PORTIA DE ROSSI JOINS ‘SCANDAL': Portia De Rossi has landed a guest starring gig on Scandal. Ellen DeGeneres broke the news on Twitter on Thursday (July 23rd) writing, “So annoying when people brag on twitter & that’s why I’m not tweeting that Portia just signed on to do a top secret arc on “Scandal”. Oops.” There are no additional details known about her role aside from the fact that she will be around for more than one episode in the upcoming fourth season.
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA OFFERS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ CLASS: The University of Virginia is offering a new course on Game of Thrones. The discussion-based class will be taught by English professor Lisa Woolfork. She told UVA Today, “One of the goals behind this class was to teach students how the skills that we use to study literature are very useful skills for reading literature and TV in conjunction. Game of Thrones is popular, it’s interesting, but it’s also very serious. There are a lot of things in the series that are very weighty, and very meaningful and can be illuminated through the skills of literary analysis.”
CW CHANGES PREMIERE DATE FOR NEW CYCLE OF ‘TOP MODEL': The CW has decided to premiere the new cycle of America’s Next Top Model a bit earlier than expected. The network has pulled summer comedies Backpackers and Seed from the schedule and announced that Tyra Banks and her new batch of aspiring models will debut on August 18th. The 21st cycle was initially scheduled to premiere on August 22nd.
‘GIRLS’ RECRUITS MAUDE APATOW: Lena Dunham has recruited Maude Apatow for a role on the upcoming fourth season of Girls. The 15-year-old will play Cleo and is expected to appear in several episodes. Her father, Judd Apatow, is the executive producer of the series. Maude joins the list of other upcoming guest stars for the new batch of episodes including Gillian Jacobs, Jason Ritter, Natasha Lyonne, and Zachary Quinto.
SYFY DEVELOPING NEW SERIES WITH NICK CANNON: Nick Cannon is teaming up with Syfy for a new improv series with a sci-fi/fantasy twist. According to Deadline, “The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature a ‘home’ team consisting of 4-6 national comedians who each week will face off against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy-related sketches. Casting will begin later this summer for the ‘away’ teams.” The project is being produced by Nick’s company — NCredible Entertainment.
ZOE SALDANA’S RUMORS ARE STILL UNCONFIRMED: The pregnancy rumors surrounding Zoe Saldana that were supposedly confirmed by her rep on Wednesday (July 23rd) have still not been validated. The Hollywood Reporter removed their story claiming to have received word from Zoe’s camp so it is still unclear whether or not she and husband Marco Perego are expecting a baby together. One source told Us Weekly, “Zoe is about three months pregnant. But she will only announce the news when she’s ready.”
TIA MOWRY CLAIMS CHARLIZE THERON WAS MEAN TO HER: Tia Mowry claims that Charlize Theron wasn’t interested in chatting with her when they were both attending the same SoulCycle class recently. The former child star told In Touch, “She wasn’t very nice to me. I said ‘Hi,’ and she actually rolled her eyes and said, ‘Oh my God.’ I wasn’t over-the-top. I know how to approach another celebrity. Charlize was just mean. I’m just being honest.” Nobody from Charlize’s camp has commented on Tia’s claim.
JENNY MCCARTHY AND DONNIE WAHLBERG ARE SHOPPING FOR HER WEDDING DRESS TOGETHER: Donnie Wahlberg is helping his bride-to-be, Jennie McCarthy, pick out a wedding dress. The couple was spotted shopping the bridal shop of Bergdorf Goodman on Tuesday (July 22nd.) A source told the magazine, “Jenny was trying on a variety of dresses including Vera Wang, Isabelle Armstrong and Naeem Khan.” The View co-host recently revealed to Us, “Really, I’m so bad at planning. The problem is, I consider myself to be kind of like a dude…Like, I just kind of want to show up and drink. I don’t want to get lost in the mundane details. I just kind of want to enjoy the experience. You know, because this is my last wedding, I want to do it right, but I don’t want to overdo it.”
ZAC EFRON HAS BEEN BUDDYING UP TO ROBERT PATTINSON: Zac Efron appears to have a little bromance going on with Robert Pattinson. After hanging out together along with Michelle Rodriguez last weekend, the boys met up again on Tuesday night (July 22nd) to party at Hollywood hotspot Bootsy Bellows along with actor Ryan Rottman. The group was later spotted outside of Pinz Bowling Center in Studio City. An insider explained to Us, “Zac has gotten to know Rob more and more through mutual friends and they enjoy talking about what they’re working on in the future. Zac really likes the movies that Rob is doing right now and Rob has so many questions about growing up in Hollywood like Zac did. They seem to really click.”
‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’ CO-STARS EXCHANGE VOWS: Vampire Diaries co-stars, Joseph Morgan and Persia White, are married. The couple exchanged vows only two months after announcing their engagement. The ceremony happened earlier this month in Ocho Rios, Jamaica in front of only around 26 guests. The bride confirmed the news to People and added, “There was nothing about it that was overwhelming or very huge or fabulous in that way. We tried to keep everything really intimate and beautiful and sort of going along with nature. I think one of the reasons we picked it was because we love the ocean and we both grew up by the sea. To be by the sea was wonderful. And the people of Jamaica are just wonderful.”
Robert Downey Jr. is currently rocking his Iron Man suit to film the sequel to Avengers but the actor isn’t so sure if he will continue to play Tony Stark in a fourth installment of his stand-alone franchise. Entertainment Weekly caught up with the alleged highest-earning actor in Hollywood to find out how much more Iron Man fans can expect.
Downey told the magazine, “It’s down to Kevin Feige — Marvel Studios president –and Ike Perlmutter — CEO of Marvel Entertainment — and Disney to come to us with what the proposal is, and that’s on us to agree or disagree. When things are going great, there’s a lot of agreement.” The 49-year-old added, “It’s that thing of: Why give up the belt when it feels like you can barely get jabbed? Most people are saying that right when they get knocked out. The future is, as usual, uncertain.”
Game Of Thrones Actress Versus British Airways
Maisie Williams was not pleased about being denied entry to British Airway’s business lounge while traveling recently so she made sure all of her nearly 600,000 Twitter followers heard about it. The Game of Thrones actress took the social media site over the weekend (July 19th) to point out the unfair rules that the airline has in place for its VIP area.
Maisie wrote, “Denied from the business lounge once again for being under 18 and without an adult.. @British_Airways sort your shit out.” She added, “I’m not saying I deserve special treatment..Just saying if 16-18 yr olds are grown up enough to travel 5,400 miles around the world..I’m sure we can handle sitting quietly in the damn lounge.”
- When the airline responded by pointing out that travelers must be 18 or older to enjoy the lounge, the 17-year-old shot back, “Yes.. @British_Airways fully understand that, my question is why? Why can we travel alone but not use the lounge? It makes no sense.”
- Ed Sheeran caught wind of the exchange and chimed in by writing, “Ah British airways. You failed again.”