ROSIE O’DONNELL OFFICIALLY REJOINS ‘THE VIEW': TMZ is reporting that Rosie O’Donnell has finalized her deal to return The View. She will be joining Whoopi Goldberg and producers are still reportedly on the hunt for a Latina and a conservative to fill the other chairs. Rosie’s previous stint on the show came to an early end after she had on-air conflicts with Elisabeth Hasselbeck who has since left the show for a gig at Fox News.
‘HUNGER GAMES’ ACTOR JOINS ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY': Wes Bentley, who played gamemaker Seneca Crane in The Hunger Games, has landed a role on the upcoming season of American Horror Story. TVLine is reporting that he will appear on the two-part Halloween episode playing Eddie — a revenge-hungry tormentor from Kathy Bates’ past. The fourth season of the horror series is set at a Freak Show in Florida in 1952.
‘PINOCCHIO’ VOICE ACTOR DIES: Richard Percy Jones, famous for voicing Pinocchio in the Disney animated film from 1940, died on Monday night (July 7th) at his home in Northridge, California. He passed from natural causes at the age of 87. In addition to voicing the boy puppet, he acted in many B-movies and TV shows and had small roles in the “Our Gang” movies. Richard retired from acting in the 1960s. He leaves behind a wife and four children.
COURTNEY LOVE JOINS ‘SONS OF ANARCHY': Courtney Love has scored a new gig in the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy. She will be playing the preschool teacher of the son of Charlie Hunnam’s character. Her first appearance will be in the final season’s fourth episode. Courtney scored a Golden Globe nomination for acting work in the 1997 film, The People vs. Larry Flynt.
‘PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE’ BOXED SET GETS RELEASE DATE: Shout Factory will be releasing the complete Blu-ray boxed set of Pee-Wee’s Playhouse on October 21st. The set will include all 45 episodes of the show as well as bonus features on eight discs. The Emmy-winning children’s show ran from 1986 to 1990.
JENNY MCCARTHY EXPLAINS WHY HER RELATIONSHIP WITH DONNIE WAHLBERG WORKS: Jenny McCarthy admits that her relationship with hubby-to-be, Donnie Wahlberg, is different from what she had with her exes because they are on the same playing field. She explains in the Fall issue of New You magazine, “He’s my mirror. Things were always unbalanced in my previous relationships — I’ve either been a teacher or a student. With Donnie, we’re just equal. I have my own identity and goals and he has his, yet we’re so similar we work on them together.” The pair announced their engagement back in April.
PAMELA ANDERSON SPLITTING FROM RICK SALOMON AGAIN: Pamela Anderson has filed for divorce from Rick Salomon after marrying him for the second time. They originally wed in 2007 but got the marriage annulled after two months. Pam and Rick remarried back in January and TMZ is reporting that she filed paperwork to end the relationship last Thursday (July 3rd.) She has also been married to Kid Rock and Tommy Lee.
KELLY OSBOURNE TOUCHES TONGUES WITH RUMORED NEW BEAU: Kelly Osbourne appears to confirm her rumored romance with model Ricki Hall in a new photo she uploaded to Instagram on Monday (July 7th.) The photo shows the Fashion Police co-host and her alleged new man touching tongues along with caption, “#TasteGood @rickifuckinhall.” UsWeekly is reporting that they spent the weekend together in London where they attended her father’s concert with Black Sabbath in Hyde Park.
TYRA BANKS MAKES PREDICTIONS ON THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY: Tyra Banks has written a new op-ed piece for The Wall Street Journal where she reveals her opinion on the future of beauty. The Top Model host predicts, “As I look into the future, I see radical changes in both how people ‘attain beauty,’ and how the world perceives beauty. In general, I believe, traditional beauty will be less valuable — and more uniqueness will be heralded. Plastic surgery will be as easy and quick as going to the drugstore for Tylenol. Hourglass, curvy bodies will be the aspirational beauty standard, representing that those women have access to bounties of fulfilling yet healthy food, which means they are affluent.” Tyra goes on to write, “Skin color and features will mesh into a similar shade for the majority of people. Typical features and coloring will lean toward a Rihanna or Beyoncé or me kind of look. Prejudices based on physical features will be nearly eradicated. Prejudice will be socioeconomically based.”
COLUMBUS SHORT ADMITS ABC MADE RIGHT CALL FIRING HIM: Columbus Short doesn’t blame ABC or Shonda Rhimes for letting him go from Scandal. The troubled actor recently sat down for an interview with Access Hollywood where he admitted, “I think, at a certain point, when you’re hearing a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves. They did the right thing. They did not throw me to the curb like trash — that’s my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man. We’re a family.” The actor also revealed that his arrest over fourth of July weekend was a misunderstanding that he later apologized to the police officers about.
CHRISTIAN SIRIANO RESPONDS TO MELISSA MCCARTHY’S OSCAR CLAIMS: Project Runway winner Christian Siriano has responded to Melissa McCarthy’s recent claim that no designers wanted to work with her back in 2012 when she was nominated for an Oscar forBridesmaids. The designer told the New York Daily News that he took a meeting with her reps and added, “She and her stylist chose the fabric and the beading. Quite frankly she was quite difficult to work with. She wanted some specific things that I thought would not look good on her body. And she was not comfortable with them in the end.”
Harry Potter Story
JK Rowling has written a new short story involving the characters from Harry Potter attending a school reunion. The 1,500-word piece was posted to the Pottermore website and picks up when Harry is 34 years old.
Rowling’s new tale brings Harry and his wife Ginny back together with Ron and wife Hermoine along with their children at a Quidditch tournament held at Hogwart’s. The story reveals that Harry is now part of a top-secret group of wizards called the Aurors.
- The author also recently published her second novel under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith called The Silkworm.