NBC PASSES ON KATIE COURIC ‘TODAY’ SHOW APPEARANCE: NBC has reportedly decided to call off a plan to have Katie Couric return to the Today show as a one-day fill-in while Savannah Guthrie is on maternity leave. Sources tell Page Six that Katie was trying to work out a deal to stick around for more than one day but the network wasn’t interested. They are supposedly planning other guest co-anchors including Jane Pauley and Barbara Walters.
‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ MAY ADD JULIANNE HOUGH AS JUDGE: There’s a rumor going around that former Dancing with the Stars pro, Julianne Hough, is in talk to rejoin the show as a fourth judge. She would be joining Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli at the table. Hough has dropped by as a guest judge on the show in previous seasons.
FX RENEWS ‘THE STRAIN’: FX is bringing back The Strain. The network has renewed the freshman series for a 13-episode second season. CEO John Landgraf said in a statement, “We’ve never had any doubts about The Strain. Working with Guillermo del Toro, Carlton Cuse, and the brilliant cast led by Corey Stoll has been everything we had hoped it would be and more.” The new batch of episodes will debut next year.
KELLY OSBOURNE ANNOUNCES CLOTHING LINE: Kelly Osbourne has announced that her new clothing line, Stories… by Kelly Osbourne, will launch on September 25th. The line had reportedly been delayed so that she could honor her commitment to make all styles available up to size 24 and selling them at the same price. According to People, the line consists of 13 head-to-toe looks which start at $55 and top out at $170. They will initially be sold on HSN and hit Bluefly a month later.
‘AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.’ ADDS ADRIANNE PALICKI: Former Friday Night Lights actress Adrianne Palicki has signed on for a new gig on season two of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She will be playing Bobbi Morse — the super spy also known as Mockingbird. The character will appear in five episodes of the season with the possibility of returning later on.
ANNA KEDRICK HITS THE TOWN WITH NEW BOYFRIEND: Anna Kendrick was spotted out on the town over the weekend with her new man, Ben Richardson — the cinematographer on her film Drinking Buddies. Their relationship was recently revealed after tabloids mistakenly linked her to Alfie Allen. Anna was seen rubbing Ben’s back as they went furniture shopping together.
NEW NASHVILLE HOME FOR REESE WITHERSPOON: Reese Witherspoon has a new home. The actress and husband Jim Toth reportedly drop $1.95 million on a new home in Nashville. The 3,855 square foot property was built in the 1930s and has four bedrooms. It also features a guest house and a swimming pool. Reese grew up in Nashville and they even named their son Tennessee.
CINDY CRAWFORD PULLS KIDS OUT OF SCHOOL: Cindy Crawford and her husband Rande Gerber have pulled their kids out of high school. The model revealed to Maria Shriver in a Today show interview that they are trying to keep the children safe from toxins found in the window caulking in several classrooms. She explained, “I don’t feel 100 percent safe. I’m very frustrated and I’m very disappointed at the way this has been handled. The problem is, for me, that they haven’t tested the source. I think that air testing and water testing are a great piece of the puzzle. Unless they’re testing every day, how do I know that every day it’s safe for my kid?” Cindy added, “I look 10 years down the line. What if my kid, God forbid, had a problem? How could I live with myself if I knew that it was a possibility and I still sent them to school there?”
ADAM DRIVER REVEALS GRIM VIEW ON LIFE: Adam Driver’s career has taken a turn for the better since landing a role on HBO’s Girls but his outlook on life is still pretty glum. He appears in the new issue of GQ where he explains, “Life’s shitty, and we’re all gonna die. You have friends, and they die. You have a disease, someone you care about has a disease, Wall Street people are scamming everyone, the poor get poorer, the rich get richer. That’s what we’re surrounded by all the time. We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything. What a terrible thing to process! Every. Day. And then you go to sleep. But then sometimes, things can suspend themselves for like a minute, and then every once in a while there’s something where you find a connection.”
MISCHA BARTON BEING SUED FOR DITCHING OUT ON MOVIE: Producers of the movie Promoted are suing Mischa Barton for failing to report to work in a film they cast her in and paid her an advance of $20,000 for the gig. The former O.C. actress was set to start work on March 4th but her mother allegedly sent an email the day before which read, “Mischa is still in Europe and won’t be available until the 20th of this month.” Her extended vacation supposedly created other issues with production which prompted the lawsuit. Producers want the advance paid back in addition to $200,000 in marketing expenses and $100,000 in costs they expect to incur as a result of her bailing on the project.
Halle Berry Relationship Issues
There are new rumors surrounding Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez‘s marriage. According to Star Magazine, Halle and Olivier have allegedly been living apart for the months. A source told the magazine about their relationship, “They don’t talk to each other much and when they do, it’s only about their son.”
Halle and Olivier reportedly had a long distance relationship for most of their marriage — with Halle in L.A. and Olivier in Paris.
- The two have a ten month old son named Maceo.
Lindsay Lohan Sober?
Lindsay Lohan may be heading back down the same dangerous path she’s been down many times before. There are conflicting reports as to whether or not she has been sticking to her sobriety as she has been preparing for her theatrical debut in London.
One insider told Radar Online, “Lindsay was making every effort to reestablish contact with her sober group of friends this weekend while she was in New York.” The source added that she denies ignoring them while she has been in Europe. They added, “Lindsay insisted that she just never received the texts or calls. Lindsay said she needed to get away and clear her head but now she is trying to get back on track.”
On the other hand, a witness told Page Six that Lindsay was looking wobbly as she walked into 1Oak in Southampton over the weekend and was later spotted freaking out on a blond girl who was sitting at her table.
- Her mother, Dina Lohan, also allegedly appeared intoxicated as she partied with friends at Red Stixs in Water Mill on Saturday night (August 16th.)
- Lindsay’s new play, Speed The Plow, is set to start on September 24th at the London Playhouse Theatre.