BILLY CRYSTAL TO HONOR ROBIN WILLIAMS AT EMMYS: Billy Crystal has been tapped to lead a special tribute to Robin Williams at Monday night’s (August 25th) Primetime Emmy Awards. The tribute will take place during the In Memoriam segment which will feature a performance by Sara Bareilles. Robin and Billy worked together, along with Whoopi Goldberg, several times as co-hosts of the Comic Relief specials that raised money to help the homeless.
EMMA STONE OFFICIALLY SIGNS ON FOR ‘CABARET’: The rumors of Emma Stone’s Broadway debut have finally been confirmed. The Amazing Spider-Man star will take over the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret from Michelle Williams on November 11th and will stay on through February 1st, 2015. Alan Cumming will be staying on in the role of the Emcee.
SHOWTIME RENEWS ITS SUMMER DRAMAS: Showtime has announced plans for third seasons of Ray Donovan and Master of Sex. Both seasons will begin production in early 2015 for 12 new episodes for each series. Network president David Nevins said in a statement, “Both Ray Donovan and Masters Of Sex are quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain.”
PETER DINKLAGE IS HEADING TO THE STAGE WITH TAYLOR SCHILLING: Peter Dinklage and Orange is the New Black star Taylor Schilling will join forces for an off-Broadway production of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country. The play is set in Russia in the 1840s and revolves around “a bored, older and married woman who falls for a younger man, her son’s tutor, who is idolized by the woman’s vulnerable ward. Meanwhile, the older woman is worshipped by a long-suffering admirer.” The revival begins on January 9th, 2015.
NEW BILL MURRAY FILM GETS RELEASE DATE: Open Road Films has announced that the new Bill Murray comedy, Rock the Kasbah, will hit theaters on April 24th, 2015. The film also stars Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Scott Caan. It was directed by Barry Levinson and tells the story of “a washed-up rock manager, played by Murray, who takes his last remaining client on a USO tour of Afghanistan. When he finds himself in Kabul, abandoned, penniless and without his passport, he discovers a young girl with an extraordinary voice and manages her through Afghanistan’s version of American Idol, the wildly popular Afghan Star.”
ZAC EFRON AND MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ ARE OVER: Sources are telling Us Weekly that Zac Efron’s summer fling with Michelle Rodriguez has come to an end. They allegedly got into a huge argument while hanging out in Ibiza, Spain but he supposedly still wants to keep things going. Another source told the magazine, “Michelle is going to do her own thing. Zac knew this about her when he got with her. He’s very into her though, and perhaps more than she’s into him.” They were first spotted getting close on vacation in Italy over 4th of July weekend.
AARON PAUL INVITED AUTISTIC BEATING VICTIM TO DISNEYLAND: Aaron Paul took to Twitter over the weekend to make an offer to Aaron Hill — the autistic teenager who was lured to a party in Florida and then beaten by another guest while other partygoers just watched. The Breaking Bad star tweeted, “Dear Aaron Hill, I am so sorry that this terrible tragedy has happened to you. I am at a loss for words. I don’t know you but my heart goes out to you and your loved ones. Our door is always open to you and your family. Come out to LA and get away from it all and take a break. Let us take you to Disneyland or something. Our treat. Just let me know when it is good for you. Keep your head up. Your friend, Aaron” He also wrote, “Andrew Wheeler you are a psycho. Do you feel more like a man now? Everyone filming and letting this happen are also psycho #JusticeForAaron” Wheeler and an adult named Evadean Lydecker Dailey were arrested for the crime.
‘JERSEY SHORE’ COUPLE CALL IT QUITS: Ronnie Ortiz-Magro and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola have ended their relationship again after dating on and off for five years. He told Us Weekly, “Me and Sammi aren’t together anymore. We just grew our separate ways.” Ronnie added, “She’s still a great person. I love her as a person and I care about her but we went our separate ways. That’s it. At the end of the day, we went through a lot of stuff together. We have a lot of history so I keep her close.” They met after moving it a house on the Jersey Shore for MTV’s hit reality show which ended in 2012.
LINDSAY LOHAN’S CREDIT CARD DECLINED AT CLUB: Page Six is reporting that Lindsay Lohan’s credit card was declined while she was partying in Southampton on Saturday night (August 16th.) One source alleges that LiLo’s bill was $2,500 and added, “Lindsay freaked out when her card was declined. Her friends and others in her group had to chip in to cover the bill.”
KATIE HOLMES ADMITS TO BEING A NERVOUS MOM: Katie Holmes appears in the new issue of Dujour magazine where she claims her “dry spell” from acting after her divorce was actually by choice because she wanted to be home with daughter Suri. She explains, “I totally admire women who go back to work six weeks after giving birth but when she was little, I was not ready. I was a very nervous mother — like, sleeping next to her crib — and I was in that mode for a long time.” Katie also tells the magazine, “It’s the life of an actor. We don’t really have a lot of choice in the matter. You have dry spells, and then you have times when there is a lot of opportunity.”
Anna Nicole Smith News
Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, will not be receiving any of the fortune that her mother’s husband left behind after his death. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ruled on Tuesday (August 19th) that after nearly 20 years of arguing, it’s time to just move on and have both side go their separate ways.
He said, “Time spent litigating the relationship between Vickie Lynn and J. Howard has extended for nearly five times the length of their relationship and nearly twenty times the length of their marriage. It is neither reasonable nor practical to go forward.” The judge added, “The American taxpayer has supported the burden of this litigation for years.”
- All three of the people involved in the cast — Anna Nicole, Jay Howard Marshall, and his son E. Pierce Marshall — are no longer living.