PAULA DEEN IS LAUNCHING A COOKING NETWORK: Paula Deen released a statement on Wednesday (June 10th) announcing plans to launch a new digital network with a focus on food. The subscription-based service will be launching in September and will provide users with original programming and interactive content. The 67-year-old said, “Guess who’s going digital, y’all! I’m so excited about my new online network and can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on. We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes. Y’all can get my recipes, tips, and cooking anytime you want — this is for you. I can’t wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends, and my fans!”
SARAH PAULSON REVEALS REACTION TO ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW’: Sarah Paulson is set to be a part of the upcoming fourth season of American Horror Story and recently offered fans a little tease about what they can expect for the circus-themed edition of the horror series. When asked how she reacted after reading the first script, she responded, “Holy s**t! I feel like that’s the appropriate reaction you want when you read the first script of American Horror Story. So it’s very exciting and totally nerve-wracking in the best way because you think, ‘How the hell am I going to pull this off?!’ And as an actor, I think that’s an exciting thing to feel.” Sarah also described AHS: Freak Show as a “beautiful hybrid between Coven and Asylum.” The new season is set in Jupiter, Florida in 1950 with Jessica Lange playing a German ex-pat who is managing one of the last freak shows in the United States.
NETFLIX IS REVIVING ‘THE MAGIC SCHOOL BUS’: Netflix has announced that they will be launching a new version of the popular children’s animated series The Magic School Bus. The reboot is being called The Magic School Bus 360° and will debut in 2016. It will consist of 26 half-hour episodes that will be computer animated. The series follows the adventures of a teacher, her class and a school bus with magic abilities.
‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’ PROMOTES INMATE TO SERIES REGULAR: Poussey is staying put. Deadline is reporting that Samira Wiley has been promoted to series regular for the third season of Orange is the New Black. Her character, Poussey, was had an expanded role in season 2 which launched on the streaming service last week.
FIRST FEMALE JOINS ‘DEADLIEST CATCH’ CREW: Mandy, the 18-year-old daughter of Sig Hansen has joined the crew of his boat featured on the Discovery series Deadliest Catch. Sig discussed her addition to gang with People saying, “I was panicked from the time she got on until the time she left. It’s one thing to have your brothers out there, but to have your daughter it’s a little different. She had been pestering me to come out with us. But she was in high school and taking a few college courses at the same time, so I didn’t think there was any way she could change her schedule.” Mandy discussed her new gig saying, “I had no idea what I was getting into. I just wanted to tackle the challenge so I went for it. I was just like another greenhorn getting on board. These guys are my family, I’ve grown up with them and I know the crew, but they weren’t gonna let me slide by.”
TOM CRUISE WAS MATT LAUER’S MOST AWKWARD INTERVIEW: Matt Lauer joined Facebook on Tuesday (June 10th) and engaged in a little Q&A session with his ex-co-anchor Meredith Vieira. When Vieira asked who his most awkward interview was, the Today show co-host responded, “A bit awkward with Tom Cruise a while back!!!! It was one of those unforgettable moments that became a part of pop culture.” The interview took place back in 2005 when Tom was promoting War of the Worlds. He used the interview to reveal his anti-psychiatry stance in addition to criticizing Brooke Shields for taking anti-depressants and calling Matt “glib.” Lauer also discussed that interview while chatted with Howard Stern last year saying, “There are times where, when you least expect it, you get someone who sits on this couch…and all of a sudden you say something and you can see in the person’s’ eyes a physical change. That was one of those times…I knew I was going to go in a certain area, and you watch the change, and then it’s your job almost to get the hell out of the way.”
ANGELINA JOLIE CAUSES CONTROVERSY IN CHINA: There is some major backlash in China following some controversial comments made by Angelina Jolie while promoting Maleficent in Shanghai. The Independent is reporting that the Oscar winner was asked who her favorite Chinese director is to which she responded, “I am not sure if you consider Ang Lee Chinese, he’s Taiwanese, but he does many Chinese-language films with many Chinese artists and actors. I think his works and the actors in his films are the ones I am most familiar with and very fond of.” Many people on the social network Weibo have blasted Angelina as being “a deranged Taiwan independence supporter.” Some have even called for a ban of her film in the country.
THE SITUATION TRIES TO STIFF EMPLOYEES: New Jersey police were called to the Boca Tanning Club in Middletown because former Jersey Shore star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino bounced paychecks to his employees at the salon. Four workers at the store told police they were owed between $100 and $200. Sources tell TMZ that the problem was taken care of quickly after the cops got involved and that the whole thing was reportedly just an innocent mix-up.
ROB KARDASHIAN IS HELPING KHLOE WITH HER NEW HOUSE: Rob Kardashian’s recent drama with his family in Europe appears to be water under the bridge. He is stepping in to help his sister Khloe get her new house in L.A. in order while she films a new reality show in the Hamptons. Khloe tweeted about it on Tuesday (June 10th) writing, “Having my brother oversee my construction at our new house while I’m in NY is a tad scary. I’m way too controlling lol.” Rob wrote back, “I got u don’t you worry. Got the boom boom room all set up and everythangggggg.” Back in March, Khloe dropped $7.2 million for Justin Bieber’s home in Calabasas.
DAVE COULIER IS ENGAGED: Former Full House actor Dave Coulier is engaged. He recently proposed to longtime girlfriend Melissa Bring — a photographer and producer based out of L.A. He discussed the happy news to People saying, “Melissa has been, truly, my best friend for nine years. We simply thought we would just make it a life time. I can’t wait.” The couple is set to marry in Montana on July 2nd where he will be joined by former co-stars John Stamos, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, and Candace Cameron Bure. Dave was previously married to actress Jayne Modean from 1990 to 1992. They have a 13-year-old son named Luc.
Tracy Morgan Crash Update
Kevin Roper — the truck driver who crashed into Tracy Morgan‘s limo on Saturday (June 7th) in New Jersey, pleaded not guilty in court yesterday. Roper is facing charges of death by auto and assault by auto. His bail was set at $50,000. Meanwhile, Tracy is now being listed in critical but stable condition. His friend, comedian James “Jimmy Mac” Mcnair was killed in the crash.
- The HuffPost also reported that state police released audio recordings from three 911 calls made after the accident. One woman told a dispatcher, “It’s a terrible accident. The car flipped. It’s on its side. It’s two vehicles and a Wal-Mart truck.”
Casey Kasem Update
The NY Daily News claims Casey Kasem won’t resume artificial feeding and fluids. A judge made the ruling yesterday and placed Kerri Kasem in charge.
Kerri tells the paper: “We have tried everything to keep him alive. We did put him back on fluids, but we had to take him off again because his lungs were filling up. It sounded like he was drowning. It was excruciating to watch. The feeding was backing up because he can’t digest. This is breaking my heart. We’re been trying for nine days to keep him alive. There’s nothing we want more than for our dad to be here with us.”
TMZ claims Casey’s family has been playing “American Top 40” in his room for him.
Anna Kendrick’s Love Life
Anna Kendrick is recently single but apparently nobody is looking to mingle. The actress appears in the July issue of Elle where she reveals that she hasn’t been hit on since she starred in Up in the Air in 2009.
Kendrick chats with the magazine about some advice her mother gave her at a young age saying, “I’ve never felt like I’ve exactly traded on my looks. When I was a teenager, I was an ultra-late bloomer, and my mom would say it was a blessing, because it means you never have to wonder if guys are only interested in you because you’ve got boobs. I would have been thrilled if guys were interested in me because of my boobs!” Anna goes on to say, “Similarly, I think I’m lucky that I’ve never had a crisis about whether the only reason I’m successful is because I’m crazy hot. It’s not something that crosses my mind.”
- Anna broke up with director Edgar Wright last year.