‘ELLEN’ SCORES BIG RATINGS FOR 12 DAYS OF GIVEAWAY SHOWS: The ratings for Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show hit series-high numbers for the talk show in the weeks leading up to and including her 12 Days of Giveaway episodes at the end of November and in December. 4.4 million viewers tuned in to see what the host gifted her audience. Celebrities who appeared during those episodes include Jake Gyllenhaal, Lea Michele, and Tom Hanks. The numbers for the shows in the week of December 16th when the stint concluded are not yet known.
‘GAME OF THRONES’ IS TV’S MOST PIRATED SHOW: TorrentFreak released its list of the most pirated TV shows of 2013 and HBO’s Game of Thrones came out on top with episodes being illegally downloaded 5.9 million times. Breaking Bad took second place with 4.2 million download. Thrones was also the most pirated show of 2012.
REPORT: JENNIFER ANISTON NEGOTIATING BIG DEAL FOR ‘WE’RE THE MILLERS’ SEQUEL: Radar Online is reporting that Jennifer Aniston’s appearance on Forbes’ “Most Overpaid Actors” list may put a wrench in the big bucks she stands to earn for signing on for a sequel of We’re the Millers. According to the website, Jen was in the process of negotiating a $15 million salary for at least one sequel when the list came out. We’re the Millers was Aniston’s first major box office success in a long time which she reportedly hopes to continue by appearing in a second film.
ITALIAN DISTRIBUTOR PULLS CONTROVERSIAL ’12 YEARS A SLAVE’ POSTERS: BIM Distribuzione, the company responsible for overseas promotion of 12 Years a Slave, has pulled some controversial posters from Italian movie theaters that featured massive pictures of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender rather than the film’s actual star Chiwetel Ejiofor who can just be seen running in front of their giant heads. The posters made headlines earlier this week for highlighting two white actors rather than the African American actor who plays the protagonist in the critically acclaimed film. Lionsgate released a statement to address the issue saying, “The 12 Years A Slave theatrical posters featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender that were recently released in Italy were unauthorized and were not approved by any of the producers or licensors of the film. Summit Entertainment, acting as exclusive sales agent for the licensors, is investigating and taking immediate action to stop the distribution of any unauthorized posters and to have those posters currently in the marketplace recalled.”
IDINA MENZEL WANTS IN ON THE ‘WICKED’ MOVIE: Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in Broadway’s Wicked, discussed the planned film adaptation with Digital Spy while promoting her voice work in the new Disney movie Frozen. She told the website, “If I could be a part of it in some way that would be great. But I already feel like I received, and continue to receive, the gifts from Wicked and how it affects audiences.” A chairman at Universal Pictures announced last year that the Wicked movie was a high priority for the studio even though it not officially been given the green light.
PARIS HILTON CLAIMS TO BE ONE OF THE WORLD’S TOP FIVE DJS: Paris Hilton is earning big bucks for DJ residency in Ibiza and it appears she’s got a big head about it too. TMZ chatted with the hotel heiress about her gig for New Year’s in Las Vegas and when they commented that DJing can be pretty lucrative, Paris responded, “I’m one of the top 5 in the world, so…” Despite what Paris may have said, she was not even mentioned when Forbes released their list of the world’s highest-paid DJs of 2013. Calvin Harris, Tiesto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, and Deadmau5 scored the top five slots.
KERI RUSSELL RUMORED TO BE DATING ‘THE AMERICANS’ CO-STAR: After splitting with her husband over the summer, Keri Russell is now rumored to be dating Matthew Rhys — her co-star on The Americans. Multiple news outlets are reporting that Russell and Rhys were spotted in her Brooklyn neighborhood acting a lot closer than just co-workers. One source told People, “They looked very much like a couple. They were laughing and walking closely together.” Keri has two children with her ex — six-year-old River and three-year-old Willa.
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN SHOWS OFF NEW PET: Kourtney Kardashian wished her Instagram followers a Merry Christmas on Wednesday (December 25th) by showing off the latest addition to her family — a little kitten. She did not reveal the name of the new pet but the kitty looks to have spots like a leopard. This is not the first time a Kardashian took in a cat. Kanye West gave Kim a cat named Mercy who died last year of a cancer-like disease while in the care of Kim’s assistant because it turned out the reality star was allergic.
TORI SPELLING DOES NOT ADDRESS CHEATING RUMORS: It was just another Christmas at the home of Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott despite allegations that broke this week that Dean slept with another woman while staying at a hotel in Canada earlier this month. Tori did not address the story but instead wrote a note to fans on her blog saying, “As another year comes to a close, I can’t help but feel so grateful for all of my blessings. My beautiful family, my amazing friends, and of course, all of you! We’re spending the day together — cuddling, cooking, baking, unwrapping gifts, eating, watching movies and counting our blessings…” The note was also signed by the members of her family including Dean.
JOHNNY DEPP WENT ALL OUT FOR AMBER HEARD’S CHRISTMAS GIFT: Life & Style is claiming that Johnny Depp dropped a pretty penny on an extravagant Christmas gift for girlfriend Amber Heard. The actor reportedly spent $50,000 on jewelry from Neil Lane. A witness told the magazine, “He got her diamond drop earrings set in platinum — about two carats total.” The Lone Ranger star allegedly also bought a diamond pendant to complete the set.
Anna Wintour Threw Out Her Christmas Tree Before Christmas
Katherine “Bee” Shaffer, daughter of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, revealed that her mother got rid of the family Christmas tree before Christmas.
Shaffer uploaded a photo of a bunch of gifts in a hallway to Instagram on Wednesday (December 25th) and wrote, “My mom threw out our tree before Christmas Day because ‘it was too messy.” She later uploaded another photo showing two off two of the gifts Anna got for her — pajamas and a Downton Abbey mug.
- Wintour was the basis of Meryl Streep’s character in the 2006 film, The Devil Wears Prada.
- Katherine’s father is David Shaffer whom Anna divorced in 1999. They also have a 28-year-old son named Charles together.