KATIE HOLMES IS NOT DATING JAMIE FOXX: Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx had many people questioning the nature of their relationship after they were spotted in the Hamptons last weekend holding hands and dancing together but sources insist things between them are strictly platonic. One source said, “They are not dating, they were just having a good time together. They’ve been friends for a long, long time.” The NY Post is reporting that Kate was overheard commenting that it had been a while since she had such a good time.
VALERIE HARPER’S CANCER IS CLOSE TO REMISSION: Rhoda star Valerie Harper revealed on the Today show on Thursday (August 29th) that she may have bought herself some more time after being diagnosed with brain cancer and given three to six months left to live back in January. Harper’s doctor revealed, “I’d say that we’re getting pretty close to a remission. It defies the odds. The problem is that at any time this can change.” The doctor explained that the cancer can “develop resistance to the therapy” and it’s “not a matter of if…it’s a matter of when.” Valerie is rumored to be part of the cast on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
AMANDA BYNES MAY BE IN THE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR: Sources are telling Radar Online that Amanda Bynes’ time in the UCLA psychiatric hospital could go until the end of 2013 to make sure that doctors can figure out the best way to treat her and keep her level-headed. An insider explained, “Doctors have been observing Amanda, and there has been some improvement…however, her diagnosis is complex, and the appropriate drug cocktail to treat her hasn’t been achieved yet. Therefore, her treatment team believes Amanda would benefit from prolonged treatment at UCLA, for at least the rest of the year. She has her good days and bad days, and the goal is obviously to get her therapeutic and stable before being released. Lynn needs to be granted permanent conservatorship because Amanda wouldn’t agree to continue with treatment.”
ARIEL WINTER GETS HER DRIVER’S PERMIT: 15-year-old Modern Family star Ariel Winter has earned her driving learner’s permit in California. The actress uploaded a photo of herself holding her certificate along with the caption, “I PASSED. I PASSED. I PASSED I PASSED I PASSED! I am now a permitted driver…be scared. Actually don’t be…I’m a safe driving nerd. YAY!!” Take a look: http://bit.ly/14bWEd1
SHAILENE WOODLEY’S ALTERNATIVE LIFESTYLE: Divergent star Shailene Woodley discusses her life and career in the new issue of Flaunt magazine and admits that she doesn’t live like a typical young Hollywood actress. She revealed, “I think everything about my lifestyle is fairly alternative. I gather my own spring water from mountains every month. I go to a farm to get my food. I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils. I could go on for hours. I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul.”
MATT DAMON TO MAKE HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT: Matt Damon is teaming up with Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio to make his directorial debut for the film A Foreigner — based on an article from the New Yorker. Damon was previously attached to direct and star in last year’s Promised Land but ultimately had to give up the directing duty because of his production schedule for Elysium. Gus Van Sant took his place as director.
‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’ BREAKS RECORDS: Tuesday night’s (August 27th) season finale of Pretty Little Liars pulled in the fourth best ratings in ABC Family history for the young women demographic. The “orld War” A promotion on Twitter helped it break the show’s own social media record making it the most-tweeted series TV episode ever with nearly 1.9 million tweets by 637,000 contributors.
JAMES SPADER JOINS ‘AVENGERS 2’: The Office star James Spader has signed on to play Ultron — the villain in the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. The film will hit theaters in May 2015.
WARNER BROS SPENDS BIG BUCKS FOR ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ 75TH ANNIVERSARY: Warner Bros has committed $25 million for a huge advertising campaign to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz. Beginning on September 20th, McDonald’s will be offering The Wizard of Oz toys in Happy Meals at 14,000 locations in North America. The studio is also partnering with QVC and Food Network’s Cupcake Wars for other Oz-themed promotions.
PAUL GIAMATTI JOINS FX PILOT ‘HOKE’: Paul Giamatti will star in the FX series Hoke playing a 1980s-era private detective. The series is described as “a darkly comic drama” based on detective novels by Charles Willeford.