TWO FORMER CASTMATES RUMORED TO BE RETURNING TO ‘REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS’: TMZ is reporting that Camille Grammer and Adrienne Maloof are in talks to be brought back to The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Producers are reportedly hoping the pair could fix the show’s declining ratings. Both women left the show in 2013 not on the best of terms but have allegedly already started filming new scenes for their return.
CARRIE FISHER’S DAUGHTER MAY HAVE SCORED A ROLE IN ‘STAR WARS VII’: Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is rumored to have scored a role playing a young Prince Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII. The 22-year-old does not have any previous acting experience but JJ Abrams is reportedly interested in using her because of her likeness to her mother. It is unknown whether the part will be small or something part of the bigger story.
BRYAN SINGER TEASES ‘X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’: X-Men director Bryan Singer created a stir on Monday (June 30th) by tweeting a photo of the treatment for the next installment of the X-Men series. The picture doesn’t offer much aside from a mention of “The Four Horsemen” who work for the villain Apocalypse in the comic books. The treatment also lists Singer, Simon Kinberg, Michael Dougherty, and Dan Harris as the writers on the project. All four have worked on previous X-Men films. X-Men: Apocalypse has been scheduled for theatrical release in May 2016.
DENIS LEARY TO RETURN TO FX: Denis Leary is back in business with FX. The former Rescue Me star has inked a deal to bring his music comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll to the network in 2015. The show has been given a 10-episode order. It focuses on Johnny Rock, played by Leary, who is the lead singer of The Heathens — a legendary early-’90s band. He is trying to get the both his band and his life back together.
EMMA WATSON BEING INVESTIGATED IN THE UK: British Immigration officials have reportedly launched an investigation to look into whether Emma Watson has had an American housekeeper working illegally at her London home. The actress allegedly only brought her maid to the UK on a tourist visa but she is believed to have been employed at the residence from September 2013 to February 2014. Emma could face up to $17,000 in fines if she failed to acquire the proper paperwork.
BONG-TOSSING CHARGES DROPPED AGAINST AMANDA BYNES: A judge has agreed to throw out all charges brought against Amanda Bynes after her bong-tossing arrest at her apartment in New York City last summer. Her legal team previously struck a deal to get the case dropped if she sticks with her psychiatric treatment program. The judge made it official on Monday (June 30th) by signing off on the agreement and noting that Amanda “has done very well in treatment.”
JONATHAN GROFF EXPLAINS DECISION TO COME OUT: Frozen voice actor Jonathan Groff celebrated New York City Gay Pride over the weekend and recently sat down with Playbill.com to discuss his coming out experience. The 29-year-old told the website, “I came out to Lea Michele and to my friends and my family, and in retrospect, when I look back now and I think about what it was like to be closeted, I think, ‘The release and relief and just the way that life gets better after you stop living a compartmentalized existence is major and is something you can’t really understand until you finally take that leap.” Groff added, “I feel like Spring Awakening, in retrospect, helped me get there. I didn’t realize how closed off I was, and I was not living my fullest life until I finally came out.”
MARK RUFFALO WON’T READ INTERNET COMMENTS: Mark Ruffalo has added himself to the list of celebrities who refuse to read internet comments about themselves. The actor recently chatted with Huffington Post about doing press for all of the projects he has released this year. Mark explained the interviewing process saying, “You get to talk and they listen. You’re not being interrupted or told you’re an idiot. Not yet anyway. At least until the comments. The comments section will have plenty of that. There’s nothing but madness down that road.” He has been busy promoting Infinitely Polar Bear, The Normal Heart, Foxcatcher, and most recently, his new musical drama called Begin Again.
MELISSA MCCARTHY THROWS OUT FIRST PITCH AT DODGERS GAME: Melissa McCarthy attended the L.A. Dodgers game over the weekend where she had the honor of throwing out the first pitch. The Tammy star kicked things off and then stuck around to see them win over the St. Louis Cardinals. Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were spotted at the same game getting cozy and canoodling at their seats behind home plate.
Robert Downey Jr. Addresses Son’s Arrest
Robert Downey Jr is actually grateful that his son Indio was taken into custody over the weekend. The Iron Man star released a statement regarding the 20-year-old’s arrest for cocaine possession and how they plan to deal with it.
Robert said, “Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding, and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being. We’re grateful to the Sheriff’s department for their intervention, and believe Indio can be another recovery success story instead of a cautionary tale.”
- TMZ is reporting that Indio has allegedly been struggling with substance abuse for several years and his father had been trying to help him through. He was reportedly in a long stretch of sobriety before this latest slip-up.
- Downey Jr revealed during court appearance back in 1999 that he had been addicted to drugs since he was eight.
Zendaya Bails On Aaliyah Project
Zendaya’s decision to drop out of playing Aaliyah in Lifetime’s TV movie was apparently due to the quality of the project. The Disney star chatted with MTV on the red carpet of Sunday’s (June 29th) BET Awards where she explained her reason for pulling out of the gig.
The 17-year-old said, “I just felt the project wasn’t 100 percent there. I feel that production wise everything just felt a little rushed. And I think because she’s someone I admire and I love so much, it can’t be done halfway, or not to a standard I think it should be done at, so I just decided not to do it. By all means, when the right project comes along and it’s done the right way I’ll be the first person ready to play Aaliyah, but this wasn’t the right one for me.”
- The network revealed earlier that day that the entire production is on hold now that Zendaya is not involved.