MERYL STREEP RUMORED FOR SUSAN BOYLE BIOPIC: Britain’s Got Talent superstar Susan Boyle has revealed that Meryl Streep is the top pick to play her in a new film about her rise to fame. Susan told UK’s Metro, “I wouldn’t like to be in the film myself. I’d like someone to play me. Probably Meryl Streep — I understand she has been approached.” Fox Searchlight films acquired the rights to Boyle’s story earlier this year and announced plans for a biopic. They also hold the rights to the British musical I Dreamed a Dream which was inspired by Susan.
SEQUEL TO ‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE’ IN THE WORKS: Variety is reporting that there is currently a sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life in the works. The film will focus on the grandson of George Bailey and will feature 76-year-old actress Karolyn Grimes as an angel — she played George’s daughter in the original film. Producer Bob Farnsworth said in a statement, “The storyline of the new film retains the spirit of the original — every life is important as long as you have friends.”
TNT ANNOUNCES PREMIERE DATE FOR ‘DALLAS’: TNT has announced that the third season of the Dallas reboot will premiere on Monday, February 24th at 9 pm. The network also revealed the season’s new tagline, “Nobody does bad like the Ewings.” The second season of the series averaged 3.8 million viewers.
WARNER BROS IS NOT MAKING ‘SPACE JAM 2′: A fake movie poster for Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James and Bugs Bunny made its way online on Monday (November 18th) causing a frenzy that Warner Bros was planning to release a follow-up in 2014. The poster caused Space Jam 2 to trend on Twitter. It is believed that the fan art was created after James expressed interest in making the film during a Twitter Q & A back in October.
ABC ORDERS NEW SINGING COMPETITION: ABC has picked up a new singing competition called Rising Star set for summer 2014. The reality show is a based on an Israeli show and will air for 10 episodes. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The series follows a group of aspiring singers as they audition in live performances. During the performances, viewers vote using a real-time application to determine if the act should advance. The immediate feedback can be seen by the artists during their performances on a giant wall, with viewers appearing via their Facebook pages.”
MARK WAHLBERG DENIES FEUD WITH TOM CRUISE: Mark Wahlberg spoke to E! News at the Governors Awards over the weekend to clarify that his angry rant against an unnamed actor who compared acting to fighting a war was not directed at Tom Cruise. Mark explained, “I know Tom would never say that. Tom Cruise has the utmost respect for the military. It’s just a huge misunderstanding.” Mark went on to blame the media for blowing it out of proportion saying, “Nobody’s celebrating anything good that anybody’s doing. What happened to be people being supportive of each other, encouraging people to do great things?”
KHLOE KARDASHIAN GOES BLONDE: It seems that the Kardashian family is going blonde one sister at a time. Following in the footsteps of her sister Kim, Khloe Kardashian debuted lighter locks during her recent publicity tour overseas to promote the Kardashian Kollection clothing line. She walked the red carpet in Amsterdam on Saturday (November 16th) wearing her new blonde hair in waves along with a black mini-dress and a long chiffon cardigan with leather sleeves.
JONAH HILL DISCUSSES HIS PRO-EQUALITY STANCE: Jonah Hill revealed at the Governors Awards on Saturday (November 16th) what prompted him to take a stand for equality by publicly calling out Russia on Twitter for their antigay laws while wearing a charity t-shirt from the Human Rights Campaign. The Wolf of Wall Street actor told E! News, “I have tons of gay friends, gay family members. It’s like saying, why do you think people should breathe. I support anybody doing whatever they want to do to be who they are.” Jonah tweeted on November 4th, “Help us show Russia & the world that #LoveConquersHate. Visit http://loveconquershate.org and @HRC to see how you can help.” Other celebs who have worn the shirt include Madonna, Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Bacon, and Fergie.
EVA LONGORIA HAS A NEW MAN: Eva Longoria is rumored to have found a new romance with Jose “Pepe” Antonio Baston. He is the president of Televisa — the largest media company in Latin America. A source told People, “He’s been sweeping her off her feet and courting her like a proper gentleman.” The couple walked their first red carpet together on Friday (November 15th) at a museum opening in Mexico City, Mexico.
DIANNA AGRON DISCUSSED MISSING ‘GLEE’ CORY MONTEITH TRIBUTE EPISODE: Former Glee actress Dianna Agron recently spoke with Digital Spy to break her silence about the media sensation surrounding the absence from the show’s tribute to Cory Monteith. She told the website, “What I’m surprised about is how big that story has become. It’s something that’s involving our friend. It’s just interesting how the press loves to pick up a negative story — whether it’s true or not — and run with it. It’s very disheartening and very sad. It’s very bittersweet not being there every day like I once was. On top of that to have things like this flying around, it makes me sad.”
Brittany Murphy Death Possible Foul Play
Brittany Murphy’s tragic death in 2011 from pneumonia has long been called into question by the late actress’ parents and now a new report suggests she may be right. According to The Examiner, new lab results reveal that tested hair strands from Murphy’s body suggest that something more sinister may have occurred.
The report states, “Testing the hair strand sample identified as “back of the head” we have detected 10 heavy metals at levels above the WHO high levels recommendation. If we were to eliminate the possibility of a simultaneous accidental heavy metals exposure to the sample donor then the only logical explanation would be an exposure to these metals (toxins) administered by a third party perpetrator with likely criminal intent.”
- The website claims that the L.A. Coroner’s Office reportedly initially never tested for any poisonous substances.
- Heavy metals are commonly found in rodenticides and insecticides.
- Brittany’s husband, Simon Monjack, passed away from the same causes five months after the Clueless actress died.