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TATE STEVENS WINS X FACTOR
Tate Stevens was named winner of The X Factor yesterday, beating out Carly Rose Sonenclar and Fifth Harmony for the $5 million grand prize. This marks the first win for judge/mentor L.A. Reid, who has already announced he won’t be back for next season.
BLAKE & RYAN SHARE WEDDING PHOTOS
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are sharing glimpses of their September wedding in the pages of January’s Martha Stewart Weddings. Although the couple allowed pictures of their décor to be published, they only okayed one shot of themselves, and it’s only of them holding hands (just the hands). "They wanted to celebrate in privacy – and in style. And while they remain protective of images of them on their most heartfelt occasion, they graciously let us share pictures of the elements we created together," reads a statement in the mag. What is featured is a pic of a table of sweets, including the couple’s “vanilla-and-sour-cream wedding cake with peach-apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream” and Blake’s bouquet, made up of “pink jasmine, Andromeda, dusty miller and blushing bride hydrangea.”
Q-Before becoming a big movie star, Ryan starred in what ABC sitcom, with a long and stupid name? Two Guys, A Girl and a Pizza Place
LEANN NOT DRUNK DURING X FACTOR PERFORMANCE
LeAnn Rimes got a lot of flack for her odd performance on Wednesday’s X Factor. Her voice seemed so uneven, and she at one point looked unsteady on her feet, that there was speculation she may have been drunk while singing her duet with Carly Rose Sonenclar. But LeAnn insists she was not inebriated. She says the performance was awkward because of Carly, who she says was nervous. Explained LeAnn, "I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song." TMZ insists they got the LeAnn statement from her rep, but the singer took to Twitter to deny she talked to the press, writing, “It's a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly."
KIM CONTEMPLATING INSTAGRAM DEPARTURE
The Instagram controversy surrounding their new terms of service policy may have cost them one of their biggest users. TMZ reports that Kim Kardashian is so upset over reports the company has the power to sell your photos to outside sources that she’s seriously considering disabling her account. Although Instagram insists that interpretation of the policy just isn’t true, Kim isn’t convinced, so she is thinking about taking all of her 5 million+ followers with her to a rival site.
BIEBER ACCUSED OF ANIMAL CRUELTY
Justin Bieber is being blasted for giving away his pet hamster. A group called the California Hamster Association (seriously?) says the pop star committed an act of “animal cruelty” when he gave the hamster to a screaming fan last week. A rep for the group explains that hamsters are fragile and they “often succumb quickly to illness and death” especially when they experience a “sudden environmental change.” Added a rep for the group, “the moment that hamster was handed off to a screaming girl in a harsh, frenzied environment was likely the moment it gazed at the short path to its doom.”
Q-Where was Justin born? Ontario, Canada
BIEBER SPOTTED AGAIN WITH VICTORIA’S SECRET MODEL
In other Bieber news…the status of his relationship with Selena Gomez is still up in the air, but it sure looks like he’s moved on. Justin and Selena began experiencing issues last month after it was reported that the “Baby” singer was getting close to Hungarian model Barbara Palvin. The duo was photographed together at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York City on November 7th, and then caught a performance of The Lion King the next day. Well, Life & Style claims Justin and Barbara were spotted together again earlier this month in Miami. A friend of the pop star tells the mag, “They aren’t being bashful about hanging out and getting closer.”
SIMON CONFIRMS HE’S DATING CARMEN
After months of rumors, Simon Cowell has finally admitted he’s dating Carmen Electra, but he cautioned things haven’t gotten that serious yet. “She’s not my girlfriend,” he said. “We’re people who date. She’s adorable, isn’t she?” Carmen had previously expressed interest in Simon after she filled in as a guest judge on Britain’s Got Talent. “He is so cute. He is adorable,” she said. “He’s actually a sweetheart…I really liked him. I think he’s really cool.”
Q-Carmen married rocker Dave Navarro in 2003, and their wedding was turned into a reality show for MTV. What was it called? 'Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave [they divorced in 2007]
SENATORS BLAST ZERO DARK THIRTY
Several influential members of the U.S. Senate are unhappy with the depiction of torture in the new movie Zero Dark Thirty. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, along with Sen. John McCain, and Sen. Carl Levin, have sent a letter to the film's distributor, Sony Pictures, to complain about the role of torture in the movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden. "We believe the film is grossly inaccurate and misleading in its suggestion that torture resulted in information that led to the location of Osama bin Laden," the senators wrote. "We believe that you have an obligation to state that the role of torture in the hunt for Osama bin Laden is not based on the facts, but rather part of the film's fictional narrative.” The film, directed by Kathryn Bigelow, is currently playing in select cities.
ROSWELL STAR PREGNANT
Former Roswell star Shiri Appleby is pregnant. The actress and fiancé Jon Shook are expecting their first child next year, according to Zap2it.com. Appleby and Shook, a chef and restaurant owner, got engaged in July while vacationing in Italy. She currently has a guest-starring role on Chicago Fire, as a pregnant, ex-girlfriend of one of the squad’s female paramedics.
Q-Shiri played a woman who meets, and subsequently starts raising the daughter she gave up for adoption in what 2010 WB series? Life Unexpected
MICHAEL EALY IS MARRIED
The Good Wife’s Michael Ealy is a married man. The actor and longtime girlfriend Khatira Rafiqzada secretly tied the knot back in October. "Michael has always been a private guy, and he wanted to enjoy his time as a newlywed with his wife privately," his rep said. "Now that some time has passed and the holidays are here, he wanted to share the news with his fans that he is married and very happy."
The USA Network has renewed Psych for an eighth season, which will consist of only eight episodes. The show is currently the network’s longest running series, and will mark its 100th episode during its upcoming seventh season, which premieres February 27th.
Treme’s Wendell Pierce has joined the cast of Michael J. Fox’s new NBC series. The yet-to-be-titled comedy stars Fox as a husband and father-of-three dealing with family, career and challenges, including Parkinson’s Disease. Pierce will play Fox’s good friend and old boss.
Bradley Whitford will reunite with his Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip co-star Matthew Perry, when he guest stars on an upcoming episode of Perry’s NBC sitcom Go On.
X-Men director Bryan Singer is developing a new take on The Twilight Zone for CBS TV Studios. The last time the Rod Serling anthology series was remade was in 2002 for UPN.
Charmed’s Rose McGowan will guest star on an upcoming episode of ABC’s Once Upon A Time. She’ll play a Young Cora (old Cora is played by Barbara Hershey) in an episode that will explore the backstory of Regina’s (Lana Parrilla) evil queen mom.
Fox has renewed So You Think You Can Dance for a 10th season. Auditions kick off January 18th in Austin, Texas.
FX has renewed The League for a fifth season.
CBS’s new reality show The Job, will debut February 8th. The show gives candidates a chance to win positions at some of the country's most prestigious companies.
MISCELLANEOUS MOVIE NEWS
Paramount Pictures has announced that Anchorman 2 will hit theaters on December 20th, 2013. The film reunites all the stars from the 2004 hit, including Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Christina Applegate.
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s new movie Ten will hit theaters January 24th, 2014. The film stars Arnold as the leader of an elite DEA task force. It also stars Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terence Howard, Josh Holloway and Mireille Enos.