DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS RETURNING TO BROADWAY: Daniel Radcliffe is making a return to Broadway as the star of Martin McDonagh’s The Cripple of Inishmaan. It is a dark comedy set on a remote island off the coast of Ireland in the 1930s where a small community is in a tizzy over the arrival of an American film crew. The show opens in New York on April 20th following a successful run in London. Radcliffe previously appeared in the drama Equus and the musical revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
THE LAST FEMALE MUNCHKIN FROM ‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’ HAS DIED: The last female munchkin from The Wizard of Oz has passed away. 95-year-old Ruth Robinson Duccini died from natural causes at a hospice center in Las Vegas. She was one of 124 little people cast in the 1939 film. 93-year-old Jerry Maren is now the only surviving munchkin.
‘THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY’ ACTOR DAVE MADDEN HAS DIED: Dave Madden, known for playing Reuben Kincaid on The Partridge Family has died from congestive heart and kidney failure. He was 82. Madden also appeared on the popular 70s TV show Laugh-In.
THE PROFESSOR FROM ‘GILLIGAN’S ISLAND’ DEAD AT 89: Russell Johnson, best known for playing the Professor on Gilligan’s Island died of natural causes at his home in Washington at the age of 89. Dawn Wells, who played Mary Ann on the hit series, wrote on Facebook on Thursday (January 16th,) “My 2 favorite people are now gone. The professor passed away this morning. My heart is broken.” According to TMZ, the other person she is referring to in the post is Gilligan himself, Bob Denver, who died in 2005.
‘FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS’ STAR CAST IN NETFLIX DRAMA: Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler has signed on to star in a new Netflix series from the creators of Damages. The show centers on a family of adult siblings whose secrets and scars come to light when their black sheep brother returns. Chandler will play John, the married middle brother who takes care of the family.
ZAC EFRON WRITES HEARTFELT LETTER TO FAN: Zac Efron wrote a note on his Facebook page to a fan that he met during a Q + A at the Facebook headquarters this week to say how much their exchange meant to him. The former Disney star wrote, “I have so much more I want to say. And I will — when I find the words. But I’ll start here — When you stood up, with such strength, and sincerity and gave me perhaps the nicest compliment I’ve been paid…it meant so much more than that to me. Facebook and online media in general, show only half the picture- sure people see me, but I never get to see them. Yesterday was the first time in a very long time that I was able to look into your eyes and remember why I do what I do — and will never stop. I needed that, more than you will ever know and just wanted to say thanks — face to face soon I hope.” The fan, Kirby Koo, responded by writing, “Zac, I am so incredibly touched by your note. Meeting you was always the dream, but I never could have imagined that you would respond with such genuine kindness and literally open arms. The impact you and your talent have had on me and so many millions of others should never be underestimated. Beyond the actor, thank you for being such a warm, generous person and I’d be humbled to consider you a friend.”
HONEY BOO BOO’S DAD BEING HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR RECENT CAR ACCIDENT: Law enforcement officials have determined that Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson’s father Sugar Bear is to blame for the car accident that sent the family to the hospital on January 6th. Sugar made an unsafe left turn that was decided to be his fault after his family confirmed that they were aware of the oncoming vehicle that ended up crashing into them. He will not be charged with any crime.
DEVON SAWA WELCOMES HIS FIRST CHILD: Nikita star Devon Sawa and his wife Dawni welcomed their first child last Thursday (January 9th.) Baby Hudson was born at eight pounds and one ounce. The 35-year-old actor tweeted earlier this week, “The most amazing week ever.” He added, “I love him. He’s my little pride and joy.”
‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’ ACTRESS WAKES FROM MEDICAL-INDUCED COMA: Michelle Hurst, AKA Miss Claudette on Orange is the New Black, woke up from a medically induced coma on Thursday morning (January 16th) after she sustained major injuries from a car accident before the holidays. Michelle’s sister set up a fundraising page to help pay off the actress’ medical expenses. The page’s admin provided an update on the patient saying, “Michelle is the ICU. We can’t send flowers or visit, only family. She is progressing slowly, but progressing! She is out of the medically induced coma & is responsive.”
NICOLE RICHIE AND KRIS JENNER SING ‘SHOOP’ IN NEW KEEK VIDEO: Kim Kardashian uploaded new Keek videos on Wednesday (January 15th) of her mother, Kris Jenner, and Nicole Richie performing Salt-N-Pepa’s “Shoop.” She captioned the video “My fave new rap group” and “Here we go here we go here we go again.” Kim can be heard cracking up as she films the duo giving the 1993 hit their own spin.
How I Met Your Mother Co-Creator Apologizes
Carter Bays, co-creator of How I Met Your Mother, has written an apology for offending the Asian community with the episode that aired on Monday (January 13th.) The statement is a response to many fans of the show who expressed outrage over the episode featuring the white cast members made up to look stereotypically Asian to spoof kung-fu movies. The episode even inspired the hashtag #HowIMetYourRacism to trend.
Carter tweeted, “Hey guys, sorry this took so long. @himymcraig and I want to say a few words about #HowIMetYourRacism. With Monday’s episode, we set out to make a silly and unabashedly immature homage to Kung Fu movies, a genre we’ve always loved. But along the way we offended people. We’re deeply sorry, and we’re grateful to everyone who spoke up to make us aware of it. We try to make a show that’s universal, that anyone can watch and enjoy. We fell short of that this week, and feel terrible about it. To everyone we offended, I hope we can regain your friendship, and end this series on a note of goodwill. Thanks. @CarterBays @HimymCraig”
- One angry fan, @reallyHibbs tweeted, “Yellowface? Orientalism? Fu Manchu? What? Not okay @cbs.”