HBO RENEWS ‘THE LEFTOVERS’: HBO is bringing back The Leftovers. The network has announced plans for a second season of the drama starring Justin Theroux based on the novel by Tom Perrotta. It’s freshman season — which is currently airing — has been met with mixed reviews.
TOM HIDDLESTON WANTED FOR ‘BEN-HUR’ REMAKE: Loki may be filling the shoes of Charlton Heston. Deadline is reporting that Thor actor Tom Hiddleston is in talks to star in a remake of the 1959 classic, Ben-Hur. The original scored 11 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actor for Heston.
‘HELIX’ ADDS STEVEN WEBER TO SEASON TWO: SyFy’s Helix will be adding Steven Weber to the cast for its second season. The show stars Billy Campbell as a scientist who leads a team to investigate disease outbreaks. Weber will play a character named Brother Michael who leads a cult living on an island where the scientists land while investigating a disease on a cruise ship.
ABC FAMILY CANCELS ‘TWISTED’ BUT RENEWS ‘SWITCHED AT BIRTH’: ABC Family has decided to pull the plug on freshman series Twisted. The news comes shortly after their renewal of their drama Switched at Birth. They are expected to make decisions on new sitcoms Young and Hungry and Mystery Girls in the next few weeks.
NBC IS DEVELOPING ‘ROBIN HOOD’ SERIES: NBC has announced plans for a new series based on Robin Hood. The network will be working with Boardwalk Entertainment Group to develop Robin Hood & Mariam. Boardwalk has also been working on adapting Romeo & Juliet into a show at Fox.
ANNA KENDRICK IS NOT DATING LILY ALLEN’S BROTHER: Anna Kendrick took to Twitter on Wednesday (August 13th) to deny rumors that she is dating Lily Allen’s brother, Alfie Allen. News outlets were reporting her flirtation with the Game of Thrones actor after they were spotted hanging out at a table together in Las Vegas. Anna attempted to put the gossip to rest by writing, “@Gawker Ahh, this has been hilarious and all but, nope. My apologies to Mr. Allen, who must be equally confused. :)”
GWYNETH PALTROW IS DATING ‘GLEE’ CO-CREATOR: Sources are saying that Gwyneth Paltrow is moving on from Chris Martin with Glee co-creator, Brad Falchuk. They were seen enjoying a long dinner together late last month in L.A. and reportedly spent a romantic weekend together in Utah. An insider revealed to Us Weekly that things initially started as a professional relationship but has developed into something more. Brad split from his wife of 10 years back in March of 2013.
FARRAH ABRAHAM IS STRIPPING NOW: Teen Mom turned sex tape star turned erotic fiction author, Farrah Abraham, is now stripping. Sources confirm to E! News that she has recently started dancing at a Gentleman’s Club in Austin, Texas. One source revealed, “She was hired a couple of weeks ago as a cocktail waitress but wanted to make more money dancing, so they moved her up to the stage. She was on all three stages, the main stage and two side stages.” Farrah responded to the report by explaining, “I’m doing research. A friend of mine works there and I’m researching. I’ve been trying out all the roles that make up a gentleman’s club, including cocktailing and dancing. There’s management and there’s cooking too. It’s job shadowing that I hope pays off. In the same way Jennifer Aniston researched her role as a stripper, that’s what I’m doing. It’s how I get the information to write my books and do my movies. Unfortunately, I’m not free to talk about what those future projects may be. But I’m interested in hearing all the women’s stories. And while I’m doing it, I’m getting paid. I’m getting paid to play a role and get informed.”
SOFIA VERGARA IS OPEN TO THE IDEA OF PLASTIC SURGERY: Sofia Vergara wants to make it clear that she is happy with her looks right now but is open to the idea of cosmetic procedures in the future. She discusses the topic in the August issue of Redbook saying, “Why not? I mean, not yet, but maybe I’ll do my under-eye bags in my 50s. We’ll see what I need, but I’m not saying no.”
KENDALL JENNER DENIES BEING RUDE TO WAITRESS: Kendall Jenner wants to set the record straight on the recent Page Six story that she tried to stiff a waitress at a restaurant in New York before allegedly throwing money in her face to cover her bill. The 18-year-old tweeted, “These rumors r absolutely ridiculous! I would never throw money in anyone’s face or act that disrespectfully. I was raised better than that.” Kendall added, “Said it once and I’ll say it again, don’t believe everything you read!”
Chris Pratt Is Showing Some Love To His Relatives
Chris Pratt’s duties as a guardian of the galaxy apparently involves helping out his less-fortunate family members. The latest gossip from Star magazine is that his movie success has pushed him to take on some of the financial trouble of his relatives.
A source revealed, “Most of the family has had its share of financial problems. Chris doesn’t come from a lot of money. He has worked hard for what he’s got.” A family friend said, “Chris knows what it’s like to struggle with money, but he feels like he worked his butt off and cleaned up his life by himself — and that they should be able to do the same. Now that Chris is rich, he feels a lot of pressure to bail his family members out of their money woes. He hates to see them struggle, but he doesn’t like the expectation that he’ll provide for them financially. The whole situation is a strain on Chris.”
- The tabloid alleges that the Parks and Recreation star’s parents have filed for bankruptcy and that his sister and brother have had to do the same.