BETHENNY FRANKEL DEBUTS NEW BEVERAGE: Former reality star turned talk show host Bethenny Frankel is back in the beverage business. She is launching a new line of 5-calorie sparkling waters called Skinnygirl Sparklers. Bethenny discussed the business venture with People saying, “I haven’t been this excited about a business decision since I started my company. I know we have to drink it, but I don’t really love water. I like my drink to be a little more exciting. Cocktails are great, but they’re for the night. These are for on the go.”
THE CW DECIDES FATE ON FRESHMAN DRAMAS: The CW has given full-season pickups for freshman dramas The Originals, Reign, and The Tomorrow People. Network president Mark Pedowitz released a statement saying, “We’re excited about the creative momentum the producers have established for all three of our new series, and now our fans will have the chance to see the full stories unfold for them this season. With the additional episodes ordered, plus two new dramas and new reality for midseason, we’ll be able to continue our commitment to adding more original programming all year long.”
‘PRINCESS BRIDE’ TO BECOME A STAGE SHOW: Disney announced on Monday (November 11th) that they are developing the 1987 Rob Reiner film The Princess Bride into a stage show. It is currently being billed as a “new theatrical work” so it is unknown whether it will be a musical or a play. Disney is also currently working on an adaptation of Aladdin which is expected to open on Broadway in the spring.
ANGELA LANSBURY DOESN’T APPROVE OF NEW ‘MURDER, SHE WROTE': Angela Lansbury is not pleased about the planned Murder, She Wrote reboot being planned at NBC starring Octavia Spencer. Angela told the Associated Press, “I think it’s a mistake to call it Murder, She Wrote because Murder, She Wrote will always be about a Cabot Cove and this wonderful little group of people who told those lovely stories and enjoyed a piece of that place, and also enjoyed Jessica Fletcher, who is a rare and very individual kind of person. So I’m sorry that they have to use the title Murder, She Wrote, even though they have access to it and it’s their right.” NBC has not yet officially settled on a title for the updated version.
‘KILLING KENNEDY’ BREAKS RECORDS FOR NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: Sunday night’s (November 10th) debut of Killing Kennedy which starred Rob Lowe as JFK broke ratings records for National Geographic Channel. The telecast brought in 3.4 million viewers to beat out Killing Lincoln’s previous record of 3.351 million. Both programs were based on best-selling books by Bill O’Reilly.
EMMA WATSON RELIVES ‘HARRY POTTER’ GLORY DAYS: Emma Watson reunited with J.K. Rowling and some of her Harry Potter co-stars at a charity event in London on Saturday (November 9th) held at Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour. Other guests included Alan Rickman, Evanna Lynch, and Warwick Davis. The event raised nearly $1.6 million for Rowling’s Lumos charity to help disadvantaged children living in sub-standard orphanages. 23-year-old Watson shared a photo of herself posing in front of a wax statue of her alterego Hermione Granger from The Goblet of Fire along with the caption, “Still got it.”
REESE WITHERSPOON SELLS OJAI HOME: Reese Witherspoon has finally managed to sell her home in Ojai, California after one year on the market and over $4 million in price cuts. Ultimately she unloaded the estate for $5.9 million. The house acted as a hideaway for Robert Pattinson in the days after news broke of Kristen Stewart’s affair with her Snow White director. It was also featured on the cover of Elle Decor magazine in September 2012.
PEREZ HILTON RESPONDS TO LADY GAGA’S USA TODAY INTERVIEW: The feud between Lady Gaga and Perez Hilton shows no signs of ending any time soon. Gaga recently addressed the tension to USA Today by saying, “It’s fine to hate me afar. Everyone can hate me from afar. But the second you try to move in next door to me, I know you’re getting too close, and it’s not safe. Already it’s stressful not feeling safe as it is. I have lots of security. I get death threats all the time. Some things bring out the New Yorker in me. If you hate somebody and you want to move next door to me, the only thing I can think of is that you’re moving in because you want to blow yourself up. There’s thousands and millions of apartments in New York. You don’t need to move in next door to me.” Perez tweeted a response on Sunday (November 10th) saying, “.@LadyGaGa I’ve got my son and mom here with me in NYC and you think I’m going to blow myself up? Stop doing drugs!! If you think marijuana is the only drug @LadyGaGa has been doing regularly in 2013, then you’re as delusional as she is.”
SIMON COWELL DOESN’T PLAN ON GIVING UP HIS VICES FOR HIS SON: Simon Cowell revealed to reporters last week backstage at X Factor that he has no plans on changing up his lifestyle much once his baby boy arrives. He admitted to everyone that he lied when he said he would quit smoking and added, “There are a lot of boring things that happen when you have a baby. You have to get rid of sharp edges, cigarettes, alcohol…then there’s baby-proofing the toilet. But I’ll have a smoking room!”
FORMER TOP MODEL IS ENGAGED: America’s Next Top Model cycle 10 winner Whitney Thompson is engaged. The show’s first and only plus-size champion broke the news on Twitter earlier this month by retweeting a message from her cousin who wrote, “So, so, so happy for @WhitneyANTM and @IanForrestrArt. Congratulations!!!! #engaged.” Whitney has since been sharing her ideas with her followers on how to make her dream wedding a reality with everything from invitations to the perfect dress.
George Clooney Versus Russell Crowe
George Clooney may typically find himself surrounded by fellow Hollywood A-Listers but they don’t always play nice. The Gravity star opens up in the December issue of Esquire magazine about his relationship with pal Brad Pitt and his former feud with Russell Crowe.
George addresses his 2005 war of words with Crowe where the Gladiator star referred to him and other big name actors as sellouts for doing commercials. He recalls, “He picked a fight with me. He started it for no reason at all. He put out this thing saying, ‘George Clooney, Harrison Ford, and Robert De Niro are sellouts.’ And I put out a statement saying, ‘He’s probably right. And I’m glad he told us, ’cause Bob and Harrison and I were also thinking about starting a band, which would also fall under the heading of bad use of celebrity.’ And that’s when he really went off on me. ‘Who the f–k does this guy think he is? He’s a Frank Sinatra wannabe.’ He really went after me. And so I sent him a note going, ‘Dude, the only people who succeed when two famous people are fighting is People magazine. What the f–k is wrong with you?'” Clooney also says that Russell eventually apologized before they were going to see each other at Golden Globes by sending a disc of his music and some poetry with a note that claimed he had been misquoted.
- The 52-year-old had plenty of nice things to say about his friendship with Pitt saying, “For a long time now, Brad has been the biggest movie star in the world. He’s bigger than me, bigger than DiCaprio. And I really admire how he deals with that. It’s not easy for him. But he tries to be the most honest version of Brad Pitt that he can be. And he also remains unavailable. He’s still a giant movie star because you can’t get to him. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think of him as incredibly talented and smart and all those things. But you also can’t get to him.”