MICHAEL DOUGLAS BLASTS PRISON SYSTEM IN BACKSTAGE EMMY SPEECH: Michael Douglas gave a heartfelt speech while accepting his Emmy on Sunday night (September 22nd) by giving a shout out to his eldest son Cameron who is currently incarcerated. After the show, the Behind the Candelabra star further discussed his son’s situation in a press conference backstage saying, “My son is in federal prison. He’s been a drug addict for a large part of his life. Part of the punishments — if you happen to have a slip, and this is for a prisoner who is nonviolent, as about a half-million of our drug-addicted prisoners are — he’s spent almost two years in solitary confinement and right now I’m being told that I cannot see him for two years. It’s been over a year now. And I’m questioning the system. Obviously at first, I was certainly disappointed in my son. But I’ve reached a point now where I’m very disappointed with the system.”
NICK CARTER BLAMES PARIS HILTON FOR ENCOURAGING DRUG USE: Backstreet Boy Nick Carter reveals in his new autobiography that his year-long relationship with Paris Hilton only encouraged his party habits which he says he has struggled with for the past 10 years. Nick writes, “Paris was the worst person in the world for me to hook up with.” He goes on to say, “She fed my worst impulses as far as partying” and that things got so bad that it “could’ve ended in tragedy.”
‘SAM & CAT’ STAR JENNETTE MCCURDY LOSES HER MOTHER: Jennette McCurdy, star of Nickelodeon’s Sam & Cat, reportedly had to cancel a gig hosting Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play in NYC over the weekend because her mother, Debra McCurdy, passed away after a battle with cancer. TMZ is reporting that Debra had been battling cancer for 17 years. She had allegedly gone into remission but it returned and spread throughout her body, including her brain in 2010.
JESSICA ALBA ADMITS TO HAVING BODY ISSUES: Sin City star Jessica Alba admits in the October issue of Health magazine that she struggled with body issues when she was younger but has grown more comfortable after becoming a mother. She explains, “I was a lot more critical of my body when it was probably pretty awesome. It’s like, why did I not ever wear jean shorts? That’s so crazy. I was so skinny! I didn’t have any cellulite…what was I thinking?! I was more willing to wear short skirts after I had my kids. I never wore them before. Ever. I was so self-conscious. But I remember I was 28 or 29, at an MTV award thing, and my girlfriend Kelly was like, ‘You should wear a short skirt, because you are not going to be this age forever.’ Now I’m a lot more confident in my skin — because who cares? At the end of the day, it” so much time spent on something that really doesn’t matter that much.”
ELLEN POMPEO CALLS EMMYS ‘DATED’ AND DISAPPOINTING: Grey’s Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo did not censor herself when reacting to Sunday’s (September 22nd) Emmys broadcast to the Associated Press. She told the news outlet, “I didn’t see any diversity in the Emmys at all. The Emmys felt so dated to me. That dance number was embarrassing. Did you see one person of color in that dance number? I’m extremely proud of our very, very diverse cast which represents the world that I walk around in every day.”
DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS NOT REPLACING SACHA BARON COHEN AS FREDDIE MERCURY: Gossip Cop is shooting down the rumors sparked by UK’s Daily Star that Daniel Radcliffe will be replacing Sacha Baron Cohen as Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic. Despite claims that “Daniel has been told the part is his if he wants it,” members of Daniel’s camp say he has never even been contacted about being a part of the project.
TAYLOR ARMSTRONG IS NO LONGER A HOUSEWIFE: Taylor Armstrong is noticeably absent from the recently released trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills because she is actually not returning to the Bravo reality show. Taylor has been with the show since it began in 2010 and publicly grieved her husband’s suicide in 2011. The new season of the series will premiere on November 4th.
KENDRA WILKINSON TO APPEAR ON ‘THE MINDY PROJECT’: Former Girls Next Door star Kendra Wilkinson has landed a guest-starring role in an upcoming season two episode of The Mindy Project. Kendra will be playing a character other than herself but no further details are known. Mindy Kaling teased the role to Us Weekly saying, “It’s a funny little part and my friend Jeremy Bronson wrote it. A really funny script and she’s in it!”
‘THE GIVER’ TO HIT THEATERS NEXT YEAR: The film adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver has been set to hit theaters on August 15th, 2014. Meryl Streep, Jeff Bridges, and Brenton Thwaites star in the movie about members of a society in which there is no conflict, racism, or sickness. Streep plays the society’s Chief Elder.
JAKE GYLLENHAAL TO RECEIVE HOLLYWOOD FILM AWARD: Jake Gyllenhaal is set to receive the Hollywood Supporting Actor Award at the 17th annual Hollywood Fim Awards on October 21st for his role in Prisoners. Previous recipients include Robert De Niro for Silver Linings Playbook, Christopher Plummer for Beginners, and Christoph Waltz for Inglorious Basterds.
Stephen King Hates Certain Book Series
Twilight, Hunger Games, and Fifty Shades may be hugely successful book franchises but Stephen King is not a fan. The successful horror novelist was not shy about expressing his opinion to UK’s The Guardian while promoting his new book Doctor Sleep — a sequel to The Shining.
King told the newspaper, “I agree with Abra’s teacher friend in Doctor Sleep who calls Twilight and books like it tweenager porn. They’re really not about vampires and werewolves. They’re about how the love of a girl can turn a bad boy good.” He continues, “I read Twilight and didn’t feel any urge to go on with her. I read The Hunger Games and didn’t feel an urge to go on. I read Fifty Shades Of Grey and felt no urge to go on. They call it mommy porn, but it’s not really mommy porn. It is highly charged, sexually driven fiction for women who are, say, between 18 and 25.”
- The 66-year-old author also compares The Hunger Games to his book The Running Man.