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News 09/09/2007

In reality TV news: New reality show sweethearts Jessica Hughbanks, a 21-year-old college student from Haysville, KS, and Eric Stein, a.k.a. "America's Player," a 27-year-old talent management assistant from New York, NY, became the ninth and tenth houseguests evicted from CBS's "Big Brother 8" Thursday night in a double elimination. Also on Thursday, The Defuser, a.k.a. Jarrett Crippen, a 38-year-old police detective from Austin, TX, defeated Hygena (a.k.a. Melody Mooney) and Hyper-Strike (a.k.a. John Stork) to win the Sci-Fi Channel's "Who Wants to be a Superhero? 2." Finally on Thursday, Jamal Anderson, a 34-year-old former NFL Atlanta Falcons running rack, and his rap mentor Redman were the first contestants eliminated on MTV's "Celebrity Rap Superstar."

"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens has admitted that a nude photo which is currently making the rounds on the Internet is indeed of her. "This was a photo which was taken privately," Hudgens' rep said in a statement. "It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public." Vanessa Hudgens apologized Friday for the pictures, telling fans that their "support and trust means the world" to her and that she's embarrassed by the situation and regrets having ever taken the photos.

Paris Hilton has upgraded from her 3,000-square-foot Hollywood Hills pad to an almost 7,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion, located in the gated Mulholland Estates. The new digs feature five bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, and a fitness room that Hilton intends to convert to a shoe closet, per the Wall Street Journal. Meanwhile, Hilton has sued Hallmark Cards for using her name and image without permission, as well as her trademark phrase, "That's hot." The heiress is seeking no less than $500,000 in damages, as well as a permanent injunction barring the cardmaker from any further use of her likeness.

MTV has a bisexual dating show in the works in which 16 men and 16 men will compete for a chance to get romantic with Internet sensation Tila Tequila, who's made a name for herself as "the Madonna of MySpace." "A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila" is set to debut Oct. 9.

"Family Guy's" Stewie and Brian Griffin are due to hit the stage in two-dimensional form at the 59th annual Emmy Awards Sept. 16. Per Fox, the duo will be performing "a song and dance number unlike any other" in tribute to the year in television.

Showtime has picked up its freshman comedy series "Californication"...starring David Duchovny as a novelist afflicted with writer's block...for a second season, per the Hollywood Reporter.

News 09/06/2007

In reality TV news: Amy Schumer was the seventh finalist eliminated Wednesday from NBC's "Last Comic Standing 5," leaving Lavell Crawford, Gerry Dee, and Jon Reep vying for the title. Also on Wednesday, Howie Kleinberg, a 31-year-old executive chef from Miami, FL, was eliminated on Bravo's "Top Chef 3."

Retired "Law & Order" star Fred Thompson officially entered the Republican presidential race Thursday after declaring his candidacy Wednesday night on "The Tonight Show." The actor enters a wide-open GOP field, currently led by Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.

Hulk Hogan's son, Nick Bollea, got both a warning and a ticket after being stopped twice by Florida Highway Patrol for driving at least 100 mph on an interstate last year, authorities said. Police have said speed contributed to Bollea's recent car wreck, which remains under investigation.

"Sopranos" Edie Falco matriarch will guest star in three episodes of "30 Rock," which kicks off its second season Oct. 4. "I have laughed out loud at this show, and I am thrilled for the opportunity to work with such great comic actors," Falco said in a statement. "I am very excited."

"The View" is due to add Sherri Shepherd to the couch next week, according to published reports, ending weeks of speculation over who the fifth co-host would be. An ABC spokesperson would not confirm the reports, saying only that Barbara Walters would be making the announcement on Monday's show. Shepherd had been widely rumored to be joining the show, but her appointment to the chatfest was said to be hung up in the negotiations phase.

Marlo Thomas is due to guest star on an upcoming episode of "Ugly Betty" as Sandra Winthrop, the owner of a large jewelry company who has a thing for younger men, particularly for Daniel Meade (Eric Mabius.) Daniel plans to use her charms to lure Sandra into becoming a Mode advertiser, thereby proving to his family that he's business-savvy.

News 09/05/2007

"The Office's" Jenna Fischer and her husband of almost seven years, Slither director James Gunn, have decided to separate. "We are sorry for any pain this causes family and friends," the couple said in a joint statement. "The enthusiasm we have expressed for each other's lives, spirits and careers is real...we have been each other's cheerleader and friend during the past six years and continue to be so now and in the future."

Extensive brain damage from his professional wrestling career was more likely than steroid use to have led Chris Benoit to kill his family and then himself, medical experts said Wednesday. Neurologists with the Sports Legacy Institute who examined Benoit's brain found it riddled with evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE.) Symptoms of the condition, which is believed to affect some 20 percent of pro boxers, include depression, dementia, and erratic behavior.

Scott Baio and his fiancée, Renee Sloane, are expecting a baby girl in December, which the former "Charles in Charge" star tells People he considers to be a form of "cosmic payback," since he wanted a son. Baio is also concerned that the baby will have his head, after recently seeing a 4-D ultrasound image of his daughter. "Why couldn't she have my wife's head? She's beautiful!" the actor said. "As soon as she comes out, I am sending her to plastic surgery!"

Shaquille O'Neal has filed for divorce from his wife of nearly five years, Shaunie, stating in his petition that "the marriage between the parties is irretrievably broken," per the Miami Herald. The duo has four children together, as well as a prenuptial agreement that should ensure that at least some of the NBA superstar's $20 million-per-year salary remains in his own pocket. O'Neal is requesting that the kids live with Shaunie and that he get "liberal rights of visitation."

News 09/04/2007

In reality TV news: Anthony, a 26-year-old, 6'3", 410 pound unemployed virgin who resides in Addison, IL, was eliminated Monday on ABC's "Fat March." Also on Monday, Joseph W., a 24-year-old caterer from L.A. who is always being mistaken for being gay, was eliminated on VH1's "The Pick-Up Artist."

Brian Bonsall, who played Andy Keaton in "Family Ties," pled guilty to third-degree assault Friday, stemming from his arrest in March in which his girlfriend told police he poured a drink on her face while she slept, put her in a choke hold and threw her on a bed when she tried to leave. The former child star was sentenced to two years' probation, prosecutors said. Three other charges against him were dismissed under the terms of his plea agreement. Bonsall's attorney said he and his girlfriend had since reconciled and were in couples counseling.

Rebecca Romjin will be playing the ex-wife of her real-life husband Jerry O'Connell as a guest star in at least one episode on his new comedy series, "Carpoolers," E! Online TV Diva Kristin Veitch was first to report Tuesday. The twosome first shared the small screen last season, when O'Connell guested on "Ugly Betty."

Jerry Lewis raked in a record-setting $63.7 million on Monday during his annual Labor Day Telethon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, topping last year's effort by $3 million. Apart from raising tons of dough, the 81-year-old comic also raised controversy, when during a monologue, he referred to an imaginary family member as "Jesse, the illiterate f****t." The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation released a critical statement Tuesday, calling the slur "simply unacceptable."

Whoopi Goldberg made her "View" debut as the show's new moderator Tuesday, receiving a standing ovation from the studio audience as well as a personal welcome message from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. The show also featured a repeat visit from a sober Danny DeVito, back for the first time since his limoncello-fueled appearance in November.

Courteney Cox, Nicollette Sheridan, Felicity Huffman, and Carlos Santana are among the celebrities who autographed a pair of shoes for the Spirit of Women Red Shoe Celebrity Auction, launching Wednesday on eBay. Proceeds from the shoe sale benefit several health organizations, including the National Stroke Association and Peripheral Arterial Disease Coalition.

All news gathered from E! Online and other sources

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