‘SAVED BY THE BELL’ TRUE STORY TO BE TOLD BY LIFETIME: Lifetime has announced plans to air a new movie based on Dustin Diamond’s memoir Behind the Bell. The project will tell the story of what went down behind the scenes of the popular NBC series that ran from 1989 to 1993. It will premiere on September 1st. The cast was also announced:
- Degrassi actor Dylan Everett as Mark-Paul Gosselaar
- Shameless actor Sam Kindseth as Dustin Diamond
- Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones co-star Julian Works will play Mario Lopez
- Alyssa Lynch has been cast as Tiffani-Amber Thiessen
- Supernatural actress Tiera Skovbye will play Elizabeth Berkley
- and Blink actress Taylor Russell McKenzie has been cast as Lark Voorhies
ARIANA GRANDE’S BROTHER JOINS ‘BIG BROTHER’: CBS has announced the cast of the 16th season of Big Brother and one of the housemates is the brother of pop star Ariana Grande. 31-year-old Frankie Grande will compete against 15 other contestants for the $500,000 prize. The YouTube personality discussed the decision to join the cast with People saying, “I’ve always said I was funny and I should have my own reality show. And then I thought, ‘Maybe I should be on somebody else’s show!’”
DANCER SUING OVER JESSICA ALBA FILM ‘HONEY’: Bronx b-girl Honey Rockwell is suing the makers of Jessica Alba’s film Honey for ripping off her life story. The dancer wants a cut of the profits generated from Honey and the sequel. She claims she took the stage name Honey back in 1994 — almost a decade before the film hit theaters. Rockwell cites similarities in not only name but ethnicity, occupation, hometown, and also points out that the filmmakers used the dance studio where she taught. It is unclear why she has waited so long to file the lawsuit.
BEN & JERRY’S ANNOUNCE ‘SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’-INSPIRED FLAVORS: Ben & Jerry’s have revealed details surrounding two new flavors inspired by Saturday Night Live. Gilly’s Catastrophic Crunch contains a combo of chocolate and sweet cream ice creams mixed with caramel clusters, chocolate-covered almonds and a marshmallow swirl. Lazy Sunday consists of cake batter ice cream with chocolate and yellow cupcake pieces and a chocolate frosting swirl. The flavors are currently available in Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops only.
CELEBS LINE UP TO JOIN BEAR GRYLLS NEW NBC SHOW: Celebrities including Zac Efron, Channing Tatum, Ben Stiller, Tamron Hall, Deion Sanders, and Tom Arnold have all signed on to appear alongside Bear Grylls for his new NBC reality show called Running Wild With Bear Grylls. Each hour-long episode will feature a different celebrity. Bear said in a statement, “Running Wild allows viewers to see inside the hearts and minds of these guests in a very open, honest and vulnerable way, pushing them out of their comfort zones and seeing what they are like in real life when stripped of all the benefits of celebrity. Ultimately, this show is about taking these stars on the adventure of a lifetime and being alongside them when they discover something new and empowering about themselves and their world. For me, that is always a privilege.” The show premieres on July 28th.
REPORT: WILLOW AND JADEN SMITH ARE OBSESSED WITH SNAKES: Us Weekly is reporting that Willow and Jaden Smith are supposedly obsessed with snaked. An insider said, “She has 10 sleeping in her room and some aren’t in cages!” The source also revealed that Jaden allegedly refers to the pets as his “girlfriends” and added, “They slither into his bed and curl up with him!” Jada Pinkett Smith discussed Willow’s love for the reptiles last year in Redbook magazine saying, “I’ve always loved snakes but was afraid of them. But Willow had wanted this one snake forever. She’d go into the pet store and pick it up and wrap it around her. I’d never touched a snake before, and I put out my hand, and Beauty [mimics the snake slithering up her arm]. I’ve been in love with her ever since. I said to Willow, ‘You did Mommy a big favor. You helped me overcome a fear.’”
DWAYNE ‘THE ROCK’ JOHNSON DISCUSSES POST-DIVORCE DEPRESSION: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson reveals in the new issue of The Hollywood Reporter that he struggled with depression after divorcing his college sweetheart, Dany Garcia, in 2008. He tells the magazine, “Once I manned up and became accountable for the mess I was in, that’s when it all hit me. What kind of dad does this make me? What kind of man will I now become? Failing at marriage and as a husband was a heavy thing, and divorce had that special way of knocking me on my ass.” Dwayne and his ex have a 12-year-old daughter. He is currently dating writer-musician Lauren Hashian.
DID HONEY BOO BOO HIT HER MOTHER?: Radar Online claims that nine-year-old Alana Thompson, AKA Honey Boo Boo, allegedly struck her mother while filming an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. A writer for Salon.com who was in the audience told the website that the interview was edited to cut out her supposedly “hostile” reaction to Jimmy and a party where she apparently hit her mother. The source said, “Up until this point, Fallon had been doing a great job of navigating Alana’s weird behavior, but it was at this moment when he became positively awesome. ‘NEVER hit your mother!’ he exclaimed, in a voice that was serious with just a hint of a joke, and the studio audience erupted in applause. Finally, we thought, someone is addressing this child’s attitude.” The writer described other awkward moments saying, “For example, the friendship bracelet moment seems cute and quick on TV, but in person, it was actually kind of agonizing. It didn’t just happen once, but several times, and the more it was discussed, the more openly hostile Boo Boo became. And in addition to the friendship bracelet crisis, the episode left out some deeply uncomfortable spats between Mama June and Alana. You see it a bit in the broadcast, but Mama June was continually either answering questions on behalf of Boo Boo or mumbling answers to her. The quick wit we’ve come to expect from Honey Boo Boo was nowhere to be seen, but instead it was fed to her by her pageant mom.”
UMA THURMAN PHOTOGRAPHED KISSING QUENTIN TARANTINO: It appears that the rumored romance between Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino is definitely a go. The pair was spotted having dinner together at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills earlier this week and then locked lips after leaving the restaurant. Uma and Quentin have been friends for years but recently took the relationship to the next level when they attended the Cannes Film Festival. Uma called off her engagement to Arpad “Arki” Busson back in April.
GWYNETH PALTROW SEES HER MOTHER’S PLAY: Gwyneth Paltrow was spotted in the audience of her mother, Blythe Danner, in a play on Wednesday night (June 18th) at the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. Danner is starring in The Country House and an audience member revealed to People that Gwyneth even got emotional during the show. The witness said, “She was tearing up at a scene where her mother — who plays a legendary actress — has a confrontation with her grown-up, depressed son. It was sweet to see her watching her mom.” Paltrow attended the show with pal Gavin Rossdale.
Lupita Nyong’o Deals With Fame
Lupita Nyong’o had a quick rise to fame during award season this year thanks to her role in 12 Years a Slave and red carpet fashion but not all of it has been glitz and glamour. The 31-year-old appears in the July issue of Vogue where she discusses how the sudden celebrity has been a bit of a whirlwind.
Lupita says, “It just feels like the entertainment industry exploded into my life. People who seemed so distant all of a sudden were right in front of me and recognizing me — before I recognized them!” She goes on to describe one of her earlier experiences with the paparazzi after arriving at the airport saying, “For a split second I looked behind me to see who they were flashing at — and it was me! That was, I think, the beginning of the end of my anonymity.”
- The Oscar-winner also reflects on surviving her first award season — telling the magazine, “Everyone said, ‘Brace yourself, Lupita! Keep a granola bar in that clutch of yours!’ I didn’t really understand what they meant, and it was only once it was past that I realized that my body had been holding on by a thread to get through this very intense experience. Nothing can prepare you for awards season. The red carpet feels like a war zone, except you cannot fly or fight; you just have to stand there and take it.”
Chelsea Handler Headed To Netflix
Chelsea Handler is ditching E! for Netflix once she finishes her Chelsea Lately duties this summer. The news was announced on Thursday (June 19th) with both Chandler and Netflix releasing statements about the deal.
Chelsea said, “I wanted to sit with the cool kids at lunch so I approached Netflix to make sure they were as cool as I thought they were, and when I confirmed my suspicions, like with any other future lover, I made my move. I’m more excited than I’ve been in a while, and the team at Netflix is the most forward-thinking, alert group I’ve sat down with in ages. No offense to the Shahs Of Sunset.”
- Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, added, “The Internet has disrupted many of the conventions of traditional television and together with Chelsea Handler, Netflix is looking forward to reimagining the late night talk show for the on-demand generation, starting with the late night part…”
- Her new show will debut in 2016 but the service will premiere an hour-long stand up special exclusively on October 10th and four other specials, described as docu-comedies, be released in 2015.