TROIAN BELLISARIO WANTS EMMY LOVE FOR ‘PRETTY LITTLE LIARS’: Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario thinks her series should get more Emmy love. She has written a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter explaining why the hit ABC Family series shouldn’t be ignored just because it is for teens. Troian argues, “Girls, Veep, House of Cards and Breaking Bad could not be more different in their style of storytelling, and yet we love and value them all. I believe it’s because no matter how different the method of storytelling, they all seek to express the same thing: truth, truth that represents a human experience. Otherwise, we wouldn’t watch them. So, can there be truth in a teenage soap?” She goes on to write, “Fans see more than the hair and the hashtags splattered across the screen. They see a version of their truth, their struggle to feel safe in high school, their loyalty to their best friend, their fear of their first broken heart. When a teenager likes a more mature show we congratulate them on their elevated taste, but when someone older enjoys a teen show, they hide it, they call it their ‘guilty pleasure.’ Why? Weren’t you in high school once? Don’t you remember what it was like?”
BBC-OWNED NETWORK CBEEBIES TO BRING BACK ‘TELETUBBIES’: The hugely popular children’s television show Teletubbies is coming back. BBC announced that their network, CBeebies, will air 60 new episodes of the show which was axed back in 2001 after 365 episodes. The network revealed that they plan to upgrade the series for a new generation by giving it a little CGI enhancement. The show follows the adventures of four aliens named Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po who have TV screens on their bellies.
STEVE MARTIN RESPONDS TO ‘FATHER OF THE BRIDE 3′ NEWS: While most of the internet was buzzing about the news broken by Deadline’s Nikki Finke on Sunday (June 15th) that a third Father of the Bride film is in the works, Steve Martin had no idea. Finke reported that Steve and Diane Keaton were already in negotiations to reprise their roles and that the script involved Martin’s character’s son Matty, now 29 and gay, getting married to the son of a Navy SEAL. Steve tweeted on Monday (June 16th,) “So excited to read I’m doing Father of the Bride 3 since I haven’t seen a script or been offered the role!” Charles Shyer is rumored to be writing and directing the new project.
FOOD NETWORK DROPS PAULA DEEN’S SON: The Food Network no longer wants to dine with Jamie Deen. A source has confirmed to E! News that Paula Deen’s son has been cut from the schedule. Production has reportedly shut down on his show, Home for Dinner With Jamie Deen and it actually has been since last year. The insiders also revealed that Paula’s other son, Bobby Dean, is currently developing a new project with them.
‘POINT BREAK’ CASTS FEMALE LEAD: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer has landed the lead female role in the reboot of Point Break. She will be starring alongside Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey. Filming is expected to begin on June 26th.
MELANIE GRIFFITH WANTS THE DOGS: TMZ is reporting that Melanie Griffith is prepared to fight Antonio Banderas over custody of their three dogs. The Working Girl star is hoping that her hubby will be willing to hang over their one terrier mix and two shepherd lab mixes. Sources tell the website that Melanie is definitely more attached to the pups than Antonio and is the better dog owner between them. The couple filed paperwork for their divorce on June 6th after an 18-year marriage.
ANGELINA JOLIE COULDN’T ENTER THE SUDAN: Angelina Jolie was reportedly blocked from entering the Sudan recently by authorities on her way to a civil society event in Khartoum — the country’s capital. Peter Tibber of the Sudanese British embassy confirmed that she was MIA despite a scheduled appearance. Jolie was forced to deliver her message in a video that was played at the event where she allegedly spoke out against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and his administration for killing Meriam Yahya Ibrahim — a Christian woman who would not renounce her religion, and was subsequently convicted of apostasy. She said, “Khartoum should respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion, and to repeal its laws that ban people from converting their faith, as they are inconsistent with its 2005 Interim Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
ANNA KENDRICK ADDRESSES HER MOTHER AND FATHER’S BREAK UP: Anna Kendrick appears in the June issue of Elle magazine where she discusses the end of her parents’ marriage and why it wasn’t quite as devastating as people make divorce out to be. She explains, “I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced. I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.” Anna’s parents broke up when she was 15.
KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN KISSED AN ACTRESS ON ‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK’: Orange is the New Black actress Jackie Cruz apparently had a brief stint on reality TV before landing her role on the Netflix series. She has been identified as the woman Kourtney Kardashian kissed in a Miami club back in 2009 during an episode of Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami. Kourtney and Jackie supposedly met at an art class and became friends. During the episode Kourtney said, “I’m so embarrassed. I can never talk to this girl again. Jackie is calling me non-stop and I’m so embarrassed I made out with her. I did not mean to lead her on.” The kiss happened while the Kardashian sister was on a break from her boyfriend Scott Disick.
JASON BIGGS DISSES TARA REID’S BODY: Jason Biggs was recently a guest on Joan Rivers’ web show In Bed With Joan where he dissed his former American Pie co-star Tara Reid. When Joan asked who he would save between Tara and Lindsay Lohan, Jason replied, “Lindsay Lohan stays. She’s got nice boobs. She really does. Lindsay’s got nice boobs. Tara’s body, I don’t know what’s going on with it. I don’t think she ever knows what’s going on with it…No one knows what’s going on with Tara’s body.”
Indy Jones Rumors
Robert Pattinson has shot down the rumors that he’d be filling Harrison Ford’s shoes in a new reboot of Indiana Jones or as Han Solo in a spin-off Star Wars film. The Cosmopolis star laughed off the roles while chatting with People at the premiere of his new movie, The Rover, last week.
He discussed the reports he was the lead contender to play Indiana Jones saying, “I don’t know why. Why is that coming out?. I honestly don’t understand what it’s all about. Man, I wish!” Rob also had no idea about the potential Han Solo project. He told the magazine, “I didn’t even know there was a Han Solo spinoff coming out. Sounds like a cool spinoff. I’ll watch it.”