JENNIFER GARNER CONFRONTS PAPARAZZO PHOTOGRAPHER: Jennifer Garner attempted to turn the tables on a photographer who was taking video of her and her children as they walked through a California farmers market. The Elektra star snapped her own photo of the shutterbug and reportedly gave him a piece of her mind. Garner recently testified in California trying to get an anti-paparazzi bill to pass. She told the court, “I chose a public life. My three children are private citizens. I love my kids. They’re beautiful and sweet and innocent, and I don’t want a gang of shouting, arguing, law-breaking photographers who camp out everywhere we are all day, every day, to continue traumatizing my kids.”
MARK WAHLBERG EARNS HIS HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: Ted star Mark Wahlberg earned his high school diploma in June after studying in secret with a tutor in between shooting scenes for his film Two Guns. He explained his motivation to People saying, “I didn’t want the kids saying, ‘You didn’t do it, so why do I need it?’ They are all wanting to do things in their future that require an education.” He went on to call his a diploma “a huge accomplishment. It’s also a huge sense of relief. I wondered, ‘Why didn’t I do it when I was there?’ It’s so much harder at 41 going back and trying to do all these difficult tasks.”
IS LIAM HEMSWORTH ALREADY MOVING ON FROM MILEY?: Although his breakup with Miley Cyrus was only confirmed by reps on Monday (September 16th,) Liam Hemsworth was reportedly getting flirty with 23-year-old singer/actress Eliza Gonzalez at XS Nightclub in Las Vegas over the weekend. Witnesses tell TMZ that they spent most of the evening by each other’s side before leaving together at 2 am.
DINA LOHAN STAYS SOBER FOR HER BIRTHDAY PARTY: Dina Lohan reportedly had a booze-free 51st birthday party on Sunday (September 15th) at ABC Kitchen in NYC — a week after getting busted for DUI. TMZ is reporting that Dina, Lindsay, Cody, Ali, and Michael Jr. all enjoyed Diet Cokers, waters, Shirley Temples, and cherry sodas with no mention of the drama from the week before.
TWO-MONTH-OLD BABY OF FORMER ‘BIG BROTHER’ STAR DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER: Big Brother star Britney Haynes who competed on the show in 2010 and 2012, revealed on Facebook that her two-month-old daughter has been diagnosed with cancer. Britney wrote, “On September 1st, we were among the daily 720 sets of parents to be absolutely devastated with a Childhood Cancer diagnosis. Please take the time to pray for all these children, our sweet baby included. We appreciate each and every one.” Britney’s baby Tilly was born on July 13th.
VIN DIESEL SHARES ‘FAST 7′ SET PIC: Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page on Saturday (September 14th) to offer fans a first look at the upcoming Fast and Furious 7. The photo was captioned, “The unknown road ahead…P.s. One from the set.” The seventh installment will star Vin, Paul Walker, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Djimon Hounsou and other actors from previous installments. It is set to hit theaters on July 11th, 2014.
THIRD ‘INSIDIOUS’ FILM IN THE WORKS: After winning the weekend box office with $41.1 million in ticket sales, the financiers behind Insidious: Chapter 2 have announced plans to put a third chapter into production. James Wan, who directed the first two films, is unlikely to return for part three since he is attached to next summer’s Fast & Furious 7. Insidious: Chapter 2 was made for only $5 million.
SOPHIA GRACE REPLACED IN DISNEY’S ‘INTO THE WOODS’: 10-year-old Sophia Grace Brownlee who rose to fame rapping Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” has been replaced as Red Riding Hood in Disney’s Into the Woods. Broadway child actress Lilla Crawford has snagged the role that is described as “a smart and spunky girl who journeys into the woods, finding unexpected adventures along the way.” The film is scheduled to be released on December 25th, 2014.
NEW ABC SERIES TO EXPLORE PREMISE OF U.S. LOSING REVOLUTIONARY WAR: ABC has announced plans for a new alternate-history series called The Thirteen. The series is still in the development stages but will be set in a contemporary America where the colonists lost the Revolutionary War and are still fighting for their independence from the British.
‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ STAR JOINS ‘HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY’: American Horror Story star Lily Rabe has signed on to play Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Parts 1 & 2. Lyme comes from District 2 and is one of the leaders of the rebellion in District 13.
Jaden Smith’s Words Of Wisdom
Jaden Smith erupted into a Twitter rant last week that has caught a lot of attention because of his suggestion to his followers that they drop out of school. The 15-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith seems to be under the impression that school does more harm to a developing mind and that young people are better off without it.
The Karate Kid star kicked off last week by writing, “All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own.” His tweets later in the week took a more pointed tone saying, “School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth. Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth. If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.”
- The comments have elicited angry responses from both the media and Twitter users. One person wrote, “No young sir. Go sit down.” Another wrote, “Jaden smith, aka what scientology does to kids.”
- Jaden is homeschooled.
Racist Backlash Against New Miss America
Miss New York Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America on Sunday night (September 15th) and Twitter was bombarded with users making racist comments about Nina being of Indian descent by calling her Arab and calling her “Miss Terrorist”, “Miss Al Qaeda”, and “Miss 7-11.” The 24-year-old has now come out with a response to all of the hate.
Nina said the post-crowning press conference, “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.” When asked about the bigotry, she responded, “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
- Some of the backlash even came from people who claimed Nina victory was a slap in the fact to victims of the September 11th attacks. One user wrote, “nice slap in the face to the people of 9-11 how pathetic #missamerica”