A BOOK SERIES: Veronica Mars series creator Rob Thomas has inked a two-book deal with Alloy Entertainment to continue the story where the movie will leave off after it hits theaters in 2014. The first book is expected to hit shelves in the spring of 2014. Rob told The Hollywood Reporter, “I started my career as a novelist. Veronica Mars was first imagined as a novel. I’m thrilled that I’m going to get the opportunity to continue telling Veronica Mars stories in a form I’ve loved and missed.”
MICHAEL KORS IS SUING COSTCO: Designer Michael Kors is suing Costco over an ad that used images of his handbags for their designer handbag sale but not actually selling his merchandise. The former Project Runway judge is accusing the chain store of false advertising.
HBO RENEWS ‘TRUE BLOOD’: HBO has announced their decision to renew True Blood for a seventh season. President of Programming Michael Lombardo released a statement saying, “True Blood remains a signature show for HBO, and a true phenomenon with our viewers. Thanks to executive producer Brian Buckner and his talented team, the show continues to be a thrill ride like nothing else on TV.”
ABC FAMILY CANCELS ‘THE LYING GAME’: After two seasons, ABC Family has given the axe to The Lying Game. The series’ star Alexandra Chando wrote on Instagram, “To our awesome #lyinggame fans, thank you for these two amazing seasons. Unfortunately, Abc Family has decided not to bring us back for a third season. We so wanted to do 10 more for you guys! Thanks for your support and keep up with the cast to see what’s next for us! Xx”
KRISTEN STEWART IS NOT DATING MICHAEL PITT: E! News is shooting down the rumors that Kristen Stewart has been getting romantic with Boardwalk Empire star Michael Pitt after meeting at Paris Fashion Week. A rep for Pitt released a statement saying, “While we do not comment on our clients’ personal lives, please know that there is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this rumor that Michael Pitt and Kirsten Stewart are dating.” Michael is reportedly engaged to model Jamie Bochert.
FARRAH ABRAHAM REJECTED BY PLAYBOY TWICE: TMZ is reporting that Backdoor Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham has had a lifelong dream of posing for Playboy but has actually been rejected twice by the publication. She reportedly reached out once right after the release of her sex tape and then again last month but was told both times that there is no room for her in the magazine.
NIGELLA LAWSON COULD BE DIVORCED BY THE END OF THE MONTH: Nigella Lawson and her alleged abusive husband Charles Saatchi are reportedly working quickly to legally end their marriage and could be out of each other’s lives by the end of July. According to E! News, neither party plans to make financial claims against the other and are looking for a “swift and amicable resolution.”
GABOUREY SIDIBE PRANKS JIMMY KIMMEL AT HIS WEDDING: Precious star Gabourey Sidibe turned the tables on Jimmy Kimmel on his wedding day on Saturday (July 13th) by showing up to the ceremony dressed as the bride. The 30-year-old actress stepped out of her limo wearing a flowing wedding gown and veil hoping to have a little fun at the expense of the groom but she eventually changed into a red dress to push the attention back on the bride for the rest of the evening.
CLAIRE DANES ALMOST QUIT ACTING BEFORE ‘HOMELAND’: Claire Danes reveals in the new issue of Vogue that she almost quit acting after not getting much work following her Emmy win for HBO’s Temple Grandin back in 2010. She explains, “It was grim. I was very hurt. Two years of not working was brutal. And a point came where I thought, ‘I really like interior design.’ Someone suggested ‘Maybe your real success is in your personal life.’ It was confusing. I got a lot of plaudits, and it didn’t translate into more work. I was really, really struggling during that time.”
The Latest On The Passing Of Cory Monteith
The two days that have passed since the body of Glee star Cory Monteith was discovered in a Vancouver hotel room have been both heartbreaking and confusing as many news outlets are speculating on the cause of death and whether or not the actor’s battle with addiction played a part in his demise. As fans and fellow celebrities continue to mourn his passing, few official details have emerged and the toxicology results from Monday’s autopsy (July 15th) could take a few days to come in.
HollywoodLife.com is reporting that “numerous amounts of alcohol” and other substances were allegedly found in Cory’s hotel room. Photos have also surfaced which appear to show the recovering addict drinking with friends in the days leading up to his passing on Saturday (July 13th.) Fans have started shrines dedicated to Cory’s memory both at the Paramount lot where Glee is filmed as well as at the hotel where he had been staying when he died.
- Us Weekly is reporting that Cory had plans to move in with girlfriend Lea Michele after he returned from Vancouver. Although Lea released a statement asking for privacy as she mourns his passing, sources says she has been inconsolable since hearing the news and she has refused to eat.
- According to the LA Times, Cory played a criminal struggling with drug addiction in his final movie, McCanick, which he shot last September in Philadelphia.
- The Westboro Baptist Church announced on Sunday (July 14th) that they plan to picket Cory’s funeral. The official Twitter account of the church tweeted to Glee cast members saying, “Praise God Almighty” that Monteith was dead. One spokesperson for the group said they were “GLEE-ful over God’s righteous judgment.”