JENNA MORASCA ARRESTED FOR DUI: Former Survivor winner Jenna Morasca was arrested for a DUI and drug possession last month after reportedly biting a police officer. The 37-year-old was treated for an apparent overdose after being found unconscious in a running car at a stop sign in Washington, PA. A female passenger was seen putting a bag containing syringes in her purse. Officers gave Morasca a dose of Narcan, which is used to treat overdoses. When she came to, she attempted to bite the medics and succeeding in biting an officer in an ambulance on the way to the hospital. Morasca won Survivor: The Amazon in 2002 and received the grand prize of $1 million.
JULIANNE HOUGH DEBUTS FIERY TRESSES: Previously blonde Julianne Hough got into the spirit of things on Valentine’s Day and debuted a bright red head of hair! She shared the shot on Instagram. "I have never felt more like ME than I do right now!! I have always felt like a red head my whole life, even to the point that I’ve thought that my future daughter would 100% be a red head," she wrote. "I’ve seriously talked about doing this for six years, ask anyone who knows me … and now that I’m on this new journey, exploring and finding out who I truly am, I said screw it! I feel more feminine and alive and I love it!"
DAVID SPADE GOT SO HIGH AT ELLEN DEGENERES’ PARTY: It was so much fun, but he can barely remember the details! David Spade stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show Thursday to deconstruct her fabulous 60th birthday party, and it sounds like he needs all the help he can get. Spade confesses that he was high on marijuana and drunk, but that didn’t prevent him from remembering some snippets. "Kim Kardashian was close by. I think she was winding down, and Kris Jenner didn't want to leave. I was thinking, 'What if my mom was at my same part as a kid? It'd be so crazy,'" Spade recalled. "Because Kim was like, 'Let's go.' And she was like, 'Ten more minutes!' She's like, 'Mom!' She's like, 'Wait in the car then!'" He also explains that he didn’t chat with DeGeneres because he thought she was Justin Bieber because of her haircut.
LUKE WILSON HAILED A ‘HERO’ AFTER RESUING WOMAN IN FATAL CRASH: Luke Wilson was involved in a three-vehicle car crash in California Tuesday night, and while he wasn’t injured, the driver of the Ferrari that sparked the collision was killed, and his passenger, the pro golfer Bill Hass was injured. The driver of the vehicle he smashed into was seriously injured as well. While Wilson’s car was clipped by the Ferrari, he was not seriously hurt, and was able to sprang to action and assist the unnamed 50-year-old driver of car that was crushed. He and another bystander pried open the back of the car and pulled her out of the back. She is reportedly recovering.
It’s not going to happen. After Oprah Winfrey gave a rousing, wide-ranging speech that touched on social justice at the Golden Globes, celebrities and ordinary people alike have been buzzing over the possibility that she might launch a presidential bid in 2020.
But the 60 Minutes correspondent put the rumors to rest in an interview with 60 Minutes Overtime correspondent Ann Silvio in a clip released Thursday.
- Winfrey said: "I am actually humbled by the fact that people think that I could be a leader of the free world, but it's just not in my spirit."
- She is speaking to Silvio ahead of her next story on Sunday’s 60 Minutes, which is set to document America’s political divide.
- "I was just trying to give a good speech," she says of her Golden Globes moment. "I was looking for a way to express what was going on in this moment in terms of gender and class and race. I cared about landing that speech in the room."
- After the speech, she said "wealthy men" started calling her, asking to run her campaign and "raise $1 billion" for it. But she said she just didn’t feel the call to run.
- "And wouldn't I know? Because if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn't God kinda tell me? And I haven't heard that," she said.
Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are splitting up after two and a half years of marriage and seven years together, according to multiple reports.
The former couple "say their split was ‘mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year,’ " according to Associated Press.
- "Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly," says the statement released by longtime Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. "Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another."
- The split has been long-rumored, with Aniston recently celebrating her 49th birthday without Theroux (but at a warm-looking gathering with Courteney Cox, Andrea Bendewald, Leigh Kilton-Smith and Kristin Hahn).
Amy Schumer and her boyfriend Chris Fischer got married in a private ceremony in Malibu on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The pair rented a private home to exchange nuptials in front of 80 people.
Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, David Spade, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jennifer Lawrence were among the attendees. According to The Blast, the ceremony was put together at the last minute, so several people who wanted to come were unable to be there.
- Schumer posted adorable pictures from the day on Thursday, including one of Lawrence kissing her, and another of her dogs walking down the aisle. In a second post, Schumer asked that in lieu of gifts, people donate to Everytown for Gun Safety after the school shooting on Wednesday in Florida. She also dismissed rumors that she’s pregnant.
- The wedding was reportedly kept seriously under wraps and their was a rule against pictures and social media posts. The pair wrote their own vows, which were said to be (of course) hilarious.
- At the reception, guests reportedly dined on oysters and other seafood.
- Schumer and the chef and cookbook author Fischer recently made their relationship Insta-official (Saturday!), but rumors of their romance have been swirling since November of last year. Schumer split from Ben Hanisch in May of last year.
- Fischer's Martha’s Vineyard restaurant Beach Plum was named as a favorite of Barack and Michelle Obama in 2013. His Beetlebung Farm Cookbook won a James Beard Award.
Josh Gad has a personal connection to the horrific shooting at Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and he joined much of Hollywood in calling for gun control reform.
One of Gad’s friend’s children was among those who were killed in the mass shooting. He shared the news on Twitter, writing that he was "angry" and "sad."
- Wednesday night, the child was still in critical condition, Gad tweeted: "A child of one of our friend’s has a bullet in his chest & is critical condition because a 19 year old had access to a military weapon."
- On Thursday, Gad wrote: "Last night, I received a text while I slept that our friend’s son passed away from his gun shot wound. My grief for this family and the many others knows no bounds. I’m so sorry this happened. I’m so sorry our leaders are worthless. I’m so sorry we are bound to repeat this again."
- He then called out political leaders, including Marco Rubio in another tweet Thursday. He wrote: "As a Floridian, please let me be among the masses to tell you, you are a spineless coward @marcorubio and I hope your 3.3 million dollars in NRA funding comes with ear plugs that allow you to tune out the mourning cries of children and parents everywhere."
- Ellen DeGeneres, Kim Kardashian West, Reese Witherspoon, Judd Apatow and Chelsea Handler were among the celebrities who also called for gun control and change.
- Handler wrote that Republicans "have blood on" their hands, while Kardashian West tweeted in response to President Trump and other politicians’ offering of "prayers" to the victims: "Prayers won't do this: action will. Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence".
- At least 17 people were killed in the shooting. The suspect, Nikolas Cruz, 19, is in custody.
More than three months after being accused of sexual harassment on the set of Amazon’s Transparent, Jeffrey Tambor is officially being cut from the series.
Deadline reports that the decision was made after an investigation into multiple complaints of misconduct. When the allegations first emerged in November, Tambor first said that he didn’t see how he could return, but then he and his rep walked the statement back, saying time would tell.
- Fellow core cast members Gaby Hoffman, Jay Duplass, Judith Light and Amy Landecker will return, according to Deadline. Creator Jill Soloway and her team of writers are reportedly trying to determine how season 5 will move forward.
- Transgender actresses Van Barnes and Trace Lysette were the first to float accusations of misconduct. Tambor apologized after their allegations emerged, but added: "I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator – ever."
The follow-up to Alex Garland’s surprise sci-fi hit Ex Machina, Annihilation, is being praised in many circles for the finished product … but the process of creating the film is being slammed by activists, including the groups MANAA (Media Action Network for Asian Americans) and American Indians in Film and Television, for whitewashing.
Critics say that the characters played by white actresses Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh were written to portray women of color (Asian heritage and half Native American, respectively.
- But Garland claims that he wrote the screenplay for the movie based on the advance copy of the first novel Annihilation, which did not describe the characters’ ancestry or physical appearance.
- In a statement, he told Deadline: "This is an awkward problem for me, because I think whitewashing is a serious and real issue, and I fully support the groups drawing attention to it.
- "But the characters in the novel I read and adapted were not given names or ethnicities. I cast the film reacting only to the actors I met in the casting process, or actors I had worked with before. There was no studio pressure to cast white. The casting choices were entirely mine.
- "As a middle-aged white man, I can believe I might at times be guilty of unconscious racism, in the way that potentially we all are. But there was nothing cynical or conspiratorial about the way I cast this movie."
- Portman’s response echoes Garland’s. She told Yahoo! News: "Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first," adding: "We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women and particularly women of color, Native Americans — I mean, we just don’t have enough representation. And also these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’ — they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences. … And I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it, which hopefully will make change."
- Other members of the cast include Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Sonya Miznuo, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac and Benedict Wong. Annihilation drops February 23rd.
FX HEAD ADDRESSES RYAN MURPHY’S DEPARTURE: Bon voyage, but not so fast. FX’s CEO John Landgraf is confirming that Ryan Murphy is leaving the network for a reported $300 million development deal with Netflix, but also notes that his four series with FX— American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud, and the upcoming Pose—are still on tap. For more than 15 years, we have enjoyed an outstanding partnership with Ryan Murphy and we look forward to continuing that relationship on our four shows under his creative leadership," Landgraf said. "With more than 20 scripted original series on our schedule or upcoming, FX has a very successful track record of identifying and developing talented writers who have produced award-winning hit shows and it will continue to do so … We will continue to provide creative freedom and support for artists of all backgrounds to tell diverse stories and do their best work."
SEUSS BIOPIC NABS WONDER DIRECTOR: Dr. Seuss’s (Theodore Geisel) real life is being adapted for a biopic. Wonder director Stephen Chbosky has signed on to helm the film about the beloved children’s author, and will follow the story of his relationship with his first wife, Helen Palmer. During WWII in London, he created propaganda films, including Our Job in Japan, which was later expanded into 1947’s Oscar-winning Design for Death.
WILL NETFLIX SOON STREAM LIVE COMPETITION SHOWS? Bela Bajaria is opening up about her plans for Netflix now that she’s moved from leading Universal Television’s team to help head of content at the streamer. She sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a wide-ranging interview that touched on a number of topics, including the possibility of doing live shows: "We think about it. And what's interesting about this company is that there's so much innovation, so if the most amazing show walks in the door and we think we should have it, then we're able to go, ‘OK, how do we do that? Let's figure it out.’ There's definitely an openness to do it."
HENRY ROLLINS TO RETURN FOR HE NEVER DIED 2: He really never died. Sons of Anarchy star Henry Rollins is set to return as the crazed cannibalistic Jack in He Never Died 2, sequel to the 2015 horror film that marked Rollin’s movie debut. Jason Krawczyk has signed on to direct again. Shooting will commence in May.
GUY PEARCE TO STAR IN SUPERNATURAL NETFLIX SERIES: Memento star Guy Pearce has signed on to star in Netflix’s British supernatural teen series The Innocents. Percelle Ascott (Wizards vs. Aliens) and Sorcha Groundsell (Clique) will also star in the eight-episode series created and written by Hania Elkington (The North London Book of the Dead) and Simon Duric (The Crown, Black Mirror). The series will follow the story of what happens when two supernaturally gifted teenagers run away together and secrets threaten to derail their dream.