Thursday, June 30, 2011

True Blood Week: Part 3 Sookie Stackhouse

Sookie is the star of the show and the books.  Be sure to check out my work now featured as the Simpson Project on the Essential Webcomic Showcase

Hollyweird Living Short goes to see Transformers

With Transformers coming out yesterday I wanted to do something about them.  Here is the guys of Hollyweird Living talking about their love of Michael Bay and the Transformers movies.

And also don't forget to look around the rest of the portal and see the excellent work by the other artists!
Essential Webcomics Showcase!!

The Juggernaut!!!

I took a break from the True Blood week to create a character that someone had asked me to do, and being as how Juggernaut was one of my favorite characters I decided to give it a try.

And as always, be sure to check out the entire album at the Essential Webcomic Showcase I am sure you will find some even greater comics and art work from the talented members that contribute there.   

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Pop Culture Week in Review: June 13- June 19, June 20- 26

I apologize I got busy last week and didn't have the chance to post up the week in review then.  So I am doing a two week addition.

Monday, June 13

It’s been quite a while since we’ve gotten any new music from Fiona Apple. While more time may have to pass before we get her own album, today we got her cover of Buddy Holly’s “Everyday.”

Since she can't leave her house to party, she's bringing the party home to her. Hollywood's favorite convict, Lindsay Lohan, invited 10 of her BFFs (mostly dudes) to ring in the new season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians last night.

Gary Dourdan has gone from CSI star to Lapd regular. The actor, whose character was killed off the hit show in 2008, was arrested at 3:50 a.m. in Los Angeles after allegedly plowing into multiple parked cars while behind the wheel, E! News confirmed Monday.
Speaking at the La Times Hero Complex Film Festival before a double bill of Iron Man films, Robert Downey Jr and Jon Favreau talked a bit about Favreau’s involvement with the third film. Favreau directed the first two Iron Man films, but stepped aside for Shane Black to direct the third. Black directed Kiss Kiss Bang Bang with Downey Jr. In the discussion, Favreau hinted very strongly that he would return as Tony Stark’s bodyguard Happy Hogan, saying: “I want a love scene with Pepper Potts with my shirt on
Mormon country has no use for Hugh Hefner's Bunnies. NBC's Salt Lake CIty affiliate Ksl TV is opting out of airing the Peacock's provocative new Eddie Cibrian-starring, '60s-set seriesThe Playboy Club, about life in Hef's famed Chicago nightspot.
Watch out, ‘Project Runway.’ There’s a network competitor coming after your fashionista audience. NBC announced today that Jessica Simpson will serve as a celebrity mentor on “Fashion Star,” the new reality competition series that will search for the next big brand in fashion.

Netflix streaming subscribers are cutting the cord at an accelerating rate, a recent poll found. According to The Diffusion Group, Netflix customers who stream their content through their Web devices are more than twice as likely to drop at least some of their pay TV services.
Though there are signs that Facebook's momentum may finally be slowing down, weep not for Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of his Silicon Valley posse.  The privately held social networking site will go public in 2012, CNBC reports. The initial public offering is expected to be pegged to an $100 billion valuation, probably setting a new high watermark for technology companies.

When a fire ripped through country star Trace Adkins's family home in Brentwood, Tenn., earlier this month, the singer's family - which includes girls MacKenzie, 13, Brianna, 9 and Trinity, 6, - lost everything. But thanks to the bravery of daughter Brianna, their two dogs survived the blaze, which was caused by a faulty power strip beneath Adkins's workbench.
After a fire destroyed her $20,000-a-month Malibu rental house last fall, Ricki Lake felt "gratitude and blessings" nobody was hurt. Now she's feeling the heat from a lawsuit filed by her landlord alleging that the talk show host negligently set the fire by improperly refilling oil into a portable space heater.
Last July, word arrived that Disney and Pixar were planning to go one step beyond sequelising the Emeryville gang’s output, and were gearing up work on a Cars spin-off called Planes, which would touch down direct-to-dvd.

Nothing can heal a teen pop star faster than a shopping mall filled with screaming fans. Selena Gomez appears to be on the mend, taking the stage Monday for a Santa Monica Place show that had to be rescheduled from Friday due to her hospitalization. "I want to thank you so much for coming," Gomez, 18, told more than 500 young fans at the outdoor mall. "If you guys came on Friday, I'm so sorry that I couldn't be here. ... I love you guys very much." Asked by reporters for the cause of her hospitalization, she said, "I was just very malnourished
Tori Spelling had a smash-hit on her hands on Monday. Unfortunately, it wasn't the kind of smash-hit that the "Tori &Dean" star might have been hoping for. "Beverly Hills 90210" alum Spelling took to her Twitter account on Monday to recount her terrifying chase with the paparazzi, which ended with a car crash that left her children's school with one less wall than it started out with this morning.
Tuesday, June 14

A Northern California jury that heard closing arguments Tuesday is faced with the question of who brutally killled a 47-year-old mother: Her rebellious 14-year-old daughter or the daughter's older boyfriend. On the witness stand over the past two weeks, Joanne Witt's daughter Tylar, now 16, and Tylar's former boyfriend, Steven "Boston" Colver, 21, blamed each other for the slaying two years ago in the Witts' upscale El Dorado Hills, Calif., home.

Looks like Candy Spelling has finally unloaded that modest little place that she and her husband built. The Wall Street Journal reports that Spelling is poised to sell the 57,000 square foot Los Angeles mansion to 22-year-old Formula 1 racing heiress Petra Ecclestone (pictured, below right). The selling price was not disclosed, but the home, which sits on five acres and includes a bowling alley, beauty salon, numerous gift-wrapping rooms and parking for 100 cars, initially went on the market for $150 million in March 2009 and remained at that price

Nikki Finke took a swing at her former colleague Lynne Segall on Tuesday, accusing the outgoing publisher of trying to get Finke to soften critical coverage of NBC Universal and Jeff Zucker and of worsening her diabetes.

Get ready to laugh at even more Youtube clips of people falling on their heads or their crotches, as Comedy Central has ordered a fourth season of "Tosh.0." Daniel Tosh will, of course, return as host of the show that skewers Internet-spawned phenomena, from Rebecca Black to clips of botched cheerleading routines).  The new season, consisting of 26 episodes, will premiere in January 2012.

Should there be an Oscar for Best Stunt? A group of stunt coordinators plan to lobby the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors tonight for their own category at the annual awards.
"Lost" vet Matthew Fox and Oscar nominee Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt in Paramount's zombie thriller "World War Z," according to Mireille Enos (AMC's "The Killing"), Julia Levy-Boeken ("Entourage") and James Badge Dale ("The Pacific") are also set to co-star in the film, adapted from the Max Brooks book that takes a faux historical approach to a worldwide zombie outbreak.
Amanda Bynes is hardly shy when it comes to posting sexy photos or expressing exactly how she feels about guys on Twitter. "I believe in no regrets," Bynes, 25, told People at the MTV Movie Awards. "You say what you feel because you felt it at the moment."
The cable net confirms to EW that it has secured the rights to the J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg collaboration, following a weekend where the sci-fi flick garnered both critical praise and solid box office earnings.
Ali Fedotowsky won’t be taking any leisurely walks along the beach anytime soon. The former Bachelorette star fractured her femur while working out last week, People has learned. Several weeks after returning from a romantic one-year anniversary trip to Bora Bora with fiancé Roberto Martinez, Fedotowsky unknowingly suffered the fracture while kickboxing.
No massive domestic hit, not problem. Disney's fourth "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie, "On Stranger Tides," has grossed more than $900 million worldwide since its May 20 release.
Looks like Kendra Wilkinson doesn't want her ex-boyfriend Hugh Hefner to mope. A few hours after news spread that Hefner's fiancée Crystal Harris, 25, called off their Saturday wedding, Wilkinson offered up some advice to on getting over the sudden split. "We r comin over w some jack n coke," the former Girls Next Door star, 26, jokingly Tweeted on Tuesday. "Oh, n a pipe lol."
His sister is in the hospital, and Shawn Portwood thinks he knows why. "Amber told us she had a panic attack last night after Gary began calling her names, telling her he was going to take Leah away from her," Shawn, brother of Teen Mom star Amber Portwood, exclusively told E! News Tuesday, referring to Amber's baby daddy, Gary Shirley. "He's verbally abusive to her," Shawn said. "Our whole family thinks he's the reason behind all of Amber's problems. He's constantly threatening to take Leah away."
Wednesday, June 15

Selena Gomez says she needs to take a break from that Kit Kat bar. Gomez, 18, blames an overload of junk food for her hospitalization for what she called a bad case of being "malnourished".

Ben Affleck will likely follow up his next directorial effort "Argo" with an adaptation of mystery writer Harlan Coben's "Tell No One" that he's attached to direct for Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures, according to

Just six months after plunking down $172,000 in cash for a home in Arizona, Bristol Palin is moving out. The Dancing With the Stars alum plans on renting out the home, which sits 35-miles south of Phoenix in Maricopa, for $1,400 a month, her real estate agent confirms to E! News.
Crystal Harris finally feels like herself again. Hugh Hefner's runaway bride says the decision to call off Saturday's nuptials was a big relief. "For a while, I'd been having second thoughts about everything, so I haven't really been at peace with myself lately," Harris, 25, told Ryan Seacrest Wednesday morning on his Kiis-fm radio show. "It was all just happening too fast for me." "I just sat back and thought about it all," she continued. "Is this what I wanted? And it wasn't." Harris says the Playboy chief - although heartbroken - took the news with tact.
I find disturbing the idea of Russell Crowe playing the role originated by Marlon Brando at age 54 in 1978's Superman. Crowe, 47, is in talks to play opposite Superman Henry Cavill as his beloved father Jor-El in Man of Steel, reports Variety.
U.S. Senators Al Franken and Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday introduced a bill that would require Apple, Google and other technology companies to obtain consent from mobile device users before collecting and sharing information about their geographic location with third parties.
Is Anthony Weiner the total package? He sure seems to think so, judging by communications revealed by Ginger Lee on Wednesday. Former porn star and current gentleman's club dancer Lee held a press conference with her lawyer, Gloria Allred, in New York Wednesday morning, to reveal some of the racier messages that embattled Congressman Weiner had sent her via email and Twitter.
Thursday, June 16

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon who gained new fame as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars, has filed for divorce. Aldrin, 81, and his third wife, Lois Driggs Cannon, have been married for 23 years. The couple tied the knot on Valentine's Day, 1988.

Hmm; is it possible that Hugh Hefner is just a tad bitter over his breakup with bride-to-be Crystal Harris? The octogenarian "Playboy" publisher -- who was ditched by Harris just days before their scheduled wedding this week -- has taken a little jab at his flighty ex. Hef tweeted on Wednesday that he's made a change to the July issue of Playboy, which features Harris -- billed as "Mrs. Crystal Hefner" -- on the cover. Namely, he's slapped a big sticker reading "Runaway Bride in This Issue!" over her image.
Some families are just genetically gifted, and the Kardashian/Jenner clan is one of them. Case in point: Kendall Jenner, who at just 15, already has the makings of a top fashion model. The long-haired and longer-legged half-sister of Kim Kardashian (no slouch herself in the looks department, we don't need to add) can be seen strutting her stuff in a New York photo shoot in this sneak peak from this Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Universal announced release dates for three anticipated upcoming projects Thursday. Highlighting the announcement was the July 3, 2013 date for the animated follow-up "Despicable Me 2."
USA’s Burn Notice has landed another notable guest star: James Frain (The Tudors, True Blood) will appear in the ninth episode of the upcoming fifth season.
The wise-cracking wags at the Onion aren't the only ones having a little fun at the expense of "Green Lantern." Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang get in a little dug at the Ryan Reynolds/Blake Lively superhero flick -- opening on Friday -- in the latest trailer for the upcoming big-screen offering "The Muppets."
Norah O'Donnell is CBS News' new chief White House correspondent, the network announced on Thursday.

Tupac Shakur would have been 40 today. Most rappers can't remain a cultural force for more than a decade, but the rapper, shot to death 15 years ago, is forever frozen at the age of 25.
Selena Gomez never planned on being a role model. But after finding fame at an early age, the 18-year-old actress and singer has learned to embrace it. "I never really said I want to be a role model. But then when it happened I was so down for it," Gomez says on the upcoming E! Entertainment Special: Selena Gomez, which will premiere June 29. "I'm human, I'm not perfect. I make mistakes all the time, but I guess my job is to keep those mistakes to myself, which I'm already fine doing and just try to be the best I can be for those kids.
Friday, June 17

You're a good man, Tracy Morgan. The 30 Rock star kept his promise to meet with young members of the gay community after he recently set off a firestorm of controversy with a stand-up performance that included a violent anti-gay rant.

There's a baby on the way for Nia Long. The actress, 40, and professional basketball player Ime Udoka, 33, are expecting their first child together this fall, the couple confirm to People exclusively.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its annual list of invited new members, and it’s clear they’re continuing to try to make their membership younger. On the list alongside veterans like John Hawkes and David Duchovny are a slew of twentysomethings, including Mia Wasikowska, Ellen Page, Jesse Eisenberg, Mila Kunis, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lawrence, and Rooney Mara. The Board of Governors also decided to extend an invitation to Restrepo codirector Tim Hetherington, the first time Academy membership has been bestowed posthumously
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved The Commercial Felony Streaming Act that would make streaming copyrighted material online a felony. In effect, the bill provides the same penalty for streaming as current law already does for illegal downloading. Presently, streaming is considered “public performance” under the law and is punishable only as a misdemeanor.
While many political commentators have maintained that Anthony Weiner’s career as a public figure is over following his resignation as a New York Congressman on Wednesday, the gossip website TMZ reported on Thursday that he is not likely to remain jobless for long — if he accepts a deal offered to him by Hustler publisher Larry Flynt.
The BBC faced one of its most severe crises ever on Thursday after admitting that footage used in an award-winning report on alleged child labor in India was likely faked. The report, “Primark: On the Rack,” had aired in 2008, on the BBC’s flagship news magazine Panorama. In it, children were seen sewing clothes by hand that allegedly landed on the racks of the British retailer Primark. After a three-year investigation, the BBC Trust concluded that the scenes were “more likely than not … not genuine.” The Trust demanded that Panorama deliver an apology on the air and on its website, and it demanded that the BBC take “effective measures to ensure that the BBC can stand by the work of non-bbc journalists acting on its behalf, as well as its own journalists.”
Of all regularly televised sports, hockey remains the lowest-rated. Even the championship Stanley Cup Finals generally fails to draw a sizable audience. That was not the case, however, with Game 7 of this year’s Finals which, NBC said on Thursday, produced the biggest audience for an NHL game in 38 years and the most for a Stanley Cup seventh game in 40 years. According to Nielsen figures cited in the NBC press release, the game, which saw the Boston Bruins defeat the Vancouver Canucks, 4-0 (the Bruins’ first championship since 1972) drew 8.54 million viewers.
Britney Spears kicked off her “Femme Fatale” tour Thursday night at Sacramento’s Power Balance Pavilion with what reviewers are calling “her flashiest, fastest moving”  production yet.

Teen Mom's Amber Portwood is on the mend. The reality star has left the hospital just three days after attempting suicide. A source told E! News that Portwood is "doing well." The 21-year-old mom was "depressed and threatening to end her life," according to a 911 call from her baby daddy, Gary Shirley. "I just spoke with my girlfriend and she had said something to me...said she's having a hard time with her life...'Call the police, they can find my body in the garage.' " He added, "I'm calling you guys because I don't want her to kill herself."
Sexy is definitely a word that best describes Ice-t's bootylicious babe of a wife Coco. And why are we not surprised that the Ice Loves Coco reality stars have absolutely no problem opening up about bedroom antics and what, well, turns them on... "I gotta a little thing for a foot fetish," Ice recently told us. "I like Coco's shoes, I like her legs and her butt. I like that part of her body...The shape of her ass really brings me to a full throttle." "I love his voice," Coco coos. "It turns me on... He's got this Barry White voice."

Estella Warren, who was charged with DUI, hit-and-run and other offenses, has entered a residential treatment facility and is wearing an alcohol-detecting Scram bracelet, her lawyer tells People. "She wants to prove she isn't drinking," attorney Darren Kavinoky told People on Friday.
Anthony Weiner has been very good to Fox News Channel -- at least when he's in the process of resigning. Fox came in first place in the cable ratings for its live coverage of the disgraced congressman's resignation on Thursday afternoon, according to data from Nielsen Media Research.
There’s no dodging the issue — all of the Glee characters who were juniors this past season will graduate from McKinley High in May 2012, with their portrayers (presumably) leaving the show.
Saturday, June 18

With music playing overhead and cameras flashing, Crystal Harris donned a dress as people clamored to greet her. The dress, however, was a brown animal print by Beach Bunny, rather than the pink Romona Cabeza wedding dress she had initially planned to wear. And the scene was that of hard bodies, sun-kissed skin and boozing patrons rather than sprawling estate that is the famed Playboy Mansion. Saturday was supposed to be Harris's wedding day. But instead, she spent it at Las Vegas's Wet Republic, embracing the single life and waving at fans. "I'm doing okay," she says. "I just had to get away.

"Idol" fans, start doing your voice exercises! In anticipation of its 11th season, Fox's "American Idol" will begin this year's auditioning process in St. Louis on Tuesday, June 28.

Plenty of famous faces got us talking this week, and the proof is in the pictures! Selena Gomez successfully managed to take the stage in Santa Monica, Calif., and perform for fans just days after being hospitalized. Thankfully, she opted to cover up a bit more than electrical tape-loving Taylor Momsen.
The first trailer for Moneyball, the real-life baseball drama starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, has landed online. If the words 'real-life baseball drama' have got you heading for the door already, stop and give this a chance, as it looks like a pretty unique spin on a well-worn genre.
Her father may no longer be in office, but former President George W. Bush is still issuing executive orders - for grandchildren. "I don't have any children. I just have a cat, to my parents' dismay," former First Daughter Jenna Bush Hager said at Thursday's Wonderopolis launch.
Another royal wedding? Charles Spencer, Prince William and Prince Harry's uncle - and the younger brother of the late Princess Diana - married Canadian philanthropist Karen Gordon at Spencer's ancestral home in England.
She's clearly the mama grizzly's cub. Inheriting Sarah Palin's sharp tongue for those she feels have done her wrong, Bristol Palin has choice words in her upcoming memoir for Levi Johnston, the father of their 2 ½-year-old son, Tripp. In Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far, Palin, 20, rips her ex-boyfriend as "the gnat named Levi Johnston (who's) constantly spreading false accusations against our family" and says he "cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates," according to the Associated Press.
For Vanessa Minnillo and Nick Lachey, their summer wedding couldn't come fast enough. "The worst part," Minnillo, 30, tells People, "is the anticipation." Otherwise, they've had virtually no problems with the planning. Minnillo even went to far as to call it "a breeze."
Sunday, June 19

Reps for Shaunie O'Neal, former wife of Shaquile O'Neal, have told TMZ that she was approached by a man claiming to have a video of the recently retired NBA star having sex with other women while still married to her. Updated: Robert Ross, who alleged to have a Shaq sex tape at one point, delivered testimony Monday.

Warner Bros.’ Green Lantern entered the crowded field of summer superhero blockbusters and busted no blocks. The film starring Ryan Reynolds debuted at the low end of analysts’ predictions with an estimated $52.7 million, good enough for No. 1, but a pyrrhic victory nonetheless, given its estimated budget of $150-200 million. The reviews were mostly terrible — although many critics had nice things to say about Reynolds’ performance — and audiences seemed to agree.

John Walsh has said goodbye and thanked viewers of "America's Most Wanted" for helping bring almost 1,200 fugitives to justice over more than two decades. Walsh told his audience in brief farewell remarks: "You've saved lives and gotten people justice." The series aired its last weekly episode on Fox on Saturday.
We're thinking Tom Cruise is pretty pleased with himself in "Rock of Ages," the star-studded musical well into shooting. The actor released this first look of himself, shirtless, ripped and belting out some hard-edged rock tune (we presume), as Stacee Jaxx, the aging rocker at the center of the story.
Paris Hilton is the first to admit that her teens and 20s were all about fun, not food. "I'd been to every incredible party in the world," says Hilton, 30. "But I was going out with my girlfriends and dancing, having a lot of coffee and Red Bull. Being on the go, I would just grab fast food or skip meals because I was busy." But that lifestyle drained her body and by last year, the 5'8" Hilton weighed just 105 pounds and fit into a size zero.
Holly Madison says some things shouldn't happen in Vegas. Hugh Hefner's ex-girlfriend blasted Crystal Harris for attending a Sin City pool party Saturday on the day Harris was supposed to have married Hefner. "That's a new low," says Madison, the former star of The Girls Next Door, in one Tweet."That's disgusting," she says in another, "and whoever booked her is tacky."
For Bruce Springsteen, a blinding light went dark. The rocker paid tribute to his longtime friend and saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died Saturday at age 69 from complications of a stroke."Clarence lived a wonderful life," Springsteen, 61, said on his Web site. "He carried within him a love of people that made them love him. He created a wondrous and extended family. He loved the saxophone, loved our fans and gave everything he had every night he stepped on stage."
For the second weekend in a row, Kung Fu Panda 2 dominated the foreign market with over $50 million. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides continued its march to $1 billion, while The Hangover Part II reached an important milestone.

Had Shakespeare been around to see the producers of Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” use focus groups to re-work their production, he would have been “appalled.” So said Julie Taymor, creator off “Turn Off the Dark,” who was making her first public comments about the $70 million production since exiting it in March.

Monday, June 20

Those sneaky pete types at Pixar are known for being devilishly secretive when it comes to their films in development, but it appears they’ve gone to the extreme this time, announcing a Us release date for a new movie – November 27, 2013 – but refusing to offer up any details about what it might be.The studio has Cars 2 arriving next, followed by fairytale saga Brave in 2012 and then prequel outing Monsters University in 2013. But if it holds true, this new date marks the first time that the company will be releasing two movies in a single calendar year.

Netflix subscribers who rent their movies by streaming them online were left in the lurch Sunday when virtually the entire Netflix online system broke down, including its website. Netflix posted a notice reading, “We are sorry, the Netflix website and the ability to instantly watch movies are both temporarily unavailable. Our engineers are working hard to bring the site and ability to watch instantly back up as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and, again we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.” The outage lasted several hours. Speculation immediately arose that the site had been struck by a cyber attack.

Jackass star Ryan Dunn died in a fiery car crash after rolling his car off of the road going at speeds of over 140 miles an hour.

Although advertisers have increased their upfront spending for broadcast television by about 10 percent, they have increased them even more — by about 15 percent — for cable networks, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Monday).
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig on Monday rejected a proposed $385 million deal between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox, nullifying a key component of last week's divorce settlement between owners Frank and Jamie McCourt. By rejecting the proposed contract, Selig effectively gave McCourt two choices: Give up the team or sue.

After a brief snafu with Lady Gaga and her handlers, "Weird Al" Yankovic was able to secure his right to pull his famous parody work on Mother Monster's "Born This Way." "Perform This Way" is the result, and now the video is ou

One day after partying in Las Vegas on her would-be wedding day, Crystal Harris paid a visit to her ex, Hugh Hefner. "Crystal came by to see how I've been doing," Hefner, 85, Tweeted on Sunday. "We remain close friends." Harris, 25, who enjoyed poolside time with fellow blonde Heidi Montag over the weekend, didn't show up empty-handed.
The Hangover II DVD won't be held up over Ed Helms' tattoo. After a nailbiter of a legal battle over the sequel's Mike Tyson-esque ink job, both sides today announced they had made a deal. And that means the film will remain in theaters and come to home video with the tattoo intact.
Chalk up another casualty to Ryan Dunn's fatal car crash this morning. G4 announced on Monday that Dunn's series, "Proving Ground," has been pulled from the air following the "Jackass" star's death on Monday
Exclusive A significant number of Best Picture ballots could end up essentially discarded as the result of the new Best Picture rules instituted by the Academy last week, TheWrap has discovered. The Academy conceded that an increased number of ballots will no longer influence the slate of Best Picture nominees, but said its figures put the potential number of those ballots at less than 10 percent.
Fans of Sports Show with Norm Macdonald are probably uttering a collective, “Wait, what?” today, as a Comedy Central spokesperson confirmed that the network will “not be moving forward with production on a new season of Sports Show.” The Macdonald-hosted comedy, which lampooned the world of sports, wrapped up its first season earlier this month, averaging 1.1 million viewers in the Tuesdays-at-10:30 p.m. slot.
Warren Beatty will produce, write, direct and star in a movie for Paramount, the studio announced Monday. The film is expected to go into production later this year. Casting is underway, but no one is attached yet. And there's very little information about the project -- including the title or what it's about.

Tuesday, June 21

Sarah Palin may be walking the red carpet at the Emmys this September if TLC manages to secure her a nomination. The network submitted Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which was executive produced by Survivor’s Mark Burnett and Palin, for consideration in four categories — Outstanding Reality, Cinematography, Picture Editing, and Music Composition. The unscripted show featured sweeping views of Alaska in all of its glory.

With a federal court set to decide in the coming weeks whether their client will be extradited to Mexico to face trial for his wife's Cancun murder, the attorneys for former "Survivor" producer Bruce Beresford-Redman held a press conference Tuesday to "clear the air" about the case.

Of course Nancy Botwin hooks up with her cellmate! In the face of the seductive power of Mary-Louise Parker, we are all helpless. Showtime's ever-excellent Weeds returns for season seven on June 27, and we learn that when Nancy went to prison to escape Esteban (Demián Bichir), she settled in just fine, thank you very much, as evidenced by her romance with Russian-born "roommate" Zoya (Olga Sosnovska).
True Blood‘s fourth season hasn’t even gotten underway yet and already Alan Ball is making plans for a likely fifth — big plans. Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that tube Mvp Scott Foley is joining the cast in a major recurring role that will kick off in the Season 4 finale and, assuming the show gets renewed (duh, it will), continue into Season 5.
Glee co-creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy used to worry about how fans would react to the introduction of new characters to the show’s merry band of musical high-school outcasts.
John Locke is coming back to the Aloha State. "Lost" alum Terry O'Quinn, who played Locke on the series, has landed a major recurring role on CBS's revamp of "Hawaii 5-0" -- which, like "Lost," is filmed in Hawaii. (In case the series' title didn't give it away.) An individual close to the show confirms to TheWrap that O'Quinn will play a Lt. Commander in the Navy Seals who trained Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin) and served with McGarrett's father in the Vietnam war.
While it may be unusual, is marrying a 16-year-old who is 35 years your junior illegal? The short answer appears to be no - at least, not in Vegas. Lost actor Doug Anthony Hutchinson, 51, and aspiring singer Courtney Alexis Stodden, 16, caused a stir with the news that they wed in Las Vegas in May
Gee Roberson formally landed the chairmanship of Geffen Records after a successful career helping to guide the superstardom of Kanye West and Lil Wayne and shepherding Jay Z’s biggest albums from studio to market.
Police in Essex, England have arrested a 19-year-old whom Scotland Yard believes masterminded computer attacks on Sony, the CIA and the United States Senate, British officials announced Tuesday. Scotland Yard and the FBI worked together on the investigation. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Central e-Crime Unit and the Essex Police Department arrested the teen in his home on on suspicion of Computer Misuse Act and Fraud Act offenses.

Wednesday, June 22

"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn is being buried in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, an individual with knowledge of the funeral arrangements confirms to TheWrap.

The 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” will be commemorated with a deluxe edition. Out Sept. 20,  the special issue will include 4 CDs and 1 DVD.

The latest stories off the set of the big, bloated “Men in Black III” project suggest a runaway production -- from script problems to an oversized budget to movie-star behavior to a shooting schedule from hell. Insiders close to the Sony sequel dispute this. But they agree that the tension on the New York set has ratcheted up of late as the film heads toward the end of principal shooting.
Jason Patric has signed on to star in FX’s comic adaptation of Powers. Patric, who stole the show in the recent movie The Losers and, of course, appeared in films such as Rush, will star as a homicide detective devoted solely to cases that involve people with superpowers.

Since the season premiere of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” everyone and their goldfish has kindly informed me of their opinion of the Gene/Shannon split. Not who’s right or who’s wrong, but that the whole thing is fake. “They’re going to get married at the end of the season,” a friend of mine said, nodding knowingly. “It’s just for ratings.”
EW has confirmed that Megan Fox will appear in Sacha Baron Cohen’s new comedy The Dictator, currently in production.
Lex Luthor, you're getting a new cell mate. Sam Jones III, the 28-year-old actor who played Clark Kent's best buddy on the first three seasons Smallville, was sentenced today to a year in prison for conspiring to sell more than 10,000 doses of kryptonite the painkiller oxycodone, better known by its street name "hillbilly heroin." And that might not even be the worst thing that happened to him in the past week... Related: Shannon Twins Back With Hef! Just last week, his ex-girlfriend, Karissa Shannon (one-half of the 21-year-old Shannon twins), packed up and moved out of his place and into the Bunny House to be with Hugh Hefner.
Country star Glen Campbell has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according an interview with People. The 75-year-old singer revealed a history of short-term memory loss, and said he got the Alzheimer’s diagnosis earlier in the year.
Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera make great music together on “Moves Like Jagger,” even though we doubt they were ever within 100 feet of each other. The electro-pop track from the two “Voice” coaches--billed as Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera is a fun, funky summer blast.
Given that Jackass Ryan Dunn tweeted a picture of himself and pals drinking hours before he crashed to his fiery death early Monday, killing his passenger, it was not a huge stretch for Roger Ebert to tweet that afternoon: "Friends don't let jackasses drink and drive." It seems uncontroversial to me. The pushback was immediate, and a hot topic was born. Now we know: Dunn's alcohol blood level was twice the legal limit, reports The Washington Post: In Pennsylvania, West Goshen Police Chief Michael Carroll said Dunn’s Bac was .196 at the time of the accident; the legal limit in Pennsylvania is .08, the Daily Local News reported.
In “Bad Teacher,” Cameron Diaz plays a pot-smoking, booze-guzzling, man-eating borderline sociopath. She breaks laws, hurls dodgeballs at 7th graders’ crotches and is generally mean to anyone who can’t do something for her. Clearly, Diaz isn’t taking a big step forward for womankind here, is she?   I wouldn’t go that far, no. I haven’t lost my friggin’ mind. But if we’re looking at “Bad Teacher” from the lowered expectations we have for most entertainment these days, there might be a silver lining in there somewhere once we sift out the adolescent humor, sex shtick and Justin Timberlake.
Relativity announced Wednesday that writer Alex Tse ("Watchmen") will re-adapt the 1994 film "The Crow," which is based on the comic book series by James O’Barr. Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ("28 Weeks Later") will direct the remake. Bradley Cooper will star. Producers told TheWrap last summer that Nick Cave was attached to write the remake.

Self-help guru James Arthur Ray was found guilty of negligent homicide Wednesday, nearly two years after three people died in a sweltering sweat lodge for one of his exercises.
NBC says a report that Donald Trump will receive $130 million over the next two years for his work on "Celebrity Apprentice" is "grossly inaccurate." The New York Post reported Wednesday that Trump and co-producer Mark Burnett would receive an estimated $160 million over two years, citing sources familar with the contract. The paper's sources said Trump would personally pocket $65 million a year, which would be a substantial raise.
In a surprising move, Marvel Studios has officially announced that they will not be holding a panel presentation in Hall H at this year’s Comic-Con. That move is noteworthy, since the star-studded introduction of the complete cast of The Avengers closed Comic-Con 2010.

Spider-Man star Tobey Maguire has found himself in a real-life sticky situation: The actor is being sued for his winnings in a series of high-stakes poker games, according to court papers. Maguire, 35, allegedly took part in the twice-weekly games along with other celebrities and high rollers in exclusive hotels, including The Four Seasons and the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Thursday, June 23

Lockout? What lockout?  Yes, the NBA Owners and NBA Players Association may be on the verge of jumping into the same dangerous labor strife that their NFL brothers are experiencing, but for a few hours a celebration of new blood will take center stage.   Of course, this may technically be the least talented crop of draft picks the league has seen in years (next year is expected to be much stronger), but role players are always valuable, even if they come at the, um, 7th pick (yikes).

There's a bun in the oven for Curtis Stone and Lindsay Price. The Top Chef Masters host, 35, and actress, 34, are expecting their first child together, the couple confirm to People.

It's been six years since they broke off their relationship, but neither time nor tabloid stories nor ankle bracelet has diminished Wilmer Valderrama's faith in Lindsay Lohan. "Sometimes people have to go through things," Valderrama, 31, tells People of his onetime girlfriend. "We all understand that, and we all deserve a second chance."
Reed Hastings, chairman and CEO of Netflix, has joined Facebook's board of directors, Facebook announced on Thursday.
The cable network FX is planning on making a big splash at the San Diego Comic-Con this July, featuring four star-heavy panels on returning shows "Archer," "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Sons of Anarchy" and newcomer "Wilfred."
A day after reports surfaced indicating that Yahoo! may have made an unsolicited bid for the video website Hulu, the Los Angeles Times reported today (Thursday) that Hulu has hired Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley to facilitate a sale.
Sara Ramirez can start putting her acting skills to good use. Fresh off the heels of a small screen Grey's Anatomy wedding, the actress - who plays Callie Torres on the hit show - will prepare to walk down the aisle in real life. "Sara Ramirez and her longtime partner, Ryan Debolt, are thrilled to announce their engagement which took place in Paris, France, on June 17th, 2011," her rep tells People in a statement.
Is Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” a quickly sinking bomb?  In its first week, it sold more than 1.1 million copies in the U.S. alone, but by week four, its numbers have dropped to 66,000.
Snot, tears and poop can't get new mom Pink down. "We are absolutely blissed out in love over here!" Pink, who welcomed baby girl Willow Sage with husband Carey Hart on June 2, wrote on her website Tuesday night. "To our fans and friends all over the world, thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes through this time in our life!" She adds: "I finally found out what love really means."
The Screen Actors Guild wants to bring Ken Howard back as president. SAG's nominating committee submitted Howard's name and that of current treasurer Amy Aquino to continue in their current positions ahead of the guild's national elections this Fall.

In interview published in this week's People Magazine, singer Missy Elliott revealed that she was diagnosed with Graves' Disease in 2008. 

Heartthrob Justin Bieber received a hard knock Thursday when an unidentified man tackled him at an appearance at Macy's Herald Square in New York City. Bieber was at the superstore to debut his new perfume, "Someday," and went outside to greet fans who hadn't made it into the unveiling. According to witnesses, when the Biebs exited the doors, the man leaped over a metal barrier and knocked him to the ground. Bieber appeared uninjured but very "shaken up," according to local news reports.
Friday, June 24

All the junk in Kim Kardashian's trunk is 100 percent real - and the reality star has the photos to prove it. The crack detective on the case? Kardashian's sister Khloé, who posted a photo on her blog, showing her sister posing with what appeared to be an X-ray.
Peter Falk, best known for his portrayal of the crumpled-trenchcoat-wearing private detective Columbo, has died in Beverly Hills at the age of 83. He had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2007.
Deadline is reporting that Julia Ormond is in talks to play Superman’s Kryptonian mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Zack Snyder's reboot Man Of Steel.

James Spader is close to signing a deal to join NBC's "The Office," reports
 Spader recently guested on the season finale as one of the contenders hoping to replace Michael Scott (Steve Carell) as Dunder Mifflin Scranton boss. Now the actor may settle in higher up on the corporate ladder, replacing actress Kathy Bates as CEO of Dunder Mifflin.

AMC president and general manager Charlie Collier broke his silence on last week’s finale of The Killing, saying the network didn’t anticipate such a strong backlash among some viewers and critics. “We underestimated the passion of viewers have for closure within this season,” Collier says. “It was never our intention to misguide the viewer. The audience has an important voice, we heard them and don’t take them for granted.” The critically acclaimed first season of The Killing teased viewers with the tagline for its central mystery “Who Killed Rosie Larsen?” then declined to solve the case in the finale.

Like the title of The Hills theme song, Lauren Conrad's love life is still "Unwritten." After three solid years with actor Kyle Howard, 33, the former reality starlet, 25, and her beau have called it quits, People has confirmed.

Following the sad passing of Peter Falk, who starred in the TV series Columbo and the beloved 1987 fantasy The Princess Bride, friends and industry veterans who have worked with the actor have begun filing their tributes for the late star, who died Thursday night at 83 years old.

Google on Friday confirmed that it is indeed being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. In a statement titled "Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity" (below), the Silicon Valley search-engine giant confirmed that it had “received formal notification” of an FTC inquiry. But while the company seems to know that it’s being investigated for its business practices and possible anti-trust violations, it doesn’t seem to clear on the specifics.

Cars 2 and Bad Teacher both opened up in movie theaters today.

Paris Hilton wants to be alone. Or so she says now that she's called it quits with her boyfriend of 18 months, nightclub dude Cy Waits.
You may have noticed that the posters for the upcoming "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" promise that the film will be shown in "4D." What's that, you ask? Well, with all apologies to Einstein, the fourth dimension is "Aromascope." Audiences will be given a free scratch-and-sniff card (along with their 3D glasses) at each screening.
Ryan Dunn's tragic death in a fiery car crash shocked many of his Jackass costars, fans and friends, but none more so than Thaddeus Kalinoski, who was one of the last people to see him alive. Kalinoski and the daredevil comedian were old friends who hadn't seen each other in years, but as luck would have it, the two bumped into each other Sunday night at Barnaby's bar, a local watering hole in West Chester, Pa., and caught up over a few drinks.
Saturday, June 25

R&B singer Ameriie only had "1 Thing" important to say this weekend - I do. The Grammy-nominated recording artist, 30, married former Columbia Records executive Lenny Nicholson on Saturday on Anguilla in the British West Indies.

After a short, quiet courtship, Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz have pulled off a near-impossibility in Hollywood: A secret wedding!

A film that tells the story of integrating three “gypsy” children into the mainstream school system in a small Eastern European town captured the Sterling award in the U.S. film category Saturday at the AFI-Discovery Silverdocs documentary film festival in Silver Spring, Maryland. In "Our School," directors Mona Nicoara and Miruna Coca-Cozma follow three students in Romania over a period of four years.

Universal has staked out Memorial Day, May 24, 2013 for the sixth film in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise. Earlier this year, it was reported that star Vin Diesel came back to the "Fast and Furious" series only if a trilogy of new films were part of the deal.

Countless New Yorkers rejoiced on Friday when news broke that the state had legalized gay marriage. Among the revelers: Neil Patrick Harris. "It Passed!" he Tweeted Friday night. "Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!!" What's more, on Saturday, the actor, 38, added that he and his longtime partner, David Burtka, would love to tie the knot themselves.

Lauren Cohan is joining the zombie resistance. The alum of Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Chuck has landed a pivotal role on AMC’s The Walking Dead. Cohan will recur as Maggie Greene, the sharp, self-reliant daughter of farm owner Hershel Greene and a love interest for Glenn (Steven Yuen), reports TV Guide Magazine. Walking Dead Season 2 First Look: Hello, Gorgeous! The role of Hershel, meanwhile, will be played by acting vet Scott Wilson, who’s probably best known to TV audiences as Catherine’s biological father on CSI.

Renowned CNN sports anchor and boxing announcer Nick Charles has lost the most important fight of all: his battle against bladder cancer. The beloved sportscaster, best known for his commentary on Sports Tonight, passed away Saturday after battling the disease since 2009, according to CNN.

Jennifer Aniston debuted some new ink in New York Friday. The actress got her first tattoo on the inside of her right foot, and it reads "Norman," her rep tells People.
Sunday, June 26

WWE releases longtime employee Chavo Guerrero, Jr. from his contract.

True Blood returns for its fourth season.

January Jones and Alyssa Milano are showing us that having a baby bump is no excuse for slacking off on the old workout regimen. These two A-listers have been seen leaving yoga with babies in belly and to them we say, kudos!

Facing the departure of Christopher Meloni and a reduced role for Mariska Hargitay, NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" has recruited a pair of new cast regulars.   The network announced on Monday (June 27) that Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino will both join the cast of "Svu" playing detectives starting this fall.

Michael Jackson’s iconic red-and-black leather jacket from his seminal 1983 zombie musicvideo was a real thriller at auction this weekend, selling for $1.8 million.

Rest easier, It folk: LulzSec, the rogue hacker group that has terrorized Sony and a raft of other organizations around the globe the past two months, has disbanded. For now, at least. The decision comes less than a week after British police arrested a 19-year-old whom they suspect of hacking Sony as part of the group’s attack. LulzSec has claimed that Scotland Yard got the wrong guy.  At least one member is claiming that they are calling off their reign of terror because they are bored

Cars 2 debuted to an estimated $42.9 million from 18 territories (or around 25 percent of the foreign market).

No doubt Disney executives are overjoyed, but no one can be happier than box office rebound girl Cameron Diaz, whose sex pot comedy Bad Teacher collected $31 million. Even more mouth-dropping than Diaz’s raunchy hijinks in the film was that it was made for the same price as her Charlie’s Angels 2 paycheck--$20 million.

30 Rock star Tracy Morgan returned to his hometown Saturday night to take the stage for the first time since his infamous homophobic rant in Nashville earlier this month.

Now that many of the big main roles are filled on Christopher Nolan and Zack Snyder’s new Superman project, the producer and director have begun to track down some of the other characters, with Christopher Meloni now in negotiations for an unspecified part.