ANNA KENDRICK TO HOST ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’: Anna Kendrick has been tapped to make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut on April 5th. The former Oscar nominee will be joined by musical guest Pharrell who will also be appearing on the show for the first time as a solo artist. Other upcoming hosts include Louis C.K. who will host on March 29th and Seth Rogen on April 12th.
OPRAH TEAMING WITH STARBUCKS FOR LINE OF TEA: Oprah Winfrey will be teaming up with Starbucks to release a new line of Tea called Teavana Oprah Chai Tea. The media mogul said in a statement, “Starbucks is about nurturing the human spirit. That is my goal in life and what my brand has become.” There is currently a $90 billion global tea market and Starbucks has plans to open at least 1,000 more Teavana bars domestically and internationally in the near future.
JANE FONDA AND LILY TOMLIN JOIN NETFLIX COMEDY: Netflix has ordered a new 13-episode comedy series called Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The show comes from Friends creator Marta Kauffman. It focuses on nemeses Grace — played by Fonda — and Frankie — played by Tomlin — whose lives are turned upside down when their husbands announce they are in love with each other and plan to get married. The women, much to their own dismay, find that their lives are permanently intertwined and, much to their surprise, they find they have each other. Netflix’s chief content office Ted Sarandos said in a statement, “Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are among the funniest and most formidable actresses ever and it’s an incredible privilege to give them the opportunity to run riot on Netflix. The show created for them by Marta and Howard is warm, very funny and anything but wholesome. We can’t wait.”
‘THE WALKING DEAD’ TO AIR ON MYNETWORKTV: MyNetworkTV has picked up the exclusive broadcast rights to air reruns of AMC’s The Walking Dead. The network will air two episodes a week from previously aired seasons that have been edited for network television. Network exec Frank Cicha discussed the deal saying, “It’s not often you get to add the hottest show on the planet to your lineup. We just did, and it’s a tremendous get for our stations.” The repeat episodes will carry a TV-14 rating unlike the version airing on AMC which was switched to a TV-MA rating last year.
MAGGIE Q JOINS NEW KEVIN WILLIAMSON DRAMA: Nikita actress Maggie Q has signed on for a pivotal role in Kevin Williamson’s upcoming drama pilot for CBS. She will be playing Detective Beth Davis who is described as an “opinionated and obsessive workaholic.” The untitled project co-stars Dylan McDermott and Devious Maids actress Mariana Klaveno.
JOHN TRAVOLTA SENT AN APOLOGY GIFT TO IDINA MENZEL: John Travolta reportedly felt so guilty about his flubbing Idina Menzel’s name at the Oscars that he sent her an apology gift backstage of her new Broadway musical If/Then. A source revealed to E! News, “He sent her a big, gorgeous bouquet of flowers to her dressing room. It was HUGE. It was his apology to her. It was clear he felt very bad about it. And by the size of the arrangement it was an obvious ‘forgive me please’ gesture.” In the days following John’s error on live TV, he released a statement saying, “I’ve been beating myself up all day. Then I thought…What would Idina Menzel say? She’d say, ‘Let it go, let it go!’ Idina is incredibly talented and I am so happy Frozen took home two Oscars Sunday night!”
FARRAH ABRAHAM’S COSTARS WANT HER FIRED: MTV is reportedly trying to recruit the original cast of Teen Mom to participate in a new season of the show but Amber Portwood, Catelynn Lowell, and Maci Bookout are reportedly not interested unless Farrah Abraham is cut from the project. A source told Us Weekly, “They don’t want their kids on a show where someone’s talking about sex toys.” The insider also revealed that the network is considering the offer saying, “They would definitely consider dumping Farrah to get the other girls.” Farrah responded to the news by telling Us, “I have my own life.”
TOM BRADY AND GISELE BUNDCHEN SELLING THEIR L.A. ESTATE: Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen have put their massive estate in L.A. on the market. The couple spent four years and $40 million building up the property and have spent less than a year living there because they are relocating to Boston full-time. The 14,000 square-foot main house has a home gym, antiques from around the globe, an infinity pool, a waterfall, and a pond. It sits on four acres of land in the Brentwood area.
NAOMI CAMPBELL DISCUSSES DIFFICULTY QUITTING SMOKING: Naomi Campbell covers the April issue of Shape magazine where she opens up about having a tough time kicking her smoking habit. She explains, “People told me that cigarettes are harder to quit than alcohol. I didn’t believe it, but you know what? It is harder. I’m not someone who wants to light up inside people’s homes, including my own, and I don’t want to stand outside on street corners anymore.” She adds, “It’s still a struggle. In fact, just talking about it makes me crave one, so let’s stop, please! But I am really trying.”
IS THERE A KRIS JENNER SEX TAPE COMING?: Radar Online is reporting that an unidentified man recently approached Kris Jenner telling her that he is in possession of a sex tape that she is the star of. An insider told the website, “At first she thought it was a joke, because she knew it couldn’t be real. Obviously she would never allow herself to be taped like that! Initially, she just ignored it.” The source continued, “He called Kris more than one hundred times in the last seven days, from more than 100 different phone numbers. He uses scrambled cell numbers. He called more than 25 times on Sunday alone! The man has been demanding money from Kris. If he’s not paid, he claims, he’ll release the tape.” Radar also claims that Kris allegedly believes the man is stalking her. According to the source, “She went out to eat and then got a text from him saying ‘Are you enjoying the restaurant? This person knew where she was. The family has drastically stepped up their security and Kris had no choice but to turn all the information over to law enforcement and to the family’s private investigator Gavin DeBecker. They’re assessing their options. Not surprisingly, everyone is worried.”
Drew Barrymore Versus The Creepy Van
A frightened Drew Barrymore called 911 on Tuesday night (March 18th) to report suspicious behavior in front of her L.A. house while she was along with her daughter. According to TMZ, the actress called for help in a panic after a white van parked in front of her property and the driver repeatedly knocked on her door hoping to get inside.
The uninvited visitor eventually left and when cops found the van a few blocks away, he turned out to be an AT&T service guy. Sources say that Drew never called for an appointment so it’s unclear why the employee was knocking but he was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
The phone call also reportedly brought police helicopters to the area around Drew’s home