WILL SMITH’S ‘FOCUS’ GETS RELEASE DATE: Warner Bros announced on Thursday (February 19th) that the Will Smith grifter comedy Focus will be released on February 27th, 2015. The film co-stars Margot Robbie. Ben Affleck and Kristen Stewart were once attached to the project in the roles played by Smith and Robbie.
TINA FEY TO STAR IN ‘THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE’: Tina Fey is reuniting with Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock associate Lorne Michaels for Paramount’s The Taliban Shuffle. The project, based on a wartime memoir by Kim Barker, will be produced by Lorne and will feature Tina in the main role. The story revolves around Barker’s arrival as a fish-out-of-water in Kabul, filing stories about militants, being a woman in wartime Iraq and Pakistan, dealing with boredom interspersed with dashes of violence and the promiscuous war correspondent culture.
ELISHA CUTHBERT JOINS NBC COMEDY: Happy Endings alum Elisha Cuthbert has been cast as the female lead in a new NBC comedy pilot called One Big Happy. She will be starring opposite Nick Zano as a lesbian, Lizzy, and her straight male best friend, Luke — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant — just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life.
JENNIFER ANISTON IN TALKS FOR ‘MEAN MOMS’: Variety is reporting that Jennifer Aniston is in early talks to star in a new film called Mean Moms which is being compared to Mean Girls because it is based on a book by the same author that the Lindsay Lohan hit was adapted from. The story follows a happily married mother of two who moves from small-town America to the high-class suburbs, where she faces the cutthroat world of competitive parenting. The script is based on a book by Rosalind Wiseman called, Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Dealing with the Parents, Teachers, Coaches and Counselors Who Can Make — or Break — Your Child’s Future.
TLC PICKS UP ‘RETURN TO AMISH’: TLC has picked up a spinoff of Breaking Amish called Return To Amish with the original cast all set to return. The series is expected to debut in June. The network has ordered six hour-long episodes which will follow Abe, Rebecca, Sabrina, Jeremiah, and Kate as they continue to acclimate to their new lives while still applying some Amish traditions to holidays and major life events.
MEGAN FOX AND BRIAN AUSTIN GREEN’S BABY NAME REVEALED: TMZ has acquired a copy of the birth certificate for Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green’s newborn baby boy which reveals that the couple named their child Bodhi Ransom Green. The little guy was born back on February 12th. Megan gave birth to their first son, Noah, back in 2012. They have been married since 2010.
LENA DUNHAM FAILS ‘GIRLS’ QUIZ: Lena Dunham revealed on Twitter that she took Buzzfeed’s ‘Which Girls Character Are You?’ personality quiz and didn’t actually get her own character, Hannah Horvath. The 27-year-old provided a link to the quiz and wrote, “Took this Girls quiz and I got Marnie, so I guess the apocalypse is coming?” Marnie is the character played by Allison Williams.
‘MODERN FAMILY’ ACTRESS EXITS PARTY AFTER ALLEGEDLY BEING GROPED BY FAN: Sarah Hyland reportedly left a Modern Family party in Australia early and in tears on Thursday (February 20th) after she was allegedly groped by a fan while posing for pictures outside the event. Police arrested a 29-year-old man who Sarah yelled at for apparently grabbing her breast after asking for a picture. The 23-year-old explained her abrupt exit on Twitter by writing, “Sorry to all the fans outside the #qantas event that I didn’t get to say hi to but I had to leave due to an inappropriate touch of a fan.”
JESSICA BIEL SHARES PREVIEW OF NEW SANTA MONICA RESTAURANT: Jessica Biel offered her Instagram followers a little preview of her new family-friendly restaurant on Tuesday (February 18th) by uploading a photo of a few of the menu offerings such as lemon bars and alfajores. Biel’s collaborator and friend, Estee Stanley, also showed off the treats which included mini apple pie, chocolate-dipped macaroons. The restaurant is being called Au Fudge and was previously called a “Soho House for kids” by Page Six.
KATIE HOLMES LOVES LIVING IN NEW YORK: Katie Holmes loves being a New Yorker. The former Dawson’s Creek star recently chatted with People about settling down in the Big Apple with her daughter Suri following her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2012. Holmes said, “I love the community in New York. I love New Yorkers. I ran into someone on the street the other day that I went to high school with. I love the moments of spontaneity every day. New York has been very good to both of us. I love the theater, the galleries in my neighborhood. Stuff like that is so much of what makes me love this city. I love the Knicks. I love talking to my neighbors in the elevator. I like feeling a part of something big.”
Perez Hilton Lawsuit
Nickelodeon star and pop singer Ariana Grande may be taking legal action against Perez Hilton for false claims that she has a cocaine problem. The blogger bombarded Ariana, her mother, her brother, and Nickelodeon with tweets on Sunday (February 16th) trying to convince her to seek help.
Perez wrote but later deleted:
“@ArianaGrande Are you okay? I heard someone saw you doing cocaine at a party this weekend. Stay away from drugs, Ariana!!”
“@ArianaGrande I’m praying for you! You can overcome this! #JustSayNoToDrugs”
“@joangrande I am sending positive thoughts your way! Hopefully @ArianaGrande can overcome these drug problems/rumors”
“@NickelodeonTV If it’s true that @ArianaGrande has a drug problem, hopefully you guys can help her before it’s too severe!”
“@FrankieJGrande Please make sure @ArianaGrande stays away from cocaine. I’m hearing awful things about what she’s been doing!”
“@ArianaGrande For every day your fans continue to spam me on social media, I will continue to tweet you. I know u see my tweets. I win! :-)”
“@ArianaGrande You KNOW the vile things your fans are saying about my son. Your silence is equally disgusting! @joangrande @FrankieJGrande”
- Perez claims that Ariana’s fans have been harassing him and saying things about his son since he bashed her look at the Grammy awards.
- Music insiders told Gossip Cop that Hilton may just have a vendetta against the 20-year-old because he allegedly tried to be her manager but got rejected.
- Another source revealed to the website that Ariana has reportedly hired legal representation to sue for slander.