RYAN MURPHY NAMES DREAM CAST FOR NEXT SEASON OF ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’: American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy has revealed his picks for who he’d like to see appear on the next season of American Horror Story. Murphy told Entertainment Weekly, “Well, every year I go to Reese Witherspoon. I want her to play something really twisted and f-ed up. But she’s always booked.” He also names Michael Chiklis and Michelle Pfeiffer among the big names he’d like to land for the hit series.
WILMER VALDERRAMA JOINS ‘FROM DUSK TILL DAWN’ SERIES: That ’70s Show alum Wilmer Valderrama has joined the cast of Robert Rodriguez’s upcoming project From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series for the Latino-themed El Rey network. Wilmer will play a crime lord named Carlos in the 10-episode drama based on the cult horror film.
‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’ GETS LOW RATINGS WITH JOSH HUTCHERSON: Last Saturday’s (November 23rd) Saturday Night Live featuring Josh Hutcherson and musical guest Haim scored the lowest ratings of the season for the comedy show. The ratings were down 23% among adults 18-49 compared to last week’s episode featuring Lady Gaga. Despite the low TV ratings, Josh’s film Hunger Games: Catching Fire broke records over the weekend for being the biggest opening for a movie in the month November.
E! RENEWS SEVERAL FRESHMAN SHOWS: E! has announced that they have granted season two pickups for three of their new shows. Total Divas, Eric & Jessie: Game On, and Hello Ross have all been renewed and will be back again in 2014. Network exec Jeff Olde said in a statement, “We are excited to bring back this diverse trio of successful series for second seasons. Each of these series feature compelling personalities that offer unique stories and points of view from the world of pop culture. It’s exciting to have this strong lineup of returning series in addition to our other popular core franchises to help propel us into 2014.”
NEW JENNIFER LAWRENCE/BRADLEY COOPER FILM BEING SHOPPED AROUND: A third cinematic collaboration between Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper is currently being screened for distributors in the hopes of bringing it to the big screen soon. The film is called Serena and is described as a Depression-era drama directed by Susanne Bier. It was shot in March of 2012 just after production wrapped on Silver Linings Playbook. According to The Hollywood Reporter, if the film sells it will likely hit the film festival circuit in 2014.
PRINCE HARRY’S ANTARCTIC TREK OFF TO A ROUGH START: Prince Harry and the other teams who arrived at a military base in Novo, Antarctica on Friday (November 22nd) are already losing steam thanks to some rough weather in the area. The royal said, “It’s amazing how in six hours, your morale can go from — it was pretty high, almost sort of pouring over the edge — and then suddenly rock bottom. The weather forecast is supposedly alright, but it seems to be getting worse. There’s normally blue sky and sunshine.” Despite having the trip delayed by two extra days spent in South Africa, Harry’s team and their competitors are still hoping to reach the South Pole by December 16th.
LAUREN CONRAD SAYS ENGAGEMENT WAS A SURPRISE: Lauren Conrad appears in the January issue of Cosmopolitan where she reveals that her boyfriend’s proposal came as a total surprise. She says, “I had no idea. I thought he would wait until he finished law school.” Lauren goes on to explain why they haven’t set a date yet saying, “You have the rest of your life to be married. Enjoy falling in love. When girls get caught up in the timeline, it becomes more about the wedding than the marriage. You should be with someone with whom you could elope this weekend and be happy.” Lauren’s future hubby is William Tell — former member of the band Something Corporate.
PAULY D DESCRIBES MEETING HIS DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME: Former Jersey Shore star Pauly D met his five-month-old daughter Amabella for the first time earlier this month and Us Weekly caught up with the new dad at a charity event last week to find out how it went. He told the magazine, “I was nervous if she wasn’t going to like me. But the second I saw the baby her eyes just lit up, it’s almost like she knew. It was amazing. I knew she was mine right off the bat too because she looks just like me. She came right over to me and put her arms right up to me. She grabbed my hair! That’s the first thing she went for. And then she was biting my nose.” He added, “I didn’t know what to expect, and then you know, it’s almost like I knew what to do. I felt comfortable holding her. It was an exciting feeling and all the nervousness went away. She has the same big eyes. Same forehead, and same mouth.” Pauly also revealed that he brought along his mother for the visit and that his lawyers are currently working out some sort of custody arrangement.
BRITTANY MURPHY’S MOTHER OPENS UP ABOUT POSSIBLE POISONING: Brittany Murphy’s mother has come forward to shoot down the claims made by the actress’ father that test results have proven that Brittany was actually poisoned — possibly by a third party with a motive. Sharon Murphy wrote a letter to The Hollywood Reporter saying, “From the day of her birth, Brittany was my precious, more dear to me than anything or anyone in the universe. I have been devastated by her loss and that of my son-in-law and have remained in seclusion in my mourning. I have no choice now but to come forward in the face of inexcusable efforts to smear my daughter’s memory by a man who may be her biological father but was never a real father to her in her lifetime. Angelo Bertolotti has relocated to California in his old age to claim he is here for Brittany, as he never was in life. He has made outrageous statements over the past few years, culminating in this latest madness: that my darling daughter was murdered. His claims are based on the most flimsy of evidence and are more of an insult than an insight into what really happened.” She goes on to blast the recent allegations by writing, “I have asked some knowledgeable people, and they tell me that an analysis from a sample of hair is not considered dependable unless it is backed up by tests of tissue and blood and other analysis — which he did not do — the coroner did, but they show no similar results. I am also told one lab may give different results than another lab in terms of heavy metals, and the proper method requires multiple tests before any results are released. A reputable expert will tell you that what this lab did is an ethical violation of the highest order; to even pretend to be able to draw such conclusions on unreliable evidence is the real crime. We will never know for sure. However, we do know the Los Angeles County Coroner did extensive tests and found that she died of natural causes.”
MALIN ACKERMAN SPLITS FROM MUSICIAN HUSBAND: Trophy Wife actress Malin Ackerman has reportedly split from her drummer husband Roberto Zincone. They have been together for 10 years and have a seven-month-old son together named Sebastian. A source told Us Weekly, “It’s as amicable as can be, and they want to do what’s best for their son.” Another insider revealed, “No one has plans to file yet. Honestly, Malin is not even ready to discuss it. It’s a very sad time for her.”
Brian The Dog Is Dead
Seth MacFarlane’s Family Guy doesn’t exactly come to mind when thinking about TV’s heartfelt dramas but Sunday’s (November 24th) episode took a sad turn when writers killed off the Griffin family dog, Brian — voiced by MacFarlane. E! News sat down with executive producer Steve Callaghan to get to the bottom of the decision to kill off a character who had appeared in every episode of the animated series since the pilot.
Steve explained, “This was an idea that got pitched in the writers room and it sort of caught fire, and we thought it could be a fun way to shake things up. As soon as this idea came up, we started talking about what the next couple episodes could be and we got very excited about the way this change will affect the family dynamics and the characters. It seemed more in the realm of a reality that a dog would get hit by a car, then if one of the kids died. As much as we love Brian, and as much as everyone loves their pets, we felt it would be more traumatic to lose one of the kids, rather than the family pet.” When asked if he is worried about fan backlash from the twist, Callaghan responded, “Our fans are smart enough and have been loyal to our show for long enough, to know that they can trust us. We always make choices that always work to the greatest benefit of the series.”
- The Griffin family wasted no time in replacing Brian with a new dog named Vinny — voiced by The Sopranos actor Tony Sirico.
- Fans of the show have already started a petition to bring Brian back