The Hollywood Report
Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013
In 1926, magician Harry Houdini (Erik Weisz) died in Detroit from a ruptured appendix. He told his wife if he could return from the dead, he would. He hasn’t been seen since.
In 1941, the Navy destroyer USS Reuben James was torpedoed by a German U-boat off Iceland with the loss of some 100 lives.
'Idol' judges have glowing reviews for each other
"American Idol" premieres its 13th season on Wednesday, Jan. 15. An audition was held in Atlanta yesterday. Contestants noted the judges were kind and supportive of each other, and offered creative advice. The judges are Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban & Harry Connick Jr.
Eminem's Album Leaks Six Days Before Release
The “Marshall Mathers 2 LP” leaked online Wednesday. File-sharing sites offered the record 6 days before its official release next week. Interscope plans to stream the album on iTunes today. 4 tracks have already been released. He’s musical guest on SNL this weekend.
Chris Brown had booked 2 Halloween gigs, but can’t be there
Chris Brown has become a Halloween nightmare for 2 big nightclubs. He was booked to host a party at the Conga Room in L.A. tonight, followed by another hosting gig tomorrow at Haze nightclub in Vegas. He’s in rehab, so he won’t be at either.
Secret service agent says Chris brown is innocent
A Secret Service agent told D.C. police he was nearby during Chris Brown’s altercation with a man outside his tour bus. He said the victim told the investigating officer Chris didn’t hit him. If the agent testifies, it would save Chris from probation violation, & a return to jail.
Teen guilty of stealing Guy Fieri's Lamborghini
A jury on Wednesday found a 19-year-old man guilty of stealing celebrity chef Guy Fieri's Lamborghini from a San Francisco dealership in 2011. The $200,000 car was in the shop for repairs. He stole it to impress a girl. He also tried to shoot her boyfriend, but missed.
'How I Met Your Mother' Spinoff Series In The Works
'How I Met Your Mother' is in its final season…but that doesn't mean the end is near. CBS is exploring a spinoff series. This time, a female is in search of her future husband. The link? Hangout 'MacLaren's Pub'. The new cast may be introduced in the final episode of 'HIMYM'.
Kerry Washington Is "Four Months" Pregnant With First Child
Kerry Washington is expecting her first baby with husband, NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha. The couple secretly married June 24 in Idaho. She is 4 months along. The pregnancy is being well hidden on ‘Scandal’ with her trademark coats. She hosts SNL this Saturday.
Kristin Cavallari Expecting Second Child With Jay Cutler
Kristin Cavallari is expecting her second child. She and husband Jay Cutler have confirmed they will soon be providing a sibling for their 14-month-old son Camden. She is secretly hoping to have a girl. Cutler is the quarterback for the Chicago Bears.
Kelly Clarkson: 'I Want To Be Pregnant By Christmas'
Kelly Clarkson has set her new husband a festive deadline - she wants to be pregnant by Christmas. She and Brandon Blackstock married in Tennessee Oct 13. She likes being stepmom to his kids Seth and Savannah. She’s now ready to switch careers & be a mom.
Pauly D’s baby mama open to supervised visits
Pauly D has been rejected by his baby mama -- she will not let him visit his 5-month old daughter unsupervised. Pauly's wants to bring Amabella home to his family for 2 weeks. Mama Amanda Markert said no. She would consider a brief supervised visit instead.
Claire Danes to host Nobel Peace Prize concert
Claire Danes has been tapped to host the 20th anniversary Nobel Peace Prize concert in December. The Emmy-winning "Homeland" actress will host the Dec. 11 event in Oslo, Norway. The lineup for this year's concert has yet to be announced.
Lady Gaga in mourning over her dog
Lady Gaga has been wearing all black. Her dog Alice has died at age 17. She tweeted on Tuesday, "We had to put her down, cancer ate away at a little angel. My daddy is so sad, we all are, lost a member of our family. I just pray Alice found her wonderland."
LeAnn Rimes' invasion of privacy suit dismissed
An invasion of privacy lawsuit LeAnn Rimes filed against two Northern California women has been dismissed. Rimes sued the women in August 2012 claiming they recorded a phone conversation and posted it online. The two sides resolved their differences out of court.
Will Ferrell to guest star as Ron Burgundy on 'Conan'
Will Ferrell will appear as his "Anchorman" alter-ego Ron Burgundy on "Conan" next month. The episode is to air Nov. 21. Ferrell appeared as Burgundy on the show in March 2012. "Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues" is out Dec 20.
Vivid offers Tori Spelling a way out of money troubles
Vivid President Steve Hirsch has offered Tori Spelling big money for her video…if it exists. He wants to see a clip to verify its authenticity. She revealed in her new book she recorded a video with husband Dean McDermott on Valentine's Day 2009.
Justin Bieber buys new home for dad, step-siblings
Justin Bieber shelled out $850k for a 5-bedroom cabin-style home in Ontario for his dad. The house is in the Canadian wilderness in a small town of only 8,000 people. They’re not hiding -- the family name is plastered right on the mailbox. His dad & his 2 kids live there.
Marvin Gaye's children sue over 'Blurred Lines'
Two of Marvin Gaye's children have sued Robin Thicke and his collaborators for allegedly using music & lyrics from Gaye’s hits in their songs. The suit alleges copyright infringement. At the center of the dispute is similarities between "Blurred Lines" & “Got To Give It Up.”
Cher wasn't a fan of drugs
Cher told a magazine interview she experimented with drugs, but didn’t like them. She called it a moral decision. She didn’t see much fun in “getting high.” She also said she & former partner Sonny’s look was an accident: they lost their suitcases.
Queen Latifah dreams of interviewing Michelle Obama
Queen Latifah admits having Michelle Obama on her show would be a ''dream.'' She has named part of her studio the 'Michelle Obama Lounge'. Her new show is designed like a home: guests can relax and chat in a kitchen, den or lounge.
Katy Perry sent John Mayer love letters
Katy Perry and John Mayer exchanged love letters before they started dating. It inspired her new track 'Legendary Lovers.' The song is on her new album 'Prism'. She said their relationship was fate: he was her celebrity crush before they met.
Suzanne Somers Eyes Three's Company Revival With Ritter's Son
Suzanne Somers would like to bring old sitcom Three's Company back – with a twist. Her son would be played by John Ritter's real-life son, Jason, who stars in “Parenthood.” It would mean Chrissie and Jack eventually got married. The series ran in the 1970s.
Avril Lavigne And Chad Kroeger Avoid Temptation With Alcohol And Club Ban
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger avoid alcohol and partying in nightclubs when they are apart to avoid temptation. They married in July after a whirlwind romance. They are preparing to head out on separate tours this winter. They now live in Ontario, Canada.
Today's Birthdays: Former CBS anchorman Dan Rather is 82. Actress Sally Kirkland is 72. Actor David Ogden Stiers is 71. Actor Brian Doyle-Murray is 68. Actress Deidre Hall is 65. Talk show host Jane Pauley is 63. Actor Brian Stokes Mitchell is 56. Actor Dermot Mulroney is 50. Actor Rob Schneider is 49. Actor-comedian Mike O'Malley is 48. Rap musician Adrock is 47. Rap performer Vanilla Ice (Rob Van Winkle) is 45. Rock musician Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) is 32. Actor Scott Clifton is 29. Actress Vanessa Marano is 21. Actress-singer Willow Smith is 13.