‘TRUE BLOOD’ TO END AFTER SEASON SEVEN: HBO has announced that True Blood will end after next season. The final ten episodes of the show will air next summer. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming said in a statement. “”True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO . . . Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”
KATE UPTON NAMED MODEL OF THE YEAR: Kate Upton will be named 2013 Model of the Year at the 10th Annual Style Awards in New York City on September 4th. Upton is currently featured on the 100th anniversary issue of Vanity Fair. She took on the persona of Marilyn Monroe for the cover.
FANS REACT TO ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ CASTING: Fans aren’t too pleased about the casting of Dakota Johnson and Charlie Hunnam for the forthcoming adaptation E L James‘ Fifty Shades of Grey. Fans started a petition at Change.org calling for Matt Bomer and Alexis Bledel. So far they have over 10,000 signatures. The petition reads, “Matt Bomer is the PERFECT DESCRIPTION OF CHRISTIAN GREY AND ALEXIS BLEDEL IS THE PERFECT ACTRESS TO REPRESENT ANASTASIA STEELE and if THEY ARE NOT, NOBODY WILL BE And I read the whole trilogy and I can assure that Matt is the perfect actor for this movie and Alexis too. So please PLEASE, all of the GREYsessed and Bomerettes in the world NEED those actors. They always will be for us the Christian Grey and Anastasia Stelee. WE CAN DO ANYTHING GUYS, ANYTHING.”
DID ZOE SALDANA GET SECRETLY MARRIED?: Zoe Saldana and Italian artist Marco Perego have kept their relationship under wraps since hooking up in May but it appears they may have taken a big step. According to PerezHilton.com, the couple was spotted out in London over the weekend and Saldana was trying to hide a wedding band. Unfortunately several witnesses spotted Perego’s gold wedding band.
AMANDA BYNES MEDICAL BILLS ARE NO JOKE: Amanda Bynes is currently receiving medical treatment at UCLA Medical Center and it looks like it’s costing $3500 a day. She’s could be there for up to a year.
DAVID BECKHAM WAS TOO POPULAR FOR CALVIN KLEIN ADS: Marc Jacob recently interviewed Calvin Klein for Interview magazine and during the feature Klein shared that David Beckham‘s camp didn’t want him to do an underwear campaign in the United Kingdom because he was too popular. Klein explained, “You can have him for the rest of the world, but you can’t have the UK because he’s too popular.”
PIPPA MIDDLETOWN MAY BE SECRETLY ENGAGED: Pippa Middletown, the young sister of Duchess Kate, may be secretly engaged to her boyfriend, Nico Jackson. An announcement is expected sometime after Pippa’s 30th birthday on Friday, September 6th.
ZAC EFRON SHOWS OFF HIS DENIRO SKILLS IN NEW TRAILER: Zac Efron is hilarious in the new trailer for the movie, Neighbors, which hits theaters on May 9th, 2014. The young actor does an impression of Robert DeNiro in the film that also stars Seth Rogen, Dave Franco and Lisa Kudrow.
Katie Couric Engaged
Television host Katie Couric is on cloud nine after her financier boyfriend, John Molner, proposed to her during their holiday weekend in East Hampton, New York. Couric tweeted on Tuesday, September 3rd, “Yes it’s true! So touched by all the kind Tweets & warm wishes-thank you! . . . A great end to the summer & looking fwd to seeing you all Monday!!” She was referring to Monday, September 9th, when her show, Katie, kicks off its second season.
- Couric, 56, has been dating, Molner, 50, for two years. Her first husband, Jay Monahan, died in 1998 from colon cancer. The couple had two daughters, 21 year-old Ellie, and 17 year-old Carrie.
- Earlier this year during an interview with More, Couric shared that she was surprised she hadn’t remarried already. She said, “It’s actually surprising to me that it has been almost 15 years and I haven’t remarried. I think life is more fun when you have someone in your life . . . I always wanted a father figure for my daughters, but it hasn’t worked out that way. I’ve had long-term relationships, but they haven’t turned into life-long partners.”