THIS WEEKEND’S TOP TEN MOVIES — AUGUST 23-25
- Lee Daniels’ The Butler, $17 million
- We’re the Millers, $13.5 million
- Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, $9.3 million
- The World’s End, $8.9 million
- Planes, $8.6 million
- Elysium, $7.1 million
- You’re Next, $7.1 million
- Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, $5.2 million
- Blue Jasmine, $4.3 million
- Kick-Ass 2, $4.3 million
JENNIFER LAWRENCE ENJOYS DATE WITH NICHOLAS HOULT: Rumored reunited couple Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult were spotted enjoying a picnic in Montreal on Thursday (August 22nd.) According to People, the pair shared a blanket in La Fontaine Park and Jennifer reportedly laid her head on Nicholas’ chest as she read from her copy of Mockingjay — the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy.
JEREMY RENNER GOT HIS DOG BACK: Jeremy Renner’s missing French bulldog Hemi has been returned to him after over a month of being lost. An update was posted to the Facebook page trying to find the pup revealing that the family received a phone call from a woman who lived 200 miles away and claimed that her son had found the dog but didn’t know where he belonged. The post also said, “The reunion last night was emotional for all, especially his brother dog Digby. The two yelped and cried with happiness to see each other.”
TAYLOR ARMSTRONG IS ENGAGED: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong is engaged to her boyfriend John Bluher. John proposed while the couple was vacationing in Mexico last week. Taylor’s first husband, Russell Armstrong, hanged himself in 2011.
ANGELINA JOLIE IS SPEAKING OUT ABOUT CRISIS IN SYRIA: Angelina Jolie is taking a break from her latest film project to spread the word about the crisis in Syria. The actress said in a statement obtained by E! News, “What is happening to the children of Syria is sickening. Thousands of innocent young boys and girls have lost their lives in horrific circumstances, including in recent attacks near Damascus. And now one million Syrian children are struggling to survive as refugees in heart-breaking conditions. Each one of these child refugees is an innocent victim of a senseless conflict. These vulnerable children need shelter, food and assistance. But above all, they need security.” She added, “The international community must not look away from Syria, they must renew the search for peace with urgency and determination.”
KATIE HOLMES PARTIES IN THE HAMPTONS: Katie Holmes was spotted dancing the night away at the star-studded Apollo in the Hamptons: A Night of Legends event on Friday (August 23rd.) The evening included performances by The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, Darlene Love, Jon Bon Jovi, Ciara, and Pharrell. Jamie Foxx, Ellen DeGeneres, and Penny Marshall also attended the party.
ELISABETH HASSELBECK SETS START DATE AT FOX NEWS: Elisabeth Hasselbeck will make her debut on Fox & Friends on September 16th. She is replacing Gretchen Carlson who has inked a deal for her own talk show on the network which will launch in the fall.
LINDSAY LOHAN MAY BE HEADING BACK TO HBO: Danny McBride was reportedly so impressed by Lindsay Lohan’s performance on Eastbound & Down that he is hoping to work with her again for a new project he is developing for HBO. The series is said to be a comedy with a similar tone to Eastbound & Down but revolving around a high school.
‘HELL’S KITCHEN’ WINNER DENIED PRIZE FOR FAILING DRUG TEST: Ja’Nel Witt, winner of Hell’s Kitchen season 11, was denied her prize as head chef at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant in Caesars Palace after testing positive for cocaine. TMZ is reporting that although she will not be working at the restaurant, she will still receive the $250k salary she was going to be paid for her work.
DR. LUKE SIGNS ON FOR ‘AMERICAN IDOL’: Music producer Dr. Luke has officially signed on to be the third judge on American Idol for the upcoming season. Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez have already been confirmed as returning to the judging panel. Dr. Luke was reportedly offered the gig after Will.i.am turned it down to return as a coach on The Voice U.K.
TORI SPELLING TO STAR IN ABC FAMILY’S ‘MYSTERY GIRLS’: ABC Family has nabbed Tori Spelling to star in their new series Mystery Girls based on a story she co-wrote with Shepard Boucher. According to GossipCop, Spelling will play a former starlet who gets roped into solving crimes with her former TV co-star.
Many People Not Happy With Ben Affleck As Batman
The internet has been going wild over the revelation on Thursday night (August 22nd) that Ben Affleck will be taking over the role of Batman in Zack Snyder’s sequel to Man of Steel. Though Ben has reinvigorated his career in recent years with hits like Argo and The Town, the response to his casting has been largely negative and even prompted #BetterBatmanThanBen to start trending on Twitter.
While it isn’t uncommon for comic enthusiasts to question the casting in superhero franchises, Fox News is reporting that a petition even popped up on Change.org shortly after the announcement requesting that Warner Bros. “Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne.” Over 30,000 people have supported the cause.
- Much of the anti-Affleck sentiment seems to reference his poorly reviewed 2003 film Daredevil as proof that he is unfit to portray the caped crusader.
- The Avengers director Joss Whedon voiced his support of Ben’s casting by tweeting, “Affleck’ll crush it. He’s got the chops, he’s got the chin. — just needs the material. Affleck and Cavill toe to toe — I’m in”
- The Huffington Post suggests that perhaps playing Batman might not be the best choice for Ben considering his recent critical success.