CARRIE FISHER AND MARK HAMILL DISCUSS ROLES IN NEW ‘STAR WARS’: Although neither Carrie Fisher nor Mark Hamill have been confirmed as part of the J.J. Abrams’ new Star Wars movie, both stars of the original trilogy gave interviews recently discussing their possible return. Fisher assured TV Guide that she is set to begin filming in March or April along with Hamill and Harrison Ford and added, “I’d like to wear my old hairstyle again — but with white hair. I think that would be funny.” Hamill responded to Carrie’s statement in an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit on Wednesday (January 22nd) saying, “The only character I know for sure is returning is my friend R2-D2. He hasn’t stopped beeping about it.”
DISNEY ORDERS MORE ‘GIRL MEETS WORLD’: Disney Channel is calling for eight additional episodes of the upcoming Boy Meets World spinoff, Girl Meets World. Danielle Fishel broke the news on Twitter by writing, “Got the great news tonight that #GirlMeetsWorld was picked up for 8 more episodes—a total of 21! Can’t wait for everyone to see them all.” The network has not yet announced a premiere date.
NBC RENEWS ‘DAYS OF OUR LIVES’: Long-running soap opera Days of Our Lives has been renewed by NBC through September 2016. The show will celebrate its 50th anniversary in November 2015. NBC president Jennifer Salke released a statement saying, “Days Of Our Lives continues to be a fan favorite for daytime audiences and we are thrilled to keep it going through its 50th season. Days has shown year-to-year increases in key female demographics and remains both relevant and fresh creatively due to the hard work of the producers, writers, cast and crew who have worked tirelessly to make Days the ratings success it is today.”
ADULT FILM COMPANY TO PARODY ‘DOWNTON ABBEY’: An adult film company in the UK called Harmony Films has announced plans for a porn parody of Downton Abbey called Down On Abbey. The XXX version includes characters named Lord and Lady Grabhem, stepdaughters Abby and Fanny, and Master Bates. The movie will be released on April 1st.
‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT ‘ REUNION TAKING PLACE ON ‘THE MILLERS’: CBS will host an Arrested Development reunion when Jeffrey Tambor stops by for a guest starring gig on Will Arnett’s show The Millers. Tambor will be playing Ed Dolan — the owner of the station that Will’s character works at. Arnett and Tambor play father and son on Arrested Development which was resurrected for a fourth season by Netflix last year.
VANESSA HUDGENS DOESN’T CARE IF YOU LIKE HER: Former Disney star Vanessa Hudgens is taking some risks in her film career as of late and doesn’t care if you’re into it. The 25-year-old discussed the controversy of her last film Spring Breakers and her new role as a pregnant teen in Gimme Shelter to Nylon magazine saying, “You hear what you want to hear. If you’re not into something, be open about it. If you don’t like me, I don’t care.”
SETH ROGEN TWEETS ABOUT JUSTIN BIEBER: While the internet exploded with the Justin Bieber drama on Thursday (January 23rd,) Seth Rogen tweeted a response to the situation that quickly went viral. Seth wrote, “All jokes aside, Justin Bieber is a piece of sh*t.” The message was retweeted over 67,000 times. Beliebers quickly targeted the comedian to defend their beloved idol but Seth was far from the only member of Hollywood to weigh in.
KATHY GRIFFIN’S BROTHER HAS DIED: Gary Griffin, the brother of comedian Kathy Griffin, passed away on Wednesday (January 22nd) after a long battle with cancer. Kathy posted a photo tribute of Gary to her Instagram page and wrote, “This AM my brave brother Gary Griffin passed away in palliative care after a brutal struggle w cancer. Our last real conversation, w my brother I loved so much, was just a few days ago when I got him this signed picture from his idol, @JoeWalsh. He loved the Eagles, 70s rock, The Chicago White Sox and the Xavier ‘muskies.’” She added, “Oh & he was funny as sh*t”
SCARLETT JOHANSSON DISCUSSES HER ENGAGEMENT: Scarlett Johansson announced her engagement to boyfriend Romain Dauriac last August and has been loving every minute of it. The Her voice actress told People, “I’m very happy. He’s my buddy.” She went on to say that they aren’t rushing through the wedding planning and added, “Being engaged is an exciting time to enjoy and to really savor.”
SEAN PENN GOES GROCERY SHOPPING WITH CHARLIZE THERON AND HER SON: Sean Penn was photographed hitting up with the grocery store on Wednesday (January 22nd) with girlfriend Charlize Theron and her two-year-old son Jackson. The Milk star was seen making silly face and entertaining Jackson as Theron browsed the aisles. One witness said, “It was adorable to watch how sweet Sean was with Jackson. It was obvious that they are still getting to know each other and Jackson kept making sure that his mom stayed close.” Penn has two children of his own with ex Robin Wright.
Amanda Bynes On A Fitness Retreat
Amanda Bynes appears to be committed to working on her physical health in addition to her mental health this year. E! Online is reporting that Amanda just completed a week-long fitness retreat in Utah.
The owner and personal trainer at Miracles Fitness Retreat told the website, “She was interested in getting healthier…to get in better shape, to lose about five pounds, but mainly to strengthen up and eat healthier. I think it was a really good experience for her. She participated in everything we did. She was always up in the morning even though she was tired.”
- Bynes reportedly spent around $3,250 for the intensive seven-day fitness program which includes starting each day around 6:30 a.m. and going through two 90-minute workouts in the morning split up by a healthy breakfast in between. The afternoon consists of instructional lectures followed by a two-hour workout. Guests eat an early dinner and finish off the day with some relaxing spa treatments.